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Terrorists blow up school in Bajaur Agency, Pak

‘Norway killer hunted for top politicians’: Police

Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam captured: NTC

Herman Cain gaffe: Taliban part of new Libyan govt.

Syria nears Arab League deadline for end to crackdown

Syria forces kill eleven in Friday protests: activists

Iraq bombs kill eight

7 Afghan children die in two blasts

Afghan police killed during NATO night raid

18 militants killed in tribal region clashes

'Memo gate': Haqqani leaves for Pak to explain his position

Thousands protest in Egypt against army rule

Three million Afghans face hunger as winter looms: aid groups

Hijackers take two boats, hostages, off Nigeria

Mecca to Medina train by 2012

Arab League deadline on Syria ends today

Pakistan bars ‘obscene’ words from SMSes

Pak envoy to US behind coup memo: Courier

Pakistan:  ‘Women worst-affected by growing food insecurity in country’

ISI authenticated secret memos: Report

Interior ministry admits failure in curbing violence in Balochistan

Obama opens door to new US ties with Myanmar

West says Iran deceives world on nukes

UN calls on Iran to aid Saudi envoy plot probe

Iran army tests defences as nuclear tensions rise

World powers round on Iran, but set no deadline

Bangladesh strategically important to US: New US envoy

Two Afghan policemen killed by NATO troops

US Govt. not pursuing treason case against Husain Haqqani

Raid and targeted operation: In Jauhar raid, suspect dies

Zardari asks world to help Pakistan’s democracy

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Terrorists blow up school in Bajaur Agency, Pak

November 19, 2011

BAJAUR AGENCY: Unidentified terrorists blew up a girls’ primary school with explosives in tehsil Salarzai in the wee hours on Friday. According to the political administration, miscreants planted explosives in a girls’ primary school at Danqul, a mountainous area, some 40 kilometers northeast of Khaar, which exploded and destroyed the school building. As the explosion occurred during the night, no loss of human life was reported. app

Source:

URL:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\19\story_19-11-2011_pg7_11

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‘Norway killer hunted for top politicians’: Police

November 19, 2011

The right-wing extremist who killed dozens of teenagers in Norway told police he had originally planned to capture and execute leading Labour Party politicians whom he viewed as traitors, a newspaper reported.

The Norwegian tabloid, citing leaked police interrogations with Anders Behring Breivik, reported on Friday that Breivik’s aim was to kill former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere or Eskil Pedersen, head of the Labour Party’s youth wing.

But only Mr. Pedersen was present when the 32-year-old Norwegian arrived July 22 at the Labour Party youth camp after setting off a bomb that killed eight people in Oslo. Mr. Pedersen survived Breivik’s attack but 69 other people were killed at the Utoya Island camp.

The newspaper’s account paints a picture of a determined killer who planned the attacks in minute detail and who became even more determined to carry out the massacre at Utoya once he realised that the Oslo building he had bombed didn’t collapse.

VG said Breivik’s initial plan was to take one of the leading Labour Party officials hostage at Utoya and read a death sentence before carrying out an execution. He had prepared a speech for that, which he later recited to investigators, it said.

Mr. Gahr Stoere had visited Utoya the day before, while Ms. Brundtland had left the island just hours before Breivik arrived.

VGexecutives declined to say how the paper obtained the interrogation details. Police, however, released a statement calling it “unfortunate” that classified documents from the investigation had leaked. It said the documents had been made available to police, defence lawyers and lawyers representing survivors and the families of victims.

Police attorney Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby added “this is not information that to a large extent will harm the investigation” and said police would investigate the leak.

Spokesmen for Mr. Gahr Stoere and Mr. Pedersen declined to comment on the report. Ms. Brundtland’s spokesman didn’t immediately return calls.

Breivik, who surrendered to a SWAT team on Utoya, has confessed to the attacks, but pleaded not guilty to terror charges, claiming he was in a state of war and therefore not criminally liable. At his first public court hearing on Monday, he declared himself a military commander of a Norwegian resistance movement before the judge cut him off.

In a 1,500-page document posted online before the attacks, Breivik laid out a blueprint for a nationalist revolution to overthrow governments he claims have let their countries down by allowing Muslim immigrants to settle in Europe.

Investigators believe Breivik plotted and carried out the attacks on his own and haven’t found any evidence supporting his claims of belonging to a militant network.

