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Taliban Vow Revenge Against Sick Minded American Savages

Obama vows to probe US soldier's Afghan massacre that killed 16

Keeper of Islamic Flame Rises as Egypt’s New Decisive Voice

Forty-seven women, children dead in Syria ‘massacre’, UNSC Emergency Meeting sought

A Woman Saudi scientist who began her career with a fib

India wants to normalize ties with Pakistan: President of India

Pakistani woman hurls acid at her former suitor

Al-Qaeda creates terrorists’ base in Nigeria

Malaysian minister to quit over graft scandal

US fears reprisals after Afghan shooting rampage

Hit list on gays in Iraq raises alarm, 58 killed in 6 weeks

Pakistan lacks strategy to tackle radical Islamists: Daily Dawn

New York police face censure for Muslim community surveillance

Nation of Islam leader’s speech at U.S. University creates stir

Afghan shooting: Killing of civilians tragic and shocking, says Obama

Egypt acquits ‘virginity test’ military doctor

In Assessing the Damage, Fears of an Emboldened Taliban

Annan ends Syria trip with no deal

Afghanistan suspect’s U.S. base ‘most troubled’

US seeks to contain damage from Afghan shooting

Deaths hit 21 on 4th day of Gaza fighting

US fears reprisals after Afghan massacre in Kandahar

'Many dead' in fresh Homs attacks

Israel kills two militants in new air strikes on Gaza

Car bomb kills girl, wounds 25 in southern Syria

Avalanche kills 45 in Afghan province

Boxing champion shot dead in Syria

ISI behind Indian mission blast in Af: UK Intel ex-chief

Pak Govt ‘revising’ list of banned terror groups

Sharifs say Younus Habib is Zardari’s man

Britain’s Hague sued over Pakistan drone attacks: Legal firm

Pakistan vitally important: US

Parliament, not PM, decides on Presidential immunity: Gilani

UK’s Hague faces suit over Pakistan drone strikes Peter Griffiths

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Iran, India pledge to boost trade ties

Egypt parliament to consider ending aid from U.S

Military Points to Risks of a Syrian Intervention

Embassy Row: Yemenis denounce envoy

890-km fence to secure northern border in Saudi Kingdom

Saudi students in the US models of good conduct

Rents, food prices weigh on Saudi inflation

Kingdom’s trade balance surplus to reach SR915bn

Abu Dhabi to issue new hotel licenses selectively

Kingdom calls for global efforts to halt Syria war

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Taliban Vow Revenge Against Sick Minded American Savages

Mar 12 2012,

Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents today vowed revenge against "sick minded American savages" for the weekend rampage by a US soldier who killed 16 villagers in their homes.

The Taliban would "take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr", they said in a statement on their website.

The US soldier walked off his base and broke into the homes of villagers in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district before dawn yesterday, killing 16 people, including women and children.

A soldier has been detained and the United States has offered condolences to the families and pledged that action will be taken against anyone found guilty of the massacre. Kandahar is considered the birthplace of the Taliban.

"A large number from amongst the victims are innocent children, women and the elderly, martyred by the American barbarians who mercilessly robbed them of their precious lives and drenched their hands with their innocent blood," the Taliban said.

"The American 'terrorists' want to come up with an excuse for the perpetrator of this inhumane crime by claiming that this immoral culprit was mentally ill.

"If the perpetrators of this massacre were in fact mentally ill then this testifies to yet another moral transgression by the American military because they are arming lunatics in Afghanistan who turn their weapons against the defenceless Afghans without giving a second thought."

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/taliban-vow-revenge-against-sick-minded-american-savages/922753/

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 Obama vows to probe US soldier's Afghan massacre that killed 16

AFP 

ALKOZAI, AFGHANISTAN Mar 12, 2012: President Barack Obama promised a speedy investigation into the "shocking" killing of 16 Afghans by a rogue US soldier, which fuelled tensions after the burning of Korans at a US-run base.

Obama telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to convey his condolences after the soldier gunned down civilians, including women and children, in their homes in a pre-dawn rampage in the southern province of Kandahar.

The US embassy in Kabul sent out an alert to its citizens in Afghanistan warning that as a result of the shooting, "there is a risk of anti-American feelings and protests in coming days".

Relations plunged to an all-time low last month after the burning of Korans at an American-run military base sparked days of anti-US protests, which left some 40 people dead and prompted an apology from Obama.

Sunday's massacre poses an acute new test of the US-Afghan alliance, as the two countries pursue difficult talks on securing a strategic pact to govern their partnership once foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

Obama described the massacre as "tragic and shocking", the White House said, and assured Karzai of Washington's "commitment to establish the facts as quickly as possible and to hold fully accountable anyone responsible".

In an angry statement after the Kandahar shootings, Karzai said that "when Afghan people are killed deliberately by US forces, this action is murder and terror and an unforgivable action".

Kandahar province is a stronghold of Taliban insurgents fighting to oust Karzai's government, which is supported by some 130,000 US-led NATO troops.

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also called Karzai and assured him that a "full investigation" was under way. In Brussels, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed shock and offered his "heartfelt condolences".

Australia, which has about 1,550 soldiers in Afghanistan, also offered condolences but vowed to stay focused on the mission.

"Of course, an incident like this is a truly distressing one but it is not going to distract us from our purpose in Afghanistan. We know what we're there to do," Prime Minister Julia Gillard said.

In Sunday's shooting, the US soldier entered the homes of villagers in Kandahar province's Panjwayi district and killed 16 people including nine children and three women, according to a statement from Karzai.

It quoted a wounded 16-year-old, who was shot in the leg, as telling Karzai by phone that the soldier entered their home in the dark before dawn, woke up his family members and then shot them.

A reporter at the scene of the killings counted the bodies of 16 people, including women and children.

In one house, he saw 10 people killed and burned in one room. Another woman was lying dead at the entrance of the house and there were at least two children just two or three years old among the dead.

In one house, an elderly woman screamed: "May God kill the only son of Karzai, so he feels what we feel."

Western sources said the rampage began after the soldier walked off his base in the early hours of Sunday morning, apparently heavily armed and carrying night-vision equipment.

He was arrested outside the base by members of the Afghan National Army, the army corps commander in southern Afghanistan, Abdul Hameed, said.

Deteriorating US-Afghan relations risk complicating the track towards the scheduled end of US-led foreign combat operations in 2014.

The proposed strategic pact would likely cover the legal status of any US troops remaining in Afghanistan to help Kabul with intelligence, air power and logistics in the fight against Taliban insurgents.

