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Turkey Earthquake: Deaths Rise to 523

Arab Spring activists awarded Europe's Sakharov prize

JuD 'teaching' Islam to Hindu flood victims

ISI arming and training us, claim ‘Taliban commanders’

Pak-China friendship extends to new military exercises

India seeks to create 'anti-Pakistan Afghanistan': Musharraf

Musharraf calls Karzai's scenario of US-Pak war as 'preposterous'

Yemen burns as Saleh plans to quit

Islamists vow new Tunisia govt within a month

NATO choppers violate air space: Pakistan

Libya wants NATO to stay longer

Syrians rally for Assad

Gaddafi’s son, Spy chief want surrender to ICC

Pak won’t ever accept illegal occupation of Kashmir, says Fazl

Taliban hit US-run base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar: police

Jemima Khan donates cameras to tribes to capture US drone damage: report

20 killed as Saleh ready to quit

US drone strike kills key commander in Pakistan

At least 2 security personnel killed, three injured in South Waziristan bomb blast

11 injured, two shops destroyed in Peshawar bomb blast

Yemen’s military kills six militants in south-official

Suicide on the rise in Pakistan; 1,600 lives lost

An Israeli-American held by Egypt to be released for 25 Egyptians in Israeli prisons

Saudi king prepares to name new crown prince

5.4 quake shakes southeastern Turkey

Afghan president's pro-Pak statement rile US lawmakers

Srinagar blasts hit at Omar’s AFSPA move

Zardari to visit Turkey for trilateral meeting on Afghanistan

Omar Abdullah denies undermining Indian army

AFSPA issue under purview of Home Ministry: Army Chief

After quake, Turkish villagers fear 'white death'

Nusrat Bhutto’s Qul largely attended

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Turkey earthquake: Deaths rise to 523

27 October 2011

The number of people known to have been killed in Sunday's earthquake in Turkey's south-east has risen to 523.

Officials say 1,650 people were injured in the 7.2-magnitude quake which had its epicentre in Van province - 185 people have been rescued alive.

Rain and snow are hindering the rescue effort and worsening conditions for the thousands of people made homeless.

Tents and other aid supplies are being delivered after some initial criticism that the response was too slow.

Hundreds of people are still missing under collapsed buildings.

Rescuers in some places are continuing to search for those buried in the rubble, but at other sites they have stopped work and attention is turning to the needs of the survivors.

People in the hardest-hit town, Ercis, have formed long queues to try to get hold of tents but many have been told there are none left.

"Everyone is getting sick and wet," said Fetih Zengin, a 38-year-old whose house was badly damaged.

"We have been waiting in line for four days and still nothing."

Rescue efforts are continuing in the worst hit town, Ercis, but have ended in the city of Van

"We slept under a piece of plastic erected on some wooden boards we found. We have 10 children in our family," he told the Reuters news agency.

Another survivor, Zeki Yatkin, lost his father in the quake.

"They say we will get prefabricated houses in one-and-a-half months," he said, in an interview with Reuters.

"We can't tolerate the cold, but what else can we do?"

Gripped by fear

Some survivors have accused Turkey's governing AK party of handing out aid preferentially to the families of public servants and policemen, ignoring ordinary people.

The governor of Van province, Munir Karaloglu, has denied this.

He says 20,000 tents have already been distributed and he blamed fear for exacerbating the problems.

"Because of the psychology and the aftershocks, they don't use their undamaged house and ask for a tent" he said.

"This is why we have a problem."

South-eastern Turkey was hit by another strong aftershock on Thursday of magnitude 5.2, but there are no reports of any further casualties.

Seismologists say the epicentre was located near the border between Turkey and Iraq, south of Van province.

The Turkish government had initially said it did not need any help from abroad, but later changed its mind.

Ankara accepted an offer of clothes, blankets and other supplies from Israel, despite the recent deterioration in their relationship.

Reports say prefabricated homes from Israel are currently on their way to Van province.

"Three more planes loaded with aid supplies will come to Turkey within two days," an official from the Israeli embassy in Ankara told the Anatolia news agency.

Aid from several other countries is starting to arrive in Turkey too.

The United Nations says it is sending thousands of tents as well as blankets and mattresses.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15475068

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Arab Spring activists awarded Europe's Sakharov prize

27 October 2011

Mohamed Bouazizi's protest eventually toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali

Five Arab Spring activists have won the European Parliament's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought.

