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Twin Blasts In Pakistan Tribal Region Kills 40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan's Khyber district has been home to some of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Pakistan. (File Photo)

 

Arab World

Muslim Brotherhood Says At Least 31 Killed In Cairo Attack

Cafe bombings, attacks kill 42 in Iraq: Officials

10 killed in car bomb blast near Syrian capital, 62 injured

MB leader: Mursi’s ouster worse than destroying Islam’s holiest shrine

Egyptian expats back army in fighting terror

Syria urges UN to condemn bomb attack in Damascus suburb

Iran Is Said to Want Direct Talks With U.S. on Nuclear Program

UAE arrests three Islamists as 'crackdown' continues

Egypt crisis: Morsi accused of plotting with Hamas militants

Head of Syrian Kurdish group in Turkey for talks: Sources

 

North America

Obama hosts Iftar at White House, says Islam contributed to America's character

Islamic Charity Sent Funds Abroad 'No Strings Attached'

US General says al Qaeda just surviving in Afghanistan

U.S. Cuts Back Pakistan Drone Program amid Growing Criticism of Deadly Strikes

Lawmakers Push Ban on Islamic Law in Family Court

‘Serious deficiencies’ exist in $50 million justice project in Afghanistan, report finds

 

Mideast

Presence of Pregnant Women in Public Is ‘Disgraceful,’ Says Sufi Thinker

Turkey’s peace process sets example for Syria and Iraq

'Majority of Israeli Jews oppose prisoner release as gesture to Palestinians'

Palestinian leadership lauds infamous terrorist as peace talks loom with Israel

Israel creates Twitter account for dialogue with Gulf states

 

Pakistan

Mamnoon's presidential election papers accepted, despite 'lack of beard'

Bodies of 20 suspected militants found in Bara

Pakistani TV Show Reportedly Gives Away Babies for Ramadan

Blast in Lower Kurrum kills two

One child killed; five injured as mortar shell explodes in Peshawar

Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility for ISI office attack

Pakistan's presidential hopeful is a madrasa graduate

Undeterred by militants, Romanian climbers scale Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

US drastically scales back drone strikes in Pakistan

Federal govt orders action against second ISI brigadier

PPP decides to boycott presidential elections

Displaced tribesmen return to Dera Bugti after eight years

 

Southeast Asia

Philippine government says Muslim veil directive only a request

Jakarta Seethes as Talks on Aceh GAM Flag Fail

Child Sex Offenders Remain Free

Former priest faces death penalty for killing lover, babies

 

South Asia

PPM Presidential Candidate calls for death penalty to be put into practice

Assad regime strengthens ties with military ally Pyongyang

Taliban seize Afghan cops in south: Officials

Committee to publish white paper on Hefazat-e Islam

Palestinian refugee family to remain in Maldives while authorities assist with resettlement

Nasheed dismisses allegations of SAARC Summit embezzlement, acknowledges overspend

 

Europe

EU formally lists Hezbollah military wing as terror group

U.N. awards Kuwait $1 billion from Iraq invasion fund

Egypt Detaining Syrian Refugees, Threatening Deportation, HRW Says

Syria death toll now above 100,000, says UN chief Ban

U.N. chief demands Mursi’s release ahead of rival rallies in Egypt

Rabbi shot and wounded in Muslim province of Dagestan

 

India

Muslims don't believe IM exists, says Rahman Khan

It’s State-sponsored conspiracy from day-1 but SIT ignored it, says Zakia

Dhaka keen on India voting Bill to approve settlement

Human rights activists disappointed by the Batla House verdict

408 Indian Haj pilgrims selected for free stay at Nizam's Rubat in Mecca

Don’t deport Hindus who flee Bangladesh: PIL

Abdul Nasser Madani involved in more blast cases: Karnataka Police

J&K: Sarpanch shot at by suspected militants in Sopore

Indian media: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen offers to return award

 

Africa

Nigerian Army Abandons Peacekeeping Missions in Mali and Darfur to Combat Boko Haram

Imposing conditions on recruiting housemaids, on Saudi Arabia

Mali election campaign falls flat in Timbuktu

Tunisia unveils suspected killer of opposition leader Brahimi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Twin Blasts In Pakistan Tribal Region Kills 40

Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Jul 27, 2013

ISLAMABAD: At least 40 people were killed and nearly 200 injured when twin blasts rocked the headquarters of Pakistan's northwestern Kurram tribal region on Friday.

The bombings occurred in Parachinar town, the headquarters of Kurram Agency on the border with the Tora Bora region in Afghanistan's Khost province. "Two blasts happened in Turi Bazar of Parachinar near a school and mosque of Shia community. More than 40 people were killed and around 190 injured. The victims were mostly members of Shia community," said Sahahab Ali Shah, the agency's political agent.

Both explosions took place before sunset just as people flocked to the market area to buy food for their evening meals after a day of fasting during the holy month of Ramzan. The first explosion occurred in a white car parked in Turi Bazar, Shah said, adding the second came an hour. "We are investigating whether it was the handiwork of Pakistani Taliban or local tribes," he said. The blasts destroyed 20 shops and nine vehicles.

Locals rescued most of the injured until the security personnel cordoned off the area, TV channels reported. The local hospital authorities said 41 bodies and 73 injured were brought into the city's hospital while dozens were taken to the garrison town of Kohat. "Many of the injured are in critical condition," said authorities in Parachinar's state-run hospital.

The region has a history of sectarian violence with Shia tribes dominating the Parachinar city. The Sunni sects and Pakistani Taliban often target the Shias in the region. Pakistan's military had carried out military operation in Kurram tribal region and had cleared most the areas from control of Pakistani Taliban but still some hilltops are under their control.

It was unclear which group carried out the attack and no one immediately claimed responsibility. Shia Muslims make up a little over 10% of Pakistan's population of 180 million.

Pakistan has suffered a spate of bombings since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sworn in last month, underscoring the challenges he faces in taming sectarian violence as well as an escalating Taliban-linked insurgency.

Earlier in the day, two members of the Shia community were killed and six more injured when a pick-up truck hit a landmine near Khar Pata area of Kurram Agency.

(With input from agencies)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Twin-blasts-in-Pakistan-tribal-region-kills-40/articleshow/21382857.cms

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Arab World

 

Muslim Brotherhood says at least 31 killed in Cairo attack

Jul 27, 2013

CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood said at least 31 people were killed on Saturday when security forces opened fire on a protest by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo.

“They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said. “The bullet wounds are in the head and chest.”

The violence erupted on the fringes of a round-the-clock vigil being staged by backers of Morsi, who was ousted from power earlier this month by Egypt's military following mass protests against his first year in office.

