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Islamic World News ( 18 Nov 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Taliban Terrorists Brutally Killed Shia Woman and Two Children in Shalozan

Bin Laden funded Nawaz for elections: Musharraf

Drone attack kills four in N Waziristan

Three killed, 10 injured in clashes over hide collection

Six missing persons found dead in Balochistan

Militants demand France pullout from Afghanistan for hostage safety

2 Blasts Near Shiite Holy Sites in Iraq

Muslim students make death threats to classmate who supported British troops

Amnesty urges release of Pakistani Christian woman

Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged

India summons Iranian envoy over Kashmir remarks

Iraq President Says Will Never Sign Tareq Aziz’s Execution Order

UNSC hasn't discussed Kashmir in 45 yrs

Saudi Arabia less rigid with Muslims during haj

Khaleda Zia vows to launch campaign to oust Hasina

LeT a dangerous group but not greater than Al Qaeda: US

India invited to be engaged in transition in Afghan: US

Muslim woman jailed for false burqa complaint

Pak to arm jets with Chinese missiles

'Friend' Iran calls India a Zionist regime

Iran says it tested new air defense missile system

Haeider wins war-torn Iraq's first medal of the Games

BANGLADESH: Hizbut Towhid linked with LOT and Al Qaeda

Sharia Scare Threatens Religious Freedom

A passionate rebel with a cause against Islam 

Al-Qaeda ideologue held in Syria

Social Responsibilities and Human welfare developments: an Islamic perspective

Maulana Sherani to be appointed Chairman IIC: sources

New Finnish Imam to continue moderate approach

See the country from the windows of your heart, Rais tells Anwar

Catholics, Muslims Note Need for Religious Freedom

Hizbullah declares victory in culture war for Iran: Persian civilization is no more

Tide turning against Europe's immigrants

Volatile Karzai bewilders allies

US names culprits of religious intolerance

Taliban neither Islamic nor Pakistani: Pakistani Interior Minister

Chinese Muslims celebrate Corban Festival

Hamas rebuts claims of attempted assassination of Nablus mayor

US to deploy tanks in Afghan war: Washington Post

Al-Qaida ask France to negotiate with Osama

'Brit Muslims, Hindus hijacking Christmas'

Cuban leader Fidel Castro hints he may resign as party chief

Lean & mean: LeJ splits into 8 smaller cells

NIA wants to quiz Kasab in other case, not for 26/11 attack

US wants Pak to bring all behind 26/11 to justice

Pak pilgrims wish King Abdullah well

The unifying experience of a lifetime, Haj: The poetry of prayers

As Haj winds down, sale of animal skins picks up

French convert seeks enlightenment at Haj

Hariri murder indictments 'in months' — UN envoy

Pakistan women beat Bangladesh; win first Asiad gold

Car accidents kill over 24,000 in Yemen since 2000

Homelessness in Yemen on the rise

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Taliban Terrorists Brutally Killed Shia Woman and Two Children in Shalozan

Nov 19, 2010

Taliban militants from Afghanistan side fired missile on scared day of eid on Pakistani Village Shalozan murdering Shia women two children and injuring eight others.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Taliban militants from Afghanistan side fired missile on scared day of Eid on Pakistani Village Shalozan murdering a Shia women two children and injuring eight others.

The Taliban militants fired a series of missiles on Pakistani territory Pak Afghan border Kurram Agency village Shalozan from mountainous area just three kilometers away on border.

Majority of missiles hit  on trees but two three different missiles hit the Shiite's houses murdering a Shia women two children and injuring eight other people, some of the injured conditions are critical. Ironically when these injured were brought to hospitals the hospitals have lack of basic life saving medicines due to siege that is why they were sent back to their homes.

The social political circles and tribal elders of Kurram Agency condemned this brutality on scared day of Eid.

Meanwhile in Parachinar the headquarter of Kurram Agency tribal elders(Shia Leaders) belonging to Turi & Bangash tribes protested after Eid day against what they told as state terrorism and step mother treatment.

Earlier the Eid prayers held in Central Eidgah of Parachinar where more than fifty thousand people participated and prayed in open air Eidgah in the outskirts of city near airport. Ulema and tribal elders while addressing the Eid prayers and after that protest demonstrations told that Parachinar is under continuous siege for last four years.

The People of Parachinar in different parts of country & abroad did not celebrated Eid in their homeland for last four years while people with in Parachinar are celebrating Eid for last four years under siege & economic blockade.

They told that a week ago when sugar prices within country raised to more than Rs100/-per kg then all stake holders give continuous coverage for the issue while the people of Parachinar for last four years are purchasing Sugar above  Rs 130/ -per kg due to imposed siege ,similarly other commodities in twice rates then rest of country but no one raised and addressed this issue is the proof of dual policy.

In the end of Eid prayer and protest demonstrations certain resolutions were passed demanding the govt. to immediately open and secure the main hall Parachinar road, resuming PIA Flights starting Cadtet College in Parachinar and termination plus court martial of commandant FC Col Tausef who supported the Haqani group Taliban militants attack on village Shalozan two months ago and still silent taking no action against the missiles attack of Taliban from Afghanistan side to village Shalozan on today Eid day.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=213622

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Bin Laden funded Nawaz for elections: Musharraf

20 Nov, 2010

LAHORE: Former president Pervez Musharraf has claimed that al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden funded Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif for taking part in the 2008 elections, a private TV channel reported on Friday. Addressing the All-Pakistan Muslim League convention in Toronto, he said that Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervaiz Elahi were giving statements “in frustration”, adding that Richard Holbrooke’s statement against him proves that he never took orders from the US. Musharraf said that a group of people had again raised slogans against him in Toronto, adding that if he was not afraid of the country’s law, he would have asked his party workers to kick out the demonstrators. Musharraf kept silent on the question regarding Dr Imran Farooq joining the All-Pakistan Muslim League, the channel reported. daily times monitor

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\20\story_20-11-2010_pg1_9

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Drone attack kills four in N Waziristan

20 Nov, 2010

MIR ALI: Suspected US missiles destroyed a moving vehicle near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan on Friday, killing four alleged terrorists inside it, intelligence officials said.

