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U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Islands of sanity: Ajay Yadav saved the lives of at least 30 Muslims

20th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition: The damage has not been undone as yet

Alcohol-based perfumes, tattoos and women receptionists are un-Islamic, says Deoband fatwa

State-Run West Bengal Madrasas with Modern Curriculum Attract Non-Muslims

Govt puts on notice 24 foreign TV channels for anti- India content after intel alert

Babri mosque demolition issue rocks Lok Sabha; BSP MP waves black flag

Denied return home, Indian man jumps under Dubai train

Post-Babri razing, Muslims chase a political mirage

Payback time for Muslim ghetto in Juhapura, Gujarat

Indian Muslims in U.K. express concern over Charminar row

No inputs on terror groups investing in stock market, MoS tells House

 

Pakistan

‘Unreligious music’: Over two dozen militants storm wedding function

Turbat raid: 3 suspected militants killed in fire fight

US drone strike kills 4 in North Waziristan

Explosives-laden truck being transported to Karachi seized

Mullah Nazir’s deadline ends: Mehsud exodus from Wana starts

Meet Balochistan’s first Rhodes Scholar in 40 years

Violence against minorities: ‘Religious harmony must be taught in schools’

Pakistan’s Senior Scholar stressed to ensure good treatment with women

Pakistan Senators arrived to India with message of peace

Pak worried about heroin outflow to India

PM demands an end to US drone attacks in Pakistan

No probe against Nawaz in ISI funds case: PPP

 

Europe

German cabinet approves Patriot missiles for Turkey

Abu Qatada: Home Secretary wins permission for appeal

Russian TV journalist shot dead in North Caucasus

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Syria Ignatius IV dies

 

Africa

AU urges UNSC to deploy international force in Mali

Homemade bombs target bus, 2 police shot dead in Nigeria

 

Arab World

Saudi Businessmen to seek clerics’ help against levy

Vice president moots peace formula as Egypt burns

Syria loading chemical weapons into bombs: report

6 dead, 450 injured in clashes at Egypt's presidential palace

Syria Says Chemical Scare 'Pretext for Intervention'

Saudi Contractors seek fatwa on labour fee

Egyptian army deploys tanks at presidential palace, crisis worsens

Islamists in combative mood after anti-Morsi protests rock Egypt

Morsi 'fully responsible' for Egypt violence: ElBaradei

Syrian civil war spills over into Lebanon

Minorities in Lebanon Are Wary of Syrian War

Head of Egypt's state broadcaster resigns

War Drives Businesses of Aleppo into Exile

 

South Asia

Bangladesh least affected by terrorism in South Asia

Be more vigilant in protecting public life: Bangladesh PM

Male has authority to take back airport from GMR: Singapore court

Afghan intelligence Chief hurt by bomb

Rohingya Camps in Western Myanmar 'Dire': UN Envoy

Police to obtain IP address of Minivan News commentator accused of “violating Islamic principles”

YouTube Ban in Afghanistan, Spurred by Anti-Islamic Video, Is Met With Shrugs

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesia Struggles to Revamp ‘Hell-Hole’ Bali Prison

East Java Students Allegedly Hold ‘Arisan’ (saving scheme) to Pay for Sex Workers

Malaysia to Offer Anti-Corruption Training for Lawmakers

 

Mideast Asia

New Israeli settlements 'red line', Abbas says

Youth project launched to highlight Palestine issue

In Israel, same-sex divorce even before gay union becomes legit

 

North America

U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

Community Dream for NY Latino Muslims

Obama leads Forbes’ list of the world’s mighty; Kayani, Zaheer only Pakistanis

Clinton praises NATO’s progress as she bids farewell

Clinton to Discuss Syrian Conflict with Russian Counterpart

 

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U.S.-Approved Arms for Libya Rebels Fell Into Jihadis’ Hands

By JAMES RISEN, MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.

No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.

But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.

The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from Qatar and other countries.

The Obama administration did not initially raise objections when Qatar began shipping arms to opposition groups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement, according to current and former administration officials. But they said the United States has growing concerns that, just as in Libya, the Qataris are equipping some of the wrong militants.

The United States, which had only small numbers of C.I.A. officers in Libya during the tumult of the rebellion, provided little oversight of the arms shipments. Within weeks of endorsing Qatar’s plan to send weapons there in spring 2011, the White House began receiving reports that they were going to Islamic militant groups. They were “more antidemocratic, more hard-line, closer to an extreme version of Islam” than the main rebel alliance in Libya, said a former Defence Department official.

The Qatari assistance to fighters viewed as hostile by the United States demonstrates the Obama administration’s continuing struggles in dealing with the Arab Spring uprisings, as it tries to support popular protest movements while avoiding American military entanglements. Relying on surrogates allows the United States to keep its fingerprints off operations, but also means they may play out in ways that conflict with American interests.

“To do this right, you have to have on-the-ground intelligence and you have to have experience,” said Vali Nasr, a former State Department adviser who is now dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, part of Johns Hopkins University. “If you rely on a country that doesn’t have those things, you are really flying blind. When you have an intermediary, you are going to lose control.”

He said that Qatar would not have gone through with the arms shipments if the United States had resisted them, but other current and former administration officials said Washington had little leverage at times over Qatari officials. “They march to their own drummer,” said a former senior State Department official. The White House and State Department declined to comment.

During the frantic early months of the Libyan rebellion, various players motivated by politics or profit — including an American arms dealer who proposed weapons transfers in an e-mail exchange with a United States emissary later killed in Benghazi — sought to aid those trying to oust Colonel Qaddafi.

But after the White House decided to encourage Qatar — and on a smaller scale, the United Arab Emirates — to ship arms to the Libyans, President Obama complained in April 2011 to the emir of Qatar that his country was not coordinating its actions in Libya with the United States, the American officials said. “The president made the point to the emir that we needed transparency about what Qatar was doing in Libya,” said a former senior administration official who had been briefed on the matter.

About that same time, Mahmoud Jibril, then the prime minister of the Libyan transitional government, expressed frustration to administration officials that the United States was allowing Qatar to arm extremist groups opposed to the new leadership, according to several American officials. They, like nearly a dozen current and former White House, diplomatic, intelligence, military and foreign officials, would speak only on the condition of anonymity for this article.

