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Islamic World News ( 16 May 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Twin drone strikes kill 12 in North Waziristan

Taliban gun down Saudi diplomat in Pak

8 killed in Syrian border town as hundreds flee

Israel gunfire kills 6 on Lebanon border: medic

Blast in Somalia kills 5 pro-gov’t troops

Death toll climbs to 98 in Charsadda suicide attack in Pak

Miami imam ordered held without bail in US

Four Nato soldiers die in Afghan bomb blast

Mass grave found in Syrian protest hub: activists

NATO incursion into Pakistan wounds two troops: officials

Islam is relevant to all places and times: Makkah governor

Libya offers truce as international court readies arrest warrants

Pak’s N-weapons programme expanding at rapid pace: Report in Newsweek

US formally apologizes Pak over drone attacks

NATO warplanes bomb Tripoli

International court prosecutor seeks arrest of Gaddafi

Pakistan questions teenager US linked to Taliban

Address questions related to Mumbai terror attacks: US to Pak

Cameron invites Libyan rebels to open London office

Palestinian “Arab Spring” confronts Israel on borders

Saif Gaddafi: dictator's son who mingled with British high society

Gilani visits China as Pak faces international scrutiny

Fugitive on 'most wanted' list givenBy India to Pak lives in Thane

Ayatollah attacks Ahmedinejad aide

Post-Abbottabad, Seal-mania grips Americans

Israel hunts for Syrian infiltrators

'US headed towards sending troops to Pakistan'

26/11 trial kicks off in Chicago with jury selection

Kerry presents US demands to Pakistan

Israel fires warning shots at Malaysian aid ship

Al Qaeda ‘cadres’ still help Afghan Taliban

Muslims in Japan sue over anti-terror probe

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Twin drone strikes kill 12 in North Waziristan

17 MAY 2011

MIRANSHAH: Two US drone strikes targeting a compound and a vehicle in North Waziristan Agency killed at least twelve terrorists and wounded four others on Monday, officials said.

Both the attacks took place in Mir Ali Town, some 40 kilometres east of Miranshah, a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked terrorists. Two US drones fired two missiles into a terrorist compound, and minutes later another drone fired two missiles at a vehicle nearby, officials said. “In the first strike, two missiles destroyed the compound and killed six terrorists. The second attack killed those travelling in a car,” an official told a foreign news agency on condition of anonymity.

A security official in Miranshah confirmed the strike, saying earlier that at least seven people had been killed.

“The vehicle was completely burnt and the compound was also destroyed,” he told AFP. “We don’t know their exact identities but we were informed that there were foreigners inside that compound,” one intelligence official said. agencies

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\17\story_17-5-2011_pg1_5

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Taliban gun down Saudi diplomat in Pak

17 MAY 2011

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD: Gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed a Saudi diplomat in Karachi on Monday, police and the Saudi ambassador said, the second attack on the mission since the killing of Osama bin Laden increased tension in the region.

Pakistan's Taliban claimed responsibility, and warned the United States against attacking its close ally al-Qaida.

Al-Qaida has waged a bloody campaign to topple the royal family and government of Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of its leader bin Laden. The group has also vowed to avenge his killing by US special forces in Abbottabad on May 2.

Four people riding motorcycles opened fire on the Saudi diplomat's car, a Karachi police official said. The diplomat, a low-ranking security official, was on his way to the consulate when the assailants struck.

Pakistan's interior minister condemned the attack and ordered Karachi authorities to provide "complete security" to Saudi nationals in the city.

"We condemn this attack. No one who carries out this kind of attack can be a Muslim," the Saudi ambassador, Abdul Aziz al-Ghadeer said. Four bullets were fired and one struck the diplomat in the head, said Karachi police official.

The Saudi state news agency named the diplomat as Hassan al-Qahtani. "Hasan al-Khatani was treacherously assassinated while on his way to work," said another official.

