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Syria’s Grand Mufti: Voting for Assad Was Commanded by the Prophet

 

 

 

 

 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C-R) arrives along with Grand Mufti Ahmed Hassun (C-L) a meeting with a group of various religious clerics from across Syria. (AFP)

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Syria’s Grand Mufti: Voting for Assad Was Commanded by the Prophet

Bombs at Iraq funeral procession kill 20: Police

Sunni-Shia scholars meeting possible, but with conditions: Al-Azhar's El-Tayyeb

Militants seize Iraq's second-largest city: Officials

East Syria fighting rages as jihadists press state bid: NGO

Syrian rebel commander warns of emerging warlords

Saudi Arabia jails 33 for up to 30 years on terrorism charges

El-Sisi should end 'rampant abuses': Amnesty and HRW

 

Africa

Over 50 Insurgents Killed in Nigerian Military Raid

38 killed in DR Congo ethnic violence: government

Sudan Army Says 110 Rebels Killed In South Kordofan

Somalis Welcome, With Scepticism, Surrender of Senior Al-Shabaab Leader Atom

Protests erupt over Nigeria's new Islamic authority

Nigeria's Jonathan faces potential storm over new Muslim leader

Ethiopia invites Sisi to discuss Nile dam issue

 

Mideast

Hezbollah is stronger than most world armies: Israel's military chief

Abbas' forces break up Hamas protest in West Bank

Turkey, Iran on different page in Syria but ties ‘strategic’

Turkey lists Boko Haram as terrorist organization

‘Security risks won’t stop Palestine Football squad from coming to Pakistan’

 

Pakistan

Aerial bombing in Tirah valley kills 25 militants

Seven bodies recovered from Karachi airport’s cold-storage facility

Suicide bomber kills 4 soldiers in N Waziristan

Pakistan pounds 'terrorist hideouts' after Karachi attack

Prime Minister ordered to track down terrorists

TTP claims fresh attack at Karachi ASF camp

Foreign hands in Karachi Airport attack couldn’t be ruled out: Minister

CM vows to restore peace in Balochistan

24 rockets fired by Iran into Balochistan: FC

 

South Asia

NATO Announces Five Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Jamiyat ul Salaf calls on government to reconsider UN peacekeeping deal

Pakistani militants among 10 killed in NATO airstrike in Kunar

 

India

2 mosques burnt in riot-hit Mewat village, curfew on

‘Manmohan, Sonia told me no restraint if another 26/11’: Hillary Clinton

India condemns Karachi airport attack

 

Southeast Asia

Don’t be arrogant in dealing with other races, Anwar tells state Islamic councils

Remedy exists for custody battles involving Muslim converts, says Chief Justice

Stop provocative speech: Muslim leaders, activists

Indignity, Then Jail and Lashes for Indonesian Workers in Saudi Arabia

 

North America

Samuel Berger: Don’t let Hamas participate in Palestinian elections

US Senator vows response from Congress to Palestinian unity government

US condemns Karachi airport attack, offers help in probe

 

Europe

British Inspector Warns of 'Islamist Plot' in Some Schools

UN chief slams terrorist attacks in Karachi, Taftan

Brahimi: Syria Terrorists Used Chemical Weapons in Khan al-Asal

France: Iran must budge on centrifuges for talks to succeed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Syria’s Grand Mufti: Voting for Assad Was Commanded by the Prophet

June 10, 2014

Syria’s Grand Mufti has told a Syrian television channel that he voted for Bashar al-Assad as an “enactment of Prophet Muhammad’s commandment.”

In the television report being circulated on the internet, Ahmed al-Hasoon claimed that the Prophet declared the “army of the Levant” to be worthy of his followers’ support.

He translates this Hadith, or saying, as an explicit commandment to support the Syrian military. He added that casting his vote for al-Assad pays homage to the “martyrs who have fallen protecting Syria.”Sheikh Hasoon also reminded viewers of al-Assad’s announcement that “this will be a long battle...and we will succeed nonetheless."

The Grand Mufti’s remarks are seen as a display of how religion is intertwined with political discourse in Syria.

This is not Sheikh Hasoon’s first outspoken support for the Syrian military. In 2013, he reiterated the sanctity of supporting al-Assad. He called it a “religious obligation” carried by all Muslims, inside and outside of Syria. Sheikh Hasoon made these statements after issuing a fatwa compelling Muslims to come to the aid of al-Assad against the rebels.

In a televised statement in 2013, he advocated that parents in Syria push their children to join the army. He comforted the parents by explaining that their children “will not be killed, but be rewarded by god.”

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/09/Syria-s-Grand-Mufti-voting-for-Assad-was-commanded-by-the-Prophet.html

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Bombs at Iraq funeral procession kill 20: Police

June 10, 2014

BAQUBA: Two bombs exploded near a funeral procession in the Iraqi city of Baquba on Tuesday, killing 20 people, police and a doctor said.

The blasts in the capital of Diyala province, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, also wounded 28 people, the sources said.

Mourners were carrying the body of a teacher who was shot dead the previous night to a cemetery when the blasts occurred.

Militants frequently attack events and places where crowds of people gather, including funerals, weddings, mosques, markets and cafes, in an attempt to cause maximum casualties.

The Baquba blasts came as militants seized control the entire northern province of Nineveh, including its capital Mosul.

