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Two Islamic TV Channels of Birmingham Fined For Hatemongering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A picture taken on August 26, 2013, shows the vandalized and looted exhibition hall at the Mallawi Museum (AFP)

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

Imran Khan's party to restore Jihadi content in Pak textbooks

Pakistan showcases first domestically built warship

Pakistan says it has ‘robust control system’ for nuclear arsenal

PTI chief criticises US move to use force against Syria

Pakistan committed to objectives of disarmament, non-proliferation: FO

Education for all: State of south Punjab schools abysmal

BBC office in Karachi closed after threats

Polio breaks out amid militant threats

 

India

DG Vanzara Resigns, Blames Modi Govt of Exacting Political Mileage of Fake Encounters

Kolkata: Muslim leaders irked with high court order on imams

Infiltration of Rohingya Muslims fast increasing in West Bengal

India raises British Prime Minister David Cameron's 'mistake' in Syria speech

India, Pakistan clearing decks before PMs’ meet

Hope there will be no war in Syria: Khurshid

Kashmiri music band to perform in UK

Indian envoy meets advisor to Pakistani PM

 

Arab World

History goes up in smoke at Egypt’s sacked Mallawi museum

13 killed in shootings, car bombing in Iraq

Rocket attack kills 15 militants in Sinai

Gunmen kill Sunni militiaman's family in south Baghdad

Egyptian court sentences 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life

Video shows troops attacking Iranian exile camp in Iraq

Syrian army ambushes Nusra-linked 'terrorists': SANA

Islamist Al-Hafez channel forever off air

Egypt court orders closure of Al-Jazeera Egypt, Brotherhood TV

Starving children of Syria: harrowing video of boy dying in war-torn country shocks world

Jordan slams Israel for Western Wall prayer platform

Syria's Assad: 'The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching'

 

Southeast Asia

Bull sarcophagi burn in Bali Hindu mass cremation

Islamic organizations to stage protest against Miss World pageant

Conflict between Shariah and civil law will be resolved fairly, says chief justice

Islamic Parties Seek Savior for 2014 Ballot

In an older Malaysia, a Chinese healer says Malaysians must mix more

 

South Asia

Bangladesh Spiritual Leader says his students might have killed the Blogger

Waheed’s coalition rebuts Nasheed’s presidential debate statements

Commonwealth Observer Group to observe election from nine locations in Maldives

Afghan police deaths double as foreign troops withdraw

Bangladesh: Those convicted of 'Crimes against Humanity' will not have voting rights

Bangladesh: contempt notice against Human Rights Watch

 

Mideast

As Obama blinks on Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia make common cause

Israel says it carried out joint missile test with US in Mediterranean

Yemen 'Qaeda' clash with govt supporters kills 3: official

Hamas says Egyptian military building buffer zone with Gaza

Drone strikes in Yemen are an obstacle to democracy

Turkish minister targets bar head over ‘plurality’ remarks

Even with Syria on world’s mind, Israel-Palestinian talks continue apace

Palestinians praise Kingdom for $200m donation

 

Africa

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 10 People in Kaduna Village

Somalia refugee camps: Solar lights protect against sex attacks

Somali president 'ambushed', Shabab militants say

 

Europe

Two Islamic TV Channels of Birmingham Fined For Hatemongering

No missile strike on Damascus after ballistic launches: Russia

NATO head 'personally convinced' Assad used chemical arms

Officer denies Iraqi mutilation claim

In an 'innocent mistake', Cameron said India blames Assad for chemical attack

Ban Ki-moon discusses ways to expedite UN probe in Syria

 

North America

Document reveals CIA job applicants linked to Hamas, al-Qaida, Hezbollah

Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

Pro-Syria hackers put anti-attack message on US marines’ website

As US president ponders, the world asks for 'no war'

US prevented disclosure of Pakistan’s rights abuses: report

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Two Islamic TV channels of Birmingham fined for hatemongering

 03 Sep 2013

The media regulator Ofcom has imposed fines on two Islamic satellite TV channels for hatemongering.

Noor TV, which broadcasts from Birmingham and is aimed at young Muslims, was fined £85,000 after a presenter launched a rant saying that it was every Muslim's duty to murder anyone who insults the prophet Mohammad. A large masthead on its website proclaims that it is "Spreading love, peace and harmony across the globe".

Noor TV says its mission is to "present a balanced, moderate and true face of Islam to both Muslims and non-Muslim communities across the globe".

On a programme called Message from Mustafa, the presenter Allama Muhammad Farooq Nizami was asked by a caller what punishment was due to anyone insulting Islam. Nizami replied:

"One has to choose one's own method. Our way is the peaceful way but when someone crosses the limits, faith-based emotions are instigated. The mission of our life is to protect the sanctity of our beloved Lord. May Allah accept us wherever there is a need to kill a blasphemer. We are ready, and should be ready at all times, to kill a blasphemer."

Several viewers immediately contacted Ofcom to complain, fearing that young people might be radicalised by the broadcast.

Indeed, as well as imposing a fine, Ofcom said the comments were "likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder."

It added that it was concerned that young people watching the show could become "radicalised" or take "violent and criminal action as a result of watching videos of Muslims with extreme views."

The remarks were deemed to be so inflammatory that they could have inspired a repeat of the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gough, who was killed after Islamic clerics condemned his film criticising the treatment of Muslim women.

Ofcom also ordered the TV station not to repeat the segment and to broadcast a statement of its findings. Mr Nizami has subsequently been fired by the station.

In its statement Ofcom said Al Ehya Digital – which owns the licence for Noor TV - has not yet broadcast an apology or condemnation of Nizami's remarks and appears not to have recognised the gravity of the comments.

Three years ago, Al Ehya was fined £75,000 for appealing for viewers to donate money in return for 'prayers or the receipt of a "special gift" of earth from the tomb of Prophet Mohammed.'