The laureates include Mohamed Bouazizi of Tunisia, whose death in January helped to kickstart the Arab Spring.

He set himself alight last December in protest at his treatment by the authorities under the rule of deposed President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

The prize, named after Soviet physicist and dissident Andrei Sakharov, carries an award of 50,000 euros (£43,463).

Other laureates included Egypt's Asmaa Mahfouz, a founder of the 6 April youth movement; Libyan dissident Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi; and two Syrians who are part of the current uprising in their country, lawyer Razan Zeitouneh and cartoonist Ali Farzat.

Ms Mahfouz's online call to freedom, viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, helped inspire the protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square which led to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

She was arrested on charges of defaming the military rulers who took power following Mr Mubarak's departure, but the charges were later dropped after protests.

Mr Sanusi spent 31 years in prison for opposing Muammar Gaddafi.

Mr Zeitouneh is one of the leaders of the committees behind the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Mr Farzat is a renowned Syrian cartoonist who was badly beaten by security forces in August, in an assault which broke both his hands.

The Sakharov prize has been awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 to individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to the struggle for human rights and democracy.

Past winners include South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela, and former UN chief Kofi Annan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15475750

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JuD 'teaching' Islam to Hindu flood victims

Oct 27, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of people, including Hindus, staying in flood relief camps run by a front organization of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Sindh province are being "peppered liberally" with Islamic teachings , according to a report.

About 2,000 living in tents in camps set up by the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation , the relief arm of the JuD, were rescued by the group's volunteers.

They are provided meals twice a day "peppered liberally with religious teachings" , The Express Tribune reported. "They remind us again and again to offer namaz," said a man at a relief camp in Badin. He said families have been given copies of the Quran. "Namaz parho, Quran parho, safai karo! (Say your prayers, read the Quran and clean up)," mimicked a refugee.

China eyes military bases in Pakistan: China has expressed an interest in setting up military bases in Pakistan's volatile tribal area, close to the restive Chinese province of Xinjiang, to counter the activities of extremists.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/JuD-teaching-Islam-to-Hindu-flood-victims/articleshow/10503822.cms?prtpage=1

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ISI arming and training us, claim ‘Taliban commanders’

By Agencies

October 27, 2011

LONDON:

Amidst a fresh intrusion by Nato helicopters into Pakistani territory, purported Taliban commanders said on Wednesday that they get weapons and training from Pakistani military spy agency to fight foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Notwithstanding a quick denial from the Pakistani military, the allegations could potentially worsen the normalising ties between Pakistan and the US following months of political rhetoric and belligerent statements from US officials.

A number of middle-ranking Taliban commanders revealed the extent of Pakistani support in interviews for a BBC Two documentary series – “Secret Pakistan” – the first part of which was broadcast on Wednesday.

One Taliban commander, Mullah Qaseem, told the BBC that the important things for a fighter were supplies and a hiding place. “Pakistan plays a significant role. First they support us by providing a place to hide which is really important. Secondly, they provide us with weapons,” he said, according to excerpts provided by the BBC.

Other Taliban commanders described how they and their fighters were, and are, trained in a network of camps on Pakistani soil.

According to a commander using the name Mullah Azizullah, the experts running the training are either members of the ISI or have close links to it.

“They are all ISI men. They are the ones who run the training. First they train us about bombs; then they give us practical guidance,” he said.

Another Taliban fighter, known as Commander Najib, said al Qaeda trainers also operated in the camps, talent spotting possible suicide bombers.

“I was in the camp for a month … They were giving us practical training in whatever weapons we specialised in … suicide bombers were taken to a different section and kept apart from us. Those who were taught to be suicide bombers were there,” he said.

A former head of Afghan intelligence told the BBC Afghan officials gave former president Pervez Musharraf information in 2006 suggesting Bin Laden was hiding in Mansehra, a town just 20 kilometres from Abbottabad, but that the information was not acted upon.

Amrullah Saleh, head of the Afghan intelligence from 2004 to 2010, said Syed Akbar, a Pakistani believed to be smuggling guns to the Taliban, told the Afghan intelligence he had escorted Bin Laden from one location to another.

“The information we had was suggesting Mansehra was the town where Bin Laden was hiding … after so many years, it turns out that Bin Laden was about 12 miles from that location,” he said.

Saleh and Afghan President Hamid Karzai took the evidence to Musharraf who, according to Saleh, reacted angrily.