Militants have launched major operations in Nineveh, Anbar, Diyala, Salaheddin and Baghdad provinces since Thursday, killing scores of people and highlighting both their long reach and the weakness of Iraq’s security forces.

Violence is running at its highest levels since 2006-2007, when tens of thousands were killed in sectarian conflict.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/719889/bombs-at-iraq-funeral-procession-kill-20-police/

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Sunni-Shia scholars meeting possible, but with conditions: Al-Azhar's El-Tayyeb

June 10, 2014

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb said that a joint meeting between Sunni and Shia scholars is only possible if the latter issue clear religious edicts from major references in Iran and Iraq that prohibit insults of the prophet's companions and spouses.

He also called for an end to what he said were attempts to spread the Shia doctrine in Sunni states.

His comments came during a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Khodair Al-Khozaei, who said he is certain that Al-Azhar is capable of uniting the Muslim world.

The majority of the population in both Iraq and Iran are Shia Muslims.

In May 2013, El-Tayyeb chaired a meeting with Islamist forces – including scholars, Muslim Brotherhood members and Salafists – during which they declared their total rejection of "attempts to spread Shi'ism in Egypt".

A few weeks before the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, four Egyptian Shias were beaten to death by a mob, a lynching blamed partly on sectarian passions whipped up by ultra-orthodox Salafist Muslim allies of the Islamist president.

There are no official records of the number of Shias in Egypt, which is predominantly Sunni. However, community members estimate them to be between 800,000 and just under 2 million.

Article 2012 of Egypt's constitution that was drafted by an Islamist-led panel during Morsi's rule stated that Sharia law, the main source of legislation, includes credible sources that are accepted "in Sunni doctrines and by the larger community."

The condition of being compatible with Sunni doctrine is no longer mentioned in the 2014 national charter, which states in its preamble that the reference for interpretation of Sharia law are the relevant texts in the collected rulings of the Supreme Constitutional Court.

Egypt's Al-Azhar, now the highest seat of Sunni religious authority, was originally a Shia place of worship when it was founded in 970 in order to spread Shia Islam throughout the world.

The Shia denomination emerged in the earliest days of Islam from a dispute over who should lead the Muslim community after the death of Prophet Mohamed. Shias believe leadership should have passed to Ali, the prophet's son-in-law, and his descendants, rather than Abu Bakr, Mohamed's companion.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/103271/Egypt/Politics-/SunniShia-scholars-meeting-possible,-but-with-cond.aspx

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Militants seize Iraq's second-largest city: Officials

June 10, 2014

Militants seized Iraq's second-largest city Tuesday, officials said, in another blow to the authorities, who appear incapable of stopping rebel advances.

Overnight, hundreds of gunmen launched an assault on Mosul, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad, engaging in combat with troops and police, they said.

Before the entire city fell, they took control of the governor's headquarters, prisons and television stations.

"The city of Mosul is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants," an interior ministry official told AFP, making it the second city to fall to anti-government forces this year.

An AFP journalist, himself fleeing the city, said shops were closed, security forces had abandoned vehicles and a police station had been set ablaze.

Mosul is the capital of Nineveh province.

In recent days, militants have launched major operations in Nineveh and four other provinces, killing scores of people and highlighting both their long reach and the weakness of Iraq's security forces.

Mosul is the second city to fall to militants this year, after the government lost control of Fallujah, just a short drive from Baghdad, in early January.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/103333/World/Region/Militants-seize-Iraqs-secondlargest-city-Officials.aspx

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East Syria fighting rages as jihadists press state bid: NGO

June 10, 2014

Fighting is raging in eastern Syria as a jihadist group rooted in neighbouring Iraq pushes a fresh bid to create an "Islamic state" along the border, a monitor said Tuesday.

Since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched a new offensive in Deir Ezzor province 40 days ago, 634 people, mainly fighters, have been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

At the same time, 130,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, with 39 civilians killed from shelling in the fighting.

The Britain-based Observatory said 354 of the dead were members of Al-Nusra Front -- Syria's official Al-Qaeda arm -- and allied rebel groups.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/103329/World/Region/East-Syria-fighting-rages-as-jihadists-press-state.aspx

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Syrian rebel commander warns of emerging warlords

World Bulletin/News Desk

June 10, 2014

U.S. arms supplies to Syrian rebels may create Somali-style warlords and are undermining Washington's allies in the rebels' exile military command, the former Syrian army general who leads it said.

Brigadier General Abdelilah al-Bashir, who defected in 2012 and led rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in the Golan before becoming chief-of-staff of the FSA's Supreme Military Council in February, told Reuters that Washington was bypassing the SMC in sending weapons directly to groups that were hard to control.

"The Americans are leading the distribution of weapons on the northern front and in the southern front. We demand that we be responsible," Bashir, 56, said in an interview in Istanbul.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/138630/syrian-rebel-commander-warns-of-emerging-warlords

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Saudi Arabia jails 33 for up to 30 years on terrorism charges

10 June 2014

A Saudi court sentenced 33 suspected Islamist militants on Monday to up to 30 years in prison, the official Saudi Press Agency said, eight years after their arrest on terrorism charges.

Seventy-one people were arrested in Riyadh’s al Nakheel district in 2006 on charges including forming a terrorist cell, possession of weapons and plotting prison escapes.