Negotiations over the pact received a boost last week when Washington signed a deal on Friday transferring to Kabul control of the controversial Bagram prison -- the site of last month's Koran burning.

In Iraq, Washington abandoned its pursuit of a strategic partnership deal and pulled out all its combat troops, leaving no residual force, after failing to get Baghdad to grant its soldiers legal immunity.

Afghan resentment of US forces has also been exacerbated by a video posted online in January showing US Marines urinating on the bloodied corpses of slain Afghan insurgents -- an incident condemned by the Pentagon.

And in November, the ringleader of a rogue American military "kill team" charged with murder for shooting civilians for sport was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison by a military panel.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Obama-vows-to-probe-US-soldiers-Afghan-massacre-that-killed-16/articleshow/12228804.cms

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Keeper of Islamic Flame Rises as Egypt’s New Decisive Voice

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

 March 12, 2012

CAIRO — For more than a dozen years, Khairat el-Shater guided his family of 10 children, his sprawling business empire and Egypt’s largest Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, all from a prison cell.

Each week, he held court behind prison walls as young Muslim Brothers delivered to him dossiers about the organization that sometimes were as long as 200 pages. His corporate employees paid regular visits for strategic advice about his investments in software, textile, bus manufacturing and furniture companies and other enterprises. And before consenting to the marriages of his eight daughters, he met in prison with each of their suitors. Some of the grooms were prisoners with him, others made the pilgrimage, and five said their vows in his presence, behind bars.

Now Mr. Shater, 62, commands far wider influence.

One year after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak brought Mr. Shater freedom, he has emerged as the most decisive voice in the leadership of the Brotherhood, the 83-year-old fountainhead of political Islam, at the moment when it has established itself as the dominant power in Egyptian politics.

With firm control of Egypt’s Parliament, the Brotherhood’s political arm is holding talks to form the next cabinet while Mr. Shater is grooming about 500 future officials to form a government-in-waiting. As the group’s chief policy architect, Mr. Shater is overseeing the blueprint for the new Egypt, negotiating with its current military rulers over their future role, shaping its relations with Israel and a domestic Christian minority, and devising the economic policies the Brotherhood hopes will revive Egypt’s moribund economy.

With power he could only dream of when he padded around Mr. Mubarak’s prisons in a white track suit, Mr. Shater meets foreign ambassadors, the executives of multinational corporations and Wall Street firms, and a parade of United States senators and other officials to explain the Brotherhood’s vision. To the Brotherhood, he tells them, Islam requires democracy, free markets and tolerance of religious minorities.

But he also says that recent elections have proved that Egyptians demand an explicitly Islamic state. And he is guiding its creation from a position that his critics say may undercut his avowed commitment to open democracy: he sits atop a secretive and hierarchical organization, shaped by decades of working underground, that still asks its members — including those in Parliament — to swear obedience to the directions of its leaders, whether in the group’s religious, charitable or political work.

“The Islamic reference point regulates life in its entirety, politically, economically and socially; we don’t have this separation” between religion and government, Mr. Shater said in a lengthy interview. “The Muslim Brotherhood is a value-based organization that expresses itself using different political, economic, sportive, health-related and social means. You can’t take one part from one place and another part from another — this isn’t how it’s done.”

A former leftist and a millionaire businessman who is also the Brotherhood’s chief financier, Mr. Shater was known for years as the group’s most important internal advocate for moderation and modernization.

In prison, he talked radical Islamist inmates into renouncing violence. He helped chart the Brotherhood’s first steps into electoral politics, initially in Egypt’s professional associations of doctors, lawyers, engineers and the like. Then he was at the forefront of its more transformative drive to win seats in the Mubarak-dominated Parliament; the experience did more than anything to moderate the group as it forged coalitions and courted the mainstream. And over the past decade he also oversaw its stepped-up outreach to the West through Web sites in Arabic and English.

“No need to be afraid of us” declared the headline of a 2005 article he wrote from behind bars for the British newspaper The Guardian. “The Brotherhood,” he wrote, “believes democratic reforms could trigger a renaissance in Egypt.”

Moving Toward a New Model

But in the new context of Egypt’s fledgling democracy, his critics — including both liberals and Islamists — charge that he is using the Brotherhood’s all-encompassing understanding of Islam as a tool for political power. Against dissidents arguing that in a free society the Brotherhood should allow its members to decide for themselves how to apply Islam to politics, Mr. Shater has enforced the group’s traditional view of itself as the guardian of a single, take-it-or-leave-it vision.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/middleeast/muslim-brotherhood-leader-rises-as-egypts-decisive-voice.html?ref=global-home

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Forty-seven women, children dead in Syria ‘massacre’, UNSC Emergency Meeting sought

12/03/2012

DAMASCUS: Syria’s opposition on Monday accused security forces of massacring 47 women and children in the restive city of Homs and urged the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the killings.

Hadi Abdallah, a Syrian activist in the besieged central city, told AFP the bodies of 26 children and 21 women, some with their throats slit and others bearing stab wounds, were found in the Karm el-Zaytoun and al-Adawiyeh neighbourhoods.

“Some of the children had been hit with blunt objects on their head, one little girl was mutilated and some women were raped before being killed,” he said.

The main opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the “massacre”, which it said took place on Sunday.

“The Syrian National Council is making the necessary contacts with all organisations and countries that are friends with the Syrian people for the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting,” the SNC said in a statement.

And in a clear reference to Russia and China, the SNC said that allies of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad shared responsibility for the “crimes” committed by his regime.

State television blamed “armed terrorist gangs” for the killings, saying they had kidnapped residents of Homs, killed them and then made video footage of the bodies in an attempt to discredit Syrian forces.

News of the killings came after UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan left Damascus on Sunday without managing to secure an accord to end bloodletting monitors say has claimed more than 8,500 lives since March last year.

Annan departed at the end of a two-day mission during which he said he presented Assad with “concrete proposals” to halt the unrest that has rocked Syria since pro-democracy protesters rose up against his regime on March 15, 2011.

On the ground, more than 150 people — 61 of them civilians caught in the crossfire — were killed weekend clashes between armed rebels and regular soldiers in various flashpoint areas, according to figures of rights monitors.

Most of the deaths occurred in a ferocious assault by regime forces against rebel bastions in the north-western Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that fighting also occurred Sunday in the central city of Hama, the nearby province of Homs, and in the Damascus countryside.