VGsaid Breivik sent his online manifesto to 1,003 recipients from his mother’s apartment before driving a van packed with a 950-kg fertilizer bomb to downtown Oslo. He parked the van outside the main government building, ignited the fuse with a lighter, locked the car and walked away.

I was very nervous at the moment when I lit up, and thought that there is no way back and that I possibly would die in 2 seconds,”VGquoted Breivik telling police.

He went to a getaway car a few blocks away in which he had at least 500 rounds of ammunition, a flak jacket, plastic handcuffs and two devices for quick loading of gun clips.

Breivik didn’t hear the bomb go off but heard about it later on the radio, according toVG’s account. Disappointed that the building hadn’t collapsed, he began the second part of his plan, driving under the speed limit toward Utoya, 40 km from Oslo.

At the lake dock, he told the guard to summon the ferry, saying he was a police officer who needed to brief Labour members about the Oslo bomb. Hundreds of people including teenagers from across Norway had gathered on the island for an annual summer retreat.

As he arrived, Breivik briefly thought about calling the attack off,VGsaid. Instead he opened fire on guards on the shore, but spared the boat crew because he didn’t know if they were linked to the Labour Party.

Methodically he moved around the island, luring youths out of their hiding places before gunning them down.

Breivik told investigators he expected police to arrive some 15 minutes after he started shooting. It took about 80 minutes before a SWAT team arrived, according to a police timeline.

VGsaid Breivik needed several attempts to get through on the phone to police. He stated his name and said he was a resistance fighter in an anti-communist movement before he got disconnected.

He decided it would be cowardly to kill himself and turned himself over to the SWAT team.

If found guilty of terrorism, Breivik could be sentenced to 21 years in prison. An alternative custody arrangement if he is still considered a danger to the public could keep him behind bars indefinitely. The trial begins on April 16, 2012.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2641752.ece

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Muammar Gaddafi's son Seif al-Islam captured: NTC

Nov 19 2011,

Tripoli : Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's fugitive son Seif al-Islam has been arrested in the south of the country, a senior National Transitional Council official claimed on Saturday.

Seif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, was “arrested in southern Libya”, said NTC justice minister Mohammed al-Allagui, declining to give any details.

The ICC issued warrants on June 27 against Seif al-Islam as well as his father and Abdullah al-Senussi, the late dictator's intelligence chief, on charges of crimes against humanity in crushing anti-regime protests.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878020/

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Herman Cain gaffe: Taliban part of new Libyan govt.

Nov 19 2011,

Washington : Yet to emerge from spiralling sexual harassment accusations, Republican White House hopeful Herman Cain continued on a stumbling Presidential campaign by making a new gaffe saying the Taliban was part of the new government in Libya.

Looking to explain his goof-up on Libya earlier this week, Cain made a new slip-up yesterday while addressing a campaign news conference in Florida.

"Do I agree with siding with the opposition? Do I agree with saying that Gaddafi should go? Do I agree that they now have a country where you've got Taliban and Al-Qaeda that's going to be part of the government?" he said.

"Do I agree with not knowing the government – which part was he asking me about? I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn't be specific."

Cain made a slip-up on Libya earlier this week when he struggled to answer a question whether he supported President Barack Obama's foreign policy in Libya.

The Republican hopeful stumbled and paused before saying he had "all this stuff twirling around in my head."

His critics seized on his series of faux pas to stress that the former pizza executive was unprepared to be a party nominee.

Cain's recent stumbles have opened the door for fresh Republican faces to join the hunt for nomination in 2012 to challenge incumbent Obama.

His foreign policy gaffes come as he is fighting to keep his campaign on track amid mounting harassment scandals. Several women have claimed that he behaved improperly with them, a charge vehemently denied by Cain.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/877987/

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Syria nears Arab League deadline for end to crackdown

November 19, 2011

Violence is continuing in Syria, as deadline set by the Arab League approaches for the government to end its crackdown on protesters.

A Syrian diplomatic source said Damascus would accept observers to monitor implementation of a peace deal, but with conditions.

The Arab League formally suspended Syria on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the British Foreign Secretary announced that he would meet Syrian opposition members.

William Hague will meet members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) and the National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change in London on Monday, his office said.

'Smaller delegation'

At least 11 people died in clashes on Friday, activists said, amid growing fears of civil war.