The administration has never determined where all of the weapons, paid for by Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, went inside Libya, officials said. Qatar is believed to have shipped by air and sea small arms, including machine guns, automatic rifles, and ammunition, for which it has demanded reimbursement from Libya’s new government. Some of the arms since have been moved from Libya to militants with ties to Al Qaeda in Mali, where radical Jihadi factions have imposed Sharia law in the northern part of the country, the former Defence Department official said. Others have gone to Syria, according to several American and foreign officials and arms traders.

Although NATO provided air support that proved critical for the Libyan rebels, the Obama administration wanted to avoid getting immersed in a ground war, which officials feared could lead the United States into another quagmire in the Middle East.

As a result, the White House largely relied on Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, two small Persian Gulf states and frequent allies of the United States. Qatar, a tiny nation whose natural gas reserves have made it enormously wealthy, for years has tried to expand its influence in the Arab world. Since 2011, with dictatorships in the Middle East and North Africa coming under siege, Qatar has given arms and money to various opposition and militant groups, chiefly Sunni Islamists, in hopes of cementing alliances with the new governments. Officials from Qatar and the emirates would not comment.

After discussions among members of the National Security Council, the Obama administration backed the arms shipments from both countries, according to two former administration officials briefed on the talks.

American officials say that the United Arab Emirates first approached the Obama administration during the early months of the Libyan uprising, asking for permission to ship American-built weapons that the United States had supplied for the emirates’ use. The administration rejected that request, but instead urged the emirates to ship weapons to Libya that could not be traced to the United States.

“The U.A.E. was asking for clearance to send U.S. weapons,” said one former official. “We told them it’s O.K. to ship other weapons.”

For its part, Qatar supplied weapons made outside the United States, including French- and Russian-designed arms, according to people familiar with the shipments.

But the American support for the arms shipments from Qatar and the emirates could not be completely hidden. NATO air and sea forces around Libya had to be alerted not to interdict the cargo planes and freighters transporting the arms into Libya from Qatar and the emirates, American officials said.

Concerns in Washington soon rose about the groups Qatar was supporting, officials said. A debate over what to do about the weapons shipments dominated at least one meeting of the so-called Deputies Committee, the interagency panel consisting of the second-highest ranking officials in major agencies involved in national security. “There was a lot of concern that the Qatar weapons were going to Islamist groups,” one official recalled.

The Qataris provided weapons, money and training to various rebel groups in Libya. One militia that received aid was controlled by Adel Hakim Belhaj, then leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, who was held by the C.I.A. in 2004 and is now considered a moderate politician in Libya. It is unclear which other militants received the aid.

“Nobody knew exactly who they were,” said the former defence official. The Qataris, the official added, are “supposedly good allies, but the Islamists they support are not in our interest.”

No evidence has surfaced that any weapons went to Ansar al-Sharia, an extremist group blamed for the Benghazi attack.

The case of Marc Turi, the American arms merchant who had sought to provide weapons to Libya, demonstrates other challenges the United States faced in dealing with Libya. A dealer who lives in both Arizona and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Turi sells small arms to buyers in the Middle East and Africa, relying primarily on suppliers of Russian-designed weapons in Eastern Europe.

In March 2011, just as the Libyan civil war was intensifying, Mr. Turi realized that Libya could be a lucrative new market, and applied to the State Department for a license to provide weapons to the rebels there, according to e-mails and other documents he has provided. (American citizens are required to obtain United States approval for any international arms sales.)

He also e-mailed J. Christopher Stevens, then the special representative to the Libyan rebel alliance. The diplomat said he would “share” Mr. Turi’s proposal with colleagues in Washington, according to e-mails provided by Mr. Turi. Mr. Stevens, who became the United States ambassador to Libya, was one of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11.

Mr. Turi’s application for a license was rejected in late March 2011. Undeterred, he applied again, this time stating only that he planned to ship arms worth more than $200 million to Qatar. In May 2011, his application was approved. Mr. Turi, in an interview, said that his intent was to get weapons to Qatar and that what “the U.S. government and Qatar allowed from there was between them.”

Two months later, though, his home near Phoenix was raided by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Administration officials say he remains under investigation in connection with his arms dealings. The Justice Department would not comment.

Mr. Turi said he believed that United States officials had shut down his proposed arms pipeline because he was getting in the way of the Obama administration’s dealings with Qatar. The Qataris, he complained, imposed no controls on who got the weapons. “They just handed them out like candy,” he said.

David D. Kirkpatrick and Kareem Fahim contributed reporting from Cairo.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/africa/weapons-sent-to-libyan-rebels-with-us-approval-fell-into-islamist-hands.html?ref=world&_r=0

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India

 

Islands of sanity: Ajay Yadav saved the lives of at least 30 Muslims

By Arunav Sinha

Dec 6, 2012

When will the BJP start proposing; rather than only opposing? Congress ticks off SP for Faizabad communal clashes UP under Akhilesh on a short communal fuse A midnight raid that changed the course of history

In the aftermath of Babri demolition, when communal frenzy started gripping the ground zero, there were numerous islands of sanity which provided shelter to the hapless victims. One such refuge was the house of Ajay Yadav. He and his family members saved the lives of at least 30 Muslims from their neighbourhood by providing them shelter. They put their own safety at stake in front of the rampaging karsevaks but didn't budge an inch.

Recalling the events after Babri demolition, Ajay Yadav, now 40-year-old, says, "December 6 was relatively calm. It was on December 7 that about 60 karsevaks started assembling near the site of demolition. By 8.30 am, the mob was armed with rods and kerosene and ready to attack. The mob, comprising some local residents, first targeted the house of Ramzan Ali, owner of a cycle repair shop. While Ali and a woman of the household were able to escape, a four-year-old member of the family was trapped. The kid was lucky, as he was rescued by Ram Narayan Harijan, who projected him as his son."

"As the mob was vandalizing shops and houses of Muslims, we anticipated the trouble and shifted our neighbours to safer locations," he says, adding "one of them - Haider was attacked, but rescued him by saying that he was a member of BJP's minority cell." Haider's injuries, however, proved fatal, but all his family members were saved.

Another family that owes debt to Yadav and his friends is that of Rajjan and Bechu. Yadav recalls, "When the karsevaks attacked family members of Rajjan and Bechu, they first asked their families to vacate the houses. Rajjan and Bechu hid themselves in the bamboo plantation nearby and remained there till 6 am on December 8."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Islands-of-sanity-in-turbulent-temple-town/articleshow/17499715.cms

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20th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition: The damage has not been undone as yet

Dec 5, 2012

LUCKNOW: Twenty years after demolition of Babri mosque, the Ayodhya debate is still on. The frenzy mob which razed the Masjid to ground on December 6, 1992, perhaps had little or no inkling that the fanatic act would change the Indian politics for all times to come. Though the Ram Temple issue seems to have lost its electoral appeal, the damage has not been undone as yet and the efforts to polarise votes on religious lines continues, at least in UP, where eight major communal clashes have taken place after Samajwadi Party (SP) came to power in March this year and the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is trying to cobble up the team of Hindutva hardliners who played a crucial role in the Temple movement, leading to the demolition of the Masjid.