The attack by unmanned drones near Marsi Khel village in North Waziristan is the second in a week as the US intensifies its search-and-destroy missions in the strongholds of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked fighters.

The aircraft fired two missiles at the vehicle on Friday afternoon, according to two Pakistani intelligence officials.

The identity of those killed was not immediately known but they were suspected to be terrorists, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to release the information.

The US has launched more than 100 missile strikes in Pakistan so far this year. ap

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\20\story_20-11-2010_pg7_7

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Three killed, 10 injured in clashes over hide collection

By Atif Raza

20 Nov, 2010

KARACHI: Three people, including an activist of the All-Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation (APMSO), were killed while at least 10 others were injured in various firing incidents in the city over collection of hides during Eidul Azha.

Kalri police informed that two people were killed and 10 injured near Niazi Chowk, Lyari, when armed gangsters opened fire on a group of people to snatch hides from them.

Some armed members of the notorious Baba Ladla group turned up to seek hides of sacrificial animals from the Niazi community, who declined their demand, leading to an exchange of hot words between the two parties, police said.

The men then opened fire on the community members and as a result, Fayyaz, son of Abdul Qadir, and Samiullah, son of Bashir, were killed on the spot while ten others including Waseem, Gul Khan, Raheel, Mohammad Khan, Ahmed, Tahir and Sohail were injured.

The culprits managed to escape with the hides from the scene, police said.

Kalri SHO Yousuf Baloch said that onlookers said that Badshah Khan’s two sons Faheem and Shakeel, along with Waseem, Shahid alias Darinda, Khadim Hussain, Abdul Basit and Saeed Bengali were involved in the incident.

A heavy contingent of police and Rangers arrived on the scene to launch a search operation and cordoned off the area. However, no arrests have been made.

 

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Six missing persons found dead in Balochistan

By Muhammad Zafar

20 Nov, 2010

QUETTA: Six bullet-riddled bodies were found from different parts of Balochistan during the three days of Eidul Azha.

According to sources, two bullet-riddled bodies were found from Kech Kaur near Hiruk area of Turbat on Thursday. They have been identified as Lala Hameed Baloch, president of the Baloch National Movement (BNM) and another Hamid Ismail. Hameed Baloch was a journalist and a member of the Gwadar Press Club. The bodies were taken to nearby hospital for autopsy.

A complete strike was observed on Friday in Gwadar, Pasni, Jiwani, Turbat and Hoshap condemning the killing of political opponents.

Another two bullet-riddled bodies were found in Kad Kocha area of Mastung, some 120 kilometers off the provincial capital. The bodies were identified as of Bashir Ahmed Lehri and Inayathullah who had been missing for more than two months.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\20\story_20-11-2010_pg1_6

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Militants demand France pullout from Afghanistan for hostage safety

Nov 19, 2010

France must pull its troops from Afghanistan if it wants to ensure the well-being of five French nationals taken hostage in Niger, the head of al Qaeda's north African wing said.

"If you want safety for your citizens who are held captive by us, then you must move quickly to take your soldiers out of Afghanistan according to a specific time table that you announce officially," said Abu Musab Abdul-Wadud, the head of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in an audio message broadcast on Al-Jazeera television Wednesday.

The group has said it is responsible for the five French citizens who were kidnapped in September.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/africa/11/19/niger.france.kidnappings/index.html?hpt=T2

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2 Blasts Near Shiite Holy Sites in Iraq

Nov 19, 2010

Two car bombs aimed at Iranian pilgrims exploded near two of the holiest shrines for Shiite Muslims in Iraq on Monday, as Iraqi leaders met in an inconclusive effort to resolve their country’s long political deadlock

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Two car bombs aimed at Iranian pilgrims exploded near two of the holiest shrines for Shiite Muslims in Iraq on Monday, as Iraqi leaders met in an inconclusive effort to resolve their country’s long political deadlock.

The attacks, in the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 50 others. Buses carrying Iranian pilgrims appeared to be the targets of the bombs, though most of the dead were Iraqis.

Iraqi politicians have been meeting inside and outside the capital over the past two weeks to work out a power-sharing deal to break an eight-month political stalemate that has undermined many Iraqis’ faith in their government’s ability to deliver basic services and security.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213620

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Muslim students make death threats to classmate who supported British troops

Nov 19, 2010

Muslim students were suspended from school for making death threats to a classmate because of a loving tribute he made to British soldiers on Facebook. Typical? Yes. Getting worse, more emboldened? Certainly. But the money quote came for the school Principal ---

Principal Wendy Thomas said Facebook was an increasing concern for schools.

So Facebook is the problem? The method of delivery is the problem, but not the nature of the death threat. Delusional. It is also interesting to note that the grammar and spelling of the Muslim students borders on illiterate. What are they doing there? What happens to this boy now, after the limelight of media moves on? His life is in jeopardy.

Further, it is the counter-jihad groups, like the EDL, that are demonized by the media and political elite with nary a criticism for would-be annihilators inspired by jihad.

Full report at:

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2010/11/jihad-in-grade-school-muslim-students-death-threats-to-classmate-who-supported-british-troops.html

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Amnesty urges release of Pakistani Christian woman

Nov 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD: International human rights advocate Amnesty International has joined calls for the release of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi who has been sentenced to death under the country’s blasphemy laws.

Amnesty International on Friday also called on Pakistan to revise the law under which mother of five Asia Bibi was convicted this month.

