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U.S. Slams Baghdad Bombers as ‘Enemies of Islam’ After Eid Attacks that killed 69 across Iraq

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signs banning Muslims from parking causes outrage in US

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

U.S. Slams Baghdad Bombers as ‘Enemies of Islam’ After Eid Attacks

Signs Banning Muslims from Parking Causes Outrage in US

Guantanamo Braces for Unrest after Ramadan Truce

U.S. steps up drone strikes in Yemen

 

Europe

Amnesty International urges Hamas to halt post-Eid executions

UN security council report shows al-Qaida is alive and kicking

Britain admits Somali Islamists stole $750,000 of aid supplies

Pope asks Muslims, Christians to promote respect

EU among priority spy targets for NSA: report

Richard Dawkins caught in Twitter row over Nobel Prize comment

 

Mideast

Al Qaeda bringing Pakistani explosive experts to Yemen, claims official

Israel approves more than 1,000 settlement homes

Gunmen kill 5 Yemeni troops guarding LNG plant, official says

Israel downplays Sinai drone strike reports

Settler tenders show Israel not serious: Palestinians

 

Arab World

Eid bombings kill 69 across Iraq

Egypt Army kills 15 militants in North Sinai: Aswat Masriya

Iraqis blame government for not stopping Eid attacks

Bahrain deports U.S. teacher over 'radical' writings

Ambush in east Lebanon kills two, wounds Arsal mayor

KSA warned West after Al-Qaeda arrests

Iraqi Kurd president says ready to defend Kurds in Syria

Kidnap of Turkish pilots ‘shameful’: Lebanon patriarch

Revolution will triumph in face of attacks against me: ElBaradei

No Egypt-Israel coordination on Sinai attack, operations against jihadists ongoing

 

India

Posting pictures on Facebook Twitter un-Islamic: Shia and Sunni Clerics

Hind-Pak Friendship Festival scrapped first time in 18 years

India wants Pak to take responsibility for LoC killings

HR activist Shabnam Hashmi slams Modi's 'Gujarat model' as myth

Pak concerned over Jammu violence

Kishtwar: Kashmiri Pandit outfits demand CBI probe in violence

 

Pakistan

Nine die after drinking toxic liquor in Karachi

Security forces kill 8 militants linked to attacks

Govt not to bow down before terrorists, says Baloch

Five, including one policeman, killed in Karachi violence

Pakistan accuses India of attack on border posts

Pakistan didn't know about Osama's presence in Abbottabad: Shahryar Khan

Government ends peace deal with Kulachi tribes

TTP ready to hold talks with government if religious leaders involved

Urdu floating at the edge of our Solar System

CJ takes suo motu notice of recent Balochistan violence

Pak Army enters Chilas to conduct targeted operation

 

South Asia

12 injured after Buddhist mob attacks Sri Lankan mosque

Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan

The culture of silence surrounding suicide in the Maldives

Voter re-registration exceeds expectations: Maldives EC

Nasheed ‘warns’ former minister Ilyas Ibrahim

Restore indigenous people’s land rights, AI official urges Bangladesh

Chinese man, in daring escape, found alive after Afghan attack

Pakistan, Afghanistan face common enemy: Karzai

22 killed in Afghanistan Flash floods

 

Southeast Asia

Two More Arrested in Myanmar Embassy Bomb Plot

Home Minister’s maths shows quarter-million hardcore criminals in Malaysia

Removing social media privileges will make children rebel, says Malay expert

Malaysia’s largest interfaith group warns it’ll take lawsuits to United Nations if need be

 

Africa

Tribe in Sudan's Darfur says 100 killed in new fighting

Dialogue committee never said it agreed ceasefire with Boko Haram

Tunisia Islamist leader to meet union chief on crisis

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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North America

 

U.S. Slams Baghdad Bombers as ‘Enemies of Islam’ After Eid Attacks that killed 69 across Iraq

11 August 2013

 

Attackers who killed at least 61 people in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday were condemned as “enemies of Islam” by the United States, in an unusually detailed statement on the latest violence.

The State Department described the attacks as “cowardly” as they were “aimed at families celebrating the Eid al-Fitr” holiday that marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Car bombs had torn through Baghdad cafes and markets, as well as other blasts and shootings elsewhere, according to the U.S. statement.

“The terrorists who committed these acts are enemies of Islam and a shared enemy of the United States, Iraq, and the international community,” Psaki said, according to the statement carried by AFP news agency.

“The attacks today bear the hallmarks of similar suicide and vehicle bomb attacks in Iraq over the past 90 days. Most of these attacks have been perpetrated by al-Qaeda in Iraq,” she added, expressing condolences to the families of the victims of Saturday’s killings.

The latest violence to hit the war-ravaged country came weeks after assaults, claimed by an al-Qaeda front group, on prisons near Baghdad that freed hundreds of militants.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, however, went further, reiterating the $10 million award offered for al-Qaeda in Iraq’s purported leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is believed to be sheltering in Syria.

“He has taken personal credit for a series of terrorist attacks in Iraq since 2011, and most recently claimed credit for the operations against the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, the suicide bombing assault on the Ministry of Justice, among other attacks against Iraqi security forces and Iraqi citizens,” Psaki said.

“The United States has offered a $10 million reward for information that helps authorities kill or capture Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This reward is second only to information leading to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the chief of al-Qaeda’s network,” she added.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/11/U-S-slams-Baghdad-bombers-as-enemies-of-Islam-after-Eid-attack-.html

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Signs Banning Muslims from Parking Causes Outrage in US

August 11, 2013

HOUSTON: Signs banning Muslims from using a shopping centre's parking lot mysteriously appeared this week in a city of the southern US state of Texas, generating massive outrage.

The posters, which read "No Muslim parking in the Westview Shopping Center," were seen in recent days outside the mall, which sits across the street from a mosque, a local television station reported.

Some speculated that the signs were put up to avoid large crowds expected at the mosque during the holy month of Ramzan. Several mall employees privately expressed frustration with mosque members occupying parking spots meant for shoppers, Washington Times reported.