The communal rift created by the 1990 Ram temple movement which resulted in demolition of the mosque saw the BJP emerging as a national force, particularly in the north and west India, thereby changing the Indian polity forever. Till then the politics mainly revolved around the Congress and anti-Congressism, but post 1992, it became 'triangular' with the addition of the anti-Congress-BJP Third front. The demographic vote equations also changed with the Muslims, who also held inaction of the then Congress government headed by PV Narasimha Rao at the Centre equally responsible for the demolition of the mosque, shifting loyalty to regional parties which they felt could counter the saffron threat. It led to the rise of regional satraps like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav among others.

The upheaval also pushed India into an era of instability which saw four prime ministers heading various coalition governments and two mid-term Lok Sabha polls between 1990-99. As no single party could win majority since then, the regional parties have been playing crucial role in formation of the governments. The coalition politics still continues but now its more mature and stable than 90s. But in UP, the instability continued from 1989 to 2007, during which period, the state saw ten governments of different permutations and combinations, three midterm assembly elections, four chief ministers, defections in parties and two stints of president rule. Interestingly, while the BJP was able to sustain in other states after Babri mosque demolition, in UP its tally declined steadily with every election.

Many political analysts believe that the 'Mandir' issue should be seen along with the 'Mandal'. After revolting against Rajiv Gandhi over Bofors scam, VP Singh formed Janta Dal in 1989 by bringing all the anti-Congress forces together. In the subsequent elections, the Congress was defeated but Janta Dal could not get the majority either. Singh became prime minister with support of the Left and the BJP. On August 7, 1990, Singh implemented the Mandal commission report providing 27% reservation for other backward classes (OBCs) to mobilise backward vote bank. On September 25, BJP's LK Advani began his rath yatra from Somnath in Gujrat demanding construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site housing Babri masjid in Ayodhya, which the saffron forces claimed was the birth place of Lord Ram.

The yatra, which was to end at Ayodhya, left behind a trail of communal clashes. On Singh's direction, the then Bihar chief minister Lalu Yadav's ordered police to intercept yatra at Samastipur and arrest Advani on October 23. On October 30, the then UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav ordered firing on people, who had assembled in Ayodhya on BJP's call, when they tried to storm into the mosque. The firing in Ayodhya and ensuing communal clashes in all over the country left over 500 dead. The immediate impact was that the mandir (communal) politics overshadowed the mandal (caste) politics. As a result, the BJP's number in Lok Sabha rose to 120 in 1991 from 85 in 1989. The BJP also won state assembly elections in five states in 1991 -- UP, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh.

The communal plank polarised votes across all castes. After assuming power in UP under Kalyan Singh, saffron forces gave call to start 'symbolic' construction of Temple on December 6, 1992, which led to demolition of the mosque. Kalyan was jailed for a day for 'contempt of court'. He had assured the Supreme Court that the government will protect mosque but failed to discharge the constitutional duty. The turn of events led to more communal riots across the country but by razing the mosque down, the saffron brigade killed the goose that laid the golden egg. At least, it was true for UP where caste politics took over communalism after tempers cooled down following fall of the 15th century mosque, allegedly built by a Mughal ruler over ruins of a temple at Lord Ram's birth place after destroying it.

"Temple politics created 'upper caste dominated middle class' vote bank for the BJP. A few dominant OBCs also supported it. The party sustained in the states where it is in direct fight with the Congress. But in UP, Dalits by Mayawati and OBCs by Mulayam realised that supporting temple politics means accepting the brahminical order responsible for their repression since ages", said political analysts. In due course, said political observer JP Singh, the BJP also realised that the factor which increased its tally from 2 in 1984 to 182 in 1999 is also the major hurdle in exceeding further. The party had to put the temple issue on the back seat to form a coalition with other parties to assume power at the Centre. This, however, left supporters disappointed, leading to drop in its tally in subsequent elections.

In UP, the disillusionment of upper casts from BJP was so strong that a section brahmins voted for BSP in 2007 assembly elections and for SP in 2012. But, says political analyst Sudhir Panwar, the divisive politics based on cast and faith has divided farmers, artisans and industrial workers, as a result the issues related to agriculture and labour have become secondary in the priority list of the political parties. "One should also not forget that maximum cases of terror attacks in India have happened after demolition of Babri mosque, which communalized the social-political environment of country further. We need to defeat hardliners, in all the communities, and their political masters, for the sake of the nation and people", he added.

However, political parties seem to be in no mood to leave caste and communal politics. In fact, the BJP leaders said that today party needs the kind of tailwind that was necessary for the party in 1984 when it was reduced to just two seats in Parliament. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad had then came to the rescue. It formed a committee to 'liberate' the 'birthplace' of Lord Ram in Ayodhya and build a temple. Advani was given leadership of the campaign. The BJP gained from the issue till 1999 but decline started thereafter. The decline was mainly because of loss in UP where BJP's seat share dropped to 10 in 2009 from 51 in 1991.

Today, the BJP has reached a saturation point in most of the states except UP where its prospects may improve. But the situation in UP has gone from bad to worse for the BJP to the extent that it lost the Ayodhya seat for the first time since 1989 in the assembly elections held earlier this year. The 'embarrassment' has made saffron forces to sit up and revive the Hindutva agenda, as in 1984, by bringing back the Hindutva mascots like Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh. Simultaneously, the work at the workshop set up in Ayodhya during temple movement to carve pillars for the 'grand Ram Temple' has started, indicating that something is cooking in the saffron camp. The riots under the SP rule have come as a booster.

While the BJP is desperate for a revival in UP, the Congress and SP are also looking forward to cash in on the 'fear psychosis' among Muslims after demolition of the Babri Masjid. The two parties are trying to appease the minority committee by announcing a number of sops. Mulayam has prime ministerial ambitions and that can be fulfilled only if his party is able to win maximum seats in UP. And, it will be possible only if Muslims stick to him, so Mulayam is doing all he can to keep them in good humour. Besides welfare schemes for the Muslims, he has promised to release all Muslims 'falsely' implicated in terror acts. He is even taking support of hardliner Muslims and has inducted some of them in the party.