Meanwhile Takbeer TV – a station aimed at Sunni Muslims and also based in Birmingham – was fined £25,000 for broadcasting programmes about the minority Ahmadi Muslim community and "using words that amounted to abusive treatment of the Ahmadiyya religion and the Ahmadi community more generally."

In its report, Ofcon said:

"For example, they [the Ahmadis] were described as having "monstrous" intentions and being both "lying monsters" and worthy of elimination by Allah, "by using worms and vermin.

"One of the panellists and a caller made statements that were highly abusive to members of the Ahmadi community and their beliefs, by, for example, equating such beliefs to having "piles" and agreeing that Ahmadis require "operating on ... without ... anaesthesia"; and two callers made sustained, repeated and derogatory references to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani, founder of the Ahmadiyya religion, stating, for example, that "the whole world knows... Mirza died in a shit cubicle."

Ofcom considered that breaches of its rules forbidding "abusive treatment of the religious views and beliefs of those belonging to a particular religion or religious denomination" were particularly serious "when the abusive treatment related to a long standing and inflammatory dispute between religious groups."

Ofcom understood this to be the case in this instance, with the Ahmadi minority being considered by some to be heretics and non-Muslim, especially in countries with Sunni majorities. Ofcom understood that there had been historical tensions between the two communities, which had in some instances resulted in acts of violence against Ahmadis.

"Under such circumstances, broadcasters must take great care when broadcasting views that may be abusive towards such a minority religion and its followers." Ofcom said. "Takbeer TV would have been reasonably expected to take such care especially given that it is aimed at members of the Sunni Muslim community in the UK and internationally."

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2013/09/islamic-tv-channels-fined-for-hatemongering

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Document reveals CIA job applicants linked to Hamas, al-Qaida, Hezbollah

 03 Sep 2013

According to a leaked US classified budget document leaked by US whistle-blower Edward Snowden, individuals with past connections to known terrorist entities such as al-Qaida, Hezbollah and Hamas, have repeatedly attempted to obtain employment within the CIA, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Among job-seekers that seemed suspicious to the CIA, approximately 20% of that grouping reportedly had “significant terrorist and/or hostile intelligence connections.” The nature of the connections was not described in the document.

“Over the last several years, a small subset of CIA’s total job applicants were flagged due to various problems or issues,” an anonymous CIA official was reported as saying. “During this period, one in five of that small subset were found to have significant connections to hostile intelligence services and or terrorist groups.”

The document in question was provided to The Washington Post by Snowden, a previous NSA contractor who leaked several top secret intelligence documents to the press.

The nature of the connections was apparently not described in the document.

The document also allegedly stated that the CIA re-investigates thousands of employees each year to reduce the possibility that an individual with these connections may compromise sensitive information.

According to the Post, the document revealed that the NSA had planned to launch at least 4,000 investigations of potentially suspicious employees last year.

CIA officials reportedly told The Washington Post that the number of applicants connected to terrorist organizations or hostile governments was “small,” but did not provide an exact number.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Document-leaked-by-Snowden-reveals-CIA-job-applicants-linked-to-Hamas-al-Qaida-Hezbollah-325049

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Pakistan

 

Imran Khan's party to restore jihadi content in Pak textbooks

 Sep 03 2013

Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party is set to restore “violent jihadist content” removed from school textbooks in Pakistan’s militancy-racked Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, according to a media report Tuesday.

After the secular-leaning Awami National Party (ANP) came to power in the province in 2008, education officials removed Quranic verses preaching jihad or holy war and illustrations depicting weapons or violence.

Chapters covering Islamist figures and ideology were replaced with lessons on local poets, philosophers or the region’s Pashtun identity. These drastic changes were introduced by the ANP in textbooks used from the first to 12th grade in public schools.

However, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, which now rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami, has announced its intention to “restore violent jihadist content in school textbooks”, Radio Free Europe reported on its website Tuesday.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Information Minister Shah Farman told a news conference on August 21 that the government will “rectify” what it calls “holes and mistakes” in textbooks published by the previous government led by the ANP.

“What kind of sovereignty, freedom, and Islamic values is this when Islamic teachings, jihad, and national heroes are removed from textbooks. Jihad is part of our faith. We will not back down (from our decision),” he said.

The provincial government has not said when the changes will be implemented but they were not in time for the new school year that began on September 1.

Farman identified what he described as “inaccuracies” in the textbooks. One was the description of Jammu and Kashmir as a “disputed” area. Pakistan claims the whole of the region.

Khan’s party’s decision has dismayed schoolteachers and educators who see education as the best tool to counter jihadist propaganda disseminated by militant groups. Critics of the move say it threatens to radicalise the province’s youth.

For decades, textbooks used across Pakistan have “preached falsehoods, hatred, and religious intolerance, helping foster the sectarian violence and militancy that plagues the country Tuesday”, the report said.

Fazal Rahim Marwat, a former chairman of the Textbook Board of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa that is responsible for editing and publishing textbooks, said the new government’s decision will help spread religious fanaticism and poison the minds of students.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/imran-khan-s-party-to-restore-jihadi-content-in-pak-textbooks/1163665/

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Pakistan showcases first domestically built warship

September 03, 2013

Pakistan on Tuesday added its first domestically built warship to the naval fleet amid mounting border tensions with rival India, officials said.

The Aslat Frigate is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons, an official said.

“It can hit targets at the sea surface and in the air.” The ship was built by Pakistani naval engineers with technical assistance from China.

The official told DPA it was to counter Indian defence deals with the United States, France, Britain and other European countries.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called the occasion “truly a historic day not only for the ship construction yards of the two countries but also for Pakistan and China.”