Worshippers attending the mosque were left furious by the signs which also warned violators that their vehicles would be towed.

"I'm very shocked because we do live in a society that's supposed to be very accepting and this is what we all preach," one worshipper said.

The posters have since been removed and police has launched an investigation into the matter.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Signs-banning-Muslims-from-parking-causes-outrage-in-US/articleshow/21746164.cms

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Guantanamo Braces for Unrest After Ramadan Truce

August 11, 2013

US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. The end of Ramadan has left authorities at the Guantanamo Bay military jail preparing for an uptick in unrest at the controversial prison, US officials say.

The annual Muslim fast is traditionally regarded as an unofficial truce at Guantanamo, where some inmates have been held for around a decade without trial.

However officials expect the end of Ramadan and the festival of Idul Fitri will be the cue for trouble at Guantanamo, which has witnessed an unprecedented six-month hunger strike this year.

Some inmates at Guantanamo have taken advantage of a tailored menu to observe the Eid holiday.

This weekend inmates were offered halal chicken, halal beef, lamb, dates, honey, says kitchen manager Sam Scott.

Some 38 other hunger-striking inmates, however, will continue to be force-fed by tubes, a practice which has been widely condemned by rights groups.

The number of prisoners on hunger-strike has fallen, possibly as a result of Ramadan, when authorities traditionally offer to wipe clean the slates of inmates facing disciplinary proceedings.

Guantanamo public affairs chief Captain Robert Durand said it “remained to be seen” whether inmates would resume their hunger-strike now that Ramadan was over.

“We did begin Ramadan with what we call a Ramadan pardon,” he explained. “Some welcomed that opportunity; for some of them it was not a matter of two days before they began insulting guards.

“We’re not expected to see a massive disturbance but we will see an uptick in misbehaviors as we come out of Ramadan,” he added.

“Misbehavior” can take different forms, from hurling urine and feces and spitting to punching.

“If there’s a window of opportunity for a detainee for acting out, many will take that opportunity,” said Durand, who reported a calmer atmosphere in the camp during Ramadan.

Guantanamo commander John Bogdan said detainees were generally more compliant during Ramadan.

“The detainees tend to be a little more cooperative during the month,” Bogdan told AFP. “It doesn’t stop all their assaults but it reduces significantly.

“We’ve had several detainees over the last several few months that have been very compliant following the rules that we began to offer them — communal operations again, living together in groups instead of individual cells,” the camp commander added.

The vast majority of Guantanamo prisoners have been detained in individual cells since a major protest on April 13 which led to rubber bullets being fire after several surveillance cameras were broken.

Zak, a cultural advisor employed by the Pentagon to serve as a link between the inmates and their jailers, said the spike in trouble earlier this year was normal given that camp authorities usually offered an amnesty for Ramadan.

“Before Ramadan they act out more because they know after Ramadan they’re going back to zero,” he said.

Joshua Holmes, a guard at Guantanamo’s Camp 5, said he had been spat at.

“I’ve been spit in my face,” he said. “We’ve had a couple [of incidents], nothing very major, just like minor stuff.

“There’s been quite a few [urine] splash, assaults and stuff like this.”

At least one nurse had been punched while attempting to insert a feeding a tube into a hunger-striker.

Prison guard James Boudreau meanwhile said staff remained unfazed by abusive prisoners.

“If you get splashed or somebody spits on you… you can’t just not do your job anymore,” Boudreau said.

“It will affect you, but it’s the kind of training we received, you have to be vigilant, you can’t just blindly go and open the detainee door, you know what could happen.”

Agence France-Presse

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/guantanamo-braces-for-unrest-after-ramadan-truce/

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U.S. steps up drone strikes in Yemen

ADAM BARON

August 11, 2013

Yemenis allege that their President has given U.S. a blank cheque

The U.S. has stepped up the intensity of its drone strikes on suspected al-Qaeda targets in Yemen, carrying out eight strikes in two weeks in response to fears of a terror attack in the capital, Sana’a.

Yemeni officials said at least seven Saudi Arabian militants were among those killed in the three strikes on Thursday, as the country was celebrating Id at the end of Ramadan.

Since July 27, drone attacks have killed 34 suspected militants, according to an Associated Press tally. The first on the latest wave of drone strikes occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Wadi Abeeda area of the central province of Marib. Six people, who locals said were al-Qaeda militants, were killed.

Wadi Abeeda, simmering with anti-government sentiment and, despite its proximity to the provincial capital, largely bereft of any meaningful government presence, has long been used as a refuge by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)-linked militants, according to tallies kept by the Washington-based thinktank New America foundation. The area, a smattering of oasis-fed farms surrounded by a harsh, desolate desert, has experienced four strikes this year.

“We’re fed up,” said Nasser Muhtam, the head of a Mareb-based NGO. “Our houses are shaking and our children are scared during the morning of Id, when we should be celebrating.” The second and third strikes occurred in the far eastern province of Hadramawt, hours apart, miles away from each other, east of the provincial capital of Mukalla. Yemeni officials said the dead were all al-Qaeda-linked militants, but definitive identification was not forthcoming. In the bulk of strikes, the bodies of those killed are burned beyond recognition.

On Wednesday, Yemeni authorities said they had foiled a plot by al-Qaeda to seize Mukalla, a key port and the Yemen’s fifth largest city, as well as two major oil and gas export terminals.

The latest attacks come after the announcement of a raised terror alert level from Yemeni and U.S officials, tied to intercepted communications between al-Qaeda emir Ayman al-Zawahiri and AQAP head Nasir al-Wuhayshi. Fears of an al-Qaeda attack have shuttered western embassies in the Yemeni capital; prompting the United States and United Kingdom to evacuate them of non-essential staff; while spurring Yemeni security forces to increase their presence in the capital and a series of flyovers by small, unarmed spy aircraft in the skies of Sana’a.

The reported terror threat coincided with the end of a state visit by Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi to the United States, where he was received by U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office and publically feted by top American officials like secretary of state John Kerry and secretary of defence Chuck Hagel, who hailed him as a visionary and a crucial U.S. partner. Mr. Hadi returned to Sana’a this week after a stopover in Saudi Arabia to meet King Abdullah.

