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Taliban shoot down US copter, killing 30 US SEALs involved in Osama killing

15 tankers ferrying oil to NATO forces destroyed in Pak

57 die, Syrian tanks attack eastern city of Deir al-Zour

Europe’s violent right embrace Norway attacker’s ideals

Foreign policy in Khaki: Pakistanis begin questioning role of ISI

Egypt Sufis plan mass rally to counter Salafist and Wahhabi muscle flexing

6 Killed by Bombs in Central Iraq, Officials Say

Violence claims three lives in Karachi

Pak 3rd largest immigrant group in Norway

Obama mourns dead in likely Afghan shoot-down

India NOT behind every trouble in Pak: Gilani

Mumbai Urdu dailies scream at bail to saffron terror accused

Gujarat Massacre Case: Running with the hare & hunting with hounds

Suffer in Gujarat but seek justice elsewhere

Another chapter in Gujarat riots shame

Three killed in Iraq prison jailbreak: officials

Amnesty urges action to save 10 missing Baloch

NATO Says 4 Killed in Afghan Attacks

Israel ex-president appeals rape conviction

UN chief urges Assad to end Syria crackdown

China remodels Silk Road city but scars run deep

Pakistan's poor dying in Karachi violence

J& K youth pick up stones again ending fragile calm

Pehchan: Transforming Muslim women’s lives

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood holds 1st open vote

Palestinian Envoy Calls Israel Root Cause of All Miseries in Muslim World

Rights Group Condemns Massacre of Iranian Diplomats by Taliban

Facebook 'used to hunt down Bahrain dissidents'

Fai invokes Lincoln to continue Kashmir campaign

Iranian Minister: West Fomenting Hatred against Muslims

Quick Facts: Sharia law in America: Myth or reality?

Venezuelan President sends letter to Gaddafi wishing him victory

29,000 kids perished in Somalia famine

195 People Convert to Islam in Kuwait during Ramadan

Egyptian singer Hassan El-Asmar dies

Syria govt. says it has ended revolt

South Sudan’s Muslims council says Islamic principles respect human rights

Physical, Social, Mental & Spiritual Benefits of Fasting Explored

Egyptian Nour: Mubarak's trial is beginning of a process awaited for 30 year

Somali government declares Islamist rebellion defeated

MAKKAH: Grand Mosque imam calls on Muslims to fortify faith

Malik twists PC's remark, says Mumbai blasts an inside job

Clarification on LoC firing doesn’t deny mutilation of jawans’ bodies

U.S. Military Trainers Could Be Targets-Iraq's Sadr

Crossed over: Indian national detained at Chaman checkpoint

3rd Spring of Quran Fair opens in Kabul

Iran Blasts Growing Trend of Isalmophobia in Western Societies

The fine art of protest from a safe distance

Prince Alwaleed tops list of 50 most influential Arabs

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Taliban shoot down US copter, killing 30 US SEALs involved in Osama killing

7 Aug 2011

Washington : As the US mourned the death of its 30 soldiers, including Navy SEALs from the broader unit that killed Osama bin Laden, in a chopper crash in Afghanistan, a probe has been launched to determine the exact cause of the incident that led to the biggest single loss for American troops in the decade-long war.

"No words describe the sorrow we feel in the wake of this tragic loss" of 38 lives -- 30 US troops, seven Afghan commandos and an interpreter, General John R Allen, International Security Assistant Force Commander (ISAF), said in a statement from Kabul.

Following the crash on Saturday, the Afghan Taliban claimed that its militants shot down the helicopter in Wardak province of Afghanistan, according to SITE intelligence.

Among those killed in the deadliest attack on the foreign troops were 25 US special operations forces troops, including 22 Navy SEALS from the same group which was involved in the covert US military operation to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May this year. But none of the SEAL members, who died on Saturday, were personally involved in the Osama operation.

Besides, five more US soldiers, seven Afghan troops and an interpreter died in the crash of the helicopter during an anti-Taliban operation. "All of those killed in this operation were true heroes who had already given so much in the defence of freedom," Allen said.

An investigation is underway to determine the exact cause of the crash, the ISAF statement said. "This tragic incident, once again reminds us of the tremendous sacrifices the brave soldiers of our two countries are making every day alongside each other to bring peace and security to our nations and to make the world a safer place for all of us," Afghan Ambassador to the US, Eklil Hakimi, said.

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, said: "Their sacrifice will not be in vain. Every single day, our men and women in uniform put their lives at risk to defend our nation and make the world a safer place."

The tragedy "is a sobering reminder of their selfless commitment to our nation," he said.

"This tragedy is felt by all Americans, and especially by our men and women in uniform, who continue to do more than their fair share to keep America safe," said Senator John McCain.

Senator Joe Lieberman mourned the loss of “the brave heroes in Afghanistan who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be safe and free. The American patriots who we lost today were among the very best of our best, and they were fighting in a just and necessary war. They served with extraordinary courage and talent, dedicating their lives to our nation."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chopper-crash-isaf-launches-probe-to-determine-exact-cause/828346/

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15 tankers ferrying oil to NATO forces destroyed in Pak

Aug 7, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Fifteen tankers ferrying oil to NATO forces in Afghanistan were destroyed when a huge blast ripped through a terminal on the outskirts of Peshawar city in northwest Pakistan, officials said today.

The tankers were parked at a terminal on the Ring Road, which was targeted with a bomb by suspected pro-Taliban militants last night.

There were no reports of loss of life in the attack. A massive fire erupted at the Fauji Terminal soon after the blast and engulfed the tankers, police officials said.

About 50 tankers were parked at the terminal and fire fighters were able to control the fire after several hours.

Officials said it was yet to be determined if the bomb was planted in the terminal or in a tanker.

Militants have destroyed hundreds of container trucks and tankers ferrying supplies to Afghanistan in attacks in northwest and southwest Pakistan over the past few years.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/15-tankers-ferrying-oil-to-NATO-forces-destroyed-in-Pak/articleshow/9515781.cms

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57 die, Syrian tanks attack eastern city of Deir al-Zour

7 Aug 2011

At least 57 people have died after the Syrian army stormed Deir al-Zour, the largest city in the east and a scene of frequent protests, activists say.

Scores of tanks and armoured vehicles are reported to have entered several areas of the city after a heavy bombardment that began before dawn.

At least 13 other people have been killed in Homs province, activists say.

President Bashar al-Assad has defended his security forces' deadly crackdown on dissent.

"Syria is on the path to reform," he was quoted as telling Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour by the state news agency, Sana.

"To deal with outlaws who cut off roads, seal towns and terrorise residents is a duty of the state, which must defend security and protect the lives of civilians," he added.

Mr Assad's comments came after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged him to stop the use of military force against civilians immediately.

In a telephone call on Saturday, Mr Ban "expressed his strong concern and that of the international community at the mounting violence and death toll in Syria over the past days", a UN spokesman said.

It was the first such communication in several months; the UN says Mr Assad had been refusing to accept calls from the secretary general.

Activists say at least 1,650 civilians have been killed and ten of thousands arrested since the uprising began in mid-March.

Access to Syria has been severely restricted for international journalists and it is rarely possible to verify accounts by witnesses and activists.

Residents of the city of Deir al-Zour had been expecting a military operation and many of them had fled in the last week.

Deir al-Zour is the second city to see huge protests. Almost 400,000 people are said to have been taking to the streets every Friday. This is something the regime won't tolerate.

After similar demonstrations in Hama, the authorities seem to be warning the rest of the country by attacking another city which dares to challenge the power of President Assad.

Pressure from the United Nations and the international community doesn't seem to he having an effect. The crackdown has expanded to include prominent opposition figures like former political prisoner Walid al-Bunni who was detained along with his two sons. A sign that things could get even worse in coming days.

City 'totally paralysed'

Activists said the bombardment of Deir al-Zour, about 450km (280 miles) east of Damascus, began at dawn on Sunday, with scores of tanks and armoured personnel carriers moving into many parts of the city, to the sound of loud explosions and machine-gun fire.