Saudi Arabia had asked the Pakistani authorities "to tighten security measures around the consulate in Karachi and the Islamabad embassy, and on their staff," said the unnamed official. It said Saudi officials would probe the shooting alongside Pakistan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-gun-down-Saudi-diplomat-in-Pak/articleshow/8379001.cms

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8 killed in Syrian border town as hundreds flee

May 17, 2011

A human rights activist says eight people have been killed because of violence in a Syrian border town where witnesses reported hearing crackling gunfire and explosions.

Mustafa Osso said Monday that six people were killed in Talkalakh on Sunday and two others including a soldier died in Lebanon after crossing the border for treatment. He said military operations were continuing in the town on Monday. Hundreds of people have been fleeing into Lebanon to escape a harsh crackdown against anti-government protests.

Human rights groups say more than 800 people have been killed since mid-March. Few reports were leaking out of Talkalakh because Syrian troops have isolated the city and cut telephone lines.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/339080/8-killed-in-Syrian-border-town-as-hundreds-flee.html

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Israel gunfire kills 6 on Lebanon border: medic

17 MAY 2011

JERUSALEM: Israeli troops clashed with Arab protesters along three hostile borders on Sunday, leaving as many as 12 people dead and dozens wounded in an unprecedented wave of violence marking the anniversary of the mass displacement of Palestinians surrounding Israel's establishment in 1948.

In the most serious incident, the Israeli military said thousands of protesters approached Syria's border with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. It said hundreds of people burst through the border, and soldiers opened fire to stop them. Dozens were wounded and six were reported killed.

As Israel's prime minister gathered his top advisers for an emergency meeting, officials accused Syria of fomenting the violence in an attempt to divert attention from the deadly crackdown on weeks of protests against the rule of President Bashar Assad.

"The Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert international attention away from the brutal crackdown of their own citizens to incite against Israel," said Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, an Israeli military spokeswoman.

Deadly clashes also took place along Israel's nearby northern border with Lebanon, as well as in the Gaza Strip, near Israel's southern border.

The unrest came as the Palestinians marked the "nakba," or "catastrophe," the term they use to describe the uprooting they suffered at the time of Israel's founding on May 15, 1948.

On Facebook and other websites, activists had urged Palestinians and their supporters in neighboring countries to march on the border with Israel as part of nakba activities. Security officials tried to block such moves for fear of violence.

In Egypt, the army set up at least 15 checkpoints -- guarded by tanks and armored vehicles -- on the road between the Egyptian town of El-Arish and the Gaza border city of Rafah, turning back all who were not residents of the area.

In the fighting over Israel's creation, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were uprooted, and the dispute over the fate of the refugees and their descendants, now numbering several million, remains a key issue in the Mideast conflict.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, and Syria demands the area back as part of any peace deal. Despite hostility between the two countries, the border has been quiet since the 1973 Mideast war.

Israeli TV channels broadcast scenes, taken from Arab stations, of what appeared to be thousands of people gathering along the Syrian border with the Golan, with large crowds throwing objects at the fence. Dozens of people could be seen cutting through the fence and storming across to the Israeli side.

In a statement, the military said "thousands of Syrian civilians" breached the border.

"IDF forces opened fire in order to prevent the violent rioters from illegally infiltrating Israeli territory, a number of rioters have infiltrated and are violently rioting in the village. From initial reports there are dozens of injured that are receiving medical care in a nearby hospital," the statement said.

Israeli officials confirmed two of those who crossed the Syrian border were dead on the Israeli side, and as many as four were reported dead in Syrian territory.

The protesters were believed to be Palestinians who live in refugee camps in Syria. Israel's Channel 2 TV interviewed one of those who crossed, who identified himself as a resident of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. "I am Palestinian from Nazareth," a town in northern Israel, the man told the station.

Channel 2 showed footage, taken by a resident of the Golan border village of Majdal Shams, of what it said was a pro-Palestinian protest walking through the streets of the town. At late afternoon, Israeli military officials said about 100 people had been caught and were being sent back to Syria. It was not known how many remained on the loose.