While 33 defendants were sentenced on Monday, the SPA report had no information on the status of the other 38.

The Jeddah court also ruled that some of the defendants would be banned from travel after serving their sentences.

In 2006, Saudi authorities crushed a three-year al Qaeda insurgency aimed at destabilising the U.S. ally, the world’s No. 1 oil exporter. Saudi Arabia has detained more than 11,000 people in its security prisons as a result.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/10/Saudi-Arabia-jails-33-for-up-to-30-years-on-terrorism-charges.html

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El-Sisi should end 'rampant abuses': Amnesty and HRW

June 10, 2014

Egypt`s newly inaugurated president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, has taken office amid a human rights crisis in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Egypt: New Leader Faces Rights Crisis, the groups condemned the use of force to end a sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya by supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.

According to the HRW, at least 1,400 people have been killed in protests and political violence since Morsi's ouster on 3 July 2013.

The most serious incident took place on 14 August 2013, when security forces dispersed sit-ins by Morsi supporters in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda squares in Cairo.

The statement also condemned the mass death sentences applied to supporters of the ousted president.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/103334/Egypt/Politics-/ElSisi-should-end-rampant-abuses-Amnesty-and-HRW.aspx

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Africa

 

Over 50 Insurgents Killed in Nigerian Military Raid

June 10, 2014

Over 50 suspected Boko Haram fighters were killed in a military operation by troops in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, the stronghold of the outlawed sect.

"Troops in the northeast region of Nigeria also foiled an attack by suspected members of Boko Haram," the Nigerian military's spokesman Chris Olukolade said, AFP reported.

"Troops conducting anti-terrorists campaign in North-Eastern Nigeria have successfully averted attempted massive raid on villages in Borno and Adamawa States. The terrorists who were on their way to attack selected communities were ambushed by troops along Bilta, Borno state, on receiving intelligence report of the terrorists' intention," Olukolade addded.

"The attack was launched on the terrorists as they filed out of the forest to embark on their mission at about 10 pm local time. Over 50 terrorists died in the fierce encounter that ensued, while 30 rifles, 36 hand grenades, 7 machine guns and 11 rocket propelled grenade tubes were captured by the troops," he said.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930320000096

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38 killed in DR Congo ethnic violence: government

June 10, 2014

KINSHASA: A total of 38 people died in ethnic violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend, many massacred when a church was set ablaze, the government said Tuesday.

The killings took place overnight Friday in Mutarule, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of Bukavu, the capital of Sud-Kivu province.

Earlier, local sources said the toll was at least 30 men, women and children, and that most of the victims were ethnic Bafuliru.

The violence was sparked by the theft of livestock which resulted in retaliation "that led to carnage, causing the deaths of 38 people," said an official statement issued after an extraordinary meeting of government ministers.

"Fifteen of the victims of this massacre by an armed group were burnt alive in a fire... lit deliberately by unidentified assailants in a church. The government strongly condemns this crime and does not intend to let it go unpunished," the statement continued.

Local sources said Saturday that 14 women, 10 children and a soldier were among the victims.

They added that it was a protestant church that had been targeted, and that the other victims were either shot or stabbed to death.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-150299-38-killed-in-DR-Congo-ethnic-violence:-government

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Sudan Army Says 110 Rebels Killed In South Kordofan

AFP | Jun 10, 2014

KHARTOUM: The Sudanese army said it killed 110 rebels as it repelled an assault in South Kordofan state today, although the insurgents denied the death toll.

Four soldiers were also killed, said a statement from the military which rarely gives assessments of victims in its conflict with the rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan.

The SPLM-N confirmed the attack but denied that 110 of its fighters were killed, reporting just three dead and 15 wounded among its ranks.

The rebels targeted Al-Atmur region, where troops on Friday overran a base that the insurgents had used to launch mortar attacks on Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan.

"The armed forces repelled an attack by rebels who wanted to enter the region of Al-Atmur liberated by the army," military spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said in a statement carried by the official SUNA news agency.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Sudan-army-says-110-rebels-killed-in-South-Kordofan/articleshow/36315862.cms

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Somalis Welcome, With Scepticism, Surrender of Senior Al-Shabaab Leader Atom

June 10, 2014

Mogadishu — While many in Somalia welcomed former al-Shabaab leader Mohamed Said Atom's surrender on Saturday (June 7th), some questioned his motives and called on the government to come up with a concrete policy for dealing with former terrorist group members.

Speaking at a press conference at the Ministry of Information, Atom told reporters he had tried "to be patient" with al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, but could no longer tolerate the group's continued killing of innocent civilians.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201406100199.html?viewall=1

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Protests erupt over Nigeria's new Islamic authority

World Bulletin/News Desk

June 10, 2014

Hundreds of youths protested on Monday against a decision to appoint Nigeria's former central bank governor as the country's second-highest Islamic authority.

Sunday's state government decision to make Lamido Sanusi the Emir of Kano, one of the most influential positions in the largely Muslim north, surprised many who had expected the job to pass from father to son as a sign of stability.

Sanusi, an outspoken critic of the government's record on corruption, became the Emir two days after the death of his great uncle, the last emir.

