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To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At government schools it runs in Gaza, Hamas has introduced changes to the approved Palestinian Authority curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

Mideast

To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks

Overnight shelling takes death toll in north Yemen to 100, say Salafis

Radicalisation in Syria poses growing threat to Europe, says Turkish leader

Headscarf no longer a tool: Turkey opposition leader

Refugee Crisis: Palestinians lose more than most in Syrian exodus

Iran’s horrific rights abuses must be on the table at nuclear talks with West

 

India

Three-In-One: It's Hindu, Jain and Muslim New Year

ISI pushes anti-India campaign in Europe

Most Indian workers meet Nitaqat deadline, regularise stay in Saudi

 

Pakistan

Jamaat-i-Islami terms Hakeemullah a ‘martyr’

Nawaz-led govt acting like ‘US slave’: Jamaat-I-Islami

Incumbent rulers not sincere in talks with Taliban: JUI-S Maulana Sami ul Haq

Drone attacks counterproductive to peace efforts: Nawaz

TTP says no talks with ‘US slaves’

The $120,000 farmhouse where TTP chief was killed

Taliban threaten to target PML-N leadership, Sharif blames US

Pakistan's Parliament moves to bring ISI under civilian control

 

South Asia

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami behind all these crimes: Observes tribunal

NATO soldier, Afghan police officers killed in militant attacks

In Xinjiang, Poverty, Exclusion Greater Threat than Islam

Maldives: Ministry slams Parliament’s recruitment of independent security

Karzai criticises timing of Hakimullah's killing

Hefazat Chief threatens retribution for detractors

Xinjiang military chief loses party post after Tiananmen attack

China slams killing of Mehsud in US drone strike

 

North America

U.S. military doctors innovative methods of to be used at Guantanamo Bay

Hakimullah was a wanted man, provided safe haven for Qaida: US

US peace effort wavers as Israel issues 1,700 new home tenders for new settlement homes

US-Saudi relationship must stay 'on track' - Kerry

 

Arab World

Car bomb kills six in central Syria

Seven dead in north Iraq violence

US weapons won’t solve Iraq’s security issue, will only increase civilian deaths

Kuwait donates USD 604,000 to build two Islamic projects in Switzerland

Foreign jihadis responsible for polio: Syria

Morsi tells court he's still the president as judge adjourns hearing to January 8

UAE says online photos require subject's consent

 

Southeast Asia

Filipinos allege abuse in Saudi Arabia immigration crackdown

Malaysia no place for LGBT rights, religious freedom, says Islamist group

Malaysian Dy. PM calls on Muslims to defend sanctity of religion

 

Africa

East Libya movement launches government, challenges Tripoli

Tunisia extends emergency rule as crisis talks hit delays

Kenya charges four over Westgate mall attack

Boko Haram video claims 24 October attack that killed 35

 

Europe

Terror suspect on the run, changing into a Burqa during London mosque prayers

Bishop fears Sharia bonds pave way for more Islamic law

Muslim students pray in the rain after Queen Mary University denies them access to facilities

President Putin ends Russia/NATO ABM cooperation

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mideast

 

To Shape Young Palestinians, Hamas Creates Its Own Textbooks

By FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDOREN

2013/11/04

GAZA CITY — When a class of Palestinian ninth graders in Gaza recently discussed the deadly 1929 riots over access to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, it was guided by a new textbook, introduced this fall by the Islamist Hamas movement.

Asked the lesson of the uprising, one of the 40 boys in class promptly answered, “Al Buraq Wall is an Islamic property,” using the Muslim name for the site, one of the holiest in Judaism. Pleased, the teacher then inquired whether the students would boycott Israeli products, as Arabs had boycotted Jewish businesses in 1929. A resounding chorus of “Yes!” came back from the class.

For the first time since taking control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, the Hamas movement is deviating from the approved Palestinian Authority curriculum, using the new texts as part of a broader push to infuse the next generation with its militant ideology.

Among other points, the books, used by 55,000 children in the eighth, ninth and 10th grades as part of a required “national education” course of study in government schools, do not recognize modern Israel, or even mention the Oslo Peace Accords the country signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in the 1990s.

Textbooks have long been a point of contention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which dueling historical narratives and cultural clashes underpin a territorial fight. And they are central examples of what Israeli leaders call Palestinian “incitement” against Jews, held up as an obstacle to peace talks newly resumed under American pressure.

Beyond their take on Israel, the new texts are also a salvo in the war for influence between the rival Palestinian factions: Gaza-based Hamas and Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority and the West Bank. They reflect a growing gulf between the 1.7 million Palestinians living in the densely populated Gaza Strip and the 2.5 million spread among the West Bank’s cities and villages.

“Textbooks are always and everywhere a very important means of representing a national ethos,” said Daniel Bar-Tal, a Tel Aviv University professor who helped lead a comprehensive recent study of Israeli and Palestinian textbooks.

“When a leader says something, not everyone is listening. But when we talk about textbooks, all the children, all of a particular peer group, will be exposed to a particular material,” he added. “This is the strongest card.”

What Gaza teenagers are reading in their 50-page hardcover texts this fall includes references to the Jewish Torah and Talmud as “fabricated,” and a description of Zionism as a racist movement whose goals include driving Arabs out of all of the area between the Nile in Africa and the Euphrates in Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

“Palestine,” in turn, is defined as a state for Muslims stretching from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. A list of Palestinian cities includes Haifa, Beersheba and Acre — all within Israel’s 1948 borders. And the books rebut Jewish historical claims to the territory by saying, “The Jews and the Zionist movement are not related to Israel, because the sons of Israel are a nation which had been annihilated.”

For contemporary history, there is a recounting of Hamas’s battle with Israel last fall that exaggerates: The books say that rockets from Gaza sent “three million Zionists underground for eight days” (somewhat fewer Israelis were in and out of shelters sporadically), that Tel Aviv was hit (one missile landed in the sea, and another fell well short) and that an attempted strike on Israel’s Parliament building “forced the Zionists to beg for cease-fire.”

