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U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack on Militants

 

 

 

 

 

Dallas mosque feeds the hungry at ‘day of dignity'

 

 

 

North America

U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack on Militants

Muslims feeding the poor in Dallas, Texas

School Bus driver boots praying 10-year-old Brooklyn Muslim boy: suit

Obama may ban spying on heads of allied states

Kerry hints at Egypt visit as U.S. aid hangs in the balance

 

South Asia

Uighur Muslims in China Arrested For ‘Online Jihad’

Afghan villagers’ stone to death alleged bomber

Unknown Pills Discovered Inside Maldives Parliament Coffee Machine

Suspects from Xinjiang involved in Tiananmen car crash: China media

Maldives CJ threatens action against dissemination of “invalid information”

80 Afghan police killed every week in 'fighting season'

Myanmar to engage with OIC on Muslim’s rights

 

Europe

Secret filming exposes apparent Muslim work prejudice in Bristol

Countering terrorism: Denmark reiterates support to Pakistan

Britain to become first non-Muslim country to launch Sharia bond

Anti-Muslim sentiments rising in France: poll

Spain may offer citizenship to Muslim converts to Christianity

Britain to announce Islamic index on stock exchange

 

Pakistan

Sharif Asked Tough Questions over Saeed, Jamaat-Ud-Dawa by American Lawmakers

ANP leadership sold Pakhtuns’ blood to US: Former ANP Leader

Hate speech: ‘Set up division bench to decide Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leaders’ bail’

4 more killed in Karachi

Peshawar police arrest 4 suspects, seize 840kg explosives

Attack on tribal leader's residence in Dera Bugti kills seven

Death penalty: Taliban fear or EU blackmail?

‘State bound to convict accused of Quatl-e-Amd’

 

Arab World

Saudi Arabia frees man jailed for Blasphemy tweets

Bombings, shooting kill 11 in Iraq

2 killed in Lebanon as Syria conflict spills over

Syria envoy warns of 'Somatisation' if peace efforts fail

Saudi-US Rift Causes Severe Diplomatic Strain

Egypt judges resign from trial of Islamist leaders

Saudi mufti urges youth not to fight in Syria

Syrian hackers hit Obama-linked Twitter, Facebook accounts

 

Southeast Asia

Najib calls on Muslim nations to put women at the forefront

Sex Education Urged by Jakarta Governor in Wake of Scandal

Appeal Court ruling is clear, Allah for Muslims only, say constitutional lawyers

 

India

India, Saudi Arabia to ink pact on domestic workers

India, Pak agree to observe calm along border

Punish the guilty in Patna, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind says

 

Mideast

Turkey Main opposition CHP vows to oppose veiled MP

Palestinian minister: Israeli concept of 'life in prison' has collapsed

Iran says four rebels killed in fresh clash

World Bank to open first Islamic finance centre in Istanbul

 

Africa

Death toll in C. Africa clashes rises to near 40: Army

S. Africa to sentence 20 extremists for Mandela death plot

Tunisia's Islamists, opposition haggle over new premier

DR Congo M23 rebels 'all but finished', says UN

Kenyan soldiers jailed for Westgate looting

 

Australia

Islamic bookstore ceased operations due to loss of sales and negative feedback

Australia's war in Afghanistan over: PM Tony Abbott

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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North America

 

U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack on Militants

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Oct 29, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan — A bungled attempt by the Afghan government to cultivate a shadowy alliance with Islamist militants escalated into the latest flash point in the troubled relationship between Afghanistan and the United States, according to new accounts by officials from both countries.

The disrupted plan involved Afghan intelligence trying to work with the Pakistan Taliban, allies of Al Qaeda, in order to find a trump card in a baroque regional power game that is likely to intensify after the American withdrawal next year, the officials said. And what started the hard feelings was that the Americans caught them red-handed.

Tipped off to the plan, United States Special Forces raided an Afghan convoy that was ushering a senior Pakistan Taliban militant, Latif Mehsud, to Kabul for secret talks last month, and now have Mr. Mehsud in custody.

Publicly, the Afghan government has described Mr. Mehsud as an insurgent peace emissary. But according to Afghan officials, the ultimate plan was to take revenge on the Pakistani military.

In the murk of intrigue and paranoia that dominates the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan; the Pakistanis have long had the upper hand. A favourite complaint of Afghan officials is how Pakistani military intelligence has sheltered and nurtured the Taliban and supported their insurgency against the Afghan government.

Now, not content to be merely the target of a proxy war, the Afghan government decided to recruit proxies of its own by seeking to aid the Pakistan Taliban in their fight against Pakistan’s security forces, according to Afghan officials. And they were beginning to make progress over the past year, they say, before the American raid exposed them.

Although Afghan anger over the raid has been an open issue since it was revealed in news reports this month, it is only now that the full purpose of the Afghan operation that prompted the raid has been detailed by American and Afghan officials. Those officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss secret intelligence matters.

The thinking, Afghan officials said, was that the Afghans could later gain an advantage in negotiations with the Pakistani government by offering to back off their support for the militants.

Aiding the Pakistan Taliban was an “opportunity to bring peace on our terms,” one senior Afghan security official said.

From the American standpoint, though, it has exposed a new level of futility in the war effort here. Not only has Washington failed to persuade Pakistan to stop using militants to destabilize its neighbours — a major American foreign policy goal in recent years — but its failure also appears to have persuaded Afghanistan to try the same thing.

Worse still, for American officials, was the Afghans’ choice of militant allies. Though the Afghan and Pakistan Taliban are operationally distinct, they are loosely aligned; the Pakistani insurgents, for instance, pledge allegiance to Mullah Muhammad Omar, the founder of the Afghan Taliban. In the estimation of American officials, support for one invariably bleeds into assistance for the other.

At the same time, the Pakistan Taliban shares its base in the tribal areas of Pakistan with a number of Islamist groups that have tried to mount attacks in the West, including the remnants of Al Qaeda’s original leadership. The Pakistan Taliban have also showed a willingness to strike beyond the region, unlike the Afghan Taliban. Mr. Mehsud, for instance, is suspected of having a role in the foiled plot to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in 2010, American officials said.