Protesters backing the late emir's oldest son, Lamido Ado Bayero, chanted "Ba ma son", or "We don't want" in the Hausa language, and "Kariya ne", meaning "It's a lie", near the emir's palace in Kano, the north's main city, witnesses told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/world/138623/protests-erupt-over-nigerias-new-islamic-authority

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Nigeria's Jonathan faces potential storm over new Muslim leader

June 10, 2014

LAGOS: Nigeria’s ruling party has been given another headache in the run-up to next year’s general election, with the appointment of the former central bank governor to an influential religious post.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was named Emir of Kano on Sunday, making him the second most-powerful Islamic leader in the country and giving him immediate influence across the Muslim-majority north.

But with Sanusi’s background and the allegiances of the Kano state governor who approved his appointment, domestic politics and jockeying for position before next year’s vote have been suspected.

Dapo Thomas, a political scientist at Lagos state university, said Sanusi, as a grandson of a former emir and member of a ruling house in the northern state, had all the right credentials to win.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/719894/nigerias-jonathan-faces-potential-storm-over-new-muslim-leader/

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Ethiopia invites Sisi to discuss Nile dam issue

10 June 2014

Egypt’s newly-inaugurated President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been invited to visit Ethiopia after months of diplomatic scuffles over the unfinished Renaissance dam, Egypt’s presidential office said on Monday.

“The Ethiopian minister has invited [President] al-Sisi to visit Addis Ababa during a meeting on Monday,” spokesman Ehab Badawi told reporters on Monday, as quoted by The World News Bulletin.

“President al-Sisi has welcomed the invitation,” he added.

The invitation came during a meeting between Sisi and the Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom at the presidential headquarters in Cairo.

Bilateral relations between Addis Abbaba and Cairo have soured over Ethiopia’s construction of a multi-billion hydroelectric dam along the Nile River to generate electricity. Egypt fears this could minimize its share of the river’s water.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/10/Ethiopia-invites-Sisi-to-discuss-Nile-dam-issue.html

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Mideast

 

Hezbollah is stronger than most world armies: Israel's military chief

June 10, 2014

The Israeli army's Chief-of-Staff Benny Gantz has claimed that Lebanon's Hezbollah movement possesses more "military might" than almost all other developed states' armies.

Gantz's comments that the Shia movement poses a threat to Israel came at the annual Herzilya conference on strategy and diplomacy, according to Israel's Ynet news website.

"Show me four or five states with more firepower than Hezbollah: the US, China, Russia, Israel, France and the UK," the website quoted him as saying.

A 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel in southern Lebanon, a Hezbollah stronghold, was halted by the deployment of a United Nations peace-keeping force of around 12,000 troops and navy personnel in Lebanon.

"The bad news from our point of view is that while Hezbollah is fighting on three fronts ... it is also amassing experience which we will one day face," he added.

Israel's top-level army official also referenced war-torn Syria and Iran's controversial nuclear programme.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/103297/World/Region/Hezbollah-is-stronger-than-most-world-armies-Israe.aspx

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Abbas' forces break up Hamas protest in West Bank

Tue, June 10 201

Palestinian forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas broke up a Hamas protest, beating some of the participants despite a recent unity deal between the two rival factions, witnesses said Tuesday.

The confrontation on Monday evening was the latest sign that Palestinian reconciliation efforts are in trouble.

The Islamic militant Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in 2007, leaving Abbas only with parts of the West Bank. Last week, Abbas formed a technocrat government backed by Hamas and his Fatah movement. The new Cabinet is to administer both Palestinian territories and is meant to end a seven-year territorial and political split.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/06/10/abbas-forces-break-hamas-protest-west-bank.html

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Turkey, Iran on different page in Syria but ties ‘strategic’

June 10, 2014

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani arrived in Ankara early June 9 for crucial talks on a number of key issues in his first official trip to Turkey since he took over the presidency last year.

“Turkey and Iran, as the region’s two powerful countries, are determined to continue consultations about extremist terror. Violence and extremism rooted in our region are against the interests of all countries. The terrorist groups that have emerged in Syria and those – mainly Western countries - who have supported or tolerated them have already regretted that. Those who did not regret until today, will regret it tomorrow,” Rouhani told at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following the meeting of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-iran-on-different-page-in-syria-but-ties-strategic.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67565&NewsCatID=510

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Turkey lists Boko Haram as terrorist organization

June 10, 2014

The Turkish government has blacklisted Nigeria’s fundamentalist militant group Boko Haram in line with a U.N. Security Council decision that recently placed the group on the U.N.’s list of terrorist organizations associated with al-Qaeda.

The related decision by the Council of Ministers went into force after being published in the June 10 edition of the Official Gazette. Accordingly, a decision dated Sept. 30, 2013 concerning the seizing of the assets of persons and legal entities that have been listed by the U.N. Security Council resolutions was updated and Boko Haram was added.

In late May, the U.N. Security Council, acting on Nigerian request, placed Boko Haram on the U.N.’s list of terrorist organizations associated with al-Qaeda.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-lists-boko-haram-as-terrorist-organization.aspx?pageID=238&nID=67603&NewsCatID=510

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 ‘Security risks won’t stop Palestine Football squad from coming to Pakistan’

June 10, 2014

SAO PAULO: Palestine would be coming to Pakistan for a series of friendly matches on the FIFA friendly dates in October, the head of the Palestine Football Association (PFA) Jibril Rajoub told Dawn in an exclusive interview on Monday.