"Early this morning, columns of army tanks and bulldozers, under cover of heavy rounds of gunfire, stormed into the western and northern entrances of the city and dismantled barricades set up by residents," Abu Bakr, a resident of the northern district of Jubaila, told the Reuters news agency by telephone.

"A dozen tanks are taking position in the main square in Jubaila market," he said, adding that mosque loudspeakers were broadcasting cries of "Allahu Akbar" (God is great).

The Local Co-ordination Committees, an activist group that documents and organises protests, said nine districts had been stormed, but that the gunfire and casualties were heaviest in al-Joura, where snipers now occupied the rooftops of most of the area's high buildings.

Activists said people were unable to flee because troops were all around, but also that some of the soldiers in al-Joura had defected rather than shoot at people. Some were now trying to protect civilians, they added.

Earlier this week, residents had reported the build-up of soldiers and tanks, which they said were trying to divide the city into smaller parts.

State media also foreshadowed the assault, saying local leaders had called on the army to enter Deir al-Zour "to protect the citizens and preserve the public and private properties".

Parts of the city were shelled on Thursday night and Friday morning, witnesses said. Some reported shortages of food and water.

"Conditions in the city are very bad since it has been under siege for nine days," one activist told the Associated Press. "There is lack of medicine, baby formula, food stuff and gasoline. The city is totally paralysed."

Despite the imminent threat of an assault, tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, chanting: "We don't want the army inside the cities".

The BBC's Jim Muir in Beirut says Deir al-Zour, on the Euphrates river and not far from the border with Iraq, is in a strongly tribal area.

Some tribal leaders have declared loyalty to the regime, but not all. Last month, security forces arrested Sheikh Nawaf al-Bashir, a senior leader.

'Excess force'

Activists also said security forces backed by tanks had also killed at least 13 civilians and wounded several others on Sunday in the central town of Hula, in Homs province.

The army also continued its siege on the central city of Hama, which has become the centre of the uprising. Earlier, the Local Co-ordination Committees said the number of those killed since security forces launched an assault last Sunday was now more than 300.

On Saturday, funerals were held for several of the more than 20 people killed on Friday. Amateur videos posted online showed crowds marching through the central Damascus district of Midan. Some chanted: "There is no God but God and Assad is his enemy."

The six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council expressed deep concern for "the escalating violence in Syria and use of excess force".

"GCC countries... call for an immediate end to the violence and any armed appearances, as well as an end to the bloodshed," it said.

In addition, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu would visit Syria on Tuesday. He said Turkey could not "remain a spectator" to events across the two countries' long shared border.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the government would press ahead with political reforms and hold "free and transparent" elections before the end of 2011 which would "give birth to a parliament representing the aspirations of the Syrian people".

Later, security forces had arrested the prominent opposition figure and former political prisoner, Walid al-Bunni, and his two sons, activists said. Four activist brothers from the Khattab family were also detained.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14435177

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Europe’s violent right embrace Norway attacker’s ideals

7 Aug 2011

PARIS—They beat up black and Arab football fans, terrorize immigrant neighbourhoods, smash Muslim and Jewish gravestones, preach hate and rally support online. Norway’s attacks laid bare a fringe of flourishing racist anger around Europe — and exposed the risk that it could erupt into violence anywhere, anytime.

In interviews and online forums, European far-right extremists have not softened their rhetoric since Norway’s massacre left 77 dead. They may recoil at the attacker’s methods, but not his message: that Muslim immigrants are a threat to European survival.

“If there were no immigrants, there would never have been this drama,” one French blogger says. Jean-Marie Le Pen, France’s firebrand icon of anti-immigrant politics, said Norway “did not estimate the global danger that massive immigration represents, which is the principal cause” of the attacks.

The rise of anti-immigrant thought in the European political mainstream may even be increasing the risk. As far-right parties such as Le Pen’s National Front have become more moderate and appealing to a broader spectrum of voters, they have jettisoned their most extreme members — creating rage at the farthest fringes.

“These most extreme members are then left alone without the moderating influence of their former party colleagues,” said Marko Papic of U.S.-based analyst group Stratfor.

In Internet chatter, some of the most extreme European voices even say Anders Behring Breivik wasn’t xenophobic enough. Spain’s Democracia Nacional, Russia’s Slavic Union and the Swedish Resistance Movement dismissed him as a Zionist.

Europe’s right-wing extremists are exceptional voices, numbering in the thousands. But their voices can take on disproportionate weight and skew perceptions of immigration.

Foreign-born people made up 9.4 per cent of the population of the 27 European Union states last year, or 47 million of the EU’s half a billion citizens, according to statistics agency Eurostat. But millions of those “foreigners” originally came from another EU country.

The proportion of the foreign-born is low compared to North America, but has been rising steadily and is unsettling to some in Europe, where many countries were relatively homogenous until recent generations.

As xenophobic sentiment bleeds into the mainstream, authorities are closely watching the activities of the hardened extremists.

The French police unit monitoring extremist activity online registered more than 8,000 complaints last year of racist or xenophobic commentary. Police determined just 10 serious potential threats, according to an official with the Central Office of Judicial Police. The official was not authorized to be publicly named because of the sensitivity of his job.

While most European extremists active online sought to distance themselves from Breivik, Russian neo-Nazis and far-right Russian nationalists hailed his killing spree — and hinted of similar attacks in Russia.

“The white race is attacking: The White Hero of Norway Anders Bering Breivik,” read the headline on the website of the Slavic Union, one of Russia’s largest neo-Nazi groups.

“The more legal nationalist organizations are destroyed, the more Breiviks there will be,” Dmitry Demushkin, former leader of Slavic Union who now heads the Russkie — or Russians — nationalist movement, told the Associated Press.

Russia’s leadership has long been accused of allowing nationalist gangs to operate with impunity. But even in western Europe, where governments are more sensitive to public opinion, there were pockets of far-right support for Breivik’s rhetoric.

The leader of the English Defence League, a British far-right group to which Breivik claimed links, said the desperation among those angry at immigration is a “ticking time bomb.”

France’s National Front suspended a member whose blog praised Breivik as an “icon,” and Italy’s Northern League suspended a member who called some of the gunman’s ideas “great.”

Breivik’s actions also drew continentwide attention to far-right causes.

Yannick Cahuzac of the University of Perpignan, who analyzes far-right activity online, said one of France’s most widely viewed extreme right sites, Fdesouche.com, has seen a rise in visitors since the Norway massacre.

It’s difficult to discern whether the ranks of right-wing extremists in Europe are growing, in part because many are isolated figures who haven’t declared public allegiance to a single party or cause.

Sweden’s Brottsforebyggande Radet, the national crime-prevention agency, reports a 10 per cent drop in xenophobia-motivated crimes between 2008 and 2011. At the same time, far-right activity online in Sweden, and elsewhere, has soared.

In Germany, far-right groups ran some 1,000 websites and 38 online radio stations as of late last year.

Cahuzac says the aggressive rhetoric online may not be a bad thing. “It can be cathartic, as you sublimate your violence via words,” he said. “It’s a diversion, an outlet for this hate that cannot always be expressed in public.”

In Serbia, for example, a nationalist group gathered over 70,000 “likes” in support of Moammar Gadhafi on Facebook at the start of the NATO intervention in Libya. But when they tried to organize street protest in Belgrade against the Western intervention, only a few hundred people showed up.

The radicals, while small in number, can at times pose a real danger.

In Russia, neo-Nazis have been convicted of killing and assaulting dark-skinned non-Slavs, and Muslim labour migrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia are regularly targeted for attack.

On Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees, a radical right-wing militant shot at then-French President Jacques Chirac in 200. More common but less eye-catching is vandalism. This week, swastikas and Nazi symbols were scrawled on a church in western France.