American officials said they were also worried that the Afghan actions would give credibility to Pakistani complaints that enemies based in Afghanistan presented them with a threat equivalent to the Afghan insurgency. No one in the Western intelligence community believes the comparison to be anywhere close, given that the Afghan Taliban insurgency, with help from its Pakistani allies, has killed tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan in the past 12 years, including more than 2,000 Americans.

“What were they thinking?” said one American official of his Afghan counterparts.

Both Afghan and American officials said the Afghan plan to aid the Pakistan Taliban was in its preliminary stages when Mr. Mehsud was seized by American forces. But they agree on little else.

American officials interviewed about the raid say they saved Afghanistan from folly. Pakistan’s use of militants has left that country torn by violence with group after group spinning out of the government’s control — the Pakistan Taliban being Exhibit A. The Americans also said it was not clear how much help the Afghans could actually provide the Pakistan Taliban.

In the Afghan telling, the theft of their prized intelligence asset is an egregious example of American bullying, and President Hamid Karzai remains furious about it. Afghan officials assert that Mr. Mehsud’s continued detention could still derail a pact to keep American troops here beyond next year, despite the progress toward reaching a deal made during talks this month between Mr. Karzai and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Mr. Karzai, said that Mr. Mehsud had been in contact with officials from the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, for “a long period of time.”

The Pakistan Taliban leader “was part of an N.D.S. project like every other intelligence agency is doing,” Mr. Faizi said in an apparent reference to the support provided to the Afghan Taliban by Pakistan intelligence. “He was cooperating. He was engaged with the N.D.S. — this I can confirm.”

Mr. Faizi did not elaborate on the nature of the cooperation. But two other Afghan officials, when asked why they were willing to discuss such a potentially provocative plot, said Mr. Mehsud’s detention by the United States had already been exposed — it was first reported by The Washington Post — ruining his value as an intelligence asset and sinking their plan.

As a consolation, the Afghan officials said they now wanted Pakistan to know that Afghanistan could play dirty as well. One said they would try again if given the opportunity.

Afghan officials dismissed American admonishments about the dangers of working with militants as the kind of condescension they have come to expect. No one in Mr. Karzai’s government was naïve enough to believe they could turn the Pakistan Taliban into a reliable proxy, said a former Afghan official familiar with the matter.

“I would describe what we wanted to do was foster a mutually beneficial relationship,” the former official said. “We’ve all seen that these people are nobodies — proxies.”

Another Afghan official said the logic of the region dictated the need for unseemly alliances. The United States, in fact, has relied on some of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords to fight the insurgency here, the official tartly noted.

“Everyone has an angle,” the official said. “That’s the way we’re thinking. Some people said we needed our own.”

Afghan officials said those people included American military officers and C.I.A. operatives. Frustrated by their limited ability to hit Taliban havens in Pakistan, some Americans suggested that the Afghans find a way to do it, they claimed.

So Afghanistan’s intelligence agency believed it had a green light from the United States when it was approached by Mr. Mehsud sometime in the past year.

After months of negotiations with Mr. Mehsud, the intelligence agency struck an initial deal, two Afghan officials said: Afghanistan would not harass Pakistan Taliban fighters sheltering in mountains along the border if the insurgents did not attack Afghan forces.

Still, the Afghans decided to keep their relationship with Mr. Mehsud a secret and did not tell American officials.

An American official briefed on Mr. Mehsud’s case said there was “absolutely no way” any American would encourage the Afghans to work with the Pakistan Taliban or do anything that could result in attacks on Pakistani forces or civilians, the official said.

“If they thought we’d approve,” the American official added, “why did they keep it a secret?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/world/asia/us-disrupts-afghans-tack-on-militants.html

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Muslims feeding the poor in Dallas, Texas

World Bulletin / News Desk

Oct 29, 2013

A leading mosque in Dallas, Texas, USA, has been feeding the poor and needy people of the city for months, granting the local community of both Muslims and non-Muslims alike 15,000 free meals on a weekly basis.

Muhammad Abdul-Jami, the treasurer of the Islam Mosque told the Christian Science Monitor, “it was borne out of a need because our area is poverty stricken; there are homeless shelters in the area, there are people sleeping under bridges, and so on.” 

Statistics published by the Anti-Poverty Coalition of Greater Dallas, show that 23% of people living in Dallas earn incomes below the federal poverty line.

A special event organized with the help of Islamic Relief USA called the “Day of Dignity” was introduced nationwide ten years ago and serves 15 cities nationwide.

“We want to encourage volunteerism, to get people to be active and do something to help their fellow human beings,” Abdul-Jami said, adding “there are millions of Muslims in this country who are very regular people, people who [other] Americans might consider much like them”.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=121692

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School Bus driver boots praying 10-year-old Brooklyn Muslim boy: suit

October 28, 2013

His only sin was praying.

A 10-year-old Brooklyn boy recited a Muslim prayer in Arabic to help him find his Metro Card on a city bus — prompting the hellish driver to call him a “terrorist” and toss him off, a new lawsuit charges.

The prayer is a common Muslim phrase used sometimes in the face of a challenge.

“[The child] said it as he was trying to find his card so he could get” home, said Hyder Naqvi, lawyer for the boy and his family.

‘He’s a young boy, but he’s old enough to know what discrimination is.”

The disturbing incident occurred as the child was boarding the B-39 bus on his way home from school in Sheepshead Bay around 2:45 p.m. in October 2012, according to the Brooklyn Federal Court suit.

The flustered boy couldn’t find his card and sought a little divine assistance.

“I start in the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent,” the boy said, according to the suit.

The plea worked. The boy found his card and started to board again.

But the unidentified driver had a racist melt-down as soon as he heard the Arabic, spewing the slur and forcing the boy back and closing the doors, the suit says.

When the child got home, “he told his parents what happened, and they were obviously upset by it,” Naqvi told The Post.

MTA reps met with them and provided pictures of various drivers to identify the accused bigot — but the family were never told who the person was, the lawyer said.

“They decided at that point to seek counsel,” Naqvi said.

Charging religious discrimination and civil-rights abuses, the family is suing the agency and the driver for unspecified damages.