But some in the Yemeni government have criticised the American response to the intelligence interceptions. Yemen’s Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi condemned the U.S. and U.K.’s decision to evacuate the missions, saying the move “undermined the exceptional co-operation between Yemen and the international coalition against terrorism”.

For many Yemenis, however, it’s their own government that deserves criticism. The Yemeni government has long granted permission for the United States to carry out drone strikes on its territory and, in a break with his predecessor, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Mr. Hadi has publically acknowledged that fact and indicated his support for the strikesLongstanding grumbling alleging that Mr. Hadi has delivered the Americans a blank cheque to strike the country at will have grown comparatively open, with some going as far as to cast the Yemeni leader as little more than an American puppet. The drone strikes may be killing militants. But most here stress that that’s just one of their results. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2013

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/us-steps-up-drone-strikes-in-yemen/article5010472.ece

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Europe

 

Amnesty International urges Hamas to halt post-Eid executions

 11 August 2013

Amnesty International has recently urged Hamas to halt a public execution against two prisoners after Muslim holidays, a move described by the charity as “deeply disturbing.”

The Islamist group announced that it will carry the execution of the two prisoners in public as “lesson” to others, the report said.

“We acknowledge the right and responsibility of governments to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences, but the death penalty is cruel and inhuman, and there is no evidence that it deters crime more effectively than other punishments,” Amnesty said.

“Public executions are degrading and compound the cruelty of the death penalty,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/11/Hamas-urged-to-halt-post-Eid-executions-by-Amnesty-International-.html

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UN security council report shows al-Qaida is alive and kicking

Indrani Bagchi, TNN | August 11, 2013

NEW DELHI: Al-Qaida no longer has its iconic leader Osama bin Laden and in many countries its activities and funds supply chain have been disrupted. But, as a new report of the UN security council (UNSC) shows, it remains potent and dangerous, as was evident last week when the US closed its missions in 19 countries.

"The ideology associated with al-Qaida remains infectious, supported by sophisticated digital propaganda. Although al-Qaida's core has a significantly reduced capability for international attack planning, its rhetoric and its calls for attacks continue to mobilize violent radicals, regardless of where they are based," says the report.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UN-security-council-report-shows-al-Qaida-is-alive-and-kicking/articleshow/21748719.cms

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Britain admits Somali Islamists stole $750,000 of aid supplies

August 11, 2013

LONDON: Members of the Shebab Islamist group have stolen £480,000 ($750,000) worth of British government-funded humanitarian materials and supplies in Somalia, it emerged on Sunday.

The theft, revealed in the fine print of the Department for International Development's annual accounts, is likely to fuel concerns about how Britain is spending its foreign aid at a time of budget cuts at home.

The accounts describe the "theft between November 2011 and February 2012, by al-Shebab in southern Somalia, of DFID funded humanitarian materials and supplies from the offices and warehouses of partner organisations, to which DFID had provided funding to deliver projects and programmes".

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Aug-11/226917-britain-admits-somali-islamists-stole-750000-of-aid-supplies.ashx#ixzz2bfdzmmFj

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Pope asks Muslims, Christians to promote respect

August 11, 2013

Pope Francis has expressed hope that Muslims can work together with Christians to promote mutual respect.

The pope spoke from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during his traditional Sunday appearance. He said that "our brothers" the Muslims had just concluded their holy month of Ramadan, dedicated to fasting, prayer and alms-giving.

Tens of thousands of Romans and tourists turned out in the square in blistering heat for the papal appearance and blessing.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/08/11/pope-asks-muslims-christians-promote-respect.html

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EU among priority spy targets for NSA: report

August 11, 2013

BERLIN: The European Union is ranked as a key priority in a list of spying targets for the US National Security Agency, German weekly Der Spiegel said Saturday, citing a document leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

The classified document, dated April 2013, states that the US secret services are especially interested in gathering intelligence concerning the 28-member bloc's foreign policy, international trade, and economic stability, the magazine reported.

Using a ranking system from one to five (from high to low importance), those three areas were given a number three ranking, according to the document seen by Der Spiegel.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035205/eu-among-priority-spy-targets-for-nsa-report

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Richard Dawkins caught in Twitter row over Nobel Prize comment

August 11, 2013

London: Richard Dawkins has provoked anger after he claimed Muslims have contributed almost nothing to science since the Middle Ages.

The outspoken biologist and atheist wrote on Twitter that a single college at Cambridge University had won more Nobel Prizes than all the world’s Muslims.

His comments sparked fury on the social network where he was accused of disguising his ‘bigotry’ as atheism.

But on Thursday night, the 72-year-old best-selling author of ‘The God Delusion’ refused to apologise for his remarks.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/richard-dawkins-caught-in-twitter-row-over-nobel-prize-comment-1.1218668

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Mideast

 

Al Qaeda bringing Pakistani explosive experts to Yemen, claims official

August 11, 2013

SANAA: Senior Yemeni intelligence officials said on Friday that intelligence suggested that foreign fighters, including explosive experts from Pakistan, had crossed into Yemen to either ferry in money to al Qaeda or for training in terror camps.

''Al Qaeda is especially recruiting tech-savvy and well-educated Saudis,'' one of the senior security officials said, speaking about the killing of foreign militants in the recent wave of US drone strikes in Yemen.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035192/al-qaeda-bringing-pakistani-explosive-experts-to-yemen-claims-official

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Israel approves more than 1,000 settlement homes

AP | Aug 11, 2013

JERUSALEM: Israel's housing minister has given final approval to construct more than 1,000 apartments in Jewish settlements, just three days before Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are to resume in Jerusalem.

Sunday's announcement said the new homes would be built in settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967. The Palestinians want to establish their state in those areas, as well as the Gaza Strip.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-approves-more-than-1000-settlement-homes/articleshow/21759798.cms

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Gunmen kill 5 Yemeni troops guarding LNG plant, official says

Reuters | Aug 11, 2013

ADEN: Suspected al-Qaida militants killed four Yemeni soldiers in their sleep early on Sunday in an attack on forces guarding the country's only liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal, a local official said.