Al Jazeera's Egypt television station showed medics desperately trying to revive casualties arriving at a field hospital at the Brotherhood sit-in at Rabaa al-Adawiya, a mosque in northeast Cairo.

El-Haddad said police started firing repeated rounds of tear-gas at protesters on a road close to the mosque sometime after 3.00 am. Shortly afterwards, live rounds started flying, hitting people at close range.

The bloodshed came the day after supporters and opponents of Morsi staged mass rival rallies across the country, bringing hundreds of thousands into the streets and laying bare deep divisions within the Arab world's most populous country.

Well over 200 people have died in violence since the overthrow of Morsi, most of them Brotherhood supporters.

There was no immediate word from the security forces about what they thought had happened at Rabaa early Saturday.

http://dawn.com/news/1032289/muslim-brotherhood-says-at-least-31-killed-in-cairo-attack

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Cafe bombings, attacks kill 42 in Iraq: Officials

AP | Jul 26, 2013

BAGHDAD: Emboldened militants in Iraq set up their own checkpoint to kill drivers and bombed crowded cafes on Thursday in the deadliest of a series of attacks that killed at least 42 people, authorities said.

More than 550 people have been killed in violent attacks so far this month, according to an Associated Press count, as violence continues during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The speaker of Iraqi parliament even has acknowledged that insecurity in the nation likely will get worse after a massive al-Qaida-claimed prison break freed hundreds of inmates.

The deadliest attack on Thursday happened when a bomb exploded inside a crowded cafe north of Baghdad, killing 16 diners and wounded 20 others.

Iraqi police said that the blast targeted Noufel cafe near the town of Muqdadiyah, about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad.

Ahmed Ibrahim, a government employee, was shopping near the targeted cafe when he heard a thunderous explosion.

"Everybody rushed to the explosion site and saw charred bodies that were thrown outside the cafe because of the powerful explosion," he said. "The scene was horrible."

An hour later, a bomb went off inside another cafe near Baghdad, killing two people and wounding six, authorities said. Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures.

During Ramzan, cafes in Iraq become quite crowded as people gather there to break the daily fast. Extremists have targeted crowded cafes this year.

Militants have grown bolder in their attacks as well. Earlier on Thursday, insurgents outside the village of Sarha launched mortar rounds at a nearby military base and bombed a communication tower to distract security forces. Then they quickly set up a fake checkpoint on a nearby highway to stop passing vehicles, said Col. Hussein Ali Rasheed, the police chief in nearby Tuz Khormato, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Baghdad.

The corpses of 14 drivers and passengers in a convoy of trucks caught at the checkpoint, all of them Shiites, were later found, each killed by gunshot wounds to the head, Rasheed said.

In the northern city of Beiji, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, militants shot and killed three off-duty soldiers as they were leaving a restaurant, provincial health official Raed Ibrahim said. The soldiers were on their way to Baghdad from Mosul.

And in the city of Kirkuk, a parked car bomb targeted a passing police patrol on Thursday morning, critically wounding six policemen, police Col. Salah Abdul-Qadir said. Kirkuk is 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.

Also, police said gunmen using pistols fitted with silencers shot and killed four people, including two street cleaners, in three separate incidents in Baghdad. Thursday night, a bomb exploded during a small wedding party held in a house in Baghdad's Amiriyah neighborhood, killing three people and wounding 16 others, including some women and children, police and hospital officials said.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to journalists.

The attacks happened amid the backdrop of the Sunday night attack on the notorious Abu Ghraib prison and another lock-up in Taji, both on the outskirts of Baghdad. Dozens of people, mainly members of the security forces and inmates, were killed in the attacks.

Parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi told journalists on Thursday that the latest reports indicate that more than 500 prisoners escaped _ a figure similar to what other Iraqi officials have provided. He said a parliamentary committee is investigating what happened.

"The situation is grave," said al-Nujaifi, a Sunni who frequently has criticized the Shiite prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki. "We don't know who they are and how dangerous they are, but this situation will be reflected negatively on the security situation."

Al-Qaida's Iraq branch claimed responsibility for the prison attacks Tuesday. Interpol issued its security alert Wednesday to warn counties in the region about the fugitives, calling the breakouts "a major threat to global security."

Many of the escaped prisoners were senior members of al-Qaida in Iraq, including some who were facing the death penalty, according to Interpol.

Violence in Iraq has reached levels not seen since 2008, fueling worries of a return to the widespread sectarian killing that pushed the country to the brink of civil war after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. More than 3,000 people have been killed since April.

Ramzan this year is shaping up to be the bloodiest since 2007, with more than 350 Iraqis killed since the holy month started on July 10, according to an AP count.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Cafe-bombings-attacks-kill-42-in-Iraq-Officials/articleshow/21350461.cms

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10 killed in car bomb blast near Syrian capital, 62 injured

AP | Jul 25, 2013

DAMASCUS (Syria): A powerful car bomb exploded in a suburb of the Syrian capital today, killing 10 people and wounding dozens of others, Syria's state-run news agency said.

The explosion in Jaramana, just few kilometres southeast of Damascus, came as the United Nations' top official said more than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war gripping Syria.

The state news agency SANA reported that the explosion caused heavy damage to nearby buildings and destroyed many cars. It said 62 people were wounded.

Jaramana, a neighborhood that overwhelmingly supports the government of President Bashar Assad, has been targeted by a series of explosions before. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-government activist organization, said the blast killed seven and wounded more than 30. It said the blast caused heavy material damage and started a fire.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict started in March 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, calling for a political solution to end the conflict. So far, however, the violence in Syria has defied all international attempts for a political solution.

The conflict began largely as peaceful protests against Assad's rule. It escalated into a civil war after opposition supporters took up arms to fight a brutal government crackdown on dissent.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government today lashed out at the US decision to send arms to rebels fighting troops loyal to Assad, saying Washington is unsuitable to act as a broker at any peace negotiations in Geneva.

"The American intensions seek to continue the cycle of violence and terrorism in Syria in order to destabilize security and stability in the region," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The US government opposed providing any lethal assistance to Syria's rebels until last month, but is moving ahead now with sending weapons to vetted rebels after securing the approval of the House and Senate Intelligence committees.

The White House acknowledged that momentum in the conflict has shifted as the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and Iran have helped Assad's forces.

President Barack Obama and his national security team still have yet to say publicly what weapons they'll provide the Syrian opposition and when they'll deliver them. There has also been concern in the West that US weapons could end up in the hands of al-Qaida-linked groups.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/10-killed-in-car-bomb-blast-near-Syrian-capital-62-injured/articleshow/21342217.cms

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MB leader: Mursi’s ouster worse than destroying Islam’s holiest shrine

25 July 2013

The overthrow of former President Mohammad Mursi by the Egyptian army is worse than destroying Islam’s holiest shrine, the Kaaba, Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Leader Mohammad Badie said Thursday.