Both the PFA and the Pakistan Football Association (PFF) enjoy close ties with Pakistan’s national team recently travelling to Palestine to feature in the Al-Nakba Cup.

“I would like to appreciate that the PFF sent their team to Palestine for the Al-Nakba Cup despite the problems created by Israel,” Rajoub said on the sidelines of the AFC Extraordinary Congress.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1111690/security-risks-wont-stop-palestine-squad-from-coming-to-pakistan

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Pakistan

 

Aerial bombing in Tirah valley kills 25 militants

June 10, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least 25 suspected militants were killed early on Tuesday as F-16 jets bombed militant hideouts in the Tirah valley along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, military sources said.

Military jets targeted nine suspected insurgent hideouts in various parts of the Kokikhel area in Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed.

Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for the past couple of weeks.

The air strikes are the latest in a succession of such attacks carried out by the Pakistani military in the tribal belt this year.

The last were carried out in North Waziristan in late May, killing at least 75 people and causing some 58,000 people to flee from the district in fear of a fuller ground offensive that has been anticipated for years.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1111785/at-least-25-killed-in-airstrikes-in-tirah-valley

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Seven bodies recovered from Karachi airport’s cold-storage facility

June 10, 2014

KARACHI: At least seven bodies were recovered in the early hours of Tuesday morning from Karachi airport’s cold-storage facility, DawnNews reported.

The rescue operation continued nearly for 28 hours. The rescue workers finally broke down three walls of the cold-storage facility to retrieve the victims.

Meanwhile, talking to media persons Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said that the corpses were immediately shifted to Jinnah Hospital for DNA tests in order to identify them, after which they would be handed over to their relatives.

Ahmed said that the bodies were badly burnt and were beyond recognition and the process of identification would take three weeks time.

He added that if the deceased could not be identified, they would be buried after being provided temporary identification.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1111784/seven-bodies-recovered-from-karachi-airports-cold-storage-facility

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Suicide bomber kills 4 soldiers in N Waziristan

June 10, 2014

MIRANSHAH: A suspected Taliban suicide bomber rammed a truck into a military checkpoint on the border with Afghanistan on Monday, killing four soldiers, military officials said. One military source said seven soldiers were wounded. The assault, which took place in North Waziristan tribal region, came just hours after Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed country’s busiest airport in Karachi. “The death toll could increase,” a military official told Reuters.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but the officials said the Taliban were responsible.Last week, a suspected suicide bomber attacked a security forces vehicle in Rawalpindi, home to army headquarters, killing five people including two officers. In May, Pakistani forces launched their first major offensive in years against Taliban near the Afghan border after several rounds of government-led talks aimed at ending an insurgency failed. Disagreements over how to handle the insurgency have marred relations between civilian government and the army.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2014/suicide-bomber-kills-4-soldiers-in-n-waziristan

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Pakistan pounds 'terrorist hideouts' after Karachi attack

June 10, 2014

PESHAWAR - Pakistan carried out early morning air strikes on Tuesday on a militant-infested tribal district, killing at least 15 people, the military said, a day after a brazen Taliban assault on Karachi airport.

A military statement said "nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed" in the raids, which came after the Taliban stormed Pakistan's biggest airport, killing at least 30 people in an all-night battle on Monday. The death toll from Tuesday's strikes, in the restive Tirah Valley area of Khyber tribal district, could not be independently verified.

Pressure has built on the military to act after Monday's attack by at least 10 militants, which left a nascent peace process in tatters and raised questions about how they were able to penetrate the airport in Pakistan's economic hub. The last were carried out in North Waziristan in late May, killing at least 75 people and causing some 58,000 people to flee from the district in fear of a fuller ground offensive that has been anticipated for years.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2014/pakistan-pounds-terrorist-hideouts-after-karachi-attack

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Prime Minister ordered to track down terrorists

June 10, 2014

ISLAMABAD- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the law enforcement agencies to wipe out and track down all terrorists, who attacked ASF camp near Karachi Airport today morning.

ASF spokesman Colonel Tahir Ali has said that two terrorists resorted aerial firing near ASF camp and fled the scene after security forces challenged them. He dispelled reports of attack on ASF camp. He said that now situation was under control.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2014/prime-minister-ordered-to-track-down-terrorists

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TTP claims fresh attack at Karachi ASF camp

June 10, 2014

KARACHI- The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mohmand faction claimed responsibility for the second attack near the Karachi airport.

Attackers managed to flee as a heavy contingent of security forces reached Airport Security Force (ASF) camp number 2, which came under a fresh attack today. Flight operations resumed after being temporarily suspended. A security sweep and search operation is underway at the ASF academy, which is located in Bhitai Abad, Pehlwan Goth.

Deputy Director General ASK, Colonel Tahir Ali said the airport is secure and operations have resumed. He said that two attackers opened fire near the ladies hostel near D gate, which is located behind the ASF camp. "The ASF check post is about 100 meters from the scene. We were informed of the incident by our sentry posted there," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2014/ttp-claims-fresh-attack-at-karachi-asf-camp

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Foreign hands in Karachi Airport attack couldn’t be ruled out: Minister

June 10, 2014

ISLAMABAD- Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting and National Heritage (IB&NH) Senator Pervaiz Rasheed has said that involvement of foreign hands in Karachi Airport attack could not be ruled out.

