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Why Some Arabs Are Rejecting Strict Interpretations of Sharia

 

 

 

 

The Tweet says: "A thief under Sharia rule has his hand cut off and becomes a burden on society - and a Norwegian criminal is rehabilitated to become a good citizen"

 

 

Arab World

Why Some Arabs Are Rejecting Strict Interpretations of Sharia

Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Kill 33 Islamic State Militants

Army Kills 30 ISIL Takfiri Militants in Iraq's Tikrit

Saudi arrests four ISIS militants behind al-Ahsa killings

Number of ISIS Recruits Grows As Group Relaxes Strict Admission Requirements

Takfiri Militants Lose Ground in Daraa, Aleppo

Two Britons fighting alongside Kurds against IS

ISIS celebrates, lampoons Hagel’s departure on Twitter

Egypt's secular opposition closes in on Salafist Nour Party

UAE casts global net with anti-Islamist 'terror list'

Jordan forcibly returns Syrian refugees

Saudi Arabia target No. 1 for hackers

 

Europe

'ISIS Have Sleeper Cells in the UK and Will Unleash War on Europe': Jihadi Hunter

'Complex Factors' Pushing Kazakh Men, Women to Join IS

UN marks ‘International Day of Solidarity’ with Palestinians

68% of Israeli Arabs oppose recent wave of terrorism, poll finds

Britain says it is reviewing arms exports to Israel again

Islamic State group got up to $45M in ransoms: UN

France pushing for Syria 'safe zones'

 

Pakistan

Leader of House for Interfaith Bodies to Deal with Blasphemy Issue

19 Militants Killed During Airstrikes in North Waziristan

Pakistan urges Israeli, Palestinian leadership to talk for Middle East peace

Parliament suitable platform for resolving issues: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman

Move to unite Muslim League factions on Sindh issues

KP govt admits higher crime, terrorism incidence

Asif says US policies for peace in region failed

‘Elements involved in sit-ins have shown enmity to nation’:  Pak Punjab CM

 

Mideast

Yemeni forces free eight hostages, kill seven Al Qaeda kidnappers-agencies

Turkey sends arms to Iraqi Kurds: Arbil official

Hollande becoming Erdoğan’s ‘new Berlusconi’ in defence

Khamenei: Arrogant world powers failed to bring Iran to its knees

Turkey, U.S. ease strains on ISIS but differences remain

Israeli forces arrest Fatah leader in Jerusalem, storm Palestinian homes

 

Africa

Dozens Feared Killed In Twin Attacks in Nigeria

Nigerian Muslim Leader Slams ‘Cowardly’ Army on Boko Haram

Second air strike hits airport in Libya’s capital

 

North America

US Def Secy resigns amid mounting pressure on dealing with Islamic State

Can Jews and Muslims get along? 60 imams and rabbis meet in Washington to try

Minister: 'We'll manage Israel's affairs ourselves'

Diplomacy more 'effective' than alternatives with Iran, Kerry says

ADL slams Hagee for calling Obama ‘anti-Semitic’

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Religious Leaders Present Conflicting Views on Interfaith Marriage

Umno under threat, not Malays and Islam, forum told

Court orders Registration Department to issue teenager with MyKad

 

India

Youth from Mumbai Who Joined ISIS Alive, Wants To Return Home

Nod to Rehabilitate PoK Displaced Soon

 

South Asia

Bangladesh: War criminals allowed to file review petition

Women among 6 killed following an explosion in Kunduz

China Opens Separatism Trial for Students of Jailed Uighur Scholar

Maldives Islamic minister defends government policy on extremism

Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case an Early Test for New Government

Nepal ready to 'mediate' between India, Pak at Saarc summit

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Why Some Arabs Are Rejecting Strict Interpretations of Sharia

Nov 25, 2014

A growing social media conversation in Arabic is calling for the implementation of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, to be abandoned.

Discussing religious law is a sensitive topic in many Muslim countries. But on Twitter, a hashtag which translates as "why we reject implementing Sharia" has been used 5,000 times in 24 hours. The conversation is mainly taking place in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The debate is about whether religious law is suitable for the needs of Arab countries and modern legal systems.

