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Terror as an instrument of state policy is simply not acceptable: Indian PM tells Pak

NATO air-strikes killed 52 people: Afghanistan

Bombs kill four; wound 20 at Nigeria military base: Police

Bomb kills Iraqi soldier, firefighter near Baghdad

Taliban co-founder tipped off US on Osama bin Laden hideout: Report

'Pak to launch offensive in N Waziristan'

Karachi siege shows Qaida has recruits in navy, says official

Opinion divided on Rana’s guilt in Chicago’s ‘ Chandni Chowk’

Illyas Kashmiri on terror hitlist of US

Taliban’s new strategy: Attacking high-profile targets from within

Bomb wounds 12 in Pakistan tribal region

6 killed as Yemeni forces fire at protesters

Attacks on Pakistan Navy raise questions

Gunmen attack Zardari's chief security officer

Arab League backs Palestinian State recourse to UN

Pak Ex- foreign secy spills ISI links with terrorists

Joining NY trial against ISI a political call: G K Pillai

Headley's timely arrest saved many lives

Nato strike kills 12 children in Afghanistan

Osama friend who betrayed him 'exposed': Report

India, Pakistan to resume Siachen talks today

Mladic had nothing to do with Srebrenica

Pak: Probe to reveal Laden support group

India can use back-channel route against ISI

 ‘Obama to be hit by a big scandal soon’

Qaida seizes Yemen city, Saleh support suspected

Post-Headley, Indo-Pak talks have new dimension

Karzai's “last warning” to U.S. over civilian deaths

Pak's N-prog running without any break, says AQ Khan

Qaeda takes control of Yemen town

Pak seeks clarification on errors in India's wanted list

‘France unsure about Pak nuclear deterrent’

Iran President Ahmadinejad mulled resignation over row, say Reports

Rebels hail G8 ahead of Gaddafi 'exit' talks

Jonathan takes oath as Nigerian's president

Pakistan must tackle terror

Syrian tanks attack towns that held protests

North Sudan forces commit war crimes, group says

NATO airstrike kills 14 women, children in Afghanistan

NATO leader says Qaddafi rule coming to end

Syria activists call for more protests

Yemeni troops fire on protesters, kill at least 20 people

Brotherhood says won't force Islamic law on Egypt: Interveiw

'Qaeda' gunmen seize Yemen southern city

Yemen president, tribal chief agree to end clashes

Ties with Pakistan crucial for Afghan war, says McCain

Gilani seeks US assistance to overcome energy crisis

KARACHI: Alleged target killer confesses to have murdered 12 people

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Terror as an instrument of state policy is simply not acceptable: Indian PM

May 30, 2011

Earlier, after bin Laden was killed in US operations on May 2, despite the buzz in certain sections of the establishment, the government was mum on cajoling Pakistan in acting against Indian fugitives there.

Talking to reporters on board Air India One on his way back from a six- day Africa trip, Manmohan Singh indicated that Pakistan’s encouragement of anti- India terror groups may hurt bilateral ties despite dialogue at the highest level. “What happens in our neighbourhood matters a great deal. I have always maintained that a strong, stable and peaceful Pakistan is in the interest of our country and, therefore, these events do worry us.

I hope Pakistan will also recognise this monster of terrorism which they unleashed at one time, is hurting them as much as it can hurt our country.

And it is in this background that we have to look at our relations with Pakistan,” the PM said on the recent terror attack on Pakistan’s naval base and the need to re- calibrate India’s Pakistan policy.

The PM was in Ethiopia when the Karachi naval base siege ended last Monday. Senior officials accompanying Singh to Africa had expressed concern over the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal following that deadly attack.

When asked on India’s approach towards Pakistan post- Headley’s revelations, the PM minced no words: “ Well, I think it goes without saying that we must use every possible opportunity to talk to Pakistan and convince them that terror as an instrument of state policy is simply not acceptable to people in the civilised world, as a whole.” Chidambaram, in a joint press meet with US homeland security chief Janet Napolitano in Delhi on Friday, had also said the vast infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan had for long flourished as an instrument of state policy.

The PM, however, did not think that Headley’s trial has revealed anything which India was not aware of. “ This trial of David Headley has not brought out anything new that we did not know, and the trial is still on. We will study it when the trial is completed,” he said. The revelations by Headley on the ISI, though, will be raised by external affairs minister S. M. Krishna when he meets his Pakistani counterpart in Delhi in July. Officials had expressed anguish that the US had not shared specifics from Headley’s interrogation but only general inputs.