The case stems from a dispute between Bibi and a group of Muslim women over the use of a water bowl. The other women accused her of making derogatory remarks against the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). She has been in prison for one-and-a-half years and her case has been appealed.

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday urged Pakistan to release Asia.

The case has drawn attention to blasphemy laws, which critics say are used to persecute religious minorities.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/19/amnesty-urges-release-of-pakistani-christian-woman.html

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Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged

Nov 19, 2010

In this village in Pakistan's Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother.

"Whenever I see her picture I cry," Isham Masih told CNN. "I want my mother back. That's what I'm praying for."

This month a Pakistani court sentenced Isham's mother, 45-year-old Asia Bibi, to death, not because she killed, injured or stole, but simply because she said something.

Prosecutors say Bibi, who is a Christian, broke Pakistan's strict blasphemy law by insulting Islam and the prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment according to Pakistan's penal code.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/18/pakistan.blasphemy/index.html

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India summons Iranian envoy over Kashmir remarks

Nov 19, 2010

NEW DELHI: India on Friday summoned the Iranian charge d' affaires and conveyed its "deep disappointment" over comments on Kashmir emanating from Tehran.

"We have conveyed to the Iranian authorities our deep disappointment and regret that they have chosen to disregard our sensitivities and chosen to question our territorial sovereignty," a government source said.

The government reaction came to the message of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Haj pilgrims in which he has appealed to the Muslim elite worldwide to back the "struggle" in Jammu and Kashmir, equating the state with the "nations" of Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-summons-Iranian-envoy-over-Kashmir-remarks/articleshow/6954470.cms#ixzz15jHreJFn

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Iraq President Says Will Never Sign Tareq Aziz’s Execution Order

Nov 19, 2010

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Wednesday he would never sign former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz's execution order, despite his sentencing to death last month.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Wednesday he would never sign former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz's execution order, despite his sentencing to death last month.

No, I will not sign this kind of order because I am a socialist," Talabani, a Kurd, told France 24 television during an interview.

"I feel for Tareq Aziz, because he's an Iraqi Christian, and he's also an elderly person over 70 years old. That's why I will never sign this execution order."

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213600

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UNSC hasn't discussed Kashmir in 45 yrs

Indrani Bagchi

Nov 19, 2010

NEW DELHI: The "India-Pakistan question", which is a euphemism for the Kashmir question, was last discussed in the UN Security Council in 1965 having been first raised in 1948. Since then the Security Council has not discussed the issue.

Earlier this week, the Pakistan envoy to the UN, Amjad Sial, opened the lid on what is probably the worst kept secret in the UNSC -- that Kashmir as an issue has not been raised in the Council for almost half a century, even during the worst of India-Pakistan relations.

The Pakistan envoy protested in the General Assembly earlier this week that the Kashmir issue was "missing" from the UNSC annual list, describing it as an "inadvertent error." Indian diplomats maintained that it was not inadvertent at all, but that the Kashmir issue was a "dead letter".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UNSC-hasnt-discussed-Kashmir-in-45-yrs/articleshow/6949389.cms#ixzz15hbnEqy2

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Saudi Arabia less rigid with Muslims during haj

By Ulf Laessing

Nov 19, 2010

MECCA, Saudi Arabia Nov 18 (Reuters Life!) - Saudi Arabia's religious police keep such a low profile during the haj, it's hard to imagine that you are in Islam's holiest city.

The kingdom, where Islam first emerged around 1,400 years ago, applies a strict form of Sunni Islamic sharia law that imposes gender segregation, forces shops to close during prayer times and prohibits women from driving.

But in Mecca, the enforcement of many of these rules is relaxed during the haj, a duty for every able-bodied Muslim. And with the government investing billions of dollars in recent years to make pilgrimage safer and more comfortable, many pilgrims end up going home as goodwill ambassadors for the country.

Full report at:

http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFLDE6AH0A120101118

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Khaleda Zia vows to launch campaign to oust Hasina

Nov 19 2010

Dhaka : Khaleda Zia, the leader of the Bangladesh's main Opposition BNP, has vowed to launch an all out campaign to oust the ruling Awami League party to defend the country's national interest.

66-year-old Zia, a former Bangladesh Prime Minister, told her party activists that "there is no other alternative but movement".

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, spokesman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said "there is no time to keep mum now".

"The government is trying to eliminate BNP. There is no time to keep mum now and we will not spare them (government) in this circumstance,- he told reporters on Thursday at the party's office.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/khaleda-zia-vows-to-launch-campaign-to-oust-hasina/713023/

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LeT a dangerous group but not greater than Al Qaeda: US

Nov 19 2010

Washington : Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) is a profound dangerous group but not greater than al Qaeda, a top US official on counter-terrorism has said.

"Obviously, LeT is a profoundly dangerous group and its support that it derives from doing social services is like Hamas, is like Hezbollah, and is of course of great concern," Daniel Benjamin, State Department coordinator for counter terrorism said.

"I don't think I ever said LeT was more dangerous than al Qaeda, but it is certainly a very, very dangerous group.

That is why the work that we are doing with Pakistan, aside from the law enforcement cooperation -- and we have been very supportive of Pakistan's efforts to bring Mumbai perpetrators to justice," Benjamin told reporters in response to a question

He argued that it was critically important that Pakistan continue to develop its institutions and develop the ability to provide the services to its people so that other organizations with a radical agenda were not in there subverting the state.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/let-a-dangerous-group-but-not-greater-than-al-qaeda-us/712924/

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India invited to be engaged in transition in Afghan: US

Nov 19 2010

Washington : Aware of India's "genuine national security interest" in Afghanistan, the Obama Administration has said it has invited both New Delhi and Islamabad to be engaged and support the transition process in the war-torn nation; where US intends to transfer the security to Afghan forces by 2014.