The assault follows an escalating campaign of drone strikes by the United States over the past two weeks and warnings of militant attacks that prompted Washington to close embassies across the Middle East and evacuate some staff from Yemen.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Gunmen-kill-5-Yemeni-troops-guarding-LNG-plant-official-says/articleshow/21760829.cms

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Israel downplays Sinai drone strike reports

 11 August 2013

Israel’s defense minister has said that his country won’t let "rumors and speculation" harm the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

The late Saturday statement by Moshe Yaalon appears to be an attempt to downplay reports that an Israeli drone killed four militants in a cross-border strike into Egypt.

Yaalon didn’t explicitly deny that Israel carried out the attack, and an Israeli official Sunday refused comment. The official spoke anonymously because it was a sensitive security matter.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/11/Israel-downplays-Sinai-drone-strike-reports.html

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Settler tenders show Israel not serious: Palestinians

Aug 11, 2013

The Palestinians said the new Israeli plans for settlement construction announced on Sunday showed that the Jewish state was "not serious" in its efforts to negotiate peace.

The tenders for over 1,000 homes in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem were proof that Israel "was not serious in the negotiations," Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/78779/World/Region/Settler-tenders-show-Israel-not-serious-Palestinia.aspx

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Arab World

 

Eid bombings kill 69 across Iraq

AP | Aug 11, 2013

BAGHDAD: A wave of car bombings targeting those celebrating the end of Ramadan across Iraq killed 69 people on Saturday, a bloody reminder of the inability of Iraqi authorities to stop violence threatening to spiral out of control.

Violence has been on the rise across Iraq since a deadly crackdown by government forces on a Sunni protest camp in April, and attacks against civilians and security forces notably spiked during Ramadan. The surge of attacks has sparked fears that the country could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed similar to that which brought the country to the edge of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

The bloodshed also comes after Iraqi security forces promised to step up efforts to increase security to protect the public during the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations that mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. This year's Ramadan was the most violence since 2007, with 671 people killed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Eid-bombings-kill-69-across-Iraq/articleshow/21754942.cms

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Egypt Army kills 15 militants in North Sinai: Aswat Masriya

Aug 11, 2013

The Egyptian army has killed 15-17 miltiants in an "anti-terrorist" military operation in Sheikh Zuweid, North Sinai, Reuters' Aswat Masriya website reported.

For two hours late on Saturday evening army Apache helicopters reportedly targeted "terrorist" sites in the town of Al-Thoma, south of Sheikh Zuweid.

According to Aswat Masriya, the army used loudspeakers to warn citizens against leaving their homes to shield themselves from rocket fire from military helicopters.

However, a number of small houses caught fire as a result of the bombing, according to Al Ahram Arabic news website.

Aswat Masriya also reported windows in residences were damaged as a helicopter dropped a rocket in the area. 

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78759/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-Army-kills--militants-in-North-Sinai-Aswat-M.aspx

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Iraqis blame government for not stopping Eid attacks

August 11, 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraqis angrily blamed the authorities on Sunday for failing to prevent bombings that killed 74 people as they marked the Eid al-Fitr holiday ending Iraq's bloodiest Ramadan in years.

The violence, which also wounded more than 320 people, was roundly condemned by the international community.

It was the latest in months of bloodshed that have sparked worries of a revival of the all-out sectarian war that peaked in 2006 and 2007 and left tens of thousands dead.

The attacks came just weeks after assaults on prisons near Baghdad, claimed by an Al-Qaeda front group, freed hundreds of prisoners, including leading militants, prompting warnings of a surge in violence.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-11/226901-more-than-60-dead-as-iraqis-mark-end-to-lethal-ramadan.ashx#ixzz2bfcM2I2Y

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Bahrain deports U.S. teacher over 'radical' writings

August 11, 2013

By Dalton Bennett

DUBAI: Bahrain deported a U.S. citizen working as a teacher in the gulf kingdom over what it described Saturday as her "radical" writings on Twitter and websites as the government cracks down on dissent the country.

Erin Kilbride, of Portland, Maine, left the kingdom and was to arrive back in the U.S. later Saturday, officials at the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said.

In a statement Saturday, Bahrain's Ministry of State for Communications said it had received complaints about Kilbride. The ministry said an investigation found that Kilbride worked "illegally as an unaccredited journalist" in violation of her visa.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-11/226903-bahrain-deports-us-teacher-over-radical-writings.ashx#ixzz2bfcD2cmr

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Ambush in east Lebanon kills two, wounds Arsal mayor

August 11, 2013

HERMEL, Lebanon: An ambush by the Jaafar clan in east Lebanon Sunday led to the killing of two people and the wounding of the mayor of the border town of Arsal, security sources told The Daily Star.

Members of the Jaafar clan shot at Mayor Ali Hujeiri’s convoy in Labweh as it was returning from Ras Baalbek, where earlier he had overseen an exchange of hostages, the sources said.

Two members of Hujeiri’s party – Hasan Hujeiri and Shehayeb al-Ahmad – were killed in the ambush, the sources said, adding that the mayor and two others in the convoy were wounded.

Ahmad is reportedly a member of the Islamist Nusra Front which is battling forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in neighboring Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-11/226942-gunmen-shoot-wound-mayor-of-lebanons-arsal.ashx#ixzz2bfbklvSN

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KSA warned West after Al-Qaeda arrests

Mansour Al-Shehri

August 11, 2013

RIYADH — The Kingdom has provided important information to a number of countries that were potential targets for Al-Qaeda thanks to initial investigations with two arrested terror suspects, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki.

The Kingdom recognizes the importance of global cooperation to stamp out terrorism, the spokesman said.

The Kingdom is keen to pass on any information it has to affected countries, he said.

The two men, a Yemeni and Chadian who were arrested by Saudi security forces during Ramadan, gave away important information about possible terrorist attacks that targeted certain countries.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130811176492

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Iraqi Kurd president says ready to defend Kurds in Syria

August 11, 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraqi Kurdistan is ready to defend Kurds living in Syria if it is found that they are being threatened by al Qaeda-linked fighters involved in the Syrian civil war, the president of the well-armed autonomous region said.