“I swear by God that what [Gen. Abdel-Fattah] al-Sissi did in Egypt is more criminal than if he had carried an ax and demolished the holy Kaaba, stone by stone,” Badie said.

Badie’s analogy compares the popularly-backed military overthrow of Mursi on July 3 to a hypothetical destruction of the Kaaba, the cube-shaped shrine in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is faced by Muslims worldwide in their daily prayers.

His statement appeared to channel religious sentiments against a call by military chief for a popular mandate to quash “violence and terrorism.”

The Muslim Brotherhood fear that Sisi is planning a possible bloody crackdown against them and that he is calling for mass rallies to grant him popular cover for that.

The statement by the Brotherhood’s leader takes to a new level the enmity between the camp of Islamists led by the Brotherhood and their opponents, including liberals, moderate Muslim and secular Egyptians and minority Christians.

Badie, who has an arrest warrant against him for allegedly inciting violence, also called Sissi a “traitor” and urged him to repent.

Islamists also planned pro-Mursi rallies on Friday, raising fears of more street battles.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/26/MB-leader-Mursi-ouster-worse-than-destroying-Islam-s-holiest-shrine-.html

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Egyptian expats back army in fighting terror

Renad Ghanem

 July 26, 2013

JEDDAH — Several Egyptians in the Kingdom are supporting army chief  Abdul Fattah El-Sisi's call for demonstrations showing support for the military in its fight against terrorism and violence.

Back home, thousands of Egyptians are planning to have their Iftar Friday at Tahrir Square in Cairo and other areas in cities across the country to show their support for the army.

Several movements and social activists, including the grassroots movement Tamarod, have urged Egyptians to demonstrate and support the army in its war against terrorism and violence.

Sherihan Abdullah, an Egyptian expatriate in Jeddah, supports the demonstrations. “One of the leaders of Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Al-Beltagi, said that if (ousted president Mohamad) Morsi came back to power, terror attacks will stop in Sinai peninsula. It means that they are behind terrorism in Egypt,” she said.

“They claimed many times that there will be a civil war, Egyptians are not safe since Morsi was ousted because the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters are terrorizing innocent people,” she said.

“Since the army ousted Morsi, Islamist leaders have called for Jihad against our great army. Isn’t it a call for civil war? Is there logic in a person going to Jihad against his armed forces who sacrifice their lives to protect us?” asked Sheihan.  

Ahmed Gomaa, an Egyptian expatriate, who also supports the call of El-Sisi, said that Egyptian have a huge trust in their armed forces.

“Unfortunately, Morsi supporters are not peaceful, they are making a lot of violence on Egypt's streets,” said Ahmed.

“They are blocking roads, also they use woman and children as human shields. It's a kind of terrorism,” he said.

Aliaa Yehia, an Egyptian expatriate in Riyadh, said that she is afraid that there will be victims from both sides. "But all will be Egyptians.

“I believe that as long as the army and the police promise to protect the demonstrations, they will, and I support the army in ending terrorism and violence because I feel that they are serious in that. We want to step forward and develop our country and that will happen only when the violence ends,” she said.

Karim Wahba, another Egyptian in Riyadh, is not a Morsi supporter but he supports legitimacy.

“El-Sisi is calling for civil war. If he wants us to be ready to sacrifice our lives for legitimacy, we will do whatever the cost,” he said.

“Morsi supporters are peaceful, but the current government wants to involve them in troubles and wants to show them as terrorists,” said Karim.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130726174827

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Syria urges UN to condemn bomb attack in Damascus suburb

JULY 26, 2013

Syria has called on the United Nations to condemn a recent bomb attack carried out by Takfiri militants near Damascus, where at least seven people died.

In letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry urged the world body to adopt a clear stance in “rejecting terrorism regardless of the place and time of the crime,” Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Thursday.

The bomb attack was carried out on Thursday in the Jaramana suburb, southeast Damascus. More than 60 people were also wounded in the bombing.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/26/315608/un-must-condemn-jaramana-bombing-syria/

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Iran Is Said to Want Direct Talks With U.S. on Nuclear Program

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

26 July 2013

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq told the Obama administration this month that Iran was interested in direct talks with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program, and said that Iraq was prepared to facilitate the negotiations, Western officials said Thursday.

In a meeting in early July with the American ambassador in Baghdad, Mr. Maliki suggested that he was relaying a message from Iranian officials and asserted that Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s incoming president, would be serious about any discussions with the United States, according to accounts of the meeting.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/world/middleeast/iran-is-said-to-want-direct-talks-with-us-on-nuclear-program.html?pagewanted=all

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UAE arrests three Islamists as 'crackdown' continues

By Bill Law

 July 26, 2013

A human rights activist in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) says three members of a religious society linked to the Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested.

The UAE has come down hard on the al-Islah society over the past year.

On 2 July, 68 people, most of them al-Islah members, were convicted of a plot to overthrow the government.

Human rights groups said the trial judge had failed to investigate "credible" allegations of torture of the defendants.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23449669

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Egypt crisis: Morsi accused of plotting with Hamas militants

 July 26, 2013

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being held over allegations of links with Palestinian militants Hamas and plotting attacks on jails in the 2011 uprising, it has been announced.

He is to be questioned for an initial 15-day period, a judiciary order said.

The Islamist leader has been held as an undisclosed location since his removal by the military on 3 July.

The announcement comes as supporters and opponents of the deposed president prepare to stage mass rallies in Cairo.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23464036

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Head of Syrian Kurdish group in Turkey for talks: Sources

 July 26, 2013

The head of a Syrian Kurdish group with links to militants in Turkey has flown to Istanbul for talks with government officials after an upsurge in fighting near the Turkish border, Kurdish political sources said on Friday.

Saleh Muslim, the head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), whose militias have seized control of districts in northern Syria over the past year, arrived in Turkey late on Thursday, Kurdish sources told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/77414/World/Region/Head-of-Syrian-Kurdish-group-in-Turkey-for-talks-S.aspx

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North America

 

Obama hosts Iftar at White House, says Islam contributed to America's character

 July 26, 2013

US President Barack Obama has praised Muslim-Americans for their contributions in helping build the country, saying Islam has contributed to the character of America. At an Iftar hosted by him at the White House to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramzan, Obama said a key part of US engagement with Muslim communities around the world has to be supporting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship.

Noting that it is a White House tradition to celebrate sacred days of various faiths, Obama last evening said these occasions celebrate diversity that defines the country.