"Our strategy is a regional strategy and we have invited, countries from Pakistan to India to be engaged in and support this transition in Afghanistan," State Department spokesman, P J Crowley, said in response to a question.

"That is perhaps the most significant change that we've put into effect over the last 18 months, almost two years, is to take it from being just about Afghanistan to being about the region as a whole," he said.

While the Obama Administration has been very appreciative of India's role in Afghanistan, this is possibly for the first time that a senior US official has said that India has been invited for the process in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-invited-to-be-engaged-in-transition-in-afghan-us/713375/

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Muslim woman jailed for false burqa complaint

19 November 2010

 A burqa-clad Muslim woman was sentenced to six months jail by an Australian court for falsely accusing a police officer of removing her veil, a media report said.

Carnita Matthews, 46, of Woodbine in Sydney's south, was found guilty of knowingly making a false complaint relating to the event in June, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The mother of seven was stopped in June by a police officer for a random breath test.

She later filed a police complaint alleging that the officer had tried to pull off her burqa, which concealed her entire face except for her eyes.

In Campbelltown Local Court, magistrate Robert Rabbidge said the evidence was 'overwhelming' that Matthews had submitted a false declaration to police.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/November/international_November962.xml&section=international

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Pak to arm jets with Chinese missiles

Nov 19, 2010

BEIJING: Pakistan will buy Chinese air-to-air SD-10 missiles and avionics to arm its 250 JF-17 Thunder fighter fleet, the country's air force chief has said, amid signs that the French had spurned an offer to equip them.

" Islamabad is seeking to deepen military cooperation with Beijing," air chief marshal Rao Qamar Suleman, chief of the Pakistani air force, told the Global Times, revealing that his country may also opt to acquire other advanced defence missile systems including Chinese surface to air missiles (SAM) systems.

Pakistan has opted to go in for full Chinese armament systems for the jointly developed fighters and Suleman, currently on a visit to China, told the paper that the advanced active radar and homing middle-range missile developed by China, called the SD-10 , will become the standard Beyond Visual Range (BVR) weapon of the JF-17 .

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/Pak-to-arm-jets-with-Chinese-missiles/articleshow/6951674.cms#ixzz15hbADAjj

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'Friend' Iran calls India a Zionist regime

Indrani Bagchi

Nov 19, 2010

NEW DELHI: Iran is a close friend of India, but that has not prevented its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, from asking the world's Muslims to support the "struggle" in Kashmir against "Zionist regimes".

In his Haj message to pilgrims earlier this week, Khamenei said, "Today the major duties of the elite of the Islamic Ummah is to provide help to the Palestinian nation and the besieged people of Gaza, to sympathize and provide assistance to the nations of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Kashmir, to engage in struggle and resistance against the aggressions of the United States and the Zionist regime, to safeguard the solidarity of Muslims and stop tainted hands and mercenary voices that try to damage this unity, to spread awakening and the sense of responsibility and commitment among Muslim youth throughout Islamic communities."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Friend-Iran-calls-India-a-Zionist-

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Iran says it tested new air defense missile system

Nov 19, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran has successfully tested a newly developed air defense missile system during the country’s biggest ever air defense drill, an Iranian military official said Thursday.

Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the five-day exercise, said the system — known as Mersad, or Ambush in Farsi — was developed by Iranian scientists and is capable of identifying and hitting targets at low and medium altitudes.

“This medium-range air defense system can identify and destroy modern planes flying at low or at medium altitudes,” Arjangi said, according to the state IRNA news agency.

He described the Mersad, which allegedly is already being mass produced, as a valuable asset in defending Iran’s air space from planes or drones flying at those altitudes.

Arjangi did not elaborate.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article195593.ece

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Haeider wins war-torn Iraq's first medal of the Games

Nov 19, 2010

GUANGZHOU: Haeider Hamarasheid won war-torn Iraq's first medal of the 2010 Asian Games on Friday, picking up a rowing bronze, and said he hoped it would set an example for young people in his homeland.

Hamarasheid finished the men's single sculls in 7:10.10, some five seconds behind gold medalist Bajrang Takhar of India with Taiwan's Wang Ming-hui second.

"I'm so happy and excited because this is the first medal for Iraq at the Asian Games," he said. "This achievement will encourage young people in Iraq.

"We have trained in Baghdad and the environment was quite good without much security concern. We have been working hard."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/16th-asian-games-2010/other-top-

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Bangladesh: Hizbut Towhid linked with LOT and Al Qaeda

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Nov 19, 2010

Hizbut Towhid in its different publications being distributed among youths is trying to teach them that jihad or military program or armed struggle is a must to establish the rule of Islam.

(November 18, Dhaka, Sri Lanka Guardian) Since banning of notorious Islamist militancy group Hizbut Tahrir in Bangladesh, Bayejid Khan Panni alias Selim Panni, the founder and kingpin of Jihadist group named Hizbut Towhid has become extremely active in establishing broader links with Al Qaeda, Loshkar-e-Toiba and many other regional Jihadist terror outfits, with the ulterior motive of waving ‘Islamic Revolution’ in Bangladesh.

Hizbut Towhid head office is located in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka at House No. 4, road no. 18, sector no. 7, Uttara. Selim Ponni, claims himself to be ‘Imam-uz-zaman', by placing him just behind the prophet of Islam. He terms working women as and women in politics as 'prostitutes' and gives his own 'Islamic Code' for men to marry any number of wives. His interpretation is, “women are created only for sexual pleasure of men and this is their only task”.

Full report at:

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/11/hizbut-towhid-linked-with-lot-and-al.html

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Sharia Scare Threatens Religious Freedom

By Charles C. Haynes

Nov 19, 2010

Much of the news media seemed bemused or bewildered when Sharron Angle warned of an Islamic-law takeover in America during her unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Harry Reid.