Napolitano had refused on Friday to comment on the involvement of the ISI in the 26/ 11 terror attacks but assured India of more “ access” to Headley.

The PM was particularly concerned over existing anti- India terror infrastructure in the neighbouring country.

“ As Pakistan’s neighbour, we have great worries about the terror machine that is still intact in Pakistan. We would like Pakistan to take more effective action to curb the activities of those jihadi groups which particularly target a country like India.” There are fears in India that after bin Laden’s killing, a second rung of al- Qaeda leaders will be encouraged by Islamabad. These second rung leaders allegedly maintain close links with groups such as the Taliban, Lashkar- e- Tayyeba and HuJI. Singh called for a twin- pronged approach in dealing with Pakistan: bilateral and pressure from international community. “ We must convince Pakistan that it is in their own interest that they must help us in tackling the problem of terror in our region. That those jihadi groups that target India as a destination for their terror, must be effectively curbed and dealt with.” Urging the international community to act against Pakistan’s terror machinery, Singh said: “ The world has seen, as never before that the epicentre f terror is in our neighbourhood. They appreciate India’s point and it should be our effort to mobilise world opinion to ensure this terror machinery which operates in Pakistan is brought under effective control.” He was also non- committal on Gilani’s invitation to visit Pakistan. “ I have not made up my mind on that,” Singh said.

Earlier Singh’s senior cabinet colleagues like finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had advised him against undertaking a standalone bilateral visit to Islamabad.

Instead, it was suggested that he should coincide his trip with the Indian cricket team’s tour. According to Mukherjee, even Indira Gandhi had never visited Pakistan. He was also advised against the trip for its possible adverse impact on domestic politics. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had already decided not to go to Pakistan despite Gilani’s invite.

In Kannur, defence minister A. K. Antony said on Saturday it would be difficult to have permanent cooperation in Indo- Pak relations without Islamabad dismantling terrorist camps functioning there. “ India’s grievance with Pakistan was that about 42 terrorist camps were functioning in that country. Without Pakistan destroying these camps, it would be difficult to have permanent cooperation in Indo- Pak relations,” he told reporters.

TALKING TOUGH

Saying the world shared India’s anxieties about terror emanating from Pakistan, Singh stressed the epicentre of terror “is in our neighbourhood”

He said the dialogue process with Islamabad would still continue, but added India would keep talking talk to Pakistan about shutting down its terror machinery

Singh said a stable Pakistan is in India’s interest

He also aired India’s concerns over the terror attack at a Karachi naval base that has stirred anxieties about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons

On Headley, Singh said his testimony in the Tahawwur Rana trial has not revealed “anything new that we did not know”

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=2952011

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NATO air-strikes killed 52 people: Afghanistan

May 30, 2011

Afghan authorities said on Sunday that NATO has killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in air strikes against insurgents as violence picked up in recent weeks with the start of the fighting season.

In the southern province of Helmand, local authorities said at least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed and six injured in an air raid on Saturday.

US Marines in Helmand's Nawzad district called in air support after their base came under attack from small arms fire, the provincial Government said in a statement.

"During the air strike, two civilian houses were targeted which killed 14 civilians and six others were wounded," it said.

The statement said the dead included five girls, seven boys and two women.

"ISAF are aware of the reports that civilians were allegedly killed in an ISAF air strike," Major Tim James, spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, told AFP.

"The Regional Command South West has sent a joint assessment team to the area to look into the allegation and they will issue their findings to the Press." Aslam, a local elder of Nawzad district, said he "lost 12 relatives while 10 others including children were injured" in the air strike.

He said some shots were fired at ISAF helicopters which flew into the area, adding that the choppers returned after 10 to 20 minutes and fired rockets, killing the "innocent civilians".

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342101/NATO-air-strikes-killed-52-people-Afghanistan.html

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Bombs kill four; wound 20 at Nigeria military base: Police

May 30, 2011

KANO, Nigeria: Three bombs inside a Nigerian military base killed at least four people and wounded 20 Sunday, police said, in an attack just hours after President Goodluck Jonathan was inaugurated.

The attacks, at a market inside the barracks in Bauchi city in the north of the country, were caused by "locally made devices", Bauchi state police commissioner Abdulkadir Indabawa said.

"There were three blasts at the Mammy market in Bauchi at about eight this evening," he added.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Bombs-kill-four-wound-20-at-Nigeria-military-base-Police/articleshow/8642957.cms

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Bomb kills Iraqi soldier, firefighter near Baghdad

May 30, 2011

BAGHDAD: A roadside bomb planted outside a suburban liquor shop west of Baghdad killed an Iraqi soldier and a firefighter Sunday as security forces tried to extinguish a blaze from an explosion minutes earlier.