In a letter posted online on Saturday, Masoud Barzani said he had directed Kurdish representatives to go to neighbouring Syria to investigate news reports that the "terrorists of al Qaeda are attacking the civilian population and slaughtering innocent Kurdish women and children."

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-10/226882-iraqi-kurdistan-ready-to-defend-syrian-kurds.ashx#ixzz2bfcHRUO6

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Kidnap of Turkish pilots ‘shameful’: Lebanon patriarch

August 11, 2013

BEIRUT: Cardinal Beshara Rai denounced Sunday the recent kidnapping of two Turkish pilots in the Lebanese capital, describing the act as “shameful,” and appealed for the release of the nine Lebanese hostages being held in northern Syria as well as two Syrian bishops.

“Yesterday, the Lebanese security on the airport road was tarnished with the kidnapping the Turkish pilots, while the security of the state is absent,” Rai said in his Sunday sermon.

“I denounce and condemn such a shameful kidnapping,” he added.

Two crew members of Turkish Airlines were kidnapped Friday by gunmen in the Lebanese capital after departing Beirut’s international airport.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2013/Aug-11/226930-kidnap-of-turkish-pilots-shameful-lebanon-patriarch.ashx#ixzz2bfbgZbZX

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Revolution will triumph in face of attacks against me: ElBaradei

Aug 11, 2013

Egypt's interim Vice President for Foreign Affairs Mohamed ElBaradei expresses his displeasure on Sunday over recent personal and professional attacks against him.

"Lies and defamation since January 2010 [when I returned to Egypt] in desperate attempts to keep tyranny alive: attacks on my identity, work, international relations, personal life," he published on his Twitter account. 

"I say to them all: voicing out rights for freedom, dignity and human values will continue so long as I am alive and the revolution will triumph."

ElBaradei has been harshly criticised since the January 25 Revolution by both former regime supporters as well as Islamists.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78772/Egypt/Politics-/Revolution-will-triumph-in-face-of-attacks-against.aspx

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No Egypt-Israel coordination on Sinai attack, operations against jihadists ongoing: sources

Aug 11, 2013

Speaking to Al-Ahram Arabic news website on Saturday, an informed source denied claims of coordination between the Egyptian armed forces and Israel in the attack launched on Friday in North Sinai, but did reveal details of the military operation.

According to the anonymous source, the attack was part of an unannounced operation by the military to crack down on “terrorists and jihadists” in the restive Sinai peninsula. He added that at least four jihadists were killed in the attack.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/78728/Egypt/Politics-/No-EgyptIsrael-coordination-on-Sinai-attack,-opera.aspx

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India

 

Posting pictures on Facebook Twitter un-Islamic: Shia and Sunni Clerics

PTI | Aug 11, 2013

NEW DELHI: India's two prominent Islamic help lines are discouraging young callers, especially women, from creating profiles and posting pictures on popular social networking websites Facebook and Twitter on the ground that it is un-Islamic.

The heads of the two popular Lucknow-based help lines, run for Shia and Sunni Muslims, have been flooded with phone calls asking if virtual profiles are Islamic.

"You can't see someone's face on Facebook and decide that you want to be friends. Look for 'pyar aur mohabbat' (love) in real life. Virtual relationships are not 'faydaymand' (profitable)," Sunni Mufti Abul Irfan Naimul Halim Firagni Mahli told PTI on phone from Lucknow.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Posting-pictures-on-Facebook-Twitter-un-Islamic-Clerics/articleshow/21756753.cms

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Hind-Pak Friendship Festival scrapped first time in 18 years

Yudhvir Rana, TNN | Aug 11, 2013

AMRITSAR: The peaceniks' quest for better and friendly ties between India and Pakistan has hit a bump with the scrapping of the annual Hind-Pak Friendship Festival for the first time in 18 years in view of heightened tension between the countries.

The event organized by peaceniks from both nations at the India-Pakistan border near Amritsar on Independence Day eve has been cancelled following the killing of five Indian soldiers by the Pakistan forces on August 6.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hind-Pak-Friendship-Festival-scrapped-first-time-in-18-years/articleshow/21754446.cms

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India wants Pak to take responsibility for LoC killings

Aug 11, 2013

India on Sunday said it wants the Pakistan Government to take responsibility for killing of five of its soldiers on the LoC and asserted that all issues will be factored in “objectively” in dealing with the neighbouring country.

Noting that Pakistan government will remain responsible for any such incidents, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said India has done a “lot more” to contribute to the peace process and insisted that the neighbouring country must take responsibility for the LoC incident.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-wants-pak-to-take-responsibility-for-loc-killings/article5012535.ece

 

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HR activist Shabnam Hashmi slams Modi's 'Gujarat model' as myth

 Aug 10 2013

Thiruvananthapuram : Human rights activist Shabnam Hashmi claimed on Saturday that the 'Gujarat model' of development was just a bundle of myths propagated by media managers of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, as Gujarat is lagging behind many others in terms of socio-economic indicators like literacy and infant and maternal mortality rates.

Delivering the keynote address on 'Gujarat Model of Development: Truth vs Hype' as part of the 12th N Narendran Memorial lecture here instituted in the name of late journalist Narendran, she said around 40 per cent of the population in Gujarat was still under poverty.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/human-rights-activist-shabnam-hashmi-slams-narendra-modi-s--gujarat-model--as-myth/1153706/

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Pak concerned over Jammu violence

Aug 11, 2013

Based on reports in the Indian media, Pakistan has expressed concern over the communal violence in Jammu and the detention of Hurriyat leaders. Raising this issue through diplomatic channels, Pakistani diplomats also flagged their concern over an "aggressive demonstration" before the High Commission during Juma prayers on Friday as well as the stoppage of a Pakistan bound bus near Amritsar, said Pakistan High Commission spokesperson Manzoor Ali Memon.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pak-concerned-over-jammu-violence/article5010391.ece

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Kishtwar: Kashmiri Pandit outfits demand CBI probe in violence

 Aug 10 2013

Jammu : Several Kashmiri Pandit organisations today condemned the communal violence in Kishtwar and demanded a CBI probe. All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC), a conglomerate of several displaced Kashmiri Pandit outfits, lashed out Minister of State for Home Sajjad Kitchloo, also the local MLA, and accused the district administration of inaction.