Angle was widely ridiculed for citing Frankford, Texas (a town that no longer exists), and Dearborn, Mich. (with a large population of Arab-Americans living under American law), as examples of the imposition of Islamic or sharia law.

On Election Day, Angle lost in Nevada. But a thousand miles away in Oklahoma, voters took the issue seriously and adopted a state constitutional amendment barring courts from considering sharia law or international law when deciding cases. The amendment passed with 70 percent of the vote.

Although sharia has never been an issue in an Oklahoma court, supporters of the amendment point to England, where sharia courts can arbitrate Muslim civil disputes, provided all parties agree to participate. And they cite a New Jersey court decision that considered sharia law in denying a restraining order to a woman who alleged that her husband had raped her. That decision was swiftly overturned by an appellate court because, under the First Amendment, religion cannot excuse criminal conduct.

Full report at:

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/2010/11/18/sharia_scare/

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A passionate rebel with a cause against Islam

BY SHEILA PRATT

Nov 19, 2010

When Ayaan Hirsi Ali left Somalia in 1992,fleeing an arranged marriage, the confines of her clan and her faith, she thought she could hide "like a needle in a haystack" in the Netherlands.

But her journey took an entirely different direction, into a high-profile battle against Islam and the oppression of women.

Ten years later, armed with a university degree, Ali was elected to the Dutch Parliament, but had to leave the country after death threats from Muslim extremists forced her into hiding. Despite repeated threats (a bodyguard is her constant companion), Ali remains uncompromising in her critique of Islam which she brings to the University of Alberta's Festival of Ideas on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/passionate+rebel+with+cause+against+Islam/

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Al-Qaeda ideologue held in Syria

By Syed Saleem Shahzad

Nov 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD - The al-Qaeda ideologue responsible for formulating strategy in the South Asia war theater, and who also instigating a rebellion against the Pakistani armed forces among Pakistani tribesmen and jihadi militants in the cities, has been languishing in a Syrian prison for the past several months.

Seventy-year-old Egyptian Abu "Amr" Abd al-Hakim Hassan, popularly known as Sheikh Essa, was arrested in Syria in 2009 and, according to high-profile intelligence sources, is in a poor state of health.

His presence confirms that a sizeable number of al-Qaeda leaders have now moved to the Middle East to turn neighboring Iraq into

their strategic backyard and to ensure that the insurgency there flares up once again.

Essa's presence would normally be sufficient to launch a movement for a revolution in any country, but today he is sick and contained in a dark and small detention center in Damascus, where he was arrested, a senior Pakistani security official told Asia Times Online on the condition of anonymity.

Full report at:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LK19Df04.html

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Social Responsibilities and Human welfare developments: an Islamic perspective

Rifai Naleemi

Nov 19, 2010

“This system of regulating income is very much identical with “an assumed” Islamic concept of collecting and distributing wealth. Unfortunately, at present time, Muslim countries do not adopt any cohesive and systemic mechanism to regulate incomes to vulnerable groups."

PART  I

(November 19, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The primary objective of this short article is to highlight and pinpoint the significance of social responsibility and social welfare in Islam. A simple comparison is made between the social welfare and security systems of the west and Islam in order to compare and contrast similarities and dissimilarities. The main postulate of this short article is that west’s material and socio welfare developments are not unattainable by Muslim countries. This needs hard work, dedication and freedom from political despotism in the Muslim world. This paper is divided into four parts: a).

Full report at:

http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/11/social-responsibilities-and-human.html

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Maulana Sherani to be appointed Chairman IIC: sources

By Muhammad Ejaz

Nov 19, 2010

Leader of Jamiat Ulema Islam (F) Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani on Wednesday was decided to appoint as chairman of Islamic Ideology Council (IIC).

According to sources, Prime Yousuf Raza Gilani contacted to JUI chief Maulana Fazal ur Rehman and congratulated him for Eid.

Prime Minister also told to JUI chief that Maulana Sherani was decided to appoint as IIC chairman.

Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani was also JUI (F) chief of Balochistan.

http://thepakistaninewspaper.com/news_detail.php?id=18384

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New Finnish Imam to continue moderate approach

Nov 19, 2010

The new Imam of Finland’s leading Islamic society aims to strengthen dialogue between Finnish Muslims.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The new Imam of Finland’s leading Islamic society aims to strengthen dialogue between Finnish Muslims.

ON 9 NOVEMBER Anas Hajjar was chosen as the new Imam of the Islamic Society of Finland.

“The Society’s moderate line will hold,” Hajjar assured the Finnish News Agency (STT).

Born in Damascus, Syria, Hajjar is familiar to Finns from the Finnish Broadcasting Company programme Muslimielämää, or “Muslim Life”. He has previously served as the Finnish Islamic Society’s chairman.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=213612

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See the country from the windows of your heart, Rais tells Anwar

Nov 19, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Thursday 18 November 2010 (Bernama) -- Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim urged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today "to see the country from the windows of your heart" and not from his political point of view, which he said was muddied by the ongoing turmoil plaguing his party.

Likening Anwar to "a catfish in a muddy pool which knows little else other than to sting," Rais said, the opposition leader had been all too eager to criticise the country, including belittling the recognition given to Malaysia as a modern Islamic nation.

"Datuk Seri Anwar was once the deputy prime minister and now he is the opposition leader. He should not say one thing when he was 'swimming in clear water' and another when he is in 'a muddy pool.'

Full report at:

http://www.mysinchew.com/node/48215

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Catholics, Muslims Note Need for Religious Freedom

Nov 19, 2010

The 7th colloquium of the Tehran-based Center for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue concluded Thursday.

It was led by the joint presidency of Mohammad Baqer Khorramshad, president of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the pontifical council.

This three-day gathering focused on the theme "Religion and Society Today: Christian and Muslim Perspectives."

