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U.S Sets Unprecedented Sanctions on Islamic School in Pakistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: A Pakistani student looks at a book in the Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrasa, in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday

 

 

 

 

North America

U.S Sets Unprecedented Sanctions on Islamic School in Pakistan

American Civil Liberties uncover govt program for 'screening' and 'blacklisting' Muslims

Washington's Statue of Hypocrisy: Putting a Smiley Face on Indonesia's Religious Intolerance

Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'shot multiple times'

Canadian killed in Egypt revealed extremist views on Facebook

US Army sergeant sentenced to 20 years for Afghan massacre

 

Arab World

Syrian opposition: 1,300 killed in chemical attack on Ghouta region

Iraq violence kills 35 as authorities hail arrests

Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood-linked cleric Safwat Hegazy

UAE journalist puts up $143,000 reward for top Muslim Brotherhood leaders

Five killed, oil pipeline bombed in Iraq violence

Egypt could survive without US military aid: Interim PM

Egypt: Mohamed ElBaradei faces arrest over 'betraying' army

Gulf bloc slams Hizbollah move to double fighters in Syria

Egypt crisis: Court to rule on Hosni Mubarak release

Saudi man invents swim booster for the handicapped

Hamas urged to halt executions

Jordan’s king warns of sectarian ‘destruction’

 

Europe

9 suspected militants killed in Russia's Dagestan

UK to raise reported Syrian chemical weapons use at UN

Hijab activists meet Sweden’s justice minister

Myanmar risks spiraling anti-Muslim unrest: Watchdog

EU states debate response to Egypt's deadly crisis

 

South Asia

Jamaat-e-Islami Godfather of All Militant Bodies: War Crimes Researcher

Chinese map takes PoK away from Pak

Bangladesh charges US-based rights group with contempt

Shibir man held over Egypt embassy blow-up threat

PM Sheikh Hasina warns against resurgence of militants

Maldives’ real extremism is the encroachment upon people’s rights: PPM presidential candidate

“Our server is continuously being attacked”: Maldives E C

 

India

US linking Pak madrassa with terror underscores our position: India

No permanent Urdu teachers hired in Delhi schools since 1989

Muslims Are India’s Poorest And Worst Educated Religious Group

India and Iran appear set to reinforce energy ties

Tunda confirms Hafiz Saeed planned jihad in Europe

Pakistan-trained terrorists planning to attack south India

Pakistan to release 338 Indian prisoners on Friday

54 missing defence personnel believed to be in Pak jails: Govt

20% of U.P. development schemes for minorities

654 militants killed in Army operations in last three years

 After Dabholkar's murder, Maharashtra clears anti-superstition law

Pakistan                     

‘Taliban call centre’ busted in Pakistan, 5 held

Peshawar madrasa rejects US sanctions

Security forces seize more than 100 tons explosives in Quetta

Karachi violence: Two people killed and four bodies recovered

Conspiracy unearthed: Plot to kidnap Punjab chief minister foiled

Arresting Musharraf while talking to the Taliban will not solve Pakistan's problems

Plan to attack polio team in Karachi foiled, man arrested

Kayani doubted Taliban killed Benazir, recounts UN investigator

 

Southeast Asia

Catholic Church calls for respect as “Allah” issue has its day in court Thursday

Najib weighs in on religious space - no move to Muslim orthodox state

Five men arrested in connection to Myanmar bomb plot

Crime wave puts laid-back Malaysia on edge

 

Mideast

Erdogan angers U.S., Israel, Egypt with Morsi defence

Security head in Yemen's Aden killed in 'Qaeda' attack

Israel’s Livni: Mideast talks would lead to ‘dramatic decisions’

Iranian jailed for distributing bibles: Vatican media

Iran has 18k centrifuges, 10k operating, says official

Yemeni 9/11 suspect cites 'torture' over Gitmo food

 

Africa

90,000 missing after South Sudan violence: Doctors without Borders

Gunmen kill two Somalis, wound foreigner in Mogadishu: police

Six-tonne hashish haul in central Algeria: Army

Doubts cast over claims Boko Haram chief dead

South Sudan arrests general for rights violations

Tunisian PM warns opposition over anti-government demos

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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North America

 

U.S Sets Unprecedented Sanctions on Islamic School in Pakistan

Aug 21 2013

The United States has placed unprecedented sanctions on an Islamic school in northwest Pakistan for allegedly training and financing fighters from al-Qaeda and other militant groups.

The sanctions against Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrasa, also known as the Ganj Madrasa, in the city of Peshawar, were the first to target an Islamic school, the U.S. Department of Treasury said in a statement on Tuesday.

The U.S. also placed sanctions on a man accused of being al-Qaeda’s leader in the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Baluchistan. Umar Siddique Kathio Azmarai has also been a significant financial facilitator for the group, moving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support operations, and managed logistics for Osama bin Laden’s family members, the U.S. said.

“Today’s action strikes at the heart of the financial and logistical support network that abuses charitable donations and provides essential services for various terrorist groups,” including al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, said David Cohen, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. “We will continue to work with our partners around the world to dismantle these terrorist networks, especially those that try to conceal their sinister activities behind critical community organizations like madrasas.”

The sanctions mean that any assets they may have under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and people in the U.S. are generally prohibited from doing business with them.

The U.S. said the Ganj Madrasa is controlled by a man known as Sheik Aminullah who was sanctioned by Washington and the United Nations in 2009 for providing material support to al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

“The Ganj Madrasa serves as a terrorist training centre where students, under the guise of religious studies, have been radicalized to conduct terrorist and insurgent activities,” the U.S said in its statement. “In some cases, students were trained to become bomb manufacturers and suicide bombers.”

In an interview with The Associated Press, one of the school’s administrators denied it had any links with militant groups.

“The institution is purely a religious school, and is not connected with any organization or involved in any sort of illegality or promotion of extremism,” said Alam Sher, who is in his eighties and helped found the school some 25 years ago.

Mr. Sher said Aminullah was a teacher at the school until he left nine months ago. School officials do not know where he is currently located, he added.

The U.S. sanctions would not affect the school because it doesn’t get any foreign aid and relies on public donations and income from his soap factory, the founder said.

The three-story school is located in a congested part of Peshawar and houses at least 150 students, mostly from poor families, said Sher. The school includes a mosque, classrooms and a hostel for the students.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/us-places-sanctions-on-madrassa-in-peshawar/article5044978.ece

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American Civil Liberties uncover govt program for 'screening' and 'blacklisting' Muslims

Aug 21 2013

Los Angeles: Civil liberties advocates said Wednesday they have uncovered a government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns that has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that federal immigration officers are instructed to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they'll flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they failed to receive sufficient information from the immigrant.