Ramadan is "a time of reflection, a chance to demonstrate ones devotion to God through prayer and through fasting, but it's also a time for family and friends to come together", he said addressing the gathering.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Obama-hosts-Iftar-at-White-House-says-Islam-contributed-to-America-s-character/Article1-1098561.aspx

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Islamic Charity Sent Funds Abroad 'No Strings Attached'

ByJesse McLean/Torstar Network

JULY 26, 2013

MISSISSAUGA — Money raised by an Islamic charity based in Mississauga created to help Canada's poor and needy instead went overseas, potentially into the hands of violent militants, a government audit has found.

The federal charity watchdog is now threatening to revoke the charity status of Mississauga's ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) Development Foundation, which is located on South Sheridan Way in Clarkson.

A Canada Revenue Agency audit revealed the foundation shipped more than $280,000 to a Pakistan-based agency, cash the government fears went to supporting the Hizb ul Mujahideen — a militant group that seeks the secession of Kashmir from India.

Full report at:

http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/3908325-islamic-charity-sent-funds-abroad-no-strings-attached-says-charity-watchdog/

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US General says al Qaeda just surviving in Afghanistan

 July 26, 2013

Pockets of al Qaeda militants will endure in Afghanistan beyond next year's departure of most Western combat forces, but they have lost the ability to mount serious attacks of the kind that triggered the Afghan war, a senior US commander said.

Major-General Joseph Osterman, the deputy operations chief of Afghanistan's NATO-led force, said small numbers of al Qaeda fighters remained entrenched in the rugged eastern mountain province of Nuristan, where the forested terrain and plunging valleys provided natural havens.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/77416/World/International/US-General-says-al-Qaeda-just-surviving-in-Afghani.aspx

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U.S. Cuts Back Pakistan Drone Program Amid Growing Criticism Of Deadly Strikes

By KATHY GANNON and SEBASTIAN ABBOT

JULY 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD -- The United States has drastically scaled back the number of drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and limited strikes to high-value targets in response to growing criticism of the program in this country.

Those actions appear to have temporarily appeased Pakistan's powerful generals, who publicly oppose the covert CIA strikes, U.S. officials said. But some officials are still worried about pushback from Pakistan's new civilian leaders, who took power in June with a strong stance on ending the attacks altogether.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/us-cuts-pakistan-drone-program_n_3653694.html

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Lawmakers Push Ban On Islamic Law In Family Court

July 26, 2013

For months now, Republican lawmakers in Raleigh have been pushing to ban North Carolina courts from enforcing “Islamic law,” or Shariah. Last week, the state Senate passed the latest bill with this aim. But, do courts really enforce Shariah, or any foreign laws, in their decisions? Where did this bill come from? And, what effect would the law have? WFAE's Ben Bradford takes a look.

State Senator Thom Goolsby points to a North Carolina lawsuit from last year as an example of why the law is necessary. A Muslim couple filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage, but the husband didn’t want to pay alimony.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/brigitte-gabriel-tea-party_n_3646346.html?utm_hp_ref=politics

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 ‘Serious deficiencies’ exist in $50 million justice project in Afghanistan, report finds

JULY 26, 2013

A contract award made to an organization to promote the rule of law in Afghanistan does not appear to contain basic provisions that would allow the State Department to ensure proper oversight of a project expected to cost U.S. taxpayers $50 million, federal inspectors said Thursday.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said there were "serious deficiencies" in the government's award to the International Development Law Organization, which is based in Rome, for the Afghanistan Justice Training Transition Program.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/25/taxpayer-money-wasted-on-50-million-justice-project-in-afghanistan-report-finds/#ixzz2aApifTUF

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Osama's AK-47 on display at ultra-secret CIA museum

PTI | Jul 26, 2013

WASHINGTON: Osama bin Laden's AK-47 rifle, found next to his body after he was killed in a daring midnight raid by US Navy SEALs in Pakistan, is on display at an ultra-secret CIA museum.

The AK-47 is a recent addition to a collection housed at a museum inside the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The museum displays the gadgets, artifacts and trophies of 70 years of spycraft, from World War II through to the War on Terror.

The museum is closed to the public and is only visited by employees and invited guests.

The Russian-made assault rifle, identified on a simple brass plaque as "Osama bin Laden's AK-47," shares a glass case with an al-Qaida training manual found in Afghanistan soon after 9/11.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Osamas-AK-47-on-display-at-ultra-secret-CIA-museum/articleshow/21370888.cms

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Mideast

 

Presence Of Pregnant Women In Public Is ‘Disgraceful,’ Says Sufi Thinker

 July 26, 2013

Turkish lawyer and Sufi thinker Ömer Tugrul Inançer has sparked a public outcry after telling state television station TRT 1 that it was immoral for pregnant women with huge bellies to reveal themselves in public.

“Announcing pregnancy with a flourish of trumpets is against our civility. [They] should not wander on the streets with such bellies. First of all, it is not aesthetic,” Inançer said. “After seven or eight months of pregnancy, future mothers go out their husbands by car to get some fresh air. And they go out in the evening hours. But now, they are all on television. It’s disgraceful. It is not realism, it is immorality.”

After Inançer’s remarks, the program’s host said, “May God be pleased with you” in response.

Meanwhile, TRT officials said the comments expressed belonged only to Inançer and did not reflect the official view of the channel.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/presence-of-pregnant-women-in-public-is-disgraceful-says-turkish-lawyer-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=51380&NewsCatID=341

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Turkey’s peace process sets example for Syria and Iraq

 July 26, 2013

ANKARA — Turkey’s peace process would set a good example for Syria and Iraq should it progress further in its attempt to end a three-decade-old Kurdish insurgency, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said here Wednesday.

“If we can take steps at a desired level in Turkey, this process will serve as a good example for Syria and Iraq too,” the minister said in reply to a question on possible influences of recent attempts by Syrian Kurds purportedly seeking to form an autonomous administration in the conflict-hit neighboring country.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130726174783

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'Majority of Israeli Jews oppose prisoner release as gesture to Palestinians'

 July 26, 2013

The majority of Israeli Jews are against releasing Palestinian prisoners with blood on their hands as a gesture to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of the resumption of peace talks, according to a Smith Research poll conducted on Wednesday for terror victims organization Almagor.

The poll of 500 Israelis representing a sample of the adult population found that 80 percent of secular Jews said they were against releasing these Palestinian prisoners, while over 95% of conservative and orthodox Jews objected to such a gesture.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Majority-of-Israeli-Jews-oppose-prisoner-release-as-gesture-to-Palestinians-321039

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Palestinian leadership lauds infamous terrorist as peace talks loom with Israel

By Joshua Rhett Miller

JULY 26, 2013

Just as hopes emerge for new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the official Facebook page of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah political party is lauding a convicted terrorist for killing 61 “Zionists” in a series of attacks.