“He [Musharraf] banged the table and looked at President Karzai and said, ‘am I president of a banana republic? If not, then how can you tell me Bin Laden is hiding in a settled area of Pakistan?’ I said ‘well, this is the information so you can go and check it’,” Saleh said.

The BBC said Pakistan strongly denied the allegations made in the programme.

The chief military spokesperson, Maj-Gen Athar Abbas, told the BBC: “To say that these militant groups were being supported by the state with the organised camps in these areas … I think nothing could be further from the truth.”

The US is ratcheting up pressure on Pakistan asking the country to squeeze the militants in their ‘safe havens’ in the tribal regions. In an apparent move to bludgeon Islamabad into compliance, thousands of Nato and Afghan troops amassed on the border with North Waziristan.

On Wednesday Pakistani officials accused Nato helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the North Waziristan Agency.

“Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistani territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00 am,” an unnamed military official told AFP.

The helicopters flew in from the Afghan province of Paktia and circled the border village of Zoi Nara for more than five minutes, the official in Peshawar said.

But a spokesman for Nato’s US-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) told AFP that their “operational reporting” showed that no Isaf helicopter crossed the border, which is unmarked in many places.

A Pakistani military official said the choppers left after “warning shots” were fired by Pakistani troops. Officials said they were not attack helicopters.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/283051/isi-arming-and-training-us-claim-taliban-commanders/

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Pak-China friendship extends to new military exercises

By PPI

October 27, 2011

The exercise will encompass techniques and procedures involved in Low Intensity Conflict Operations environments.

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and China Joint two-week long military exercise “YOUYI-IV” is scheduled to be held in mid November in Pakistan, aimed at a mutual exchange of experience and information through a comprehensive training programme in real time.

The exercise will encompass techniques and procedures involved in Low Intensity Conflict Operations (LIC) environments. The joint interaction in the form of the military exercise aims at sharing and enhancing expertise of both armies in countering terrorism.

Exercise “YOUYI”, which literally translates to “friendship” was initiated by the two countries in 2004. The Pakistan Army was the first foreign army to conduct any exercise on Chinese soil.

So far three exercises have been conducted, including two in China and one in Pakistan. These exercises were mandated to boost the existing professional relationship between the two friendly armies.

Pakistan and China have enjoyed extremely close and brotherly relations, which have matured and strengthened over the years.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/283201/pak-china-friendship-extends-to-new-military-exercises/

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India seeks to create 'anti-Pakistan Afghanistan': Musharraf

By: Special Correspondent

Oct. 27 2011

WASHINGTON - Former president Pervez Musharraf said Wednesday that India wants to "create an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan" as part of its attempt to dominate South Asian region.

"Since our independence, Afghanistan always has been anti-Pakistan because the Soviet Union and India have very good relations in Afghanistan," Musharraf said at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think-tank.

"We must not allow this to continue," he said. "We must not begrudge if Pakistan orders ISI to take counter-measures to protect its own interests."

Afghanistan, he said, sends its intelligence staff, diplomats and soldiers to India where they are "indoctrinated against Pakistan," something he said India must stop and the United States should be concerned about. He regretted that despite Islamabad's offers to train Afghan, none have been sent to Pakistan.

Musharraf said Afghanistan could plunge into conflict along ethnic lines after 2014, when the United States plans to withdraw its combat troops from Afghanistan, ending more than a decade of war.

For Full Report :

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/27-Oct-2011/India-seeks-to-create-antiPakistan-Afghanistan-Musharraf

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Musharraf calls Karzai's scenario of US-Pak war as 'preposterous'

By: Special Correspondent

Oct, 27, 2011

WASHINGTON - Former President Pervez Musharraf, who often had tense relationship with President Hamid Karzai, Wednesday criticized as "preposterous" the Afghan leader's statement that his county would stand by Pakistan in case the United States attacked Pakistan.

Responding to a question about Karzai's remarks, Musharraf thanked, with a touch of sarcasm, the Afghan leader for giving a pro-Pakistan statement, but called the idea of war between the US and Pakistan 'ridiculous and preposterous'.

For Full Report :

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/27-Oct-2011/Musharraf-calls-Karzais-scenario-of-USPak-war-as-preposterous

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Yemen burns as Saleh plans to quit

Oct 27, 2011,

SANAA: More than 20 Yemeni civilians, government troops and dissident soldiers were killed in overnight violence after President Ali Abdullah Saleh's latest pledge to step down, medics said on Wednesday. The deaths in Sanaa and the country's second largest city, Taez, came after Saleh told the US ambassador to Yemen he would sign a Gulf-brokered power transition plan to step down in 30 days.