“The government is fully cognizant of the needs of Pakistan Navy and the maritime sector and I assure you that it will explore all avenues to enhance their capabilities,” Mr. Sharif said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/pakistan-showcases-first-domestically-built-warship/article5089239.ece

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Pakistan says it has ‘robust control system’ for nuclear arsenal

September 03, 2013

Pakistan on Tuesday reacted to a report on U.S. concerns about its nuclear arsenal by saying it has extensive protection measures and a robust control system for its atomic weapons that are aimed at maintaining stability in South Asia.

The remarks by Pakistan’s Foreign Office came in response to a report in The Washington Post that said the U.S. spends billions monitoring adversaries like Al Qaeda and Iran but has an “equally intense focus” on its “purported ally” Pakistan and has ramped up surveillance of its nuclear arms.

“Pakistan is fully committed to the objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation. As a nuclear weapons state, Pakistan’s policy is characterised by restraint and responsibility”, Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said.

He further said Pakistan’s “nuclear deterrence capability is aimed at maintaining regional stability in South Asia”. Islamabad has established “extensive physical protection measures, robust command and control institutions under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, comprehensive and effective export control regulatory regimes to ensure safety and security of nuclear installations and materials”, he said.

“We follow best international practices and standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency”, Mr. Chaudhry said in a statement.

Pakistan is also fully engaged with the world community on nuclear safety and security issues. The efficacy of its strategic export controls have been acknowledged by experts from international export control regimes during interactions on various occasions, he said.

“The country is a party to both the Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention and is fully implementing the two regimes”, Mr. Chaudhry said.

Citing a 178-page summary of the American intelligence community’s “black budget”, The Washington Post reported the U.S. had ramped up its surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear arms and was concerned about its biological and chemical arms sites.

The daily said the classified document was provided to it by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked some of America’s most closely guarded secrets.

Pakistan is believed to have about 120 nuclear warheads.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/pakistan-says-it-has-robust-control-system-for-nuclear-arsenal/article5089260.ece

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PTI chief criticises US move to use force against Syria

2013-09-03

ISLAMABAD: Calling for a UN-sanctioned prescription to resolve the Syrian crisis, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has opposed America’s one-sided move to attack the country.

Condemning US President Barack Obama’s decision against Syria, Mr Khan said the allegation of use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime was being investigated by the UN inspectors and any action must be based on the report of these inspectors and according to the sanction of the UN Security Council.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040216/pti-chief-criticises-us-move-to-use-force-against-syria

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Pakistan committed to objectives of disarmament, non-proliferation: FO

 September 03, 2013

Pakistan is fully committed to objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation. As a nuclear weapons state, Pakistan’s policy is characterized by restraint and responsibility.

These views were expressed by Foreign Office Spokesperson while responding to a query regarding a Washington Post story on leaked information on US intelligence surveillance activities.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/islamabad/03-Sep-2013/pakistan-committed-to-objectives-of-disarmament-non-proliferation-fo

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Education for all: State of south Punjab schools abysmal

September 3, 2013

LAHORE .: The government’s Jahalat Say Azaadi drive, launched last month, aims to  bring  out-of-school  children  toschool.  However,  recent  surveys have  revealed  that  the  situation in  south  Punjab,  which  has  the worst education indicators, is still abysmal.

The  Rural  Support  Programmes  Network (RSPN) took a household survey  in  April  this  year  to  identify out-of-school children in eight union  councils  in  Bahawalpur, Rajanpur,  Dera  Ghazi  Khan  and Bahawalnagar. It found that more than  43,319  children  aged  five  to 10,  out  of  the  104,000  children surveyed,  were  out  of  school. RSPN Education Campaign Manager Nasreen  Sheikh  said  there  was an acute shortage  of  facilities  at schools.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/598861/education-for-all-state-of-south-punjab-schools-abysmal/

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BBC office in Karachi closed after threats

 September 3, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The office of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Karachi has been closed down after it received threats from an ethnic political party in the city, sources said on Monday.

Since the last eight to nine days the staff members of the BBC instead of working in the office have confined themselves to their houses and are working from there, sources further said. South Karachi DIG Ammer Sheikh has visited the BBC office to look into the matter. Sources further said the threats may be a reaction to the documentary on MQM chief Altaf Hussain broadcast by the BBC. The documentary sparked an unprecedented response from the MQM which termed it fake and Taliban-sponsored propaganda. Meanwhile, various journalist bodies have expressed their concern over the closure of the BBC office.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\09\03\story_3-9-2013_pg1_6

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Polio breaks out amid militant threats

Published

2013-09-02

PESHAWAR: Syed Wali desperately wants to immunise his three young children against polio but fears the militants who banned the vaccine from this remote area in northwest Pakistan will catch him if he tries to smuggle it in.

''I can afford to bring the vaccine for my children, but what answer will I give the Taliban if they recover the vaccine bag from my possession?'' Wali asked.

Wali's fears are shared by many in the North Waziristan tribal area as health authorities recently confirmed five new polio cases there and suspect there are many more.

It's one of a series of outbreaks this year in parts of the country where security threats have kept out vaccination teams.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040047/polio-breaks-out-amid-militant-threats

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India

 

DG Vanzara Resigns, Blames Modi Govt of Exacting Political Mileage of Fake Encounters

Saeed Khan, TNN | Sep 3, 2013

AHMEDABAD: In a move which may have far-reaching consequences for the Narendra Modi government, Indian Police Services (IPS) officer DG Vanzara charged and incarcerated in three fake encounter cases, tendered his resignation on Tuesday accusing the Gujarat chief minister of betraying him.

Vanzara has been in jail for the last seven years for his role in three fake encounters - 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter and murder of his wife Kauserbi, 2006 Tulsiram Prajapti encounter and 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter.

On Tuesday, Vanzara blamed the Modi government of exacting political mileage out of the encounters and dumping foot soldiers like him in jail.