The two sides' perceptions of Abdallah Barghouti, the bomb-making mastermind behind the infamous 2001 Sbarro attack and at least four other suicide bombings, is as good a measure as any for how far apart they are. Arrested in 2003, Barghouti is serving 67 life terms in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison. But to the party that rules the West Bank, Barghouti is a hero.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/07/25/palestinian-political-party-lauds-convicted-terrorist-ahead-potential-peace/?intcmp=HPBucket#ixzz2aAq94dd2

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Israel creates Twitter account for dialogue with Gulf states

Friday, 26 July 2013

The Israeli government said it has created a Twitter account to promote dialogue with the Gulf Corporation Council, The National reported Thursday.

Due to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the GCC states - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

The Twitter account, called “Israel in the GCC,” is described as a “virtual embassy” for the Council members, and is run by Yoram Morad, the Foreign Ministry’s director of digital diplomacy.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/26/Israel-creates-Twitter-account-for-dialogue-with-Gulf-states.html

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Pakistan

 

Mamnoon's presidential election papers accepted, despite 'lack of beard'

 July 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) presidential candidate Mamnoon Hussain’s nomination papers were accepted by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) despite objections raised during scrutiny, reported Express News on Friday.

Two presidential candidates had raised three objections over Mamnoon Hussain’s nomination papers.

Zahoor Hussain, who is also contesting the presidential election, raised an objection saying that according to Islamic practices Mamnoon Hussain should have a beard.

Zahoor Hussain told the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ibrahim  that Hussain is over the age of 65, which is older than the required age for retirement.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/582202/mamnoon-hussains-presidential-election-papers-accepted-despite-lack-of-beard/

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Bodies of 20 suspected militants found in Bara

ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

2013-07-26

KHYBER AGENCY: Bodies of 20 suspected militants were recovered from Bara tehsil of Khyber tribal region on Thursday who officials said were killed during a Pakistan military assault on militants last week.

Assistant Political Agent Bara Tehsil Nasir Khan told Dawn.com that the suspected militants were killed in the Kharmatung area of Bara on the border of Frontier Region Dara Adamkhel.

Codenamed Khyber-2, the operation involving helicopter gunships and Frontier Corps ground troops was launched against Taliban hideouts in Zawa and Khurmatung areas of Akkakhel in Bara on Friday after insurgents bombed a checkpost of the security forces, killing two Frontier Corps personnel.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1031883/bodies-of-20-suspected-militants-found-in-bara

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Pakistani TV Show Reportedly Gives Away Babies for Ramadan

JULY 26, 2013

A popular Pakistani TV host surprised two childless couples by gifting them babies during separate episodes of his Ramadan show.

On July 14, the host of GeoTv's Amaan Ramadan show, Dr. Amir Liaqat Hussain, presented a childless couple with a baby he claimed had been abandoned in the garbage. Hussain repeated the gesture during the July 21 episode of the show.

“This is the beautiful girl who was thrown on [a] pile of garbage by somebody. See how beautiful and innocent she is,” Hussain said while handing over the child, according to The Telegraph.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/pakistan-show-gives-away-babies-ramadan_n_3653345.html?utm_hp_ref=world

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Blast in Lower Kurrum kills two

 July 26, 2013

KURRUM AGENCY: At least two people were killed in a bomb blast in Lower Kurrum Agency on Friday.

 According to the political administration, six people were also injured in the blast.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-111106-Two-killed-in-Lower-Kurrum-bast-

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One child killed; five injured as mortar shell explodes in Peshawar

ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

2013-07-26

PESHAWAR: At least one child was killed and five others injured Thursday night when a mortar shell appearing to be a toy exploded in Peshawar's Bajaur Agency when the children were playing with it, official sources said.

A political administration official said the explosion occurred in the Nisarabad Kausar area of Khar in Bajaur Agency when a child took a toy-like mortar shell home and it went off.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1032036/one-child-killed-five-injured-as-mortar-shell-explodes-in-peshawar

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Pakistan Taliban claim responsibility for ISI office attack

Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Jul 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Jundullah group of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack on the headquarters of the Inter-Services Intelligence in Sukkar town of Sindh, the death toll in which has risen to nine. "We sent four suicide bombers and the target was the ISI office," a spokesman said from an undisclosed location. "It was in revenge of the killing of Taliban deputy chief Wali Ur Rehman. These intelligence officials are the friends of the US and as long as they provide them services, we will not refrain from targeting them."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-Taliban-claim-responsibility-for-ISI-office-attack/articleshow/21354772.cms

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Pakistan's presidential hopeful is a madrasa graduate

 July 26, 2013

KARACHI: Mamnoon Hussain, the PML-N candidate expected to win Pakistan's presidential election next week, graduated from a seminary, sources said.

Hussain joined Darul Uloom Naeemia in the port city of Karachi in 1953 and was enrolled for Daras-e-Nizami, the famous centuries-old curriculum steeped in Islamic theology and followed in Pakistani madrasas.

"He remained in the madrasa for some years and got a degree in 1955," said one of his close friends and a party colleague, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistans-presidential-hopeful-is-a-madrassa-graduate/articleshow/21336526.cms?

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Undeterred by militants, Romanian climbers scale Pakistan's 'Killer Mountain'

2013-07-26

ISLAMABAD: When Taliban gunmen mowed down a group of foreign climbers last month, Romanian mountaineer Zsolt Torok was perched on an icy flank of Pakistan's second-highest peak oblivious to the mayhem unfolding thousands of metres below.

“I called my wife (on a satellite phone) and she said the Taliban came and killed everyone in the base camp,” he said. “I was shocked. We survived only because we'd chosen a different route.”

Undaunted, Torok and four other Romanian climbers carried on with their ascent, becoming the first expedition to scale Pakistan's Nanga Parbat last week since the bloodiest attack on foreigners in Pakistan in a decade.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1031852/undeterred-by-militants-romanian-climbers-scale-pakistans-killer-mountain

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US drastically scales back drone strikes in Pakistan

2013-07-26

ISLAMABAD: The United States has drastically scaled back the number of drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and has limited strikes to high-value targets in response to growing criticism of the program in the country.

Those actions appear to have temporarily appeased Pakistan's powerful generals, who publicly oppose the covert CIA strikes, US officials said. But some officials are still worried about pushback from Pakistan's new civilian leaders, who took power in June with a strong stance on ending the attacks altogether.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1032045/us-drastically-scales-back-drone-strikes-in-pakistan

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Federal govt orders action against second ISI brigadier

By Hasnaat Malik

2013-07-26

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court was informed on Thursday that the federal government had instructed the Balochistan government to proceed against another ISI brigadier who was allegedly involved in enforced disappearance of a citizen, Ali Ahmad Bangalzai.