The violence flared on Tuesday as the government's declaration of a truce with rival forces failed to materialize. A government statement said two civilians were killed on Wednesday in shelling of residential areas in Sanaa, blaming anti-government forces for the deaths. In a separate statement , the government said nine of its soldiers fighting tribesmen and rival forces loyal to General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar were also killed.

Medical officials said the toll from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning had reached 21, including a woman and her child in Taez. In Sanaa, at least seven armed tribesman loyal to powerful Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar died in clashes in Hasaba, home of the chief and his extended family.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Yemen-burns-as-Saleh-plans-to-quit/articleshow/10503730.cms?prtpage=1

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Islamists vow new Tunisia govt within a month

Oct 27 2011,

Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party on Wednesday vowed to form a new government within a month as preliminary results gave it a commanding lead, but not a majority, in the Arab Spring’s first election.

As coalition negotiations got under way in earnest, the biggest secular party defended its negotiations with Ennahda, saying the Islamist party was neither the devil nor the Taliban.

‘No, no, no it is not the devil and we do not make pacts with the devil,’ Congress for the Republic leader Moncef Marzouki told reporters in Tunis.

For Full Report :

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/38215.html

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NATO choppers violate air space: Pakistan

Oct 27 2011,

Pakistani officials on Wednesday accused NATO helicopters of violating Pakistan’s air space over the Taliban and Haqqani stronghold of North Waziristan, along the Afghan border.

‘Two helicopters intruded several kilometres inside Pakistan territory in Datta Khel town around 2:00am (2100 GMT Tuesday),’ a military official said.

The helicopters flew in from the eastern Afghan province of Paktia and circled the border village of Zoi Nara for more than five minutes, the official in the provincial capital Peshawar said.

But a spokesman for NATO’s US-led International Security Assistance Force said that their ‘operational reporting’ showed that no ISAF helicopter crossed the border, which is unmarked in many places.

A Pakistani military official said the choppers left after ‘warning shots’ were fired by Pakistan troops. Officials said they were not attack helicopters.

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/38213.html

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Libya wants Nato to stay longer

Oct 27 2011,

Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil yesterday urged Nato to continue its Libya campaign until year's end, saying loyalists of slain despot Muammar Gaddafi still pose a threat to the country.

Abdel Jalil's comments, made at a Doha conference of military allies of his National Transitional Council (NTC), came a day after Gaddafi's body was buried in secret under cover of darkness after being displayed in public for four days.

This request is aimed at "ensuring that no arms are infiltrated into those countries and to ensure the security of Libyans from some remnants of Gaddafi's forces who have fled to nearby countries," he added.

For Full Report :

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/print_news.php?nid=208120

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Syrians rally for Assad

Oct 27 2011,

Bashar al-Assad

Tens of thousands of people rallied in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday, as activists said 19 more people, including nine government soldiers, died in the latest violence.

The demonstrators, waving Syrian flags and brandishing pictures of Assad, swarmed to Omayyad square in the heart of Damascus for the rally, chanting, "The people want Bashar al-Assad."

State news agency SANA said the demonstration was being held under the banner, "Long live the homeland and the chief of the homeland; the Syrian people are one family."

Coinciding with the mass show of support, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that 19 more people, including nine government soldiers, had been killed in the unrest pitting Assad loyalists and opponents.

Clashes between security forces and soldiers who have deserted and joined the opposition calling for the ouster of Assad, have become more frequent in recent week, particularly in the centre of the country.

The observatory said that four civilians, including an 18-month-old baby, had also been killed and 17 others wounded by security forces in the central Homs region, one of the bastions of the Syrian opposition.

The pro-Assad rally came as an Arab delegation led by Qatar was headed for Damascus for mediation between the Syrian government and its opponents.

Headed by Qatar, the delegation includes the foreign ministers of Algeria Egypt, Oman and Sudan, in addition to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi. It was due to begin talks with Syrian officials in the capital mid-afternoon.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/print_news.php?nid=208118

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Gaddafi’s son, Spy chief want surrender to ICC

Oct 27, 2011,

TRIPOLI – Muammar Qaddafi’s fugitive son Saif al-Islam and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are proposing to hand themselves into the International Criminal Court in The Hague, a senior Libyan military official with the National Transitional Council said on Wednesday.