In the Sunni-dominated Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, emergency crew rushed to the scene of a blast outside the closed liquor store at about 6 a.m. local time, only to be hit by a second bomb just minutes later. Such follow-up attacks are one hallmark of Al-Qaeda.

Police officials say the second bomb instantly killed one soldier and the firefighter died later at a hospital. They say five soldiers and five firefighters also were wounded. A hospital medic confirmed the casualties.

A few hours later, in the northern city of Mosul, an attack wounded a retired general and former candidate for defense minister in what police called the most recent assassination attempt on a prominent Iraqi.

Technology professor Khalid Mitaab al-Obeidi was driving to his office on the campus of the city’s university when he hit a roadside bomb. Obeidi was wounded in the face and leg, police said. His nephew, who serves as his bodyguard, also suffered minor injuries.

All police and medical officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dozens of government and political officials have been targeted for assassination in recent months as extremists exploit Iraq’s instability. Though violence has dropped dramatically across the country since the height of tit-for-tat sectarian killings a few years ago, deadly attacks still occur daily.

Obeidi, a Sunni, was a brigadier general and pilot in Iraq’s army during Saddam Hussein’s regime. He recently withdrew as a contender for the vacant post as Iraq’s defense minister after being nominated by the secular but Sunni-backed Iraqiya political coalition, said Mosul lawmaker Abdul-Rahim al-Shammari.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been struggling to fill the top posts at the defense and interior ministries, but political bickering over candidates among political rivals has delayed the nomination in the six months since the new government was seated.

In turn, the delay has held up key negotiations between Baghdad and Washington over whether thousands of U.S. troops will remain in Iraq past a year-end deadline.

Representatives for each of Iraq’s main parties will meet Monday in a new attempt to break the impasse.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/May-30/Bomb-kills-Iraqi-soldier-firefighter-near-Baghdad.ashx#axzz1NpDZ8pxq

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Taliban co-founder tipped off US on Osama bin Laden hideout: Report

May 30, 2011

LONDON: A Taliban leader tipped-off the US about where Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan, a media report here said.

The mirror.co.uk cited secret papers found at Osama's high-walled compound in Pakistan's Abbottabad city as suggesting that the al-Qaida chief's cover was blown by his trusted ally, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Baradar.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-co-founder-tipped-off-US-on-Osama-bin-Laden-hideout-Report/articleshow/8646343.cms

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'Pak to launch offensive in N Waziristan'

May 30, 2011

Pakistan has decided to launch an air and ground military offensive in North Waziristan, the main sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban on the border with Afghanistan, a newspaper reported on Monday. The United States has long demanded that Pakistan launch an offensive in the region to hunt down the H

aqqani network, one of the deadliest Afghan militant factions fighting American troops in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Pak-to-launch-offensive-in-N-Waziristan/H1-Article1-703543.aspx

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Karachi siege shows Qaida has recruits in navy, says official

May 30, 2011

KARACHI: The ongoing investigations into the Mehran naval station attack have determined that al-Qaida militants had indeed managed to infiltrate the ranks of the Pakistan navy. A Pakistan navy spokesperson confirmed that al-Qaida terrorists managed to gain not only sympathisers, but also recruits in the naval ranks. "We are still figuring out how many of these militants were in contact with our (navy) people," The Express Tribune quoted the spokesperson , as saying.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Karachi-siege-shows-Qaida-has-recruits-in-navy-says-official/articleshow/8643599.cms

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Opinion divided on Rana’s guilt in Chicago’s ‘ Chandni Chowk’

May 30, 2011

 Gaurav C. Sawant in Chicago

THE chairs are all empty. A lone woman, wearing a hijab stares blankly at her computer screen. Inside a small cubicle, an ageing man sits slouched on his chair talking over phone. A flag of Canada and another of the US hang rather limp from the office window.

This is the office of terror suspect and Pakistan Army deserter Tahawwur Hussain Rana, in Chicago’s Devon Avenue.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=2952011

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Illyas Kashmiri on terror hitlist of US

May 30, 2011

Aman Sharma in New Delhi

ILLYAS Kashmiri, the al- Qaeda terrorist named in the list of five whom the US wants Pakistan to target, is a man India sees as big an impending threat to it as Lashkar- e- Tayyeba chief Hafiz Saeed.