During the hearing of the missing persons’ case, Additional Attorney General of Pakistan (AAGP) Tariq Khokhar told the three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that in compliance with its July 1 order, the interior secretary had written a letter to Balochistan home secretary for action against ISI officer Brigadier Sadique in view of the statement of JUI senior leader and ex-MNA Hafiz Hussain Ahmad.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\26\story_26-7-2013_pg1_3

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PPP decides to boycott presidential elections

 July 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has announced to boycott the presidential elections according to presidential candidate Raza Rabbani during an emergency press conference, Express News reported on Friday.

Raza Rabbani expressed concern over the fact that the Supreme Court decided the earlier date for the election as July 30 instead of August 6, whereas the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is an independent body.

“Today’s decision is a decision of our struggle”, Senator Raza Rabbani said. He further went on to say that this move by the Supreme Court and the ECP was seen a move towards “one-unit”, which he considered dangerous.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/582233/ppp-decides-to-boycott-presidential-elections/

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Displaced tribesmen return to Dera Bugti after eight years

SALEEM SHAHID

2013-07-26

QUETTA: Displaced Bugti tribesmen returned to their hometown of Dera Bugti on Thursday after about eight years.

Fifty vehicles carrying the tribesmen led by Nawabzada Gohram Bugti, a grandson of Akbar Bugti, left Dera Allahyar in Jaffarabad district for Dera Bugti after having been cleared by federal and provincial governments. After a brief stay in Jacobabad, Kashmore and Sui, the convoy reached Dera Bugti.

The tribesmen left Dera Bugti in 2005 after a military operation had been launched against Nawab Akbar Bugti by Gen Pervez Musharraf. Nawab Bugti was killed in a cave in Kohlu district.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1032016/displaced-tribesmen-return-to-dera-bugti-after-eight-years

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Southeast Asia

 

Philippine government says Muslim veil directive only a request

 26 July 2013

MANILA: A Philippine government directive for female Muslim teachers to take off their face veils in class is not mandatory nor meant to curtail religious rights, the education minister said on Thursday.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro issued guidelines last week on wearing the “Niqab” in schools, intended mainly for the southern Philippines, where most of the country’s Muslim minority lives.

“I want to make it clear that the Department of Education order was not meant to impinge on the religious rights of Muslim teachers,” Luistro told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/459179

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Jakarta Seethes as Talks On Aceh GAM Flag Fail

JULY 26, 2013

Officials in Jakarta have lashed out at the Aceh administration for its insistence on flying the flag of a now-disbanded separatist group as its provincial standard.

Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi said in Jakarta on Thursday that he would take all steps to ensure that the flag, branded “separatist,” was not raised on Aug. 15 as planned by Aceh authorities after talks with the central government aimed at ending the controversial plan fell through.

“I’ll write a letter to the Aceh governor, as will the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs,” he said.

“The qanun on which the plan is based is not yet official, so the new flag can’t be used,” he said, referring to Aceh’s adopted Islamic title for bylaws issued in the province. As with local regulations issued elsewhere in the country, qanun are trumped by national laws.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/jakarta-seethes-as-talks-on-aceh-gam-flag-fail/

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Child Sex Offenders Remain Free

July 26, 2013.

Surabaya. More than a month after Surabaya Police uncovered a child prostitution operation managed by a 15-year-old student, law enforcement officers are yet to capture the people involved.

Mohammad Umar, a guidance counselor and advocate from the Surabaya Children Crisis Center, said the girls who were victims had been traumatized by dealing with law enforcement officers who are yet to arrest the perpetrators.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/child-sex-offenders-remain-free/

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Former priest faces death penalty for killing lover, babies

JULY 26, 2013

Prosecutors in Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) have sought the death penalty against former priest Herman Jumat Masan, 45, for premeditated murder in the slaying of Yosephine Kerodok Payong, or Mery Grace, and two infants from an illicit relationship with Mery.

Agung Raka Putra Dharmana, public prosecutor at Maumere Prosecutor’s Office told The Jakarta Post over the phone from East Manggarai that the demand was read during a hearing presided by judge Beslin Sihombing at the Maumere District Court in Sikka regency on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/07/26/former-priest-faces-death-penalty-killing-lover-babies.html

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South Asia

 

PPM Presidential Candidate calls for death penalty to be put into practice

By Leah Malone | July 25th, 2013

Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) Presidential Candidate Abdulla Yameen has called for the death penalty to be put into practice in the Maldives, a day after vowing to reform the judiciary.

The MP, half brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, made the comments while speaking on the program Voice of Maldives on Monday night (July 22).

Yameen explained that although he was not previously an advocate of the death penalty, he now believed it must be implemented to save Maldivian society from murders that have become too commonplace, according to local media reports.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/murder-has-to-be-punished-with-murder-yameen-calls-for-death-penalty-to-be-put-into-practice-61500

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Assad regime strengthens ties with military ally Pyongyang

26 July 2013

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has met a Syrian delegation during commemorations of the anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire, amid reports Pyongyang is helping the Syrian regime’s battle against rebels.

Kim had a “cordial talk” with the delegation led by Abdullah Al-Ahmar, deputy general secretary of Syria’s ruling Baath Arab Socialist Party, the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/459170

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Taliban seize Afghan cops in south: Officials

 July 26, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Taliban poisoned and captured at least 12 policemen as they broke their fast during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in an attack in southern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.

The attack took place in Zabul province, where the insurgent militia is believed to have a strong presence despite numerous operations by Afghanistan’s Western-backed government security forces.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130726174843

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Committee to publish white paper on Hefazat-e Islam

JULY 26, 2013

Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee to publish white paper on Hefazat Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee has been conducting an extensive investigation on the much talked-about Islamist organisation Hefazat-e Islam since mid-May, the platform’s Executive President Shahriar Kabir told The Daily Star in a recent phone interview.

Also a leading member of the study team, he said their field level work was almost done and they hoped to make their findings public through a white paper by the end of August.

The team has interviewed a large number of Qawmi madrasa students who had joined Hefazat’s May 5 Motijheel rally in the capital, and the findings have come from their statements, he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/ghatak-dalal-nirmul-committee-to-publish-white-paper-on-hefajat/

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Palestinian refugee family to remain in Maldives while authorities assist with resettlement

By Neil Merrett | July 25th, 2013

Four Palestinian refugees who arrived in the Maldives on July 9 will remain on the airport island of Hulhule’ until authorities can resettle the group in another country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.