“They are proposing a way to hand themselves over to The Hague,” Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters from Libya. Saif al-Islam is wanted by the war crimes court, as was his late father. There is also a warrant out for Senussi.

Saif al-Islam has been on the run since Libyan forces overran his father’s home town of Sirte at the weekend. He is thought to be somewhere near Libya’s southern border with Niger.

For Full Report :

http://dailymailnews.com/1011/27/FrontPage/index.php?id=8

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Pak won’t ever accept illegal occupation of Kashmir, says Fazl

Oct 27, 2011,

ISLAMABAD – Chairman Parliamentary Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said Pakistan does not accept illegal occupation of Kashmir by India.

He said this in a statement issued here Wednesday on the occasion of black day being observed across the world against the atrocities being perpetrated by Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman said India occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir on October, 27, 1949 through military action and people of Kashmir had been struggling for freedom of Kashmir since then. India brought Kashmir issue to UN on its own and Security Council adopted resolution for holding plebiscite in Kashmir and both Pakistan and India accepted these resolutions.

For Full Report :

http://dailymailnews.com/1011/27/FrontPage/index.php?id=9

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Taliban hit US-run base in Afghanistan’s Kandahar: police

Oct 27, 2011,

Five explosions had been heard at the base, but it was not immediately clear if they were caused by the attackers or by the PRT guards to defend the base. - AP (File Photo)

KANDAHAR: Taliban armed with guns and explosives struck a US-run base in Kandahar on Thursday, where blasts and gunfire reverberated in the southern Afghan city, police and witnesses said.

A group of “three to four” armed men, possibly with suicide vests, had taken up positions in an empty compound that was once used by the USAID development agency and were firing on the base, according to police.

A NATO spokesman in Kandahar said the military had reports that one civilian foreign national and one Afghan soldier had been wounded in the attack.

“They have parked two explosives-laden motorcycles and one minivan near the compound… police have arrived at the scene and are trying to diffuse the explosives,” said police spokesman Ghorzang, who goes by only one name.

He said five explosions had been heard at the base, but it was not immediately clear who had caused them.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/27/attackers-hit-us-run-base-in-afghanistans-kandahar-police.html

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Jemima Khan donates cameras to tribes to capture US drone damage: report

Oct. 27 2011

Digital cameras are to be handed out free to tribal leaders in Pakistan today to document the death and devastation caused by US drone strikes.

The number of remote-controlled drone strikes against suspected Taleban and al-Qaeda militants has increased hugely in the past two years, but residents of Waziristan say the true death toll among innocent civilians is not being reported because journalists cannot get access to the region.

A Loya Jirga (Grand Council) of Waziri tribal leaders is being held in Islamabad today, and human rights lawyers will distribute an initial batch of 50 cameras to community leaders.

They will be asked to photograph the effects of drone strikes with the cameras, which will show when and where the pictures were taken. The information will go to a central databank accessible to the public.

The campaign has been organised by Pakistani lawyers and human rights groups. CIA officials claim that the drone strikes, which are not officially acknowledged by the White House, cause minimal civilian casualties, but residents and independent researchers say that hundreds of innocents have been killed and injured, including many women and children.

For Full Report :

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/27-Oct-2011/Jemima-Khan-donates-cameras-to-tribes-to-capture-US-drone-damage-report

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20 killed as Saleh ready to quit

Oct 27 2011,

Yemeni veiled women burn veils in a symbolic and traditional move in Sanaa on Wednesday to protest the regime’s crackdown on female protesters. — AFP photo

Agence France-Presse . Sanaa

More than 20 Yemeni civilians, government troops and dissident soldiers were killed in overnight violence after the president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s latest pledge to step down, medics said on Wednesday.

The deaths in the capital Sanaa and the country’s second largest city, Taez, came after Saleh told the US ambassador to Yemen he would sign a Gulf-brokered power transition plan to step down within 30 days.

The violence flared on Tuesday as the government’s declaration of a truce with rival forces failed to materialise.

A government statement released on the official state news agency said two civilians were killed Wednesday in shelling of residential areas in Sanaa, blaming anti-government forces for the deaths.

For Full Report :

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/38216.html

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US drone strike kills key commander in Pakistan

Oct 27, 2011,

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, PAKISTAN: Suspected US unmanned aircraft fired six missiles at a vehicle in Pakistan's rugged tribal region Thursday, killing five militants, including a close ally to one of the area's top commanders, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The attack in the South Waziristan tribal area killed Khan Mohammed, also known as Sathai, deputy leader of a group of militants led by Maulvi Nazir and also the commander's cousin, said the officials.