The Bahujan Samaj Party is also trying to win the confidence of the Muslims by publicising that the community was safe during the Mayawati rule, during which period no riots took place. Mayawati, too, has prime ministerial ambitions. Both SP and BSP are banking on the fact that the Ram Temple movement and the Babri Masjid demolition pushed India into an era of instability. As no single party could win majority after the incident, the regional parties have been playing a crucial role in the formation of central governments. Also, ever since the Muslims have been voting tactically for the party which can stop the BJP. Under these circumstances, Mayawati and Mulayam know that Muslim votes would be crucial for them to become king or kingmakers in 2014.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/20th-anniversary-of-Babri-mosque-demolition-The-damage-has-not-been-undone-as-yet/articleshow/17497427.cms

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Alcohol-based perfumes, tattoos and women receptionists are un-Islamic, says Deoband fatwa

Dec 5, 2012

LUCKNOW: Two Fatwas issued by leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh in last two days have left many in Muslim community perplexed in the state. While a fatwa as described working of women as receptionists against Sharia law, another termed tattoo and use of perfume with alcohol content as un-Islamic.

A Pakistan-based company had asked whether it could appoint a Muslim woman as a receptionist. In reply, the seminary said that Muslim women working in offices as receptionist is un-Islamic because Muslim women are not allowed to appear before men without veil. Mufti Zulfikar Ali, Muslim cleric and president of UP Imam organisation, also said that the Muslim women can work in institutions after wearing the veil but the work of a receptionist is to constantly interact with people, which should not be practised.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Alcohol-based-perfumes-tattoos-and-women-receptionists-are-un-Islamic-says-Deoband-fatwa/articleshow/17496875.cms

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State-Run West Bengal Madrasas with Modern Curriculum Attract Non-Muslims

As state-run madrasas in West Bengal introduce a modern curriculum, they are not only changing perceptions about Muslim schools in the subcontinent. They are also starting to attract students from outside the Islamic faith.

By Shaikh Azizur Rahman for Khabar Southeast Asia in Orgram, West Bengal

December 06, 2012

It's 10:30 in the morning and the bell rings at Chatuspalli High Madrasa in Orgram, a village about 150km north of Kolkata, signalling the start of the school day.

Clad in blue and white uniforms, the boys and girls assemble in the madrasa courtyard, performing the daily ritual including taking an oath to study well, become good citizens and serve their country. The morning assembly ends with the singing of India's national anthem.

The pre-class activities at Orgram madrasa are no different than those at most mainstream public schools in India. No pupil is required to read the holy Qur'an or practice any Islamic ritual during the class.

Full report at:

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2012/12/06/feature-01

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Govt puts on notice 24 foreign TV channels showing anti- India content after intel alert

By Pratul Sharma in New Delhi

December 6, 2012

HATE channels which are illegally down- linked and freely available to viewers near the India- Pakistan and north- eastern borders have become important weapons in the psychological war against India.

The Intelligence Bureau ( IB) has redflagged 24 “ illegal” foreign channels for beaming anti- India programmes. The potential for mischief by these channels was serious enough for the government to concede in Parliament: “ The content of some of these channels is not conducive to the security environment in the country and poses a potential security hazard.” Full report at: Mail Today

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Babri mosque demolition issue rocks Lok Sabha; BSP MP waves black flag

Dec 06 2012

New Delhi : The Babri mosque issue rocked the Lok Sabha on Thursday with some members demanding action on the report of Liberhan Commission, which probed its demolition 20 years ago.

As the Lok Sabha convened, Shafiqur Rahman Barq (BSP) waved black flag in the House and rued that those guilty of demolition were still not brought to justice.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/babri-mosque-demolition-issue-rocks-lok-sabha--bsp.../1041302/

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Denied return home, Indian man jumps under Dubai train

December 06, 2012

An Indian man committed suicide in Dubai by throwing himself under a train after his employer refused him the right to return home, newspapers in the Gulf emirate reported on Thursday.

A driverless Dubai Metro train struck the man on an elevated track on Monday, the Gulf News daily said. "His body was left beyond recognition and police took two days to identify him," it reported.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Denied-return-home-Indian-man-jumps-under-Dubai-train/Article1-969177.aspx

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Post-Babri razing, Muslims chase a political mirage

Zia Haq, Hindustan Times

December 05, 2012

The average Muslim voter is self-employed, earns meagre wages, resides mostly among his ilk, does not travel far beyond his birthplace, is unlikely to vote for any one party or candidate — but is cagey about Hindutva-based politics. Yet, ever since a Hindu fundamentalist movement led to the destruction of the 16th-century Babri Masjid in 1992, many Muslims have frequently articulated a longing for a "truly secular" alternative to the Congress - accusing the party of often tilting to the Hindu right. That option has remained a hard-to-pin-down political mirage, analysts say.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/Post-Babri-razing-Muslims-chase-a-political-mirage/Article1-968966.aspx

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Payback time for Muslim ghetto in Juhapura, Gujarat

Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times

 December 06, 2012

The people of Juhapura are used to being ignored, but it is election time and every Muslim here knows that their votes count. “Why should we vote for a government that has treated us like pariahs for the last decade?” said Zeenat Shaikh, 23, who works in a stock broking firm in Ahmedabad, 8km from her home town Juhapura.

Shaikh is not alone. Many of the residents of this Muslim ghetto, originally developed to house 1973 flood victims and eventually the 2002 riot-affected Muslim, are furious. The government did not even have a town plan till 2009.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Specials/Coverage/Gujarat-Assembly-Elections-

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Indian Muslims in U.K. express concern over Charminar row

HASAN SUROOR

December 6, 2012

The Council of Indian Muslims (U.K.) on Wednesday expressed concern over the Charminar/temple row, calling it a part of a “systematic” campaign to “appropriate” Muslim monuments.

“The Babri Mosque was the first casualty of this campaign. It was pulled down in full media gaze and now a similar drama is unfolding at Charminar in Hyderabad,” it said in a statement on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/indian-muslims-in-uk-express-concern-over-charminar-row/article4167527.ece

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No inputs on terror groups investing in stock market, MoS tells House

Dec 06 2012

New Delhi : The Home Ministry on Wednesday contradicted the statement made by its minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on terror groups investing in stock exchange. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, MoS, Home, R P N Singh said they “have not received any specific input that terrorists are investing money in share market”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-inputs-on-terror-groups-investing-in-stock-market-mos-tells-house/1041155/

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Pakistan

 

‘Unreligious music’: Over two dozen militants storm wedding function

By Riaz Ahmad

 December 6, 2012

PESHAWAR: Twenty-five heavily-armed militants stormed into a wedding function in Hamid Machine village late Tuesday night and demanded the ‘anti-religious’ celebrations to stop.