The Palestinian nationals, who Minivan News understands had previously fled to Syria, arrived in the country earlier this month on a flight from Dubai with a “questionable” travel document supplied by Syrian authorities.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/palestinian-refugee-family-to-remain-in-maldives-while-authorities-assist-with-resettlement-61563

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Nasheed dismisses allegations of SAARC Summit embezzlement, acknowledges overspend

By Mohamed Naahee | July 25th, 2013

Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) presidential candidate and former President Mohamed Nasheed has dismissed allegations that his government embezzled state funds to host the 17th SAARC Summit, but acknowledged that it was possible money had been spent contrary to the Public Finance Act.

The Auditor General’s report on government expenses for the 17th SAARC Summit held in Addu City and Fuvahmulah in 2011, revealed several financial discrepancies including an overspend of more than MVR 430 million (US$27.9 million) on the event’s allocated budget.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/despite-violations-of-public-finance-act-i-did-not-embezzle-state-funds-former-president-nasheed-61538

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Europe

 

EU formally lists Hebollah military wing as terror group

 July 26, 2013

The European Union formally listed the armed wing of the powerful Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah as a terrorist entity Friday, paving the way for sanctions.

The EU's Official Journal -- the bloc's record of decisions and their implementation -- added the "Hezbollah Military Wing" to the list of 11 persons and 25 groups deemed to be involved in terrorist activity.

The listing will most likely result in an assets freeze but analysts have warned it may be virtually impossible in practice to distinguish between Hezbollah's military and political wings.

Others on the list include Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules Gaza, Colombian rebel group FARC, Peru's Shining Path and the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/77426/World/Region/EU-formally-lists-Hebollah-military-wing-as-terror.aspx

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U.N. awards Kuwait $1 billion from Iraq invasion fund

26 July 2013

AFP, Geneva

A United Nations body that handles war reparations for Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait said Thursday it had handed over a further $1.07 billion (810 million euros) to the emirate.

The payment, related to damage to oil facilities and resulting financial losses, brings to $42.3 billion the total sum handed out by the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC).

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/26/U-N-awards-Kuwait-1-billion-from-Iraq-invasion-fund-.html

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Egypt Detaining Syrian Refugees, Threatening Deportation, Human Rights Watch Says

JULY 26, 2013

CAIRO, July 25 (Reuters) - Egypt has been detaining Syrian refugees without charge and threatening to deport them in a climate of growing hostility since the army seized power last month, the rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday.

Many of the 90,000 or more Syrians who have come to Egypt to escape their civil war have complained of harassment since Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was toppled on July 3, and fear they are being made scapegoats for Egypt's domestic troubles.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/egypt-syrian-refugees_n_3651863.html

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Syria death toll now above 100,000, says UN chief Ban

 July 26, 2013

More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said.

The latest estimate of the number killed is 7,000 higher than that issued by the UN only last month.

Mr Ban was speaking at UN headquarters in New York alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Both men stressed the urgency of finding a political solution to the conflict. Mr Ban appealed for fresh efforts to convene a peace conference.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23455760

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U.N. chief demands Mursi’s release ahead of rival rallies in Egypt

 July 26, 2013

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for the release of Egypt’s deposed President Mohammad Mursi as his supporters and the military who toppled him sought to defuse soaring tensions ahead of rival rallies Friday.

Ban demanded that Mursi and his high-level backers “be released or have their cases reviewed transparently without delay,” said deputy U.N. spokesman Eduardo del Buey.

Mursi and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been detained since the military drove him from power on July 3 in response to massive protests calling for his ouster.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/26/U-N-chief-demands-Mursi-s-release-ahead-of-rival-rallies-in-Egypt.html

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Rabbi shot and wounded in Muslim province of Dagestan

 July 26, 2013

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A rabbi was shot and gravely wounded Thursday by an unidentified gunman in Russia’s predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan in what officials described as a hate crime.

Ovadia Isakov, 40, was attacked late Wednesday as he left his car and was walking home in Derbent, a city on the Caspian Sea, said Rasul Temirbekov, spokesman for the regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee.

The rabbi has been taken to an intensive care unit at a local hospital where doctors are trying to save his life, Russia’s chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, said in a statement. He said that a medical plane with a team of doctors will arrive shortly from Israel to help treat him.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130726174846

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India

 

Muslims don't believe IM exists, says Rahman Khan

Jul 26 2013

New Delhi : On the day a Delhi court convicted suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) member Shahzad Ahmad in the Batla House encounter, Minority Affairs Minister K Rehman Khan said the Muslim community in general did not believe in the existence of the outfit. He, however, added that he was only reflecting a “feeling” among the community.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Khan said: “Unlike other organisations, the Muslim community is not buying its existence in the country... As far as the IM is concerned, nobody knows what it is, where it was formed, how it was formed and who runs it.” Asked if he was denying the existence of the outfit, Khan said he was neither denying nor questioning anything, but pointed out that “the community has that feeling”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/muslims-dont-believe-im-exists-says-rahman-khan/1146909/

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It’s State-sponsored conspiracy from day-1 but SIT ignored it, says Zakia

DARSHAN DESAI

Jul 26 2013

Zakia Jaffry, widow of the former Congress MP Ehsan Jaffry killed in the 2002 riots, has made a serious allegation that there was plenty of evidence to suggest there was a State-sponsored conspiracy to expand the aftermath of the Godhra train burning incident across Gujarat, but a Special Investigation Team (SIT) tasked with looking at this completely ignored the facts before it.

Ms. Jaffry’s counsel Mihir Desai on Thursday tore apart the SIT’s report that gave Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi a clean chit in the 2002 riots and pointed out that there was a conspiracy from day one — February 27, 2002 — to spread the outrage over the Godhra incident across the length and breadth of Gujarat. He questioned, before a metropolitan court here, why the SIT appointed by the Supreme Court glossed over damning evidence.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/its-statesponsored-conspiracy-from-day1-but-sit-ignored-it-says-zakia/article4954395.ece

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Dhaka keen on India voting Bill to approve settlement

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

Jul 26 2013

Will Parliament oblige a country that was ranked as the most trusted by Indians in the CNN-IBN-The Hindu Election Tracker survey?

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, whose country won that accolade, arrived in New Delhi on Thursday for meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley for clarity on whether Parliament will be able to pass a Constitutional Amendment Bill in its session beginning Monday.

The Bill, if passed, will put the final seal of approval on the settlement negotiated by the two countries during the tenure of the Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The introduction of the Bill, which requires two-thirds of members present to vote in favour, therefore needs bipartisan support. It was stalled in the Rajya Saha during the last session following Opposition protests.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dhaka-keen-on-india-voting-bill-to-approve-settlement/article4954250.ece

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Human rights activists disappointed by the Batla House verdict

MOHAMMAD ALI

Jul 26 2013

Activists and lawyers who followed the Batla House encounter were “extremely disappointed” by the trial court verdict, which, they argued, believed the prosecution story that had “big loopholes”.