The strike also killed Nazir's younger brother, Hazrat Omar, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Nazir is one of the most powerful militant commanders in the tribal region and is accused of working with the Taliban and al-Qaida to stage attacks against foreign troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

He is believed to have close relations with Pakistani intelligence and agreed to stay neutral when the military invaded South Waziristan in 2009 to fight the Pakistani Taliban, who have focused their attacks against the Pakistani state.

The U.S. has criticized Pakistan for failing to crack down on militants staging attacks in Afghanistan and has stepped up drone attacks in the tribal region to combat them.

The militants killed in Thursday's drone strike were riding in a double-cabin pickup truck from Tora Gola village to the nearby area of Azam Warsak when they were hit, said the intelligence officials. Three other people were injured in the attack, they said.

The U. refuses to acknowledge the CIA-run drone program in Pakistan publicly, but officials have said privately that the strikes have killed many senior al-Qaida and Taliban commanders.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-drone-strike-kills-key-commander-in-Pakistan/articleshow/10507866.cms?prtpage=1

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At least 2 security personnel killed, three injured in South Waziristan bomb blast

Oct. 27, 2011

A remote controlled explosion killed at least two security personnel and injured three others in South Waziristan on Thursday, a private TV reported.

According to the report, the blast took place at about 10:20 a. m. local time when a remote controlled blast went off near a convoy of security forces in Shakai area of South Waziristan, a border region near Afghanistan.

Security forces cordoned off the area and the injured were shifted to the hospital. No group claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/27-Oct-2011/At-least-2-security-personnel-killed-three-injured-in-South-Waziristan-bomb-blast

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11 injured, two shops destroyed in Peshawar bomb blast

Oct. 27, 2011

At least eleven people were injured and two shops destroyed when a small bomb exploded in Rampura bazar on of the provincial capital on Thursday.

According to police, unknown miscreants had kept a small bomb packed in an oil canister outside a grocery shop located in Rampura Bazaar of Peshawar which went off with a bang on Thursday morning.

A local police official Javed Khan said that the blast left eleven people wounded and destroyed two shops and a vehicle parked nearby the scene of the blast.

The wounded were labourers or passersby, the policeman said.

Police cordoned off the area while the rescue teams shifted the injured to Lady Reading Hospital where according to hospital sources condition of five injured people was serious.

http://nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/27-Oct-2011/Eleven-injured-in-Peshawar-blast

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Yemen’s military kills six militants in south-official

Oct 27, 2011,

Three were killed and six wounded in the coastal town of Shaqra, seized by Islamists in August, during an air strike, the official said. - File Photo

ADEN: Yemeni government forces killed six militant fighters on Wednesday night in two towns, a local official said on Thursday, and part of efforts to drive the fighters out of three cities in the country’s south.

Three were killed and six wounded in the coastal town of Shaqra, seized by Islamists in August, during an air strike, the official said.

Another three were killed and dozens wounded in Zinjibar, which was captured in May, when Yemen army forces shelled one of their bases in the northern part of the city.

Two soldiers were wounded during clashes with the militants, the official said.

Islamist militants have also been in control of Jaar since March, apparently exploiting a security vacuum while President Ali Abdullah Saleh fights to keep his grip on power after nine-months of protests against his rule.

Saleh has refused a Gulf-brokered power transfer plan three times, aggravating protests and bringing the impoverished country to the brink of civil war.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/27/yemens-military-kills-six-militants-in-south-official.html

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Suicide on the rise in Pakistan; 1,600 lives lost

Oct 27, 2011,

The HRCP said that so far this year 1600 people committed suicide.—File photo

KARACHI: Sixteen hundred people took their lives during the last 10 months in Pakistan, DawnNews quoted the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) as saying.

The HRCP, moreover, expressed its concern over the increasing trend of suicide and stated that some 800 people had also unsuccessfully attempted to take their own lives.

The commission sighted poverty and hopelessness as the main reasons behind the troubling trend.

The HRCP lamented that the government was least concerned over the issue and urged it to take steps which would restore confidence in the people and help curb the trend.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/27/yemens-military-kills-six-militants-in-south-official.html

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An Israeli-American held by Egypt to be released for 25 Egyptians in Israeli prisons

27 October 2011

An Israeli-American held by Egypt as an alleged spy is to be released in exchange for 25 Egyptians held in Israeli prisons.