In his 10-page resignation letter to the state government Vanzara has expressed his lack of confidence in the Gujarat government and blamed it for failing to protect him and other cops accused in the fake encounters. "This spineless government of Gujarat, which is valiant only in words, otherwise coward in deeds and impotent in actions, has ceased to command my allegiance, trust and loyalty," he has written in his resignation letter.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/DG-Vanzara-resigns-blames-Modi-govt-of-exacting-political-mileage-of-fake-encounters/articleshow/22260012.cms

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Kolkata: Muslim leaders irked with high court order on imams

September 03, 2013

Muslim leaders expressed unhappiness over the high court order that ruled monthly honorariums for imams and muezzins across the state as ‘unconstitutional’.

Terming the court order as unfortunate, many minority groups even threatened to move the Supreme Court.

While the All-India Minority Forum (AIMF) and All-Bengal Minority Youth Forum (ABMYF) decided to approach the apex court, other influential community leaders such as Siddiqullah Chowdhury, state president of All-India United Democratic Front and Qari Fazlur Rehman, who heads the largest Id congregation on Red Road blamed the state government for the fiasco.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/kolkata/Kolkata-Muslim-leaders-irked-with-high-court-order-on-imams/Article1-1116693.aspx

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Infiltration of Rohingya Muslims fast increasing in West Bengal

September 03, 2013

Infiltration of Rohingya Muslims through Bangladesh is rapidly increasing, BSF officials said on Monday.

While the BSF have arrested 107 Rohingya Muslims from the Bangladesh border in North 24-Parganas, the state police have arrested 20.

“We increased our vigil on immigrants from Myanmar since the end of last year after some Rohingya Muslims were arrested from North 24-Parganas in last November,” Santosh Mehra, IG, BSF, said. Only two nationals from Myanmar were arrested from West Bengal in 2011 and six in 2012, Mehra said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/kolkata/Infiltration-of-Rohingya-Muslims-fast-increasing-in-West-Bengal/Article1-1116696.aspx

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India raises British Prime Minister David Cameron's 'mistake' in Syria speech

AFP | Sep 3, 2013

NEW DELHI: British Prime Minister David Cameron mistakenly named India among countries which had concluded that Syrian regime forces were behind a chemical attack near Damascus, India's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

New Delhi took note of the lapse during Cameron's August 29 speech to lawmakers in London, in which he called for Britain to join military action against Syria after the attack near Damascus.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-raises-British-Prime-Minister-David-Camerons-mistake-in-Syria-speech/articleshow/22258914.cms

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India, Pakistan clearing decks before PMs’ meet

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

MEENA MENON

New Delhi wants Islamabad to come clean on LoC clashes

India and Pakistan are making efforts to address each other’s concerns before their Prime Ministers meet in New York later this month. The sticking point, however, is the killing of soldiers on the Line of Control (LoC). A convergence on this aspect could help interlocutors aim for a Prime Minister-level meeting that yields substantial outcomes.

India wants Pakistan to come clean on two widely publicised instances of Indian soldiers being killed on the LoC in January and August, and put curbs on anti-India statements by Hafiz Saeed, who it holds culpable for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-pakistan-clearing-decks-before-pms-meet/article5086610.ece

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Hope there will be no war in Syria: Khurshid

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

Describing the situation in Syria as “critical”, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday hoped the clouds of war on the country will blow away.

Speaking to newspersons, Mr. Khurshid feared that Indian lines of credit and various investments would come under a question if there was a war-like situation.

At the same time, he admitted there wasn't much India could do directly. “We are keeping ourselves informed so that at least Indian lives will not be in danger,” he observed.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/hope-there-will-be-no-war-in-syria-khurshid/article5088914.ece

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Kashmiri music band to perform in UK

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Sep 3, 2013

SRINAGAR: A group of five Kashmiri musicians would perform in London on Saturday as part of the Jammu & Kashmir government efforts to promote the state.

The event would coincide with Zubin Mehta concert in Srinagar, which Kashmiri separatists have opposed citing the state's "disputed nature".

Singer Waheed Jeelani, a member of the group, said chief minister Omar Abdullah has extended his full support the event. "We are scheduled to leave for the UK on September 4 ahead of the concert on September 7," Jeelani said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kashmiri-music-band-to-perform-in-UK/articleshow/22244874.cms

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Indian envoy meets advisor to Pakistani PM

Sep 03 2013

Islamabad : Senior officials from India and Pakistan today met here and are believed to have discussed the recent ceasefire violations along the LoC and a possible meeting between their premiers on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York later this month.

Indian diplomatic sources told PTI that High Commissioner T C Raghavan called on Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the Pakistan Foreign Office. They said it was a "courtesy visit". However, state-run Radio Pakistan reported that the two officials also discussed tension on the LoC and "proposed" meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-envoy-meets-advisor-to-pakistani-pm/1163955/

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Arab World

 

History goes up in smoke at Egypt’s sacked Mallawi museum

2 September 2013

 03 Sep 2013

Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt's tiny Mallawi museum.

The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted the building, during a nationwide crackdown on Islamist protesters.

Before, hundreds of antiquities, statuettes, gold and jewels told the history of Egypt, from pharaonic times to the Muslim caliphs, from the Omayyad dynasty in the 7th century to the Fatimids in the 12th, and touching on Greek and Roman antiquities.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/09/02/History-goes-up-in-smoke-at-Egypt-s-sacked-Mallawi-museum-.html

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13 killed in shootings, car bombing in Iraq

September 03, 2013

Shootings and a car bombing in Baghdad killed 13 people on Tuesday, including an anti-al-Qaeda militant and his family, in the latest bout of violence to hit Iraq amid an extended wave of sectarian killings this year, officials said.

The deadliest attack came when gunmen stormed the house of the Sunni militia member opposed to the terror group, killing him, his wife and three children in a southern suburb, police and hospital officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/13-killed-in-shootings-car-bombing-in-iraq/article5089299.ece

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Rocket attack kills 15 militants in Sinai

3 September 2013

Egypt military helicopters killed 8 militants and wounded 15 others in intensive air strikes in the Sinai Peninsula, said security forces.