In Greece, the gateway for masses of Europe’s illegal immigrants, hundreds of black-shirted, bat-wielding youths chased down immigrants through the streets of Athens and knifed and beat them in May.

Since Norway’s attacks, Greek police have stepped up patrols in neighbourhoods with high ethnic tensions, and some British mosques stepped up security.

In Poland, which is struggling to stem hooliganism before it hosts the European football championships next year, stadium-goers displayed large anti-Semitic banners at a match last year, and fans reportedly marched through town with a banner saying “The Aryan hordes are coming.”

In Austria, the wall of the Mauthausen concentration camp was defaced in 2009 with a phrase that sums up many sentiments found on Europe’s very far-right: “What the Jew was for our fathers, the Moslem brood is for us. Beware!”

Economic hard times and their consequences like high unemployment can breed radicalism on both the left and right, and gave rise to the Nazi party in Germany in the 1920s.

Historians say Europe, despite its current debt woes and immigration tensions, is in better overall shape today, and that the greater risk is of isolated pockets of anger exploding.

“Of course there are big problems, economic, social, political, and cultural ... but we are not in the stage of fascism and we have not had that kind of economic worldwide crisis up to now,” said Hajo Funke, political science professor at Berlin’s Free University who specializes in the far-right.

Governments across Europe have struggled for years to stem racist violence — just as they struggle to stem extremist violence from Islamists and the radical left.

What happened in Norway “can happen anywhere,” Wetzel said. “No place is safe from that.”

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1035190--europe-s-violent-right-embrace-norway-attacker-s-ideals

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Foreign policy in Khaki: Pakistanis begin questioning role of ISI

Imtiaz Ahmed

August 06, 2011

The likelihood of US troops from Afghanistan is now a clear possibility. But Pakistan, which should be cheering as this long-desired strategic goal becomes visible, is having a serious debate about the nature of its foreign policy. The traditional debate about its Afghanistan policy, has

been on whether the Taliban can be made part of a Kabul government and what Islamabad can do to facilitate this development. Now a new foreign policy debate has emerged and a more fundamental question is being asked. Is Pakistan's foreign policy in the interests of Pakistan or for the interests of a few institutions of the country, namely the military? And, if the latter, are those interests being pursued at the cost of other institutions of government?

Afghanistan is seen as an example of this problem. The debate stems from the change of mood in Pakistan and the open discussion on the role of the Inter-Services Intelligence and the army in deciding matters of national importance. In the words of Asma Jahangir, prominent lawyer and former head of the country's human rights commission, "The army comprises a number of incompetent people. And to expect them to do something intelligent is to expect too much."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Foreign-policy-in-khaki/Article1-730271.aspx

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Egypt Sufis plan mass rally to counter Salafist and Wahhabi muscle flexing

Sunday 7 Aug 2011

Sheikh Mofamed Abdel Khaleq El-Shabrawi, the leader of the Shabrawia Order, one of the largest Sufi spiritual orders in Egypt, said that Sufis are planning a massive rally on Friday 12 August in Cairo to call for national unity and a civil state.

Salafists have been tugging the rope towards a theocratic government, whereas most political forces are tugging towards a 'civil state', which accepts the status quo with regards to the recognition of Islam in the Constitution and would replace the de facto military rule with a civilian one.

Sufi and various pro-democracy political forces have been discussing ways to respond to this rising tide of conservative Salafist forces.

Sufi leaders, who tend to favour religious tolerance and generally abstain from politics, were alarmed after hundreds of thousands of Islamists organised mass protests around the country on 29 July to call for the establishment of an Islamic state in Egypt.

In Egypt, at least six million people - or one in every three young men - belong to one or another of the more than 40 Sufi orders.

Millions of followers of Sufi orders, both men and women, attend more than 40 massive moulids (festivals that honour specific spiritual iconic figures of different orders) throughout the country.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/18261/Egypt/Politics-/Sufis-plan-mass-rally-to-counter-Islamists-obfusca.aspx

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6 Killed by Bombs in Central Iraq, Officials Say

7 Aug 2011

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say six civilians have been killed and 14 others injured by bombs planted near two homes in central Iraq.

A police officer says the motive behind the attack at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning was still unknown. He said four bombs were planted near homes in the town of Iskandariyah, and that a woman and two children under 10-years-old were among the dead.

A doctor at a nearby hospital confirmed the causality figures.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

Iskandariyah is located 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Baghdad. The city was once among the most violent during the height of the insurgency against the U.S.-led coalition, but has been fairly stable since mid-2007.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08/07/world/middleeast/AP-ML-Iraq.html?ref=global-home

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Violence claims three lives in Karachi

7 Aug 2011

KARACHI: Three people were killed in fresh firing incidents and around a dozen others injured in armed attacks in Orangi Town on Saturday.

Police said the violence began in Qasba Colony where a young man was shot dead and another injured after sunset. An official at the Peerabad police said the deceased was identified as Yasir, a resident of the same area.

Another young man was killed in firing within the remits of the same police station.

In the neighboring Site Town, another young man Sabz Ali was killed in firing. An official at the Site-A police station said the victim was targeted near Malang Hotel on Manghopir Road.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/07/violence-claims-three-lives-in-karachi.html

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Pak 3rd largest immigrant group in Norway

Chidanand Rajghatta

Aug 7, 2011

Indians constitute less than a third of Pakistan numbers in the small niche country.

It was an eye-popping - and not just an eye-catching - statistic. In the hours and days after the terrorist attack in Norway on July 22, when the world's eyes trained towards the usual suspects, it emerged that Pakistanis (absolved of the blame, much to their relief) are the third largest number of immigrants in Norway after Poles and Swedes. Further inquiries revealed that it was not just a FACTOID (a questionable or spurious statement presented without veracity) but an accurate, verifiable FACT. A thinly-populated country of 5 million people, Norway, according to its government statistics, has more than 600,000 (or about 12%) immigrants as of 2011. Poles top the list of immigrants at 60,000, followed by Swedes at 34,000. But followed by Pakistanis at 32,000? How could that be?

Why Pakistanis have the wood on Norway becomes a little clearer when you examine the next two immigrant nationalities on the list - Iraq and Somalia (27,000 each). Iran and Turkey also figure at 9th and 10th (16,000) each. In contrast, there are only 10,000 Indians in Norway, less than a third of the Pakistani immigrant population. In fact, there are more Sri Lankans and Afghans (14,000 each) than Indians. So are Indians reluctant to migrate to Norway? If it is not cold enough or distant enough to stop Pakistanis and Lankans, why should it inhibit Indians, arguably one of the world's biggest migrant groups with a diaspora of more than 30 million worldwide?

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pak-clout-in-Norway-a-leg-up-on-India/articleshow/9511373.cms

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Obama mourns dead in likely Afghan shoot-down

7 Aug 2011

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said on Saturday that the deaths of Americans in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan are a reminder of the “extraordinary” price the U.S. military is paying in the decade-long Afghan war.

Obama’s statement did not confirm the number killed or other details of the crash. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that the crash killed 31 U.S. special operation troops and seven Afghan commandos.

U.S. officials said more than 20 U.S. special operations forces were killed in the crash. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and family notifications are not completed.

A senior administration official said the helicopter that crashed in eastern Afghanistan was apparently shot down by insurgents in the deadliest single incident of the conflict for U.S. forces. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the crash is still being investigated.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/August/international_August264.xml&section=international&col=

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India not behind every trouble in Pak: Gilani

7 Aug 2011

Islamabad : Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the situations in Karachi and Balochistan were totally different and that India is not behind every trouble in the country.

Insisting that the government is taking every possible step to restore peace in Karachi, Gilani said that it is up to the Sindh government to decide whether or not to call in the Army to deal with the chaotic situation in the city. ‘

He said that Pakistan’s security issues were linked to the conflict in Afghanistan, adding: “The situation in Pakistan won’t improve until there is normalcy in Afghanistan.”

He also emphasised that Pakistan would never compromise on its strategic national interests, The News reports.