"The residents are in shock, they had no idea this was going to happen," Dolan Abu Salah, mayor of Majdal Shams, told Channel 10 TV. He said the town's residents, members of the Druse Arab sect, were neutral and did not want to get involved.

About 40 kilometres to the west, Israeli troops clashed with a large crowd of Lebanese demonstrators who approached the border. The military said it opened fire when protesters tried to damage the border fence. Lebanese security officials reported four dead.

It was the most serious violence along the volatile border since Israel fought Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas during a monthlong war five years ago.

The shooting erupted at the tense border village of Maroun el-Rass, which saw some of the fiercest fighting in 2006. Thousands of Palestinian refugees had traveled to the village in buses adorned with posters that said: "We are returning." Many came from the 12 crowded refugee camps in Lebanon where some 400,000 Palestinian refugees live.

"Israel may be 63 years old today but its days are numbered," said Abbas Jomaa, 50, who was carrying his 4-year-old son on his shoulders and holding a Palestinian flag. "Sooner or later we will return."

Hundreds of Lebanese soldiers, UN peacekeepers and riot police deployed heavily in the area, taking up positions along the electric border fence and patrolling the area in military vehicles. Young Hezbollah supporters wearing yellow hats and carrying walkie-talkies organized the entry to the village and handed out Palestinian flags.

In other violence, Palestinian medics also said two people were killed and 40 others were wounded in a demonstration in the Gaza Strip near the heavily fortified border with Israel. Demonstrations were also reported in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Inside Israel, police were on high alert for disturbances among the country's large Arab minority. In a reflection of the jitters, a deadly traffic incident involving an Arab truck driver in Tel Aviv set off fears that an attack had been carried out.

The truck plowed through a crowded street, crashing into a bus, several cars and pedestrians, killing one and injuring 16 others. Police said the 22-year-old driver claimed it was an accident, but said they were still investigating.

"Based on the devastation and debris, we're still examining if it was carried out deliberately," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15579

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Blast in Somalia kills 5 pro-gov’t troops

17 MAY 2011

MOGADISHU: A new military offensive in Somalia has gained ground against Al-Shabab insurgents despite a bomb explosion Monday that killed five pro-government troops at a base militants fled last week, officials said.

Maj. Paddy Ankunda, a spokesman for African Union troops in Somalia, said his forces began an operation last Thursday that has gained 500 meters of territory from insurgents.

“The territory that we continue to cover is giving us hope that, yes, we are making progress,” he said.

Full report

http://arabnews.com/world/article407616.ece

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Death toll climbs to 98 in Charsadda suicide attack

17 MAY 2011

PESHAWAR: The death toll from a double suicide bombing targeting a police training centre in northwest Pakistan has risen to 98, police said on Tuesday.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban said they carried out Friday’s attack on the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary (FC) police training centre in Shabqadar town in revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this month.

Full report

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/17/death-toll-climbs-to-98-in-charsadda-suicide-attack.html

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Miami imam ordered held without bail in US

17 MAY 2011

MIAMI: An elderly Miami imam pleaded not guilty in US federal court on Monday to charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban and was ordered held without bail.

The US government accuses 76-year-old Hafiz Mohammed Sher Ali Khan, four of his relatives and another person of funnelling money and providing support to the group.

He is the leader of Miami’s oldest mosque.

Full report

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/17/miami-imam-ordered-held-without-bail.html

 

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Four Nato soldiers die in Afghan bomb blast

KABUL: Four Nato soldiers were killed Monday in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, one of the toughest battlegrounds in a nearly 10-year Taliban insurgency, the alliance said in a statement.

Full report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/16/four-nato-soldiers-die-in-afghan-bomb-blast.html

 

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Mass grave found in Syrian protest hub: activists

17 MAY 2011

Syria’s brutal crackdown against pro-democracy protests took a chilling turn on Monday with the discovery of a mass grave in Daraa, the town at the heart of protests roiling the country for two months, an activist said.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\17\story_17-5-2011_pg4_9

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NATO incursion into Pakistan wounds two troops: officials

17 MAY 2011

Miranshah, Pakistan : A NATO helicopter incursion into Pakistan's North Waziristan wounded two troops on Tuesday, local intelligence officials said, further ratcheting up tensions between Islamabad and the West.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/791935/

 

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Islam is relevant to all places and times: Makkah governor

17 MAY 2011

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal on Monday emphasized that the religion of Islam is relevant to all places and times. He said terrorists and extremists had tarnished the image of Islam.