The criteria used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to blacklist immigrants are overly broad and include traveling through regions where there is terrorist activity, the report said.

The ACLU learned about the program through records requests after detecting a pattern in cases of Muslim immigrants whose applications to become American citizens had languished.

``It is essentially creating this secret criteria for obtaining naturalization and immigration benefits that has never been disclosed to the public and Congress hasn't approved,'' said Jennie Pasquarella, an ACLU staff attorney and the report's author.

``I feel like ultimately this is just about politics. They don't want to be seen as having granted citizenship to somebody who's going to be the next Boston bomber,'' she said.

It was not immediately clear how many immigrants have been reviewed under the program, which began in 2008 and is formally known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program.

Christopher Bentley, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Services, said the agency routinely checks the background of immigrants applying for benefits and puts the country's safety, and the integrity of the immigration system, first.

''We are vigilant in executing these responsibilities, and will not sacrifice national security or public safety in the interest of expediting the review of benefit applications,'' Bentley said in a statement.

Under the program, immigration officers determine whether a case poses a national security concern and confer with the appropriate law enforcement agency that has information about the immigrant. Officers then conduct additional research and put many cases on hold for long periods of time. Most applications are eventually denied, as the program states that officers are not allowed to approve such cases without additional review, the report said.

Iranian math professor Mahdi Asgari started receiving visits from FBI agents after he applied for citizenship three years ago, the report said. At one point, agents asked him about his relationship with a fellow Iranian graduate student whom he now has little contact with.

Asgari is still waiting for a decision on his naturalization application, the ACLU said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/american-civil-liberties-union-uncover-govt-program-for--screening--and--blacklisting--muslims/1158128/

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Washington's Statue of Hypocrisy: Putting a Smiley Face on Indonesia's Religious Intolerance

Phelim Kine

Aug 21 2013

In early June, the Indonesian government erected a 16-foot gleaming white statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, on Washington's Embassy Row.

Indonesia's ambassador to the US, Dino Patti Djalal, touted the statue as a symbol of the "respect for religious freedom" in the world's most populous Muslim country. The serenity of Saraswati's statue and the representations of three children peacefully studying at her feet are unquestionable. But while the symbolism of religious harmony in Washington is encouraging, the reality on the ground in many parts of Indonesia is starkly different.

On August 7, a bomb planted by unknown perpetrators exploded inside a Buddhist temple in downtown Jakarta while congregants worshipped, injuring three men. Police are investigating. The violence comes just weeks after Indonesian Islamist militants vowed vengeance against Buddhists for attacks in Burma by members of the Buddhist majority against the local Rohingya Muslim population. A day later, unknown perpetrators tossed Molotov cocktails into the yard of a Catholic high school in Jakarta. Staff scrambled to extinguish the flames and kept the devices from igniting by dousing them with water from the school's bathroom.

The minority Shia Muslim community in Indonesia's Sampang regency on Madura Island weren't so lucky. Hundreds of men, women and children have sought refuge in a sports stadium since August 2012 after more than 1,000 Sunni Islamist militants attacked their village. The attackers torched about 50 homes, killed one villager and seriously injured another.

Rather than arrest the people responsible for the attacks and protect the threatened Shias, local police stood by while the survivors fled for their lives. On June 20, just weeks after Saraswati took her place along Embassy Row, a group of 1,000 Sunni militants besieged the stadium where the Shia villagers had been stuck for a year. Government officials actively assisted the militants pursue their demands to press the Shia to relocate to a town more than two hours away.

The ordeal of Sampang's Shia community is not unique. Across Indonesia, religious minorities, including several Protestant groups, Shia, and the Ahmadiyah, who consider themselves Muslims but are considered blasphemers by some other Muslims, are targets of harassment, intimidation, threats and, increasingly, acts of mob violence. Indonesia's Setara Institute, which monitors religious freedom in Indonesia, documented 264 cases of violent attacks on religious minorities in 2012, an increase from 216 such cases in 2010.

The Ahmadiyah community in the village of Cikeusik in western Java is an example of the toxic collusion of thuggish Islamist violence and the Indonesian government's wholly inadequate response to their abuses. On February 6, 2011 around 1,500 Islamist militants attacked 21 members of Cikeusik's Ahmadiyah community in a prayer meeting in a private home. The militants beat to death three Ahmadiyah men and seriously injured five others. A court sentenced 12 of the attackers to token prison sentences of three to six months. In a perverse twist, the court also sentenced an Ahmadiyah man to a six-month prison term for using violence to defend himself. Police have yet to publicly release the results of their internal investigation into the attack.

There are signs that the Indonesian government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may finally be recognizing the seriousness of these abuses. On August 16, Yudhoyono said that he was "very concerned" about rising religious intolerance and related violence. That's a welcome change from February 2013, when Yudhoyono's spokesman tried to dismiss a February 2013 Human Rights Watch report detailing violations of religious freedom as "naïve."

Yudhoyono needs to translate his concern into action. He can start by ensuring his government investigates and prosecutes members of Islamist militant groups such as the Islamic People's Forum (Forum Umat Islam) and the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam). These groups seek to justify violence by espousing an interpretation of Sunni Islam that labels most non-Muslims as "infidels," and Muslims who do not adhere to Sunni orthodoxy as "blasphemers."

While Yudhoyono claims to be committed to stopping these kinds of attacks, he has retained a minister for religious affairs who encourages extremism. He has done little to stop government officials and security forces that facilitate militant Islamists groups that harass and intimidate religious minorities.

These officials have made blatantly discriminatory statements, refused to issue building permits for religious minorities' houses of worship, and, as in the case of Sampang's Shia community, pressured congregations to relocate. Indonesian officials have also violated the rights and freedoms of the country's religious minorities by issuing decrees and fatwas (religious rulings) against members of religious minorities and using their position of authority to press for the prosecution of "blasphemers."

Pressure from the United States and others could encourage Yudhoyono to implement a "zero tolerance" policy for violence against religious minorities. He needs to back his words with action by ensuring that police investigate and prosecutors appropriately prosecute those believed responsible for such acts.

For inspiration, the Indonesian government can look to the Hindu goddess Saraswati, who is also revered as a guardian deity for worshippers of Buddhism. Until the Indonesian government takes meaningful action to defend the rights of its religious minorities, Saraswati's statue on Embassy Row will stand as Indonesia's Potemkin symbol of religious freedom denied, rather than protected.

Phelim Kine is a deputy director of Asia division at Human Rights Watch and a former Indonesia-based foreign correspondent

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phelim-kine/washingtons-statue-of-hyp_b_3785936.html

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Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'shot multiple times'

Aug 21 2013

The surviving Boston bombing suspect was shot through the face, legs and left hand before his capture, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Despite his injuries, Dhozkhar Tsarnaev was able to "respond vocally" to questioning, Dr Stephen Odom said several days after the bombings.