Condemning the terrorist attack at Karachi Airport during which 30 people including 10 terrorists were killed, Pervaiz Rasheed said that the militants launched the attack to paralyze Pakistan. He claimed that those who planned and funded the attack didn’t belong to Pakistan.

Paying tributes to armed forces at a press conference today, the minister said that terrorists would be dealt with the same fashion. The minister said that the Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport had started functioning after being cleared of militants.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/09-Jun-2014/foreign-hands-in-karachi-airport-attack-couldn-t-be-ruled-out-pervaiz-rasheed

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CM vows to restore peace in Balochistan

June 10, 2014

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has vowed to take every step to protect life and property of people and restore peace in the province.

Presiding over a law and order meeting on Monday, he directed the authorities concerned to make arrangements for an immediate shifting of the bodies of the Shia pilgrims killed in suicide attacks and firing in Taftan on Sunday and ensure better treatment to the injured.

Home Minister Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Mohammad, Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani, IG Frontier Corps, IG police and Quetta Commissioner Kambar Dashti attended the meeting.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1111778/cm-vows-to-restore-peace-in-balochistan

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24 rockets fired by Iran into Balochistan: FC

June 9, 2014

QUETTA: Iranian border forces fired 24 rockets that landed two kilometres west of a Frontier Corps (FC) post in Washuk, Balochistan, an FC official said on Monday.

No casualties have been reported, confirmed FC spokesperson Khan Waseh. According to him, over two dozen rocket launchers were fired from the Iranian side, which landed in an area 60 km south east of Mashkel tehsil of Washuk district. FC troops fired mortar rounds and LGM fire in retaliation.

Earlier in the day, Iran closed its border with Pakistan for an indefinite period following an attack in Taftan, which claimed the lives of 30 Shia pilgrims.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/719547/24-rocket-launchers-fired-by-iran-into-balochistan-fc/

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South Asia

 

NATO Announces Five Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

June 10, 2014

NATO coalition officials announced Tuesday that five soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan.NATO in afghanistan

“Five International Security Assistance Force service members died in southern Afghanistan yesterday,” ISAF announced in a brief statement, without giving the cause of the deaths or releasing the nationalities of the victims. "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

The south and east of Afghanistan are the most violent parts of the country as the Taliban wage a guerrilla war against the Kabul government and remaining NATO troops.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=19&frid=19&eid=155604

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Jamiyatul Salaf calls on government to reconsider UN peacekeeping deal

By Ahmed Rilwan

June 10, 2014

Local Islamic NGO Jamiyatul Salaf has called on the government to reconsider the decision to have Maldivian troops participate in the United Nations peacekeeping force.

“Jamiyyatul Salaf rejects this and express grave our concern over this matter to the Maldivian citizens,” said the group.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Salaf called on the Maldivian authorities to “fear Allah and be more concerned about the Muslim Ummah”, requesting President Abdulla Yameen, the People’s Majlis, and the minister of defence reconsider the decision to place “Maldivian Muslims soldiers” among “dubious UN forces”.

Following the signing of an MOU between the Maldives and the UN last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that a small contingent of military observers and infantry personnel will be deployed over the next two years.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/jamiyatul-salaf-calls-on-government-to-reconsider-un-peacekeeping-deal-86620

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Pakistani militants among 10 killed in NATO airstrike in Kunar

Jun 10 2014

At least ten Taliban militants were killed following a NATO airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

According to local authorities, the airstrike was carried in Khas Kunar district.

Provincial security chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel, said at least four Pakistani militants were also among the ten militants killed following the drone strike.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Kunar is among the volatile provinces in eastern Afghanistan which shares a border with the tribal regions of Pakistan.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Pakistani militants are actively operating in its various districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-militants-among-10-killed-in-nato-airstrike-in-kunar-8248

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India

 

2 mosques burnt in riot-hit Mewat village, curfew on

Written by Sumegha Gulati | Tauru | June 10, 2014

At least two mosques, one barely 100 metres away from a police station, were gutted during clashes between Hindus and Muslims following a road accident in Tauru, 35 km from Gurgaon, in Mewat Sunday. At least 15 people, including a DSP, were injured in the clashes.

Curfew has been clamped in the area where paramilitary and police personnel have been deployed in strength. Flag marches were staged Monday as shops downed shutters and streets wore a deserted look.

The clashes broke out after 20-year-old Danveer, returning home on a motorcycle, was knocked down by a dumper around 7.30 am Sunday. Angry residents gathered and assaulted the dumper driver Raees, 35, and helper Mubarak, 18. But word spread that the mob had killed the duo.

Muslims from adjoining villages landed in Tauru, allegedly carrying weapons. Eyewitnesses claimed that some in the large crowd opened fire and looted shops near the bus stand.

Kiran Devi, whose 12-year old son was hit by a bullet, said, “Rohit had gone out to buy groceries when he was hit by a bullet in the abdomen. He is undergoing treatment at Artemis Hospital in Gurgaon.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/2-mosques-burnt-in-riot-hit-mewat-village-curfew-on/99/

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‘Manmohan, Sonia told me no restraint if another 26/11’: Hillary Clinton

Express News Service | New Delhi | June 10, 2014

India conveyed to the United States in no uncertain words that a repeat of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks would force it to to carry out retaliation against Pakistan, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has written in her memoir, recounting her visit to India after the strikes in which 164 people, including four US citizens were killed.

