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Syrian Child Preacher: Stop Chasing Half-Naked Women, Look to Your 72 Virgins

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the inaugural session of 18th SAARC Summit in Kathmandu on Wednesday

 

 

 

Arab World

Syrian Child Preacher: Stop Chasing Half-Naked Women, Look to Your 72 Virgins

Iraqi Air Strikes Kill Over 50 Isil Terrorists in Samarra

Syria-Led Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold Raises Death Toll To 95

Isil Razes Shiite Shrines, Sunni Mosques in Iraq

5 Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis members killed in North Sinai: Police sources

Iraqi Airstrike Kills 4 Terrorists near Shurqat Bridge

Syria jihadists behead Shia Ismaili man for 'apostasy'

82% of terror victims are in 5 Muslim countries

13 Egyptians charged with forming 'terror cell' linked to Islamic State

ISIS ‘Prince’ Killed in Iraq’s Hit

Egypt reopens Gaza crossing: officials

 

Africa

Boko Haram Takfiri Militants Seize another Nigerian Town

Two Women Kill 45 In Nigeria Suicide Bombings

Anti-Islamist Essebsi leads Tunisia presidential vote

Bulgarian mosque raided in jihad incitement probe

Sudan says shuts UN peacekeepers' Darfur rights office in Khartoum

 

Mideast

Israeli Bill Pushes For Outlawing Muslim Guards in Al-Aqsa

5 Killed In Clashes between Houthis, Yemen Tribesman

Turkish FM says 600 Turkish nationals joined jihadists, more than 100 killed

Erdoğan’s remarks on gender equality stir fury

Abbas says he is ready to set up Palestinian State on '22 percent of land'

Rivlin: Jewish state law questions success of Zionist enterprise

Iran Reiterates Full Support for Iraqi Gov't in Anti-Terrorism Campaign

 

South Asia

18 Taliban insurgents killed in joint military operations

Set aside differences, PM Sheikh Hasina urges Saarc leaders

Ghani says won't allow Afghanistan to be used for proxy wars

Afghan Senate chief blames Pakistan for volleyball bombing

Afghan forces rescue 5 policemen from Taliban hostage in Badakhshan

Dhaka deplores Pak resolution on war crimes trial

Women’s active role in local government a far cry: Bangladesh

Maldives HC concludes hearings into Criminal Court’s rejection of terrorism cases

 

Pakistan

Drone strike in North Waziristan kills six suspected militants

4 killed, 3 injured in attack on polio team near Quetta

Oman army to recruit 350 Baloch youths

Washington not a reliable friend: Defence Minister

My vision for the region is a dispute-free South Asia: PM Nawaz

Musharraf says ‘western form of democracy’ not suited to Pakistan

Qaeda, Ansar ul Aseer behind Karachi jailbreak plan: security sources

Zardari not defending democracy but himself: Sheikh Rasheed

 

India

Shia Clerics Oppose Demand to Declare Taj a Waqf Property

We Still Feel the Endless Pain of Lost Lives in 26/11: PM Tells SAARC Leaders

Speed up 26/11 trial: India tells Pakistan

Hindu Jatha Leaves for Pakistan to Pay Obeisance at Several Temples

 

Southeast Asia

Time to Stop Criminalizing Beliefs in Indonesia

Don’t be too tolerant with non-Muslims, warns Umno Youth delegate

Do not challenge our ‘special rights’, Khairy tells non-Malays

Malaysia plans anti-terror law amid IS fears

 

North America

'Precise' drone strikes: 874 killed in US hunt for 24 terrorists in Pakistan

Judge orders release of FBI's secret calls for Pakistani man's lawsuit

Domestic pressures in US, Iran threaten slow-moving nuke talks

US charges two Minneapolis men with conspiring to support Islamic State

 

Europe

Spain smashes human trafficking ring smuggling Syrians into Europe

Pope slams 'state terrorism' that kills 'innocents'

Court orders release of Dutch woman rescued by mother from IS

Nicolas Sarkozy: Vote 'No' on Palestinian state recognition on December 2

Russia’s new push for Syria dialogue unlikely to be fruitful

UK PM wants digital giants to monitor terrorism

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Syrian Child Preacher: Stop Chasing Half-Naked Women, Look to Your 72 Virgins

Nov 26 2014

A child preacher in Syria was shown in a recent video calling on fighters to kill the enemies of jihad Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a video posted and translated by MEMRI.

"See how men today chase half-naked women, and forget all about the black-eyed virgins," the men said while telling a group of people on the street to kill their enemies in order to supposedly receive 72 virgins in heaven.

The boy, according to MEMRI, named Abu Ja'far, is a representative of Preachers for Jihad. The group was set up by a Saudi preacher and former fighter in Syria who has said in the past how he has plans to open a military training camp for boys over the age of 14.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/WATCH-Syrian-child-preacher-says-stop-chasing-half-naked-women-look-forward-to-your-72-virgins-382859

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Iraqi Air Strikes Kill over 50 ISIL Terrorists in Samarra

26 November 2014

Iraqi warplanes bombed the positions of the ISIL Takfiri group in the Northern city of Samarra, and claimed the lives of more than 50 terrorists.

The Iraqi bombers fired several strikes at the hideouts of the terrorist group in Mutassim district, leaving 38 militants dead.

Also, the fighter jets backed by Iraq's army targeted the Takfiri group in Sayyed Ghraib district and killed 13 other militants on the outskirts of the city.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930905000179

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Syria-led airstrikes on Islamic State stronghold raises death toll to 95

Toll in Syria regime strikes on ISIL 'capital' rises to 95: monitor

Nov 26 2014

At least 95 people were killed in Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s self-proclaimed capital Raqqa on Nov. 26, a monitoring group said in a new toll.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 52 of the dead were civilians, but it had no word Wednesday on whether the others were jihadists or also civilians.

"Some of the strikes hit near to Islamic State posts," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory.

Raqa was the first provincial capital in Syria to fall from regime control, and was later overrun by IS which has used it as the capital of its so-called "caliphate".