The twin bombs at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon on 15 April killed three and injured more than 260.

Mr Tsarnaev, 19, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

He was found hiding inside a boat in a backyard garden after a two-day Boston-area manhunt.

The other suspect, his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a shootout with police the night before.

Ongoing treatment

Dr Odom, a trauma surgeon who treated Mr Tsarnaev after his capture by heavily armed police, testified at a hearing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on 22 April.

He told court officials that the worst of Mr Tsarnaev's injuries was a gunshot wound from a bullet that entered through his mouth and exited the left side of his face.

"This was a high-powered injury that has resulted in skull-base fracture, with injuries to the middle ear, the skull base, the lateral portion of his C1 vertebrae, with a significant soft-tissue injury, as well as injury to the pharynx, the mouth, and a small vascular injury that's been treated," Dr Odom said, according to the transcript unsealed on Monday.

Mr Tsarnaev also had multiple gunshot wounds elsewhere, including his legs and his left hand.

By the time Dr Odom testified, the 19-year-old had had multiple medical procedures.

The doctor said despite his injuries and ongoing treatment with the painkiller Dilaudid, Mr Tsarnaev knew where he was and that he was receiving medical treatment.

"He knows that he has had multiple procedures, but I'm not sure how aware he is of the specifics," Dr Odom told the court. "He knows that he has an injury to the neck and to the hand."

Mr Tsarnaev appeared in court on 10 July, with his face swollen and his arm in a cast.

Among the charges he faces are 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors could press for the death penalty.

He has also been charged over the death of a fourth person, a university police officer allegedly shot dead by Mr Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan in the days after the attack.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23771849

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Canadian killed in Egypt revealed extremist views on Facebook

Aug 21 2013

A Canadian resident shot and killed in Alexandria, Egypt, last Friday held deeply Islamist views, sympathized with the extremist Salafi movement and considered Osama bin Laden a martyr, according to a translation of his Facebook history.

Amr Kassem, 26, was born in the coastal city of Alexandria, but lived in the Toronto area, where was qualified to practice pharmacy. His wife, Asmaa Hussein, was involved in the Toronto chapter of AlMaghrib, an Islamic school known for espousing hardline Sharia law.

Kassem was active online, where he aggressively participated in conservative Islamic forums.

Jonathan Halevi, a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, wrote a blog post in which he translated excerpts from Kassem's Facebook page from Arabic.

Full report at:

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/08/20/canadian-killed-in-egypt-revealed-extremist-views-on-facebook

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US Army sergeant sentenced to 20 years for Afghan massacre

Aug 21 2013

WASHINGTON: A US Army sergeant facing life in prison for slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers in a pre-dawn attack on March 11, 2012 came face-to-face with survivors of the massacre for the first time at a sentencing hearing Tuesday.

The hearing was at the Joint Base Lewis-McCord in the northwestern US state of Washington.

The sergeant was facing 16 counts of murder, six of attempted murder and seven of assault. Seventeen of the 22 victims were women or children, and almost all of them were shot in the head.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037325/us-army-sergeant-sentenced-to-20-years-for-afghan-massacre

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Arab World

 

Syrian opposition: 1,300 killed in chemical attack on Ghouta region

 21 August 2013

At least 1,300 people have been killed in a nerve gas attack on Syria’s Ghouta region, leading opposition figure George Sabra said on Wednesday.

In response, the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for an urgent U.N. Security Council meeting on the subject.

“I call on the Security Council to convene urgently,” National Coalition leader Ahmed al-Jarba added to Al-Arabiya news channel, condemning the Syrian army’s bombardment of the Ghouta suburbs of Damascus as a “massacre.”

Meanwhile, The Arab League called Wednesday on U.N. chemical weapons inspectors now inside Syria to immediately visit the site of the incident.

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi urged the inspectors in a statement to “go immediately to Eastern Ghouta to see the reality of the situation and investigate the circumstances of this crime.”

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Syrian-activists-at-least-500-killed-in-chemical-attack-on-Eastern-Ghouta.html

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Iraq violence kills 35 as authorities hail arrests

Aug 21 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraq violence killed 35 people including 15 civilians on Tuesday, officials said, as authorities hailed arrests in a campaign aimed at curbing the country's worst unrest since 2008.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has vowed to press ahead with operations to try to stem the bloodshed, which has claimed more than 3,500 lives already this year.

But analysts and diplomats say Iraq is not tackling the root causes of the unrest. On Tuesday, six car bombs south of the capital killed six civilians and a policeman and wounded 98 people.

Two car bombs hit a bus and taxi station in Amara. Two more hit near Hilla, while the others struck in Nasiriyah.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037300/iraq-violence-kills-35-as-authorities-hail-arrests

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Egypt arrests Muslim Brotherhood-linked cleric Safwat Hegazy

 21 August 2013

Egyptian authorities have arrested two more Muslim Brotherhood figures, including a prominent Salafist cleric, state-run news agency reported late on Tuesday.

Hard-line cleric Safwat Hegazy was captured early Wednesday at a checkpoint near the Siwa Oasis, near Libya. He is believed to have been trying to flee the country across the Libyan border, the MENA news agency reported.

Hegazy is wanted over charges of instigating violence.

Also, a security official told Al Arabiya that Mourad Ali, a spokesman for the Brotherhood's political party, was detained at the Cairo airport, trying to catch a flight to Italy.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Egypt-arrests-Muslim-Brotherhood-linked-cleric-Safwat-Hegazy-.html

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UAE journalist puts up $143,000 reward for top Muslim Brotherhood leaders

 21 August 2013

An Emirati journalist offered to give one million Egyptian pounds ($143,000) for anyone who leads Egyptian security forces to arrest three senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

Hamad al-Mazroui made his offer in a Twitter post, saying he would offer the money to whoever discloses the whereabouts of fugitive Brotherhood leaders Mohammad el-Beltagy, Essam el-Erian and Safwat Hegazy.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/UAE-journalist-puts-143-000-reward-for-top-Muslim-Brotherhood-leaders.html

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Five killed, oil pipeline bombed in Iraq violence

AFP | Aug 21, 2013

BAGHDAD: Attacks in Iraq killed five people, damaged an oil pipeline and hit a Shiite shrine on Wednesday, as the country grapples with a months-long spike in violence.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has vowed to press ahead with operations to try to stem the bloodshed, which has claimed more than 3,500 lives already this year, but analysts say Iraq is not tackling the root causes of the unrest.