Yosef Kuperwasser, a senior Israeli official who has led the charge against the incitement, said the new texts were blunter expressions of a dangerous message spread throughout Palestinian schools and news media.

“Palestinians have developed a system of deception — to English-speaking people they sell one story, and to themselves they have a different story,” Mr. Kuperwasser said. “Textbooks are one of the tools with which they tell their children what is the truth.” He added, “If you want real peace, it has to be based on a real change in the culture of hatred.”

The study that Professor Bar-Tal co-led found that Palestinian Authority books generally contained more negative characterizations of Israel and less self-criticism than Israeli books do of Palestinians, but that both sides presented the other as the enemy, failed to properly mark most maps and lacked information about each other’s religion, culture and daily life.

Hamas officials said they had introduced the new textbooks, and doubled the time devoted to the national education course to two sessions per week, because they believed that the Palestinian Authority was under pressure from Israel to sanitize its curriculum. “We need to make sure generations stick to the national rights,” said one Hamas lawmaker, Huda Naim.

The Gaza Strip is home to 465,000 students. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which supports Palestinian refugee families, runs 250 schools for grades one to nine, and the Hamas government controls 400 schools serving all grades (there are also 46 private schools). Both Hamas and the refugee agency use the Palestinian Authority curriculum also taught throughout the West Bank, but Hamas has added programs, like a military training elective introduced in high schools last year that focuses on resistance to Israel.

In April, Hamas approved a law requiring gender-segregated schools from age 9, and making criminal any contact between educational institutions and Israel. Hamas has also recently increased modesty patrols to check clothing on college campuses and to stop young unmarried men and women from fraternizing in public.

Abdel-Hakim Abu Jamous, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority’s Education Ministry in Ramallah in the West Bank, said no national education textbooks were used in West Bank schools, leaving individual teachers to run lessons as they wish. Jehad Zakarna, a senior official in the ministry, said he had not seen the Hamas textbooks, which were introduced at the start of school on Aug. 20, and therefore could not comment on them.

The new books, written by a Hamas committee, feature cover pictures of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a West Bank city, both sites of continuing clashes between Muslim and Jewish worshipers.

Besides their questionable treatment of Israel and Jews, the textbooks present a decidedly Hamas spin on Palestinian politics and recent history. For example, Ahmed Yassin, a Hamas founder, is given equal billing with Yasir Arafat, the former Palestinian president, who remains the definitive national hero in the West Bank.

Anound Ali, a 10th grader at another Gaza City school, expressed concern that the new books could further divide Palestinians. “School textbooks were the last thing uniting us with the West Bank — now we study something different,” she said one recent day after class.

She added: “The book has nothing about Oslo. It’s our right to know about Oslo because it’s a fact in our life.”

At Suliman Sultan School here in Gaza City, a three-story L-shaped building overlooking the rubble of a stadium destroyed by an Israeli F-16 airstrike last November, many students and teachers were thrilled to have the new textbooks.

“It shows the cruelty of the occupation,” said Ahmed Bessisso, a 15-year-old student in the class that discussed the 1929 uprising. “It encourages students to participate in national activities.”

Ahmed’s classmate Mohamed Ajour, also 15, said that he preferred “to study the history of Palestine instead of the history of Egypt or Jordan,” and that the books present the “Palestine I want to learn about — I don’t recognize that Palestine is only Gaza and West Bank.”

Munir Qatayef, who teaches another national education section in the school, said the book had been “big for students.”

“It’s highly politicized,” Mr. Qatayef said. “It’s a lesson of nationalism and belonging.”

Fares Akram reported from Gaza, and Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/04/world/middleeast/to-shape-young-palestinians-hamas-creates-its-own-textbooks.html

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Overnight shelling takes death toll in north Yemen to 100, say Salafis

Reuters | Nov 4, 2013

SANA'A: Overnight shelling has taken the death toll from fighting between rival Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim groups in a northern town in Yemen to at least 100 people, a spokesman for one of the groups said on Monday.

Sectarian fighting in the town of Damaj has cast a shadow over national reconciliation efforts in Yemen, a neighbour of oil exporter Saudi Arabia and home to one of al Qaeda's most active wings where Washington is keen to foster stability.

Clashes broke out on Wednesday when Houthi fighters, who control much of Saada province on the border with Saudi Arabia, accused Salafi rivals in Damaj of taking in thousands of foreign fighters to prepare to attack them.

The Salafis say the foreigners are religious students who travel from abroad to study Islamic theology at Dar al-Hadith academy established in the 1980s.

Surour al-Wadi'i, a Salafi spokesman, said the death toll, which according to a Reuters count had reached 58 on Sunday, had risen sharply after heavy shelling on Damaj overnight.

"There were massive Houthi attacks throughout the night against Dar al-Hadith academy and student dormitories," Wadi'i said. "The death toll has risen to at least 100."

The figure was for Sunni Muslims killed in the clashes. The Houthis have issued no figures for casualties on their side, and no officials could be reached on Monday for comment.

Wadi'i said a Red Cross delegation managed to enter Damaj on Monday in a convoy of four vehicles, only to come under fire from Houthi snipers who shot and killed a local translator.

The ICRC could not immediately be reached for comment.

The head of a presidential committee tasked with ending the fighting, Yehia Abuesbaa, said on Sunday Houthi fighters had reneged on a promise to stop attacks after six followers, held by the pro-Salafi Al-Ahmar clan in the adjacent Omran province, had been released.

Abuesbaa said the Houthis blocked his entry to Damaj on Sunday to evacuate some 70 seriously wounded people, demanding the six Houthis be first flown by an army helicopter from Omran to Saada.

The Houthis blockaded Damaj for weeks last year, accusing the Salafis of stockpiling weapons, a charge they deny.

Some Sunnis fear the Houthis want to revive the 1,000-year Zaydi Imamate, whose rulers claimed descent from the Prophet Mohammad. The imamate ended in a 1962 military coup.

Saada province is the base for a long-running Houthi rebellion against the government. Complaining of social, religious and economic discrimination in Yemen, the Houthis fought several battles with government forces between 2004 and 2010, when a truce was announced.