The MTA declined comment.

http://nypost.com/2013/10/28/bus-driver-boots-praying-muslim-boy-calling-him-terrorist-suit/

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Obama May Ban Spying on Heads of Allied States

By MARK LANDLER and DAVID E. SANGER

Oct 29, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama is poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, administration and congressional officials said Monday, responding to a deepening diplomatic crisis over reports that the agency had for years targeted the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

The White House informed a leading Democratic lawmaker, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, of its plans, which grew out of a broader internal review of intelligence-gathering methods, prompted by the leak of N.S.A. documents by a former contractor, Edward J. Snowden.

In a statement on Monday, Ms. Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, “I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers.” Ms. Feinstein, who has been a stalwart defender of the administration’s surveillance policies, said her committee would begin a “major review of all intelligence collection programs.”

The White House said Monday evening that no final decision had been made on the monitoring of friendly foreign leaders. But the disclosure that it is moving to prohibit it signals a landmark shift for the N.S.A., which has had nearly unfettered powers to collect data on tens of millions of people around the world, from ordinary citizens to heads of state, including the leaders of Brazil and Mexico.

It is also likely to prompt a fierce debate on what constitutes an American ally. Prohibiting eavesdropping on Ms. Merkel’s phone is an easier judgment than, for example, collecting intelligence on the military-backed leaders in Egypt.

“We have already made some decisions through this process and expect to make more,” said a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Caitlin M. Hayden, adding that the review would be completed in December.

Disclosure of the White House’s proposed action came after the release on Monday afternoon of Ms. Feinstein’s statement, in which she asserted that the White House had told her it would cease all intelligence collection in friendly countries. That statement, senior administration officials said, was “not accurate,” but they acknowledged that they had already made unspecified changes in surveillance policy and planned further changes, particularly in the monitoring of government leaders.

The administration will reserve the right to continue collecting intelligence in friendly countries that pertains to criminal activity, potential terrorist threats and the proliferation of unconventional weapons, according to several officials. It also appeared to be leaving itself room in the case of a foreign leader of an ally who turned hostile or whose actions posed a threat to the United States.

The crossed wires between the White House and Ms. Feinstein were an indication of how the furor over the N.S.A.’s methods is testing even the administration staunchest defenders.

Aides said the senator’s six-paragraph statement reflected exasperation at the N.S.A. for failing to keep the Intelligence Committee fully apprised of such politically delicate operations as eavesdropping on the conversations of friendly foreign leaders.

“She believes the committee was not adequately briefed on the details of these programs, and she’s frustrated,” said a committee staff member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “In her mind, there were salient omissions.”

The review that Ms. Feinstein announced would be “a major undertaking,” the staff member said.

The White House has faced growing outrage in Germany and among other European allies over its surveillance policies. Senior officials from Ms. Merkel’s office and the heads of Germany’s domestic and foreign intelligence agencies plan to travel to Washington in the coming days to register their anger.

They are expected to ask for a no-spying agreement similar to what the United States has with Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, which are known as the Five Eyes.

The United States has historically resisted such agreements, even with friendly governments, though it explored a similar arrangement with France early in the Obama administration. But officials said they would give the Germans, in particular, a careful hearing.

“We have intel relationships that are already very close,” said a senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the subject. “There are other types of agreements you could have: cooperation, limits on intelligence, greater transparency. The countries on the top of the list for those are close European allies.”

The National Security Agency has said it did not inform Mr. Obama of its reported monitoring of Ms. Merkel, which appears to have started in 2002 and was not suspended until sometime last summer after the theft of the N.S.A. data by Mr. Snowden was discovered.

“At that point it was clear that lists of targeted foreign officials may well become public,” said one official, “so many of the interceptions were suspended.”

The N.S.A.’s documentation on Ms. Merkel’s case authorized the agency’s operatives in Germany not only to collect data about the numbers she was calling, but also to listen in on her conversations, according to current and former administration officials.

It was unclear whether excerpts from Ms. Merkel’s conversations appeared in intelligence reports that were circulated in Washington or shared with the White House. Officials said they had never seen information attributed to an intercept of Ms. Merkel’s conversations. But they said it was likely that some conversations had been recorded simply because the N.S.A. had focused on her for so long.

In both public comments and private interchanges with German officials, the Obama administration has refused to confirm that Ms. Merkel’s phone was targeted, though it has said that it is not the subject of N.S.A. action now, and will not be in the future.

The refusal to talk about the past has further angered German officials, who have said the surveillance has broken trust between two close allies. The Germans were particularly angry that the operation appears to have been run from inside the American Embassy or somewhere near it, in the heart of Berlin, steps from the Brandenburg Gate.

None of the officials and former officials who were interviewed would speak directly about the decision to target Ms. Merkel, saying that information was classified. But they said the legal distinction between tapping a conversation and simply collecting telephone “metadata” — essentially the kind of information about a telephone call that would be found on a telephone bill — existed only for domestic telephone calls, or calls involving United States citizens.

To record the conversation of a “U.S. Person,” the intelligence agencies would need a warrant. But no such distinction applies to intercepting the calls of foreigners, on foreign soil — though those intercepts may be a violation of local law.

That means that the intercepts of other world leaders could have also involved both information about the calls and the conversations themselves.

Dennis C. Blair, Mr. Obama’s first director of national intelligence, declined to speak specifically about the Merkel case. But he noted that “in our intelligence relationship with countries like France and Germany, 90 to 95 percent of our activity is cooperative and sharing, and a small proportion is about gaining intelligence we can’t obtain in other ways.”

He said he had little patience for the complaints of foreign leaders. “If any foreign leader is talking on a cellphone or communicating on unclassified email, what the U.S. might learn is the least of their problems.”

In addition to the Germans, European Union officials and members of the European Parliament are descending on Washington to deliver a tough message: The N.S.A.’s surveillance is unacceptable and has eroded trust between the United States and Europe.

“The key message is there is a problem,” said Silvia Kofler, a spokeswoman for the European Union. “We need to re-establish the trust between partners. You don’t spy on partners.”

One potential threat, Ms. Kofler said, was to the negotiation of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, one of Mr. Obama’s major trade initiatives. European Union officials, she said, were anxious to keep those talks on track but would require unspecified “confidence-building measures” to restore trust between the two sides.

An administration official said the White House would take these visits seriously, having senior officials from several government agencies and the White House meet with the Germans, though no meetings have yet been scheduled.