Catholic and Muslim participants presented various perspectives on this topic, developed in three subthemes: Religion and Civil Society: A Philosophical and Theological Perspective; Religion and Civil Society: A Historical-Legal Perspective; and Religion and Civil Society: Contemporary Difficulties and Opportunities.

Full report at:

http://www.catholic.net/index.php?option=zenit&id=30976

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Hizbullah declares victory in culture war for Iran: Persian civilization is no more

By Sheda Vasseghi

Nov 19, 2010

“There is nothing in Iran which is called Persian or Persian Civilization. What exists in Iran is the Islamic Civilization…. And the founder of the Islamic Republic is an Arab, son of Arab…. The supreme leader of the Islamic Republic today is the Imam Khamenei, [a] Sayyed….” — Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of terrorist organization Hizbullah

 In the past 2300 years, Iranians have witnessed many brutal invasions because of their geopolitical significance. From Alexander to Mongolians to Turks to Angelo-Russo alliance, Iranians have suffered greatly as they picked up the pieces and rebuilt their country from countless destructions and mayhem. But for the most part, those invasions were put to rest in Iran’s history.

The one incursion, however, that has yet to come to a conclusion is the Muslim Arab invasion beginning in the 7th Century. An invasion that outlasted all other foreign assaults by using a more creative strategy in maintaining its hold on Iran’s natural and cultural resources for its benefit by infiltrating not only physical borders of the nation; but it’s language, heritage, and identity as well as the forceful assumption of Iran’s great achievements under the falsely coined umbrella term — “Islamic Civilization.”

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2010/me_iran1136_11_17.asp

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Tide turning against Europe's immigrants

By Peter Wilkinson

Nov 19, 2010

LONDON, England (CNN) -- They are cursed in cities and towns across Europe. On talk shows, in newspapers and in bars and cafes, they are dismissed as parasites, threatening social norms and culture. And when unemployment rises and governments impose cuts on public spending, the eyes turn again to the immigrants.

In France, once seen as a bastion of European egalitarianism, the issue of immigration and racial identity has shot to the top of the political agenda. Roma people, also known as gypsies, have been expelled under government orders, while the wearing of burqas and other Islamic face coverings in public is set to be banned.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of engaging in Nazi-style ethnic cleansing over the expulsions while the European Commission has threatened to take legal action over the treatment of the Roma.

Full report at:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/11/17/migrants.victims/

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Volatile Karzai bewilders allies

Nov 19 2010

NO STRINGS It is believed that the president wants to prove he's no puppet of the coalition We have different perspectives, that's natural.

M A R K S E DW I L L , NATO representative

With the war at a critical stage, Afghanistan's president is publicly berating his NATO allies, criticising military tactics and occasionally reminding them, that they are not the only players in his country.

President Hamid Karzai's behaviour has left his international partners bewildered as they try to decipher his, motives -whether he's trying to provoke them, play to a domestic audience or ensure his longterm survival by portraying himself as no puppet of the American-led coalition.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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US names culprits of religious intolerance

Yashwant Raj

Nov 19 2010

HE REPORT FOCUSED ON COUNTRIES WHERE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WAS INADEQUATE

While naming the usual suspects China and Pakistan among nations with dodgy record on religious freedom and tolerance, the US on Wednesday added a new entrant to that club -Western Europe.

“Several European countries have placed harsh restrictions on religious expression,“ said Secretary of state Hilary Clinton releasing the Annual Report on Internatiaonl Religious Freedom on Wednesday.

China remains on that list for continuing to ban or restrict certain religious persons, acts and organisations. The report cites Tibetan Buddhists, Muslims Uighurs, Christians as typical examples.

About Pakistan, the report said, “The government took some steps to improve its treatment of members of religious minorities, but serious problems remained.“

Hindustan Times

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Taliban neither Islamic nor Pakistani: Pakistani Interior Minister

Nov 19, 2010

A toy pig was withdrawn from a children's farm set by its makers to avoid the risk of causing offence to Muslim and Jewish parents...

Islamabad  (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Wednesday that the Taliban are "mercenary killers and they are neither Islamic nor Pakistani", stressing that the country stands united against terrorism.

He said Pakistan will one day uproot the menace from its soil.

The minister made the remarks when he called on the bereaved families of the police personnel killed in terror attacks and wished them wellbeing on the occasion of Eid.

Malik said: "Not a single day passes in Pakistan when a soldier or a police personnel is not martyred in any terror activity whatsoever," Geo TV reported.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213611

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Chinese Muslims celebrate Corban Festival

Nov 19, 2010

Millions of Chinese Muslims across the country celebrated the tradition of Corban on Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Millions of Chinese Muslims across the country celebrated the tradition of Corban on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, 76-year-old Liu Wenming attended a religious ceremony at the Nanguan Mosque in the regional capital, Yinchuan, Wednesday morning, along with some 10,000 Muslims.

"My son, daughter and grandchildren will come from different parts of Ningxia to have a family lunch with me. Then we will visit other relatives and friends," said Liu.

In Qinghai Province, also in the northwest, many Muslims began to gather at the Dongguan Mosque in the provincial capital Xining before 8 a.m. Tuesday. By 9 a.m., roads outside the mosque were packed with pious Muslims.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213590

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Hamas rebuts claims of attempted assassination of Nablus mayor

Nov 19, 2010

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al Zahhar refuted Wednesday allegations by the Palestinian Authority security that his Movement was behind a plan to assassinate the mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus.

GAZA (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al Zahhar refuted Wednesday allegations by the Palestinian Authority security that his Movement was behind a plan to assassinate the mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus.

“It is not from Hamas's politics to employ this kind of action and it does not adopt this logic in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank,” Zahhar told Al-Jazeera Net.

Zahhar considered these claims as an attempt to justify Fatah faction's escape from national reconciliation and continued abuse of Hamas supporters in the West Bank.