The strikes hot four Islamist positions south of Rafah and targeted militants using the Rafah area as a hideout.

The operation began at around 9:00 AM (0700 GMT). At least four helicopters were used dropping around 15 bombs on several houses where militants had been hiding south of Rafah border. Security forces said the rockets targetted weapons depots.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/03/Rocket-attack-kills-15-militants-in-Sinai.html

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Gunmen kill Sunni militiaman's family in south Baghdad

September 03, 2013

BAGHDAD: An anti-Qaeda militiaman, his wife and three children were gunned down in the Iraqi capital early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the Sunni Arab force.

A surge of unrest has killed more than 3,800 people this year and sparked widespread concern that Iraq is slipping back towards the all-out bloodshed which plagued it in 2006-2007.

Authorities have pushed a massive security campaign targeting militants, but analysts and diplomats have cautioned that the government must also address the root causes of the violence.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-03/229792-gunmen-kill-sunni-militiamans-family-in-south-baghdad.ashx#ixzz2dprdlKsb

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Egyptian court sentences 11 Muslim Brotherhood members to life

 3 September 2013

An Egyptian court sentenced 11 Muslim Brotherhood (MB) members to life imprisonment on Tuesday for acts of violence targeting the Egyptian army in the port city of Suez last month.

Five-year jail terms were handed out to forty-five other MB members, but eight of the defendants were acquitted of charges.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/03/Egyptian-court-convicts-11-Brotherhood-members-to-life.html

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Video shows troops attacking Iranian exile camp in Iraq

3 September 2013

A video posted on the internet on Monday showed suspected Iraqi military forces brutally assaulting a camp in Iraq occupied by Iranian dissidents, killing dozens of them.

Footage of the attack on Camp Ashraf, situated in Iraq’s Diyala province bordering Iran, shows soldiers shooting at what appear to be the camp’s occupants, while armored Humvees drive around the camp, running over unarmed civilians.

In one clip, the camp’s occupants are seen carrying away the wounded, while in another, a man is shot while running away from gunfire.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/03/Video-shows-troops-attacking-Iranian-exile-camp-in-Iraq.html

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Syrian army ambushes Nusra-linked 'terrorists': SANA

 03 Sep 2013

BEIRUT: The Syrian army has ambushed a group with links to the Nusra Front on the outskirts of Damascus, SANA, quoting a security sources, said Monday.

“A brave unit of the Syrian army ambushed most members of a terror group affiliated to the Nusra Front that was trying to cross into Eastern Ghouta on the Al-Dumay Adra Mayda’a road on the outskirts of Damascus,” the source told the Syrian state-news agency.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-02/229616-syrian-army-ambushes-nusra-linked-terrorists-sana.ashx#ixzz2dkKcPtKV

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Islamist Al-Hafez channel forever off air

 03 Sep 2013

A Cairo administrative court ordered on Monday the permanent  closure of the Islamist Al-Hafez TV Channel, taken off air following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The lawsuit against the station was brought by Egyptian actor Hany Ramzy after fiery sheikh Abdallah Badr insulted him in a programme aired on the channel.

Infamous for its derogatory language, the Islamist-run channel has stirred up fierce ire among liberals over its inflammatory rhetoric against Christians and non-Islamist figures, whether in the opposition or general public.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/80590/Egypt/Politics-/Islamist-AlHafez-channel-forever-off-air.aspx

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Egypt court orders closure of Al-Jazeera Egypt, Brotherhood TV

AFP | Sep 3, 2013

CAIRO: A Cairo court on Tuesday ordered the closure of four television channels, including Al-Jazeera Egypt and Ahrar 25, a network belonging to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

The other two channels to be closed are the Islamist broadcasters Al-Yarmuk and Al-Quds, according to the court order.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-court-orders-closure-of-Al-Jazeera-Egypt-Brotherhood-TV/articleshow/22254669.cms

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Starving children of Syria: harrowing video of boy dying in war-torn country shocks world

 03 Sep 2013

Horrifying photos have emerged which appear to show young children starving to death in Syria as a result of a nine-month seige of their town.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that collects information from a network of anti-regime activists in Syria, posted images of two young boys believed to have died at the weekend from marasmus, a type of severe malnutrition that can very quickly lead to death if not treated.

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2408747/Syria-video-shows-children-starving-death-war-torn-country-conflict-cuts-vital-supply-routes.html#ixzz2dox7rMYa

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Jordan slams Israel for Western Wall prayer platform

 03 Sep 2013

Jordan has condemned Israel's construction of a large platform that it built at the Western Wall in Jerusalem for egalitarian prayer at the site, Jordan's Petra news agency reported on Monday.

Israel built the platform following protests by Orthodox Jews against the Women of the Wall prayer group who were holding egalitarian and non-Orthodox prayer in the main Western Wall Plaza.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Jordan-slams-Israel-for-Western-Wall-prayer-platform-325138

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Syria's Assad: 'The Middle East is a powder keg and the fire is approaching'

 03 Sep 2013

PARIS - Syrian President Bashar Assad scorned allegations that his forces were behind the chemical attack in Damascus last month and warned that any French military action against his government would lead to "negative repercussions".

Meanwhile, President Francois Hollande, along with US President Barack Obama, has said Assad should be punished for the Aug. 21 attack in which Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed. The Syrian government says it was carried out by rebels - who it often refers to as "terrorists".

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syrias-Assad-The-Middle-East-is-a-powder-keg-and-the-fire-is-approaching-325092

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Southeast Asia

 

Bull sarcophagi burn in Bali Hindu mass cremation

 September 3, 2013

Scores of people were cremated in a colourful Hindu ceremony on the Indonesian island of Bali on Monday, with crowds of mourners watching as bull-shaped sarcophagi went up in flames.