Talking about its nuclear assets, he said, “We have our own national interests and Pakistan will continue to work to protect them,” The News reports.

On Friday, five people were killed and over six injured in a number of incidents in different parts of Karachi.

Tension spread in Baldia Town over the killing of a young man and wounding of over six others, including a policeman and a woman in a clash between two groups in Saeedabad.

Violence continued in Karachi despite political parties'' efforts for the restoration of peace.

Pakistan has been accusing India of its involvement in the Balochistan conflict, saying that it supplies arms and ammunition there through Afghanistan.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-not-behind-every-trouble-in-pak-gilani/828097/

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Mumbai Urdu dailies scream at bail to saffron terror accused

By Rehan Ansari

7 Aug 2011

Mumbai: Reflecting the sentiments of Muslims nearly all the leading Urdu newspapers of Mumbai put a flyer on Thursday about High Court granting bail to Shiv Nararin Kalsangara and Shyam Sahu, two of the accused of Malegaon September 2008 blasts.

Inquilab, the leading Urdu daily screamed “Partners of Sadhvi Pragya Singh granted bail” along with a photograph of Muslim women fasting since last 100 days against the denial of bail to 9 Muslims accused of Malegaon 2006 blasts. The court denied bail to these accused even after the confessional statement of RSS pracharak Swami Aseemanand, when CBI objected to the bail plea. Aseemanand confessed that Malegaon 2006 blast also was the handiwork of saffron group.

The daily also provided a healing touch with the news that there is a hope of getting bail to the 9 accused from Malegaon whose bail application will be heard on 6th August, 2011.

Urdu Times yelled “Terrorists Sahu and Kalsangara granted bail” and also condemned the prosecution for not providing substantial proof against these accused both of whom are electrical engineers.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2011aug06/mumbai_urdu_dailies_scream_bail_saffron_terror_accused

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Gujarat Massacre Case: Running with the hare & hunting with hounds

7 Aug 2011

1 On February 5, 2010 Badekha sends SIT reports in nine major Gujarat riots cases to Tushar Mehta & G. C. Murmu, principal secretary to CM Narendra Modi

2 Mehta reportedly shares the reports with RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy

3 On February 6, Gurumurthy writes to Mehta he has received the reports but not the attachments

4 Badekha forwards the SIT reports along with two other documents containing arrest details and chargesheets, marked SECRET, to Mehta & Murmu

5 Mehta reportedly forwards the documents to Gurumurthy once again

6 The next day, Gurumurthy writes to Mehta that he has received the reports but not the annexures

7 On February 17, Gurumurthy sends an email to N. Ram of The Hindu on nram@ thehindu.

co. in and nram. thehindu@ gmail. com.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Suffer in Gujarat but seek justice elsewhere

By Gyanant Singh

7 Aug 2011

HE TRIAL in the post- Godhra riot cases has hardly ever been smooth in Gujarat. The infamous Bilkis Bano and the Best Bakery cases ended in convictions in Mumbai but the victims of the other 2002 riot cases being tried in Gujarat are yet to get justice.

The Supreme Court, which had ordered transfer of the Bilkis Bano case and retrial of the Best Bakery case in Mumbai, had constituted a Special Investigation Team ( SIT) to ensure a fair trial of other riot cases in Gujarat itself. But the internal communications now revealed by Gujarat IPS officer Sanjiv R. Bhatt show that the state machinery had been pushed into service to defend the accused.

Incidentally, the trial in the cases had been stayed in 2003- 2004 on a petition by the National Human Rights Commission ( NHRC) seeking transfer of the cases outside Gujarat in view of allegations of complicity of the state government in the riots.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Another chapter in Gujarat riots shame

By Poornima Joshi

7 Aug 2011

Gujarat govt. officials played both sides of field — helping accused they ‘prosecuted’ in court with their defence

OVER 682 pages of annexure submitted by the Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt to the Supreme Court reveal how the state has closed ranks to shield and help the accused in the 2002 anti- Muslim riots.

Officers in the law and home department of Gujarat helped riot suspects draft their affidavits and petitions while, at the same time, framing the same documents on behalf of the government meant to prosecute the same accused.

The case in point, mentioned in great detail by Bhatt, is that of Bipin Ambalal Patel, who was allegedly part of a rioting mob that killed 69 Muslims in what is now infamously known as the Gulberg Society massacre case.

Ehsan Jafri, an ageing former Congress MP, was brutally murdered by this mob despite pleading with them on behalf of his residential society.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Three killed in Iraq prison jailbreak: officials

7 Aug 2011

HILLA: At least two prisoners and a guard were killed in clashes as inmates attempted a jailbreak from a prison in the central Iraqi city of Hilla, justice and medical officials said Saturday.

At least five others were wounded in the unrest at the prison in the centre of Hilla, 95 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad, which took place on Friday evening, according to a justice ministry spokesman. Estimates varied, however, as to the number of prisoners who escaped, ranging from just one to as many as 15.

"The situation in the prison is now under control," said justice ministry spokesman Haidar al-Saadi. "Three people were killed -- two prisoners and one guard. Five others were wounded." Saadi said an inquiry had been opened into the attempted jailbreak and added that early indications were that just one prisoner had escaped.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=20188&title=Three-killed-in-Iraq-prison-jailbreak

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Amnesty urges action to save 10 missing Baloch

August 7, 2011

QUETTA: An international human rights organisation appealed for urgent action to save the life of 10 detained and missing Baloch persons who, the organisation believes, face death risk.

According to Amnesty International (AI), the 10 men were taken into custody on February 18, along with 19 others, during a Frontier Corps (FC) search operation in the town of Tutak, in Balochistan’s Khuzdar district.

Of them, 18 have since been released while the body of Maqsood Qalandarani, an activist of the Baloch Student Organisation-Azad, was found in a sack in the Jabal-e-Noor area near Quetta on July 16.

Qalandarani appeared to have been tortured and Amnesty said it fears that the 10 remaining men face the same fate.

According to local news reports, the police discovered a note in Qalandarani’s pockets, saying he was an ‘agent of the Baloch Liberation Army’.

The remaining 10, most of whom belong to the Qalandarani tribe, have not been seen since February 18 and are at risk of torture … as well as extrajudicial execution, the rights groups says.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/226045/detained-and-missing-amnesty-urges-action-to-save-10-missing-baloch/

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NATO Says 4 Killed in Afghan Attacks

7 Aug 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says four of its service members have been killed by insurgents in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.

In a statement Sunday, NATO says two were killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan and another two in an attack in the south. It did not provide their nationalities or any other details.

The attack comes a day after where the Taliban shot down a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter, killing 38 people, including 30 American troops.

The deaths Sunday bring to 369 the number of coalition troops killed this year in Afghanistan and 46 this month.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says there is fighting in the area where the Taliban shot down a U.S. Army Chinook helicopter, killing 38 people, including 30 American troops.

Wardak provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said Sunday that a joint operation was taking place in the Tangi Joy Zarin area of Sayd Abad district where the large transport helicopter went down late Saturday. He says there were reports of Taliban casualties overnight, but had no additional information.

NATO says it has begun an operation to recover the remains of the helicopter.

The deaths marked the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.

The U.S.-led coalition has provided no further details.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/08/07/world/asia/AP-AS-Afghanistan.html?ref=world&gwh=26AFD1280E7DC8B6E033D7648836A076

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Israel ex-president appeals rape conviction

Sunday 7 Aug 2011

Katsav arrived at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem this morning, accompanied by his lawyers, to appeal his conviction and sentence, a justice ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

Katsav will appear before judges Edna Arbel, Myriam Nahor and Selim Jubran to appeal his December conviction on charges of rape, sexual harassment, indecent acts and obstruction of justice.

He will also challenge a seven-year prison sentence, handed down in March along with a two-year suspended sentence and an order he pay compensation of 100,000 shekels ($28,000/20,000 euros) to the main victim, known only as "Aleph", as well as 25,000 shekels ($7,000/5,000 euros) to a second victim.