The League says Syria will face sanctions unless it stops its bloody suppression of anti-government protests.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33767

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Syria forces kill eleven in Friday protests: activists

18/11/2011

Agence France-Presse . Nicosia

Syrian security forces shot dead at least 11 people on Friday as they opened fire to disperse protesters urging countries to expel Syria’s ambassadors, activists said.

Meanwhile, state television reported that a bomb blast in the restive central city of Hama killed three members of the security forces and critically wounded an officer, while state news agency SANA said two died.

The latest bloodletting comes on the eve of a deadline by the Arab League for Syria to stop the lethal crackdown on protesters seeking the ouster of the president Bashar al-Assad’s regime, or face sanctions.

Three people were killed in the Damascus countryside, while two were shot in the central protest city of Homs and another in the restive city of Hama, also in the centre of the country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Five people, including a 14-year-old boy, were also shot dead in the southern town of Daraa, cradle of the uprising against Assad’s autocratic regime, said the Britain-based Observatory.

For Full Report :

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40440.html

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Iraq bombs kill eight

November 19, 2011

Agence France-Presse . Baghdad

Bombings against a policeman’s home and three mosques killed eight people and wounded 13 on Friday, security officials said, in the worst violence to hit Iraq in weeks.

A bomb targeting the home of a policeman in the Saqlawiya district outside the one-time insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, about 60 kilometres west of Baghdad, killed four people early on Friday, police Captain Omar Abbud said.

The policeman, a member of the local anti-terrorism force, was not present at the time of the attack, but the bomb killed his 55-year-old mother and three other members of his family, Abbud said.

And three bombs exploded near mosques in Abu Ghraib, about 20 kilometres west of Baghdad, around midday, killing a total of four people and wounding 13 others, an interior ministry official said.

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40432.html

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7 Afghan children die in two blasts

November 19, 2011

Agence France-Presse . Kabul

Eight Afghans, including seven children, were killed in two separate blasts Friday, officials said, the latest civilian deaths to hit the troubled country.

In the first incident, four children died when a roadside bomb went off as they played near their home in Nangarhar province, near the country’s eastern border with Pakistan.

In the second, three children and an old man, all members of the same family, were killed when their rickshaw hit another roadside bomb in the southern province of Uruzgan.

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40431.html

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Afghan police killed during Nato night raid

19 November 2011

The "friendly fire" incident happened in Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul.

Two other Afghan soldiers were injured, according to the provincial governor.

President Hamid Karzai has called repeatedly for an end to night raids, which are used by international forces to search for insurgents hiding in civilian homes.

The police chief in Ghazni, Dilawar Zahid, said the shooting happened when a convoy from the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) refused to obey police orders to stop.

"A convoy of foreign forces from Kabul were heading towards Ghazni when they were stopped by Afghan police. They opened fire on the police checkpoint, killing two police," he said.

A statement from Isaf, however, said a combined coalition and Afghan patrol had called in air support after being fired on at a checkpoint by rocket-propelled grenades, mortar bombs and guns.

For Full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15803316

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18 militants killed in tribal region clashes

November 19, 2011

At least 18 militants were killed in clashes with security forces in different parts of the tribal region on Friday, sources said. The operations, which took place in Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber Agency, also resulted in the death of two security officials.

According to security sources, one clash took place in the Uchawna locality of the Khadezai area in Upper Orakzai, in which six militants were killed and many were injured.

The clash took place during an advance by security forces in the area and a solider identified as Masqsood Khan was killed. The fight is said to have lasted for three hours.

According to the sources, security forces have started a crackdown against militants in the Dabori area of Upper Orakzai and its surrounding area for the past four days.

There were also reports of shelling on the Nawab Ghari, Manropati, Barlas, Akhund Kot and Chapar areas of Upper Orakzai which killed around nine militants and destroyed eight militant hideouts, as well as two vehicles.

For Full Report :

URL:http://tribune.com.pk/story/294286/security-operation-18-militants-killed-in-tribal-region-clashes/

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'Memo gate': Haqqani leaves for Pak to explain his position

19 NOVEMBER 2011

Amid a raging political storm back home, Pakistan's envoy to the US Husain Haqqani has left for Islamabad, where he would explain his position with regard to the controversy over a secret memorandum in which his country's civilian leadership purportedly sought American help to stave off a possible military takeover.

Before leaving for Islamabad, Haqqani met Special US Representative for Af-Pak region Marc Grossman at the State Department and the issue of the memo is believed to have been discussed.

"On way to motherland Pakistan," Haqqani tweeted last night after his meeting with Grossman.