In the deadliest attack, gunmen broke into the house of a local anti-al-Qaida militia chief west of Baghdad, killing his son and cousin.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Five-killed-oil-pipeline-bombed-in-Iraq-violence/articleshow/21958054.cms

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Egypt could survive without US military aid: Interim PM Hazem el-Beblawi

AFP | Aug 21, 2013

WASHINGTON: Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has said in an interview it would be a mistake if the United States cut off military aid but insisted Cairo could survive without it.

A possible move by Washington to stop US weapons deliveries and other assistance to Egypt "will be a bad sign and will badly affect the military for some time," Beblawi told ABC News yesterday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Egypt-could-survive-without-US-military-aid-Interim-PM-Hazem-el-Beblawi/articleshow/21947523.cms

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Egypt: Mohamed ElBaradei faces arrest over 'betraying' army

Aug 21 2013,

Cairo : Mohamed ElBaradei, Egypt's former interim vice president, is being sued for a "betrayal of trust" over his decision to quit the army-backed government in protest at its bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The case points to the prospect of a new wave of politically driven lawsuits being brought to court following the downfall of President Mohamed Morsi, whose supporters brought a raft of cases against opposition figures during his year in power.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/egypt-mohamed-elbaradei-faces-arrest-over--betraying--army/1157998/

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Gulf bloc slams Hizbollah move to double fighters in Syria

Elizabeth Dickinson

Aug 21, 2013

ABU DHABI // Arabian Gulf countries yesterday criticised Hizbollah for interfering in Syrian affairs after the chief of the Lebanese militant group vowed to double the number of fighters he sends in support of Bashar Al Assad's regime.

The statement comes amid growing fears that the Syrian conflict could threaten the stability of Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

"Nasrallah continues to boast about the participation of his militia in slaughtering children, women and innocent Syrians, and destroying their towns and property," said Abdullatif Al Zayani, secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in a statement.

Full report at:

 http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/gulf-bloc-slams-hizbollah-move-to-double-fighters-in-syria#ixzz2cbN8QP00

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Egypt crisis: Court to rule on Hosni Mubarak release

Aug 21 2013

A court in Egypt is due to rule on whether to release the former president, Hosni Mubarak, on bail.

Mr Mubarak is appealing against his detention on a corruption charge.

The 85-year-old is also being retried on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during the uprising that forced him from power in 2011.

Meanwhile, EU foreign ministers are meeting to determine a response to the deadly crackdown by Egypt's interim authorities on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Some called for the bloc's 5bn-euro ($6.7bn; £4.3bn) aid package to Egypt to be cut when more than 900 people were killed in clashes last week.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23776013

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Saudi man invents swim booster for the handicapped

Aug 21 2013

A Saudi man has caught the attention of foreign companies through his invention of a swimming booster for people with special needs.

The booster was made to assist the handicapped to swim and dive safely.

Saudi inventor Mohammed Ahmed Al-Musallam is a fourth-year student of Industrial Engineering Systems at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM).

Lambert Infinite Company in New Zealand, which specializes in the adoption of inventions around the world, has adopted the idea of the Saudi’s invention. After completing safety and practical tests, the company expressed deep admiration for the invention.

 Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/461969

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Hamas urged to halt executions

Aug 21 2013

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip: An international human rights group demanded Tuesday that Gaza’s Hamas government halt all planned executions, including that of a 28-year-old convicted of killing a child when he himself was still a minor.

Human Rights Watch alleged that Gaza’s justice system is deeply flawed and that prisoners were executed in the past despite unfair trials based on forced confessions and violations of basic rights.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/461957

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Jordan’s king warns of sectarian ‘destruction’

Aug 21 2013

AMMAN: Jordan’s king warned Tuesday that ethnic and sectarian violence sweeping across several Arab countries could lead to the “destruction” of the Muslim world.

Abdallah II’s remarks came at a conference in the Jordanian capital of 100 religious scholars, both Sunni and Shiite, from 35 countries. Christian clergymen also attended the meeting, which is discussing how Muslim nations can adopt moderate policies and preserve civil liberties and human rights.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/461875

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Europe

 

9 suspected militants killed in Russia's Dagestan

Aug 21 2013

MAKHACHKALA, Russia: Police killed nine suspected militants on Tuesday, including a prominent warlord, in a clash in the restive North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, Russian authorities said.

The clash occurred when police stormed a house in the town of Buinaksk, said Andrei Chatsky, a spokesman for the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee. Earlier reports by Russia's investigative bodies had said that only four militants, and the owner of the house where the clash took place, were killed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/9-suspected-militants-killed-in-Russias-Dagestan/articleshow/21938489.cms

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UK to raise reported Syrian chemical weapons use at UN

Aug 21 2013

London : Britain said on Wednesday it would raise a reported chemical weapons attack by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at the United Nations Security Council and called on Damascus to give U.N. inspectors access to the site.

"I am deeply concerned by reports that hundreds of people, including children, have been killed in airstrikes and a chemical weapons attack on rebel-held areas near Damascus," British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/uk-to-raise-reported-syrian-chemical-weapons-use-at-un/1158150/

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Hijab activists meet Sweden’s justice minister

2013-08-21

STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s justice minister on Tuesday met activists who convinced prominent Swedes to wear headscarves this week to protest an alleged attack on a Muslim woman who wore a hijab.

“We tried to say that there is structural discrimination ...but (Justice Minister Beatrice Ask) kept referring to individual responsibilities,” Foujan Rouzbeh, one of the organisers, said at a press conference after the meeting.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037295/hijab-activists-meet-swedens-justice-minister

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Myanmar risks spiraling anti-Muslim unrest: Watchdog

Aug 21 2013

BANGKOK — Myanmar must address anti-Muslim propaganda and stamp out a culture of impunity for religious violence or risk “catastrophic” levels of conflict, a rights group warned Tuesday.

Physicians for Human Rights described attacks on Muslims, that have swept the country since fighting first broke out last year as “widespread and systematic,” in a report examining unrest that has killed around 250 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

The US-based group said that while the situation in the country currently appeared calm, a failure to properly investigate and deal with the causes of the tensions risks further clashes.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130821177573

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EU states debate response to Egypt's deadly crisis

Aug 21 2013

The EU's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, has offered to return to Egypt to help mediate a political solution to the crisis in the country.

"I am more than willing to go back... if they wish me to," she said.

She was speaking to reporters in Brussels ahead of an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign ministers, who will discuss whether to continue with a 5bn-euro (£4.3bn) aid package to Egypt.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23775560

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South Asia

 

Jamaat-e-Islami Godfather of All Militant Bodies: War Crimes Researcher

Aug 21 2013

Demanding a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, eminent war crimes researcher Shahriar Kabir yesterday said the party was the godfather of all militant organisations in the country.