The militants, carrying rocket launchers and machine guns, destroyed musical instruments in the hujra of a resident Younas, whose wedding was scheduled for Friday.

“Around 10 men entered the hujra where the mehndi was taking place and 15 others waited outside the building,” said a local elder, requesting anonymity. He added that militants had said that this was against religion and not allowed in ‘their’ area. Locals said it was the first time such an incident had happened.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475697/unreligious-music-over-two-dozen-militants-storm-wedding-function/

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Turbat raid: 3 suspected militants killed in firefight

December 6, 2012

QUETTA: At least three people were killed on Wednesday in a firefight between suspected militants and paramilitary troops in Gebon area, approximately 20 kilometres from Turbat city.

Acting on a tip-off, a Makran Scouts party raided the house of one Rasool Bakhsh, who was allegedly involved in making remote-controlled bombs and hand grenades, Murtaza Baig, the spokesperson for Frontier Corps (FC), told The Express Tribune.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475767/turbat-raid-3-suspected-militants-killed-in-firefight/

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US drone strike kills 4 in North Waziristan

December 6, 2012

MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike in North Waziristan killed four people on Thursday, Express News reported.

Sources said that a drone fired two missiles at a house in the Mubarak Shahi village of district Mir Ali.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475941/us-drone-strike-kills-4-in-north-waziristan-2/

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Explosives-laden truck being transported to Karachi seized

December 6, 2012

A truck loaded with explosives and suicide vests, which was on its way to Karachi, was seized by the excise police on National Highway, Express News quoted sources as saying on Thursday.

The truck was intercepted near Kot Fazal, on Sindh-Punjab border.

The arrested suspects were moved to an undisclosed location.

Earlier, Frontier Corps (FC) personnel recovered around 250kg of explosives from a car near the Pak-Afghan border in Killa Abdullah district, Balochistan.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475957/explosives-laden-truck-being-transported-to-karachi-seized/

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Mullah Nazir’s deadline ends: Mehsud exodus from Wana starts

By Zulfiqar Ali

 December 6, 2012

DI KHAN: Hundreds of Mehsud tribesmen have started evacuating their houses in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan Agency, as Mullah Nazir’s deadline came to an end on Wednesday.

On December 1, Mullah Nazir, a pro-government Taliban commander in South Waziristan, in a jirga with Ahmadzai Wazir tribal elders, ordered all Mehsud tribesmen – both militants and internally displaced persons (IDPs) – to evacuate Ahmedzai Wazir areas, which include Wana, by December 5. The announcement came in response to the November 29 suicide attack which targeted Nazir.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475863/mullah-nazirs-deadline-ends-mehsud-exodus-from-wana-starts/

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Meet Balochistan’s first Rhodes Scholar in 40 years

 December 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: In a country where dreams are killed every passing minute, a young man from a remote village of Balochistan has apparently beaten the odds.

Rafiullah Kakar, 23, is all set to live “a dream come true”. He is the 2013 Rhodes Scholar for Pakistan. The Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in UK, one of the most prestigious awards in the world, is given to one Pakistani every year since 1951.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475757/silver-lining-meet-balochistans-first-rhodes-scholar-in-40-years/

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Violence against minorities: ‘Religious harmony must be taught in schools’

December 6, 2012

LAHORE: Pakistanis need to stop targeting their countrymen belonging to religious minorities whenever there is a perceived crime against Islam or Muslims elsewhere in the world, said speakers at a seminar at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday.

Members of minority faiths feel increasingly insecure in Pakistan, particularly when someone makes blasphemous caricatures or movies in the West, said the speakers. Reacting to insults to Islam by resorting to lawlessness and destroying the properties of Pakistanis, both Muslim and non-Muslim, made no sense, they said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/475682/violence-against-minorities-religious-harmony-must-be-taught-in-schools/

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Pakistan’s Senior Scholar stressed to ensure good treatment with women

December 6, 2012

KARACHI: Maulana Mufti Muhammad Naeem, Mohtamim Jamia Binoria Al-Aalamia Karachi, expressing concern over the rising cases of domestic violence in the society, has urged people to recall that the Holy Quran enjoins good treatment of women.

In a statement on Wednesday, Maulana Naeem said, “Allah has enjoined upon men to treat their wives fairly to the extent that a man is allowed to divorce her gracefully if their relationship becomes strained.” The senior scholar said the Muslims who are abusive to women actually slander Islam.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\12\06\story_6-12-2012_pg7_15

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Pakistan Senators arrived to India with message of peace

December 6, 2012

Chairman of the Pakistan Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari has backed the dialogue process in which parliamentarians from both countries, who have been actively interacting with each other, can play an important role.

Accompanied by six Senators, including three from the minority community, Mr. Bokhari arrived here on Wednesday for a five-day visit at the joint invitation of Speaker Meira Kumar and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pakistan-seNATOrs-arrive-with-message-of-peace/article4168159.ece

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Pak worried about heroin outflow to India

Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times

December 05, 2012

Pakistan is worried not only with the inflow of heroin from Afghanistan to Pakistan but also with the outflow of the illegal narcotic to India. "We are concerned not only with the inflow from Afghanistan which produces 90% of the world’s heroin but also with the outflow to India," said

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Pak-worried-about-heroin-outflow-to-India/Article1-968885.aspx

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PM demands an end to US drone attacks in Pakistan

December 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday demanded an end to US drone attacks in Pakistan in a meeting with the United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson in Islamabad, DawnNews reported.

US-Pakistan bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting.

According to sources, PM Ashraf expressed his concerns regarding the drone attacks and said that the attacks were harmful and ineffective. He demanded that the US end its drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/06/pm-demands-an-end-to-us-drone-attacks-in-pakistan/

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No probe against Nawaz in ISI funds case: PPP

December 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A federal minister revealed on Wednesday that the government had no plan to hold an inquiry into the allegations that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had received money from intelligence agencies in 1990 as ordered by the Supreme Court in the Asghar Khan case.

