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Islamic World News ( 16 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Taipei: Muslim migrant workers from Indonesia demand religious rights

India: ‘Government’s work answer to fatwas’, says Minister

ISI cell in NWFP targeting Indians in Kabul

Private US spy network still on in Pakistan, Afghanistan: Report

Deoband mufti fears fatwa trap

Insurance law does not exempt Muslims

India: Home Ministry Steps In To Aid Offloaded Cleric        

Compensate the cleric: editorial in Mail Today

Celebrity in Valley, UPSC topper to get 24x7 security

Indian Penal code embodies tenets of Islam, Hinduism: Gujarat HC

First Muslim woman British minister accused of betraying her religion

Pakistanis want British MP to remove terror stigma

Manhattan madness and Muslims

Darfur clash kills 57 officers, rebels: police

At least 30 militants dead in Afghanistan, NATO raids

Pro-Taliban militants kidnap 60 in Pak

Karachi safe haven of Taliban

US spy ring at work in Pakistan, Afghanistan

Maldives offers relocation to two Guantanamo men

Brazil's President Lula in Iran for key nuclear talks

Saudi women's rights groups hail photo

Spanish judge who indicted bin Laden suspended

Write 'Meri Jaati Hindustani' in 2011 caste based census

For Car Bomb Suspect, a Long Path to Times Square

Pak aware 'terrorism not helping anyone': Afghan official

Meet the ‘rock’n'roll jihadist’!

Egyptian Christians claim author defamed religion

Turki Al-Faisal calls on Obama to push for Middle East settlement

New school tries to revive music in Afghanistan

Fifteen suspected militants killed in Orakzai

Rape victim confesses to killing baby

Women empowerment powerful instrument against discrimination

Couple sell daughter to save son’s life

France's Kouchner denies Iran 'spy-deal'

Sudan military occupies Darfur rebel stronghold

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Muslim migrant workers from Indonesia demand religious rights

May 16, 2010

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The recent case of a Taiwanese employer forcing three Muslim workers from Indonesia to eat pork drove labour activists and migrant workers to the streets Sunday to demand respect for their religious freedom.

Rallying in front of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, 21 Indonesian caregivers appealed to their Taiwanese employers, some tearfully, to respect their religious practices, such as not eating pork and observing Ramadan, one of the most important religious acts of the year for devout Muslims.

"I am begging my boss not to ask me to eat pork again. How would you feel if you were forced to eat something that you are prohibited from eating? “said Tiwi, an Indonesia caregiver who has spent seven years in Taiwan under three different employers, all of whom, she says, have pressured her into eating pork.

We will not die from eating pork but our hearts will be filled with guilt." Tiwi said her employer always tells her that she must eat some pork to have enough energy to work and that Allah will not punish her because the situation requires her to eat it.

Another worker, Setiowati, said many of her friends have been told by their employers that if they refused to eat pork, they would be fired and sent home to Indonesia.

In addition to being forced to eat the forbidden meat, many workers also complained that their employers do not give them enough time to perform salat -- the obligatory prayer required by all Muslim adults five times a day -- or allow them to observe Ramadan, a month of fasting where followers abstain from food or water from sunrise to sunset to show their love and devotion to Allah.

The protesters said they have suffered discrimination for many years and were thankful for the emergence of the recent case of abuse, which caught the attention of the international media and the Indonesian government, because it provided them with the perfect opportunity to speak out on the issue.

A Taiwanese employer, Chang Wen-lin, the owner of Shin Hua Fashion Co. Ltd, was indicted last week for forcing the three women to eat pork, and, after being reported internationally, Jakarta called on Taipei to pay serious attention to foreign labor rights.

Ku Yu-ling, the secretary-general of the Taiwan International Workers Association (TIWA) , also urged Council of Labor Affairs Minister Wang Ju-hsuan to expedite the inclusion of foreign caregivers under the Labor Standards Act, as she has promised since taking office in 2008.

Ku said that without the proper legal protection, foreign caregivers live in constant fear of being sent home at the whim of their employers.