Raqa has also been the target of repeated air strikes by the US-led coalition fighting against the jihadists.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/toll-in-syria-regime-strikes-on-isil-capital-rises-to-95-monitor.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74826&NewsCatID=352

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ISIL Razes Shiite Shrines, Sunni Mosques in Iraq

26 November 2014

 ISIL Takfiri terrorists demolished several mosques and shrines belonging to Shiite and Sunni Muslims in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin.

A video footage, which was released on Tuesday, shows ISIL militants bulldozing and blowing up several Sunni and Shiite holy sites in Iraq’s Salahuddin province, press tv reported.

Meanwhile, ISIL terrorists also blew up the historical St. George's church in the city of Mosul.

The terrorist group “has once again turned to bombing churches and mosques after it lost popularity and many of its members to the airstrikes that have targeted strongholds in different areas of the city," said Saad Mamuzin, Head of  Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) 14th Branch in Mosul, on Tuesday.

In recent days, the Iraqi army has managed to make numerous gains in the fight against the ISIL militants, pledging to continue the battle against the extremist group.

The Takfiri militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all Syrian and Iraqi communities such as Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds.

The West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are giving financial and military support to the militants.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930905000725

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Iraqi Airstrike Kills 4 Terrorists near Shurqat Bridge

26 November 2014

Iraqi air force fighter jets killed four terrorist of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Shurqat district in Northern Salahuddin province.

''The air force shelled a terrorist checkpoint near Shurqat Bridge, killing four of the terrorists, including the terrorist leader, Taha al-Jebouri, in Northern Salahuddin province,'' a security source said Tuesday.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930905000995

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5 Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis members killed in North Sinai: Police sources

26 November 2014

The Egyptian army resumed air operations in the Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, reportedly killing five members of the militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis and injuring four others, police sources told Reuters' Aswat Masriya news website.

The operation was conducted by Apache aircrafts in the south of Sheikh Zuweid, North Sinai, targeting two houses where jihadist extremists from the areas of Goura and Moqata'a were based, sources said.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, an extremist group active in North Sinai especially after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, have claimed many recent militant attacks against army and police personnel.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116446/Egypt/Politics-/-Ansar-Beit-AlMaqdis-members-killed-in-North-Sinai.aspx

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Syria jihadists behead Shia Ismaili man for 'apostasy'

26 November 2014

The jihadist Islamic State group said it beheaded a member of the minority Ismaili community, an offshoot of Shia Islam, accusing him of "apostasy".

"Yesterday (Monday) the Islamic police in Homs province carried out the punishment for apostasy against on an Ismaili apostate... The punishment was carried out before a group of Muslims," IS said in a statement distributed on jihadist forums.

IS also distributed graphic photographs of the execution, including one showing the unnamed victim kneeling on the ground as a jihadist raises a sword above his head.

"This is what will happen to every apostate," read a handwritten sign placed above the shoulders of the victim's disfigured body.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/116441/World/Region/Syria-jihadists-behead-Shia-Ismaili-man-for-aposta.aspx

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82% of terror victims are in 5 Muslim countries

26 November 2014

A staggering 82 percent of terror-related deaths occurred in five Muslim countries, namely Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, in 2013, according to a report published by the Vision of Humanity Foundation.

There has been a substantial increase in the number of terrorist attacks in 2013, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

Almost 18,000 people were killed that year, a 61-percent increase from the previous year, the foundation said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/665546

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13 Egyptians charged with forming 'terror cell' linked to Islamic State

26 November 2014

Egypt's top prosecutor on Tuesday referred 13 alleged militants to criminal court on charges of forming a "terrorist cell" targeting police and army forces, a statement from the prosecutor's office said.

The cell, allegedly based in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, is linked to the militant group of the Islamic State, which has claimed control over large swaths of Syria and Iraq.

The prosecutor's office said investigations showed one defendant established and organised an unlawful group to obstruct the rule of law, hinder state institutions from their duties, assault citizens' personal freedoms and harm national peace and unity.

The defendants – six arrested and seven on the run – include teachers at Al-Azhar Islamic University, as well as students, employees and doctors.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116435/Egypt/Politics-/-Egyptians-charged-with-forming-terror-cell-linked.aspx

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ISIS ‘Prince’ Killed in Iraq’s Hit

 26 November 2014

An air strike in west Iraq reportedly killed on Wednesday a senior figure in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.

Senan Meteeb, the so-called ISIS “emir” of the western Anbar province, was reportedly killed by a coalition air raid in the Anbar city of Hit. Twenty-four other ISIS fighters were also reportedly killed.

The reported killing of Meteeb comes a day after Islamist militants shot dead 25 people from the Albunimr tribe in Anbar. The militant group has killed hundreds from the tribe.

The United States is planning to arm the Sunni tribesmen in Anbar to help bolster the battle against ISIS in the Sunni stronghold.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/26/The-prince-of-ISIS-killed-in-Iraq-s-Hit-.html

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Egypt reopens Gaza crossing: officials

Nov 26 2014

Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on Nov. 26 for the first time since its closure in late October after a bombing in the Sinai Peninsula, officials said.

The crossing, which is the only access point to the Palestinian territory not controlled by Israel, will open for four hours on both Wednesday and Thursday, a government official said.        

"The crossing is being opened for two days to help traffic mainly from Egypt to Gaza," the official said, suggesting that for now the reopening was only temporary.

The United Nations says more than 3,500 Palestinians have been stranded on the Egyptian side since the crossing was closed after a suicide attack killed 30 soldiers in the North Sinai on October 24.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/egypt-reopens-gaza-crossing-officials.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74830&NewsCatID=352

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Africa

 

Boko Haram Takfiri Militants Seize another Nigerian Town

26 November 2014

Boko Haram Takfiri militants reportedly captured another town in Northeastern Nigeria after an attack that resulted in several deaths and mass displacement.

Several local residents from Damasak town in Borno State confirmed that the town had fallen into the hands of Boko Haram Takfiri militants who overran the area on Monday morning, Anadolu news agency reported.

"Damasak fell to the militants after they masqueraded as traders and entered the market," Idrissa Babou, who was among the hundreds who fled the town in the wake of the attack said.