Full report:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article408461.ece

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Libya offers truce as international court readies arrest warrants

17 MAY 2011

Tripoli : Muammer Gaddafi's regime offered a truce in return for an immediate NATO ceasefire, as the International Criminal Court today considered arrest warrants for human rights abuses in Libya.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/791525/

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Pak’s N-weapons programme expanding at rapid pace: Report in Newsweek

May 17, 2011

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme is expanding at a rapid pace and the country is expected to soon have a fourth operational reactor to ramp up the production of plutonium, according to a media report.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/339078/Pak%E2%80%99s-N-weapons-programme-expanding-at-rapid-pace-Report.html

 

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US formally apologizes Pak over drone attacks

17 MAY 2011

ISLAMABAD: The United States has formally apologized Pakistan over drone attacks, Geo News reported on Tuesday.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15623

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NATO warplanes bomb Tripoli

17 MAY 2011

TRIPOLI: NATO-led warplanes have once again carried out air strikes on the Libyan capital, Tripoli, pounding the eastern parts of the troubled city.

Libyan media say a radar station in the heart of a residential area was destroyed in the air raid. The media also quoted a military source as saying that civilian and military sites in the Tajura area have been targeted, resulting in civilian and military losses.

This comes as local witnesses say they have heard three loud explosions and blasts further to the east of the city.

NATO has conducted hundreds of strike sorties on Libya since it assumed control of a military campaign to impose a no-fly zone over the country and save civilian lives in late March.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15630

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International court prosecutor seeks arrest of Gaddafi

17 MAY 2011

TRIPOLI: The UN war crimes court's chief prosecutor applied on Monday for a warrant for Muammer Gaddafi's arrest for crimes against humanity, a day after his regime offered truce in return for a halt in Nato air strikes.

Nato, meanwhile, conducted fresh air raids on an outlying suburb of Tripoli, destroying a radar base, the state news agency JANA and residents said.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/International-court-prosecutor-seeks-arrest-of-Gaddafi/articleshow/8379211.cms

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Pakistan questions teenager US linked to Taliban

17 MAY 2011

MINGORA: Pakistani authorities interrogated a teenager on Monday wanted in the United States on charges of financing and supporting the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, local intelligence officials said.

Alam Zeb, 19, was charged in Florida along with his mother and a family friend. He is the grandson of the imam of a Florida mosque who was arrested in the US along with his two sons on Saturday on the same charges of creating a network that moved funds from the US to Taliban supporters in Pakistan.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\17\story_17-5-2011_pg1_4

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Address questions related to Mumbai terror attacks: US to Pak

17 MAY 2011

WASHINGTON: As the trail of Pakistani- Canadian Tahawwur Hussain Rana began in a Chicago court, the United States asked Pakistan to respond to its questions with regard to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a State Department official said.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Address-questions-related-to-Mumbai-terror-attacks-US-to-Pak/articleshow/8382238.cms

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Cameron invites Libyan rebels to open London office

17 MAY 2011

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday invited the Libyan rebel council to open an office in London, after talks with its leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil.

"The government is today inviting the council to establish a formal office here in London," Cameron said, referring to the National Transitional Council. If established, it would be the first such office in Europe.     

Full report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=15440

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Palestinian “Arab Spring” confronts Israel on borders

17 MAY 2011

JERUSALEM: Founded as a Jewish homeland and post-Holocaust haven, forged in border wars with Arab forces, Israel now confronts a redefinition of the conflict after Palestinian refugees massed fearlessly on its frontiers.

The thousands of protesters who surged from Syria, Lebanon and Gaza on Sunday, flattening some buffer-zone fences and drawing deadly Israeli gunfire, reminded many in the country of the image-corroding consequences of pitting the region’s mightiest military against stone-throwing demonstrators.