Annan on his first mission to Syria to attempt to secure a halt to the violence, had emerged positive from talks on Sunday with Assad, a follow-up to their first meeting the previous day.

“It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be difficult, but we have to have hope. I am optimistic,” Annan told reporters, while stressing the urgency of finding a solution.

“The situation is so bad and so dangerous that all of us cannot afford to fail,” the former UN chief warned, in response to a suggestion that dialogue with the government was futile.

Assad had insisted during their first meeting on Saturday there would be no dialogue until the “terrorist groups” he claims are fomenting the violence are disbanded.

Opposition figures in their meeting with Annan however were adamant that the regime troops pressing the crackdown on dissent must first return to barracks before talks can begin.

Diplomats at the United Nations in New York had expressed pessimism about the prospects for Annan’s mission after troops poured into Idlib city, which lies in the province by the same name, late on Saturday just hours after his first meeting with Assad.

Annan told the media conference that he had on Sunday discussed with Assad ways to halt the unrest rocking Syria.

“I presented a set of concrete proposals which would have a real impact on the situation on the ground and which will help launch a process aimed at putting an end to this crisis,” the former UN chief said.

“The realistic response is to embrace change and reforms,” he added.

After seizing Idlib city on Saturday, troops fanned out into rural areas of the province on Sunday, notably the Jisr al-Shughur district, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Observatory.

“The army is also preparing to launch an offensive against the rebel district of Jabal al-Zawiya,” a range of hills close to the Turkish border, where fighters of the Free Syrian Army have been particularly active, he added.

The military crackdown in Idlib came after the Homs neighbourhood of Baba Amr was stormed on March 1 after a month-long blitz in which hundreds of people died.

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/12/forty-seven-bodies-found-after-massacre-in-homs-syria-activists.html

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A Woman Saudi scientist who began her career with a fib

Mar 11, 2012

Scientist Hayat Sindi is one of two Saudis who have been named alongside prominent figures such as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on a list of the 150 most fearless women in the world by a leading US magazine to mark International Women’s Day.

Manal Al-Sharif, who hit the headlines when she openly flouted a Kingdom ban on driving, is the other.

The Daily Beast, which published the list, commended Sindi’s biotechnology research that has the potential to save millions of lives in the developing world, as well as running a foundation to support scientists in the Middle East.

Sindi is co-founder of Harvard’s Diagnostics for All, the organization developing a disease-diagnosing paper that changes color when dabbed with bodily fluids from a patient. The idea is to make it simple even for someone who is not a doctor to quickly and cheaply diagnose disease in places where doctors or clinics might be nonexistent.

“Hayat Sindi’s career as a scientist began with a fib. Keen to continue her studies abroad after high school in Saudi Arabia, she told her father she had been accepted at a university in London. Her traditional Muslim father said it would tarnish the family name living overseas alone. Still she persuaded him, and off she went,” the publisher of the list said.

“The truth was she hadn’t been accepted at any university. But upon arriving in London she got herself in to King’s College, and later to Cambridge,” it added.

The list also includes Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, Nobel nominee Hawa Abdi of Somalia, Iman Al-Obeidi of Libya, Tal Al-Mallohi of Syria, Demad Dewerdash of Egypt and Noorjahan Akbar of Afghanistan.

“They have been featured in the list because of their trailblazing service to the women in the world and fostering a brave new generation. From Detroit to Kabul, these women are making their voices heard,” the magazine said.

Sindi has also been listed among 100 most powerful women in the Arab World in 2012 by the CEO magazine. Sheikh Lubna Al-Qasimi awarded her the prize in a function in Dubai recently.

Sindi currently is a fellow at PopTech, a US-based nonprofit that provides fellowships to scientists in an effort to foster global innovation.

She has also founded the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity, which aims to help scientists write business plans and find investors for their ideas.

Sindi believed a major obstacle for Middle East scientists was that they were not savvy about putting together a business plan. As a result, venture capitalists in the region were wary of investing in science.

“I'm very proud of where I come from. Sometimes people think they need to completely discard their culture. But you have to hold on to your identity,” said Makkah-born Sindi, who is working mostly in the United States.

Sindi was honored for her pioneering work at a function in Riyadh Schools last week.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article586306.ece

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India wants to normalize ties with Pakistan: President of India

March 12, 2012

NEW DELHI - Expressing commitment to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue, India Monday said it looks forward to building upon progress made so far while being mindful of the need for Islamabad to take credible action against terror groups and infrastructure.

Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session, President Pratibha Patil said the government has been pursuing a policy of promoting peace and cooperation in India's immediate neighbourhood and beyond to enable the country to achieve its goals of socio-economic development and national security.

"We wish to see all nations in South Asia prosper, enjoy stability and realise their true potential through the broadening of regional economic cooperation, trade and infrastructure development," she said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/12/news/national/indian-wants-to-normalize-ties-with-pakistan-patil/

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Pakistani woman hurls acid at her former suitor

March 12, 2012

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned -- a young woman in Pakistan's Punjab province threw acid at a former suitor after he began ignoring her, a media report said Monday. The 20-year-old woman has been arrested, police said. The incident took place Sunday at a village near Faisalabad

Mohsin, 21, told police that he was standing near a bus stop when Nabeela, 20, threw acid at him and escaped, reported Dawn.

He said he had begun ignoring Nabeela.

Zahid Gondal, a police official, said that the woman has been taken into custody.

Pakistan is facing the scourge of acid attacks, in which women have been left badly scarred.

Pakistani documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who went on to win an Oscar for her film "Saving Face", Saturday asked Pakistanis "to do their bit for fighting injustice".

Her film focuses on the work of Pakistani British plastic surgeon Muhammad Jawad, who travelled to Pakistan to perform reconstructive surgery on women who have been victims of acid attacks, mostly by their husbands.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pakistani-woman-hurls-acid-at-man/Article1-824062.aspx

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Al-Qaeda creates terrorists’ base in Nigeria

Monday, 12 March 2012

THE terrorism challenges facing Nigeria may have been complicated by credible reports indicating that Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb has established an operational base in the North-Western part of the country to source for funding through high-profile hostage business.

This is coming at a time   the United States  Department is said to be considering adding the Boko Haram sect to the official list of terrorist organisations in the world.

Reliable intelligence sources disclosed that the old Sokoto axis is now home to a very violent arm of Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb, which, during the last week, claimed responsibility for the bombing of the headquarters of the Algerian-led joint military command fighting the group in the Sahel region.