Dr Alyaa Gad, an Egyptian doctor living in Switzerland, started the hashtag. "I have nothing against religion," she tells BBC Trending, but says she is against "using it as a political system". Political Islamists often call for legal systems to be reformed to be consistent with Sharia principles, and some want harsh interpretations of criminal punishments to be implemented. Dr Gad says she is worried about young people adopting the extremes of this kind of thinking. "You see it everywhere now, the Islamic State is spreading mentally as well as physically" she told BBC Trending.

One of Dr Gad's tweets compared what action is taken against those who commit crimes under strict interpretations of Sharia law to those who do so in Western societies.

Many others joined in the conversation, using the hashtag, listing reasons why Arabs and Muslims should abandon Sharia. "Because there's not a single positive example of it bringing justice and equality," one man tweeted. "Because IS and Somalia and Afghanistan implement it, and we've seen the results," commented another. A few Saudis who joined the online conversation shared their experience of coming from a country that adheres to Islamic law. "In Saudi Arabia we tried implementing Sharia, and know first-hand the bitterness of being ruled by a religious power," a Saudi man living in California tweeted. And a Saudi woman commented: "By adhering to Sharia we are adhering to inhumane laws. Saudi Arabia is saturated with the blood of those executed by Sharia".

However a large proportion of those tweeting were less critical. They argued that the problem was not religious law per se, but a flawed understanding and interpretation of it. An Egyptian living in Bahrain tweeted: "There has never been anything wrong with Sharia, but it's how we implement it". Another Egyptian commented: "There is no singular understanding of Sharia. The Muslim Brotherhood have one understanding, the Salafis have another and so do IS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda".

Others found the hashtag to be offensive to Muslims. Dr Gad, who started it, was called a "non-believer". Another commented: "You don't want Sharia because you want homosexuality, alcohol and adultery".

Dr Gad, who has a popular YouTube channel that discusses sexuality and health issues, says she is used to this kind of reaction to the topics she initiates. She says one of the reasons she started the hashtag is because she values her right to speak out - a right she says her friends back in Egypt don't have in the same way. "If I were living in Egypt I would not be half as courageous as I am now," she says.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-30181494

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Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Kill 33 Islamic State Militants

Nov 25, 2014

Mosul: At least 33 militants of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group have died in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the surrounding area, including a leader who was responsible for the sale of kidnapped Yazidi women.

A spokesman for the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Ghayath al-Surji, told Efe news agency that 20 jihadis were killed early on Monday in clashes with the Peshmerga Kurdish forces in Ba'shiqah Mountain, 14 km northeast of Mosul.

The fighting lasted over four hours and was triggered after IS members attacked a Peshmerga position, according to al-Surji, who did not specify whether the Kurdish forces suffered casualties. After these clashes, international coalition aircraft hit IS posts in Ba'shiqah, where large plumes of smoke rose in the air, but there was no immediate report of casualties.

Meanwhile, the bodies of 13 jihadis were transferred on Monday to the morgue in Mosul, a source at the forensic centre told Efe. One of the dead was identified as Mostafa Qerbash, nicknamed Abu Hosam, who was killed in fighting in Tel Afer, according to a statement the group posted on the internet.

Qerbash was one of the leaders of the IS and was responsible for selling women from the Yazidi minority to other members of the jihadi group. Human Rights Watch reported in October that the IS holds hundreds of Yazidis as hostages in Iraq, many of them forced to convert to Islam and the women forced to marry jihadis.

Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, fell into the hands of the IS in June when the jihadis launched an offensive in northern Iraq and proclaimed a caliphate in the country and in neighbouring Syria.

http://www.firstpost.com/world/iraq-kurdish-peshmerga-forces-kill-33-islamic-state-militants-1819479.html

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Army Kills 30 ISIL Takfiri Militants in Iraq's Tikrit

Nov 25, 2014

The Iraqi Army launched a major ground offensive against the ISIL Takfiri group in Northern city of Tikrit, Salahuddin province, and claimed the lives of at least 30 terrorists.

The army soldiers stormed the hideouts of the Takfiri militants in Mutasim area, South of Tikrit, and inflicted heavy casualties upon them.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.

Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.

The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930904000370

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Saudi arrests four ISIS militants behind al-Ahsa killings

Nov 25, 2014

Four ISIS militants suspected behind a deadly shooting earlier this month in the eastern Saudi city of al-Ahsa have been arrested, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The suspects – identified as Abdullah Aal Sarhan, Khalid al-Enazi, Marwan al-Zafr and Tareq al-Maimounu –were part of a “major ISIS cell,” the ministry said.