Jamaat should be tried not only for its anti-liberation role but also for its involvement in the militant activities committed to date after independence, he said, urging the government to use the constitutional power to ban the party immediately.

He was addressing a discussion, “Jamaat’s involvement in militancy and militancy in the name of religion: Where does it end?”, organised by Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, an anti-war criminal platform, in the capital’s WVA Auditorium.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/jamaat-godfather-of-all-militant-bodies/

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Chinese map takes PoK away from Pak

 August 21, 2013

Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s message to Pakistan on its independence day has reportedly offended the country by failing to include Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as part of Pakistan’s territory on its Facebook page. The firm, Tech in Asia, has pointed out that Huawei had taken the

Google Maps image of Pakistan and coloured it green along with part, but not all of PoK. The tagline along the map that said: “smart ideas can alter the course of history” has ignited a fiery debate over Huawei’s depiction of the current political reality between India and Pakistan, with some taking the map to be offensive.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/china/Chinese-map-takes-PoK-away-from-Pak/Article1-1110605.aspx

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Bangladesh charges US-based rights group with contempt

  Aug 21 2013

DHAKA — Bangladesh prosecutors on Tuesday charged Human Right Watch with contempt of court after the New York-based rights group criticized the conviction of a top Islamist politician on war crimes charges.

But it was not immediately clear what the move will mean, as Human Rights Watch does not have a resident representative in Bangladesh to stand accused.

Ghulam Azam, 91, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was jailed for 90 years last month for masterminding crimes against humanity, genocide and other offenses during the country’s 1971 war of independence.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130821177575

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Shibir man held over Egypt embassy blow-up threat

Aug 21 2013

An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, was arrested on charge of threatening to blow up Egyptian embassy in the capital.

The arrest was made on a tip-off, Deputy Commissioner (Public Relations) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman told The Daily Star.

Shawkat Afsar was arrested from Focus Coaching Centre at Farmgate at noon, Masudur said.

On Tuesday, the embassy received a letter that demanded an end to crackdown on the members of Muslims Brotherhood in Egypt.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/shibir-man-held-in-capital/

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PM Sheikh Hasina warns against resurgence of militants

Aug 21 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday cautioned people about resurgence of militants urging them to remain alert so that the incident like August 21 grenade attack does not recur in the country.

“People have to remain cautious about the militants, Jamaat-e-Islami and Hefajat-e Islam. They will destroy the country,” she said after placing wreaths at the memorial of martyrs of the gruesome grenade attack at Banbabandhu Avenue.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/pm-warns-of-terrorism-militancy-attempts/

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Maldives’ real extremism is the encroachment upon people’s rights: PPM presidential candidate

By Leah Malone | August 20th, 2013

Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) presidential candidate Abdulla Yameen has argued that the most prominent form of extremism in the Maldives is the encroachment upon people’s rights, rather than religious radicalism.

Yameen met with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh during a visit to the country Friday (August 16), as part of the state’s ongoing engagement with all Maldivian political parties ahead of the September 7 presidential election.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/maldives-real-extremism-is-the-encroachment-upon-peoples-rights-yameen-62902

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“Our server is continuously being attacked”: Maldives E C

By Mohamed Naahee | August 20th, 2013

The Elections Commission (EC) has said its internet server is currently facing continuous attacks from hackers working both within the country and from outside.

In an interview given to local newspaper Haveeru, EC Chair Fuad Thaufeek dismissed rumours that both the website and its server had been hacked, but acknowledged the commission had continuously come under attack from hackers.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/%E2%80%9Cour-server-is-continuously-being-attacked%E2%80%9D-elections-commissioner-62909

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India

 

US linking Pak madrassa with terror underscores our position: India

Aug 21 2013

New Delhi : A day after the US designated a Pakistani madrassa as a terrorist organisation supporting the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Al Qaeda and Taliban, India on Wednesday said it only confirms the long-held position that terror networks exist there and need to be dismantled.

US designated Ganj Madrassa an affiliate in terror network

"It merely underscores our long-held position that there exists a terrorist network and support framework in that region that needs to be targeted and dismantled," a spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.

The US had yesterday designated Ganj Madrassa in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officially known as Jamia Taleem-Ul-Quran-Wal-Hadith Madrassa, for being used as a training and recruiting base by Al Qaeda, Taliban and LeT. The seminary also facilitates funding for the three groups.

The US Treasury had issued a statement that under the garb of religious education, students at the seminary are being trained to become bomb makers and suicide bombers for the three banned groups, .

The MEA spokesperson also said that India was not surprised as it was not something which was unusual and the government is aware of such networks.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-linking-pak-madrassa-with-terror-underscores-our-position-india/1158195/

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No permanent Urdu teachers hired in Delhi schools since 1989

Aug 21 2013

New Delhi : The last time teachers were hired for Urdu medium schools in the capital was in 1989. Twenty-three years on, these 115 teachers, recruited with the help of the Urdu Academy, are still working on a contractual basis.

Earlier this year, the government had announced that 100 new teachers will be added to Urdu medium schools in Delhi under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) as well as in schools where Urdu was taught as a second language. The figure was later revised to 200. But they are yet to be recruited.

Speaking to Newsline, Education Minister Kiran Walia said a fresh notification will be issued soon by the government which will “exempt teachers from the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET)”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-permanent-urdu-teachers-hired-in-delhi-schools-since-1989/1157923/

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Muslims Are India’s Poorest And Worst Educated Religious Group

By Palash Ghosh

August 21 2013

India’s Muslims have the lowest living standard in the country on a per capita basis, according to a government survey. Muslims, who account for about 14.4 percent of India’s vast population, according to data from Pew Research, spend, on average, only 32.7 Rupees ($0.52) per day. At the other end of the wealth spectrum, on average, India’s tiny minority of Sikhs spend 55.3 Rupees per day. Christians (51.4 Rupees) and Hindus (37.5 Rupees) fall somewhere in between.

"The average monthly per capita expenditure (MPCE) of a Sikh household was [1,659 Rupees] while that for a Muslim household was [980 Rupees] in 2009-10," said a study by the government’s National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) called “Employment and Unemployment Situation Among Major Religious Groups in India.” The average MPCE for Hindus and Christians amounted to 1,125 Rupees and 1,543 Rupees, respectively. The Times of India explained that average household MPCE serves as a proxy for income and the living standards of an Indian family.

Full report at:

http://www.ibtimes.com/surprise-surprise-muslims-are-indias-poorest-worst-educated-religious-group-1392849

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India and Iran appear set to reinforce energy ties

Aug 21 2013

India and Iran seem set to reinforce their energy ties—a move that could help New Delhi arrest the sharp decline in the value of the rupee versus the dollar, and benefit Tehran, which has been badly hit by unilateral sanctions marshalled by the United States.