Contrary to reports that it was Boko Haram that kidnapped the hostages, Nigerian Tribune learnt that Maghreb group had shifted attention to Nigeria to expand its hostage taking operations, which was said to account for large part of Al-Qaeda operational fund worldwide.

According to the source, more foreigners may be targeted in the North with possibility of extension into some southern zones, because of the belief that Nigeria is a centre for big foreign construction and oil operations.

For Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/37425-al-qaeda-creates-terrorists-base-in-nigeria

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Malaysian minister to quit over graft scandal

03/11/2012

Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Sunday she will step down as Women, Family and Community Development Minister when her term as senator ends on April 8.

However she will remain as Wanita Umno chief.

In a response later Sunday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his gratitude to Shahrizat for her decision and urged Wanita Umno members to continue giving their full cooperation to their leader.

He said in Pekan that although there was no proof that Shahrizat did anything wrong, she had made the right decision so as to not burden the Government.

Shahrizat told reporters: “I want to stress that I made the decision on my own. I love this nation and have the greatest respect for the government and the prime minister.

"I have nothing to do with NFC (National Feedlot Corporation). I just happened to be married to the chairman.

“I've been in politics a long time, and it is the right thing to do,” she told reporters at Desa Water Park.

For Full Report At:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/03/11/malaysian-minister-quit-over-graft-scandal.html

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US fears reprisals after Afghan shooting rampage

March 12, 2012

KANDAHAR: US officials warned on Monday of possible reprisal attacks after 16 Afghan villagers, mostly children and women, were killed in a likely “rogue” shooting by a US soldier that weakens the West’s tenuous grip on a decade-old war.

Washington has rushed to distance the shootings, blamed on a lone US soldier, from the efforts of the 90,000-strong US force in Afghanistan, but the rampage in southern Kandahar province is certain to inflame anti-Western anger once again.

It comes less than three weeks after US troops inadvertently burned copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, at the main Nato base in Afghanistan, sparking widespread protests in which 30 people were killed.

“The US Embassy in Kabul alerts US citizens in Afghanistan that as a result of a tragic shooting incident in Kandahar province involving a US service member, there is a risk of anti-American feelings and protests in coming days, especially in the eastern and southern provinces,” the embassy said in an emergency statement on its website.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, toppled by US-backed forces in late 2001. Southern and eastern provinces have seen some of the fiercest fighting of the war, increasingly unpopular among Americans and their European allies.

Early on Monday, the embassy said on its Twitter feed restrictions had been placed on the movements of all embassy personnel in the south.

For Full Report At:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/348910/us-fears-reprisals-after-afghan-shooting-rampage/

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Hit list on gays in Iraq raises alarm, 58 killed in 6 weeks

Mar 12 2012

Young people who identify themselves as so-called Emos are being brutally killed at an alarming rate in Iraq, where militias have distributed hit lists of victims and security forces say they are unable to stop crimes against the subculture that is widely perceived in Iraq as being gay.

Officials and human rights groups estimated as many as 58 Iraqis who are either gay or believed to be gay have been killed in the last six weeks alone, forecasting what experts fear is a return to the rampant hate crimes against homosexuals in 2009. This year, eyewitnesses and human rights groups say some of the victims have been bludgeoned to death by militiamen smashing in their skulls with heavy cement blocks.

For Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hit-list-on-gays-in-iraq-raises-alarm-58-killed-in-6-weeks/922540/

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Pakistan lacks strategy to tackle radical Islamists: Daily Dawn

Mar 12, 2012 |

Pakistan has no coherent strategy to deal with sectarian and radical Islamist groups that practice and preach violent jihad, said a leading daily that warned about 'the shrewdness of these outfits'.

An editorial in the Dawn Monday said three more religious groups with links to militancy had been banned by the government, taking the total number of proscribed groups in the country to 38.

"But this is no belated move that is worthy of applause, for the experience with the first 35, banned through various notifications since 2001, suggests that simply outlawing groups either pushes them further underground or, as is increasingly the case, the groups resurface with a new name soon enough," it said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.asianage.com/international/pakistan-lacks-strategy-tackle-radical-islamists-daily-229

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New York police face censure for Muslim community surveillance

March 11, 2012

While the death of Osama bin Laden might have brought closure to some of those associated with the life-changing events of 9/11, a legacy of suspicion against the Muslim community has lingered and has possibly coloured even law enforcement agencies such as the New York Police Department with deep-seated prejudices.

At least this is what appeared to be the case in the unfolding saga of an AP news agency scoop, which over the last few months has revealed details in a series of secret reports by the NYPD showing that the police had collected information on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans specifically because they were Muslims. “They show in the clearest terms yet that police were monitoring people based on religion, despite claims from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the contrary,” AP argued, citing statements in the top-secret documents indicating that police “put the names of innocent people in secret files and monitored the mosques, student groups and businesses that make up the Muslim landscape of the Northeastern U.S.

For Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2982396.ece

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Nation of Islam leader’s speech at U.S. university creates stir

By AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES,

12 March 2012

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan’s speech to hundreds at the University of California Berkeley on Saturday has created controversy for his statements about Jews dominating the slave trade.

Farrakhan opened the African Black Coalition Conference at UC Berkeley on Saturday, to bring together black students and educators around the issues from colleges across the country.

The 78-year-old minister advised students to depend on themselves in finding jobs and learn more about black history. He also discussed a controversial book that alleges Jews dominated the slave trade according to US - KTVU news agency.

He told students that in order to succeed you need to have good relations with Jews because they controls government and media sectors. When Noah Ickowitz, a UC Berkeley African Student UC Senator said “to me, that was just so hateful and horrible”, Farrakhan responded saying “this is not hate, this is actual facts.”

Outside the campus hall, some students passed out petitions expressing their discontent with Minister Farrakhan’s speech and presence on campus. “I believe the (Black Student Union) had every right to bring Farrakhan, but we are hurt by his words,” Ickowitz said to students outside the auditorium.

For Full Report At:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/12/200200.html

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Afghan shooting: Killing of civilians tragic and shocking, says Obama

Mar 12 2012,

Deeply saddened by the killing of 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children by a US soldier in Kandahar, President Barack Obama today described the incident as "tragic and shocking", which does not represent American values.

"This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan," Obama said in a statement.

White House officials said Obama was briefed on the tragic incident in Kandahar that killed 16 Afghan civilians, which included nine children and three women.