The Pakistani Ambassador had offered to resign after a secret memo purportedly written by him on behalf of President Asif Ali Zardari was delivered to Admiral Mike Mullen, the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by an eminent Pakistani-American businessman, days after Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid in Abbottabad.

Haqqani has strongly denied that he had anything do with that memo, which is now doing the rounds of the media domain.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/pioneer-news/top-story/21594-memogate-haqqani-leaves-for-pak-to-explain-his-position.html

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Thousands protest in Egypt against army rule

November 19, 2011

Over 50,000 Egyptian protesters flocked to Cairo’s Tahrir square on Friday to pressure the military government to transfer power to elected civilian rule, after the cabinet tried to enshrine the army’s role in a constitutional proposal.

The protesters, mostly bearded men and veiled women, sang religious chants before Friday prayers while others handed out flyers demanding the withdrawal of the constitutional proposal and presidential elections be held no later than April 2012.

‘Does the government want to humiliate the people? The people revolted against Mubarak and they will revolt against the constitution they want to impose on us,’ a member of an orthodox Islamic Salafi group cried out over loud speakers, to the cheers of thousands of protesters.

The mass rally recalled the demonstrations in Tahrir square during the 18-day bloody uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak on February 18.

Parliamentary elections on November 28 could be disrupted if political parties and the government fail to resolve a dispute over proposed articles that shield the army from oversight in parliament, potentially allowing it to defy an elected government.

Over 39 political parties and groups said in a joint statement they would rally ‘to protect democracy and the transfer of power’ after negotiations broke down between Islamist groups and the cabinet.

For Full Report :

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40435.html

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Three million Afghans face hunger as winter looms: aid groups

November 19, 2011

Reuters . New Delhi

Up to three million people in Afghanistan are facing hunger, malnutrition and disease after a severe drought wiped out their crops and extreme winter weather risks cutting off their access to vital food aid, a group of aid agencies warned on Friday.

Poor rains earlier this year destroyed 80 per cent of wheat crops in the country’s north, northeast and west, leaving impoverished farming communities with little food to eat, said the nine charities which included Oxfam and Save the Children.

With food prices almost doubling since last year, families are being forced to skip meals, borrow money or migrate. Access to life-saving aid is now in jeopardy as heavy snowfall will, within weeks,

block roads and risk avalanches.

For Full Report :

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40430.html

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Hijackers take two boats, hostages, off Nigeria

19 November 2011

 ABUJA - Gunmen boarded two fishing vessels just off the coast of Nigeria and took two people hostage, security sources said on Saturday, the latest in a series of hijackings in the waters around Africa’s largest oil business.

The captains of the two boats were taken early on Friday, the same day eight pirates took three hostages from an oil supply vessel contracted by Chevron Corp, two security sources close to the incidents said.

Chevron confirmed the attack on the vessel owned by its contractor, the second hijacking on ships hired by the US major off the coast of Nigeria this month.

Both attacks on Friday were in waters around President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa, where military security has been bolstered in recent days amid a fierce political row.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November742.xml&section=international&col=

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Mecca to Medina train by 2012

November 19, 2011

A high speed rail link between Saudi Arabia’s holy cities of Mecca and Medina, which is set to be completed by late 2012, will cut a several-hour-long bus journey down to a two–hour train ride, particularly easing pilgrimage traffic during the Hajj, which usually takes place in November, and during Ramadan, which takes place in late summer.

The 450km Haramain High Speed Rail line will have five stations: Mecca, Medina, Jeddah, the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport. Saudi Railways has separate plans for a less speedy connection to Riyadh called the Land Bridge, which will carry freight as well as passengers.

Four of the five high speed rail stations will be built by architects Foster and Partners and Buro Happold, and last month, the 6.7 billion euro contract to construct the high speed rail and provide 35 trains was awarded to a Spanish-Saudi consortium. The trains are expected to run at speeds of 320kph and carry 166,000 passengers a day.

The timeline for the project could change, as the Saudi government recently revealed that 90% of the buildings that need to be expropriated to make way for the rail line have unknown owners. The search for these landlords might delay the project.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33772

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Arab League deadline on Syria ends today

Nov 19, 2011,

DAMASCUS: An Arab League deadline for Damascus to stop its lethal crackdown on protesters expires on Saturday, a day after Syrian security forces killed at least 12 civilians, including two children.