"We strongly condemn the Kishtwar communal violence triggered due to the inaction of district administration... and demand immediate dismissal of Kitchloo and ordering of CBI probe into the circumstances that lead to large scale violence in Kishtwar district yesterday," the APMCC Chairman Vinod Pandit said in a statement here.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kishtwar-kashmiri-pandit-outfits-demand-cbi-probe-in-violence/1153692/

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Pakistan

 

Nine die after drinking toxic liquor in Karachi

August 11, 2013

KARACHI: Nine people died as a result of drinking poisonous liquor in Mehmoodabad, Karachi last night, Express News reported.

Fifteen people fell ill after drinking liquor on Saturday night and had been shifted to a hospital. Nine of those brought in lost their lives during treatment, while the condition of six is reported to be critical.

The name of one victim who died as a result of the toxic liquor was reported as Saqib, according to police officials.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588758/eight-die-after-drinking-toxic-liquor-in-karachi/

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Security forces kill 8 militants linked to attacks

August 11, 2013

QUETTA: Security forces gunned down eight militants linked to attacks that killed 17 people this week in the restive southwestern province of Balochistan on Saturday, officials said.

Provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani said six insurgents were killed while exchanging fire with paramilitary troops in the Mach area of Bolan district, 70 kilometres (44 miles) southeast of the provincial capital Quetta.

Durrani said the troops surrounded the militants’ hide-out and asked them to surrender but the insurgents opened fire.

He said the militants were linked to an attack on Tuesday that killed 14 people including three security personnel after stopping vehicles at a fake checkpoint.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588700/pakistani-forces-kill-8-rebels-linked-to-attacks/

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Govt not to bow down before terrorists, says Baloch

August 11, 2013

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch Saturday vowed that the government would not bow down before the terrorists and continue fight against them till their elimination.

He was talking to the families of victim officials of the Quetta Police Lines tragedy here.

At least 40 members of the police force, including a DIG and SP, were killed and 60 others injured on Thursday when a lone suicide bomber penetrated through a strict security cordon placed around the Police Lines (a residential compound meant for the city police) and blew himself up, causing one of the worst tragedies for the Balochistan police force.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035204/govt-not-to-bow-down-before-terrorists-says-baloch

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Five, including one policeman, killed in Karachi violence

August 11, 2013

KARACHI: At least five people, including one policeman, were killed in different incidents of violence in Karachi.

Unknown gunmen opened fire near Chawla Market in Nazimabad, killing police official Nazim Abbas.

Meanwhile, four people died in separate firing incidents in Karachi’s Baldia Town, Garden and Orangi Town areas. A woman killed in Garden Town was attacked at a traffic signal while she was on her way home.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035211/five-including-one-policeman-killed-in-karachi-violence

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Pakistan accuses India of attack on border posts

AFP | Aug 11, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot, Punjab province, sparking an "intermittent exchange of fire" between the two sides.

The fighting is the latest in a spate of recent crossborder skirmishes between the two neighbours who have fought three wars since independence from the British rule in 1947.

Tensions have recently flared up in the Kashmir valley with both accusing each other of crossborder firings but Sunday's incident took place near the border in neighbouring Punjab province.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-accuses-India-of-attack-on-border-posts/articleshow/21758439.cms

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Pakistan didn't know about Osama's presence in Abbottabad: Shahryar Khan

Kounteya Sinha, TNN | August 11, 2013

LONDON: It is highly unlikely that the government did not know that Osama bin Laden was living in Abbottabad, according to former foreign secretary of Pakistan Shahryar Khan.

Khan who is now Pakistan's special envoy to India told TOI that he didn't really have authentic knowledge of the government or the military's role in hiding Laden but added that both eventualities — Pakistan knowing that Osama was living in the country or its lack of knowledge reflected badly on the country.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Highly-unlikely-Pakistan-didnt-know-about-Osamas-presence-in-Abbottabad-Shahryar-Khan-says/articleshow/21748107.cms

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Government ends peace deal with Kulachi tribes

August 11, 2013

DI KHAN: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government ended a peace deal with local tribes in Kulachi district near Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday, reported Express News.

The security forces began conducting targeted operations in Kulachi, Kot Doulat, Sultan, Loi and Garmastanand Madi areas after the deal was called off. Several suspects were also apprehended during the operations.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588747/government-ends-peace-deal-with-kulachi-tribes/

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TTP ready to hold talks with government if religious leaders involved

August 11, 2013

Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is ready to hold talks with the government but on certain conditions, said Taliban spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid while speaking to Express News.

Shahidullah Shahid said if the government gives a guarantee of putting forward ideal religious and intellectual leaders, the Taliban would be interested in holding talks.

For this purpose the spokesperson recommended the names of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) group Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Syed Munawar Hasan, Jamaat-e-Islami’s fourth elected Ameer.

The spokesperson also demanded for a fatwa to be given against killings of Muslims in Myanmar and Syria.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588678/ttp-ready-to-hold-talks-with-government-if-religious-leaders-involved/

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Urdu floating at the edge of our Solar System

 August 11, 2013

Assalam alaikum. Hum zameen kay rehnay waalon kee taraf say aap ko khush amdaid kehtay hain (Peace be upon you. We the inhabitants of this Earth send our greetings to you).