According to TIWA, at least 100,000 of Taiwan's 180,000 foreign caregivers are

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201005160008

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 ‘Ministry’s work answer to fatwas’

By A. M. Jigeesh

May 16, 2010

REACTING to the fatwas against Muslim men working in banks and insurance firms recently issued by the Deoband-based Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom, Union minister for minority affairs Salman Khurshid said the community has always rejected such diktats.

The minister said only creative intervention can help Muslims develop and progress.

“ I am a minister and a Muslim. I operate a bank account and hold insurance policies. We want to develop the community and have decided to open more banks in minority- concentration areas,” Khurshid said.

The minister said the activities of his ministry were the answer to such fatwas and that they will not block the development of minorities.

“ My ministry’s schemes are the greatest condemnation of such things. Such announcements won’t affect the government’s programmes,” he said.

Khurshid said the programmes of the ministry were well- received by the Muslims.

He said fatwas similar to the one in which the seminary held women working in offices in proximity with men as un- Islamic and decreed that acceptance of her earnings by a family was against the Sharia have had no adverse affect on government’s programmes.

“ The performance of our schemes has not been affected by propaganda. Why should we be worried when our programmes are not affected?” Khurshid said.

The minority affairs ministry, through the National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation ( NMDFC), has been extending loans and advances to members of minority communities.

As part of implementing the Sachar panel recommendations, Khurshid said 1,759 branches of public banks were opened in areas with minority- concentration in the past four years. He said there is a considerable increase in the intake of Muslims in government jobs, including in security- related posts.

He said the scheme to develop leadership qualities among minority women received support from all sections of the society.

“ Nobody has stopped us from opening banks. There is a demand for opening more such banks in the minority areas,” he said.

Khurshid also supported the idea of Islamic banking. He expressed hope that the case against interest- free banking proposed by the Kerala government will be settled soon.

“ There are some constraints in the Indian banking system.

It is for the Reserve Bank of India to take a final view on the matter,” he said.

Talking of the completion of four years of his ministry, Khurshid said more schemes are being launched by the government.

He said the ministry will introduce subsidy on interest on loans for studies abroad, more promotional activities for linguistic minorities and schemes to contain decline in population of minorities this financial year.

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ISI cell in NWFP targeting Indians in Kabul

Pranab Dhal Samanta

May 16 2010

New Delhi: Nearly three months after the attack on Indians in Kabul, Afghan Security agencies have traced back recent anti-India operations in Afghanistan to an ISI outfit located inside a military cantonment in Kohat in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

According to information available with Indian agencies, this was mentioned in a dossier on Pakistani intelligence activities in Afghanistan, prepared for Afghan President Hamid Karzai ahead of his just concluded visit to the US. He is believed to have shared the information with US authorities.

While this was a detailed dossier on ISI activities across Afghanistan, there was a section that specifically dealt with Pakistani efforts to target Indian assets in Afghanistan which included the Indian embassy, its consulates across that country, Indian companies and their projects.

For the first time, two Pakistani officials, Major Siraj and Major Mohammed Ali, have been named. The two officers, according to Afghan authorities, have been operating out of an ISI office that is referred to as MI-422 and was allegedly behind the February 26 attack. This is said to be in an Army cantonment in the Tal area of Kohat. These two officers, sources said, have been planning and coordinating activities against Indian entities through various terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

The information in the dossier comes in the backdrop of earlier intelligence shared by Afghan agencies with their Indian counterparts that certain ISI operatives did travel across the border on the day of the attacks this February, apparently to assess the damage. In fact, two officials from the Pakistani mission in Kabul were also spotted at the explosion site after the incident and were apparently seen taking pictures and surveying the damage.

Subsequently, Afghan authorities also apprehended one Shah Mohammed, an Afghan national from the Paktia province, who alleged that he had been tasked by Pakistani ISI officials to film locations where Indians were being put up and revealed that he had passed on photographs and videos of sites where Indian companies are at work.

He is also said to have told interrogators that he had been taken to Miranshah on the Afghan-Pak border for receiving instructions and then sent to Kabul in March to specifically carry out monitoring of residential premises of Indian officials. Afghan authorities believe that a Brigadier-rank officer is based in the Pakistan mission in Kabul to specifically help execute the tracking and monitoring of Indians which is then sent across to the outfit in Kohat.