"It was when they infiltrated the market that they started shooting in the air," he said.

"Many of our people died; many had to flee," he said, noting that fleeing residents had scattered in different directions when the attackers came.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930904001379

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Two Women Kill 45 In Nigeria Suicide Bombings

Nov 26 2014

MAIDUGURI: More than 45 people were killed when two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowded market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, the latest in a wave of such attacks blamed on Boko Haram.

The explosions in the Borno state capital targeted the same Monday Market area where at least 15 people died on July 1 in a blast also thought to have been carried out by the Islamist militants.

Tuesday’s attacks came after the militants seized control of another town in Nigeria’s restive northeast, adding to their increasing haul of territory captured in recent months.

Health worker Dogara Shehu said he counted more than “45 people killed, some of them completely decapitated” in the Maiduguri blasts in an account supported by another witness.

An official with Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that “many people have been killed” but did not have an official death toll.

“What we have is a case of suicide bombings involving two females,” said a senior security source in the city.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146888/two-women-kill-45-in-nigeria-suicide-bombings

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Anti-Islamist Essebsi leads Tunisia presidential vote

Nov 26 2014

The run-off battle in Tunisia's first free presidential election gets underway Wednesday, after secular frontrunners Beji Caid Essebsi and incumbent Moncef Marzouki finished top in the first round.

Political veteran Essebsi, 87, came out ahead in the first round vote at the weekend, securing 39.46% of votes cast, six percentage points ahead of President Marzouki, results showed Tuesday.

As no candidate won an overall majority at the ballot boxes on Sunday, a second round of voting will now be held, with the date still to be decided, the head of the ISIE elections body Chafik Sarsar told reporters.

Marzouki secured 33.43% of votes cast in an election which European Union observers hailed as "pluralist and transparent".

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/world/article/anti-islamist-essebsi-leads-tunisia-presidential-vote#sthash.SBZOwheh.dpuf

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Bulgarian mosque raided in jihad incitement probe

26 November 2014

Bulgarian authorities raided a mosque in the south of the country Tuesday as part of a probe into a local Muslim leader for terrorism and incitement to war.

Television footage showed police detaining Ahmed Mussa Ahmed, a Roma imam from the southern town of Pazardzhik, who has already been repeatedly condemned for spreading radical ideology.

Public BNR radio said at least four other members of Pazardzhik's Muslim community were also arrested.

Bulgarian state prosecutors said they had launched a joint operation with the interior ministry and the agency for national security "as part of a pre-trial investigation into terrorism and incitement to war."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/116426/World/International/Bulgarian-mosque-raided-in-jihad-incitement-probe.aspx

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Sudan says shuts UN peacekeepers' Darfur rights office in Khartoum

Nov 26 2014

KHARTOUM - Sudan has shut the human rights office of the joint United Nations-African Union (UNAMID) peacekeeping mission in Darfur, the foreign ministry said, amid tension over allegations of mass rape by Sudanese troops in the troubled region.

UNAMID confirmed on Tuesday that it had received a formal closure request from the Sudanese government on Sunday, but said it was working with authorities to "clarify the role" of its Khartoum-based human rights and liaison offices.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Sudan-says-shuts-UN-peacekeepers-Darfur-rights-office-in-Khartoum-382794

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Mideast

 

Israeli bill pushes for outlawing Muslim guards in al-Aqsa

26 November 2014

Israeli security officials are pushing a bill that would outlaw the presence of Muslim guards that patrol the al-Aqsa mosque, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.

Under the auspices of the Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, a bill on behalf of the Israeli police and the Shin Bet security service will target the guards whose responsibility is to ward off non-Muslims from the site.

The Haaretz reported that Aharonovitch has discussed the bill with Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.

Additionally, security officials claimed that blocking funding to these guards, who receive $776 to $1036 a month according to Haaretz, had led to a decrease in protests in the area around the mosque.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/26/Israeli-bill-pushes-for-outlawing-Palestinian-guards-in-al-Aqsa.html

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5 killed in clashes between Houthis, Yemen tribesman

26 November 2014

Five people were killed in clashes between Shiite Houthi fighters and Sunni tribal opponents in Sanaa early on Wednesday, medical sources said, in some of the worst violence in Yemen’s capital since it was seized by the Houthi movement in September.

Residents of al Hasba area of the capital said clashes erupted between Houthi fighters and members of the Sunni al-Ahmar clan early in the morning and continued for two hours.

Houthi sources told Reuters that some Ahmar followers had refused to stop at a checkpoint, igniting the clashes.

The Houthis have become the main political force in Western-allied Yemen since capturing the capital in late September.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/26/Five-killed-in-clashes-between-Houthis-Sunnis-in-Yemen-capital.html

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Turkish FM says 600 Turkish nationals joined jihadists, more than 100 killed

Nov 26 2014

More than 100 of the 600 Turkish citizens that have gone to fight for jihadist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have perished in battle, according to intelligence estimates, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said late Nov. 24.

Some 7,000 foreigners have been banned from entering Turkey and 1,100 people were deported on suspicions that they may join jihadist groups, the minister said in reply to questions by lawmakers in Parliament during budget discussions.

The foreign minister said it was unfair to expect Turkey, which has a 1,000-kilometer-long border with Syria and Iraq, to tackle alone the problem of foreign fighters crossing through Turkish territory. He asked Western countries to share more intelligence with Turkey on suspected militants so that Turkish authorities can stop them from entering the country.

Turkey has been subjected to criticism that it has turned a blind eye to extremists using its territory to cross into Syria. Since 2013, Ankara has stepped up its efforts to tackle the crossings of foreign fighters through its territory, particularly at airports.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-fm-says-600-turkish-nationals-joined-jihadists-more-than-100-killed.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74813&NewsCatID=359

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Erdoğan’s remarks on gender equality stir fury

Nov 26 2014

The Turkish president’s controversial statements over gender equality have precipitated a new debate in Parliament, as well as opprobrium on the part of women’s rights activists.

In a Nov. 24 speech, Erdoğan said: “You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different.”