Throughout the 18-month trial, which included harrowing accusations, the former president was portrayed as a sexual predator who routinely harassed his female staff.

But he has denied the charges against him, saying he was the target of a media plot and that his interactions with his female staff were consensual.

The former president was scheduled to report to prison to begin serving his sentence on May 8, but Supreme Court justice Yoram Danziger agreed to delay the beginning of Katsav's sentence until he completed his appeal.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/18272/World/Region/Israel-expresident-appeals-rape-conviction.aspx

 

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UN chief urges Assad to end Syria crackdown

7 Aug 2011

The Syrian city of Hama has been the scene of recent heavy bombardment by security forces

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to "immediately end" the use of troops against civilian protesters.

In a telephone call to the Syrian leader, Mr Ban also said the use of mass arrests against protesters must be stopped, the UN said.

It was the first contact between the two men since April.

President Assad is facing increasing international condemnation for using troops and tanks to quell protests.

Meanwhile, a leading activist said on Sunday that Syrian talks had launched a pre-dawn attack on the eastern city of Deir al-Zour.

Rami Abdel Rahman, of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP news agency that shelling was reported from at least three suburbs. The report cannot be verified.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14434624

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China remodels Silk Road city but scars run deep

By Marianne Barriaux

7 Aug 2011

KASHGAR, China — The call to prayer echoes across the old Silk Road city of Kashgar, drawing believers into the main mosque under the watchful eye of armed police, as building cranes loom in the distance.

It's the end of a day of fasting in this old trading post between East and West -- a remote city in China's far-western region of Xinjiang that is reeling from recent deadly attacks that laid bare long-standing ethnic tensions.

Undaunted, authorities are pressing ahead with plans to turn the restive city into a modern economic powerhouse -- to the dismay of many of the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, who fear it will have serious repercussions for them.

"This Kashgar is a new Kashgar, it's no longer an old city. Our culture has gone," lamented a 24-year-old Uighur shopkeeper who refused to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The ancient, traditional Islamic part of the city is already in the throes of mass modernisation, as bulldozers tear down old mud-brick houses to replace them with lookalikes made of concrete and brick.

China's communist government says the seven-billion-yuan ($1.1-billion) project aims to improve living standards for inhabitants of the old city, where it says many of the insalubrious houses would topple in an earthquake.

"Kashgar is located in a seismic zone so it's important that all houses are quake-safe. Our (new) houses can withstand an 8.0-magnitude earthquake," said Aysajan Ahat, an official in charge of the project.

Full report at: Copyright © 2011 AFP.

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Pakistan's poor dying in Karachi violence

7 Aug 2011

KARACHI: Life stopped for Pakistani cab driver Ghulam Mohammed when his seven-year-old daughter was shot dead on her way home from school, a victim of senseless political and ethnic violence sweeping Karachi.

Shumaila was Mohammed’s only child, born after he and his wife struggled for 12 years to have a baby.

It took two stray bullets to bury all the hopes and dreams they had for the future.

“She was the one who gave meaning to our life. Now we have no reason to live,” said the tearful 36-year-old, a resident of Qasba Colony, one of a series of troubled neighbourhoods in western Karachi turned into a battlefield.

Shumaila was one of 300 people whom the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) says died in political and ethnically linked shootings in Karachi last month and one of the 800 killed since the start of this year.

She was carrying her books when the bullets pierced her abdomen and splintered a rib. Seriously wounded, she was eventually picked up by an ambulance after medics struggled to access the street under gunfire.

“Someone told me my daughter had been shot and I rushed to hospital despite all the risks, only to find her dead in the morgue,” Mohammed said.

Many link the killings to rising tensions between the Mohajirs, the Urdu-speaking majority represented by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), and Pashtun migrants affiliated to the Awami National Party (ANP).

Karachi is Pakistan’s financial capital and, with a population of around 18 million, its largest city.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/226120/pakistans-poor-dying-in-karachi-violence/

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J& K youth pick up stones again ending fragile calm

By Naseer Ganai

7 Aug 2011

AFTER a fragile calm of nine months, J& K youth have taken to stonepelting again.

The protests have, however, not reached last year’s scale even though they are widespread in the Valley.

What has triggered the anger this time are the events of last month — the alleged rape of a Gujjar woman by army officers in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, the molestation of a schoolgirl in Pattan, again by armymen, and the custodial death of a 25- year- old youth in Sopore on July 31.

The Omar Abdullah government did swiftly order a probe in the three incidents, and an armyman was arrested in the molestation case, while two policemen were held for the custodial killing of Nazim Rashid on Saturday.

But at the same time, the government did not allow the separatists to visit the affected places for fear of escalation in tension. In fact, all of them were put under house arrest.

This has apparently brought people on the streets again, and on Friday, stonepelting incidents were reported in the old city and other Valley areas, with indications that they are spontaneous.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Pehchan: Transforming Muslim women’s lives

7 Aug 2011

New Delhi: Imagine a situation where you visit an area where Muslim girls don’t have access to school and then you see them talking in English, on stage at a public function about their ambitions in life and the problems they face if they want to continue their studies. Well, you will be surprised and so was I, when a week ago I attended a certificate distribution function of Pehchan in Jaitpur, which is an “unauthorized colony,” in Delhi suburbs.

Because of its unauthorized status, Jaitpur which is predominantly populated by Muslims, doesn’t get its share of government schemes, and doesn’t have even a single government schools. In this situation, Pehchan is reaching out to Muslim girls and women of the area and is working for their empowerment through education and other skills.

http://twocircles.net/2011aug06/pehchan_transforming_muslim_women%E2%80%99s_lives.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twocirclesnet-IndianMuslim+%28TwoCircles.net+-+Indian+Muslim+News%29

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood holds 1st open vote

7 Aug 2011

CAIRO: Egypt’s largest political group, the Muslim Brotherhood, held its first open internal election Saturday since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, in an attempt to burnish its democratic credentials ahead of parliamentary polls later this year.

After decades spent underground because of an official ban, the public vote is also part of a concerted push by the Islamist group to show off its organization and dispel its reputation as a secretive and closed group. It looks poised to win big at the November polls, largely because of its well-organized political machine and social outreach programs.

Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie hailed Saturday’s vote, which chose three new members to the group’s executive board, saying “the open and transparent elections show the world that the Brotherhood works in the open, to restore Egypt’s freedom and standing.”

Speaking to the gathering at a luxury hotel in the Cairo neighborhood of Nasser City, he said the vote was one of the “fruits” of the Egypt’s uprising.

Saturday’s vote marked a clear shift from the past, when the the Brotherhood was banned from public politics and its members and finances were targets of a constant security crackdown.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article483967.ece

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Palestinian Envoy Calls Israel Root Cause of All Miseries in Muslim World

7 Aug 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah al-Zawawi took the Zionist regime responsible for the miseries and damages inflicted on the Muslim world, and called on all Muslims to double their efforts to reinvigorate their unity and solidarity.

"Israel is the root cause of whatever (problem) is happening in the Muslim world and the problems of Muslims will not be solved, but through unity based on the holy Quran and (Prophet Mohammad's) tradition," Zawawi said in a meeting with Iranian Islamic Culture and Guidance Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini in Tehran on Saturday night.

In relevant remarks in 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had also called the Zionist regime of Israel a "racist group", and blamed all wars and crimes on the Zionists.

The Zionist regime (of Israel) is the origin of all wars, genocide, terrors and crimes against humanity and it is a racist entity which does not respect human principles, Ahmadinejad said, addressing an international conference on 'National and Islamic Solidarity for the Future of Palestine' here in Tehran.

The conference was attended by Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal, the Secretary General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and officials of the other Palestinian groups.

He also cautioned that the Zionist regime is seeking hegemony over the world, and added, "It is a well-known fact today that the Zionist regime's mission is occupation, threat, violence, war mongering and paving the ground for oppressors' hegemony."