Earlier this month, Afghan Interior Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar, accompanied by his intelligence chief Amrullah Salih, told the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House) that 16 suicide bombers had been arrested in April alone and of these, six were Pakistanis. One of these, he informed, was apparently from the Lashkar-e-Toiba. While the youngest of those arrested was aged 14, the oldest was a 55-year-old man.

Despite these details, sources said, Afghanistan has been cautious in making much of the information public given the sensitivities involved in pointing fingers at Pakistan. Most of the information is made known to US authorities, who in turn seek to corroborate it with Pakistan.

For this reason, India too has been cautious in prodding Afghanistan beyond a point lest the delicate balance be disturbed. But the assessment is clear that more and more terrorist attacks are being planned against Indian assets in Afghanistan and so the instruction to every Indian there is to assume that their movements are being monitored, tracked and mapped very closely.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/isi-cell-in-nwfp-targeting-indians-in-kabul/619505/

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Private US spy network still on in Pakistan, Afghanistan: Report

Mark Mazzetti

May 16, 2010

WASHINGTON: Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation.

Earlier this year, government officials admitted that the military had sent a group of former Central Intelligence Agency officers and retired Special Operations troops into the region to collect information - some of which was used to track and kill people suspected of being militants. Many portrayed it as a rogue operation that had been hastily shut down once an investigation began.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Private-US-spy-network-still-on-in-Pakistan-Afghanistan-Report/articleshow/5936760.cms

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Deoband mufti fears fatwa trap

Zia Haq

May 16, 2010

Or more than a quarter century, Habibur Rahman, 76, has been signing Islamic decrees or fatwas from his small cell in Darul Uloom, Deoband, the 143-year-old Islamic school.

Now, the grand mufti has imposed a decree on himself.

Henceforth, he will get his team to closely vet the “identity and intention“ of those seeking his opinions.

“I am deeply worried some questions are deliberately posed to us and our opinion is then used to attack Islam,“ the frail, wire-framed mufti told Hindustan Times from Deoband.

Anonymous, online queries are of particular concern to this cleric, who has never allowed himself to be photographed.

“I may have to avoid taking up requests unless the motive is clear.“

Islam has no Pope, no Vatican.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Insurance law does not exempt Muslims

By Carole Fader

May 16, 2010

A forwarded e-mail starts off with "Word of the Day: Dhimmitude, the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad." The e-mail goes on to say that ObamaCare is the establishment of Dhimmitude in the U.S. and that Muslims are "specifically exempted from the government mandate to buy insurance and from the penalty tax for being uninsured." Is this true?

The definition of Dhimmitude is accurate, according to various Islamic sources, but the e-mail carries other claims a little too far - at least for now.

First, you can search the entire health care law - the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (go to thomas.loc.gov, click on H.R. 3590, text of legislation and select version 7) - but you won't find any mention of Muslim or Islam. That's because there is no specific mention of any religion in the law.

Full report at:

http://jacksonville.com/carole-fader/2010-05-16/story/fact-person-can-apply-exemption-if-he-religious-sect-member

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HOME MINISTRY STEPS IN TO AID OFFLOADED CLERIC

Zia Haq & Vijaita Singh

May 16, 2010

An embarrassed Delhi Police on Saturday dropped the criminal case filed against Deoband cleric Nurul Huda who was pulled off an Emirates flight on suspicion of being a terror- ist and arrested.

The move came after the Home Ministry intervened.

Home Minister P. Chidam- baram is said to have made his displeasure about the inci- dent clear to the Delhi Police brass, telling them harassment of innocents without adequate cause would not be tolerated.

The police sent an email to HT saying they had received a complaint from a woman pas- senger that she had overheard Huda speaking on the phone and threatening to blow up the plane. “The police had no option but to register an FIR and take legal action. During investiga- tion it has been found there was a misunderstanding in view of which the police is filing a clo- sure report,“ the email read.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Compensate the cleric: editorial in Mail Today

 

May 16, 2010

THE treatment meted out to a London bound Deoband cleric Noor- ul- Huda after a woman co- passenger accused him of uttering an incendiary remark is evidence of the suspicion which average middle- class people harbour against Muslims, particularly those who wear their religion on their sleeve. The respected cleric was not only deplaned and made to miss his flight but also saw himself being arrested and jailed for no fault of his.