Ilan Grapel is expected to arrive at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport later on Thursday and be greeted by his family.

Egypt accused Mr Grapel of spying for Israel during the uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak.

Israel and his family said he was working openly for a legitimate aid project in Cairo.

They say he made no attempt to disguise the fact that he had served in the Israeli army during its war in Lebanon in 2006.

There has also been widespread scepticism in Egypt that Mr Grapel really was an Israeli spy.

He was arrested on 12 June and accused of trying to stir up sectarian strife in Cairo on behalf of the Israeli spy agency Mossad.

For Full Report :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15473375

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Saudi king prepares to name new crown prince

Oct 27, 2011,

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia ends a mourning period for Crown Prince Sultan on Thursday, opening the way for King Abdullah to appoint his new heir who is widely expected to be the veteran interior minister.

The timing of the announcement is unknown, except that it will come at some stage after the three-day period when the royal court has accepted condolences for the death of Sultan, and not necessarily on Thursday.

But Prince Nayef, who has long been interior minister of the world's top oil exporter, is likely to be named the new crown prince, succeeding Prince Sultan who died of cancer last week.

At stake is the stability of a the U.S. ally which wields great influence over Sunni Muslims through its guardianship of Islam's holiest sites in Mecca and Medina.

Conservative even by Saudi Arabia's austere standards, Nayef is sometimes portrayed as putting the brakes on the king's cautious political reforms. Earlier this year he publicly admonished a member of the mainly consultative Shura Council who had called for a review of the ban on women driving.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-king-prepares-to-name-new-crown-prince/articleshow/10503562.cms?prtpage=1

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5.4 quake shakes southeastern Turkey

Oct 27, 2011,

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey on Thursday, the Kandilli Observatory said, four days after an earthquake killed more than 500 people in eastern Van province.

Thursday's quake hit the districts of Yuksekova and Hakkari, near the borders with Iraq and Iran, south of Van province.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/761781.aspx

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Afghan president's pro-Pak statement rile US lawmakers

Oct 27 2011,

Washington : Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is certain to be questioned about Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's recent statement that his country would back Pakistan if it went to war with the United States when she testifies before a House committee today.

Clinton's appearance before the House Foreign Affairs Committee is coming just days after her trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Lawmakers are expected to press her on a range of issues, including the violence in Syria, the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq and the push for statehood by the Palestinians at the United Nations.

Several lawmakers were furious with Karzai's comments, suggesting the Obama administration should rethink its commitment of dollars and American lives as well as the timetable for withdrawing US forces.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/865889/

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Srinagar blasts hit at Omar’s AFSPA move

Oct 27 2011,

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

AT A TIME when Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is talking about revoking the Armed Forces Special Powers Act ( AFSPA), two grenade blasts ripped through Srinagar on Tuesday wounding three paramilitary personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF).

The police said the two grenade attacks carried out by suspected militants were aimed at CRPF bunkers in the city.

“ Three CRPF personnel were wounded when unknown militants hurled a grenade on their bunker at 132 Battalion CRPF Akhara Building, Maisuma,” a police spokesman said.

The injured personnel from Maisuma, which is around 500 yards from Lal Chowk, were rushed to the hospital.

The second grenade was hurled on the CRPF bunker at Batamaloo, some three km from Srinagar. However, no loss of life or damage to property was reported in Batamaloo.

In south Kashmir’s Shopian district, unknown persons hurled a grenade at a police party. However, the grenade did not explode and was later defused by the police.

In yet another incident, a constable sustained critical injuries when unidentified gunmen shot at him near the general bus stand in Ananatnag, South Kashmir.

So far, no militant group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

For Full Report :

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=26102011

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Zardari to visit Turkey for trilateral meeting on Afghanistan

Oct 27, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Turkey from Monday next at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul to attend the trilateral meeting on Afghanistan being held in Istanbul.

The President will have an all-encompassing dialogue with the Turkish leadership on different aspects of bilateral relations and cooperation on regional and international issues.

Giving details of the visit, foreign office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua at weekly briefing said President Asif Ali Zardari would join President Abdullah Gul and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the trilateral summit on Afghanistan.

The agenda of the summit, to be held in Istanbul, will include peace, stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan and economic cooperation among the three countries.

She said Pakistan attaches importance to the trilateral and multilateral processes relating to Afghanistan and supports all endeavours and initiatives in this regard.