Saudi Arabia was drawn briefly into the conflict in 2010 when rebels crossed into its territory.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Overnight-shelling-takes-death-toll-in-north-Yemen-to-100-say-Salafis/articleshow/25217866.cms

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Radicalisation in Syria poses growing threat to Europe, says Turkish leader

4 November 2013

The Syrian nation is dying as an indifferent world looks on, and the territory it occupies risks becoming "Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean", the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, has said.

Radicalisation of ordinary people by Islamist jihadist groups was spreading across Syria and posed a growing risk to its neighbours and the countries of Europe, Gul said in an exclusive interview with the Guardian.

But the response of the international community – including Turkey's American and British allies – to the security, humanitarian and moral challenges posed by the crisis had been very disappointing, he said. He reiterated his view that the UN security council's performance was a disgrace.

In a forthright and sometimes angry critique of western policy on Syria, Gul said the deaths of more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, in fighting over the past 32 months could have been avoided. Turkish mediation efforts early on in the war were not supported and were even undermined by western powers, he complained.

With the conflict showing no sign of ending, Turkey faces extreme instability and dislocation along its 565-mile border with Syria, the prospective radicalisation of its Kurdish, Alevi and Sunni Muslim populations, the spread of infectious diseases such as polio, TB and measles, and many new additions to its current total of 500,000 Syrian refugees.

Asked about the risk of the war spreading beyond Syria, Gul said that if Turkey were attacked or Turkish territory invaded, his government would respond militarily "in the strongest way possible".

He said: "There is no question about this. In fact we have already stated that we have changed the rules of engagement and we have given authority to Turkish armed forces in that respect … I don't see how much worse it can get, it's already very bad. But let me also say that this is not a bilateral issue between Turkey and Syria. We did not have any conflict with Syria, but when those human rights violations begun to occur and there was massacring of the people of Syria, then it become a matter for mankind, for us all, the international community. It's only by virtue of being a neighbouring country that Turkey is so very much involved. Also from the point of view the fact that we are hosting 500,000 Syrians in Turkey. Two hundred thousand of them live in camps and 300,000 in the cities through their own means.

"We have so far spent $2bn (£1.25bn) for them. We will continue to do so because this is a humanitarian matter [but] it's very regrettable seeing the indifference on the part of the international community."

Gul said that if the current deterioration in Syria continued unchecked, it would pose an increasingly grave security and counterterrorism challenge for Turkey.

"If the atmosphere remains as it is, then this can lead to more radicalisation and some groups in the civil war becoming more extreme, dividing up, not being under control, and spreading across that country. Because under those circumstances, ordinary people could become much more extreme and this is something that poses a danger and threat not just for Turkey – it's an issue for everyone.

"I don't think anybody would tolerate the presence of something like Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean. For that reason, the international community must have a very solid position with respect to Syria."

Unfortunately, that unified stance appeared lacking and meanwhile the country was being destroyed.

"At the very beginning the international community's rhetoric was very high [calling for president Bashar al-Assad to stand down immediately] but then it reverted to its current position now. And that is a contradiction itself. And morally too, there is a country, Syria, exhausting itself, consuming itself, with many people dead, the infrastructures gone, there is a lot impact of what is going on, and the international community is watching this. Simply watching this, and this is very regrettable."

Gul said Turkish efforts to engage Assad in a dialogue two years ago had not received sufficient backing from Turkey's allies, but could have headed off the disaster that ensued.

"We talked to Assad because we wanted things to be resolved by peaceful means. That engagement was at all levels, it wasn't just myself, the prime minister, the foreign minister, we all worked very hard and at the time we even faced pressure from our allies because they said this was going on too long and it wasn't going anywhere. This is what I mean about the high rhetoric of the international community at the very beginning. They should have done something to follow up on their rhetoric and this was not done.

"What we tried to do did not work out and there wasn't much more we could do. I wish Assad had understood what we were telling him. In my very last message to him I said that if things went on as they were, whatever might be done would be too little, too late, and that he should take the initiative and lead the change in his country so the country would not fall to pieces.

"He read my letter and said it was all very important and good but he did not act on it, he did not do anything. Most certainly, yes, if he had heeded my advice, 100,000 people may not have died and Syria would not have faced so much destruction."

Gul suggested that the chemical weapons deal with Assad brokered by Russia was a distraction that Assad had exploited to bolster his position.

"It might be said Assad made good use of an opportunity with the chemical weapons deal with the Russians. But the question comes back to the international community again … Of course we are very pleased about the chemical weapons and we support that. But was it just the chemical weapons? Do we reduce the whole thing to chemical weapons? I think there is a moral question there that is presented to the international community."

Asked whether the US and Britain should be doing more to end the crisis, he replied: "Our expectation was different, we expected more. I think it is very disappointing to see the whole discussion reduced to a discussion solely on chemical weapons."

Gul said it was important that the proposed Geneva II peace conference, due this month, was better prepared than its forerunner. He felt last month's London meeting of the Friends of Syria group had been helpful. But he expressed scant hope that the next Geneva meeting would achieve a breakthrough, if and when it takes places. "The country is destroyed … There really isn't in my opinion much that can be done now."

Gul spoke to the Guardian during a weekend visit to Edinburgh, where he attended the Turkey-Britain Tatli Dil bilateral forum, met Scottish residents of Turkish origin and was given dinner by the Duke of York.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/radicalisation-syria-turkish-president-abdullah-gul

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Headscarf no longer a tool: Turkey opposition leader

 November 04, 2013

Four days after four ruling party lawmakers entered Parliament wearing headscarves; main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu expressed his determination to end the political exploitation of the issue. 

“We are a party which believes in gender equality, which grants the right to vote and the right to get elected,” CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Nov. 3 during his first publicly delivered remarks after the landmark parliamentary session.

“We have fought for this,” he said.

Portraying his party as a champion of gender equality, he also referred to the fact that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey who led reforms providing equal rights and opportunities for women, was also the founder of the CHP.