Three of the suspects were previously arrested and went on trial for terrorism charges, the ministry said, adding that the leader of the group received orders from abroad to target a Shiite congregation hall in the city of al-Ahsa.

The ministry further said that a total of 77 suspected members of the ISIS cell have so far been detained, noting that 47 of them were previously arrested and freed.

Security forces seized during raids documents and electronic equipment that "revealed contact between this terrorist organisation and ISIS abroad," the ministry said.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turkey said security forces carried out operations "to arrest everyone affiliated with this terrorist group, whether those who pledged allegiance to the leader of the group, or participants, supporters, financiers, or those who provide cover."

Two Saudis and a Qatari were killed as they resisted arrest, along with two security officers, the ministry said.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/24/Saudi-arrests-four-ISIS-militants-behind-al-Ahasaa-killings.html

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Number of ISIS recruits grows as group relaxes strict admission requirements

Nov 25, 2014

The terror group which has taken over large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and brought the US back into another military conflict in the Middle East is looking for new recruits.

According to a report in British daily The Telegraph, the organization has relaxed its "vetting" procedures for foreigners wishing to join the group as it looks to swell its numbers and expand its "Caliphate."

Quoting defectors and safe house operatives, The Telegraph reported that the group was being less stringent with its measures to ensure that foreign jihadis were not undercover spies for the West.

The paper quoted Abu Ahmed, who runs a safe house that funnels jihadists into Syria from Turkey, as saying that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "has called for all Muslims to come to their land, so the process is much less stringent...Almost any Muslim who wants to travel now can. They want everyone to come."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Number-of-ISIS-recruits-grows-as-group-relaxes-strict-admission-requirements-382785

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Takfiri Militants Lose Ground in Daraa, Aleppo

Nov 25, 2014

Foreign-sponsored militants suffered major losses on the outskirts of Daraa and Aleppo provinces, as the Syrian Army continued to gain more ground against the armed groups.

The Syrian troops stormed the gathering centers of the rebels in a series of surprise attacks in Daraa province, killing and injuring a large number of them in the areas of al-Sheikh Myskeen and Bussra al-Sham.

Meantime, the insurgents sustained heavy toll in the areas of al-Manashar, al-Maqla’a and al-Uwaija in Aleppo, as the army gained more ground in the province.

The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930904000721

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Two Britons fighting alongside Kurds against IS

Nov 25, 2014

LONDON: At least two Britons are among around 15 Westerners fighting in Syria alongside Kurdish guerrillas against the Islamic State group (IS), according to British media.

The Observer newspaper reported that Jamie Read, from North Lanarkshire in Scotland, and James Hughes, from Reading in central England, had been recruited by former US soldier Jordan Matson to join the “The Lions Of Rojava,” a Kurdish movement vowing to “send terrorists to hell and save humanity.”

Read told the BBC World Service that he was in Syria to help the Kurdish people, and denied reports that the fighters were mercenaries.

Both Read and Hughes, who completed three tours of Afghanistan, are reported to be in Rojava, northern Syria, fighting IS militants trying to take over the embattled city of Kobani.

Around 500 Britons are believed to be fighting on the side of the militants.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/664861

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ISIS celebrates, lampoons Hagel’s departure on Twitter

25 November 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has turned to social media to celebrate the departure of U.S. Defense Minister Chuck Hagel on Twitter.

Following the announcement of Hagel’s resignation, the militant group sent self-congratulatory messages to its supporters and created an Arabic hashtag, “The Islamic State topples the American Defense Minister.”

Responding to the hashtag, one twitter user wrote: “[President Barack] Obama: You failed,” while another one said “The resignation of U.S. Secretary of War has shaken the thrones of tyrants everywhere.”

On Monday, Hagel stepped down after criticism of the U.S. campaigns in Afghanistan and against the ISIS which is in control of swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Obama announced Hagel's resignation, saying the 68-year-old former senator and Vietnam war veteran had approached him last month to say it was time for him to leave.

Hagel had raised questions about Obama’s strategy toward Syria in a two-page internal policy memo he wrote that leaked, Reuters reported.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/digital/2014/11/25/ISIS-celebrates-Hagel-s-resignation-on-Twitter.html

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Egypt's secular opposition closes in on Salafist Nour Party

Nov 25, 2014

While Egypt's secular political forces are stepping up efforts to contest the country's coming parliamentary polls as one bloc capable of winning a majority, they are also doing their best to eliminate a major rival from their way: the ultraconservative Salafist Nour Party.