Given the circumstances it’s not clear as to what Mr Huda actually said to his son on the mobile phone while his plane was set to take off from Delhi. What is certain is that he did not make any open threat or declaration to a co- passenger or a crew member which could have been construed as an offence. The security agencies could have considered the fact that bombers normally don’t give away their plot while conversing audibly on phone and that, the woman being an NRI, may not have been fully acquainted with the Hindi or Urdu.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Celebrity in Valley, UPSC topper to get 24x7 security

RAGHVENDRA RAO

May 16, 2010

CELEBRITY status comes for a price. And in the case of 27-year-old Kashmiri doctor Shah Faisal, who recently topped the UPSC Civil Services exam, the price of acquiring a star status in the Kashmir Valley could soon mean restriction on his movements. Having assessed a credible security threat to Faisal, the Jammu & Kashmir government is mulling providing a 24x7 security cover to the topper.

"The boy has acquired celebrity status in the Valley following his success. But we also realise that there are some elements here who are not too pleased with this success story and could, in fact, attempt to target him. Given the perceived threat, it would be ideal to throw a security ring around him,” a top J&K government functionary told The Sunday Express.

Full report at: The Indian Express

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Indian Penal code embodies tenets of Islam, Hinduism: Gujarat HC

Saeed Khan

May 16, 2010

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat High Court has observed that Indian Penal Code embodied the basic tenets of Islam and Hinduism that attack is permissible for self defence only and not to inflict injury to others. The order also defined Hinduism and the concept of jihad in detail.

Upholding a seven-year jail term awarded to two Muslims by a special Pota court in a firing incident on Surat-based lawyer Hasmukh Lalwala in 2002, a Bench comprising Justice Jayant Patel and Justice ZK Saiyed deprecated the act of violence as being revenge for post-Godhra violence.

Stressing that India is wedded to secular policy, the judges observed if citizens of the country start with mental strategy of division based on religion, it may result in damaging the unity of nation and consequently would tinker with the integrity and security of the nation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Indian-Penal-code-embodies-tenets-of-Islam-Hinduism-Gujarat-HC/articleshow/5936056.cms

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First Muslim woman British minister accused of betraying her religion

May 16, 2010

Baroness and Tory leader Sayeeda Warsi may be the first Muslim woman to hold a full cabinet post, but Muslim fundamentalists see her as an apostate who is hardly representative of the Muslim community.

 She has also been warned of physical harm if she visits Muslim pockets. Last year she was pelted with eggs by Muslim protestors when she visited Luton, Bedfordshire.

Anjem Choudhary, a firebrand radical preacher whose group Islam4UK was banned by the last government accuses her of betraying her religion by supporting the British Army’s involvement in Islamic countries.

 He told the Daily Star, “Sayeeda Warsi is not a Muslim in my eyes. She may look like a Muslim and have a Muslim-sounding name but she does not ­represent Islam or anyone in this country who is a Muslim”.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_first-muslim-woman-british-minister-accused-of-betraying-her-religion_1383755

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Pakistanis want British MP to remove terror stigma

May 16, 2010

The rise of a Pakistani-born Briton to become the first Muslim woman named in a British cabinet has given Pakistan something to cheer after weeks of introspection and blame over the failed New York bombing.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the Conservative Party's chairwoman, has been named minister without portfolio by prime minister David Cameron in his new coalition government.

In Pakistan, a country where many fear they are being stigmatised as "terrorists", people are jubilant over her appointment.