Eric Schmitt contributed reporting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/world/europe/obama-may-ban-spying-on-heads-of-allied-states.html

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Kerry hints at Egypt visit as U.S. aid hangs in the balance

29 October 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the State Department on Monday hinted at trip to Egypt that could be in the coming weeks. If taken , the visit would be the first since the U.S. announced the stemming of military aid to Egypt early this month.

“I think we may be going to Cairo sometime in the next weeks. And one of the meetings that I insisted on having was that we make sure we meet with a cross-section of civil society,” Kerry said on the record at a closed press event in front of staff, according to Agence France Presse.

State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki also alluded to the American interest in Egypt.

“It's no secret that, clearly, we've gone through ups and downs in our relationship,” Psaki was quoted as saying by AFP. “But our focus is on our long-term security and strategic interests and that's what we keep our eye on.”

The United States on October 10 “recalibrated” its aid of $1.5 billion a year including $1.3 billion in military aid, following  repression against Mursi supporters.

Part of the cut, the U.S. halted the delivery of Apache helicopters, as well as Harpoon missiles and tank parts to Egypt's military leaders.

Washington's review of deliveries of military aid, which includes parts for M1/A1 tanks, was not meant to be permanent, however, U.S. officials stressed this month, saying only that the armaments were worth “hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement in early October the decsision would freeze “large-scale military systems and cash assistance to the government pending credible progress toward an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government through free and fair elections,” according to AFP.

The visit, if it takes place, would be a first to Egypt by Kerry since the ouster of President Mohammad Mursi by the military on July 3 amid massive protests against his year-long rule.

(With AFP)

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/10/29/Kerry-hints-at-Egypt-visit-.html

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South Asia

 

Uighur Muslims in China Arrested For ‘Online Jihad’

By Sunny Peter | October 28, 2013

Chinese crackdown on Uighur Muslim continues in the country's restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, as security agencies arrested over 139 activists over the past few weeks on charges of promoting jihad online.

Xinjiang is a Muslim majority province, home to the Uighur ethnic minorities, several of whom resent Chinese authority and repression of their religion and culture. Extremist groups in the region have been carrying out alleged terror attacks campaigning for a separate Muslim state.

Following China's request, Pakistan has recently banned three of these Islamic outfits whom China blames for inciting local population and carrying out extremist activities. The banned outfits include East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) and Islamic Jihad Union (IJU).

Full report at:

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/517429/20131028/china-internet-jihad-online-xinjiang-province-muslim.htm#.UnAQ8XC-rXA

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Afghan villager’s stone to death alleged bomber

Oct 29, 2013

A man was killed by Afghan villagers because they believed he set off a bomb that killed 18 people on their way to a wedding on Sunday, officials have said.

The governor of Ghazni province, Musa Khan Akbarzadah, said locals in Ander district stoned the man to death. His body was then riddled with bullets.

The villages claimed the man had admitted responsibility for Sunday's attack and planted a second bomb.

The Taliban have denied involvement, blaming government-allied militiamen.

Afghan civilians are often hit by roadside bombs planted by the group to kill government officials.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24715167

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Myanmar to engage with OIC on Muslim’s rights

Oct 29, 2013

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) with some other states at the United Nations Headquarters -- is pursuing its own resolution on human rights record in Myanmar and the suffering of the local Muslim population in Rakhine State, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana told AA.

“It seems that there is going to be a resolution by consent (at the United Nations) and with the consent of the government of Myanmar,” Quintana told AA. He stressed that is a “good news,” since UN always was looking for intergovernmental engagement.

OIC takes initiative

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=121636

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Unknown Pills Discovered Inside Maldives Parliament Coffee Machine

By Ahmed Nazeer | October 29th, 2013

MPs have today revealed the discovery of an unknown type of pill in a coffee machine inside the parliament.

At about 11:23pm Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party MP Rozeyna Adam tweeted pictures of the pills, statng that MPs’ lives were at risk.

According to Rozeyna, after a few minutes a police forensic team went to the parliament to investigate the case, although she went on to question whether opposition MPs could trust them.

Maldivian Democratic Party MP Eva Abdulla wrote on her twitter page that the lady working at the parliament had noticed the coffee inside the machine was discolored. When she threw it away she found the pills in the drainage.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/unknown-pills-discovered-inside-majlis-coffee-machine-70107

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Suspects from Xinjiang involved in Tiananmen car crash: China media

Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times

Beijing, October 29, 2013

The car crash on Monday at Beijing's Tiananmen Square that claimed the killed five persons could have been a deliberate one, state media indicated on Tuesday, naming two persons from the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as suspects. The SUV had ploughed into a group of people in front of the popular tourist destination, Forbidden City, at Monday noon, killing five and injuring at least 38 others.

The three passengers in the car were killed in the blaze that followed the crash; two other tourists were also killed in the incident.

Though it was indicated to be so, it wasn't clear whether the two suspects were among those killed in the car.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/suspects-from-xinjiang-involved-in-tiananmen-car-crash-china-media/article1-1144797.aspx

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Maldives CJ threatens action against dissemination of “invalid information”

By Ahmed Naish | October 28th, 2013

Legal action will be taken against media organisations or journalists who disseminate false or inauthentic information concerning the judiciary, Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain has warned.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony yesterday (October 27) for seven new judges to the superior courts, the Chief Justice warned of measures against those who report “invalid information, if it relates to courts or judges.”

“Citizens need valid information. Freedom of expression means expressing valid or authentic information. Whether it is information relating to individuals or state institutions, the information conveyed should be valid, there should be no error or deceit in the information,” he said.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/chief-justice-threatens-action-against-dissemination-of-invalid-information-69989

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80 Afghan police killed every week in 'fighting season'

2013-10-29

KABUL: Nearly 80 Afghan police have died every week during the current fighting season, officials said Tuesday, as the national security forces take on the battle against Taliban militants.

The figures, which are in addition to Afghan soldiers killed, reflect a sharp rise in casualties at a time when US-led Nato forces are stepping back from the frontline and steadily withdrawing 87,000 troops by the end of next year.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1052682/80-afghan-police-killed-every-week-in-fighting-season

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Europe

 

Secret filming exposes apparent Muslim work prejudice in Bristol

28 October 2013

Employers are seemingly discriminating against people because they are Muslim, a BBC Inside Out undercover investigation has revealed.