In her book, Hard Choices, Clinton recounts a meeting with then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in the summer of 2009 in which the duo explained “how hard it had been to show restraint towards Pakistan after the coordinated terrorist bombings in Mumbai the prior November.”

“They made it clear to me that there would be no such restraint in the event of a second attack,” Clinton has written her book, published by Simon and Schuster that is to be released in India tomorrow.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/manmohan-sonia-told-me-no-restraint-if-another-2611/

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India condemns Karachi airport attack

TNN | Jun 10, 2014

NEW DELHI: India strongly condemned the Karachi airport attack saying there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism and that this scourge must be fought urgently and comprehensively, without making any exception.

"The attack yesterday on Karachi International Airport by 10 suicide bombers must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,'' the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The attack underlines the magnitude of danger that is posed by terrorism. Left unchecked, terrorism will continue to hinder efforts to promote national economic development, overcome poverty and provide people better quality of lives,'' it added. Terrorism in recent times has been the main bone of contention between the two countries with the Indian side insisting on Islamabad acting decisively against terror groups operating out of Pakistan soil for carrying the dialogue process forward.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-condemns-Karachi-airport-attack/articleshow/36319475.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Don’t be arrogant in dealing with other races, Anwar tells state Islamic councils

June 10, 2014

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim  has criticised Islamic religious authorities in Selangor and Penang for their "arrogance" in dealing with incidents deemed sensitive to non-Muslims.

The opposition leader commented on the two incidents involving the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and Penang Islamic Affairs Department (Jaipp), and said that if left unchecked, they were bound to occur in the future.

"This is a dangerous signal to Malaysians, not only to non-Muslims, but also Muslims who are level-headed and don't want to be perceived as arrogant. Do not be perceived as insulting other races," Anwar (pic) said in Parliament today.

Last week, Jais disrupted a Hindu wedding ceremony  in Petaling Jaya on information that the bride was a Muslim while the remains of a Muslim convert yesterday was seized from a Chinese funeral in Penang.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dont-be-arrogant-in-dealing-with-other-races-anwar-tells-state-islamic-coun#sthash.flmF36Qh.dpuf

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Remedy exists for custody battles involving Muslim converts, says Chief Justice

June 10, 2014

The country's top judge said that there was a remedy for custody battles involving children when one spouse converted, but did not say how it could be done, news portal Malaysiakini reported.

Chief Justice Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria (pic) told reporters that there were procedures that could be followed but did not disclose them as he would be deemed as giving advice.

On the recent custody battles involving S. Deepa in Seremban and M. Indira Gandhi in Ipoh, Arifin said if a party did not abide by a civil court order, there were legal consequences to it.

"The party must (and can) take whatever action that is open to them. I cannot say (what), it’s for the courts to say," Malaysiakini quoted him as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/remedy-exists-for-custody-battles-involving-muslim-converts-says-chief-just#sthash.DBdEe1iJ.dpuf

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Stop provocative speech: Muslim leaders, activists

June 10, 2014

Muslim leaders and activists in Yogyakarta have expressed regret over the preaching of cleric Ja’far Umar Thalib on Sunday that focused on pluralism and jihad and was held at the Masjid Gedhe grand mosque in Kauman.

They branded Ja’far’s words as provocative and misleading.

“Provocative preaching that stirs up violence has to be stopped. We need a secure situation to make the upcoming presidential election a success,” said Abdul Mu’thi, the secretary of the central executive board of the country’s second largest moderate Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/06/10/stop-provocative-speech-muslim-leaders-activists.html

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Indignity, Then Jail and Lashes for Indonesian Workers in Saudi Arabia

June 10, 2014

Jakarta. Two Indonesian migrant workers jailed in Saudi Arabia for the death of a Sri Lankan worker but eventually freed on lesser charges have recounted their ordeal as one underpinned by an inherent lack of respect and dignity for foreign menial laborers in the kingdom.

“I’m blessed to be able to return home soon,” Hariyanto, from Bantul, Yogyakarta, said at a press conference at the Foreign Ministry office in Jakarta on Monday, a day after arriving back in the country with compatriot Anang Waluyo Yanto from Lumajang, East Java.

“There’s no more fear inside of me,” he added. “There are so many things that I’ve learned during those years in jail.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indignity-jail-lashes-workers/

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North America

 

Samuel Berger: Don’t let Hamas participate in Palestinian elections

June 10, 2014

Samuel Berger says at Herzliya Conference as long as Hamas remains an armed terrorist organization it should not be allowed to run.

Hamas should not be allowed to run in the upcoming Palestinian elections as long it remains an armed terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction, said Samuel Berger, a former US National Security Advisor from 1997 to 2001 .

“We should make it clear to [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas now. And persuade the European Union and Arabs states to do likewise that we will oppose an election in the Palestinian territories that includes Hamas,” said Berger who served under former President Bill Clinton.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Former-US-national-security-advisor-Dont-let-Hamas-participate-in-Palestinian-elections-355831

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US Senator Menendez vows response from Congress to Palestinian unity government

June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON - "Severe consequences" await a unified Fatah-Hamas government, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez warned on Monday, referring to the new Palestinian Authority as a "two-headed dragon" in violation of US aid requirements.