Born into a modest family which migrated from Pakistan's central town of Gujjar Khan to Britain in the 1960s, Warsi has been involved in politics since her college days.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_pakistanis-want-british-mp-to-remove-terror-stigma_1383749

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Manhattan madness and Muslims

May 16, 2010

The recent New York City terrorist episode is yet another grim wake up call for the Muslims. It should not be ignored or dismissed by the Muslims as a random act of a confused individual who happens to be a Muslim or a Pakistani and that majority of the Muslims have nothing to do with such acts of terrorism. While the statement itself is accurate, yet more and more due to such acts by individuals who happen to be Muslims the perception of Islam by others is becoming for them a seeming reality. What seems more alarming is that in the more recent acts of terror, Muslims with higher levels of education and social interaction are implicated. This group includes those who are born in the West of émigré parents and also converts to Islam. The British last year arrested a group of young physicians who were planning terrorist action and the arrest of some of the converts who became radicalized and involved in the planning and carrying out such action serves to highlight the seriousness of the problem.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article54048.ece

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Darfur clash kills 57 officers, rebels: police

May 16, 2010

KHARTOUM: Darfur's strongest rebel group clashed with Sudanese government forces guarding a convoy, sparking a gunfight that killed 57 officers and insurgents, police said.

The fighting in South Darfur state late on Thursday is the latest in a surge of violence in the remote territory since the suspension of peace talks between Khartoum and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) last week.

Sudanese police accused JEM of attacking a commercial convoy between the town of Al Deain and the capital of south Darfur Nyala, saying officers guarding the vehicles fought off the assault.

A total of 27 members of Sudan's Central Reserve Police and 30 JEM fighters died in the fighting, police spokesman Mohamed Abdul Majid said in a statement. He added that 87 people from both sides were wounded.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article53923.ece

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At least 30 militants dead in Afghanistan, NATO raids

May 16, 2010

KABUL: Afghan and coalition forces conducted sweeps across Afghanistan that left at least 30 militants dead, while insurgents in the east killed five security guards in an ambush on a vehicle convoy, officials said on Saturday.

Before dawn on Friday, international and Afghan forces carried out an operation in the Sangin district of Helmand province and 10 insurgents were killed, said Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the regional governor.

Mullah Mohammed Hassan, a "prominent" Taliban commander who was involved in many insurgent attacks in northern Helmand province, was captured in the Sangin village of Pirqadam Kariz during the raid, Ahmadi said.

No security forces or troops were injured in the operation, he said. NATO did not provide immediate comment.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/At-least-30-militants-dead-in-Afghanistan-NATO-raids/articleshow/5934666.cms

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Pro-Taliban militants kidnap 60 in Pak

May 16, 2010

PESHAWR: Pro-Taliban militants armed with automatic rifles on Saturday kidnapped about 60 people, including women and children, after ambushing their vehicles in Pakistan's northwest Khurram tribal region, police said.

The militants off loaded the people from 10 vehicles and took them hostage at gunpoint and set on fire one tractor, they said.

Further details were immediately not available and police said they were trying to trace the abductors and recover the hostages.

Robberies and kidnapping for ransom are common in the volatile Khurram tribal region, which has witnessed several sectarian clashes between the majority Sunni and the minority Shias Muslims.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pro-Taliban-militants-kidnap-60-in-Pak-/articleshow/5935237.cms

 

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Karachi safe haven of Taliban

May 16, 2010

Hundreds of Taliban fleeing from Pakistan’s restive northwest have taken refuge in the teeming commercial hub of Karachi, where a growing nexus with banned militant organisations is a headache for law enforcement.

   A huge Pashtun population, mostly in the suburbs of the city of 18 million people, provides shelter to these militants, according to security officials.

   Pakistan’s financial capital has largely been spared direct militant attacks. But the man accused in the failed New York bombing, Faisal Shahzad, and his contacts in Karachi have highlighted the militant networks operating here.

   The arrest of dozens of low-key members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Taliban Movement of Pakistan, from the metropolis is evidence of their presence, officials say, and they have developed close ties to banned outfits as well as criminals.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/may/16/inat.html

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US spy ring at work in Pakistan, Afghanistan

May 16, 2010

US military officials are still using private detectives to track Taliban guerrillas in Pakistan and Afghanistan in defiance of defence department norms, The New York Times has reported.

Despite concerns about the legality of the operation, top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, the report said Saturday quoting American officials and businessmen.

Earlier this year, government officials admitted that the military had sent a group of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers and retired Special Operations troops into the region to collect information.