"I am deeply saddened by the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians. I offer my condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and to the people of Afghanistan, who have endured too much violence and suffering," Obama said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/afghan-shooting-killing-of-civilians-tragic-and-shocking-says-obama/922730/

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Egypt acquits ‘virginity test’ military doctor

March 11, 2012

By Hamza Hendawi

The court denied the humiliating tests even took place, despite a ruling by another court and admissions by generals quoted by a leading rights group.

The ruling further infuriated the country’s revolutionary youth movements, who have said claims of the virginity tests were the first sign that the generals who took over from deposed President Hosni Mubarak 13 months ago were carrying on his repressive practices.

Less than four months before the military is scheduled to hand over power to a civilian administration, Sunday’s verdict was likely to lend credibility to widespread suspicions that the generals were trying to remove any legal basis for prosecution for crimes committed during their rule after they step down. Activists are calling for the generals to face charges for human rights abuses.

Samira Ibrahim, one of seven women who said they were forced to undergo examinations to determine if they were virgins while detained by the military a year ago, won a civilian court ruling last year that affirmed the tests were taking place at military jails and ordered they be halted.

For Full Report At:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/11/egypt-acquits-virginity-test-military-doctor/

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In Assessing the Damage, Fears of an Emboldened Taliban

By DAVID E. SANGER

March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — The outrage from the back-to-back episodes of the Koran burning and the killing on Sunday of at least 16 Afghan civilians imperils what the Obama administration once saw as an orderly plan for 2012: to speed the training of Afghan forces so that they can take the lead in combat missions, all while drawing the Taliban into negotiations to end more than a decade of constant war.

Pete Souza/The White House, via Reuters

President Obama spoke with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, while in Chevy Chase, Md., on Sunday.

For Full Report At:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/asia/obamas-plans-in-afghanistan-complicated-by-recent-events.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

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Annan ends Syria trip with no deal

11 MARCH 2012 22:01        

Annan said he presented President Bashar Assad with concrete proposals “which will have a real impact on the ground.” “Once it’s agreed, it will help launch the process and help end the crisis on the ground,” he told reporters at the end of his two-day visit to Syria.

Annan, who also met with Syrian opposition leaders and businessmen in Damascus, said he was optimistic following two sets of talks with Assad, but acknowledged that resolving the crisis would be tough. “It’s going to be difficult but we have to have hope,” he said. The former UN chief called for reforms that would create “a solid foundation for a democratic Syria,” but added: “You have to start by stopping the killing and the misery and the abuse that is going on today and then give time for a political settlement.”

The ongoing bloodshed cast a pall over the UN efforts to end the country’s yearlong conflict, with both the regime and the opposition refusing talks with the other. In his discussions with Assad on Saturday, Annan made several proposals to end the political crisis and start a political dialogue. He was rebuffed by the president who rejected any immediate negotiations with the opposition, striking a further blow to already faltering international efforts for talks to end the conflict.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/48958-annan-ends-syria-trip-with-no-deal-.html

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Afghanistan suspect’s U.S. base ‘most troubled’

March 12, 2012

OINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD (WASHINGTON),

A U.S. soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers comes from one of the largest military installations in the United States and one that has seen its share of controversy and violence.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, home to about 100,000 military and civilian personnel, was the home of four soldiers convicted in the deliberate thrill killings of three Afghan civilians in 2010.

The military newspaper Stars and Stripes called Lewis-McChord “the most troubled base in the military” that year.

Catherine Caruso, a spokeswoman for Lewis-McChord, said she could not comment on reports that the soldier involved in Sunday’s shootings was based there. A U.S. official speaking on the condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that the shooter was a conventional soldier assigned to support a special operations unit of either Green Berets or Navy SEALs engaged in a village stability operation in Afghanistan.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the soldier was with Lewis-McChord’s 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which sent about 2,500 soldiers to Afghanistan in December for a yearlong deployment. The brigade had deployed to Iraq three times since 2003; this is its first deployment to Afghanistan.

For Full Report At:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2986766.ece

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US seeks to contain damage from Afghan shooting

Mon, 03/12/2012

U.S. officials were scrambling to contain the damage caused when an American soldier in Afghanistan wandered off base and allegedly gunned down more than a dozen villagers.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta both called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday to express their condolences and vowed to hold those responsible accountable. Afghan officials reported that 16 people were killed including nine children and three women.

"This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan," Obama said in a statement released by the White House.

Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said Obama called Karzai shortly after meeting Sunday afternoon with his top national security advisers.

Panetta said a full investigation was already under way.

"A suspect is in custody, and I gave President Karzai my assurances that we will bring those responsible to justice," he said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/03/12/us-seeks-contain-damage-afghan-shooting.html

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Deaths hit 21 on 4th day of Gaza fighting

By IBRAHIM BARZAK Mar 12, 2012

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: Israeli airstrikes killed two Palestinian militants and a schoolboy in the Gaza Strip on Monday as Palestinian rocket squads barraged southern Israel, in escalating fighting that has defied international truce efforts.

The cross-border violence, touched off by Israel’s killing of a top militant leader on Friday, has been the worst exchange of fire between Israel and the Hamas-ruled territory in months. The fighting has killed 21 Gazans, including 18 militants, seriously wounded two Israelis, and disrupted the lives of 1 million Israelis living in Gaza rocket range.

The Israeli military said it carried out nine air attacks against rocket-launching sites and a weapons storage facility early Monday. Islamic Jihad said two of its militants were killed in two separate raids, one while he was riding a motorcycle. A 16-year-old boy wearing a school uniform was killed when a group of five civilians was struck in another attack, Gaza health official Adham Abu Salmia said.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article586486.ece

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US fears reprisals after Afghan massacre in Kandahar

12 March 2012

US troops in Afghanistan have been placed on alert following the killings of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier.

US officials warned of reprisals after the soldier went on a rampage in villages near a base in Kandahar. Nine children were among those killed.

President Barack Obama phoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to express condolences. But Mr Karzai has said the massacre is "unforgivable".

And Taliban militants have vowed to avenge the deaths.

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said a full investigation is under way.

The soldier, believed to be a staff sergeant, is reported to have walked off his base at around 03:00 Sunday (22:30 GMT Saturday).

In the villages of Alkozai and Najeeban, about 500m (1,640ft) from the base, he reportedly broke into three homes.

At one house in Najeeban, 11 people were found shot dead, and some of their bodies set alight. At least three of the child victims are reported to have been killed by a single shot to the head.

For Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17336074

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'Many dead' in fresh Homs attacks

12 March 2012

Activists believe as many as 47 people have been killed in an attack by pro-government militia in the embattled Syrian city of Homs.