Kılıçdaroğlu argued that the CHP “made history” at Parliament last week, suggesting both the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and pro-government media had actually expected the party to display a harsh objection against those headscarf-wearing deputies so they would have an excuse for attacking them.

“We have erased a very important fact from Turkey’s agenda,” he said, adding that parties would no longer be able to use the headscarf issue to portray themselves as the victimized party.

The CHP has been widely cited as having played a central role in creating a peaceful atmosphere at the Oct. 31 session. Party executives underlined that the headscarf issue should be handled as a matter of freedom, while also maintaining that the government should actually use this incident as an opportunity to review its officious approach of interfering with people’s lifestyles.

Kılıçdaroğlu also challenged the AKP’s claims to be expanding women’s rights, saying that tens of thousands of headscarved women have been working without social insurance in Istanbul alone, a fact only voicing being voiced by the CHP.

The speeches delivered by CHP members at the same session showed that the party had not been using women’s bodies or clothing as a tool for scoring political points, contrary to the ruling party, Kılıçdaroğlu also said. He particularly offered thanks to the CHP’s deputy parliamentary group chair, Muharrem İnce, and deputy chair, Şafak Pavey, for their speeches at the session.

His remarks came in an opening speech at the CHP Party Assembly meeting. The speech was open to the press, although the meeting was closed as usual.

Up until yesterday’s speech, Kılıçdaroğlu had delivered only very brief remarks expressing his satisfaction over the events.

“I thank all fellow lawmakers who delivered speeches today in Parliament. I’m very happy today,” he had said on Oct. 31, when asked by reporters to assess the incident after gathering with his party’s female deputies at a dinner after the parliamentary session.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/headscarf-no-longer-a-tool-main-opposition-chp-leader.aspx?pageID=238&nID=57313&NewsCatID=338

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Refugee Crisis: Palestinians lose more than most in Syrian exodus

 Nov 03 2013

Lebanon : Palestinians Mahmoud and Ahmed fled Syria last month for Egypt, where they paid smugglers to bring them to Europe. Once at sea, they were robbed at knife point and herded onto an overloaded boat that sank, pitching over 100 into the sea.

The brothers made it back to shore while others drowned, then to be deported in days from a volatile Egypt where anti Palestinian sentiment runs high. Now at the Lebanese camp of Ain al-Helweh, they face as Palestinians restrictions on their lives far more severe than any other refugees from Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/refugee-crisis-palestinians-lose-more-than-most-in-syrian-exodus/1190612/

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Iran’s horrific rights abuses must be on the table at nuclear talks with West

John J. Metzler

November 04, 2013

UNITED NATIONS — A host of “systemic and systematic violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights” continue to plague Iran despite the election of the purportedly reformist President Hassan Rouhani.

That’s part of a stinging assessment of the current human rights landscape according to Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Despite the Teheran government’s new “softer image” to the outside world after the aggressively confrontational era of former president Ahmadinejad, and the seemingly diplomatic flexibility on the country’s embryonic nuclear weapons program, there’s little question that this country of 76 million people suffers from widespread human rights abuses based on gender, religion, and obviously political opinion.

Full report at:

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/11/03/irans-horrific-rights-abuses-must-be-on-the-table-at-nuclear-talks-with-west/

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India

 

Three-In-One: It's Hindu, Jain and Muslim New Year

Pranav Dave, TNN | Nov 4, 2013

AHMEDABAD: This festive season is special on more than one count. For the first time in several years, the Islamic New Year is falling alongside the Hindu and Jain New Year. This rarity will mean that people from all these communities will be collectively celebrating and making fresh resolutions during the weekend.

The Hindu New Year, Vikram Samvat 2070, is on November 4, the same day Jains will usher in their new year, Vir Samvat 2540. What is giving the two new years company is the Islamic New Year or Hijri 1435 on November 5; this usually falls in December.

Astrologically, this New Year will see Panch Grah yoga or the coming of five planets (Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Rahu and Moon) in Libra. According to astrologer Chetan Patel, Sensex will touch 25,000 and the opposition will do very well in the sphere of politics.

This New Year, temples like Swaminarayan Mandir, ISKCON and Jagannath will serve Annakut (56 kinds of Bhog) to the lords.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Three-in-one-Its-Hindu-Jain-and-Muslim-new-year/articleshow/25192274.cms

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ISI pushes anti-India campaign in Europe

4 November 2013

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), in a “well-calibrated manner”, has unleashed a campaign in Europe, America and Canada to carry out “anti-India activities with regard to Kashmir”. Indian intelligence agencies have indicated that the “ISI has been the main source of building a platform abroad to undertake Kashmir-related propaganda on behalf of the Pak government and has been “creating and nurturing Kashmiri expatriate communities to carry out anti-India activities”.

Pakistani organisations based abroad and separatists in India observed “black day” on October 27, the day Indian troops landed in Kashmir in 1947, to highlight the plight of Kashmiris.

Agencies indicated that the Pakistani Army’s relentless ceasefire violations at LoC were also an attempt to keep the Kashmir issue ticking on the international stage. These groups feel that Nawaz Sharif “needs to be more aggressive in his approach and focus on seeking a solution to the issue rather than making friendly gestures towards India”, intelligence sources revealed.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/india/isi-pushes-anti-india-campaign-europe-968

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Most Indian workers meet Nitaqat deadline, regularise stay in Saudi

 Nov 04 2013

As immigrants scrambled to meet the November 3 Nitaqat (labour law) deadline to legalise their work status in Saudi Arabia, India did not seek an extension unlike many other countries — and with good reason.

According to initial government estimates, over 1.4 million of the about 2.8 million Indians in Saudi Arabia have regularised their stay in the last six months by transferring their services to new employers, by changing job titles, or renewing job permits. A large number of the remaining did not probably need to make changes.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/most-indian-workers-meet-nitaqat-deadline-regularise-stay-in-saudi/1190727/

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Pakistan

 

Jamaat-i-Islami terms Hakeemullah a ‘martyr’

013-11-04

MANSEHRA: Jamaat-i-Islami, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has declared Hakeemullah Mehsud and his associates killed in the recent drone strike as martyrs and demanded of the federal government to end its strategic alliance with America.