His remarks received reactions from the opposition parties. Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Figen Yüksekdağ was visibly furious when she said the president of Turkey, who refuses to recognize gender equality, cannot preach to the mourning mothers of the country about motherhood.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/erdogans-remarks-on-gender-equality-stir-fury-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74820&NewsCatID=338

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Abbas says he is ready to set up Palestinian State on '22 percent of land'

Nov 26 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be ready to set up a Palestinian State on what he says is 22 percent of the size he says it should be, Turkey's Anadolu Agency news reported on Tuesday.

Riyad Mansour, the UN's permanent observer of the "State of Palestine," made in the statements in Abbas' name and said that "the time has come to find the political will in order to work seriously for achieving the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including the independence of the Palestinian state on the bases of 1967."

"The State of Palestine continued to act with utmost responsibility to serve its people and uphold its legal obligations and international commitments," Mansour said.

"It had stood ready for decades to reach a solution to the conflict, and despite diminishing hopes and a dangerous situation on the ground; it remained committed to the two-state solution."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Abbas-says-ready-to-set-up-Palestinian-State-on-22-percent-of-land-382865

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Rivlin: Jewish state law questions success of Zionist enterprise

Nov 26 2014

When considering the possibility of changing the constitutional foundations of the State of Israel, it would be fitting to hold a full and comprehensive referendum, to consider the ramifications, President Reuven Rivlin said in Eilat on Tuesday night.  Rivlin was addressing participants in the annual Conference of the Office of the Attorney General, and commended them for opting to dedicate this year’s conference to relations between the majority and the minorities in Israel’s population.  .

He considered this to be a wise decision in the face of escalating tensions between Israel’s Arab and Jewish citizens.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Rivlin-recommends-referendum-on-Jewish-State-legislation-382819

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Iran Reiterates Full Support for Iraqi Gov't in Anti-Terrorism Campaign

26 November 2014

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi underscored that Tehran will not leave Baghdad alone in its fights against extremism and terrorism.

Speaking in a meeting with Chairman of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim, Qashqavi extended his felicitations to Iraqi government and nation on the recent victories of Iraqi army and populace forces in fight against the ISIL, and voiced Tehran's permanent support for Baghdad to be able to root out terrorists from its soil.

Earlier this month, Iran's envoy to a specialized meeting in Berlin on the Middle-East developments Alireza Moayyeri said Iran is providing Iraq with consultations to fight the terrorist groups, stressing the Iraqi army's capability to gain victory in campaign against terrorism.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930905000493

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South Asia

 

18 Taliban insurgents killed in joint military operations

Nov 26 2014

At least 18 Taliban militants were killed and 11 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry following a statement said Wednesdy that the militants were killed or injured in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar, Zabul, Logar and Kapisa provinces.

The statement further added that 11 Taliban militants were also arrested during the operations.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/moi-18-taliban-insurgents-killed-in-joint-military-operations-9061

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Set aside differences, PM Sheikh Hasina urges Saarc leaders

Nov 26 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the Saarc leaders for setting aside their differences and working on collective strength for bringing real prosperity for the people of the region.

"Saarc can actually attain collective political will and ambition. What is needed is to set aside our differences and work on collective strength for bringing real progress of the region," she said.

The PM was addressing the inaugural session of the 18th Summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at Katmandu City Hall on Wednesday.

Calling upon the Saarc leaders to undertake more realistic, result-oriented and mutually beneficial partnership for cooperation to prosper together, she said: "Let that be our contribution to redeem our pledge to our people to leave a more peaceful, progressive, connected and knowledge-based South Asia."

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/nov/26/set-aside-differences-pm-urges-saarc-leaders#sthash.MHuK0wM4.dpuf

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Ghani says won't allow Afghanistan to be used for proxy wars

Nov 26 2014

KATHMANDU: Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday he would not allow anyone to conduct a proxy war in his country after warnings that the rivalry between India and Pakistan could spill across their borders.

Nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan — bitter and sometimes bloody rivals since gaining independence from Britain in 1947 — have long accused each other of using proxy forces to try to gain influence in Afghanistan.

But the departure of Nato combat forces from Afghanistan has raised fears that their rivalry could escalate, further destabilising their troubled neighbour.

“We will not allow our territory to be used against any of our neighbours. But we will not permit anybody to conduct proxy wars on our soil either,” said Ghani at a meeting of South Asian leaders in Nepal that included India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1147018/ghani-says-wont-allow-afghanistan-to-be-used-for-proxy-wars

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Afghan Senate chief blames Pakistan for volleyball bombing

November 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke to President Ashraf Ghani and condemned the suicide attack in Paktika province, Afghan Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday pointed fingers at Pakistan for the blast that has killed nearly 60 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at a volleyball match; however, the Afghan intelligence agency has blamed the Haqqani Network for the incident.

Nawaz Sharif called President Ashraf Ghani Monday evening and conveyed deep sympathy and condolences over the loss of human lives caused by a suicide terrorist attack in Paktika, the foreign ministry said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/797324/paktika-incident-afghan-senate-chief-blames-pakistan-for-volleyball-bombing/

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Afghan forces rescue 5 policemen from Taliban hostage in Badakhshan

Nov 26 2014

The Afghan security forces rescued at least five of the seventeen abducted policemen in northeastern Badakhshan province.

According to local security officials, the policemen were rescued on Tuesday afternoon.

Provincial police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai confirmed that the policemen were released following an operation by security forces.

He said efforts have been put in place to release the remaining 12 policemen who are still in custody of the Taliban militants.

The seventeen policemen were abducted around a month ago from Wardoj district by Taliban militants.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/afghan-forces-rescue-5-policemen-from-taliban-hostage-in-badakhshan-9060

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Dhaka deplores Pak resolution on war crimes trial

Nov 26 2014

The government has protested a resolution adopted by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Provincial Assembly of Pakistan expressing concern over the conviction of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity and genocide during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh against Pakistan.

The Foreign Ministry yesterday sent a diplomatic note to the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka in this regard.