Women and children are said to among those who were reportedly tortured and killed on Sunday night in the neighbourhood of Karm el-Zaytoun.

The Syrian government acknowledged the deaths, but blamed "armed terrorists".

The attack happened hours after UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan ended his two-day mission to Damascus.

Homs has been under assault for weeks as government forces have tried to root out rebel fighters. Parts of the city are devastated.

The main opposition group, the Syrian National Council (SNC), has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting to discuss the killings, the AFP news agency reports.

'Burned alive'

Hundreds of families fled the Karm el-Zaytoun area of the city on Monday after reports of the attack in their neighbourhood overnight, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17336560?print=true

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Israel kills two militants in new air strikes on Gaza

12 March 2012

Israeli air strikes have killed two Palestinian militants in Gaza as violence entered a fourth day.

Palestinian medical sources say a schoolboy was also killed in an explosion, but the circumstances of his death are not clear.

Twenty-one Palestinians have been killed since fighting began on Friday, with 65 others injured.

Israel says at least 140 rockets fired from Gaza have struck Israel, seriously wounding two Israelis.

The US condemned the rocket attacks as "cowardly"; the Arab League called the Israeli air strikes "a massacre".

The UN and the European Union have appealed for calm.

The two militants died in separate dawn raids close to Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

For Full Report At:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17336559?print=true

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Car bomb kills girl, wounds 25 in southern Syria

Mar 12, 2012

AMMAN: A car bomb killed a schoolgirl on Monday and wounded 25 others at a school in the southern Syrian city of Daraa, the scene of sporadic street fighting between Free Syrian Army rebels and President Bashar Assad’s troops, an opposition activist said.

“The car exploded at nine in the morning in Al-Kashef neighborhood in front of Al-Mahatta High School for Girls, which has been active in (anti-Assad) demonstrations,” Maher Abdelhaq told Reuters from the city on the border with Jordan.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article586533.ece

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Avalanche kills 45 in Afghan province

12 March 2012

KABUL - At least 45 people were killed Monday when an avalanche razed 13 houses in eastern Afghan province of Nuristan, an official said.

”The incident happened in Guru and Koshan villages of Madol district in the early hours of Monday and so far 45 people including women and children have been confirmed dead,” deputy to provincial governor Qazi Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi told Xinhua.

He also said that the casualties could go up as rescue operation is going on in the remote area of the province some 180 km east of capital city of Kabul.

More than 50 people had been killed when snow avalanche hit neighbouring Badakhshan For Full Report At:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2012/March/international_March443.xml&section=international&col=

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Boxing champion shot dead in Syria

March 11, 2012

SANAA: A Syrian boxing champion, Ghiath Tayfour, was shot dead on Sunday in the northern city of Aleppo, which has been largely spared the unrest sweeping the country, the state news agency SANA reported.

An armed “terrorist group … targeted boxer Tayfour while he was passing near the courtyard of Aleppo University in his car,” it said.

“They opened fire on him and he was immediately martyred as five bullets entered his head.”

Tayfour was national boxing champion from 1984 to 1998, SANA said.

Authorities have blamed the year-long protests and bloodshed in the country, which monitors say has cost more than 8,500 lives in a regime crackdown, on armed, foreign-backed terrorists.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/348551/boxing-champion-shot-dead-in-syria/

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ISI behind Indian mission blast in Af: UK intel ex-chief

Ashis Ray, TNN

LONDON: Mar 12, 2012, The former head of Britain's Special Intelligence Service, Nigel Inkster, on Sunday categorically said Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was behind the 2008 suicide bomb attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul , which killed 60 people.

Inkster, speaking at a seminar that London School of Economics (LSE) , said the "evidence of ISI's involvement in the bombing was clear cut" . Inkster is a decorated espionage specialist. The seminar was on the BBC documentary, 'Secret Pakistan' , and its findings.

While India has always suspected ISI's involvement in the bombing, Islamabad has denied any such hand. In 'Secret Pakistan' , US intelligence officer Mike Waltz had accused "Pakistanis" of being behind the attack. Waltz, now with the US vice-president's office, had said, "Pakistanis were behind the Haqqani Network (which carried out the mission)."

Waltz stressed that he had seen American intelligence intercepts of exchanges between the ISI and the Haqqani Network on the subject.

Inkster said the unit within ISI which routinely colluded with organisations like the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was a "pretty big cell" .

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/ISI-behind-Indian-mission-blast-in-Af-UK-intel-ex-chief/articleshow/12227325.cms

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Pak Govt ‘revising’ list of banned terror groups

11/03/2012

ISLAMABAD - Government on Monday invited Islamist militant groups including the Taliban for peace talks and said banned organisations would be delisted if they "closed down their militant wings".

So far government has banned more than 30 militant outfits, including Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group blamed by New Delhi and Washington for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

"If the proscribed organisations assure us that they have closed down their militant wings and abandoned extremism, then we would like to meet them in next few days," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/12/news/national/pakistan-revising-list-of-banned-terror-groups/

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Sharifs say Younus Habib is Zardari’s man

12/03/2012

ISLAMABAD - Denying allegations leveled in Mehran Bank scandal, the Sharifs have claimed the bank chief Younus Habib is President Asif Ali Zardari’s man.

Pakistan Muslim League-N chief, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and his brother Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif seemed to be in the soup over former banker’s revelations he made a couple of days ago in Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The SC on Friday heard a 15-year old case in which Habib disclosed that he doled out $1.5 million bank funds to politicians and ISI officers on the orders of then army chief General Aslam Beg and President Ghulam Ishaq Khan, who was considered close to the army, preventing PPP success in 1990 elections.

On Monday, PML-N said in a statement that “Younus Habib in Zardari’s man and leveling allegations on his (Zardari’s) behest.

“There is no truth in such baseless charges. Those who have a track record of lies and frauds are attempting to hoodwink the nation,” the PML-N statement said.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/12/news/national/sharifs-say-younus-habib-is-zardari%E2%80%99s-man/

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Britain’s Hague sued over Pakistan drone attacks: Legal firm

12/03/2012

LONDON - A British law firm said on Sunday it was to sue Foreign Secretary William Hague on behalf of a Pakistani man over claims that British intelligence was used to assist US drone attacks.

London-based Leigh Day and Co confirmed they would issue formal proceedings at Britain's High Court on behalf of Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a US strike in Pakistan.

Lawyers will claim that civilian intelligence officers who pass on intelligence to the US are not "lawful combatants", therefore cannot claim immunity from criminal law and could be liable as "secondary parties to murder".