The programme found apparent discrimination in the workplace when it sent two undercover reporters, one Muslim and a non-Muslim, to apply for 40 jobs.

The non-Muslim applicant succeeded in getting 13 interviews and one offer of a job, whilst the Muslim candidate was successful in getting only three interviews, despite having similar qualifications and experience.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24581307

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Countering terrorism: Denmark reiterates support to Pakistan

 October 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is a key player in this region and in the global fight against terrorism. We will never forget the terrible losses terrorism has inflicted on this country. We are very aware of this, and we support Pakistan.

This was said by Danish Ambassador Jesper Moller Sorensen at the inaugural session of the Seventh Regional Workshop for Police Officers, Prosecutors and Judges in South Asia on Effectively Countering Terrorism, according to a press release.

“That is also why Denmark has expanded its support to Pakistan through a stabilisation programme that addresses the challenges important to peace, security, and prosperity in this region. We are also supporting the long-term development in Pakistan through our development assistance programme. In fact, we will launch the next phase of our development cooperation program next week here in Islamabad,” said Ambassador Sorensen.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/623870/countering-terrorism-denmark-reiterates-support-to-pakistan/

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Britain to become first non-Muslim country to launch sharia bond

David Cameron to unveil £200m Sukuk at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London on Tuesday

Oct 29, 2013

Britain is set to become the first non-Muslim country to sell a bond that can be bought by Islamic investors in a bid to encourage massive new investment into the City.

David Cameron will say in a speech on Tuesday at the World Islamic Economic Forum in London that the Treasury is drawing up plans to issue a £200m Sukuk, a form of debt that complies with Islamic financial law.

The new sharia-compliant gilt will enable Britain to become the first non-Muslim country to tap the growing pool of Islamic investments that is forecast to top £1.3 trillion by next year.

The Prime Minister will say that it would be a “mistake” to miss the opportunity to encourage more Islamic investment in the UK and that the City of London should rival Dubai as a centre for sharia-compliant finance.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10410467/Britain-to-become-first-non-Muslim-country-to-launch-sharia-bond.html

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Anti-Muslim sentiments rising in France: poll

Oct 29, 2013

A recent poll has shown that racial discrimination against the Muslims community in France has increased over the past two decades, Press TV reports.

The survey, conducted by the French polling institute, Ipsos, and published on October 11, revealed that 59 percent of the French believe that discrimination against Muslims has been on the rise in their country during the past 20 years.

Women rights activists say that such prejudice in a country with the largest Muslim community in the European Union is worrying.

“The rise in France’s Islamophobia has had many side effects. A rise in racism overall, a rise in violence as women are being attacked just for wearing Hijab. The lack of a political reaction to such violence hurts the goals of feminism and Islamophobia diverts attentions from the nation’s real problems,” said Ismahane Chouder, a member of Feminist Collective Equality.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/29/331859/antimuslim-sentiments-rising-in-france/

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Spain may offer citizenship to Muslim converts to Christianity

World Bulletin / News Desk

Oct 29, 2013

The website of OnIslam has claimed that Spain is planning to grant citizenship to Muslims who accept Christianity, marking a comeback of a tactic used during the Spanish inquisitions.

Spanish website ETC Noticias apparantly quoted the president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (SEC) and Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz Gallardón saying “Spain would not be Spain without Christianity and without Catholicism,” last week.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=121688

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Britain to announce Islamic index on stock exchange

AFP | Oct 29, 2013

LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron was on Tuesday to announce a new " Islamic Index" on the London Stock Exchange and reveal plans for Britain to release an Islamic bond.

Cameron will speak to more than 1,800 political and business leaders at the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum in London, the first held outside a Muslim country, as he attempts to build stronger financial links between Britain and the Islamic world.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Britain-to-announce-Islamic-index-on-stock-exchange/articleshow/24844931.cms

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Pakistan

 

Sharif Asked Tough Questions over Saeed, Jamaat-Ud-Dawa by American Lawmakers

Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Oct 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a tough time at a recent meeting with American lawmakers during which he was questioned about Islamabad's role in nurturing Jamaat-ud-Dawa and allowing Hafiz Saeed to operate freely to launch attacks in India.

The Dawn newspaper cited Fox News and reported the lawmakers made a barrage of critical comments and asked harsh, unfriendly questions much to the surprise of the Pakistani delegation as Sharif ended his speech to House Committee on Foreign Affairs members on October 22.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Sharif-asked-tough-questions-over-Saeed-Jamaat-ud-Dawa/articleshow/24841237.cms

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ANP leadership sold Pakhtuns’ blood to US: Former ANP Leader

Oct 29, 2013

PESHAWAR - Former senior leader of Awami National Party Senator Azam Khan Hoti has alleged that party’s top leadership sold Pakhtuns’ blood to the US during their rule in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The allegation was rejected by the ANP.

During a news conference in Peshawar, Azam Hoti alleged that Asfandyar Wali Khan and Afrasiab Khattak took approximately $35 million from the United States as part of a secret agreement.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/29-Oct-2013/anp-leadership-sold-pakhtuns-blood-to-us-azam-hoti

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Hate speech: ‘Set up division bench to decide Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leaders’s bail’

October 29, 2013

LAHORE: Justice Mahmood Maqbool Bajwa of the Lahore High Court on Monday refused to hear the bail plea of Malik Ishaq, a leader of Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (formerly known as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi), and referred the matter to the chief justice with the recommendation that a division bench be set up to hear the matter.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/623796/hate-speech-set-up-division-bench-to-decide-ishaqs-bail/

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4 more killed in Karachi

October 29, 2013

KARACHI - Four people, including a worker of MQM were gunned down in separate incidents of violence here on Monday.

A worker of MQM was gunned down by armed men in Orangi Town. The victim was identified as Asif, 30. The body was first taken to Qatar Hospital in Orangi Town which was later shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for autopsy. Police officials said the victim was associated with the MQM Unit-130, Orangi Town.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/karachi/29-Oct-2013/4-more-killed-in-karachi

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Peshawar police arrest 4 suspects, seize 840kg explosives

 October 29, 2013

PESHAWAR: Peshawar police on Tuesday arrested four suspected terrorists and seized 840 kilogrammes of explosives from them, Express News reported.