The list also includes Taliban chief Mullah Omar, al- Qaeda number two Ayman al- Zawahiri, Sirajuddin Haqqani, the operating chief of Haqqani network and Atiya Abdel Rahman, the Libyan operations chief of al- Qaeda, who had emerged as a key intermediary between bin Laden and Qaeda’s affiliate networks across the world.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=2952011

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Taliban’s new strategy: Attacking high-profile targets from within

May 30, 2011

KABUL: A car with the licence plate of a high-ranking Afghan general approached the gates of the defence ministry in Kabul last month. A special "A" pass also was on its windshield , so guards quickly waved it through.

Once inside, a man in an army uniform jumped from the car and stormed the ministry's office building, a government official said. He gunned down two Afghan soldiers before being killed. The gunman also fatally wounded an Afghan army officer who died later at a hospital.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Talibans-new-strategy-Attacking-high-profile-targets-from-within/articleshow/8643627.cms

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Bomb wounds 12 in Pakistan tribal region

May 30, 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Intelligence officials and a witness say a bomb has exploded in a hotel in the main town of a militant-infested Pakistani region close to the Afghan border.

They said the blast Monday wounded 12 people in the town of Miram Shah in North Waziristan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article441117.ece

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6 killed as Yemeni forces fire at protesters

May 30, 2011

Yemeni forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh opened fire on protesters in the southern city of Taiz on Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding 120, hospital sources said.

A Reuters photographer at the scene said police fired live ammunition, tear gas and used water cannons to disperse demonstrators protesting outside a municipal building to demand the release of a fellow protester who was arrested on Saturday.

The clashes took place near Freedom Square where thousands of anti-government protesters have been camping since January to demand Saleh's overthrow. Police set two tents on fire in the square. Protesters hurled Molotov bombs and rocks at police.

In the capital Sanaa, seven explosions were heard on Sunday night in the district of Hasaba, the scene of week-long fighting between Saleh's forces and a rival tribe in which 115 people were killed, residents said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=30042

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Attacks on Pakistan Navy raise questions

May 30, 2011

KARACHI: Why the Pakistan Navy…, this is a query that is being whispered by every person after the PNS Mehran airbase attack that left 10 security personnel dead and 15 others injured.

The nation has so far vacillated to reveal the mystery that surfaced after twin bomb attacks on Pakistan Navy buses on April 26, 2011 in Karachi that left four naval personnel dead and over 40 others injured.

Before the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) initiated a probe into this connection, yet another powerful bomb rocked Karachi again with the same target on April 28, 2011 that claimed five lives.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\30\story_30-5-2011_pg7_1

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Gunmen attack Zardari's chief security officer

May 30, 2011

President Asif Ali Zardari's chief security officer has been attacked by unknown gunmen in the Pakistani port city of Karachi.

The armed men hurled grenade at Bilal Shaikh's vehicle and opened fire on it last night, Geo TV reported.

The assailants fled the scene leaving behind their car and weapons when Bilal's bodyguards retaliated. Two bodyguards of Bilal were injured in the incident.

Police have seized the vehicle and weapons.

Bilal said he had been receiving death threats for sometime.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342094/Gunmen-attack-Zardaris-chief-security-officer.html

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Arab League backs Palestinian State recourse to UN

May 30, 2011

The Arab League said on Sunday that it backs seeking UN recognition for a Palestinian state, as Qatar proposed at a meeting that the Middle East peace process be suspended until Israel was "ready" for talks.

At a meeting of an Arab monitoring committee chaired by Qatar, the Arab League said in a statement it "supports the appeal to the UN asking that Palestine, within the 1967 borders, becomes a full-fledged State" of the international organisation.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342082/Arab-League-backs-Palestinian-State-recourse-to-UN.html

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Pak Ex- foreign secy spills ISI links with terrorists

May 30, 2011

FORMER Pakistan foreign secretary Shaharyar Khan has admitted the ISI’s possible involvement in the 26/ 11 attacks. He, however, added that the majority in his country did not support terrorism.

Admitting that ISI’s officers were involved in terrorist activities, Khan even named one. “ I think I would certainly accept that and I think as the foreign secretary I was aware sometimes of this kind of tenebrous activity by the lower staff. I mean let me be specific, who was Colonel Imam. Was he actually taking orders from the head of the ISI and later left the ISI? He may have been fired for his commitment to his zeal. And later he was killed by the Taliban,” the senior diplomat said.

Full report at:

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=3052011

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Joining NY trial against ISI a political call: G K Pillai

May 30, 2011

Vishwa mohan & himanshi dhawan

NEW DELHI: India could implead itself as a `party` in the lawsuit against Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistani spy agency ISI in a New York court if the government here decides to do so. "It is a question of decision... it's a political call," home secretary G K Pillai told TOI in an exclusive interview.