The inputs were used to track and kill people suspected of being militants. It was hastily shut down once a probe began.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/256259/US-spy-ring-at-work-in-Pakistan-Afghanistan.html

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Maldives offers relocation to two Guantanamo men

May 16, 2010

More than 180 Guantanamo detainees remain in captivity

The Maldives has offered to take two detainees from the US facility in Guantanamo Bay, the Indian Ocean state's president has said.

President Mohamed Nasheed said there was "no harm" in the offer, and said it would not violate any laws.

But the move is being resisted by an opposition party, which is reported to be taking legal action against the government over its plans.

Neither of the two detainees have been named.

More than 180 detainees remain in the controversial US prison for foreign terrorism suspects in Cuba.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8685158.stm

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Brazil's President Lula in Iran for key nuclear talks

May 16, 2010

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is holding talks with Iran's leaders on the vexed nuclear issue.

The Tehran meeting is being seen as a final attempt to find a compromise.

US officials have warned they are close to securing agreement on a new package of sanctions against Iran in the UN Security Council.

The US and other Western powers accuse Tehran of trying to build an atomic weapon. Iran insists that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

President Lula arrived from Moscow, where he met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

There, he told reporters he was "optimistic" about persuading Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to reach an agreement with the West.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8685036.stm

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Saudi women's rights groups hail photo

May 16, 2010

A photograph of a Saudi king and crown prince posing with 40 women in Muslim dress is being called a landmark for Saudi women's rights, observers say.

The photograph of King Abdallah and the women is remarkable since separation of the sexes is central to Saudi Arabia's conservative social mores, ABC News reported Monday.

There has been a slow but significant relaxation of gender segregation since Abdallah came to power in 2005, ABC said.

But men and women are still schooled separately, use different entrances into most buildings, and sit in gender-segregated sections of restaurants and cafes.

Many hail the photo as an important public step towards women's rights.

Full report at:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/International/2010/05/03/Saudi-womens-rights-groups-hail-photo/UPI-26481272924220/

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Spanish judge who indicted bin Laden suspended

May 16, 2010

Madrid : The Spanish judge who became an international hero by going after Augusto Pinochet and Osama bin Laden was suspended for allegedly abusing his authority by investigating what is arguably Spain's own biggest unresolved case: atrocities committed during and after its ruinous Civil War.

The punishment could effectively end Judge Baltasar Garzon's career.

The unanimous decision by a judicial oversight board, the General Council of the Judiciary, was made yesterday during an emergency meeting about Garzon, said its spokeswoman, Gabriela Bravo.

Supporters chanted, cheered and clapped later as Garzon emerged from the nearby National Court, where he works. He hugged co-workers and appeared to be holding back tears before getting into a bulletproof limousine and riding away.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/spanish-judge-who-indicted-bin-laden-suspended/619236/

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Write 'Meri Jaati Hindustani' in 2011 caste based census

May 16 2010

Mention "Hindustani" as your caste. This was the consensus arrived at a symposium on caste-based census attended by prominent people like former Union minister for civil

aviation Arif Mohammad Khan. Amid demands for caste-based census, the symposium, which was held here last evening, announced the launch of a movement "Meri Jaati Hindustani" (My Caste is Indian). Khan, former MEA secretary J.C. Sharma and others also decided to set up a committee to transform their initiative into a mass movement. It is aimed at motivating people to write "Indian" as their caste in the census form. "Even if only four to five crore people write their caste as Indian or whatever they call it in their mother tongue, this will be a huge success and will help more and more citizens to follow the suit," Khan said.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/national/write-meri-jaati-hindustani-2011-caste-based-census-167

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For Car Bomb Suspect, a Long Path to Times Square

May 16, 2010

by Ms. Elliott

Just after midnight on Feb. 25, 2006, Faisal Shahzad sent a lengthy e-mail message to a group of friends. The trials of his fellow Muslims weighed on him — the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the plight of Palestinians, the publication in Denmark of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad.

Mr. Shahzad was wrestling with how to respond. He understood the notion that Islam forbids the killing of innocents, he wrote. But to those who insist only on “peaceful protest,” he posed a question: “Can you tell me a way to save the oppressed? And a way to fight back when rockets are fired at us and Muslim blood flows?

“Everyone knows how the Muslim country bows down to pressure from west. Everyone knows the kind of humiliation we are faced with around the globe.”