The security officers raided a hujra on a tip-off.

There was an exchange of fire between police and the suspects which lasted for an hour. However, the officers managed to subdue the attackers and arrested them.

The explosives were reportedly packed in sacks and brought to Peshawar from the tribal areas.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/624065/peshawar-police-arrest-4-suspects-seize-840kg-explosives/

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Attack on tribal leader's residence in Dera Bugti kills seven

2013-10-29

DERA BUGTI: At least seven people were killed and five others were wounded in an attack at the residence of a tribal leader situated in Loti Zain area of Balochistan's Dera Bugti district, DawnNews reported.

Unknown gunmen opened indiscriminate gunfire at the residence of Tharra Khan killing seven persons and wounding five others.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1052661/attack-on-tribal-leaders-residence-in-dera-bugti-kills-seven

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Death penalty: Taliban fear or EU blackmail?

October 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Nawaz government’s continuing moratorium on “death penalty” is getting more and more confusing. Public and media have still not understood what is happening? Is it EU’s blackmail stitched with its GSP-Plus or is this the fear of Taliban who have threatened the ruling family? In order to show its determination to fight the crime, government - only this month - has brought forward two ordinances in the space of just eleven days and the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 does mention death penalty; but privately government officials admit that given EU’s arm twisting and the power of human right groups funded by western countries, this continuing moratorium will now never be lifted.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/29-Oct-2013/death-penalty-taliban-fear-or-eu-blackmail

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‘State bound to convict accused of qatl-e-amd’

Misuse of compromise law

October 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Article 9 of the Constitution confers upon every citizen the fundamental right of life, therefore, Qatl-e-amd (murder by intention) is an offence punishable under Section 302 PPC, argued Shahid Hamid, appointed amicus curae in the case of rising trend of misuse of compromise laws as well as Islamic injunctions by pardoning convicts of heinous crimes ‘Fisabilillah’ (in the name of God).

A five-judge bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk was hearing the appeals of two convicts – Muhammad Azam and Sikander Hayat. In 2004 they had killed a man Muhammad Arif in tehsil Phalia of district Mandi Bahauddin.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/editors-picks/29-Oct-2013/state-bound-to-convict-accused-of-qatl-e-amd

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Arab World

 

Saudi Arabia frees man jailed for Blasphemy tweets

Oct 29, 2013

Riyadh: After nearly two years in prison, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday freed a young Saudi writer whose tweets on the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) sparked a conservative furore and an international manhunt.

Hamza Kashgari, 23 when he was jailed in February 2011, walked out of prison around dawn on Tuesday, a close friend of the family said.

Kashgari tweeted for the first time since his imprisonment at around 8am local time (0500 GMT): “Mornings of hope...souls that live and never die. Thanks to God.”

Kashgari’s lawyer, Abdul Rahman Allahim, confirmed the release in another tweet.

A writer and newspaper columnist in the Saudi city of Jeddah, Kashgari in February 2011 tweeted a series of comments reflecting meditatively on the human side of the Prophet, and imagining a meeting between himself and the Prophet.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-blasphemy-tweep-kashgari-released-1.1248548

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Bombings, shooting kill 11 in Iraq

Oct 29, 2013

BAGHDAD: Two bombings and an ambush of a police checkpoint in Iraq killed 11 people in and west of the capital on Monday, said officials.

Police officials said the deadliest attack took place at night when a bomb exploded inside a car full of customers in southwestern Baghdad, killing six and wounding 16.

Hours earlier, three people were killed and five others wounded when a bomb went off in a commercial street in the Abu Ghraib area to the west of the capital.

Also, gunmen sprayed a security checkpoint with bullets in the city of Fallujah, a former al-Qaida stronghold 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Baghdad. Two policemen were killed in the attack, said officials.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1052465/bombings-shooting-kill-11-in-iraq

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2 killed in Lebanon as Syria conflict spills over

World Bulletin / News Desk

Oct 29, 2013

Two people died in the northern city of Tripoli on Monday, security and medical sources said, in fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Lebanese army which has spilled over from the war next door.

Lebanon, which is plagued by sectarian tension, is struggling to curb violence stemming from the civil war in Syria, where more than 100,000 people have been killed in the past 2-1/2 years.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=121683

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Syria envoy warns of 'Somalization' if peace efforts fail

Oct 29, 2013

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, in Syria Oct. 29 on the most sensitive leg of a regional push for peace talks, has warned of the 'Somalization' of the war-ravaged country.

His grim warning came as fighting prevented chemical weapons inspectors from visiting two sites, although UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the mission to destroy Syria's arsenal by mid-2014 was still on track.

Brahimi has been seeking to build on the momentum of last month's US-Russian deal to eradicate Syria's chemical weapons in order to launch the so-called Geneva II peace talks proposed for next month.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-envoy-warns-of-somalization-if-peace-efforts-fail.aspx?pageID=238&nID=57014&NewsCatID=352

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Saudi-US Rift Causes Severe Diplomatic Strain

Meredith Buel

October 28, 2013

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States are causing a severe strain on what has been a rock-solid relationship. Saudi officials are expressing anger and concern over America’s evolving policies in the Middle East.

Saudi government officials are fuming over U.S. policy regarding the bloody Syrian civil war.

In Egypt, the Saudis are supporting the military-backed government.

While the United States is suspending hundreds of millions of dollars in aid following the coup which ousted president Mohamed Morsi. 

Full report at:

http://www.voanews.com/content/saud-us-rift-causes-severe-diplomatic-strain/1778842.html

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Egypt judges resign from trial of Islamist leaders

AP | Oct 29, 2013

CAIRO: The judges presiding over the trial of leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood stepped down from the proceedings on Tuesday, citing "uneasiness" over the trial, as the defense lawyers said the panel had come under pressure to hold the trial inside a prison.

The move forces the trial of 35 Brotherhood figures, including the group's top leader Mohammed Badie, to start all over, though Tuesday's was only its second session. The case is the first in what is likely to be a series of trials of Brotherhood members, including ousted President Mohammed Morsi, whose trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters begins on Nov. 4.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-judges-resign-from-trial-of-Islamist-leaders/articleshow/24879251.cms

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Saudi mufti urges youth not to fight in Syria

Reuters

Oct 29, 2013

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has urged young Saudis to refrain from fighting in Syria.