"I think if (Tahawwur) Rana gets convicted, then you are establishing credibility of (David) Headley`s claim of an ISI linkage. Then those records will go to the New York court case... that is where the pressure will come... and now if you want to get involved, that is really a political call (because) on the one hand you said that you want to be friends with Pakistan, and then you want a case against Pakistan," Pillai said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Joining-NY-trial-against-ISI-a-political-call-G-K-Pillai/articleshow/8641167.cms

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Headley's timely arrest saved many lives

May 30, 2011

Shalini Parekh

CHICAGO: The trial of Tahawwur Rana being played out in Chicago court is remarkable not for the defendant's indictment for aiding and abetting terrorism, but for illuminating to the world, via David Coleman Headley, the star witness, the shadowy underworld where terrorism, military and spy agencies converge.

According to David Coleman Headley's testimony in Court, his foray into this world began in Lashkar training camps, but quickly graduated to more than 50 training camps operated by the Lashkar and the ISI, Pakistan's espionage outfit.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Headleys-timely-arrest-saved-many-lives/articleshow/8641755.cms

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Nato strike kills 12 children in Afghanistan

May 30, 2011

KANDAHAR: Afghan authorities said on Sunday that Nato had killed 52 people, mostly civilians, in air strikes against insurgents as violence picked up in recent weeks with the start of the fighting season.

In the southern province of Helmand, local authorities said at least 14 civilians, including women and children, were killed and six injured in an air raid on Saturday. US Marines in Helmand's Nawzad district called in air support after their base came under attack from small arms fire, the provincial government said in a statement.

"During the air strike, two civilian houses were targeted which killed 14 civilians and six others were wounded," it said. The statement said the dead included five girls, seven boys and two women.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Nato-strike-kills-12-children-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/8643569.cms

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Osama friend who betrayed him 'exposed': Report

May 30, 2011

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar leaked the whereabouts of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to American investigators under a "deal" in which US promised to withdraw its troops from the militant group's strongholds in Afghanistan, a media report claimed on Monday. The details of the extra

ordinary "deal" emerged after a confidential American briefing was found at bin Laden's hide-out in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, the Sunday Mirror reported.

According to the paper, reports in Pakistan claim that Baradar – co-founder of the Taliban and one of bin Laden's most trusted allies, is named in the papers.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/Osama-friend-who-betrayed-him-exposed-Report/Article1-703581.aspx

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India, Pakistan to resume Siachen talks today

May 30, 2011

After a gap of three years, defence secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan on the long-pending Siachen issue will kick off in New Delhi on Monday. Defence secretary Pradeep Kumar will lead the Indian delegation during the two-day talks with his Pakistani counterpart Lt General (Retd) Syed

Ather Ali. India and Pakistan have decided to resume their dialogue, which was put on hold after the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack, following meetings between their prime ministers in Thimpu in April 2010.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-Pakistan-to-resume-Siachen-talks-today/H1-Article1-703466.aspx

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Mladic had nothing to do with Srebrenica

May 30, 2011

BELGRADE: Ratko Mladic charged with genocide by a UN war crimes court claims he did not order the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica when it fell during the 1992-1995 war, his son said Sunday.

The former Bosnian Serb army commander, known for his brutality during the war, insists that he was not responsible for the mass executions committed by his troops after they overran the eastern Bosnian enclave in July 1995, his son Darko Mladic said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Mladic-had-nothing-to-do-with-Srebrenica/articleshow/8639591.cms

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Pak: Probe to reveal Laden support group

May 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The ongoing investigation in Pakistan will uncover the "local support group" that backed slain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden while he was hiding in the country, foreign office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-Probe-to-reveal-Laden-support-group/articleshow/8643703.cms

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India can use back-channel route against ISI

May 30, 2011

Vishwa Mohan & Himanshi Dhawan

New Delhi: Whether India joins the New York trial in the lawsuit against LeT and ISI or not,it is upto the government,home secretary G K Pillai told TOI in an exclusive interview.

The lawsuit in a New York court,filed in November last year by relatives of Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka who were killed by LeTgunmen at Chabad House in Mumbai in November 2008,has accused the ISI of aiding and abetting the LeT in killing 166 people.