Mourners handed out flowers and threw chickens from a tower during the ceremony, which saw 63 bodies cremated on an island that is a pocket of strong Hindu beliefs in Muslim-majority Indonesia.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Bull-sarcophagi-burn-in-Bali-Hindu-mass-cremation/Article1-1116434.aspx

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Islamic organizations to stage protest against Miss World pageant

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

 September 03 2013

The 2013 Miss World pageant, set to be held in Bali, on Sept.8, continues to draw opposition. Hundreds of Islamic People’s Forum (FUI) followers will stage a protest against the beauty contest outside the MNC Tower building in Jl.Kebon Sirih, Central Jakarta, after midday today.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/09/03/islamic-organizations-stage-protest-against-miss-world-pageant.html

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Conflict between Syariah and civil law will be resolved fairly, says chief justice

September 03 2013

Court cases involving conflict of law between the civil and Syariah laws will be resolved fairly, said Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

He said conflict of law could happen in any legal system, including in England.

"The conflict could be resolved through the legal system or politics," he told reporters after sitting as a panel member of the Kelantan Syariah Appeals Court here today.

Two other panel members were Kelantan syarie chief judge Datuk Daud Mohamad and judge Wan Hassan Wan Mohamad.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/conflict-between-syariah-and-civil-law-will-be-resolved-fairly-says-chief-j

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Islamic Parties Seek Savior for 2014 Ballot

September 03 2013

Election fever has gripped the political establishment as parties busy themselves with finding presidential candidates — but the bug has conspicuously not spread to the nation’s Islamic parties.

The Democratic Party recently kicked off its much-ballyhooed convention to pick a candidate, while the Golkar Party and the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) have already named their respective chairmen as their candidates. The opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appears increasingly certain to back Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, the clear frontrunner according to most polls, and the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) continues to try building support for its chief patron, Prabowo Subianto.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/islamic-parties-seek-savior-for-2014-ballot/

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In an older Malaysia, a Chinese healer says Malaysians must mix more

September 03 2013

The Meng Kang Chinese Physician Acupuncturist Clinic is tucked amidst the many sinseh shops and Chinese physician clinics, and shophouses in Jalan Besar, Ampang. You might even miss it, because it is almost hidden by towering potted plants in front of the entrance.

The clinic is a reflection of the traditional Chinese practitioner who runs it. Cheah Kok Kay looks a good 15 years younger than his age (he is 70), and there is nary a wrinkle on his face.  He has what face readers would say is an “open face” and is also very reassuring in manner. Everything is in its place.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/in-an-older-malaysia-a-chinese-healer-says-malaysians-must-mix-more

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh Spiritual Leader says his students might have killed the Blogger

September 3, 2013

Jasimuddin Rahmani, alleged spiritual leader of emergent militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, yesterday said students inspired by his sermons might have killed blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in February.

In a confessional statement before a magistrate, he said being a teacher of Mohammadpur Jamia Rahmania Arabia Madrasa; he used to preach to students making references to Hadith.

Besides, he had delivered sermons on the killing of atheists and those, who demeaned Islam and the Prophet, at Bosila Madrasa Markaz ul Uloom Al-Islamia as its Khatib. University, college and school students used to attend those sessions since its founding in 2010.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/jasim-says-his-students-might-have-killed-rajib/

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Waheed’s coalition rebuts Nasheed’s presidential debate statements

September 3, 2013

Forward with the Nation coalition has answered statements by former president Mohamed Nasheed during the presidential debate last Sunday night that Dr. Mohamed Waheed’s government has made no effort for the progress of the country.

Speaking at news conference held in a coalition campaign post Raaveriya Restaurant, Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) Parliamentary Group Member Nolhivaram MP Mohamed Nasheed (Kaanal Nasheed) said that Dr. Waheed did not have the chance to answer some of the allegations directed at him by other candidates, during Sunday night's debate.

Full report at:

http://sun.mv/english/15659

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Commonwealth Observer Group to observe election from nine locations in Maldives

September 2, 2013

The 17-member Commonwealth Observer Group has said that the presidential election in the Maldives will be observed from nine locations across the country.

The group said in a press conference held at Traders Hotel today, that the group was appointed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma at the invitation of the Maldives Elections Commission.

Full report at:

http://sun.mv/english/15638

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Afghan police deaths double as foreign troops withdraw

 September 3, 2013

KABUL: Police deaths in Afghanistan have doubled this year after withdrawing US-led forces handed security of the war-ravaged country to poorly equipped local troops with less frontline experience fighting Taliban insurgents.

Almost twelve years after coalition forces invaded Afghanistan, swathes of territory are firmly under Taliban control and Afghan troops are still heavily reliant on foreign air support, particularly in remote areas.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/598737/afghan-police-deaths-double-as-foreign-troops-withdraw/

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Bangladesh: Those convicted of 'Crimes against Humanity' will not have voting rights

Sep 02 2013

Dhaka : In another blow to Bangladesh's fundamentalist Jammat-e-Islami, the cabinet on Monday decided to strip the voting rights of people convicted of "crimes against humanity" during the 1971 liberation war.

"The cabinet has approved the proposal to permanently erase from the voters list the names of those convicted under the Bangladesh Collaborators (Special Tribunals) Order 1972 and the International Crimes Act," Cabinet Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bangladesh-those-convicted-of--crimes-against-humanity--will-not-have-voting-rights/1163512/

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Bangladesh: contempt notice against Human Rights Watch

HAROON HABIB

A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal on Monday served a contempt notice against New York-based rights organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) to explain why “contempt” of court proceedings should not be drawn against it for raising questions about the verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami leader Ghulam Azam. A three-member bench led by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ITC-1) ordered HRW to respond within three weeks. Azam, on July 15, was sentenced to life in prison for 90 years but spared the death penalty due to old age.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/bangladesh-contempt-notice-against-hrw/article5086566.ece

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Mideast

 

As Obama blinks on Syria, Israel and Saudi Arabia make common cause

 03 Sep 2013

JERUSALEM/RIYADH: If President Barack Obama has disappointed Syrian rebels by deferring to Congress before bombing Damascus, he has also dismayed the United States' two main allies in the Middle East.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have little love for each other but both are pressing their mutual friend in the White House to hit President Bashar al-Assad hard. And both do so with one eye fixed firmly not on Syria but on their common adversary — Iran.