The ministry deplored the resolution which it said was a “brazen denial of justice for the victims” of the heinous crimes committed by the convicted individuals and that the KPK Assembly chose to speak for Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/nov/26/dhaka-deplores-pak-resolution-war-crimes-trial#sthash.uSkv8naw.dpuf

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Women’s active role in local government a far cry: Bangladesh

Nov 26 2014

Non-cooperation from the male counterparts, legal constraints, lack of congenial atmosphere and awareness are the main barriers to the women representatives of the country’s local government in playing an active role and deliver the desired services, said speakers yesterday. 

Some elected female members of the country’s different union parishads, shared their experiences at a dialogue session organised by the Democracy Watch, a non-government organisation working to promote women empowerment, in the capital.

“After being elected as a member, I only used to go to office and came back my home every day,” said Bithika Parveen, an elected women member of Singasalpur Union in Narail.

“Even, I did not find my name in the list of any committee. I did not know what was my duty in the first seven months of being a local government representative,” she said. 

“Aparajita, a project of of the Democracy Watch, helped me to understand my duties and responsibilities,” she added.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/nov/26/women%E2%80%99s-active-role-local-government-far-cry#sthash.d9BjV8bH.dpuf

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Maldives HC concludes hearings into Criminal Court’s rejection of terrorism cases

Nov 26 2014

The High Court today concluded hearings into an appeal by Prosecutor General’s (PG) Office requesting the repealing of a Criminal Court decision to throw out charges of terrorism against 89 individuals from Gaaf Dhaal Thinadhoo Island.

Criminal Court Chief Judge Abdulla Mohamed had dismissed the charges, claiming the PG’s Office was refusing to cooperate with the trial after state prosecutors’ failure to turn up to a trial scheduled for 10am on Saturday, November 22.

PG Muhthaz Mushin has requested the High Court to rule the Criminal Court’s dismissal of the case through a letter as unlawful and to order the terrorism trials to continue.

The 89 defendants faced terrorism charges for allegedly setting fire to the island’s police station, court building, and several police vehicles during nationwide unrest on February 8, 2012 in the wake of former President Mohamed Nasheed’s controversial resignation the previous day.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/high-court-concludes-hearings-into-criminal-court%E2%80%99s-rejection-of-thinadhoo-terrorism-cases-91290

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Pakistan

 

Drone strike in North Waziristan kills six suspected militants

Nov 26 2014

PESHAWAR: At least six suspected militants were killed and three others wounded in a drone strike conducted in Kund Sar area of North Waziristan's Shawal tehsil on Wednesday.

Sources said that the unmanned droned targeted a compound with two missiles in North Waziristan and added that drones continued to fly above the area after the attack. The identities of the militants could not be ascertained.

Shawal valley lies on the border of Pakistan's North Waziristan and South Waziristan tribal areaa.

Pakistani officials and the military in the area neither confirm nor deny the drones attack but the foreign office usually terms the strikes against sovereignty of the country.

The latest drone strike comes two days after Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazllulah narrowly escaped a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province near the Pak-Afghan border area.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1147013/drone-strike-in-north-waziristan-kills-six-suspected-militants

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4 killed, 3 injured in attack on polio team near Quetta

November 26, 2014

QUETTA: Four polio workers – including three women – were shot dead and three others wounded in a targeted attack on their vehicle in Eastern Bypass area near Quetta on Wednesday morning.

“The team was on its way to the assigned union council after collecting polio vaccines in Killi Ahmzai area when armed men on motorbikes intercepted their vehicle on Link Road of Easter Bypass,” said an eyewitness, adding that masked men first shot the woman campaigner in front seat and then opened indiscriminate fire on other workers sitting in the back of the pickup.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/797395/2-killed-in-attack-on-polio-team-near-quetta/

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Oman army to recruit 350 Baloch youths

Nov 26 2014

GWADAR: Oman has announced that it will recruit Baloch youths in its army from the Gwadar, Kech and Panjgur districts of Makran.

According to sources, an official delegation from Oman army would be visiting Gwadar soon to complete the recruitment process.

They said that applications had been invited by the officials concerned of the Oman army through the deputy commissioners of the three districts.

“Today is the last day for submission of applications,” an official in Gwadar said on Tuesday. Hundreds of educated Baloch from these districts have already submitted their applications in this regard.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146956/oman-army-to-recruit-350-baloch-youths

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Washington not a reliable friend: Defence Minister

Nov 26 2014

ISLAMABAD: The uneasy truth of Pakistan’s less-than-trusting relationship with the US was acknowledged by a key member of the federal cabinet on Tuesday when Defence Minister Khawaja Asif drew a large question mark on the reliability of Washington as a friend of Pakistan.

“The Americans have been our friends for a long time – since the 60s and the 70s – but their reliability is relative,” he told a packed audience at the Institute of Strategic Studies.

He did not stop there. “American foreign policy has been disastrous for this region,” he said, referring to South Asia and the Middle East, adding that, “for all times to come, the geography of this region has been changed”.

Mr Asif warned that Pakistan had to be very careful. “We are still paying the price for our intervention in Afghanistan. The disintegration of this region on sectarian and ethnic lines is in process.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146987/washington-not-a-reliable-friend-asif

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My vision for the region is a dispute-free South Asia: PM Nawaz

Nov 26 2014

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that his vision for the region was of a dispute-free South Asia where instead of fighting one another, the countries jointly fought poverty, illiteracy, disease, malnourishment and unemployment.

He stated the above during a speech at the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) being held in Kathmandu and highlighted the importance of the organisation and how it epitomised the aspirations of the people of the region for peace and prosperity.

Appreciating the theme of the 18th summit, “Deeper Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity”, the premier said, "The focus on deeper integration for peace and prosperity is most appropriate and reflects our common desire for promoting mutual understanding and reaching out to each other to create a win-win scenario."

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1147008/my-vision-for-the-region-is-a-dispute-free-south-asia-pm-nawaz

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Musharraf says ‘western form of democracy’ not suited to Pakistan

Nov 26 2014

KARACHI: Former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf has ruled out the practicality of the ‘western form of democracy’ in Pakistan.

In an interview on the BBC’s HARDtalk show on Tuesday, he said that democracy should be adapted according to the Pakistani environment and circumstances.