Full report at:

http://lite.epaper.timesofindia.com/getpage.aspx?pageid=14&pagesize=&edid=&edlabel=CAP&mydateHid=30-05-2011&pubname=&edname=&publabel=TOI

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‘Obama to be hit by a big scandal soon’

May 30, 2011

LONDON: US president Barack Obama may face his first big scandal pretty soon, according to a leading political scientist. Based on his mathematical formula, Brendan Nyhan of Michigan University has predicted in his report to 'Center for Politics ' website that president Obama's administration is set to be rocked by a major controversy soon.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Obama-to-be-hit-by-a-big-scandal-soon/articleshow/8643686.cms

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Qaida seizes Yemen city, Saleh support suspected

May 30, 2011

ADEN (YEMEN): More than 200 suspected al-Qaida gunmen have taken control of the south Yemen city of Zinjibar after two days of heavy fighting with security forces that left 16 dead, an official said on Sunday.

The Yemeni opposition accused embattled president Ali Abdullah Saleh of having allowed Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, to fall to the gunmen to raise fears concerning al-Qaida and boost his flagging international support.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Qaida-seizes-Yemen-city-Saleh-support-suspected/articleshow/8643579.cms

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Post-Headley, Indo-Pak talks have new dimension

May 30, 2011

Jayanth Jacob

Pressuring Pakistan to put an end to terrorism as well as pressing the issue of bringing the 26/11Mumbai attackers to justice is the template India is looking at the talks’ process with its neighbour post David Headley revelations, external affairs minister SM Krishna said. Krishna, who will meet h

is Pakistan counterpart in July in New Delhi to review the on-going talks, said the Headley trial has brought a “new dimension” to the talks. He hoped that Islamabad was doing “all that is necessary” for the safety of its “nuclear weapons” during an exclusive interview with HT at the Dar es Salaam on Friday before leaving for Nairobi.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Post-Headley-Indo-Pak-talks-have-new-dimension/H1-Article1-703440.aspx

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Karzai's “last warning” to U.S. over civilian deaths

May 30, 2011

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai called Sunday on the U.S. military to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his “last warning” to Washington after 14 people allegedly died in an air strike.

Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men in an air strike on Saturday Helmand province, Mr. Karzai said such incidents were “murdering of Afghanistan's children and women”.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2011/05/30/stories/2011053063811900.htm

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Pak's N-prog running without any break, says AQ Khan

May 30, 2011

Rezaul H Laskar

Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan has disclosed that the country's atomic programme has been "running without any break" for the past 10 years and the process of uranium enrichment is underway.

"Although I have not been associated with the programme for the past 10 years, I know that it has been running without any break and the process of uranium enrichment is in progress," Khan said in an interview with the Dawn newspaper.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342105/Paks-N-prog-running-without-any-break-says-AQ-Khan.html

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Qaeda takes control of Yemen town

May 30, 2011

AN AL-QAEDA group tightened its grip on a Ye meni coastal town while in the capital Sanaa a truce was holding on Sunday between President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s forces and armed rebels, hours after it was agreed.

Armed men believed to be from al-Qaeda appeared to have full control of the coastal city of Zinjibar in the flashpoint province of Abyan. “A bout 300 Islamic militants and al Qaeda men came into Zinjibar and took over everything on Friday,” a resident said. The army had withdrawn from Zinjibar after a battle with militants in March, but later regained control.

Full report at:

http://epaper.indianexpress.com/IE/IEH/2011/05/30/ArticleHtmls/30_05_2011_012_027.shtml?Mode=1

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Pak seeks clarification on errors in India's wanted list

May 30, 2011

Pakistan has sought a clarification from India regarding errors in a list of 50 most wanted terrorists and criminals that New Delhi had asked Islamabad to hand over, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua has said.

Pakistan will look "seriously" at any such list that is given to it by India, Janjua said.

"In the context of looking at any such issue seriously, we have referred to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs the request seeking clarification about the exact status of the list," she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342108/Pak-seeks-clarification-on-errors-in-Indias-wanted-list.html

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‘France unsure about Pak nuclear deterrent’

May 30, 2011

France, not sure about the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, has decided against supplying nuclear energy technology to it, according to a secret US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.

According to a cable dated September 3, 2009 disclosed by whistle-blower website and published in Dawn newspaper, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's Diplomatic Adviser Jean-David Levitte had told US diplomats that the French Government was "not sure that the Pakistani nuclear deterrent is secure," especially "with the frequent movement of nuclear weapons by the Pakistani military."

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342107/%E2%80%98France-unsure-about-Pak-nuclear-deterrent%E2%80%99.html

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Iran President Ahmadinejad mulled resignation over row, say Reports

May 30, 2011

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad considered resigning after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vetoed a Minister's sacking, but ultimately decided not to, Parliament's deputy speaker said on Sunday.