Full report at:

http://www.ocala.com/article/20100516/ZNYT02/5163014/-1/news?Title=For-Car-Bomb-Suspect-a-Long-Path-to-Times-Square

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Pak aware 'terrorism not helping anyone': Afghan official

May 16, 2010

Washington: Observing that relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan has improved significantly in the past two years, a top Afghan official on Sunday said there is now increased awareness in Islamabad that terrorism is not helping the two neighbours as well as the region.

Waheed Omer, spokesperson of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said though things are moving in right direction, there is a long way to go in terms of anti-terrorism cooperation between the two countries.

He said the relationship between the two countries has improved significantly ever since a democratic government assumed office in 2008.

Full report at:

http://www.zeenews.com/news627075.html

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Meet the ‘rock’n'roll jihadist’!

May 16, 2010

London, May 16 : He calls himself ‘rock’n'roll jihadist’ and he’s out to make a change. Salman Ahmad, a Pakistani musician, is in Britain to tell students to choose guitar over gun.

A part-time lecturer in Islamic music and poetry and frontman of the band Junoon, who has worked with the Obama administration to tackle extremism on American college campuses, will pass his message to students at Oxford University, Imperial College and the London School of Economics, which all have sizeable Islamic societies.

“You counter radicalisation through telling the truth and if that comes from the power of a guitar then do that,” The Times quoted him, as saying.

He added: “I have seen at first hand young Muslims being radicalised by the distorted message of Islam. They’re fed this guilt narrative that in order to be a good Muslim you have to give up the electric guitar, or you can’t wear jeans, or you have to cut your hair.”

He pointed out that his aim was to prevent students being brainwashed by “murderous thugs masquerading as holy men”.

Ahmad added: “Rock musicians and extremists have the same target market – the youth.

“Talking about Islam through arts and culture [could fulfil that role] and open up minds to another point of view.”

http://www.indiatalkies.com/2010/05/meet-rocknroll-jihadist.html

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Egyptian Christians claim author defamed religion

May 16th, 2010

CAIRO: Egyptian Christians are continuing their campaign against award winning author Yousef Zeidan over his Arabic Booker prize-winning novel Azazeel. Some Christian lawyers have demanded that the government imprison Zeidan for five-years, arguing that he “defamed the Christian religion.”

Despite the assault on freedom of expression, there are a handful of Christians speaking out against what they call “misled” sentiments.

“Sure, there is something to be said about the statements and things in the book, but at the end of the day it is a book, a good one at that, and if they don’t want to read it then they don’t have to,” said Hani Fahmy, a 32-year-old pharmacist in Cairo who has said much of the conversation in recent weeks has been surrounding the novel. “I just find it hypocritical that they can say these things and at the same time there are Coptic leaders who say Muslims are the problem. We need some tolerance.”

Full report at:

http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=12619

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Turki Al-Faisal calls on Obama to push for Middle East settlement

By MICHEL COUSINS

May 16, 2010

RIYADH: In an attack on US policy in the Middle East, former Saudi ambassador to Washington Prince Turki Al-Faisal on Saturday said President Obama had until September to push for a settlement of the Palestinian issue.

If nothing happens by then, then the US president has to make "the morally decent" gesture and recognize Palestine as a sovereign independent state, he said.

Prince Turki also attacked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for sending out "confusing signals" on nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East, describing them as "unacceptable."

He also said that the US had lost "the moral high ground" it had acquired after 9/11 in the Middle East because of its "negligence, ignorance and arrogance."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article54062.ece

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New school tries to revive music in Afghanistan

By JERRY HARMER

May 16, 2010

KABUL: From the outside, it looks like any other school in Kabul. A red two-story building is sealed off from the street by a high wall. A few trees stand in the front yard. Children constantly go in and out.

But listen carefully. When the noise of the traffic dies down, you can hear the gentle sounds of violins being played and the patter of drums. In this city where music was illegal less than a decade ago, a new generation of children is being raised to understand its joys.