Full report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/16/palestinian-arab-spring-confronts-israel-on-borders.html

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Saif Gaddafi: dictator's son who mingled with British high society

17 MAY 2011

Libyan leader's second son, named as a war crimes suspect, built a network of powerful

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi asked the architect Lord Foster to oversee the development of the Green Mountain area in north-eastern Libya. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, named as a war crimes suspect by the chief prosecutor at The Hague on Monday, was a magnetic presence for British politicians, bankers and business people who wanted to deal with oil-rich Libya but not with the international pariah his father had become.

He built powerful establishment links from university education and politics to high finance, architecture and publishing. The billionaire hedge fund investor Nat Rothschild, the Labour peer Lord Mandelson, and the architect Lord Foster were among his contacts, while Oxford University Press was going to publish his book, Manifesto, which called for civil society and participatory democracy in Libya. In it, Saif wrote: "I believe it is the duty of the people to rebel against tyranny." OUP cancelled publication in February "because of recent events in Libya".

To some who knew him in London he seemed more like an international playboy than the powerful son and likely heir to one of Africa's longest-standing dictatorships. Two years ago he moved into a £10m house complete with a suede-lined indoor cinema not far from an area of north London known as Billionaire's Row.

He would dine at China Tang, Sir David Tang's restaurant at the Dorchester hotel, and mix in a jet-set world of dinner at the Cipriani and drinks at Annabel's, according to Luca del Bono, an Anglo-Italian businessman who had dealings with Saif on plans, which never bore fruit, to take Italian fashion brands to Libya.

"He used to be quite social in London," Del Bono said. "If you went to the clubs he would be there. Last time I saw him he said he had just been to Downing Street. He was obviously connected."

Full report:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/16/saif-gaddafi-dictator-son-british-high-society

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Gilani visits China as Pak faces international scrutiny

May 17, 2011

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is expected to seek stronger support from ‘all weather friend’ China as he arrives in the country on Tuesday at a time when Islamabad is locked in a tense stand off with long time ally US over the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Gilani’s visit is being billed as the most significant by a Pakistan leader in recent times as the country works to tide over the crisis following the killing of bin Laden on its soil.

“The visit assumes added significance in view of the ongoing developments in the region,” Rong Ying, Senior Research Fellow at the state-run Chinese Institute of Strategic Studies told PTI, referring to the US-Pakistan tensions in the aftermath of bin Laden’s killing by US troops.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/339089/Gilani-visits-China-as-Pak-faces-international-scrutiny.html

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Government orders probe into goof-up while preparing 'most wanted' list

Mumbai: One of the fugitives Wazhul Kamar Khan, whose name figures in the 50 most wanted list given by India to Pakistan, has been found staying in Thane district.

Khan has been living in Thane's Waghle Estate with his mother, wife and children, after he was let out on bail, police sources said.

He was arrested last year for his alleged role in the 2003 Mulund train blasts here.

Asked about Khan's presence in Maharashtra, state Home Minister R R Patil said he is looking into the issue.

Full report:

http://post.jagran.com/fugitive-on-indias-most-wanted-list-found-living-in-thane-1305618406

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Ayatollah attacks Ahmedinejad aide

May 17, 2011

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came under new pressure on Sunday, as an influential cleric charged that he has been “bewitched” by a controversial senior aide and key lawmakers renewed their impeachment threat. Ahmadinejad is behaving “unnaturally” and needs to be “saved,” Ayatollah Mohammad

Full report:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Ayatollah-attacks-Ahmedinejad-aide/Article1-698372.aspx

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Post-Abbottabad, Seal-mania grips Americans

May 17, 2011

ENCINITAS, ( California): Joe Stumpf snaps the 115-pound barbell up to his chest and swiftly lifts it over his head, holding it with gritting teeth and locked arms as sweat streams down from his gray hair line.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Post-Abbottabad-Seal-mania-grips-Americans/articleshow/8379096.cms