“The Asghar Khan case is buried,” declared Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, the chief negotiator of the government with the opposition, while talking to reporters after attending a parliamentary committee meeting.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/06/no-probe-against-nawaz-in-isi-funds-case-ppp/

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Europe

 

German cabinet approves Patriot missiles for Turkey

6 December 2012

BERLIN:Germany’s cabinet agreed on Thursday to send Patriot missiles and up to 400 soldiers to Turkey to act as a deterrent against any spread of the conflict in Syria across the border, Berlin’s foreign and defense ministries said.

Turkey, a NATO member hostile to Assad which has taken in thousands of refugees, says it needs the air defense batteries to shoot down any missiles that might be fired across its border.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/german-cabinet-approves-patriot-missiles-turkey

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Abu Qatada: Home Secretary wins permission for appeal

December 6, 2012

Home Secretary Theresa May has won permission to appeal against a decision last month to block the deportation radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan.

Government lawyers will now be able to argue the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) was wrong to block the preacher's removal.

A senior judge ruled Jordan had not proved Abu Qatada's retrial would be free of evidence obtained by torture.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20617125

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Russian TV journalist shot dead in North Caucasus

December 6, 2012

A Russian television journalist has been shot dead in the North Caucasus.

Kazbek Gekkiyev, 26, was a newsreader on state-controlled local television in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

Attacks on journalists have become relatively common in Russia. The North Caucasus is the country's most volatile region, where security forces are battling an Islamist insurgency.

On Thursday morning, the deputy minister of transport of Kabardino-Balkaria was injured in a bomb attack.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20624667

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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Syria Ignatius IV dies

December 6, 2012

The Greek Orthodox patriarch of Syria, Ignatius IV (Hazim), has died in neighbouring Lebanon at the age of 92.

Syria's state news agency, Sana, reported that Patriarch Ignatius died in Beirut's St George's hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

His remains would be brought from Lebanon to Syria for burial, it added.

Ignatius had led the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East, the largest Arab Christian Church in the Middle East, since 1979.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20606451

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Africa

 

AU urges UNSC to deploy international force in Mali

AMAN SETHI

December 6, 2012

The chairperson of the African Union (A.U.), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma emphasised the need for rapid deployment of an international force in Mali, in a meeting with representatives of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday.

Members of the UNSC are expected to meet later on Wednesday to debate the deployment of an African-led International Mission in Mali (Afisma) in the troubled northern part of the country where hard-line Islamist groups like al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have struck alliances with smugglers and drug traffickers and seized control of an area.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/au-urges-unsc-to-deploy-international-force-in-mali/article4167883.ece

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Homemade bombs target bus, 2 police shot dead in Nigeria

Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram is suspected to be behind the recent attacks that hit the Nigerian city of Kano, which included homemade bombs thrown at a bus and two policemen shot dead

5 Dec 2012

Attackers threw homemade bombs at a bus, a blast went off near a police station and two policemen were shot dead in a spate of attacks in the Nigerian city of Kano, officials said on Wednesday.

It was not clear who was behind the violence which began on Tuesday in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, though Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has carried out scores of such attacks.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/59820/World/International/Homemade-bombs-target-bus,--police-shot-dead-in-Ni.aspx

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Arab World

 

Saudi Businessmen to seek clerics’ help against levy

By Habib Toumi

December 5, 2012

Manama: Saudi businessmen are considering enlisting the help of leading local religious scholars to help them reverse a labour ministry decision to make them pay levies in case they employ more foreigners than Saudi nationals.

“We need to contact the senior religious scholars to inform them that the minister’s decision is unjust,” Motlaq Al Qaddah, a businessman, told the business community at a meeting to discuss the course of action. “They will assess whether the decision is allowed from a religious point of view,” he said, quoted by local Arabic daily Al Sharq.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/businessmen-to-seek-clerics-help-against-levy-1.1114555

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Vice president moots peace formula as Egypt burns

Dec 6, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's vice president proposed ideas on Wednesday to defuse unrest over a draft constitution that has polarized the most populous Arab nation, with Islamists fighting opposition protesters near the presidential palace.

Vice President Mahmoud Mekky said amendments to disputed articles could be agreed with the opposition. A written agreement could then be submitted to the next parliament, to be elected after a referendum on the constitution on Dec. 15.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Vice-president-moots-peace-formula-as-Egypt-burns/articleshow/17500733.cms

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Syria loading chemical weapons into bombs: report

 6 December 2012

WASHINGTON: The Syrian military has loaded precursor chemicals for the deadly nerve gas sarin into aerial bombs and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, NBC News reported Wednesday.

If confirmed, the move would mark a step further in Syria’s progression toward possibly using chemical weapons.

US officials told NBC News that the loaded aerial bombs could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter jets.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/syria-loading-chemical-weapons-bombs-report

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6 dead, 450 injured in clashes at Egypt's presidential palace

Deadly confrontations between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters, which erupted after the president's supporters attacked a sit-in outside the Ittihadiya palace, polarise a divided nation

 6 Dec 2012

Clashes between supporters of President Mohamed Morsi and his opponents which started on Wednesday night have left five dead and 450 injured, according to the health ministry.

Hospitals in the Heliopolis area continued to receive casualties of gunshots and rock throwing into the early hours of Thursday morning.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59892/Egypt/Politics-/-dead,--injured-in-clashes-at-Egypts-presidential-.aspx

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Syria Says Chemical Scare 'Pretext for Intervention'

December 6, 2012

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Western powers are whipping up fears of a fateful move to the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war as a "pretext for intervention", President Bashar al-Assad's deputy foreign minister said on Thursday.

He spoke as Germany's cabinet approved stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries on Turkey's border with Syria, a step requiring deployment of NATO troops that Syria fears could permit imposition of a no-fly zone over its territory.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/12/06/world/europe/06reuters-syria-

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Saudi Contractors seek fatwa on labour fee

6 December 2012

Businesses involved in construction have recourse to three legal ways — official, religious and judicial — to contest the decision of the Ministry of Labour to raise work license fees from SR 100 to 2,400 per year, said Fahad Al-Hamadi, head of the National Committee for Contractors.

“The official track involves addressing the minister of labour to reach a fair judgment in this regard,” said Al-Hamadi.

The committee plans to ask the grand mufti to issue an explicit official fatwa after looking into the decision and considering all its effects.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/contractors-seek-fatwa-labor-fee

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Egyptian army deploys tanks at presidential palace, crisis worsens

Dec 6, 2012

CAIRO: The Egyptian army has deployed tanks outside the presidential palace in Cairo following clashes between supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi that left five people dead and nearly 500 wounded.