The latest bloodletting came as international pressure mounted on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Turkey and the United States both raised the spectre of civil war, as thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday to urge nations to expel Syrian ambassadors, defying a massive security presence.

British foreign secretary William Hague was to meet Syrian rebel leaders in London on Monday, and a British government source said the opposition figures would also meet senior officials from Prime Minister David Cameron's office.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Arab-League-deadline-on-Syria-ends-today/articleshow/10791535.cms?prtpage=1

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Pakistan bars ‘obscene’ words from SMSes

Nov 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Texters in Pakistan better start watching their language. Pakistan's telecommunications authority sent a letter ordering cell phone companies to block text messages containing what it perceives to be obscenities, Anjum Nida Rahman, a spokeswoman for Telenor Pakistan.

It also sent a list of more than 1,500 English and Urdu words that were to be blocked. The order was part of the regulator's attempt to block spam messages, said Rahman . The Pakistan telecommunication authority refused to comment.

Many of the words to be blocked were sexually explicit terms or swear words, according to the list. It also included relatively mild terms like fart and idiot.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/-Pakistan-bars-obscene-words-from-SMSes/articleshow/10789090.cms?prtpage=1

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Pak envoy to US behind coup memo: Courier

Nov 19, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz has said that Pakistan's ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani was the official who asked him to deliver a secret memorandum on behalf of president Asif Ali Zardari seeking help from the Obama administration to prevent a possible military takeover.

Ijaz has stirred hornet's nest in Pakistan's political and diplomatic circles by claiming that he sent the memorandum through an intermediary to then US military chief admiral Mike Mullen in May.

Ijaz had earlier said he acted after he was approached by a senior official close to president Asif Ali Zardari. Now he told the Dawn newspaper that Haqqani was the previously unnamed official.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-envoy-to-US-behind-coup-memo-Courier/articleshow/10789041.cms

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Pakistan:  ‘Women worst-affected by growing food insecurity in country’

November 19, 2011

LAHORE: Economic experts and civil society members expressed grave concerns over the growing food insecurity in Pakistan and said that women were the worst-affected by it.

Presenting their papers at a conference on “Provincial Consultation on Women and Issues of Food Security”, organised by the Aurat Foundation on Friday, the speakers emphasised on outlining a plan to match the growing human needs in the country.

Economist Dr Qais Aslam said that the facts and figures in this regard were very shocking, pointing out that Pakistan being an agriculture country still had to import wheat. He said that local issues should be solved at local level and the local government (LG) system was the best option through which to make things right. He also urged for education for women.

He said that according to a recent study, 48.6 percent Pakistanis were faced with food insecurity. He said that the incidence of food poverty was higher in rural areas (35 percent) than in urban areas (26 percent). Aslam also criticised the government’s policy of encouraging corporate farming and cultivation of genetically modified crops as an answer to the growing food insecurity.

For Full Report :

URL:http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\19\story_19-11-2011_pg13_8

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ISI authenticated secret memos: Report

November 19, 2011

The Inter-Services Intelligence agency "conclusively authenticated" the delivery of a secret memorandum purportedly sent by Pakistan's civilian leadership to the former US military chief before army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani raised the matter with President Asif Ali Zardari.

An ISI official flew to Europe and met Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman who sent the memo to Admiral Mike Mullen through an intermediary, to ascertain the authenticity of the evidence that Ijaz claims to have, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

The ISI official "conclusively authenticated" the delivery of the memo before Kayani took up the issue "with all seriousness" with President Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

For Full Report :

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/771287.aspx

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Interior ministry admits failure in curbing violence in Balochistan

November 19, 2011

Incidence of violence has increased over the last two years despite deployment of additional troops, allocation of over Rs1.6 billion, says govt report.

ISLAMABAD:

With over 1,450 people killed in 1,649 incidents over a span of five years, the government’s efforts to curb targeted killings in Balochistan are being termed “ineffective”.

The administration has spent approximately Rs900 million so far by deploying 17 units and paramilitary troops to put an end to the disturbing trend that has only increased in the province over the last two years, according to a report compiled by the interior ministry’s Crisis Management Cell (CMC), which was submitted to the National Assembly on Friday.

In addition to that, the government allocated an extra Rs720 million for purchasing arms and ammunition, as well as logistics for the Levies, to ensure better border security.