Nablus mayor Jibrin Al Bakri claimed earlier that PA security forces foiled a plan by Hamas’s armed wing to liquidate him.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=213624

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US to deploy tanks in Afghan war: Washington Post

Nov 19, 2010

WASHINGTON: The United States is sending battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year-old war against the Taliban, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

Citing unnamed US officers and defense officials, the paper said General David Petraeus, commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, approved the deployment last month.

"The deployment of a company of M1 Abrams tanks, which will be fielded by the Marines in the country's southwest, will allow ground forces to target insurgents from a greater distance -- and with more of a lethal punch -- than is possible from any other US military vehicle," the Post said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/US-to-deploy-tanks-in-Afghan-war-

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Al-Qaida ask France to negotiate with Osama

Nov 19, 2010

DUBAI: Top commander of al-Qaida's north African wing, holding five French hostages, has demanded that negotiations for their release must be directly held with the terror networks' supreme leader Osama Bin Laden.

Abu Musab Abdel Wadoud, who also demanded withdrawal of French forces from Afghanistan, made the offer in an audio tape broadcast on Al Jazeera.

"The summary of this message is clear. Any negotiations for the return of the hostages should be carried out directly with Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and according to his conditions", said the voice of Abdel Wadoud.

The message gave no instructions on how Bin Laden who is believed to be holed up in mountains somewhere along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border should be reached and comes weeks after a message by Bin Laden himself broadcast over the radio slammed the French for sending troops to Afghanistan and passing a law to ban Islamic veil.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Al-Qaida-ask-France-to-negotiate-with-

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'Brit Muslims, Hindus hijacking Christmas'

Nov 19 2010

London : Residents of Rochdale, a large market town in Greater Manchester, England, have expressed anger and dismay over local Muslims and Hindus “hijacking” the forthcoming Christmas celebrations festivals with their own popular festivals such as “Eid” and “Diwali”.

According to the Daily Star, angry Christian residents have rejected the Rochdale Council view of maintaining the lights of Christmas, Eid and Diwali together to “represent the community”, even though celebrations of the latter two have already finished.

Councillors are said to be anxious not to offend other faiths.

One angry father told the Daily Star: “It’s like Christmas is being hijacked. It’s mad. Why do we have these lights up for Eid and Diwali when they’ve finished?

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/brit-muslims-hindus-hijacking-christmas/713406/

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Cuban leader Fidel Castro hints he may resign as party chief

Nov 19, 2010

HAVANA: Cuban leader Fidel Castro has suggested he may resign as Communist Party chief, his last leadership post, as he praised his brother Raul's management of the country.

"I got sick and did what I had to do -- delegate my powers. I cannot do something that I am not capable of dedicating full time to," Castro told a group of students on Wednesday, state-run press said Thursday.

Castro said he was not speaking to them as first secretary of the ruling communist party but rather as a "soldier of ideas."

"I did not hesitate even a second to put aside my responsibilities," said the 84-year-old, who has kept busy writing and participating in academic meetings in recent years.

After ruling Cuba for nearly half a century, Castro provisionally ceded power to his younger brother, Raul Castro, in July 2006 following intestinal surgery, and officially resigned the presidency in February 2008.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Cuban-leader-Fidel-Castro-hints-he-

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Lean & mean: LeJ splits into 8 smaller cells

Nov 19, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a notorious anti-Shia militant group accused of having links with al-Qaida , has split into at least eight cells to better coordinate its activities across Pakistan, according to a news report.

"The creation of the cells is aimed at coordinating the banned group's activities in the area ranging from the southern port city of Karachi to Waziristan in the restive tribal belt bordering Afghanistan ," the Express Tribune newspaper quoted its sources as saying.

"With scattered cells, they have better chances of survival by diverting the focus of law enforcement agencies," an intelligence official said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Lean-mean-LeJ-splits-into-8-smaller-

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NIA wants to quiz Kasab in other case, not for 26/11 attack

November 19, 2010

Nov 19, 2010

The Maharashtra government today informed the Bombay High Court that it had not accorded permission to National Investigating Agency (NIA) to interrogate Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 case and that the agency wanted to question him in some other matter.

Government counsel Ujjwal Nikam submitted that NIA wanted to interrogate Kasab in some other case and not in the 26/11 terror attacks case.

Accordingly, justices Ranjana Desai and R V More disposed of a petition filed by Kasab asking whether NIA had registered an independent case against him and also if it would interrogate him in the 26/11 case.

Kasab, who has been awarded death sentence for his role in killing 166 people in the Mumbai attacks, also sought to know under what provisions Maharashtra had permitted NIA to question him.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/297387/NIA-wants-to-quiz-Kasab-in-other-case-not-for-

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US wants Pak to bring all behind 26/11 to justice

November 19, 2010

With the second anniversary of 26/11 approaching, the United States has said it is looking to Pakistan to bring all the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice even as it (Washington) works with all international allies to minimise the threat posed by Lashkar-e-Tayyeba.

Branding the LeT a “profoundly dangerous group”, US State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism Daniel Benjamin told reporters: “We don’t want to see LeT filling that hole in the global extremism as Al Qaeda itself is diminished.”

“Obviously, LeT is a profoundly dangerous group and its support that it derives from doing social services is like Hamas, is like Hezbollah, and is of course of great concern,” Benjamin said, adding: “As the two-year anniversary of Mumbai approaches, we continue to work very closely with our interagency partners and international allies to reduce the threat from this very dangerous group.”

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/297461/US-wants-Pak-to-bring-all-behind-26/11-to-

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Pak pilgrims wish King Abdullah well

Nov 19, 2010

MINA: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah reassured the world on Wednesday that he is in good health after doctors told him to rest because of a slipped disc. Nevertheless, many Pakistani pilgrims have added their best wishes to the Saudi monarch in their prayers.