A Delhi court on Thursday convicted one of the accused in the Batla House encounter case, Shahzad, for killing Special Cell Inspector M. C. Sharma.

President of Jamia Teachers Solidarity Association Manisha Sethi said it was “deeply disappointing” that the court upheld the police story on Shahzad’s escape in “complete disregard” of the fact that the only way of escape was a narrow staircase with iron grill on it.

“How could Shahzad have escaped when there were police personnel on the spot of the encounter, the fourth floor, in the staircase, on the ground floor, the lane, back lane?” she asked.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/human-rights-activists-disappointed-by-the-verdict/article4955400.ece

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408 Indian Haj pilgrims selected for free stay at Nizam's Rubat in Mecca

 July 26, 2013

MAKKAH — More than 400 pilgrims from India will be given free accommodation at Nizam's Rubat in Makkah during the upcoming Haj.

Hussain Al-Shareef, caretaker of the Rubat, said the pilgrims were selected through an electronic draw from among 3,505 deserving applicants seeking free stay in the holy city during the annual pilgrimage.

He said the draw is normally held in July every year in the presence of several officials and dignitaries.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130726174878

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Don’t deport Hindus who flee Bangladesh: PIL

TNN | Jul 26, 2013

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought responses of the Centre and 18 states to a PIL which pleaded that Hindus migrating to India to escape religious persecution in Bangladesh must not be bracketed with other illegal migrants and pushed back or deported.

The PIL by NGO "Swajan" through advocate Shuvodeep Roy has been knocking at the doors of the apex court since August last year. It had only focused on Assam, terming the problem as peculiar to it.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dont-deport-Hindus-who-flee-Bangladesh-PIL/articleshow/21352777.cms

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Abdul Nasser Madani involved in more blast cases: Karnataka Police

TNN | Jul 26, 2013

BANGALORE: People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani, arrested in connection with the serial blasts that had rocked the city exactly five years ago, also played a crucial role in explosions in Surat, Mumbai and Delhi, the state central crime branch (CCB) police submitted before the high court of Karnataka on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Abdul-Nasser-Madani-involved-in-more-blast-cases-Karnataka-Police/articleshow/21351630.cms

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J&K: Sarpanch shot at by suspected militants in Sopore

 July 26, 2013

A sarpanch was critically injuredin a suspected militant attack in Sopore township of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Friday, police said.

Khazir Mohammad was seriously injured after he was shot at by some unidentified militants while he was coming out of a local mosque after offering Friday prayers in his Kranki Shivan village, 55 kms from Srinagar, they said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/srinagar/J-amp-K-Sarpanch-shot-at-by-suspected-militants-in-Sopore/Article1-1098710.aspx

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Indian media: Nobel laureate Amartya Sen offers to return award

26 July 2013

Media in India are discussing Nobel laureate Amartya Sen's offer to return the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, after he was criticised for his remarks about controversial politician Narendra Modi.

A noted economist, Mr Sen has said he does not want to see Mr Modi, the chief minister of the western state of Gujarat, as prime minister, according to newspaper reports.

Mr Modi is a senior leader of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the party's campaign chief for the general election, due next year.

Reacting to demands by BJP MP Chandan Mitra to return the Bharat Ratna, the Nobel laureate has offered to return the award, reports the Hindustan Times.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23461502

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Africa

 

Nigerian Army Abandons Peacekeeping Missions In Mali And Darfur To Combat Boko Haram

Andrew McGregor

JULY 26, 2013

Nigeria has begun to pull back troops from peacekeeping missions in Mali and Darfur as its two-month-old offensive against Boko Haram militants begins to falter even as northern Nigerian extremists turn to soft targets to disrupt the efforts of security forces. Launched on May 14, the offensive has proved controversial from the start, with critics describing it as ineffective and shockingly casual in its regard for civilian lives.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan’s order to withdraw Nigerian troops from Mali was attributed in some quarters to the replacement of a Nigerian by a Rwandan as the force commander of the peacekeeping force in Mali now that it has passed under UN control. [1] A Nigerian military source told a French news agency that the withdrawal was in response to the UN’s change of command for the Malian peacekeeping force: “A non-Nigerian was appointed as force commander while we are putting so much into the mission. So we think we can make better use of those people [i.e. Nigerian troops] at home than to keep them where they are not appreciated” (AFP, July 18).

Full report at:

Jamestown Foundation

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Imposing conditions on recruiting housemaids, on Saudi Arabia

 July 26, 2013

With reference to the report “Halting recruitment from Ethiopia” (July 25), the truth is that no one is imposing conditions on Saudi Arabia for recruiting housemaids as the author of the article suggests. All that the countries which provide housemaids want is an agreement in which the rights of the maids are protected. Now you can call that imposing conditions, but I would like to call that common sense considering the fact that the abuse of maids has often been reported in the Kingdom. As far as I am concerned, there are two things the concerned authorities can do: either find yet another market for housemaids or stop the abuse and sign agreements.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130726174778

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Mali election campaign falls flat in Timbuktu

 July 26, 2013

The presidential poll in the fabled Malian caravan town of Timbuktu is a potent symbol of its progress since it was torn apart by armed Islamists last year -- yet the campaign is leaving most residents cold.

With 48 hours until polling opens, would-be voters have been staying away from political rallies and opting out of the nationwide conversation on who should take Mali into a more prosperous and peaceful future.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/77430/World/International/Mali-election-campaign-falls-flat-in-Timbuktu.aspx

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Tunisia unveils suspected killer of opposition leader Brahimi

26 July 2013

Tunisian opposition member Mohamed al-Brahimi was killed with the same gun used to assassinate politician Chokri Belaid six months earlier, Interior Minister Lutfi bin Jidu said Friday.

“The same 9mm automatic weapon that killed Belaid also killed Brahimi,” bin Jidu said.

While four suspects have been arrested, there were around 14 involved in the killing of Brahimi and Belaid, the minister added.

The main suspect is hard-line Salafist Abu Bakir Hakim, who is already being sought on suspicion of smuggling weapons from Libya, bin Jidu said.

“I want to emphasize that crimes of political assassinations are usually done with top secrecy... but we were capable of finding suspects with evidence,” he said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/26/Minister-Secular-politician-Brahmi-was-killed-with-same-gun-as-Belaid-.html

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/twin-blasts-in-pakistan-tribal-region-kills-40/d/12773

 

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