Stressing that the Zionist regime was created by the arrogant powers to serve as a base in this sensitive region, the Iranian president stated, "Zionists do not adhere to any religion. Furthermore they are against the prophets."

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9005160985

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Rights Group Condemns Massacre of Iranian Diplomats by Taliban

7 Aug 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Association to Defend the Victims of Terrorism in the Middle-East in a statement condemned the massacre of 8 Iranian diplomats and one reporter by the Taliban in Mazar-e-Sharif, Northern Afghanistan, in 1998.

The inhumane measure was taken in complete opposition to the International rights and laws and diplomatic conventions, specially the 1961 Vienna convention, the statement said on Monday.

The statement also blasted the silence of the countries which claim to be advocates of human rights on the terrorist act, and said it is surprising that the same countries are now in peace talks with the Taliban while no change has happened in the terrorist group's policies and thoughts.

On August 8, 1998 Taliban forces captured Mazari Sharif city in Northern Afghanistan. After this incident, 11 Iranian diplomats and 1 Iran's state news agency (IRNA) correspondent disappeared. Unofficial reports from the city indicated that all these men were killed.

Later it was confirmed that 8 of the Iranian diplomats and the IRNA correspondent were killed by the Taliban militia attacking the consulate. It was also reported that some of the personnel of the consulate were taken hostage by the invaders, but they were later released.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9005160920

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Facebook 'used to hunt down Bahrain dissidents'

7 Aug 2011

A new documentary suggests that Bahraini loyalists used social networks to trace anti-government protestors during the recent period of social unrest in the country.

In a stark contrast to the way in which social media played a pivotal role during the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia in rallying support among anti-government protesters, a documentary called Shouting in the Dark - to be screened on Al Jazeera English this evening - claims that forces loyal to the Bahraini government used social media to find a 20-year-old anti-government protestor, identified as Ayat Al Qurmezi.

Visitors were told "write the traitor's name and work place" and, according to the film, masked commandos then arrested her and took her to prison.

 According to reports, Ms Al Qurmezi’s mother said: "This is the first time something like this has happened. Young girls taken from their homes, arrested and we don’t know where they are."

 The film also alleges that many Bahraini protesters are now wary of using social networking sites due to fears that the government may be monitoring their activities.

They say activity in other uprisings leaves them frightened of using Facebook or Twitter.

The 50-minute special was produced by an Al Jazeera journalist who spent three months undercover in the country.

Paul Eedle, director of programmes at Al Jazeera English said: "This is a remarkable film which tells for the first time the full story of Bahrain's crushing of democracy protests. Our reporter took great risks to continue filming for several weeks after Bahraini authorities expelled international journalists. World attention may now have moved on, but Al Jazeera has stayed with this story."

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=258108

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Fai invokes Lincoln to continue Kashmir campaign

Aug 7, 2011

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's ISI-sponsored Kashmir activist Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was arrested by US authorities, issued his first statement this week, invoking former US president Abraham Lincoln about a "just cause". "The people of Jammu & Kashmir have no reason to fear that the world powers in general, and the United States in particular, will let them down," he stated.

Fai was arrested for running a Kashmir independence campaign, which was fully funded by Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, but which wasn't registered in the US as a foreign lobbying entity. The arrest was a huge blow to Pakistan's global efforts to "internationalize" the Kashmir issue. Similar organizations in London and Brussels too have come under international scrutiny.

However, trying to recoup his losses, Fai issued his first statement last week after being moved from prison to house arrest. Quoting Lincoln, Fai said, "The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

Indian commentators have invoked Lincoln for pushing exactly the opposite view. Former governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Gen S K Sinha, wrote this week about how he explained India's position on Kashmir to a prominent Washington-based think-tank many years ago.

On being asked a question about self-determination in Kashmir, Gen Sinha said, "My reply was that fundamental values are more important than the game of numbers in a democracy. Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery and believed in the liberty of the individual. Despite the will of the people of the southern states, he fought the American Civil War to uphold that basic value and the integrity of the Union."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Fai-invokes-Lincoln-to-continue-Kashmir-campaign/articleshow/9511423.cms

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Iranian Minister: West Fomenting Hatred against Muslims

7 Aug 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyed Mohammad Hosseini blasted the efforts made by the West to spark Islamophobia in the world, and called on Muslims to unite and take proper cultural steps to thwart the plot.

"The western thinkers and politicians are taking anti-Islam stances. Hollywood is making movies against Muslims. Today, Islamophobia in the West is an undeniable fact," the Minister said addressing ambassadors of Islamic states here in Tehran on Saturday evening.

"They are fomenting hatred against Muslims," he warned, and added that the West is using pen and picture and cartoon to spark this hatred against Muslims.

The Iranian minister called on Muslim states to display "the real Islam" to the world, and in addition to their political and economic measures, take cultural steps to thwart the western plots and conspiracies.

In relevant remarks in April, Deputy Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations Eshaq Ale-Habib lashed out at the growing trend of insults to Islam in the West, and called on the United Nations to take proper measures to confront the spread of Islamophobia in the western societies.

Ale-Habib called on the UN and its Committee on Information to take practical steps to promote "religious tolerance" and to counter the growing Islamophobic trend in the West, and to stop the desecration of Islam.

Ale-Habib also condemned the recent act of burning Islam's holy book, the Quran, by an extremist US pastor, and said the incident runs counter to the UN's efforts to promote "religious tolerance and mutual respect between religions and cultures."

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9005160849

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Quick Facts: Sharia law in America: Myth or reality?

7 Aug 2011

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie defended his decision to nominate a Muslim judge to the state Superior Court against conservative critics who warned that the new judge will implement Sharia law. Undergroundprogressive.com

The appointee, Sohail Mohammed, is an American attorney who offered legal aid to New Jersey residents who were suspected after the 9/11 terrorist attacks but were later found innocent of any crimes. Undergroundprogressive.com

What is Shariah?

Sharia in its simplest form is a how-to manual based on the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad's sayings. It is a human effort to understand the concept of justice enshrined in the Qur'an for day-to-day living. Sharialaws.com

From a layperson's point of view, Sharia is divided into a personal and a public function. Sharialaws.com

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/192638.html

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Venezuelan President sends letter to Gaddafi wishing him victory

Aug 7, 2011

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent a letter to his Libyan counterpart Muammar Gaddafi, expressing support to his "brother-in-arms" and wishing him victory.

"I give you a strong hug, Muammar, with an endless sentiment of brotherly affection. Long live Libyan people! Long live to you my brother-in-arms! Libya will live and will win," Chavez read out his letter to Gaddafi on Venezuela's national television VTV.

The Venezuelan foreign ministry does not recognise the rebel National Transitional Council in Libya, which claims to be the only legitimate body in the country.

Chavez said earlier that the recognition of the rebels "violates all norms of the international law".

The uprising which began in mid-February in Libya against Gaddafi rule has already claimed thousands of lives, with Gaddafi's troops maintaining their combat capabilities despite NATO air strikes against them.

An international military operation to protect civilians in Libya began March 19 following a UN resolution and has been extended till September. Will gold be the last refuge?

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Chavez-sends-letter-to-Gaddafi-wishing-him-victory/articleshow/9511866.cms

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29,000 kids perished in Somalia famine

7 Aug 2011

More than 29,000 children under the age of five have been killed due to the drought and famine in Somalia.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Nancy Lindborg, assistant administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), told a congressional committee in Washington on Wednesday that the children have died in the last 90 days in southern Somalia.

The new figure is based on nutrition and mortality surveys verified by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Wednesday, the United Nations declared three new regions in Somalia famine zones, bringing the total number to five.

The UN says 3.2 million Somalis are in need of immediate lifesaving assistance.