This greeting is onboard the farthest human-made object from the Earth: Voyager 1. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 provided the first close-up pictures of Jupiter and Saturn, before starting its journey out of our Solar System. After 35 years of travels, it is now roughly 19 billion kilometers from the Earth. There is another way to think about this distance. A radio message from the Sun would take only eight minutes to get to us. From Voyager 1, it currently takes 17 hours! Furthermore, the distance between us and this assalam alaikum will only keep on growing.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/587761/urdu-floating-at-the-edge-of-our-solar-system/

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CJ takes suo motu notice of recent Balochistan violence

August 11, 2013

QUETTA: Pakistan’s top judge on Saturday took a suo motu notice of the recent wave of violence in the troubled Balochistan province, directing the concerned officials to appear before the court on August 15, DawnNews reported.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has summoned the Attorney General, Advocate General Balochistan and other concerned officials to appear before a Supreme Court bench on Thursday.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035206/cj-takes-suo-motu-notice-of-recent-balochistan-violence

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Pak Army enters Chilas to conduct targeted operation

August 11, 2013

GILGIT: Pakistan Army on Saturday, for the first time entered into the remote northern town of Chilas, headquarters of Diamer District, 128 KM off Gilgit, to conduct an operation to arrest miscreants behind killing of security officials and other terrorist activities.

“Troops of Pakistan Army have entered into the city and it is totally cordoned off and some four localities were searched out for particular people,” an official of administration said requesting not to be named.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1035207/pak-army-enters-chilas-to-conduct-targeted-operation

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South Asia

 

12 injured after Buddhist mob attacks Sri Lankan mosque

 Aug 11 2013

Colombo : At least 12 people were injured after a Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in Sri Lanka's capital, the latest in a series of attacks on the minority Muslim community by members of the Buddhist majority.

A mob of Buddhists, who are mainly ethnic Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, threw stones at a three-storey mosque and nearby houses in a central Colombo neighbourhood during evening prayers on Saturday, residents told Reuters.

Later, hundreds of Muslim residents took to the streets, some clutching sticks, to prevent any further attacks on their community, witnesses said. Police reinforcements were sent and authorities imposed a curfew until Sunday morning.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/12-injured-after-buddhist-mob-attacks-sri-lankan-mosque/1153960/

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Three U.S. soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan

August 11, 2013

KABUL: Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan's eastern borderlands on Sunday, U.S. and NATO officials said, the first NATO combat deaths this month.

The soldiers, from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), were killed by insurgents in Paktia province, a U.S. official told Reuters.

The last NATO soldier to be killed in action was late last month.

Paktia is one of several provinces that border Pakistan and have endured some of the highest levels of fighting during the U.S.-led 12-year war in Afghanistan.

U.S. soldiers based in Paktia are rarely involved in combat operations since handing over security responsibility to Afghan security forces earlier this year. They now primarily train their Afghan colleagues.

The NATO-led mission has about 100,000 international troops in Afghanistan, of which about 68,000 are American. Those numbers are expected to reduce sharply before the official end of the NATO-led combat mission - Dec. 31, 2014.

More than 2,100 U.S. soldiers have died during the war in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Aug-11/226943-roadside-bomb-kills-three-soldiers-in-iraq.ashx#ixzz2bfbpYpM0

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The culture of silence surrounding suicide in the Maldives

By Hawwa Lubna | August 11th, 2013

Six people have died in reported suicides so far this year.

The first case was reported on January 7. A 39 year-old woman from Kinolhas in Raa Atoll died after consuming a poisonous substance.

On May 21, a 26 year-old Indian teacher working on Eydhafushi island of Baa Atoll hanged himself.

On June 18, a young man aged 20 committed suicide by ingesting poison at the resort he worked.

In the latest three suicides, cases reported almost a week from each other, three men took their lives by hanging themselves.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/the-culture-of-silence-around-suicide-in-the-maldives-62018

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Voter re-registration exceeds expectations: EC

By Minivan News | August 10th, 2013 |

The number of voters re-registering to vote in locations other than their home islands has exceeded predictions, reports the Elections Commission (EC).

The EC said that by the closure of the August 8 deadline, 65,745 people had re-registered, surpassing original estimates of 65,000, “a great response”.

EC President Fuwad Thowfeek told local media 61,130 re-registrations had been completed, and was waiting to receive 3115 forms from resorts and political parties, and a further 1500 from the islands, but warned that incomplete or invalid forms could change the final tally.

The EC will publish the final voter registry on August 20.

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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Nasheed ‘warns’ former minister Ilyas Ibrahim

August 11, 2013

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has warned former minister Ilyas Ibrahim, the brother of the wife of former President Abdul Gayoom.

Nasheed made these remarks while speaking at a rally held by the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in Gaafu Alifu Dhaandhoo last night.

“What I’m saying tonight is not something I had planned to say. Not something I even want to say. But I can’t help saying this tonight. Former minister honourable Ilyas Ibrahim, our government accorded him due honour. What I want to say to Ilyas tonight is, you have been honoured by the state, please remember that everyone is treated equally. I won’t say anything more about you during this presidential election. There are people who have been honoured by the state, they should keep their actions a certain way. I was hoping that unlike several other people, he would know, with his honour, how to stay away from politics. I want to repeat, and tell you that everyone will be treated equally,” said Nasheed.

Full report at:

http://sun.mv/english/15011

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Restore indigenous people’s land rights, AI official urges Bangladesh

August 11, 2013

The Amnesty International has urged the Bangladesh government to restore land rights of the indigenous people in the country, said a blog post of LiveWire, the body’s official blog.

Madhu Malhotra, director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Identity and Sexuality Program, made the request on the eve of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, said the post which was uploaded on August 8.

“We are using the date to renew our efforts to highlight the decades of plight and struggle of the pahari (hill people), just one of many indigenous peoples around the world whose rights are still being trampled on,” she wrote.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/bangladesh-must-restore-land-rights-of-indigenous-people-says-ai/

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Chinese man, in daring escape, found alive after Afghan attack

ANANTH KRISHNAN

August 11, 2013

One Chinese national has been found alive following Thursday’s attack in Kabul that left at least four people killed and two missing, State media reported on Sunday. Officials on Sunday described a daring escape by the Chinese national, who threw himself out of a moving car, being driven by his armed Afghan captors, before finding help from nearby U.S. troops.