They will also argue that the immunity clause does not apply as Pakistan is not currently involved in an "international armed conflict".

"There is credible, unchallenged evidence that (Hague) is operating a policy of passing intelligence to officials or agents of the US government and that he considers such a policy to be in 'strict accordance' with the law," Richard Stein, head of human rights at Leigh Day, said in a statement.

For Full Report At:

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2012/03/12/news/national/britains-hague-sued-over-pakistan-drone-attacks-legal-firm/

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Pakistan vitally important: US

Monday, March 12, 2012

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon expressed the confidence that United States and Pakistan would be able to find more common ground to forge close cooperative ties, as a top general acknowledged the importance of America’s relationship with the key South Asian country.

US Central Command head Gen James Mattis, who recently called on Islamabad’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman, said the US relationship with Pakistan had been vital to American security efforts in Afghanistan, despite some differences between the two countries. “It is a crucial relationship but it’s been a challenging one, and it’s been prone to recriminations on both sides. But the bottom line was that this was a critical relationship,” Mattis told US lawmakers during a testimony this week.

This week US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also underlined the importance of US ties with Pakistan, saying that Washington wanted to see the bilateral relationship improve. The US administration was seeking congressional approval for over $2 billion in economic and security assistance for Pakistan in the overall budget for the new fiscal year beginning October 1.

For Full Report At:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\03\12\story_12-3-2012_pg7_1

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Parliament, not PM, decides on Presidential immunity: Gilani

11 MARCH 2012

Gilani, who has been given a March 21 ultimatum by the Supreme Court to write to Swiss authorities to revive the graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari, said he did not deserve to be charged with a contempt case and the matter should have been left to parliament to decide. “Had we wanted to write the letter (to Swiss authorities about reopening the cases against the President), we would have done it a long time ago. I will follow the Constitution of Pakistan as it gives immunity to the office of the President,” Gilani said.

“All over the world there is immunity for the President, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister as long as they are in office. I have no prerogative to decide the immunity of the President. It rests with the Parliament,” he said while talking to a group of journalists here.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/49042-parliament-not-pm-decides-on-presidential-immunity-gilani.html

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UK’s Hague faces suit over Pakistan drone strikes Peter Griffiths

11 March 2012

 LONDON - Lawyers for the family of a man killed in a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan said they would begin legal action against Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday, accusing him of complicity in strikes they say broke international laws.

London law firm Leigh Day & Co said it had “credible, unchallenged” evidence that Hague oversaw a policy of passing British intelligence to U.S. forces planning attacks against militants in Pakistan. It plans to issue formal proceedings against Hague at the High Court in London on behalf of Noor Khan, whose father was died in a drone attack last year.

Malik Daud Khan was part of a local “jirga”, or council of elders holding a meeting in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan when a missile fired from the drone hit the group, the law firm said.

For Full Report At:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2012/March/international_March435.xml&section=international&col=

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on unannounced visit to Afghanistan

Mar 12, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived on Monday in Afghanistan on a previously unannounced visit to troops stationed at Mazar-i-Sharif, a spokesman said.

Merkel had wanted to visit Kunduz but had to give up on the idea due to heavy snowfall, the spokesman added.

The chancellor last visited Afghanistan in December 2010, to meet German soldiers just before Christmas. On that occasion she described the fighting there for the first time as ‘war’.

Germany, the third supplier of troops in the NATO-led international force ISAF after the United States and the United Kingdom, had 4,900 soldiers in Afghanistan as of February 1.

A complete German troop withdrawal is planned by 2014.

http://www.asianage.com/international/german-chancellor-angela-merkel-unannounced-visit-afghanistan-234

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Iran, India pledge to boost trade ties

Mar 12, 2012

Iranian and Indian business leaders have pledged to boost trade ties. Currently, the bilateral trade is worth $15 billion and expected to hit $25 billion by 2016.

Mohammad Mehdi Rasekh, the secretary general of Tehran's Chamber of Commerce, said Sunday the existing potentials are way beyond the current bilateral trade volume.

An 80-member Indian business delegation is currently in Iran for discussions.

Bilateral economic and political cooperation will not only benefit Iran and India but also help promote peace and security in the region and the world, said Rashid Alvi, head of the delegation that arrived here on Friday.

Iran, as a long-standing friend to India, has made considerable progress in all sectors and is a promising country, which India hopes to boost ties with, said Alvi, also a spokesperson of India's Congress party.

For Full Report At:

http://www.asianage.com/international/iran-india-pledge-boost-trade-ties-183

 

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Egypt parliament to consider ending aid from U.S.

11 March 2012

Egypt's parliament has called for a vote on stopping U.S. aid.

Sunday's move by the People's Assembly was sparked by the March 1 departure of six U.S. defendants in a case of 43 employees of nonprofit groups accused of using illegal foreign funds to foment unrest in Egypt, AP reported.

The U.S. threatened to cut off aid to Egypt over the issue. Now the parliament is moving to take the initiative, by voting to reject further American aid.

The exit of the Americans kicked off a storm in Egypt, prompting many to accuse the ruling generals of bowing to U.S. pressure and intervening in the work of the judiciary.

In Sunday's session, lawmakers complained the U.S. is disregarding Egypt's sovereignty. They also called a vote on a no-confidence motion in the government.

On Friday, security forces clashed with Egyptians protesting about U.S. interference in Egypt's internal affairs near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

Hundreds of protesters, shouting slogans against the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the United States and calling for the departure of the U.S. ambassador, threw stones at the security forces, who threw the stones back at the crowd and used other heavy-handed tactics to disperse the demonstrators.

For Full Report At:

http://www.tehrantimes.com/component/content/article/96305

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Military Points to Risks of a Syrian Intervention

By ELISABETH BUMILLER

March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON — Despite growing calls for the United States to help stop the bloodshed in Syria, senior Pentagon officials are stepping up their warnings that military intervention would be a daunting and protracted operation, requiring at least weeks of exclusively American airstrikes, with the potential for killing vast numbers of civilians and plunging the country closer to civil war.

The officials say that Syria presents a far larger problem than did Libya, which required a seven-month NATO air campaign last year in which hundreds of aircraft dropped and fired 7,700 bombs and missiles.