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Israel hunts for Syrian infiltrators

17 MAY 2011

Hundreds of police fanned out across the Golan Heights on Monday in search of refugees who crossed over from Syria in some of the bloodiest violence in years along Israel's borders. Twelve people were killed and around 300 others were injured on Sunday when Israeli troops fired on thousands of peopl

Full report:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Israel-hunts-for-Syrian-infiltrators/Article1-698359.aspx

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'US headed towards sending troops to Pakistan'

17 MAY 2011

Washington : The Obama Administration is heading towards sending troops to Pakistan in the next six months to one year, a Republican presidential aspirant has said and added that the US should move away from militarism.

"When you bomb a country, you violate their security, their national security and their sovereignty. We are doing that. At the same time, we are giving them billions of dollars. Then you wonder why the government gets in trouble with their people. So I would say why didn't we do it like we did with George Bush?" Ron Paul told the Fox News in an interview.

In an interview to MSNBC yesterday, Paul said trend needs to be reversed.

"To turn the key and the switch and be out of all that mess in one day or two is going to be very, very difficult.

Full report:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/791873/

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26/11 trial kicks off in Chicago with jury selection

May 17, 2011

S Rajagopalan

The much-awaited trial of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, the close associate of David Coleman Headley charged with aiding in plotting the Mumbai terror attacks for the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, has begun in a Chicago court with selection of the jury members.

With much of this week expected to be taken up with finalization of the jury, opening statements and arguments are slated to commence on May 23. The trial is expected to last four weeks, with proceedings held from Monday through Thursday each week.

Headley, having pleaded guilty under a deal with federal authorities to escape the death penalty, will now be the key prosecution witness testifying against his long-time associate Rana.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/339094/26/11-trial-kicks-off-in-Chicago-with-jury-selection.html

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Kerry presents US demands to Pakistan

May 17, 2011

US Sen John Kerry gave Pakistan’s army chief a list of “specific demands” relating to American suspicions about Pakistan’s harboring of militants ahead of meetings Monday that could shape a partnership dangerously strained by the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, a Pakistani official said. US officials have increased pressure on Pakistan since the May 2 American raid in Abbottabad a northwest Pakistan garrison town where bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/339082/Kerry-presents-US-demands-to-Pakistan.html

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Israel fires warning shots at Malaysian aid ship

May 17, 2011

Israeli naval forces fired warning shots at a Malaysian aid ship as it approached the Gaza Strip on Monday, forcing the vessel to retreat to Egypt, organisers and the Israeli military said.

“The MV Finch, carrying sewage pipes to Gaza, had warning shots fired at it by Israeli forces in the Palestinian security zone this morning at 6:54am (local time),” said Shamsul Azhar from the Perdana Global Peace Foundation.

“The vessel was in the Palestinian security zone, about 400 metres from the Gaza shoreline, when they were intercepted by Israeli naval forces,” he said, adding it was now anchored 30 nautical miles away in Egyptian territory.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that the vessel, flying a Moldovan flag, had been intercepted as it sailed from Egypt’s El-Arish port, where it had been docked for several days.

Full report:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/339076/Israel-fires-warning-shots-at-Malaysian-aid-ship.html

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Al Qaeda ‘cadres’ still help Afghan Taliban

May 17, 2011

KABUL: Fewer than 100 al Qaeda members remain inside Afghanistan, the second-most senior US commander in the country said on Monday, but those fighters act as a “cadre” organisation for the Afghan Taliban providing resources and technical battlefield skills.

US Lieutenant General David Rodriguez also said it was too early to say if the death of Osama bin Laden had an impact on the Taliban or if it would affect a gradual US troop drawdown due to begin in July.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\17\story_17-5-2011_pg7_4

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Muslims in Japan sue over anti-terror probe

17 MAY 2011

TOKYO: Fourteen Muslims, including Japanese nationals, Monday filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo and state governments, contending that anti-terrorism investigations by police violated their freedom of faith.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\05\17\story_17-5-2011_pg4_3

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