“Over 3,208 citizens sustained injuries during various incidents between 2007 and 2011,” the report added. “The CMC operates under the interior ministry,” was the reply submitted in response to a question put forward by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Khalida Mansoor who asked what steps the government had taken to curb violence in Balochistan and Karachi.

For Full Report :

URL:http://tribune.com.pk/story/294263/target-killings-in-balochistan-interior-ministry-admits-failure-in-curbing-violence/

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Obama opens door to new US ties with Myanmar

Nov 18, 2011,

Obama said he saw "flickers of progress" in Myanmar.

President Barack Obama said on Friday he saw "flickers of progress" in Myanmar, dispatching Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for a historic visit that could draw the country out of half a century of global isolation.

Obama, in Indonesia for a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders, said he had spoken for the first time with Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi who told him she supported more US engagement with the country also known as Burma.

In another indication of change in Myanmar, Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, re-registered on Friday to contest a series of by-elections for vacant parliamentary seats. This follows amendments to electoral laws and brings Suu Kyi a step closer to returning to politics.

Obama said the release of political prisoners, relaxing of media restrictions and signs of legislative change in recent weeks were "the most important steps toward reform in Burma that we've seen in years."

Clinton's two-day visit from December 1 would be the first by a US Secretary of State since a 1962 military coup ushered in 50 years of unbroken military rule that ended in March when a nominally civilian parliament was established.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-opens-door-to-new-US-ties-with-Myanmar/articleshow/10783182.cms?prtpage=1

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West says Iran deceives world on nukes

Nov 19 2011,

Vienna : The US and its Western allies have bluntly accused Iran of deceiving the world by trying to hide work on nuclear arms, as the UN atomic agency passed a new resolution criticizing Tehran's nuclear defiance.

Iran shot back Friday that the West's allegations were based on fabricated American, Israeli, British and French intelligence fed to the International Atomic Energy Agency to try and discredit the Islamic Republic.

Reflecting its bitterness, Iran's chief IAEA delegate withdrew an invitation to UN atomic agency experts to visit Tehran and discuss nuclear concerns.

He also announced Tehran was boycotting a meeting next week to explore the possibilities of a Mideast nuclear-free zone that will be attended by Israel and all Arab nations, accusing IAEA chief Yukiya Amano of bias for not focusing on Israel's undeclared nuclear arsenal.

The unusually tough exchanges were bound to further raise international tensions over Iran's nuclear activities – even though the Western statements emphasized that the preferred solution was through diplomacy.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/877982/

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UN calls on Iran to aid Saudi envoy plot probe

19 NOVEMBER 2011

The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly backed a resolution calling on Iran to help the investigation into an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington.

The Saudi-US resolution on the plot, which the United States has accused Iran of masterminding, was passed with 106 votes in favor, nine against and 40 abstentions. Iran has strongly denied involvement in the case.

After rebuffing attempts by Iran to get its name taken off the resolution, the 193-member General Assembly said it was "deeply concerned" by the alleged plot against Saudi envoy Adel al-Jubeir.

The resolution called on Iran "to comply with all of its obligations under international law" and "cooperate with states seeking to bring to justice all those who participated in the planning, sponsoring, organization and attempted execution of the plot."

Saudi Arabia did not directly accuse Iran. Its UN ambassador, Abdullah al Mouallimi, told the assembly however that Tehran had been implicated "in the confessions of the main culprit behind this plot.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/pioneer-news/top-story/21599-un-calls-on-iran-to-aid-saudi-envoy-plot-probe.html

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Iran army tests defences as nuclear tensions rise

19 November 2011,

TEHRAN - The Iranian army is conducting a four-day training exercise to test its defences, state TV reported on Saturday, amid rising international tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Press TV said the war games started on Friday and were taking place over 800,000 square km in the east of the country.

“The initial stage of the drills will assess the units’ performance in setting up primary and secondary command centres and stationing tactical and swift reaction divisions,” Press TV said.

Both Israel and the United States say they do not rule out striking Iran militarily if other means fail to stop the nuclear work that Tehran says is entirely peaceful.

However, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has played down talk of any such action, warning that a war with Iran would harm the world economy.

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog has expressed “increasing concern” about Iran’s nuclear programme, after a UN report said the Islamic state appeared to have worked on designing an atom bomb, a charge Iran has repeatedly denied.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle11.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November470.xml&section=middleeast

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World powers round on Iran, but set no deadline

November 19, 2011

Agence France-Presse . Vienna

The UN atomic watchdog’s board was expected Friday to pass a resolution of ‘deep and increasing concern’ about Iran’s nuclear activities after a damning new report from the Vienna-based body.