For the first time since April, the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL) has received 85,000 metric tonnes of Iranian crude. Bloomberg quoted MRPL managing director P.P. Upadhya as saying that the cargo had been received on August 17, and three more shipments of a similar size are in the pipeline. “This is the first cargo we’ve got from Iran this financial year and we’ll see how many more we can import in the rest of the year,” said Mr. Upadhya. “The same ship has returned to Iran and will bring the additional cargoes.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/india-and-iran-appear-set-to-reinforce-energy-ties/article5045244.ece?homepage=true

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Tunda confirms Hafiz Saeed planned jihad in Europe

Aug 21 2013

Arrested terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda has confirmed that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was a global terrorist group and its chief Hafiz Saeed was responsible for transferring funds and operating bank accounts in Belgium for jihad in Europe.

According to counter-terrorism experts, Tunda disclosed that Saeed had opened bank accounts in Belgium in 2001-2002 and had transferred large amount of funds to Europe.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Tunda-confirms-Hafiz-Saeed-planned-jihad-in-Europe/Article1-1110573.aspx

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Pakistan-trained terrorists planning to attack south India

Mateen Hafeez, TNN | Aug 21, 2013

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra police have received a terror alert from central intelligence agencies warning that eight militants are undergoing training in Pakistan-based camps to attack targets in south India from Sri Lanka.

Sent by the joint director of VIP Security (under the Union home ministry) in New Delhi in mid-August, the nine-page alert states that four of the terror trainees are "Punjabis and the remaining Kashmiris or Pathans". Their "drop-off point" is expected to be around 28km off Jaffna and their target could be Mayiladuthurai or Madurai in Tamil Nadu, according to the alert.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-trained-terrorists-planning-to-attack-south-India/articleshow/21947970.cms

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Pakistan to release 338 Indian prisoners on Friday

Bella Jaisinghani, TNN | Aug 21, 2013

MUMBAI: Pakistan will release 338 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen others children, and repatriate them over the Wagah border later this week. The Pakistanis term this a "goodwill gesture" that was announced by their foreign minister during his Indian counterpart's visit. They say it is part of the process to "normalize relations".

Relations between the two neighbours remain strained owing to the assassination of five Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops on Indian soil earlier this month. This ambush in Poonch was one of the deadliest cross-border attacks on the LoC in recent times, after two soldiers were decapitated by Pakistan in January. Mumbai-based activist-journalist Jatin Desai shared a press statement about the new development that was issued by the Legal Aid Office, Karachi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-to-release-338-Indian-prisoners-on-Friday/articleshow/21948964.cms

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54 missing defence personnel believed to be in Pak jails: Govt

 21 August 2013

As many as 54 defence personnel, including a BSF trooper, missing since the 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in the custody of Pakistan, Defence Minister A.K.Antony said on Tuesday.

In reply to a written query in Lok Sabha, he said, “Fifty four missing defence personnel of 1965 and 1971 wars (including one from BSF) are believed to be in the custody in Pakistan.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/54-missing-defence-personnel-believed-to-be-in-pak-jails-govt/article5042178.ece

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20% of U.P. development schemes for minorities

 21 August 2013

To earmark 20 per cent of the total target of 85 development schemes for them

In a move aimed at empowering the minorities, especially Muslims, the Samajwadi Party government has decided to earmark 20 per cent of the total target of 85 development schemes for them. These schemes will be implemented by 30departments.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/20-of-up-development-schemes-for-minorities/article5042620.ece

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654 militants killed in Army operations in last three years

 21 August 2013

As many as 645 militants have been killed in over 232 anti-terrorist operations conducted by Army in Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states in the last three years.

This was informed by Defence Minister A.K.Antony in reply to a written query in the Lok Sabha.

He also said of the 68 cases received by National Human Rights Commission for inquiry during the period, 60 have been investigated but no punishment has been awarded in any of them. Eight cases are still under investigation.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/654-militants-killed-in-army-operations-in-last-three-years/article5041682.ece

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After Dabholkar's murder, Maharashtra clears anti-superstition law

IANS | Aug 21, 2013

MUMBAI: A day after anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar was shot dead, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to promulgate an ordinance to enact a long-pending bill to eradicate black magic, blind faith and superstitious beliefs. The law will be the first such in the country.

The development came a day after the killing of Narendra Dabholkar, 69, who spearheaded a campaign against these social evils for the past three decades.

The chief proponent of the law, Dabholkar was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne assailants near the Omkareshwar Temple in Pune on Tuesday morning, sparking outrage across the state. He succumbed at the government-run Sassoon Hospital.

The Maharashtra cabinet decided unanimously to promulgate the Ordinance for enacting the Maharashtra Eradication of Blind Faith Bill as a law.

The development came as a fitting finale to a day of protests across the state, with Pune observing a spontaneous shutdown to condemn Dabholkar's killing.

The bill, first introduced in 1995 in the state legislature, was redrafted at least 29 times. It passage was delayed several times due to stiff opposition from various quarters, especially Hindu groups which claimed it to be "anti-Hindu".

A prominent right-wing Hindu organization, Sanatan Sanstha on Wednesday appeared to gloat over Dabholkar's killing in its daily mouthpiece Sanatan Prabhat.

Its leader Jayant Athavale said that birth and death are pre-destined and everybody gets the fruit of their karma.

"Instead of dying bedridden through illness, or after some surgery, such a death for Dabholkar is, in a way, a blessing of the almighty," Athavale said.

This immediately resulted in a clamour by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) seeking an immediate ban on the organisation, though a Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson denied that there was anything wrong in the statement.

"We are also equally shocked by his (Dabholkar) killing. We have nothing to do with it," Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak said.

"We had differences of ideology with him, nothing on a personal level and he was doing commendable work," Vartak added.

The new measure will empower the government to bring under its ambit social and religious evils, human or animal sacrifices, rituals to drive out evil spirits or ensure a male progeny, perpetrated by self-styled godmen, witchcraft and wizardry practitioners, often cheating the gullible public.

Now, in the wake of the statewide angst against Dabholkar's murder, the state government has adopted the ordinance route since the next winter session of the legislature is in mid-December.

For Full Report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/After-Dabholkars-murder-Maharashtra-clears-anti-superstition-law/articleshow/21958039.cms

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Pakistan

 

‘Taliban call centre’ busted in Pakistan, 5 held

Aug 21 2013

Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies have busted an illegal telephone gateway exchange in Lahore allegedly being operated by the Taliban to make ransom calls to families of persons kidnapped by the militant group.

Though Lahore police chief Rai Tahir did not confirm how many arrests were made during Tuesday’s raid, police sources said at least five suspects, including women, were taken into custody.