Six tanks and two armored vehicles belonging to the Republican Guard, an elite unit tasked with protecting the president and his palaces, have been stationed outside the complex.

After a night of violence, the opposition plans another demonstration outside the palace later Thursday to press demands that Morsi shelve a draft constitution adopted by his Islamist allies and rescind decrees giving him sweeping powers.

The situation was calm on Thursday morning, with thousands of Morsi supporters camping outside the palace after driving away opposition activists who had been staging a sit-in there, prompting fierce street battles.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egyptian-army-deploys-tanks-at-presidential-palace-crisis-worsens/articleshow/17505841.cms

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Islamists in combative mood after anti-Morsy protests rock Egypt

ATUL ANEJA

December 6, 2012

Egypt’s Islamist parties have signaled that they are in no mood to cave in to burgeoning protests that have been mounted for nearly a fortnight by a secularist coalition that is seeking the annulment of a draft constitution and scrapping of a decree that has armed President Mohamed Morsy with sweeping powers.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/islamists-in-combative-mood-after-antimorsy-protests-rock-egypt/article4166997.ece

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Morsi 'fully responsible' for Egypt violence: ElBaradei

 December 05, 2012

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi bore "full responsibility" for violence that erupted on Wednesday, and that his regime was losing more legitimacy each day.

ElBaradei, the former head of the UN nuclear agency, said the opposition was "ready for dialogue" on condition that a decree expanding Morsi's powers be rescinded and a December 15 referendum on a disputed constitution scrapped.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/Morsi-fully-responsible-for-Egypt-violence-ElBaradei/Article1-968964.aspx

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Syrian civil war spills over into Lebanon

December 6, 2012

TRIPOLI: The families of Lebanese men killed in Syria last week say their relatives were more interested in nice clothes and vacations than fighting a civil war. Yet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime branded them foreign jihadists – and their deaths set off three days of new spillover violence.

Gunmen loyal to opposite sides in Syria’s civil war battled Wednesday in the streets of the Lebanese city of Tripoli. The fighting has killed six people and wounded nearly 60 since Monday, security officials said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/06/syrian-civil-war-spills-over-into-lebanon/

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Minorities in Lebanon Are Wary of Syrian War

By JOSH WOOD

December 6, 2012

BEIRUT — As the 20-month-long conflict in Syria continues to aggravate the frictions between Sunni and Shiite Muslim groups in Lebanon, other sectarian groups, and notably the country’s Christian and Druze minorities, are trying to distance themselves from the rising tensions.

That political dynamic was in evidence following the Oct. 19 car bomb that killed Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, head of the police’s intelligence branch and a key figure investigating the 2005 assassination of the former prime minister and Sunni leader, Rafik Hariri.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/middleeast/minorities-in-lebanon-are-wary-of-syrian-war.html?ref=middleeast

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Head of Egypt's state broadcaster resigns

Essam El-Amir, head of Egypt's state broadcaster, resigns in protest at how the country has been managed since President Morsi's constitutional declaration

 6 Dec 2012

The head of Egypt's state broadcaster, Essam El-Amir, has resigned in protest at how the country has been managed since President Morsi's constitutional declaration and the resulting divisions in society it has caused.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59903/Egypt/Politics-/Head-of-Egypts-state-broadcaster-resigns.aspx

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War Drives Businesses of Aleppo Into Exile

By STEPHEN GLAIN

December 6, 2012

ISTANBUL — In an unheated apartment in Istanbul, Mohammed Sahsoun, a businessman who fled the fighting in Syria, has set up a tiny garment factory. Here, on a chilly day, Mr. Sahsoun and the other proprietors of the shop welcomed a 32-year-old exiled trader from Aleppo with cigarettes and cups of sweet tea.

The guest is a former supplier. When Syria was at peace, his family sold Mr. Sahsoun and other garment makers denim fabric imported from China. At its peak, it was a $7.5 million-a-year business that now has been all but wiped out by the fighting.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/middleeast/06iht-m06-syria-merchants.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh least affected by terrorism in South Asia

December 6, 2012

Bangladesh has been ranked as the least terrorism-affected nation among the South Asian countries, according to a report of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) which was published on Tuesday.

Overall, Bangladesh ranked 39 among 158 countries in the first ever Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=260053

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Be more vigilant in protecting public life: Bangladesh PM

December 6, 2012

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the Jamaat-Shibir activists are now trying hard to disrupt the trial of the war criminals and launching planned attacks on the police personnel.

“I believe, every member of the police forces will be able to foil this evil design (of Jamaat-Shibir) and establish the rule of law with patience and courage,” she said while inaugurating a three-day programme on Centenary celebration of Sarda Police Academy in Rajshahi.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42979

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Male has authority to take back airport from GMR: Singapore court

December 6, 2012

In yet another setback to embattled Indian infrastructure major GMR, a Singapore court on Thursday ruled that the Maldives Government can take back the Male International Airport from the private firm.

“Singapore Court of Appeal has passed judgement that the Maldives Government has the authority to take back the airport,” Maldives President Mohamed Waheed’s Press Secretary Masood Imad said in Male.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/male-has-authority-to-take-back-airport-from-gmr-singapore-court/article4170527.ece

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Afghan intelligence chief Asadullah Khalid hurt by bomb

 6 Dec 2012

The head of Afghanistan's intelligence service has been wounded in a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul, interior ministry officials have told the BBC.

They said that Asadullah Khalid was injured in the lower part of his body when the bomb exploded.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20627492

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Rohingya Camps in Western Myanmar 'Dire': UN Envoy

December 06, 2012

Yangon. The UN's humanitarian chief has described conditions for thousands of displaced Muslim Rohingya in western Myanmar as "dire" and said both Muslim and Buddhist communities are living in fear.

Valerie Amos, who toured violence-racked Rakhine state on Wednesday, said in a statement released overnight that she was "very concerned" by the situation there, with many people in overcrowded, unsanitary camps.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/rohingya-camps-in-western-myanmar-dire-un-envoy/560119

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Criminal court grants police warrant to obtain IP address of Minivan News commentator accused of “violating Islamic principles”

By Minivan News | December 5th, 2012

The Criminal Court has granted a warrant for police to obtain the email and IP address of a Minivan News commentator accused of “violating Islamic principles”.