“Those killed in the recent drone attack are martyrs as they were eliminated when they were in the process of dialogue for permanent peace in Pakistan. America is following its own agenda without paying heed to the national interests of our country and the drone strike to sabotage the dialogue between the government and Taliban is an eye opener for the so-called patriots,” said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa JI chief Prof Mohammad Ibrahim while speaking to media persons after attending the oath-taking ceremony of zonal and union heads of the party here on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1053985/jamaat-terms-hakeemullah-a-martyr

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Nawaz-led govt acting like ‘US slave’: Jamaat-I-Islami

November 04, 2013

ISLAMABAD  - Terming the drone attack which had killed TTP chief Hakimullah Masud as attack on the government-TTP dialogue initiative, Amir Jamaat-I-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan said that he was not expecting any strong stand on part of Mian Nawaz Sharif-led government which according to him is like a slave to US.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday JI Amir Syed Munawar Hassan made it loud and clear that it was beyond the capacity of Mian Nawaz Sharif government to take some strong and principled stand on drone attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/04-Nov-2013/nawaz-led-govt-acting-like-us-slave-ji

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Incumbent rulers not sincere in talks with Taliban: JUI-S Maulan Samiul Haq

 November 04, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Central Ameer of JUI-S Maulan Samiul Haq Sunday said that government was not sincere in holding meaningful talks with Taliban and the incumbent rulers are just deceiving the masses in the name of peace talks.

Talking to The Nation on telephone, the JUI-S chief alleged the PML-N top notch and the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan are all in hand in glove with the US President Obama and his Administration and were just deceiving the people in the name of so-called talks.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/04-Nov-2013/incumbent-rulers-not-sincere-in-talks-with-taliban-sami

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Drone attacks counterproductive to peace efforts: Nawaz

November 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said “drone attacks are counterproductive” to Pakistan’s efforts for peace, Express News reported Monday.

He said this while speaking at Azm-e-Nau 4, one of the many military training exercises that are meant to introduce new war strategies.

The series aims at improving the mobilisation speed of troops and increasing cooperation for joint Army, Navy and Air Force response to any conventional threat. Security officials have deemed it a ‘new concept of war fighting’ aimed at preempting India’s ‘Cold Start Doctrine’.

Nawaz said that on his recent trip to Washington, he “made it clear that Pakistan does not intend to accept foreign aid.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/626942/drone-attacks-are-counterproductive-nawaz/

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 TTP says no talks with ‘US slaves’

 November 04, 2013

PESHAWAR - The proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has ruled out the possibility of holding a dialogue with the Pakistan government, saying talks with the 'US slaves' were no longer possible.

“The (Pakistan) government has given us the present of Hakimullah Mehsud’s dead body,” said Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman of the banned TTP, in a media statement which has come amid optimistic statements from the Pakistan government regarding the fate of the proposed peace talks.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/04-Nov-2013/ttp-says-no-talks-with-us-slaves

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The $120,000 farmhouse where TTP chief was killed

4 November 2013

MIRAMSHAH: With marble floors, lush green lawns and a towering minaret, the $120,000 farm where feared Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died in a US drone strike was no grubby mountain cave.

Mehsud spent his days skipping around Pakistan's rugged tribal areas to avoid the attentions of US drones.

But his family, including two wives, had the use of an eight-roomed farmhouse set amid lawns and orchards growing apples, oranges, grapes and pomegranates.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1054033/the-120000-farmhouse-where-ttp-chief-was-killed

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Taliban threaten to target PML-N leadership, Sharif blames US

PTI | Nov 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Blaming the Pakistan government for the killing of its chief Hakimullah Mehsud, Taliban have warned that it "will soon start targeting" the ruling PML-N leadership for its alleged support to the US in the region.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan also announced that it would not hold any peace talks with the Nawaz Sharif government and threatened to avenge the killing of Hakimullah in a CIA-operated drone strike.

Geo News quoted an unnamed senior militant commander operating in Afghanistan as saying that they would soon start targeting the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership for its alleged support to the US in the region.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-threaten-to-target-PML-N-leadership-Sharif-blames-US/articleshow/25218566.cms

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Pakistan's Parliament moves to bring ISI under civilian control

Nov 04 2013

Islamabad : In a bid to bring Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) under civilian control, the Senate has recommended an effective role of the Parliament in monitoring it while giving the spy agency power to arrest and detain.

A report unanimously adopted by the Standing Committee on Human Rights was presented in the house last Wednesday and was endorsed by the Senate. The Committee had taken note of enforced disappearances a year ago and had formed a sub-committee to look into it.

"In the light of the situation, we had recommended half a dozen steps. The main one is that the security agencies should be given the power to arrest and detain and at the same time they be put under parliamentary oversight," Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar, convener of the three-member committee which prepared the report, said. He added, "Currently when the agencies pick up men, they do not know what to do.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-s-parliament-moves-to-bring-isi-under-civilian-control/1190811/

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami behind all these crimes: Observes tribunal

November 04, 2013

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 yesterday said Jamaat-e-Islami played a pertinent and culpable role in killing notable pro-liberation intellectuals, the best sons and daughters of the soil.

Sentencing Al-Badr leaders Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan to death for abducting and killing 18 intellectuals and professionals towards the end of the Liberation War, the court said Jamaat approved the killing squad formed by Al-Badr men, who in fact belonged to then Jamaat student wing Islami Chhatra Sangha.

The tribunal said Jamaat-e-Islami was actively connected to the policy of annihilating selected intellectuals and professionals, who had stood firmly for the liberation and self-determination.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/jamaat-behind-all-these-crimes/

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Nato soldier, Afghan police officers killed in militant attacks

November 04, 2013

KABUL: Nato says a foreign soldier has been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, while authorities say two officers have been killed in separate shootings in the country's south.

A Nato statement says that the soldier was shot dead Sunday. It did not say where the shooting happened, nor did it give the nationality of the soldier killed in the attack.