Israel's response to Obama's surprise move to delay or even possibly cancel air strikes made clear that connection: looking soft on Assad after accusing him of killing hundreds of people with chemical weapons may embolden his backers in Tehran to develop nuclear arms, Israeli officials said. And if they do, Israel may strike Iran alone, unsure Washington can be trusted.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/As-Obama-blinks-on-Syria-Israel-and-Saudi-Arabia-make-common-cause/articleshow/22230927.cms?

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Israel says it carried out joint missile test with US in Mediterranean

Reuters | Sep 3, 2013

JERUSALEM: Israel said it carried out a test of a missile, used as a target in a US-funded anti-missile system, in the Mediterranean on Tuesday.

The Israeli defence ministry said the test was conducted at 9:15am (0615 GMT), about the same time that Russia's state-run RIA news agency reported that Russian radar had detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean.

Earlier, Russian radar detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea but there was no sign of a missile strike on the Syrian capital Damascus, Russia's state-run RIA news agency said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-says-it-carried-out-joint-missile-test-with-US-in-Mediterranean/articleshow/22256704.cms

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Yemen 'Qaeda' clash with govt supporters kills 3: official

September 03, 2013

ADEN, Yemen: A gun battle in the southern Yemeni province of Abyan left two suspected Al-Qaeda militants and a pro-government militiaman dead on Tuesday, an official from the militia said.

Fighting between Al-Qaeda militants and the Popular Resistance Committees, which back the government, took place in Batis, northwest of the city of Jaar, the official said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-03/229795-yemen-qaeda-clash-with-govt-supporters-kills-3-official.ashx#ixzz2dprxS8eC

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Hamas says Egyptian military building buffer zone with Gaza

September 03, 2013 02:10 PM

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA: Egyptian security forces have destroyed some 20 houses along the border with Gaza, local residents said on Tuesday, in what the Palestinian enclave's Islamist Hamas rulers fear is an effort to build a buffer zone to isolate them.

Egypt's military stepped up a campaign against Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula, bordering Gaza, after deposing Islamist president Mohamed Mursi following mass unrest, and has accused Gaza Palestinians of supporting the militants.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-03/229793-hamas-says-egyptian-military-building-buffer-zone-with-gaza.ashx#ixzz2dprqbIs7

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Drone strikes in Yemen are an obstacle to democracy

 September 03, 2013

Baraa Shiban: One year ago last week, two Yemeni civilians were killed by a US drone strike. One was a preacher who had given a sermon denouncing al-Qaeda just days before; the other was a young local policeman. Amid the long list of innocents killed by the CIA's secretive drone campaign, there are few clearer examples of how it undermines the rule of law and kills the very people whom the US should be seeking to support.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/03-Sep-2013/drone-strikes-in-yemen-are-an-obstacle-to-democracy

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Turkish minister targets bar head over ‘plurality’ remarks

 September 3, 2013

Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin has slammed Metin Feyzioğlu, the President of the Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB), for his remarks on “plurality,” while pledging to introduce a more “pluralist” election system for TBB.

Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 2013-2014 Justice Year on Sept. 2, Feyzioğlu indirectly criticized the government’s “majoritarianism.”

“When world and Turkish history is looked at, the term ‘national will’ has been the choice of political administrations who came to power through elections, but who have adopted majoritarianism instead of pluralism and have started to exhibit increasingly authoritarian tendencies,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-minister-targets-bar-head-over-plurality-remarks.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53708&NewsCatID=339

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Even with Syria on world’s mind, Israel-Palestinian talks continue apace

 03 Sep 2013

Livni and Erekat to meet for sixth round of talks on Tuesday; Palestinian official in Ramallah says that the PA has threatened to pull out of the negotiations because of Israel’s refusal to halt settlement construction.

With all eyes focused on Syria and how the US will respond to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s apparent use of chemical weapons, Israeli and Palestinian representatives are expected to meet Tuesday for the sixth round of talks since negotiations were restarted at the end of July in Washington.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/With-Syria-on-worlds-mind-Israel-Palestinian-talks-continue-apace-325134

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Palestinians praise Kingdom for $200m donation

 03 Sep 2013

RAMALLAH – The Palestinian leadership hailed the decision of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to allocate $200 million to support Palestinian cities, a report said on Monday.

“President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership commended the generous donation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian cities in face of Israeli occupation,” the official Wafa news agency said.

“We highly appreciate the generous donation that will strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian people on their lands and their quest for achieving their goals by having a fully sovereign state on the borders of June 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital,” Wafa quoted Abbas as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130903179134

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Africa

 

Nigeria: Gunmen Kill 10 People in Kaduna Village

BY SUNDAY ISUWA, 3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Kaduna — About 10 people were been killed in an early morning attack on Adu village in Atakar chiefdom, Kaura Local government of Kaduna state by unknown gunmen.

Residents said the gunmen stormed the village with sophisticated weapons at about 4:30am shooting sporadically. Daily Trust gathered that six people have been arrested in connection with the attack on Adu village after villagers rounded them up and called security operatives.

"They came to Adu village through Zankang forest numbering over 10 shooting and moving from one house to another and slaughtering people. One person was killed on top of the hills while eight others were slaughtered at Adu village," a resident said.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201309030907.html

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Somalia refugee camps: Solar lights protect against sex attacks

 03 Sep 2013

MOGADISHU — Chatting women sitting outside makeshift homes at night is a new scene in a once-dark refugee camp in the Somali capital. In a city where darkness brings the threat of attack, recently installed solar lights are helping to ward off sexual assault.