"Palestinians must choose between peace with Israel as a Jewish state and a marriage with Hamas, a terrorist organization," Menendez (D-NJ) told a gathering of the American Jewish Committee in New Jersey, adding that the marriage "will have severe consequences."

"US law is explicit on this," he added. "We will not provide assistance to a Palestinian government in which Hamas has a role and exercises 'undue influence.'"

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Menendez-vows-response-from-Congress-to-PA-unity-government-355803

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US condemns Karachi airport attack, offers help in probe

June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States has offered assistance to Pakistan to investigate the attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

A US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf told in a briefing in Washington that counter-terrorism is a shared concern for the two countries. She said Washington works closely with Pakistan to help build its capacity to deal with terrorists’ threats. The spokesperson particularly cited the cooperative efforts by Pakistan and the United States in combating terrorism along the Afghan border. Condemning the terrorist attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, the United States offered Pakistan its help in investigating the incident on the country's largest airport.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/10-Jun-2014/us-condemns-karachi-airport-attack-offers-help-in-probe

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Europe

 

British Inspector Warns of 'Islamist Plot' in Some Schools

June 10, 2014

The top school inspector in Britain said that a culture of "fear and intimidation" exists in some British schools due to an alleged Muslim extremist plot.

According to Reuters, a government investigation, launched after an anonymous letter reported a campaign dubbed "Operation Trojan Horse", found evidence of a drive to impose Muslim cultural norms in some schools in the central city of Birmingham.

Michael Wilshaw, head of the Ofsted schools inspectorate, was quoted as having said that the investigation heard from some head teachers that the campaign, whose organizers were not named, aimed to alter the "character and ethos" of their schools by appointing members to school boards and staff who wanted to favor Muslim values.

"Some of our findings are deeply worrying, and in some ways quite shocking," Wilshaw was quoted as having said.

"In the most serious cases, a culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip," he added, according to Reuters.

Full report at:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/181550#.U5d7WHJdU4U

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UN chief slams terrorist attacks in Karachi, Taftan

June 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General has strongly condemned Sunday’s terrorist attacks in Pakistan including the assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and the suicide attacks targeting pilgrims in Taftan and called for bringing the perpetrators of such attacks to justice.

The Secretary General is deeply concerned by this upsurge of violence across Pakistan, said a statement released by his spokesman on Monday. While acknowledging the measures already taken to maintain security he urged the government to further increase its efforts to address terrorism and extremism to protect the rights of all people and to bring the perpetrators of such attacks to justice.

The Secretary General expressed his solidarity with the government and the people of Pakistan and extended his deepest condolences to the families of the victims. (APP)

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-150284-UN-chief-slams-terrorist-attacks-in-Karachi,-Taftan

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Brahimi: Syria Terrorists Used Chemical Weapons in Khan al-Asal

June 10, 2014

BrahimiFormer UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi acknowledged that Syria terrorist groups were responsible for the chemical attack in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo.

"From the little I know, it does seem that in Khan al-Assal, in the north, the first time chemical weapons were used, there is a likelihood it was used by the opposition."

In an interview with the German newspaper Der Speigel, Brahimi said that many countries misjudged the Syrian crisis, expecting Assad's rule to crumble.

 As a result, they supported the terrorist groups, as what some Arab leaders had done, he added.

Brahimi warned that Syria is descending into a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords.

"The conflict is not going to stay inside Syria," he cautioned.

The terrorist groups had launched a chemical rocket onto the town of Khan Al-Assal in Aleppo in March 2013.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=155527

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France: Iran must budge on centrifuges for talks to succeed

World Bulletin/News Desk

June 10, 2014

Iran must drop its demands to have thousands of centrifuges used to enrich uranium if it wants a lasting deal with major powers over its disputed nuclear programme, France's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

Highlighting a big gap in negotiating positions, Laurent Fabius told French radio that Iran should only have a few hundred centrifuges, machines that spin at supersonic speed to increase the concentration of the fissile isotope.

Iran - which says its nuclear programme is peaceful and rejects accusations it has been seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability - now has around 19,000 centrifuges installed, of which roughly 10,000 are operating, according to the U.N. nuclear agency. It says it needs to expand its capacity to fuel planned nuclear power plants.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/138636/france-iran-must-budge-on-centrifuges-for-talks-to-succeed

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    jab MUFTI, MUJTAHID,ULEMA-E-DENN Dunya ke Bande aur Iqtedar Parast ho jate hain to isi tarah ke FARMUDAT qaum ke samne late hain eik Zalim aur Iqtedar ke Bhooke Hakim ki Khushnoodi ke liye Rasool Allah (SAW) ki nisbat se aisa bayan dena mere nazdeek BLASPHEMY hi aur "GRAND MUFTI" SAHEB par Az Rue SHAREEAT-E-ISLAMI 'Had' Qaem hoti hai jis ka MOAAKHZA hona chahiye. .

    By Saleem Peerzada 12/06/2014 02:06:33
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    Allah forbid.....how come we believe.....An atheist and killer of so many Muslims is so esteemed in the eyes of our great Holy Prophet?

    By سہیل احمد صدیقی 12/06/2014 02:03:28