The raiding team also found weapons and explosives in the house in the thickly-populated area of Green Town in Lahore.

A police officer called the exchange an “International Technical Hub” that would show dialling code numbers of Afghanistan and tribal areas of Pakistan, making the receivers believe that the calls were coming from these areas.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/taliban-call-centre-busted-in-pakistan-5-held/article5044276.ece

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Peshawar madrasa rejects US sanctions

ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

Aug 21 2013

PESHAWAR: Reacting to the ban imposed by the United States, the administration of Madrassa Taleemul Quran Ganj Tuesday night said they feel the sanctions are “unjustified and uncalled for.”

An administrative council member of the madrassa, who wished not to be named, told Dawn.com that Sheikh Aminullah was just a teacher at the madrassa and had left it almost 8 months ago. There was no information about him after he was put on the wanted list in November 2012, he added.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037146/peshawar-madrassa-rejects-us-sanctions

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Security forces seize more than 100 tons explosives in Quetta

SYED ALI SHAH

Aug 21 2013

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps (FC) claimed to have foiled a major terror bid by seizing more than 100 tons explosives from Quetta, the capital of troubled Balochistan province on Tuesday night.

Commandant FC, Colonel Maqbool told reporters that the forces seized a huge quantity of explosive material during a raid at a warehouse in New Addah area of Quetta.

“Forces recovered 104,480 kilograms of explosive materials from the godown,” he informed.

Maqbool said the explosive material include potassium chloride, aluminum chloride, improvised explosive devices, detonators, circuit wires and other arms and ammunition during the operation.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037144/security-forces-seize-more-than-100-tons-explosives-in-quetta

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Karachi violence: Two people killed and four bodies recovered

Aug 21 2013

KARACHI: Two people were killed and four bodies were recovered from different parts of Karachi on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

Two men were shot dead in Korangi Industrial Area and Gulshan-e-Maymar whereas two others sustained injuries due to firing in Ibrahim Haidrey and Jumma Goth.

Meanwhile, bodies of four individuals were recovered from the areas of Sohrab Goth, Al-Asif Square, Manghopir Water Plan, and Ibrahim Haidery Rehri Goth respectively.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037317/karachi-violence-two-people-killed-and-four-bodies-recovered

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Conspiracy unearthed: Plot to kidnap Punjab chief minister foiled

August 21, 2013

LAHORE: A premier intelligence agency has uncovered a plot to kidnap Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The conspiracy was unearthed after operatives of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) offshoot in Punjab –Punjabi Taliban – arrested on suspicion revealed they had completed their reconnaissance and had chalked out a plan to abduct Shahbaz from his residence in Jati Umra-Raiwind.

The law enforcement agencies took action on the agency’s tip-off and arrested a militant identified as Muhammad Usman. The man was an ex-student of an Islamic seminary situated in Bahawalpur and had received military training from North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/593018/conspiracy-unearthed-plot-to-kidnap-punjab-chief-minister-foiled/

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Arresting Musharraf while talking to the Taliban will not solve Pakistan's problems

By Rob Crilly

Aug 21 2013

So Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military ruler, has been charged with the murder of Benazir Bhutto. And in so doing the country's judicial system and investigators have reminded us of their myopia, unable to come to terms with the real threat facing the country and intent instead on chasing shadows.

Here are the facts we can agree on: Mrs Bhutto, two-time prime minister of Pakistan, was killed in December 2007 as she left a campaign rally. Pervez Musharraf was president at the time.

Full report at:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/robcrilly/100231716/arresting-musharraf-while-talking-to-the-taliban-will-not-solve-pakistans-problems/

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Plan to attack polio team in Karachi foiled, man arrested

 August 21, 2013

KARACHI: A team of policeman accompanying a polio team in the Gulshan-e- Maymar area of Karachi arrested one person as they suspected him of a potential attack, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The suspect was intending to fire at the polio team administering polio drops to children and two pistols were recovered from his possession.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/593153/plan-to-attack-polio-team-in-karachi-foiled-man-arrested/

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Kayani doubted Taliban killed Benazir, recounts UN investigator

Aug 21 2013

ISLAMABAD: Heraldo Munoz, the lead United Nations (UN) investigator in a probe into former prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, doubts the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) independently carried out the attack, but does not discount suspicions about involvement of intelligence operatives in her murder and later covering up of evidence.

An adaptation from Mr Munoz’s upcoming book, ‘Getting away with the murder — Behind the Investigation of Benazir Bhutto’s Assassination’, published on Foreign Affairs magazine’s website, expresses fears that the murder would remain unsolved because of absence of both capacity and willingness of the government and courts to solve the case.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1037227/kayani-doubted-taliban-killed-benazir-recounts-un-investigator

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Southeast Asia

 

Catholic Church calls for respect as “Allah” issue has its day in court Thursday

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ

AUGUST 20, 2013

The Catholic Church has expressed grave concern over recent statements on the use of the word “Allah”, a matter which is still pending at the Court of Appeal.

A statement issued today by Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur chancellor Father Jestus Pereira noted that "many of the statements are stoking racial sentiments and creating religious tension in our country.

"We humbly request all parties to respectfully allow the judicial process to take its course and urge the relevant authorities to take necessary steps to prevent any untoward incidence. We pray that peace and good sense will prevail," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/catholic-church-calls-for-respect-as-allah-issue-has-its-day-in-court-thurs

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Najib weighs in on religious space - no move to Muslim orthodox state

Aug 21 2013

In a climate of increasing anxiousness among non-Muslims about freedom of religion, the Prime Minister weighed in today with the assurance that Malaysia is not moving towards an Orthodox Muslim state.

His statement comes on the eve of the court date to hear the Catholic church's move to challenge a government ban on the word, "Allah" to describe god in the church newspaper, the Herald.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-weighs-in-on-religious-space-no-move-to-muslim-orthodox-state

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Five men arrested in connection to Myanmar bomb plot

Aug 21 2013

The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad confirmed on Wednesday the arrest of five men in connection to the foiled plot to bomb the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta.

National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said Densus 88 personnel, in cooperation with the Jakarta Police, detained the suspects in two separate raids in Tangerang, Banten, and Cipayung, East Jakarta.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/21/five-men-arrested-connection-myanmar-bomb-plot.html

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Crime wave puts laid-back Malaysia on edge

Aug 21 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: A wave of lethal shootings is rattling normally laid-back Malaysia and raising fresh doubts about the ability of the much-maligned national police force to protect the public.

Malaysians and foreign residents alike have long complained of burglars, bag-snatchers and other petty criminals operating with apparent impunity in the otherwise peaceful multi-ethnic nation.