 “We feel especially attached to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for thinking of us when we faced floods recently,” said Rehmatullah Nawaz Shah, a 54-year-old pilgrim from Sindh. “It was he who ordered a telethon for the flood victims, and Saudis rallied behind him to help Pakistan. Our television stations showed the enthusiasm with which Saudis took part in that telethon. The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan is not ordinary. Whenever we face a crisis, it is Saudi Arabia that comes to our rescue. We are praying for the good health and long life of King Abdullah.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article195625.ece

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The unifying experience of a lifetime, Haj: The poetry of prayers

Nov 19, 2010

Choked with emotion, drenched in devotion and drowned in supplication the artistry of a wordsmith fails to capture the beauty of the greatest congregational religious act of worship — the Haj.

I was about 25 when I first performed the Haj. Looking back I was little aware of what was happening within me and around me. I tried to make mental notes of my feelings and experience but I soon realized that even the best of writers would find it very difficult to narrate these events, their experience and their emotions.

Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik . . . is the incessant supplication, preferred greeting and the most repeated chant that Makkah and its environs reverberate with every Dul Qada and Dul Hijjah. As the pilgrims arrive in the Holy city they hear

Nothing but the Talbiya — Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik — the greeting and supplication of every single pilgrim.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article195709.ece

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As Haj winds down, sale of animal skins picks up

Nov 19, 2010

MINA: The business of trading in animal skins — including skins of endangered creatures —  was booming in the tent city of Mina.

Pilgrims were seen gathering at roadside shops to buy exotic animal skins and products made from them, including wallets, ladies' purses, handbags, belts, sandals, shoes and walking sticks.

Many of the species of animals whose parts have made their way into the after-Haj shopping frenzy are not only illegal to sell in Saudi Arabia but can also lead to stiff penalties and confiscations if discovered in luggage of people entering Europe, North America or other countries with a strict regime against the import of these products.

Still, the skins of these endangered or protected species are flaunted openly by merchants cashing in on the shopping bonanza that occurs as the Haj season winds down.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article195641.ece

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French convert seeks enlightenment at Haj

Nov 19, 2010

MINA: Abdul Aziz, a Frenchman who converted to Islam when he was a teenager, is something of an enigma.

The 25-year-old unmarried management graduate from the south of France was previously a Christian but refuses to divulge any more personal information, not even his previous first name, albeit for very valid reasons.

He says his country is not very open to different cultures and religions, which is quite ironic for a nation with a substantial Muslim community.

Abdul Aziz told Arab News he started questioning his faith from an early age.

“Since I was young, I used to think a lot about what there is after death,” he said. “So I did a lot of research. I didn’t find the answers to the questions (in Christianity).”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article194534.ece

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Hariri murder indictments 'in months' — UN envoy

Nov 19, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: A senior UN official said on Thursday he expected a court probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri to issue indictments “in the coming months.”

Diplomats and Lebanese officials have been predicting privately that the potentially explosive indictments could come late this year or early next. Thursday’s comments by Michael Williams, UN special coordinator for Lebanon, were among the few public statements on the timing.

“I, like others, expect to see indictments from the special tribunal in the coming months,” Williams told reporters after briefing the UN Security Council on Lebanon. “I don’t know whether that’s next week or next year.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article195730.ece

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Pakistan women beat Bangladesh; win first Asiad gold

Nov 19, 2010

GUANGZHOU: Pakistan created history Friday in crushing Bangladesh by 10 wickets to win the first-ever Asian Games women’s cricket tournament.

The victory handed Pakistan their first gold of the Guangzhou Games and prevented Bangladesh from claiming their country’s first ever at an Asiad.

The win comes as welcome relief at a time of major problems for the men’s game in Pakistan, which has been embroiled in spot-fixing and disciplinary issues for much of the past year.

Bangladesh’s total of 92 all out never looked enough as Pakistan openers Nida Rashid and Javeria Wadood made a positive start to their run chase, playing a full range of shots and looking to score at every opportunity.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/19/pakistan-beat-bangladesh-in-womens-cricket-for-first-

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Car accidents kill over 24,000 in Yemen since 2000

Yahya Al-Dubaybi

Nov 19, 2010

A recent report published by the Traffic Administration states that there have been 24,000 deaths and 175,000 wounded due to traffic accidents in Yemen since 2000 until April 2010.

The report, a copy of which was received by the Yemen Times, states that 91,000 of the wounded were seriously injured, with 19,000 of those ending up paralyzed. The economic cost of these accidents was almost YR 100 billion.

The accidents included collisions between cars and with motorbikes, accidents involving pedestrians, vehicles overturning, and collisions with obstacles. According to the report, driver error contributed wholly or partly to about 85 percent of the reported crashes. Other contributing factors included bad roads, old vehicles and weather conditions.

Full report at:

http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=35076

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Homelessness in Yemen on the rise

Mahmoud Al-Matari

Nov 19, 2010

Whole families have become homeless because of deteriorating living conditions. Around half of Yemen’s population is living below the poverty line and at least 40 percent of Yemen’s able manpower is unemployed.

After long hours working as a cleaning lady in a company, Asma, 18, continues her struggle to earn a living up until ten o’clock at night through begging. She stands for hours at street junctions appealing to the drivers to give her money which she will take home to her mother and younger siblings.

“I am the oldest child in my family, my father is mentally ill and cannot support us. This is why I have to be the breadwinner of my family,” she said with tears in her eyes.

Like Asma, there are many Yemeni children who had been forced to abandon their childhood and take up the responsibility of taking care of their families.

A recent report from the Ministry of Social Affairs states that there are around three million children suffering from poverty in Yemen, about 700,000 of them forced to work, beg and live on the streets in the last year.

Full report at:

http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=35075

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