In southern Uruzgan province, police spokesman Fared Ayel said a group of insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the Dehrawod district Sunday morning.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1053952/nato-soldier-afghan-police-officers-killed-in-militant-attacks

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In Xinjiang, Poverty, Exclusion Greater Threat than Islam

Reuters

November 04, 2013

URUMQI, CHINA — In the dirty backstreets of the Uighur old quarter of Xinjiang's capital Urumqi in China's far west, Abuduwahapu frowns when asked what he thinks is the root cause of the region's festering problem with violence and unrest.

“The Han Chinese don't have faith, and the Uighurs do. So they don't really understand each other,” he said, referring to the Muslim religion the Turkic-speaking Uighur people follow, in contrast to the official atheism of the ruling Communist Party.

But for the teenage bread delivery boy, it's not Islam that's driving people to commit acts of violence, such as last week's deadly car crash in Beijing's Tiananmen Square - blamed by the government on Uighur Islamist extremists who want independence.

Full report at:

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-xinjiang-poverty-islam/1782590.html

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Maldives: Ministry slams Parliament’s recruitment of independent security

By Zaheena Rasheed | November 3rd, 2013

The Ministry of Defense and National Security has slammed the People’s Majlis decision to establish an independent security unit to oversee the safety of MPs and Majlis premises.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Defense Ministry said Article 105 (a) and (b) of the constitution mandated the security forces to oversee security of the People’s Majlis offices, facilities and protection of all members, and hence the Maldives National Defense Forces (MNDF) is currently in charge of the task.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/defence-ministry-slams-majlis-recruitment-of-independent-security-70646

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Karzai criticises timing of Hakimullah's killing

2013-11-04

ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised the “unsuitable” timing of the US killing of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud and expressed hope it will not derail regional peace efforts.

Islamabad was taking the first steps towards initiating talks with the militants when Mehsud was killed, prompting Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar to accuse Washington of “scuttling” peace efforts.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1054030/karzai-criticises-timing-of-hakimullahs-killing

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Hefazat Chief threatens retribution for detractors

November 04, 2013

Hefazat-e Islam Ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi yesterday threatened the government with dire consequences if it continues to make “derogatory remarks” about him and other Alems and attempts to bring Qawmi madrasas under its control.

Abdul Jabbar, general secretary of Bangladesh Qawmi Madrasa Education Board, read out a statement at a press conference in a community centre in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hefajats-shafi-threatens-retribution-for-detractors/

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Xinjiang military chief loses party post after Tiananmen attack

Nov 4, 2013

The military chief of China’s western Xinjiang region has been removed from the top Party body overseeing the region, State media reported on Sunday, less than a week after a group from Xinjiang was alleged to have carried out a terror attack in Tiananmen Square that left five people killed and 40 injured.

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Peng Yong was no longer serving on the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Standing Committee in Xinjiang – the top ruling party agency for the region – reported the Xinjiang Daily, which is the official mouthpiece of the Xinjiang Party committee, in a brief front page statement. The newspaper did not mention the reason for the removal of General Peng, who was in November appointed to the CPC’s 370-member Central Committee, following the leadership change.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/xinjiang-military-chief-loses-party-post-after-tiananmen-attack/article5309642.ece

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China slams killing of Mehsud in US drone strike

PTI | Nov 4, 2013

BEIJING: Criticising US drone strikes on militant targets in Pakistan that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, China today said Pakistan should be allowed to work out its own strategy to counter terrorism as per its "national conditions".

"China believes that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Pakistan should be respected in earnest manner and relevant action should strictly abide by the UN charter on international law and conflict," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said without directly referring to US drone strike that killed Mehsud last week.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-slams-killing-of-Mehsud-in-US-drone-strike/articleshow/25220420.cms

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North America

 

U.S. military doctors innovative methods of to be used at Guantanamo Bay

4 November 2013

A new report released today has made the disturbing allegation that doctors and psychologists operating with the U.S. military designed methods of and became involved in the systematic torture of terrorists suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

The Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National security Detention Centers found that in the decade after 9/11 U.S military physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists allowed 'cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment' of prisoners while acting at the direction of military leaders under both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

Described as a 'big, big, striking horror', by one member of the 19 man panel, the report suggests that doctors who had taken the Hippocratic Oath advised the military on how best to deploy water boarding, sleep deprivation and sensory overloading to get information out of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2486998/U-S-military-doctors-designed-innovative-new-methods-torture-orders-CIA-Pentagon-used-Guantanamo-Bay.html#ixzz2jif5LD73

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Hakimullah was a wanted man, provided safe haven for Qaida: US

PTI | Nov 4, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Justifying its decision to target Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone attack in Pakistan, the US has said the militant group has a "symbiotic relationship" with al-Qaida and acts like its force multiplier besides providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

The US embassy said that it was "not in a position" to confirm whether Hakimullah was killed in a CIA drone strike on Friday in lawless North Waziristan tribal region.

"However, let us be clear that Hakimullah Mehsud is considered the commander of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the group that claimed responsibility for the failed bombing of Times Square in New York City on May 1, 2010.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Hakimullah-was-a-wanted-man-provided-safe-haven-for-Qaida-US/articleshow/25211640.cms

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US peace effort wavers as Israel issues 1,700 new home tenders for new settlement homes

November 04, 2013

Israel issued more than 1,700 new home tenders for Jewish settlements in the West Bank on Sunday, complicating US-backed peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. The announcement comes ahead of a visit from US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The idea for more settler homes in the occupied West Bank is opposed by the US and other world powers. The tenders are part of previously announced settler homes planned for construction. The plans were revealed just hours after the release of a second batch of Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://rt.com/news/israel-issues-building-tenders-171/

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US-Saudi relationship must stay 'on track' - Kerry

4 November 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the US relationship with Saudi Arabia should stay "on track", as he visits the oil-rich kingdom to ease tensions over Syria and Iran.

"Right now we have some very important things to talk about to make certain the Saudi-US relationship is on track, moving forward and doing the things that we need to accomplish," he told embassy staff in Riyadh.