“You want to enforce your kind of democracy everywhere...this is not practical. Every nation has their own problems and circumstances, and every country should act according to its circumstances,” he said.

“I myself strongly believe in democracy, but I think here in Pakistan your London- or US-like democracy cannot be implemented.

“We should be democratic. We believe in democracy but we should mould it according to the Pakistani environment,” said the former army strongman, who is currently facing high treason charges in court for actions taken during his term in power.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146965/musharraf-says-western-form-of-democracy-not-suited-to-pakistan

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Qaeda, Ansarul Aseer behind Karachi jailbreak plan: security sources

Nov 26 2014

KARACHI: Al-Qaeda and Ansarul Aseer, militant wing of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were behind the jailbreak plan, security sources said in their startling revelations on Tuesday.

The target of the militants was to set 125 terrorists of TTP and other banned outfits free from the Karachi central jail, the sources said.

The security sources further said some jail officials, directly or indirectly, were part of this conspiracy, adding that financial assistance of approximately Rs90 million for this plan was transferred from Afghanistan.

The terrorists used modern technologies for breaking into the jail and also used the satellite to search the entrance route into the barracks, the sources said and added that with the help of GPS a line was drawn for digging the tunnel from the house.

The security sources further revealed that the next target of the terrorists was Sukkur and Hyderabad jail, if the plan of Karachi jailbreak was not foiled.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-166867-Qaeda,-Ansarul-Aseer-behind-Karachi-jailbreak-plan:-security-sources

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Zardari not defending democracy but himself: Sheikh Rasheed

Nov 26 2014

KARACHI: Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed says Zardari is not defending democracy but himself.

Talking to media at Karachi airport Sheikh Rasheed said that all opposition leaders acknowledge rigging in the election but still side with Nawaz Shareef.

He also said that if law and constitution is mentioned they will do the same and if the government will play foul so will they.

On a question about Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) he said that he is in constant contact with MQM.

AML chief also mentioned that General Raheel Sharif was warmly welcomed in America whereas all notable people were absent during Nawaz Sharif’s Security Council address.

He further said that Nawaz Sharif and his party were working towards destroying democracy and 7 families and 30 incompetent technically faulty children had captured the country.

The fire brand leader demanded that the pay scales of policemen from Sindh and Balochistan should be brought at par with pay scales of Punjab police.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-166907-Zardari-not-defending-democracy-but-himself:-Sheikh-Rasheed

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India

 

Shia clerics oppose demand to declare Taj a waqf property

26 November 2014

LUCKNOW: Prominent Shia clerics opposed the demand to declare Taj Mahal as a Waqf property and handed over to Waqf board saying the world heritage monument should be kept away from politics.

They also questioned when both Shia and Sunni Waqf boards were unable to maintain their mosques and madrasas, then how will they handle Taj Mahal.

"As far as Mumtaz Mahal is concerned, she was a Shia, but Taj Mahal is heritage of the country and it should not be handed over to Sunni or Shia boards," spokesman of All India Shia Personal Law Board Maulana Yasoob Abbas told PTI.

"Shia and Sunni boards are unable to maintain their mosques and madrasas, then how will they handle Taj Mahal? If the issue of handing Taj Mahal to the waqf board is raised then Shia and Sunni will come face to face, therefore it should be kept away from the tussle," he added.

A lesser known organization Imam-e-Raza had in Agra yesterday demanded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh to declare Taj Mahal as waqf property and permission to use it for "matam" during Moharram.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Shia-clerics-oppose-demand-to-declare-Taj-a-waqf-property/articleshow/45273784.cms

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We Still Feel The Endless Pain Of Lost Lives In 26/11: PM Tells SAARC Leaders

26 November 2014

On a day when the sixth anniversary of Mumbai attack was being observed, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told SAARC leaders that India feels the “endless pain” of lost lives and urged the eight-nation grouping to combat terrorism unitedly.

Mr. Modi made a reference to the Mumbai carnage that claimed 166 lives in his maiden address to the 18th SAARC summit during when he reached out to the South Asian countries, announcing business visas to India for three to five years and immediate medical visa for the patient and an attendant travelling to the country for medical treatment.

“Today, as we remember the horror of the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008, we feel the endless pain of lost lives. Let us work together to fulfil the pledge we have taken to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes,” Mr. Modi told the SAARC leaders who included Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/narendra-modi-to-saarc-leaders-we-still-feel-the-endless-pain-of-lost-lives-in-2611/article6636093.ece

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Speed up 26/11 trial: India tells Pakistan

26 November 2014

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the trial of those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack is progressing "very slowly" in Pakistan and should be expedited on a priority basis.

"Heartfelt tributes to people who lost their lives in Mumbai terror attack of 2008. The perpetrators of Mumbai attack are yet to be punished," he said in a tweet.

"The trial of those responsible for Mumbai attack is progressing very slowly in Pakistan. The process should be expedited on a priority basis."

Rajnath Singh also paid homage to the brave security personnel, who "sacrificed their lives while fighting against the Mumbai attackers".

As many as 166 people were killed in the Nov 26-28 Mumbai terror attack, in which 10 gunmen from Pakistan sneaked into India and let loose a reign of terror.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Speed-up-26/11-trial-India-tells-Pakistan/articleshow/45282611.cms

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Hindu Jatha Leaves for Pakistan to Pay Obeisance at Several Temples

Yudhvir Rana,TNN | Nov 26, 2014

AMRITSAR: Undeterred by terror threats, a Hindu jatha, comprising 140 devotees from across the country, left for Pakistan to pay obeisance at several temples in the neighbouring country. "We understand there is a threat to Lahore-Amritsar bus and Samjhauta Express but we are going on a religious journey," said Jatha leader and president of Kendriya Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Shiv Partap Singh Baja, before crossing over to Pakistan on Tuesday.

He said that the Pakistan government always provided security to visiting Jathas. "This time also they would have made sufficient security arrangements," he said. During the six-day pilgrimage, these Hindu devotees would stay in Lahore and Katasraj in Chakwal district of Pakistan.

Chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddqiq-ul-Farooq told TOI over phone from Lahore that they had made elaborate security arrangements for the Hindu Jatha arriving from India.

Deputy Jatha leader Prem Grover demanded that Pakistan government should give visa on arrival to Hindus going on pilgrimage to Pakistan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hindu-jatha-leaves-for-Pakistan/articleshow/45277666.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Time to Stop Criminalizing Beliefs in Indonesia

Nov 26 2014

Indonesia has come a long way on human rights since the end of the Suharto era. But despite the progress, there have been some serious setbacks over the past decade — not least when it comes to the issue of freedom of religion and expression.

The past ten years have been marked by shrinking space for religious pluralism, with those professing minority beliefs increasingly facing threats, violent attacks and imprisonment.

Across Indonesia, churches and mosques have been burned down, whole communities forced to flee because of their beliefs, and a range of laws and bylaws introduced to silence the expression of minority beliefs.

Last week, Amnesty International launched a new briefing on one particular aspect of this disturbing trend – Indonesia’s blasphemy laws.

Scores of people have been jailed under the blasphemy laws for nothing more than peacefully expressing their beliefs – some for simply voicing a “deviant” faith, others for “crimes” like posting their opinions on Facebook or whistling while praying or claiming to have received a “revelation from God.”

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/opinion/time-stop-criminalizing-beliefs-indonesia/

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Don’t be too tolerant with non-Muslims, warns Umno Youth delegate

Nov 26 2014

An Umno Youth delegate today called on party members to rise up in response to non-Muslims who were growing bolder in challenging Malay sensitivities, adding that being too tolerant with them would see the end of Islam.

Negri Sembilan Umno Youth information chief Shamsul Amri Mohd Kamal told delegates at the party's assembly that they must not fear defending their religion, and anyone who called them extreme for doing so should face police action.

"Before, they did not dare disturb us, they did not dare criticise us, but now they dare to challenge us with all sorts of issues that shake our patience and tolerance," he said when debating the policy speech.

"Rise up, my race, rise up, my friends, realise that our patience and tolerance has its limits. Let us not risk it all, including our beloved Islam, just because we are too diplomatic and tolerant."

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dont-be-too-tolerant-with-non-muslims-warns-umno-youth-delegate#sthash.n3AxDoby.dpuf

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Do not challenge our ‘special rights’, Khairy tells non-Malays

Nov 26 2014

Non-Malays should never again dispute the special rights of the Malays and the position of the rulers, Khairy Jamaluddin said today, adding that Malays themselves never questioned vernacular schools and the citizenship of non-Malays.

The Umno youth chief said in his policy speech at the party's general assembly that the Malays had "accepted and they had never questioned" the social contract they agreed upon during the formation of Malaysia.

"If the Malays can accept it by not raising the matter of citizenship and acknowledging that we cannot shut down vernacular schools, why are there those among non-Malays who refuse to honour what they have previously agreed upon?

"Why are there those who ask for the Malay special privileges to be stopped, those who dispute the position of the Malay rulers and even those who cannot speak a word of the national language?

"If the Malay people are steadfast in their principles of upholding the agreement, we want to demand that they uphold their end of the bargain. Never again dispute what has been agreed upon," said Khairy.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/do-not-challenge-our-special-rights-khairy-tells-non-malays#sthash.XoW1qnJq.dpuf

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Malaysia plans anti-terror law amid IS fears

Nov 26 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will soon introduce a new anti-terrorism law to counter a potential security threat from supporters of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Wednesday.

Najib told parliament his government also would strengthen existing security-related laws as authorities express mounting concern that Malaysians who have joined the IS in Syria and Iraq will return home to spread militant Islam.

“Looking at the potential threat from this group, we fear the return of Malaysians from the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq will be detrimental to national security,” Najib said.

He expressed concern that returnees will come back with battlefield expertise and could carry out “lone wolf” attacks, but did not elaborate on what the new terror legislation would entail.

Najib made the announcement as he introduced a government white paper on the terrorism threat that said 39 Malaysians had gone to join the fighting in Syria, and that five had been killed.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1147029/malaysia-plans-anti-terror-law-amid-is-fears

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North America

 

'Precise' drone strikes: 874 killed in US hunt for 24 terrorists in Pakistan

Nov 26 2014

KARACHI: “Surgical precision” and “laser-like focus” are terms often used by the Obama administration to describe the US’ covert drone programme. But it seems the ‘precision’ strikes are only as accurate as the intelligence that feeds them.

According to data analysis by human rights group Reprieve, the CIA killed a whopping 221 people, including 103 children, in Pakistan in the hunt for just four men (three of whom are still alive and a fourth of whom died from natural causes) on Obama’s secret Kill List – a covert US programme that selects individual targets for assassination and requires no public presentation of evidence or judicial oversight.

The report revealed that the Obama administration may have killed as many as 1,147 people during attempts to kill 41 men in Yemen and Pakistan – accounting for a quarter of all possible drone strike casualties in both countries.

Each was targeted and/or reported killed more than three times on average before they were actually killed. In one instance, a person was targeted seven times before eventually being killed. Two others were killed six times and one is believed to still be alive today, said the report.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/796806/precise-drone-strikes-874-killed-in-us-hunt-for-24-terrorists-in-pakistan/

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Judge orders release of FBI's secret calls for Pakistani man's lawsuit

Nov 26 2014

MIAMi: A Pakistani-American man cleared of terrorism support charges is entitled to examine hundreds of classified FBI phone intercepts as part of his malicious prosecution lawsuit against the US, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The FBI has resisted turning over the calls to Irfan Khan and his lawyer, contending that some might jeopardise national security and that reviewing them would be too burdensome.

But US Magistrate Judge John O'Sullivan said Khan should at least get up to 700 previously unreleased calls in which he was a participant.

Khan's attorney, Michael Hanna, wants the calls because they could bolster Khan's claims that the FBI knew he was innocent before he was charged with conspiring along with other family members to financially support the Pakistani Taliban.