Although the United States has the military capability to launch sustained airstrikes in Syria — “We can do anything,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, told the Senate last week — defense officials say they are concerned about four tough challenges: the risks in attacking Syria’s plentiful and sophisticated Russian-made air defenses, which are located close to major population centers; arming a deeply splintered Syrian opposition; the potential for starting a proxy war with Iran or Russia, two crucial allies of Syria; and the lack, at least so far, of an international coalition willing to take action against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

For Full Report At:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/12/world/middleeast/us-syria-intervention-would-be-risky-pentagon-officials-say.html?ref=global-home

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Embassy Row: Yemenis denounce envoy

March 11, 2012

By James Morrison

Thousands of protesters in the troubled country of Yemen over the weekend demanded the expulsion of U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein, accusing him of interfering in the domestic affairs of a nation convulsed by a year-old uprising.

Reports from the capital, Sanaa, said the activists pledged to continue protests until “all their demands are met.” They are angered over the makeup of a transitional government that took power last month with strong U.S. support.

President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi, the former vice president, was the only candidate on the ballot in the Feb. 21 election. He took over from Ali Abdullah Saleh, the ailing autocrat who had ruled Yemen for more than 30 years.

Mr. Saleh stepped down last month and flew to the United States for medical treatment. He was severely injured last year in an attempted assassination.

Mr. Feierstein, who has released no comments about the latest unrest in the capital, met last week with Mr. Hadi to urge a national dialogue between the new government, which includes many of Mr. Saleh’s cohorts, and the opposition.

They also discussed the continuing threat from al Qaeda terrorists who have taken over parts of the south of the strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, according to news reports.

For Full Report At:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/11/embassy-row-818261944/

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890-km fence to secure northern border in Saudi Kingdom

By JEDDAH: MD AL-SULAMI

Published: Mar 11, 2012

Preparations are currently under way to launch the 890 km-long northern borders security project. It is considered the first phase of strategic schemes the Ministry of Interior will implement along the Kingdom's borders to curb illegal infiltrations and smuggling, spokesman of the Border Guards Col. Salem bin Saleh Al-Sulami announced yesterday.

"This project will represent a quantum leap in the concept of border watching. It will consist of mud walls and barbed wires with international specifications," he said. The Kingdom is bordered in the north by Iraq and Jordan.

He said centers for rapid deployment would also be established as part of the project to protect the northern borders.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article586342.ece

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Saudi students in the US models of good conduct

By JEDDAH

Mar 11, 2012

Most Saudi students who applied for US citizenship have subsequently abandoned their attempt to change nationality, a Saudi diplomat said.

“Only 13 students applied for citizenship in the United States. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken firm steps against such actions such as stopping their scholarships. As a result most of the students gave up their attempt,” Cultural Attaché in the United States Muhammad Al-Isa said while participating at the International Book Fair in Riyadh on Friday.

Al-Isa said those who wanted US citizenship would have to find their own means of income, adding they would also be liable for a 40 percent income tax rate in the country, Al-Yaum daily reported yesterday.

“We don’t intend to invest in girls and boys who plan to remain in their host countries for the rest of their lives. The goal of our scholarship program is to enable our students to return home and serve their nation, families and their religion,” the official said.

Regarding the number of Saudi students committing violations in the US, the attaché said out of 62,000 students studying in the country, less than 100 have cases pending against them.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article586341.ece

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Rents, food prices weigh on Saudi inflation

By KHALIL HANWARE Mar 11, 2012

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's inflation rose to a 14-month high of 5.4 percent in February 2012 compared to the same period last year, the Central Department of Statistics said yesterday. Compared to January 2012, the cost of living index increased by 0.3 percent from 139.1 to 139.5, it added.

Most components of the cost of living index rose in February, owing to strong domestic demand. Most significantly, rents rose again. At 9.3 percent, rental inflation was at its highest since May 2010.

"This increase is the result of rising disposable incomes among the national population; specifically some of those with jobs or new sources of income from government programs may be entering the rental market, or at least landlords are raising rents on the assumption that this will happen. At the same time, additions to the supply of housing continue to be small," Paul Gamble, head of research, at Jadwa Investment, said.

However, he pointed out that work on new housing construction is picking up, but it will take some time for this to reach the market.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article586257.ece

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Kingdom’s trade balance surplus to reach SR915bn

Mar 11, 2012

Since oil plays an overwhelming role in Saudi Arabia's economy, it figures that oil receipts and hence the current account plays a dominant role in the balance of payments account. Unlike 2009, the transfer of capital for portfolio and other investments, the reserve assets and direct investment led to a net outflow in capital and financial account during 2010. Due to a surge in oil prices in 2010, the dramatic drop in current account surplus in 2009 has recovered past stature, growing over 3 folds during 2010, according to a report by Global Investment House (Global).

As per our expectations, the current account and trade balance surpluses that dipped in 2009 experienced an impressive recovery in 2010 with current account & trade balances estimated reaching SR250.3 billion & SR576.4 billion respectively in 2010. The same are expected to increase by 139 percent and 59 percent respectively in 2011 to reach SR598 billion and SR915 billion respectively. Both the current account and trade balance surpluses, in terms of GDP, stood at an average (2000-10) of 16.7 percent & 32.7 percent.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article586353.ece

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Abu Dhabi to issue new hotel licenses selectively

Mar 11, 2012

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi has not halted the issuance of new hotel licenses in the capital of the United Arab Emirates but will be selective in the number it issues, a tourism official said on Sunday.

"We have not completely stopped issuing licenses. We still receive applications and are studying them on a case-by-case basis," Naser Al-Riyami, director, tourism standards division at the Abu Dhabi Authority for Tourism & Culture said.

"We have our criteria for licensing," he told Reuters by phone.

Alroya Al-Eqtisadiya, a local newspaper reported on Sunday that Abu Dhabi will not issue new hotel licences in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, citing al-Riyami.

"That report is not correct," said Al-Riyami, adding there are areas in Abu Dhabi and nearby where hotels need to be built, citing Saadiyat Island as one.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/economy/article586225.ece

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Kingdom calls for global efforts to halt Syria war

By RIYADH Mar 11, 2012

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal yesterday called for international efforts to focus on ending the war in Syria launched by Bashar Assad’s regime.

He also called for more efforts to send emergency relief supplies to Syrian people with the support of global organizations.

In a joint press conference with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle, Prince Saud expressed hope that Iran would end its policy of escalation and conduct serious negotiations with the 5+1 group to remove all doubts about its nuclear program.

“We have discussed how to resolve the nuclear standoff with Iran peacefully as well as Iran’s flagrant interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries,” Prince Saud said on his talks with Westerwelle.

For Full Report At:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article586311.ece

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