John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to smooth ties

US Secretary of State John Kerry has landed in Saudi Arabia, the second stop on his tour of the Middle East.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_11_04/US-Saudi-relationship-must-stay-on-track-Kerry-3930/

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Arab World

 

Car bomb kills six in central Syria

2013-11-04

DAMASCUS: A car bomb killed six people, three of them children, and wounded 37 others in the central Syrian province of Homs on Monday, state-run SANA news agency reported.

It said “terrorists” -- the official tag for rebels fighting to topple the regime -- blew up the explosives-rigged vehicle at the entrance to the town of Thabitiyeh.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on reports from medics and activists on the ground, gave a toll of five killed and 40 wounded in the attack.

Thabitiyeh is located east of Homs, which has seen some of the worst battles of the 31-month war between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1054055/car-bomb-kills-six-in-central-syria

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Seven dead in north Iraq violence

2013-11-04

BAGHDAD: A series of attacks north of Baghdad -- including multiple bombings targeting police -- killed seven people on Monday, as Iraq grapples with its worst bloodshed since 2008.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has appealed to Washington for greater cooperation in fighting militancy as wide-ranging operations targeting insurgents and tightened security measures have done little to quell a months-long surge in violence.

In Monday's deadliest attack, multiple bombings targeting a police station in the predominantly Sunni Arab town of Sharqat, in Salaheddin province, left four policemen dead and a dozen more wounded, according to police and medical sources.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1054047/seven-dead-in-north-iraq-violence

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US weapons won’t solve Iraq’s security issue, will only increase civilian deaths

4 November 2013

US weapons will not help the Iraqi government improve the country’s security situation. Instead, Iraq needs to gain the trust of the people by ending violence against them, Kurdish novelist Haifa Zangana told RT.

October was the bloodiest month in Iraq in five years. Data from the country's authorities puts the death toll at over 1,000 people. Ninety percent of those were civilian casualties.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has arrived in Washington to request US hardware to tackle Al-Qaeda in the country. Iraq is asking for Apache helicopters, F-16 fighter jets, and air-defense systems.

Full report at:

http://rt.com/op-edge/iraq-us-weapons-zangana-140/

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Kuwait donates USD 604,000 to build two Islamic projects in Switzerland

4 November 2013

The State of Kuwait donated USD 604,000 to the Islamic Cultural Center in Switzerland to build two projects in La Chaux-de-Fonds, west of the country.

Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations Office Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim told KUNA that this kind of donation is not new to Kuwait; a country that always strives to inform communities across the world about Islam, its moderate values and its role in building civilizations.

Full report at:

http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2341902&language=en

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Foreign jihadis responsible for polio: Syria

2013-11-04

DAMASCUS, Nov 3: A Syrian government minister said on Sunday that foreign fighters who have come to the country to wage `Jihad’ are responsible for the outbreak of polio in the rebel-controlled north.

Last week, the United Nations health agency confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the disease in the country in 14 years, raising the risk of it spreading across the region.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1053882/foreign-jihadis-responsible-for-polio-syria

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Morsi tells court he's still the president as judge adjourns hearing to January 8

November 04, 2013

An Egypt court adjourned to January 8 the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters during his year in power.

 It was Morsi's first public appearance since his ouster in a July 3 coup. He was brought earlier in the day before a Cairo court from the secret location of his four-month detention to face trial on charges of incitement of murder and violence.

 "I am Dr. Mohammed Morsi, the president of the republic. I am Egypt's legitimate president," Morsi said in response to the judge calling his name out after identifying him as a "defendant."

 "I refuse to be tried by this court," said Morsi, who was elected in June 2012 and ousted almost exactly one year later.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/morsi-tells-court-hes-still-the-president-as-judge-adjourns-hearing-to-january-8.aspx?pageID=238&nID=57319&NewsCatID=352

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UAE says online photos require subject's consent

 Nov 04 2013

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates are warning social media users that photos of individuals posted online without their consent could lead to jail.

The comments carried Monday in Al Ittihad newspaper say posting photos or video without permission can bring up to six months in prison and fines as high as 500,000 dirhams, nearly $140,000.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/uae-says-online-photos-require-subjects-consent/article5314176.ece

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Southeast Asia

 

Filipinos allege abuse in Saudi Arabia immigration crackdown

AFP | Nov 4, 2013

MANILA: Thirty Filipino workers, expelled from Saudi Arabia, on Monday returned home and alleged they were abused amid a crackdown on illegal migrants there.

They were among an estimated 6,700 Filipino workers stranded in parts of the oil-rich Middle Eastern kingdom where an amnesty for undocumented foreigners ended over the weekend.

"They treated us like animals," said domestic helper Amor Roxas, 46, who burst in tears while narrating her ordeal.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Filipinos-allege-abuse-in-Saudi-Arabia-immigration-crackdown/articleshow/25205813.cms

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Malaysia no place for LGBT rights, religious freedom, says Islamist group

4 November 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — Malaysia has no room for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights or religious freedom, Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) said today as it lobbied Putrajaya to ignore the proposals put forth by a local human rights activist coalition in Geneva recently. Isma deputy president Aminuddin Yahya said the government must reject the contents of a report presented by the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango) at the United Nation’s (UN) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) late last month. Aminuddin called Comango’s recommendations an affront to the religious sanctity and the sovereignty of the Federal Constitution for insisting on religious freedom and LGBT rights and also on the right of a Muslim to be an apostate and pressing for the removal of Malay privileges.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-no-place-for-lgbt-rights-religious-freedom-says-islamist-group#sthash.Q0xKLwwv.dpuf

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Malaysian Dy. PM calls on Muslims to defend sanctity of religion

November 04, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — In conjunction with the commencement of the Hijrah 1435 new year, Muslims are urged to appreciate the benefits they have enjoyed and to continue to protect the sanctity of Islam by strengthening Muslim brotherhood.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this would continue to make Malaysia into a distinguished nation that was respected.

“Our brothers in the other countries where the Muslims are the minority continue to be deprived and are incapable of championing their rights.