Khan spent 319 days in jail before prosecutors dropped all charges without explanation; the FBI insists it never knowingly misrepresented or omitted evidence.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1147019/judge-orders-release-of-fbis-secret-calls-for-pakistani-mans-lawsuit

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Domestic pressures in US, Iran threaten slow-moving nuke talks

Nov 26 2014

VIENNA/WASHINGTON - A seven-month extension in talks between world powers and Iran on a deal to curb its nuclear program emboldened critics in Washington and Tehran, threatening to undermine further talks.

After failing to clinch an agreement that would limit Iran's nuclear program in return for lifting stifling US-led economic sanctions, the sides agreed on Monday to push back, yet again, a deadline for reaching a deal, until next July.

Iran is negotiating with so-called P5+1 group of the United Nations Security Council permanent members, plus Germany, but that could be called the P5+1+2, given the role played by hard-liners in Congress and in Iran's ruling establishment.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Domestic-pressures-in-US-Iran-threaten-slow-moving-nuke-talks-382853

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US charges two Minneapolis men with conspiring to support Islamic State

 Nov 26 2014

WASHINGTON - US federal prosecutors charged two Minnesota men with supporting Islamic State, the militant group that has captured swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq and carried out gruesome executions of civilians and foreigners.

The US Attorney's office in Minneapolis alleged in a criminal complaint that Abdi Nur, 20, and Abdullahi Yusuf, 18, had engaged in a conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State, and that Nur had actually provided such support. Both men are US citizens of Somali ancestry.

Yusuf was scheduled to make an initial court appearance before a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday. But court documents said that Nur left the United States on a flight to Istanbul, Turkey on May 29, and had not returned.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/US-charges-two-Minneapolis-men-with-conspiring-to-support-Islamic-State-382840

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Europe

 

Spain smashes human trafficking ring smuggling Syrians into Europe

26 November 2014

Spanish police said they have broken up a human trafficking ring that smuggled desperate families fleeing the conflict in Syria into Europe, charging up to 10,000 euros ($12,500) per person.

Eighteen people were arrested in Madrid, including the suspected head of the ring, a Spanish national of Lebanese origin, police said in a statement.

"The organisation mainly recruited Syrians who were displaced due to the situation in their country. In general it selected middle class families," the statement said.

The ring charged between 6,000 euros and 10,000 euros ($7,500 and $12,500) per person, police said.

"In exchange for this money they had the right to plane tickets, accommodation in the various transit nations, falsified documents and several opportunities to attempt an entry in case they were detected before arriving in Spain," the statement added.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/116413/World/International/Spain-smashes-ring-smuggling-Syrians-into-Europe.aspx

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Pope slams 'state terrorism' that kills 'innocents'

Nov 26 2014

ITALY: Pope Francis slammed “state terrorism” that “kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists”.

It was not clear whom the pontiff was referring to in his latest remarks as he flew back to the Vatican from a visit to the European Parliament and Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.

Responding to a complex question about the threat posed by groups like the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and the scourge of modern slavery, the Pope further referred to “state terrorism.”

“There is another threat, that of state terrorism” the pope said, bemoaning what happens when international crises degenerate.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/797182/pope-slams-state-terrorism-that-kills-innocents/

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Court orders release of Dutch woman rescued by mother from IS

Nov 26 2014

THE HAGUE: A Dutch court ordered the provisional release of a young woman being probed on terrorism charges after her mother rescued her from Syria, where she had married an Islamic State fighter.

“The judge has decided to free Aicha if she adheres to certain conditions,” the Limburg regional court said in a statement.

A convert to Islam who travelled to Syria in February to marry an IS fighter she saw as a Robin Hood figure, Aicha, whose surname was not given, was arrested after landing back in the Netherlands with her mother Monique last Wednesday.

A judge on Friday had ordered Aicha to be detained pending possible terrorism charges, including taking part in a terrorist organisation.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146942/court-orders-release-of-dutch-woman-rescued-by-mother-from-is

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Nicolas Sarkozy: Vote 'No' on Palestinian state recognition on December 2

Nov 26 2014

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, implored members of his UMP party to vote against the upcoming December 2 vote in France's Parliament to decide whether or not to recognize a Palestinian state.

"I ask my friends to vote against [the resolution]," he said, going on to refer to the terror attack in a Jerusalem on November 18 in which five people were killed by Palestinian terrorists as a reason to vote against the proposition.

"I will fight for the Palestinians to have their state. But unilateral recognition a few days after a deadly attack and when there is no peace process? No!"

Sarkozy said that he would never question Israel's need for security and said that "this is the fight of my life."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Sarkozy-Vote-No-to-Palestinian-state-recognition-on-December-2-382868

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Russia’s new push for Syria dialogue unlikely to be fruitful

26 November 2014

Fresh Russian efforts to encourage Syrian peace talks are unlikely to make progress because Moscow rejects opposition and Western calls for the swift departure of President Bashar al-Assad.

Moscow has long-supported Assad, including with arms supplies for Syria, but he has become a more important ally for Russia since the Arab Spring protests toppled leaders in the Middle East, some of whom had close ties with Moscow.

With its influence in the Middle East weakened and relationship with the West under increasing strain over the conflict in Ukraine, Moscow is trying to restart Syria talks that collapsed in Geneva in February.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/11/26/Russia-s-new-push-for-Syria-dialogue-unlikely-to-be-fruitful.html

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UK PM wants digital giants to monitor terrorism

26 November 2014

Britain’s prime minister is willing to consider laws that would force major U.S. communication companies to disclose information about potential terrorists, the UK’s Telegraph reported Tuesday.

David Cameron said companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Wikipedia must offer more assistance to intelligence agencies to help prevent terror attacks.

“Their networks are being used to plot murder and mayhem,” Cameron told Parliament. “It is their social responsibility to act on this.”

Under the existing laws, British firms are obliged to reveal and give intelligence and law enforcement agencies access to all information of a potential terrorism suspect.

However, in the United States companies only disclose information in emergency cases that would involve risk of death or serious physical injury, the daily reported.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/11/26/UK-PM-wants-Facebook-Google-to-monitor-terrorism-threats-.html

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