Three Chinese nationals, including two women, were killed in an attack on Thursday in a central Kabul apartment. Two other men had been reported missing, presumed to have been taken captive by the armed attackers.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/chinese-man-in-daring-escape-found-alive-after-afghan-attack/article5012499.ece

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Pakistan, Afghanistan face common enemy: Karzai

August 11, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan faced a common enemy and are burning in the flames of terrorism, Afghan officials said on Saturday.

President Karzai spoke to Nawaz Sharif ahead of his visit to Pakistan for talks on counter-terrorism and to push for reconciliation with the Taliban.

The visit has been agreed to on by both sides, who are working on mutually feasible dates through diplomatic channels.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/588705/pakistan-afghanistan-face-common-enemy-karzai/

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22 killed in Afghanistan Flash floods

Aug 11 2013

Kabul : At least 22 people in Afghanistan were killed and farmland was damaged when flash floods hit a plain near the capital, officials said on Sunday.

Normally arid Afghanistan can get heavy rain in its summer and more than 60 people were killed early this month due to flooding in east of the capital, Kabul.

The latest floods followed hours of torrential rain and hail on Saturday, with the Shomali plain, just to the north of Kabul, particularly hard hit. Six of the dead were children, said senior Kabul police officer, Sayed Ekramuddin Jalal.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/22-killed-in-afghanistan-flash-floods/1153923/

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Southeast Asia

 

Two More Arrested in Myanmar Embassy Bomb Plot

August 11, 2013

Anti-terrorism police arrested two men allegedly involved in May’s failed plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta, a source in Densus 88 said on Sunday.

Muhamad Saiful Sabaniwho, also known as Ipul, was arrested on Friday in the parking lot of the Garuda Inn hotel in downtown Yogyakarta. An alleged fund raiser, Ipul also reportedly participated in a training session held in Mount Salak, in West Java, police said.

“Ipul raised funds for the Koran recital group led by Rohadi [another detained suspect] and knew about the terror plot against the Buddhists and the embassy of Myanmar in May,” the source in Densus 88 told the Jakarta Globe.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/two-more-arrested-in-myanmar-embassy-bomb-plot/

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Home Minister’s maths shows quarter-million hardcore criminals in Malaysia

August 11, 2013

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) calls on the public to be fair to the police in their fight against hardcore criminals in Malaysia.

Here’s why. According to Ahmad Zahid, there are about 260,000 criminals roaming Malaysian streets after the Emergency Ordinance (EO) was abolished in 2011.

Ahmad Zahid told the Umno-owned Mingguan Malaysia that the police had reached this statistic based on 2,600 former detainees released from Simpang Renggam detention centre.

“Each has his hardcore followers. If each of the released detainees had 10 right-hand men, this translated to 26,000 who are with them.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ahmad-zahids-math-shows-260000-criminals-in-malaysia

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Removing social media privileges will make children rebel, says Malay expert

August 11, 2013

Parents prohibiting their children from using the social media can provoke the youngsters to rebel and accuse them of not respecting their "personal rights", according to a university psychologist.

Currently, young people were concerned about their "personal space" and would be unhappy if it was violated, noted Prof Madya Dr Mariani Mohd Nor, a psychologist with Universiti Malaya's educational psychology and counselling department.

She said although parents were concerned with the characters their children meet on the social site, the meddling by parents could only aggravate matters.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/removing-social-media-priviliges-will-make-children-rebel-says-expert-berna

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Malaysia’s largest interfaith group warns it’ll take lawsuits to United Nations if need be

August 11, 2013

In another sign of declining faith in the system, the new president of the largest council of non-Muslim religious groups in Malaysia has promised to take legal challenges all the way to the United Nations if they cannot be resolved here.

Lawyer Jagir Singh said the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) will chart a roadmap to refer religious rights issues to the UN.

He also suggested there should be more non-Malays among judges, saying a mixed-race judiciary will get rid of the perception of racial bias in court.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/well-take-it-to-the-united-nations-if-it-comes-to-that-jagir-tells-faithful

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Africa

 

Tribe in Sudan's Darfur says 100 killed in new fighting

Aug 11, 2013

Fighting between two Arab tribes has killed 100 people in Sudan's Darfur region, where worsening unrest has left hundreds dead this year, one of them said on Sunday.

The battle between a group of Rezeigat and the rival Maaliya tribe happened near Adila in East Darfur state on Saturday.

"We clashed with Maaliya... and we destroyed a compound of theirs and killed 70 of them," said a Rezeigat source, who declined to be named.

"We lost 30 of our men.

"There is still high tension and men from both sides are gathered," the source said.

Both sides said the fighters used Land Cruiser vehicles, while the Maaliya accused their opponents of employing "heavy weapons" -- a common allegation in Darfur's tribal fighting.

A Maaliya source told AFP: "We still expect more fighting today."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/78758/World/Region/Tribe-in-Sudans-Darfur-says--killed-in-new-fightin.aspx

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Dialogue committee never said it agreed ceasefire with Boko Haram

August 11, 2013

Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi served as governor of Kaduna State for two terms; he is currently the chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance and member of the Federal Government’s Committee on Peaceful Resolution of Conflict and Reconciliation. In this interview, he speaks on the progress made by the committee, the controversy surrounding child marriage and the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), among other issues. Regional Editor North-West, HASSAN IBRAHIM, brings the excerpts:

Full report at:

http://www.tribune.com.ng/news2013/index.php/en/component/k2/item/18817-dialogue-committee-never-said-it-agreed-ceasefire-with-boko-haram-%E2%80%94makarfi.html

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Tunisia Islamist leader to meet union chief on crisis

Aug 11, 2013

The head of Tunisia's ruling Islamist party Ennahda is to meet the powerful UGTT trade union chief on Monday on the crisis sparked by the killing of an opposition politician.

The UGTT said that its head, Houcine Abassi, would meet Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi and Mustapha Ben Jaafar, speaker of the National Constituent Assembly.

Nearly 500,000 Tunisians are members of the UGTT, and the union can paralyse the country with strike action.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/78776/World/Region/Tunisia-Islamist-leader-to-meet-union-chief-on-cri.aspx

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