The kingdom has backed the rebels battling President Bashar Al Assad, publicly calling on the world powers to “enable” Syrians to protect themselves, but is wary that fighters could return home ready to wage war on their own dynastic rulers.

Islamists in Saudi Arabia, who follow a puritanical version of Sunni Islam, denounce Al Assad and his administration as infidels because of their roots in the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/syria/saudi-mufti-urges-youth-not-to-fight-in-syria-1.1248546

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Syrian hackers hit Obama-linked Twitter, Facebook accounts

 29 October 2013

Reuters, Washington

The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on Monday seized control of an online tool used by an advocacy organization for U.S. President Barack Obama to redirect links sent from his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The link shortener used by Organizing for Action, a group that evolved from Obama’s re-election campaign, was briefly hacked, an official from the group said. Link shorteners abbreviate Web links so they take up less space in a tweet, which is limited to 140 characters.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2013/10/29/Syrian-hackers-hit-Obama-linked-Twitter-Facebook-accounts.html

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Southeast Asia

 

Najib calls on Muslim nations to put women at the forefront

Oct 29, 2013

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called on Muslim countries to empower women, pointing out that higher female participation boosts economic growth and development.

Najib said that the founding principles of Islam encouraged female participation.

He said that all countries stand to benefit from the economic empowerment of women, noting World Economic Forum research that shows greater equality and higher per capita income are closely related.

“The Quran and the Hadith are clear: learning is an honourable pursuit, regardless of gender. The acquisition of knowledge is binding for all Muslims.

"Those who argue against educating women do so as a result of a cultural bias, one which frustrates the aspirations of Muslim women – and holds back economies,” he in a speech to the World Islamic Economic Forum in London today.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-calls-on-muslim-nations-to-put-women-in-the-forefront

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Sex Education Urged by Jakarta Governor in Wake of Scandal

Oct 29, 2013

Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has stressed the importance of providing sex education to young children, following the emergence of a sex video involving two junior high school students.

Joko said on Monday that sex education was important so that young children could be made aware of what was appropriate for people their age.

“For instance, we can invite psychologists and officials from the National Commission for Child Protection [Komnas PA] into schools so that they can explain what is appropriate for children,” Joko said at City Hall as quoted as saying by Kompas.

Joko added that the junior high school sex video scandal should be resolved as discreetly as possible.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/sex-education-urged-by-joko-in-wake-of-scandal/

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Appeal Court ruling is clear, Allah for Muslims only, say constitutional lawyers

Oct 29, 2013

Let the debate end. Non-Muslims in Malaysia cannot use the word Allah, say constitutional lawyers.

The reason: the Court of Appeal decision which states that the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims overrides the Cabinet's 10-point solution made in 2011 which allowed that bibles in all languages can

be imported into the country, including those in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia.

As such, statements by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datuk Seri Idris Jala and others assuring Sabahan and Sarawakian Christians that they can still use the word Allah in the Al-Kitab were not valid.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/appeal-court-ruling-is-clear-allah-for-muslims-only-say-constitutional-lawy

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India

 

India, Saudi Arabia to ink pact on domestic workers

Oct 29, 2013

Dubai: Saudi Arabia’s Labour Minister Adel Faqih will visit India to ink an agreement on labour cooperation for domestic workers, following the approval of a draft bilateral agreement by the Indian cabinet.

Sibi George, deputy chief of mission at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh, told Arab News on Monday that the Indian government has invited Faqih to New Delhi to formalise the agreement.

“We are working out a date for the minister’s visit to New Delhi, which we expect to be very soon,” the Arab News quoted George as saying.

George said a joint committee will be set up to follow up on the implementation of the agreement.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/india-saudi-arabia-to-ink-pact-on-domestic-workers-1.1248596

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India, Pak agree to observe calm along border

 October 29, 2013

Border guards of India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the international border to allow farmers harvest crops in the zero line on Jammu frontier at a flag meeting, at which the BSF lodged strong protest against frequent ceasefire violations from across the border.

“We have lodged a protest with them (over ceasefire violations, shelling in civilian areas and snipping incidents)”, DIG (BSF) J.C. Singla, said after conclusion of the meeting at Octroi border outpost along IB in R.S. Pura.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-pak-agree-to-observe-calm-along-border/article5285253.ece

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Punish the guilty in Patna, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind says

Oct 29, 2013

New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has demanded "stringent action" against those who carried out a string of bomb attacks in Patna killing six people.

Expressing grief over the deaths, Jamaat secretary general Nusrat Ali warned that communal forces might now create an environment of "fear and terror" in Bihar for electoral gains.

Ali urged the Bihar and the central governments to maintain peace ahead of the Lok Sabha election due next year.

http://in.news.yahoo.com/punish-guilty-patna-jamaat-says-094805665.html

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Mideast

 

Turkey Main opposition CHP vows to oppose veiled MP

Oct 29, 2013

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has vowed to use internal parliamentary regulations to protest the presence of veiled MPs in the legislature, after three ruling-party lawmakers announced their plans to wear headscarves in the chamber.

“If they enter Parliament’s General Assembly wearing headscarves, we will open a procedural debate due to a violation of Parliament’s internal regulations. We will voice our objections before the eyes of the people, regardless of whether they will be accepted or not. We will use all of our rights originating from internal regulations. We have reached an agreement on this issue with our chairman [Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu],” CHP deputy parliamentary group chair Engin Altay told reporters yesterday after an hour-long closed-door meeting with Kılıçdaroğlu.

The CHP will hold an extraordinary parliamentary group meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/main-opposition-chp-vows-to-oppose-veiled-mp.aspx?pageID=238&nID=57006&NewsCatID=338

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Palestinian minister: Israeli concept of 'life in prison' has collapsed

Oct 29, 2013

Palestinian Authority Prisoner Affairs Minister Issa Karaka said Monday that there would be an official welcoming ceremony for 26 Palestinian security prisoners being released from Israeli jails at the Presidential Palace in Ramallah on Tuesday at midnight.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas was set to be on hand at the ceremony to greet the prisoners, released as part of ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

A Ministerial Committee on Sunday approved the release of 26 prisoners imprisoned for murder or attempted murder prior to the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. A first batch of 26 prisoners was released in July.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Palestinian-minister-Israeli-concept-of-life-in-prison-has-collapsed-329962

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Iran says four rebels killed in fresh clash

Oct 29, 2013

Tehran: Iranian forces have killed in a fresh clash four members of an extremist rebel group that killed 14 Iranian border guards Friday, a top military commander said Tuesday.