But the text, proposed at the International Atomic Energy Agency by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and 12 others, stops short of reporting Iran to New York or setting Tehran a deadline to comply.

With a simple majority of the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors already in favour, the resolution, calling on Iran to comply ‘without delay with its obligations’, was expected to be approved later Friday.

‘There is a very large majority of countries who would like the resolution to be adopted by consensus,’ negating even the need for a vote, one European diplomat said on Friday.

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Bangladesh strategically important to US: New US envoy

November 19, 2011

Newly appointed US Ambassador to Bangladesh Dan W Mozena Saturday promised to work to promote Bangladesh as a peaceful, secured, healthy, prosperous and democratic country.

“This is good for Bangladesh. This is good for America and this is my vision,” he told reporters after his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 12:30pm.

Describing Bangladesh strategically important to America, he said he would work hard to learn more about Bangladesh so that Americans could have better understanding about the country.

The US ambassador also described Bangladesh and USA as a natural partner.

Asked about Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank, he said micro-finance is not only unique in Bangladesh but also works as a miracle to pull the people out of poverty.

“I was personally concerned with the development here. Now I am confident that the government, Grameen Bank and civil society will recognise the institution as to continue its function effectively,” he said.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33769

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Two Afghan policemen killed by NATO troops

19 November 2011

 GHAZNI — Two Afghan policemen were killed and three wounded when NATO-led forces shot them at a checkpoint, a local police chief said on Saturday.

The incident happened due to a “misunderstanding” between international troops and the Afghan forces, who are jointly fighting a ten-year Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, the chief added.

The shooting took place late Friday on the outskirts of the southeastern city of Ghazni when Afghan police tried to stop a convoy of foreign forces, provincial police chief Dilawar Zahid told AFP.

“Last night, a convoy of foreign forces from Kabul were heading towards Ghazni when they were stopped by Afghan police. They opened fire on the police checkpoint, killing two police and wounding three,” he said.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, Sergeant Christopher DeWitt, said they were aware of an incident and were gathering details.

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US Govt. not pursuing treason case against Husain Haqqani

November 19, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that the government was not planning to pursue a case of treason against Husain Haqqani, DawnNews reported.

Haqqani has been accused of being behind an explosive memo that asked for Washington’s help in reining in the Pakistani military. He denies the charge.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, Malik said “only an exchange of blackberry messages has surfaced in this case…it would have to be assessed as to who initiated this exchange of messages”.

He further said that the government was continuing its probe into the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto and that all those involved in the conspiracy would be exposed.

Regarding the Mumbai attacks case, Malik said Pakistan had written and dispatched a letter to the Indian government regarding a judicial commission.

He said the commission would travel to India once the Indian government communicates a response in this regard

Source:

URL:http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/19/govt-not-pursuing-treason-case-against-husain-haqqani-malik.html

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Raid and targeted operation: In Jauhar raid, suspect dies during explosion in his flat

By Faraz Khan / Salman Siddiqui

November 18, 2011

KARACHI: Hundreds of residents of a complex in Gulistan-e-Jauhar were kept hostage for more than eight hours as the Rangers conducted a ‘targeted operation’ there on Friday after they had cordoned off the entire area.

The targeted operation culminated in the death of an alleged terrorist who died in an explosion inside his flat under circumstances best known to the tight-lipped Rangers, who divulged minimum possible details about the case.

According to the Rangers’ version, the suspected terrorist blew himself up when they attempted to arrest him. However, the family denies the man was a terrorist and in fact claims he worked for a private company.

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URL:http://tribune.com.pk/story/293859/blast-in-karachi-during-search-operation/

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Zardari asks world to help Pakistan’s democracy

19 November 2011

Government efforts to strengthen democracy need to be complemented by the international community, said President Asif Ali Zardari who has been cited in a secret memo as fearing a military coup.

Zardari Friday said efforts of the government to strengthen democracy needed to be complemented by the international community so that the democratic procedures in the country were further strengthened, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

He was interacting with a delegation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) headed by president Kenneth Wollack.

Pakistani businessman Mansoor Ijaz alleged in a column in the Financial Times last month that a senior Pakistani diplomat asked for help in getting a message from Zardari to then chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen.

Ijaz alleged that Zardari feared a military takeover following the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in May.

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