But near-daily gun violence in recent weeks in a country with tough firearms restrictions has sown fear and confusion, and triggered a weekend police crackdown widely considered long overdue.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/461985

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Mideast

 

Erdogan angers U.S., Israel, Egypt with Morsi defence

August 21, 2013

By Ayla Jean Yackley

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan angered Ankara's U.S. ally, as well as regional leaders in Egypt and Israel, by accusing Israel on Tuesday of helping overthrow Cairo's Islamist president.

The White House called the remarks "offensive".

Erdogan, who has become one of the fiercest critics of the Egyptian army's removal of Mohamed Morsi, told members of his Islamist-rooted AK Party that he had proof that Israel was involved in last month's ouster, which has been followed by a bloody crackdown on the elected president's Muslim Brotherhood.

"What do they say in Egypt? Democracy is not the ballot box. What is behind it? Israel. We have in our hands documentation," Erdogan said in comments broadcast by TRT state television.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-21/228098-erdogan-angers-us-israel-egypt-with-mursi-defence.ashx#ixzz2ccH44lzj

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Security head in Yemen's Aden killed in 'Qaeda' attack

 21 August 2013

The intelligence chief for the southern Yemeni city of Aden and his son were gunned down in their car Wednesday in a suspected al-Qaeda hit, a security source said.

The official said Colonel Ali Hadi came under fire at the wheel of his car from gunmen in another vehicle.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Security-head-in-Yemen-s-Aden-killed-in-Qaeda-attack.html

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Israel’s Livni: Mideast talks would lead to ‘dramatic decisions’

21 August 2013

Israelis and Palestinians held a third round of negotiations on Tuesday, and Israel’s chief representative at the talks predicted the U.S.-brokered peace process would lead to dramatic Israeli decisions.

Tzipi Livni coupled her forecast with acknowledgement that at least one partner in Israel’s right-wing coalition opposed the goal set by Washington to create a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Israel-Palestinians-hold-third-round-of-peace-negotiations.html

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Iranian jailed for distributing bibles: Vatican media

 21 August 2013

VATICAN CITY: An Iranian Christian convert has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for distributing Bibles in his home country, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported on Wednesday.

Mohammad-Hadi Bordhar was arrested in Iran in December and reportedly said he wanted to "evangelise by handing out 12,000 pocket bibles".

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-21/228137-iranian-jailed-for-distributing-bibles-vatican-media.ashx#ixzz2ccFcJmIf

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Iran has 18k centrifuges, 10k operating, says official

Aug 21 2013

TEHRAN: Iran has about 18,000 centrifuges, of which 10,000 are operating, the outgoing head of the country's atomic energy panel has said.

Iran has 17,000 first-generation (IR-1 ) centrifuges out of which 10,000 are running, said Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) chief Fereidoon Abbasi, reported Xinhua citing the Press TV.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-has-18k-centrifuges-10k-operating-says-official/articleshow/21927994.cms

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Yemeni 9/11 suspect cites 'torture' over Gitmo food

 21 August 2013

A Yemeni accused of the September 11 attacks walked out of a courtroom at Guantanamo Bay on Tuesday, claiming that the lack of food he received amounts to "psychological torture."

Ramzi Binalshibh, one of five men on trial over the hijacking and crashing of airliners that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States in 2001, said after lunch that he could not continue under the circumstances.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Yemeni-9-11-suspect-cites-torture-over-Gitmo-food.html

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Africa

 

90,000 missing after South Sudan violence: Doctors Without Borders

 21 August 2013

NAIROBI: The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that around 90,000 people are still missing and likely hiding in fear after ethnic violence last month in South Sudan.

Doctors Without Borders said it was concerned that its doctors have seen very few cases of men wounded in the fighting. The group said that patients tell them that wounded men fear potential attacks from government soldiers or an enemy ethnic group.

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Aug-21/228136-90000-missing-after-south-sudan-violence-doctors-without-borders.ashx#ixzz2ccFi6ewC

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Gunmen kill two Somalis, wound foreigner in Mogadishu: police

August 21, 2013

MOGADISHU: Gunmen killed two Somalis and wounded a foreign woman in central Mogadishu on Wednesday when they opened fire on their car in the latest attack in the troubled city, police said.

"A security guard and a driver was killed and a female foreigner has been injured after gunmen attacked them," said police official Abdi Mohamed. It was not immediately possible to confirm the nationality of the woman wounded in the attack.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-21/228125-gunmen-kill-two-somalis-wound-foreigner-in-mogadishu-police.ashx#ixzz2ccGzLt8J

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Six-tonne hashish haul in central Algeria: Army

August 20, 2013

ALGIERS: The army has seized more than six tonnes of cannabis in central Algeria, the defence ministry announced on Tuesday, after police found a similar quantity on the Moroccan border.

The army "on Monday evening... seized a large quantity of treated kif (dried cannabis), estimated at 64 quintals (6.4 tonnes), which was hidden in cement bags on a trailer in Hassi R'Mel, in Laghouat province," the ministry said in a statement.

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-20/228062-six-tonne-hashish-haul-in-central-algeria-army.ashx#ixzz2ccHEBLg5

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Doubts cast over claims Boko Haram chief dead

August 21, 2013

KANO, Nigeria: Doubts persisted Tuesday over a Nigerian military claim that the leader of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram may have been killed, with questions raised over the timing of the announcement.

A security task force in northeastern Nigeria issued a statement Monday saying Abubakar Shekau, declared a “global terrorist” by the United States, “may have died” from a gunshot wound after a clash with soldiers on June 30.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Aug-21/228087-doubts-cast-over-claims-boko-haram-chief-dead.ashx#ixzz2ccHqdn4s

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South Sudan arrests general for rights violations

August 20, 2013

JUBA: A top army commander in the troubled new nation of South Sudan has been arrested over a string of alleged human rights violations, officials said Tuesday.

General James Otong Riek was a commander in the eastern state of Jonglei, the scene of heavy fighting last month between rival ethnic groups. The army said he had been implicated in "several reports and complaints of killings".

Over 100,000 people were affected during the July fighting, when thousands of gunmen from the Lou Nuer tribe in northern Jonglei marched south towards Pibor, an area of their rivals, the Murle.

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Aug-20/228011-south-sudan-arrests-general-for-rights-violations.ashx#ixzz2ccHxwomE

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Tunisian PM warns opposition over anti-government demos

 21 August 2013

Tunisia's prime minister warned Tuesday that he would not tolerate any attacks on state institutions during planned protests to call for his Islamist-led government's resignation, state media reported.

"Ali Larayedh said there would be no hesitation or restraint faced with those who by terrorism, anarchy or rebellion carried out attacks on institutions of the state," the official TAP news agency said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Tunisia-pm-warns-opposition-over-anti-government-demos.html

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