Replying to a question she said Pakistan would raise the issue of attacks by militants from Afghanistan into Pakistani territory during trilateral summit.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/27/zardari-to-visit-turkey-for-trilateral-meeting-on-afghanistan.html

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Omar Abdullah denies undermining Indian army

Oct 27, 2011,

An Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier patrols during a one-day strike in Srinagar on October 27, 2011. — Photo by AFP

SRINAGAR: The chief of the disputed state of Indian-administered Kashmir has moved to reassure the Indian army over plans to withdraw tough laws that shield security forces fighting insurgents.

Omar Abdullah announced last week that emergency laws imposed in 1990 allowing troops to act with near-impunity are to be partially withdrawn as security improves in the region.

The reviled Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was introduced to give the army and paramilitary forces — who number 500,000 in Indian-administered Kashmir today — sweeping powers to detain people, use deadly force and destroy property.

Army and paramilitary officers are opposed to revoking the act, saying it is an important part of efforts to tackle the 20-year insurgency against New Delhi’s rule over the Muslim-majority region.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/10/27/omar-abdullah-denies-undermining-indian-army.html

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AFSPA issue under purview of Home Ministry: Army Chief

Oct 27, 2011,

The Hindu Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh. File photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Amid reports that the Army is opposed to withdrawal of controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General V.K. Singh on Thursday said the issue is under the purview of the Home Ministry.

He said the Army has already given its inputs on the issue.

“This (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is within the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They are debating this and we have given our inputs. I would not like to say anything more,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Infantry Day celebrations here.

Asked about National Conference leader Mustafa Kamal’s remarks that the October 25 grenade blasts in Srinagar were orchestrated by the Army, Gen. Singh said, “Whosoever has given that comment, I think that does not deserve the courtesy of any remark from me“.

Army has been advocating for continuing the Act on the grounds that it needed to deal with terrorism in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had on Wednesday said that the withdrawal of the Act from certain areas of the state was in no way an effort to undermine the role of the Army.

For Full Report :

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2573462.ece?homepage=true&css=print

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After quake, Turkish villagers fear 'white death'

Oct 27 2011,

Guvencli (Turkey) : Standing near homes that have become deathtraps since Sunday's massive earthquake, the men of the Turkish village of Guvencli gazed at the leaden sky and predicted more deaths unless they were given shelter before the winter snows arrive.

In fifteen days, half of the people here may be dead, frozen, Selahattin Karadeniz, 47, whose mud, timber and brick house held up better than most in Guvencli, a village of some 200 homes.

The first snows normally fall in November, blizzards are common and ground can stay white until April among the hills at the eastern end of Lake Van, Turkey's largest lake, close to the border with Iran.

This is the land of winter, said Hilmi Gulgeldi, a villager in his fifties. To stay outside after this time is impossible. It falls to minus 25 degrees, minus 40.

Fahrenheit or Celsius, either way it spells death.

The toll from the 7.2 magnitude quake, the biggest to hit Turkey in more than a decade, had risen to 471 with search and rescue operations still going on three days later.

But the disaster has affected 600,000, according to the provincial governor, with people in the towns and villages frightened to sleep in homes they feared were too fragile to withstand aftershocks rattling the area.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/865766/

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Nusrat Bhutto’s Qul largely attended

Oct 27, 2011,

NAUDERO/ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari, on Wednesday, attended the Rasm-e-Qul of former first lady Begum Nusrat Bhutto here at Naudero House.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and a large number of people from across the country, including federal and provincial ministers, politicians, party workers and people from different walks of life, also attended the Rasm-e-Qul of Mother of Democracy. Prayers were offered for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

Zardari and Bilawal received the people who joined the bereaved family in their hour of grief and sorrow.

Those who attended the ceremony included, among others, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Federal Ministers Dr Firdaus Ashiq Awan, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah.

The PPP parliamentarians, including Faryal Talpur, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Ayaz Soomro, Agha Siraj Durrani and Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto also attended the Soyem.

Begum Nusrat Bhutto, who died in Dubai, was laid to rest in her family mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Bux in Larkana on Monday.

Quran Khawani was held in various cities of the country for the salvation of her soul. Her funeral prayers in absentia were also offered at various places. Meanwhile, diplomats from different countries visited the President House for the second consecutive day on Wednesday to condole the demise of Begum Nusrat Bhutto. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\10\27\story_27-10-2011_pg1_5

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/turkey-earthquake--deaths-rise-to-523/d/5775


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