“Whereas we in Malaysia are most fortunate because we are in an Islamic country which upholds the sanctity of the religion and place Islam in the highest position,” he said in his message in conjunction with Maal Hijrah 1435H which is celebrated tomorrow.

 Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/muhyiddin-calls-on-muslim-to-defend-sanctity-of-religion#sthash.N957iE8p.dpuf

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Africa

 

East Libya movement launches government, challenges Tripoli

4 November 2013

Leaders of an autonomy movement in Libya's oil-rich east unilaterally declared a regional government on Sunday, in a challenge to the weak central government as new violence erupted in the restive region.

The announcement is a symbolic blow to efforts by the Tripoli government to reopen eastern oil ports and fields blocked since summer by militias and tribes demanding a greater share of power and oil wealth.

It has no practical implications but is sure to worsen ties between the east and Tripoli which has rejected the self-rule notion. Officials were not immediately available for comment.

Lawlessness has blighted large areas of the OPEC producer since the 2011 war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. The government has been unable to rein in militia groups, armed tribes and radical Islamists.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/85556/World/Region/East-Libya-movement-launches-government,-challenge.aspx

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Tunisia extends emergency rule as crisis talks hit delays

November 04, 2013

TUNIS : Tunisia on Sunday extended a state of emergency in place since its 2011 uprising, as politicians remained deadlocked in talks to choose a new premier at a time of rising Islamist unrest.

The presidency said it was extending until end of June the state of emergency, which has been renewed by periods ranging from one to three months over the past year and a half. It did not explain the decision nor why the measure was extended by a full eight months.

The announcement came as the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition failed to meet a Saturday deadline to agree on a new prime minister to steer Tunisia out of a months-long crisis. The UGTT powerful trade union which has been mediating the talks said a new deadline has been set for Monday noon.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/04-Nov-2013/tunisia-extends-emergency-rule-as-crisis-talks-hit-delays

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Kenya charges four over Westgate mall attack

AFP | Nov 4, 2013

NAIROBI: Kenya charged four men on Monday in connection with the Westgate mall massacre in September, an attack claimed by Somalia's al-Qaida linked Shebab in which at least 67 people were killed.

"The accused persons carried out a terrorist attack at Westgate Shopping Mall on September 21 by supporting a terrorist group," the chargesheet read.

All pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included entering Kenya illegally and obtaining false identification documents.

None are accused of being the gunmen in the mall. The four, who are all ethnic Somalis, are Mohammed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah, Adan Adan and Hussein Hassan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Kenya-charges-four-over-Westgate-mall-attack/articleshow/25219481.cms

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Boko Haram video claims 24 October attack that killed 35

4 November 2013

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released Sunday that he led an 24 October attack in which 35 people found in military uniform were killed in the Nigerian city of Damaturu.

"Look at what happened in Damaturu (capital of northeastern Yobe state)," the head of the Islamist group said in the video obtained by AFP through the same intermediary as previous clips. "Since we killed them with our hands -- in fact I was the commander of the operation -- so, you cannot say I'm making conjecture."

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/85538/World/International/Boko-Haram-video-claims--October-attack-that-kille.aspx

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Europe

 

Terror suspect on the run, changing into a Burqa during London mosque prayers

4 November 2013

A suspected Islamist terrorist supposedly under close monitoring has gone on the run.

Somalian-born Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is believed to have evaded police observation by dressing up in a Burqa.

The 27-year-old went to pray at a mosque in West London on Friday and has not been seen since, Scotland Yard announced last night.

Police released CCTV pictures of the man, apparently wearing the traditional garb. Scotland Yard refused to comment on the offences he is suspected of.

However they said he was not ‘a direct threat to the public.’

His escape will prompt renewed political debate about the role of the appropriateness of Islamic dress in British life.

It follows a court case earlier this year in which a woman was required to show her face to jurors and the judge while giving evidence.

Mohamed is one of a small number of terror suspects whose movements are restricted by a court order because of the threat they pose to the public.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2486838/Terror-suspect-run-changing-Burqa-mosque-prayers.html#ixzz2jifnIPhA

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Bishop fears sharia bonds pave way for more Islamic law

4 November 2013

David Cameron’s plans to issue sharia-compliant bonds open the way to Islamic law being enforced at the heart of government, a senior clergyman has warned.

Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former bishop of Rochester, said proposals to make Britain the first non-Muslim country to sell a bond that complies with sharia could trigger a series of “unforeseen consequences”.

He also voiced broader fears that Christianity was being increasingly excluded from the administration of law, after one of Britain’s most senior judges said members of the judiciary were “secular” figures serving a “multicultural community”.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/10423016/Bishop-fears-sharia-bonds-pave-way-for-more-Islamic-law.html

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Muslim students pray in the rain after Queen Mary University denies them access to facilities

4 November 2013

Friday prayers conducted outdoors after QMUL claims usual rooms are unavailable

Hundreds of students at Queen Mary University in London, braved the rain today to pray outside, in protest against what they claim is inadequate resources for Muslims on their Mile End campus.

It was their second 'prayer protest' in two weeks, with the student union counting 350 demonstrators last Friday.

Muslims account for 20 per cent of the student body, according to Islamic Society representatives.

Previously, the college's 20-year-old Islamic Society had been able able to book several large communal spaces for congregational Friday prayers. But from the start of this academic year, students have been told the rooms are unavailable.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/muslim-students-pray-in-the-rain-after-queen-mary-university-denies-them-access-to-facilities-8918293.html

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President Putin ends Russia/NATO ABM cooperation

4 November 2013

In another powerful and significant move for peace, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has cancelled a presidential order which in 2011, had set up an interdepartmental working group under the authority of the Russian Presidential Administration designed to develop ways to establish cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the sphere of 'missile defense'.

Sigh of relief

Many experts and NATO watchers familiar with the decree and the attempts by the Russian Federation to develop an equal partnership relationship with NATO on the basis of mutual respect and transparency may now breathe a collective sigh of relief that President Putin has finally run out of patience with the alliance.

Full report at:

http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_11_03/President-Putin-ends-Russia-NATO-ABM-cooperation-0148/

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