“We clashed with Jaish-ul Adl [bandits] and killed four of them,” the Fars news agency quoted brigadier general Hussain Zolfaqari, commander of Iran’s border guards, as saying.

He did not say when or where the new clash took place.

Jaish-ul Adl, a Sunni rebel group formed last year whose name means Army of Justice in Arabic, has claimed responsibility for the deadly ambush Friday in the mountains of Sistan-Baluchestan in the restive southeast.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/iran/iran-says-four-rebels-killed-in-fresh-clash-1.1248560

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World Bank to open first Islamic finance center in Istanbul

Oct 29, 2013

The World Bank will open its first center on Islamic Finance at Borsa Istanbul premises, the exchange market said Monday.

A statement on Borsa Istanbul's website says a ceremony will be held later on Monday to inaugurate the World Bank Global Islamic Finance Development Center, the first of its kind.

Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Treasury Undersecretary Ibrahim Halil Canakci and Borsa Istanbul Chairman & CEO Dr. Ibrahim M. Turhan will participate in the ceremony, the statement adds.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=121684

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Africa

 

Death toll in C. Africa clashes rises to near 40: Army

 October 29, 2013

Almost 40 people were killed in weekend fighting between armed vigilantes and former rebels near Bouar in western Central African Republic, the army said Tuesday, issuing a new toll.

"The fighting last Saturday between self-defence militias and ex-rebels killed almost 40 people, including at least 35 in the ranks of the militias, with several wounded," a source close to the general staff said.

A previous toll on Sunday said 12 people were killed.

Early Saturday, hundreds of local militias armed with military weapons and machetes encircled Bouar, a town about 400 kilometres (250 miles) northwest of the capital Bangui on Saturday morning, the source said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/85059/World/International/Death-toll-in-C-Africa-clashes-rises-to-near--Army.aspx

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S.Africa to sentence 20 extremists for Mandela death plot

 October 29, 2013

A South African court began Monday sentencing 20 right-wing extremists convicted of high treason for a plot to kill Nelson Mandela and drive blacks out of the country.

The "Boeremag" organisation had planned a right-wing coup in 2002 to overthrow the post-apartheid government.

The trial lasted almost a decade until the organisation's members were convicted in August last year -- the first guilty verdicts for treason since the end of apartheid in 1994.

"The accused had aimed to overthrow the government through unconstitutional methods that included violence," said High Court judge Eben Jordaan as he began the two-day sentencing hearing.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/84967/World/International/SAfrica-to-sentence--extremists-for-Mandela-death-.aspx

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Tunisia's Islamists, opposition haggle over new premier

 October 29, 2013

Tunisia's ruling Islamists and opposition parties held talks on Monday to agree on a new prime minister who will lead a caretaker government, under an agreement to end months of unrest in the north African country.

Former central bank members and economists are the leading candidates for the post.

The ruling Islamist party Ennahda and secular opponents earlier this month reached a deal for the government to resign in three weeks to make way for a non-partisan administration and elections at a date to be agreed.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/85014/World/Region/Tunisias-Islamists,-opposition-haggle-over-new-pre.aspx

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DR Congo M23 rebels 'all but finished', says UN

Oct 29, 2013

The UN's special envoy in the Democratic Republic of Congo has told the organisation's Security Council that the M23 rebel movement is all but finished as a military threat.

Martin Kobler said the M23 had abandoned most military positions in the east and was confined to a small triangle close to the Rwandan border.

A fifth rebel-held area in a week fell to government forces on Monday.

The rebels say that their withdrawals are temporary.

Mr Kobler told the UN Security Council by video-link: "It is practically the military end of the M23."

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24722794

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Kenyan soldiers jailed for Westgate looting

Oct 29, 2013

Two Kenyan soldiers have been sacked and jailed for looting during last month's attack on the Westgate shopping centre, the army chief has said.

Julius Karangi said that a third soldier was under investigation.

He has previously said that soldiers had only taken water during the four-day siege, despite CCTV footage seeming to show them helping themselves to goods in a supermarket.

Somali Islamist group al-Shabab says it was behind the attack, which killed 67.

At the same news conference, Police Criminal Investigation Department head Ndegwa Muhoro said that a phone call had been made to Norway during the siege.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24727600

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Australia

 

Islamic bookstore ceased operations due to loss of sales and negative feedback

OCTOBER 29, 2013

THE nation's most controversial Islamic bookstore says it has been forced to close because of an "unjust stench" about its activities, which include the worship of a convicted terrorist and allegedly promoting violence against Australian supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The former Al Risalah Islamic Bookstore in Sydney's Bankstown is now being used to sell women's fashion after its owners put on Facebook a post saying that that no one wanted to buy its hardline Islamic books any more because bad publicity had scared people away.

"The Al Risalah Islamic Bookstore has ceased operations due to major loss in sales and negative feedback which caused an unjust stench about our store and its patrons," the statement says. "We believe (this) was perpetrated by local and international media which ran false statements and accusations that we are an extremist secretive organisation who is instigating hate crimes against other groups of the community."

Full report at:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/islamic-bookstore-ceased-operations-due-to-loss-of-sales-and-negative-feedback/story-fn59niix-1226748520577#sthash.QnZds8jD.dpuf

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Australia's war in Afghanistan over: PM Tony Abbott

AFP | Oct 29, 2013

SYDNEY: Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared Australia's longest war at an end during a surprise visit to Afghanistan, with more than 1,000 troops to return home before Christmas in a "bitter-sweet" withdrawal.

"Australia's longest war is ending, not with victory, not with defeat, but with, we hope, an Afghanistan that's better for our presence here," Abbott said.

He flew to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) mission in remote Uruzgan province on Monday to make the announcement on the withdrawal which he said was a "bitter-sweet moment for Australia".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Australias-war-in-Afghanistan-over-PM-Tony-Abbott/articleshow/24855943.cms

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