Somalia has been worst affected by famine in the Horn of Africa but parts of Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Djibouti are also hit.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=258066

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195 People Convert to Islam in Kuwait During Ramadan

7 Aug 2011

Some 195 people from different nationalities in Kuwait have converted to Islam during the holy month of Ramadan, Islam Presentation Committee said here Saturday.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Some 195 people from different nationalities in Kuwait have converted to Islam during the holy month of Ramadan, Islam Presentation Committee said here Saturday.

They have converted to the religion of Islam through the different offices of the committee nationwide, the director general of the committee, Jamal Al-Shatti told Kuwait News Agency.

The committee is expected to receive more people wishing to join the tolerant religion of Islam during the fasting month of Ramadan, he said.

"At present, our goal is to boost local and international promotion of Islam, and to train a generation of distinguished preachers involving new converters and communities," he added

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=258083

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Egyptian singer Hassan El-Asmar dies

Sunday 7 Aug 2011

Hassan El-Asmar, one of Egypt's most famous pop stars, died early this morning at age 52. The singer died of a cardiac arrest.

El-Asmar gained his fame during the 1980s with his Egyptian pop-culture music and songs.

El-Asmar was born in  in Abbassiya, Cairo on 21 October, 1959. His family roots go back to the governorate of Qena in Upper Egypt. El-Asmar appeared in many films in the 1980s and 1990s. His famous songs include Tawahan (Disperse), Ketab Hayati Ya Ein (My Book of Life) and Ta'am el Ayam (The Taste of the Days).

El-Asmar's funeral service will take place in the afternoon Sunday at El-Nour Mosque in Abbassiya.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/33/18255/Arts--Culture/Music/Egyptian-singer-Hassan-ElAsmar-dies.aspx

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Syria Says It Has Ended Revolt

By NADA BAKRI and ANTHONY SHADID

Aug 7, 2011

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syria’s state news media broadcast stark images of the destruction in the besieged city of Hama for the first time on Friday, showing burned buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble in footage that appeared designed to show that government forces had put down a rebellion in the city.

The images were unmistakably Hama, Syria’s fourth-largest city and a focal point of the five-month-old uprising that has left President Bashar al-Assad’s leadership isolated and weakened. They suggested the military had retaken control of a city that had briefly wrested itself from four decades of authoritarian rule by the Assad family and enjoyed an unprecedented measure of freedom.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/world/middleeast/06syria.html

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South Sudan’s Muslims council says Islamic principles respect human rights

BY IINA

7 Aug 2011

JUBA, Ramadan 6/August 6 (IINA)-The Council of Muslims in the newly established state of South Sudan has said that Islamic rules were not created to go against Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Speaking at a meal to break the fast (iftar) during the holy month of Ramadan recently, the chairperson of the council Atir Bior, said that there was a misinterpretation by some people that Islamic rules were against human rights.

Bior said that Islam was a blessed religion that pays attention to the human rights and that it has been always there to promote the basic rights of all human beings.

’’Islamic rules on Declaration on Human rights and Islam pays attention to the UDHR and it has come to improve and promote the human rights to the highest level”, he said.

Bior also cautioned some of the superpower nations which have been using the UDHR as a political tool for their own interest to win global influence.

’’Some countries particularly the western countries have been using their powers to make a UDHR a political tool with which they use to obtain what they want…it should be understood that there is a remarkable difference between a right and power,’’ he said.

He asked South Sudanese Muslims to observe International Islamic Human Rights day which is celebrated on August 5 annually and advised all people to respect the basic human rights.

Full report at:

http://iina.me/wp_en/?p=1004328

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Physical, Social, Mental & Spiritual Benefits of Fasting Explored

7 Aug 2011

In a research project titled “Fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan” conducted by the General Office of Education and Research affiliated to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the physical and social benefits of fasting as well as the correct ways of practicing this religious observance have been investigated.

IRAN (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - In a research project titled “Fasting in the Holy Month of Ramadan” conducted by the General Office of Education and Research affiliated to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the physical and social benefits of fasting as well as the correct ways of practicing this religious observance have been investigated.

 The significance of fasting as an imperative in all religious sects is highlighted in the introduction of the research, quoting Imam Ali (AS) as saying: “Fasting is an ancient ritual, no religious sect is exempt from.”

Full report at:

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=258093

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Egyptian Nour: Mubarak's trial is beginning of a process awaited for 30 year

7 Aug 2011

Ayman Nour said he sent a message to Mubarak when he was tortured in prison, asking Mubarak to remember God's power when massacring people.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - One of Egypt's opposition leaders defined trial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in an iron cage as the beginning of a path towards justice, they were awaiting for 30 years.

Ayman Nour said he sent a message to Mubarak when he was tortured in prison, asking Mubarak to remember God's power when massacring people.

"He might have remembered my message when he was in the iron cage," Nour told AA correspondent.

Nour hoped the trial would be fair, but said he thought the indictment regarding Mubarak was weak and was not including all crimes Mubarak had committed.

Ayman Nour stood as a rival against Hosni Mubarak in 2005 elections. However, in the same year, Nour was sentenced to five years in prison for forging membership applications for the Ghad Party to reach the minimum required number of members. He was released in February 2009.

According to International Amnesty and human rights organizations' reports, hundreds of thousands of opponents were tortured in prisons during Mubarak's 30-year rule.

More than 100,000 people from Muslim Brothers were arrested during Mubarak administration.

http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&Id=258073

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Somali government declares Islamist rebellion defeated

7 Aug 2011

MOGADISHU: Somali President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed said on Saturday his military had defeated Islamist rebels battling to overthrow his Western-backed government after the al Shabab group began withdrawing fighters from the capital Mogadishu.

Rejecting Ahmed’s claim to have quashed al Shabab’s four-year insurgency, the militants’ spokesman, Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, said their retreat was tactical only and that they were holding their positions elsewhere in the anarchic country.

A 9,000-strong African peacekeeping force and Somali government forces had been steadily wresting control of rubble-strewn Mogadishu from the militants this year. Al Shabab’s pullout followed a string of fierce gunbattles late on Friday.

Somalia has been without effective central government since the fall of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre 20 years ago.

Winning Mogadishu might expand the government’s capital prison a little, but it is unlikely to bring any tangible peace to the rest of the Horn of Africa country.

“The Somali government welcomes the success attained by the Somali government forces backed by AMISOM who defeated the enemy of al Shabab,” Ahmed told a news conference at his residence.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article483937.ece

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MAKKAH: Grand Mosque imam calls on Muslims to fortify faith

7 Aug 2011

MAKKAH: Sheikh Saleh Al-Talib, imam and khatib at the Grand Mosque, called on Muslims to fortify their faith in Almighty Allah as a means to wipe clean their hearts of hatred and hostility.

“Whoever tastes the sweetness of faith will never experience the thoughts of hatred, evil or hostility,” Al-Talib said in his sermon on the first Friday of Ramadan. Hundreds of thousands of faithful attended the congregational prayer at the Grand Mosque.

The sheikh stressed the futility of a man depriving himself of food and water in Ramadan without accompanying it with plenty of good deeds, charity and repentance. “As the blessed month will pass quickly, believers should do good deeds to earn a place amid the blessed in the world and the hereafter,” Al-Talib said.

Under the aegis of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, steps have been taken to ensure security and comfort to pilgrims and worshippers in the mosque and surrounding areas.

The Presidency of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque has made provisions for the smooth entry and exit of worshippers with special arrangements for the disabled.

“Prayer carpets have been cleaned and polished, the mosque interior brilliantly lit, and all air-conditioners and fans put in full blast to keep the temperature under control,” a mosque official said. Jets of water being sprinkled in courtyards have lessened the impact of the heat.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article483730.ece

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Malik twists PC's remark, says Mumbai blasts an inside job

Vishwa Mohan

Aug 7, 2011

NEW DELHI: Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik jumped on Union home minister P Chidambaram's statement on Thursday about the existence of home-grown terror modules, seeking to paint it as a retraction of India's charge that it has been the victim of terrorism choreographed across the border.