In a letter signed by Police Inspector Moosa Ali, Head of Fraud and Financial Crime, states that a case was filed at police regarding the commentator’s use of the identity ‘Maai Allah’, and requests Minivan News provide the email and IP address for the investigation.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/criminal-court-grants-police-warrant-to-obtain-ip-address-

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YouTube Ban in Afghanistan, Spurred by Anti-Islamic Video, Is Met With Shrugs

By AZAM AHMED

December 6, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — When it comes to YouTube, the government of Afghanistan intends to keep its hand on the switch for now.

More than two months after the Afghan government banned YouTube to prevent the spread of an anti-Islamic video, it has yet to restore access to the popular video Web site. While officials say they hope to lift the block “as soon as possible,” they have offered only a vague sense of what must happen before that can be done.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/world/asia/youtube-ban-is-shrugged-off-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia Struggles to Revamp ‘Hell-Hole’ Bali Prison

Angela Dewan | December 06, 2012

The sound of male inmates singing a hymn of repentance as others play tennis in a lush garden would have you believe Indonesia’s most infamous prison has been radically transformed.

But those who spend time in Kerobokan prison on the holiday island of Bali say the jail is still a cesspool of bribery, drugs and clandestine sex, despite a management overhaul aimed at cleaning up its image.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesia-struggles-to-revamp-hell-hole-bali-prison/560112

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East Java Students Allegedly Hold ‘Arisan’ (saving scheme) to Pay for Sex Workers

December 06, 2012

The education agency of the East Java district of Situbondo said on Thursday that it was investigating a group of students who allegedly formed an "arisan" (saving scheme) club so as to be able to afford commercial sex workers’ services.

Arisan is a widespread practice in Indonesia, where members of an arisan club gather regularly and each contributes a certain amount of money every time they meet. A drawing at each meeting sees the winner take home all the money, and each member can only win once.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/east-java-students-allegedly-hold-arisan-to-pay-for-sex-workers/560125

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Malaysia to Offer Anti-Corruption Training for Lawmakers

December 06, 2012

Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia's government will offer training to lawmakers to teach them how to avoid corruption, a key issue ahead of national elections that must be held by the middle of next year.

Malaysia's ruling party has vowed to crack down on graft, which critics say is rampant and was a major factor in the last vote held in 2008 that saw the party suffer unprecedented losses.

The country's 222 lawmakers will learn to identify and deal with "grey areas" in a one-off training session next year, said D. Ravindran, an official with Pemandu, a government unit tasked with addressing voter concerns such as graft and crime.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/malaysia-to-offer-anti-corruption-training-for-lawmakers/560158

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Mideast Asia

 

New Israeli settlements 'red line', Abbas says

Dec 5, 2012

RAMALLAH (WEST BANK): An Israeli-Palestinian showdown over plans for new Jewish settlements around Jerusalem escalated on Wednesday. Israel pushed the most contentious of the projects further along in the planning pipeline, and the Palestinian president said he would seek UN Security Council help to block the construction.

Israel is moving ahead despite mounting international condemnation of its settlement plans, some of them activated last week in retaliation for the UN General Assembly's acceptance of a state of Palestine as a non-member observer.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/New-Israeli-settlements-red-line-Abbas-says/articleshow/17495877.cms

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Youth project launched to highlight Palestine issue

EDDAH: AFSHAN AZIZ

 5 December 2012

The Wasl group, affiliated to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), has launched the “Leqaona Maqdesi Meeting on Jerusalem” project to create new ideas, skills, and a youth-based intellectual dialogue on the Palestinian cause.

The project involves young women of ages 17-27, especially but not exclusively Palestinians, across the Kingdom. A launching event was organized to discuss this project at 4 Shabab Café in Jeddah.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/youth-project-launched-highlight-palestine-issue

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In Israel, same-sex divorce even before gay union becomes legit

Dec 6, 2012

JERUSALEM: An Israeli court in Tel Aviv has awarded the country's first divorce to a gay couple, which experts called an ironic milestone since same-sex marriages cannot be legally conducted in the Jewish state.

A decision this week by a family court in the Tel Aviv area "determined that the marriage should be ended" between former Israeli lawmaker Uzi Even, 72, and his partner of 23 years, Amit Kama, 52, their lawyer, Judith Meisels, said on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/In-Israel-same-sex-divorce-even-before-gay-union-becomes-legit/articleshow/17500656.cms

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North America

 

Community Dream for NY Latino Muslims

04 December 2012

CAIRO – Searching for their identity, Latino Muslims in New York are struggling to form a Hispanic community in which they can weave their culture with the Islamic faith.

“They’re out there, but I just can’t find them,” Zaynab al-Samat, a native of the Dominican Republic, told Norwood News newspaper.

“I wish I could find out where they are.”

Al-Samat, the only Latino Muslims in Masjid Annasr, reverted to Islam in 2010 after a long period of exploration of the Islamic faith.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/460292-ny-latino-muslim-community-dream.html

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Obama leads Forbes’ list of the world’s mighty; Kayani, Zaheer only Pakistanis

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON: The US president leads it, of course, and then there’s Pope Benedict XVI, and Angela Merkel, and Facebook’s founder, and other global rainmakers on Forbes’ ranking of the mightiest earthlings.

But the magazine’s 2012 list of the world’s most powerful people also features folks who might raise an eyebrow or two: a Mexican drug baron, and the pudgy-faced young leader of North Korea, a hermit state assailed for pursuing a nuclear program at the expense of feeding its very poor people.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/06/obama-leads-forbes-list-of-the-worlds-mighty-kayani-zaheer-only-pakistanis/

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Clinton praises NATO’s progress as she bids farewell

December 6, 2012

BRUSSELS: Hillary Clinton Wednesday bade farewell to her NATO allies after making her last appearance as US Secretary of State here, praising the military alliance for having made “great strides”.

“I’ve spent a bit of my time in this building over the past four years, and I think it was time well spent,” Clinton mused, speaking after two days of talks among the 28-member alliance in Brussels.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/05/clinton-praises-NATOs-progress-as-she-bids-farewell/

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Clinton to Discuss Syrian Conflict With Russian Counterpart

By MICHAEL R. GORDON

December 6, 2012

DUBLIN — A new round of diplomacy on the conflict in Syria will begin on Thursday afternoon when Lakhdar Brahimi, the United Nations special envoy, hosts an unusual three-way meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov.

The session, which is being held on the margins of a meeting on European security, comes amid reports of heightened activity at Syria’s chemical weapons sites and signs that Russia may be shifting its position on a political transition in Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/07/world/middleeast/us-and-russia-to-meet-on-syrian-conflict.html?ref=world

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