"This school is unique in Afghanistan," said Muhammad Aziz, a 19-year-old student who dreams of becoming one of the world's greatest players of the tabla, a South Asian drum. "It's the only professional music school and there are so many good teachers here." The new National Institute of Music has been offering some courses for the past several months, but the formal opening will be later in May.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/art_culture/article54203.ece

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Fifteen suspected militants killed in Orakzai

16 May, 2010

PARACHINAR: Fighter jets pounded militant hide-outs in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 15 suspected insurgents as part of the military's campaign to rout Taliban fighters from a mountainous area near the Afghan border, a government official said.

The Pakistani military launched the ongoing offensive in the Orakzai tribal region in mid-March to flush out militants who last year fled an army offensive in nearby South Waziristan. Persistent artillery and aircraft attacks have killed hundreds of suspected militants over the past two months.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-fighter-jets-kill-15-suspected-militants-in-orakzai-ss-08

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Rape victim confesses to killing baby

By Waseem Shamsi

16 May, 2010

SUKKUR, May 15: Police arrested a man from Garhi Chakar village on Saturday on charges of rape in the wake of a woman’s arrest and her confession that she had strangled her newborn baby born out of rape.

The woman was arrested on Friday on charge of killing her “illegitimate” baby and burying it in the courtyard of her mother’s house in Mitho Dal village. Her mother was also taken into custody.

The woman told police that she worked as housemaid at Syed Ali Raza Shah’s in Garhi Chakar village after getting divorce three years ago. After some time Ali Raza forced her into illicit relations with him, she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/rape-victim-confesses-to-killing-baby-650

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Women empowerment powerful instrument against discrimination

Dipu Moni

May 16, 2010

The foreign minister, Dipu Moni, on Saturday said Bangladesh’s advancement in women empowerment is the most powerful instrument against discrimination against women.

   ‘Our government is committed to taking action to further integrate women in national development efforts through targeted literacy programmes, increased representation in the workforce, economic emancipation, and political representation,’ she said.

   The foreign minister was speaking at a function at Sonargaon Hotel marking the launching of the directory, Who’s Who, Women Leaders of Bangladesh at a Glance, published by Bangladesh Alliance for Women Leaders.

   Dipu Moni said stringent laws and practical measures had been put in place to address violence against women. The Cabinet has recently approved a law on the prevention of domestic violence and sent it to the parliament for its consideration and adoption.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/may/16/nat.html

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Couple sell daughter to save son’s life

By Razzak Abro

May 16, 2010

KARACHI: Mazari Maher and Sardar Khatoon, a poor couple from district Shikarpur sold their four-year-old daughter, Haseena, to their neighbours in their native village Laki for the treatment of their 12-year-old son, Abdul Rasheed, suffering from aplastic anaemia (a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells).

However, they were not aware that the treatment recommended by doctors for their son – a bone marrow transplant – costs much more than Rs 100,000, which is what they were paid for their daughter. They were shocked when a private hospital told them that the treatment would cost millions.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\16\story_16-5-2010_pg12_5

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France's Kouchner denies Iran 'spy-deal'

May 16, 2010

France has denied it made a secret pact with Iran to secure the release of a French lecturer charged with spying after last June's disputed election.

Clotilde Reiss has now arrived in Paris following a flight from Tehran.

She was originally sentenced to 10 years in jail in Iran but this was commuted to a fine of $285,000 (£190,000), her lawyer said.

The 25-year-old was accused of espionage and e-mailing photographs of anti-government protests.

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told Radio J in France that there had been "no haggling and no pay-off" to secure her release.

Ms Reiss is due to meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday.

Nuclear link?

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8685071.stm

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Sudan military occupies Darfur rebel stronghold

May 16, 2010

Sudan's military says it has seized control of a key rebel stronghold in the western region of Darfur.

An army spokesman, Al-Sawarmi Khaled, said more than 100 rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement (Jem) had been killed in the Jebel Moon area.

The rebels say they left the area last month to avoid civilian casualties.

The insurgents signed a preliminary peace deal and ceasefire with Khartoum in February, but then pulled out after accusing the government of acts of war.

The BBC's James Copnall, in Sudan's capital Khartoum, says the Darfur conflict has flared up in the last few weeks after calming down in recent years.

Huge change

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8684544.stm

 

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