"At one stage the president went as far as (considering) to resign, but he calculated that he should continue his work," Mohammad Reza Bahonar, the first

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/342102/Iran-President-Ahmadinejad-mulled-resignation-over-row-say-Reports.html

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Rebels hail G8 ahead of Gaddafi 'exit' talks

May 30, 2011

Libyan rebels applauded a G8 call for Muammar Gaddafi to go ahead of a visit today by South Africa's president for talks that officials said will focus on an "exit strategy" for the strongman.

"The entire world has reached a consensus that Colonel Gaddafi and his regime have not only lost their legitimacy but also their credibility," rebel leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil said in a statement from the rebels' Benghazi bastion late on Saturday.

"I would like to welcome the position taken... by the G8 where members emphasised the necessity of Colonel Gaddafi's departure," the statement said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187867

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Jonathan takes oath as Nigerian's president

May 30, 2011

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan took the oath of office yesterday following elections judged as the country's fairest to date though marred by deadly post-poll riots.

Jonathan, 53, was sworn in amid tight security at a colourful ceremony witnessed by more than two dozen heads of state in the capital of Africa's most populous country.

Jonathan, a 53-year-old southern Christian, comfortably beat his main opponent, an ex-military ruler from the mainly Muslim north, in the April 16 vote followed by three days of rioting which killed more than 800 people.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187869

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Pakistan must tackle terror

May 30, 2011

India's prime minister called on Pakistan to wake up and tackle the "monster of terrorism" that threatens not only itself but the South Asian region, a report said Saturday.

"As Pakistan's neighbour we have great worries about the terror machine that is still intact in Pakistan," Premier Minister Manmohan Singh was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=187881

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Syrian tanks attack towns that held protests

May 30, 2011

Syrian government troops backed by tanks attacked two central towns Sunday in an attempt to stop round-the-clock protests there against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, killing at least two people and wounding several others, activists and a rights group said.

Security forces in several other parts of the country fired on crowds holding overnight demonstrations, causing casualties, activists said. The new attack using military forces pointed to Assad's determination to crush the two-month-old revolt, despite U.S. and European sanctions, including an EU assets freeze and a visa ban on Assad and nine members of his regime.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=syrian-tanks-attack-towns-that-held-protests-2011-05-29

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North Sudan forces commit war crimes, group says

May 30, 2011

JUBA, Sudan: An advocacy group on Sunday said new satellite images provide evidence that northern Sudanese troops have committed war crimes, including ethnic cleansing, in the contested border town of Abyei where the forces took over more than a week ago.

The Satellite Sentinel Project said in a statement that satellite images by DigitalGlobe show that the Sudanese army burned about one third of all civilian buildings in the north-south border town, used disproportionate force and indiscriminately targeted civilians.

“The totality of evidence from satellites and ground sources points to state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of much of the contested Abyei region,” the group said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article439230.ece

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NATO airstrike kills 14 women, children in Afghanistan

May 30, 2011

KABUL: A NATO airstrike targeting insurgents inadvertently hit two civilian homes in the volatile southwestern Helmand province, killing 14 women and children, an Afghan government official said Sunday.

Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the alliance launched the airstrike late on Saturday in retaliation for an attack earlier in the day on a US Marine base in Helmand’s northwest district of Nawzad. He said NATO hit two civilian houses, killing five girls, seven boys, and two women.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article438514.ece

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NATO leader says Qaddafi rule coming to end

May 30, 2011

VARNA, Bulgaria NATO’s military campaign in Libya is achieving its goals and the rule of Muammar Qaddafi is coming to an end, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article441122.ece

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Syria activists call for more protests

May 30, 2011

CAIRO: Syrian activists have called for renewed protests in honor of a 13-year-old boy who allegedly was tortured and killed by security forces.

The main Facebook page for the protesters said Saturday the boy was “assassinated by treachery.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article437666.ece

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Yemeni troops fire on protesters, kill at least 20 people

May 30, 2011

SANAA: Hundreds of soldiers loyal to Yemen's embattled president stormed a protest camp in a southern city on Monday and fired on the crowds indiscriminately, killing at least 20 people, according to medical official and witnesses.

The city of Taiz has been a hotbed of anti-government protests since crowds began calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster in early February. The heavy crackdown there signaled Saleh was still intent on preserving his 33-year rule despite the upheaval, intense international pressure to step aside and defections by key allies and some army units.