Women living in Mogadishu’s hundreds of refugee camps often stay and don’t use communal bathrooms at home at night because of the threat men armed with knives and guns pose to them. With the installation of 79 solar-powered lights by the Danish Refugee Council in a camp known as Zone K, life has returned to Mogadishu’s nights.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130903179082

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Somali president 'ambushed', Shabab militants say

 03 Sep 2013

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shabab insurgents ambushed President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Tuesday, the militants said, claiming to have destroyed vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades.

"We ambushed a convoy that was escorting the self-appointed Somali president," Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP, adding that fighting was continuing near the port of Merka. There were no immediate reports of any casualties.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/80660/World/International/Somali-president-ambushed,-Shebab-militants-say.aspx

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Europe

 

No missile strike on Damascus after ballistic launches: Russia

Reuters | Sep 3, 2013

MOSCOW: Russian radar detected the launch of two ballistic "objects" in the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday but there was no sign of a missile strike on the Syrian capital Damascus, Russia's state-run RIA news agency said.

A defence ministry spokesman told Russian news agencies the launch was detected at 10:16 am Moscow time (0616 GMT) by an early warning radar station at Armavir, near the Black Sea, which is designed to detect missiles from Europe and Iran.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/No-missile-strike-on-Damascus-after-ballistic-launches-Russia/articleshow/22255514.cms

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NATO head 'personally convinced' Assad used chemical arms

 03 Sep 2013

BRUSSELS: NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday he is "personally convinced" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons near Damascus last month.

"Personally, I am not only convinced that a chemical attack has taken place ... I am also convinced that the Syrian regime is responsible," Rasmussen said when asked if he had seen intelligence to prove Damascus was behind the attack which left hundreds dead.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-02/229659-nato-head-personally-convinced-assad-used-chemical-arms.ashx#ixzz2dkKSGTTl

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Officer denies Iraqi mutilation claim

 03 Sep 2013

A British officer has denied claims UK forces mutilated the dead bodies of Iraqis after a notorious 2004 battle.

Col Adam Griffiths also said he was unaware of allegations prisoners had been mistreated or unlawfully killed after the so-called "Battle of Danny Boy" firefight.

He was appearing before the Al-Sweady inquiry into the deaths of more than 20 Iraqi detainees.

It began in 2010 but until today had not heard from soldiers involved.

Up to 200 British military witnesses are due to appear.

The inquiry is concerned with the Battle of Danny Boy in May 2004 - named after a British checkpoint near the town of Majar al-Kabir in southern Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23924627

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In an 'innocent mistake', Cameron said India blames Assad for chemical attack

 Sep 03 2013

New Delhi : British Prime Minister David Cameron made a “mistake” in his statement on Syria in the House of Commons last Thursday when he named India among the countries which had concluded that the “finger of blame” for the deadly chemical attack points to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In doing so, he sparked off a diplomatic incident because Cameron, contrary to his claim, had not spoken to any leader in India on the issue. A surprised India, which has not taken a position on who is to blame for the attack, took serious note of the misrepresentation and raised it Monday through diplomatic channels with British authorities in London and Delhi.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-an--innocent-mistake--cameron-said-india-blames-assad-for-chemical-attack/1163704/

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Ban Ki-moon discusses ways to expedite UN probe in Syria

September 03, 2013

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will brief the 10 non-permanent members of the Security Council on the status of the investigations on use of chemical weapons in Syria, as he discussed with his top officials on expediting the investigations, his spokesperson has said.

Mr. Ban discussed with Ake Sellstrhead of the U.N. Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria, on how to expedite the process of analyzing the samples according to established international standards and regulations.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/ban-kimoon-discusses-ways-to-expedite-un-probe-in-syria/article5088519.ece

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North America

 

Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

 September 03, 2013

President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured U.S. Congress. The uncertainty surrounding Syria will hang over the president's three-day overseas trip, which includes a global summit in Russia and a stop in Sweden.

So will Obama's tense relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the world leader who is hosting the Group of 20 gathering and has perhaps done the most to stymie international efforts to oust Syria's President Bashar-al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Obama-seeks-support-for-Syria-strike-at-G-20/Article1-1116743.aspx

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Pro-Syria hackers put anti-attack message on US marines’ website

Reuters | Sep 3, 2013

WASHINGTON: Computer hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad struck an internet recruiting site for the US marine corps on Monday, urging troops to "refuse your orders" if the United States attacks Syria.

The attack appeared to be the work of the Syrian Electronic Army, which had also recently targeted the New York Times' website and Twitter.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pro-Syria-hackers-put-anti-attack-message-on-US-marines-website/articleshow/22238179.cms

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As US president ponders, the world asks for 'no war'

Subodh Varma, TNN | Sep 3, 2013

NEW DELHI: While US president Barak Obama maneuvers to justify a solo armed intervention in Syria, recent opinion polls in Europe and US show a clear opposition to involvement in any such war. This is perhaps the result of the long and bloody involvement of Western countries in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nearly six in 10 of Americans say the US should stay out of the conflict in Syria and 54% say the US has no responsibility to intervene around the globe a YouGov poll found, a week after the alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/As-US-president-ponders-the-world-asks-for-no-war/articleshow/22249378.cms

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US prevented disclosure of Pakistan’s rights abuses: report

2013-09-03

US intelligence reports said senior Pakistani military and intelligence officials knew of and possibly ordered a broad campaign of extrajudicial killings of militants and other adversaries, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, adding that public disclosure of such information could have forced the Obama administration to sever aid to the Pakistani armed forces on account of a US law that prohibits military assistance to human rights abusers.

These reports are based on communications intercepts from 2010 to 2012 and other intelligence in classified documents provided to it by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1040260/us-prevented-disclosure-of-pakistans-rights-abuses-report

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