In a flurry of tweets on Friday night, Malik cited the remark that Chidamabaram made in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, to undercut India's charge about Pakistan sponsoring terrorism against New Delhi to extract strategic gains. "I condemn the recent acts of terrorism by the local home-grown terrorists in Bombay (Mumbai) on peaceful and innocent people. The people of Pakistan and India are suffering from home-grown terrorism. Extremism in all its forms is bad," Malik tweeted.

However, the crude attempt to draw parity between terrorism in the two countries failed to pass muster with the Indian home minister. When approached by TOI for his response to Malik's tweets, Chidambaram stressed, "There is a vital difference between India and Pakistan in the matter of origin and rise of home-grown terrorist modules. In India, terrorist groups enjoy no state support, and there is no tolerance for non-state actors. I agree that innocent lives have been lost in both countries".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Malik-twists-PCs-remark-says-Mumbai-blasts-an-inside-job/articleshow/9511275.cms

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Clarification on LoC firing doesn’t deny mutilation of jawans’ bodies

7 Aug 2011

THE army on Saturday claimed that its troops foiled an infiltration attempt on the night of July 31 near the Line of Control ( LoC) in Keran sector of Kupwara district in Kashmir. Three soldiers were martyred in the incident.

Reacting to a M AIL T ODAY story, “ J& K militants beheaded two jawans & took back ‘ trophies’”, published on Saturday, Major General Sanjeev Madhok, who is additional director general of army public information, said: “ When there is heavy firing, some amount of ‘ mutilation’ does take place. But that does not mean that the story is taken to such gory levels. A simple question will bring out some facts.

What happens in an IED blast or when an individual steps on a mine? Here it was a case of extremely heavy firing.” General Madhok also said that on detecting the infiltration attempt by the militants, an encounter ensued with heavy firing from both the sides.

“ The ‘ crossing’ was foiled at the cost of lives of our three gallant soldiers, while two were injured.

Some definitely fell on the other side too; how many one does not know for sure as it was dark,” he claimed.

Full report at: Mail Today

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U.S. Military Trainers Could Be Targets-Iraq's Sadr

7 Aug 2011

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's fiercely anti-U.S. cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has warned that U.S. military trainers will be targets if they stay in the country beyond a year-end deadline for American troops to leave.

The statement from Sadr, whose Mehdi Army militia fought U.S. troops until 2008, follows a deal by Iraqi leaders to allow Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to negotiate with the United States on whether to keep trainers in Iraq after the deadline.

Sadr followers have sent mixed messages on that, but any deal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq, even as trainers, remains a sensitive issue in Baghdad and Washington eight years after the U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

"Whoever stays in Iraq will be treated as an unjust invader and should be opposed with military resistance," Sadr said in a statement published on a pro-Sadr website on Saturday.

"A government which agrees for them to stay, even for training, is a weak government."

Sadr's Mehdi Army militia has for the most part demobilized, but U.S. officials say Sadrist splinter groups have continued to attack U.S. troops still stationed in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2011/08/07/world/middleeast/international-us-iraq-sadr.html?gwh=B62A3D091A33593214D7A60CA71A580C&ref=world&pagewanted=print

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Crossed over: Indian national detained at Chaman checkpoint

By Shahzad Baloch

7 Aug 2011

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps arrested an Indian national near the Chaman border on Friday. An official told The Express Tribune that security forces had detained a suspect near Chaman border, who had illegally entered Pakistani territory from Afghanistan. “He did not have valid traveling documents and has been taken into custody for interrogation,” sources revealed. It was confirmed later on that the man belonged to India.

Officials of the FIA asserted that 8-10,000 people cross the Pak-Afghan border daily from Chaman without proper documents, making it difficult to track their movement.

A judicial tribunal, while expressing serious concern over the deteriorating law and order situation, recommended installing CCTV cameras at all entry points of Quetta as well as along the Chaman border.

However, so far no steps have been taken to enforce strict monitoring of cross-border movement by the security agencies.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2011.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/225174/crossed-over-indian-national-detained-at-chaman-checkpoint/

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3rd Spring of Quran Fair opens in Kabul

7 Aug 2011

IBNA: According to the public relations office and information center of the Islamic Culture and Relations Office (ICRO), local organizations in Afghanistan assisted in the arrangement of the fair. The fair was opened today in the presence of Afghan senate members.

The fair will be open for eight days at the Khatamol Anbia complex in Kabul.

Holding book fairs by Iranian and Afghan exhibitors, displaying Quranic software programs, holding Quranic arts exhibitions and running Holy Quran recitation gatherings are some of the programs of the fair.

Besides, holding Quranic sessions with top Afghan and international reciters of the book and children's painting circles are other sideline programs of the exposition.

http://www.ibna.ir/vdcbs5b8arhb89p.4eur.html

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Iran Blasts Growing Trend of Isalmophobia in Western Societies

7 Aug 2011

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Foreign Ministry in its latest report on the violation of human rights in western societies warned about the growing trend of Islamophobia and violation of Muslim minority rights in the West.

The report compiled by the Foreign Ministry's Center for Monitoring the Human Rights Conditions has been prepared on the occasion of the International Day of the Declaration of Islamic Human Rights and Human Dignity (August 3).

The followings are the key points stated in the report:

- Opposition to the construction of mosques and religious sites and also attacks on and acts of sacrilege against mosques and other Muslim religious sites. In this regard, the report has made mention of laws against the construction of mosques in Western countries, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Austria, and Australia, and has referred to attacks and acts of sacrilege committed by some radical and racist Western groups against mosques and other Muslim religious sites as cases in point.

- The effect of Western countries' immigration policies and anti-terrorist strategies on the situation of Muslim minorities. With regard to this, the report has criticized the policies of the ultra-rightists in Europe and the US -- which is based on the accusation of a connection between terrorism and Islam -- pointing to the effect of the implementation of anti-terrorism laws and policies in the West.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9005161028

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The fine art of protest from a safe distance

By Archana

7 Aug 2011

As Indian painters boycott the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to show their solidarity with Palestine, we wonder why they are wary of taking up political causes closer home

DO YOUknow about the Tel Aviv Museum of Art? If you read newspapers, chances are you have read something about it recently. Viola! That’s a great achievement for a museum that otherwise would not have had any recall value in India worth speaking of. With due respect to the art institution, we the reading people of India, are now acquainted with the new wing of the museum that will host an exhibition of Indian art in April 2012, titled Deconstructing India . And Indian artists whose works would have been a part of that showcase have boycotted the exhibition to show solidarity with the Palestine cause. That’s a perfectly legitimate stance, no matter what political opinion you subscribe to.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Prince Alwaleed tops list of 50 most influential Arabs

7 Aug 2011

RIYADH: Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) Chairman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been ranked No.1 in Middle East’s Magazine’s 2011 list of the world’s 50 most influential Arabs for the third consecutive year.

“The region’s most highly recognizable face in 2011 is the multibillionaire businessman and philanthropist Prince Alwaleed Alsaud of Saudi Arabia,” said the magazine.

“In these troubled times it is clear Prince Alwaleed retains huge international respect for his efforts to bring together people of different cultures and religions, and for his generosity in alleviating suffering around the world…”

Prince Alwaleed is known for constantly exploring new and potential business opportunities and ventures in synchronization with the direction and fluctuations of the economic climate.

Consequently, KHC was listed on Tadawul in 2007 and Prince Alwaleed, who owns 95 percent of the company, has been involved in the creation of a diversified long-term investments portfolio of strategic stakes in well-known companies locally and around the world, in multiple sectors.

Prince Alwaleed’s recognitions span over a decade, including being featured in Forbes magazine’s 2011 annual list of richest people for 12 consecutive years and ranked number one in the Arabic issue of Arabian Business Magazine's 2010 Gulf’s 25 Most Powerful CEOs.

Prince Alwaleed was also ranked number one in Arabian Business Magazine's 2010 Power 100 list of the World’s Most Influential Arabs.

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article484135.ece

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