Security forces first tried to clear the square in Taiz with water cannons, tear gas and sound bombs, sending thousands rushing for shelter.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2011/May-30/Yemeni-soldiers-killed-near-al-Qaeda-held-city.ashx#axzz1NpDZ8pxq

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Brotherhood says won't force Islamic law on Egypt: Interveiw

May 30, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood wants a diverse parliament after elections in September and is not seeking to impose Islamic law on Egypt, the head of the group's newly formed political party said in an interview.

The Brotherhood, which has emerged as a powerful force after years of repression under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, has said it does not want a parliamentary majority, although rivals see it as well placed for a dominant position.

With secular politicians struggling to mount a challenge, Western investors are concerned about what a shift to an Islamic-leaning government would mean for Egypt, which relies on receipts from Western and other tourists and where tension between Muslims and the Christian minority have flared.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/13229/Egypt/Politics-/Brotherhood-says-wont-force-Islamic-law-on-Egypt-I.aspx

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'Qaeda' gunmen seize Yemen southern city

May 30, 2011

The Yemeni opposition accused embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh of having allowed Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, to fall to the gunmen to raise fears concerning Al-Qaeda and boost his flagging international support.

The suspected Al-Qaeda fighters "were able to gain control of the city of Zinjibar ... and took over all government facilities," except for the headquarters of the 25th mechanised brigade, which is besieged by militants, a security official said.

Residents reported that there had been heavy fighting in the city on Friday and Saturday, and that gunmen had freed dozens of prisoners from the main prison in Zinjibar.

One witness said on condition of anonymity that the gunmen executed soldiers who surrendered, and that residents were not able to bury them.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/~/NewsContent/2/8/13168/World/Region/Qaeda-gunmen-seize-Yemen-southern-city.aspx

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Yemen president, tribal chief agree to end clashes

May 30, 2011

Yemen's embattled president and the country's most powerful tribal leader have agreed to end five days of gunbattles that killed 124 people and pushed the country's political crisis closer to civil war.

The fighting between forces loyal to both men made the past week the deadliest since mass street protests for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule broke out three months ago. Although it could prevent bloodshed, Saturday's agreement will do little to solve the wider crisis, with Saleh rejecting efforts to negotiate his exit.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/13176/World/Region/Yemen-president,-tribal-chief-agree-to-end-clashes.aspx

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Ties with Pakistan crucial for Afghan war, says McCain

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Pakistan’s “continued relations with the Haqqani network and others” also worried the Americans, Senator John McCain told Fox News. – File Photo by Reuters

WASHINGTON: A senior American lawmaker said on Sunday that new tensions in US-Pakistan relations were contributing to a rapid decline in support for the Afghan war in the United States.

“Americans are war weary,” said Senator John McCain, who ran against President Barack Obama in 2008. “They see the president of Afghanistan appearing ungrateful. They see the government of Pakistan in a very aggressive fashion in many ways towards us,” he told Fox News.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/30/ties-with-pakistan-crucial-for-afghan-war-says-mccain.html

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Gilani seeks US assistance to overcome energy crisis

May 30, 2011

LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Sunday said that the government has sought US assistance to overcome load-shedding in the country in order to provide immediate relief to the masses.

During a meeting with senior journalists at his residence here, he said that US leadership has assured of assistance to the Pakistani government in providing cheap electricity to the masses.

Gilani said that he has asked the US leadership for more trade than aid, adding that market access for Pakistani businessmen would strengthen country’s economy.

Regarding US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s recent visit, he said that Hillary Clinton and Senator John Kerry have supported Pakistan’s stance on the recent Abbottabad incident.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/29/gilani-seeks-us-assistance-to-overcome-energy-crisis.html

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Karachi: Alleged target killer confesses to have murdered 12 people

May 30, 2011

KARACHI: Anti-Extremism Cell of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Sunday claimed to have untangled at least a dozen cases of target killings in eight separate incidents across the city.

In a press conference held at Garden police headquarters, SSP Omar Shahid disclosed that Muntazir Imam, an alleged target killer arrested from Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, has confessed during interrogation that he was involved in the murder of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan leader Abdul Ghafoor Nadeem and his son Mawia. The leader and his son were killed on March 11, 2010 at Nazimabad. The alleged culprit also confessed to have killed Engineer Ilyas Zubair at Jamshed Quarter; Manzoor, Maulana Ahmed Madni at New Karachi; Rehan-ur-Rehman at Shah Faisal and Nabeel, Noman and other at Sharah-e-Faisal. He also admitted that he was involved in the murder of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s activist Omar Dhobi at Aram Bagh.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\30\story_30-5-2011_pg7_24

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