Non-Islamist forces agree that the removal of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from office in 2013 and the declaration of his Muslim Brotherhood group as a terrorist organisation might have offered them a historic opportunity to sweep the coming polls. But they also see the Nour Party as another rival Islamist force that should be isolated to completely dominate the new parliament.

According to Al-Ahram political analyst Osama El-Ghazali Harb, there is an agreement amon all secular political forces that the Nour Party is not just an obstacle on their way to a sweeping success in the coming parliamentary polls. "It is also a big threat to Egypt's political life, which should be based on the constitutional principle of separating religion from politics," said Harb.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116327/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-secular-opposition-closes-%e2%80%8ein-on-Salafist-N.aspx

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UAE casts global net with anti-Islamist 'terror list'

Nov 25, 2014

When the United Arab Emirates released a blacklist of "terrorist groups" this month, many prominent Western charities were shocked to find themselves cited alongside Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

There was little surprise to see the Muslim Brotherhood topping the list, given the Gulf state's relentless efforts against the regional Islamist group.

But the inclusion of organisations such as the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Relief UK and some of the largest Muslim associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden and other European countries prompted outrage and calls from several Western governments for an explanation.

By casting its net so far and so wide, experts say, the UAE is pushing its view that the fight against militant Islamism is as much an ideological war as a conventional one.

The real target of the list, said Frederic Wehrey, a Gulf expert at the US-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is "politically active Islamism".

"(The UAE) is trying to include non-violent, Brotherhood-affiliated groups in the same ideological constellation as real terrorist groups like (Nigeria's) Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda," he said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/116367/World/Region/UAE-casts-global-net-with-antiIslamist-terror-list.aspx

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Jordan forcibly returns Syrian refugees

Nov 25, 2014

BEIRUT: An international rights group says Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported “vulnerable Syrian refugees,” including wounded men and unaccompanied children. Jordan has denied the claim.

Human Rights Watch said Monday that those deported include a group of 12 Syrians who had been receiving treatment at a rehabilitation centre and four refugees, three of them children, whom Jordanian border police stopped near the Syrian border.

Human Rights Watch quoted a Jordanian official as denying the refugees had been deported, saying they were taken to other unnamed hospitals.

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/664866

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Saudi Arabia target No. 1 for hackers

Nov 25, 2014

Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries impacted by advanced targeted cyber attack in META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa) computer networks, accounting for 30.1 percent of the total attacks in the region during the first half of this year, said a report issued by FireEye, a leader in cyber security.

Turkey came second with 29.5 percent, followed by Qatar at 16 percent and the UAE at 7.1 percent. “Motivated by a variety of objectives the threat actors are evolving their level of sophistication to steal personal data and business strategies,” the report said.

FireEye stated that the number of unique infections has been considerably growing in META, nearly doubling between January through June 2014. “We believe advanced cyber attacks often focus on specific verticals, rather than specific countries. Government, financial services and energy verticals represent almost 75 percent of the total advanced persistent threat (APT) malware detections in META,” the report said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/news/665081

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Europe

 

'ISIS Have Sleeper Cells in the UK and Will Unleash War on Europe': Jihadi Hunter

Nov 25, 2014

A decorated army veteran renowned for rescuing youths from Islamic State today warned that the terrorist group is placing 'sleeper cells' in European countries including the UK.

Dimitri Bontinck, who is known as the 'Jihadi Hunter', spoke out as he prepared to support his own teenage son in a criminal trial after bringing him home from Syria.

It came as Home Secretary Theresa May and senior British police chiefs also said that a terrorist atrocity involving an ISIS-style beheading or bomb attack on civilians is now 'almost inevitable'.

Referring to their campaign of atrocities carried out abroad, Mr Bontinck, 41, told MailOnline: 'It's not the kids who are the principal danger – it's the chiefs whom you never see in the videos.

'The mature men running this organisation are deeply sinister, and extremely well-funded, and they have European countries such as Britain, France and Belgium in their sights.'

He added: 'Their aim is to take revenge against the west for what they view as an all-out assault on them, and they will strike when they are ready.

'I've been told by very influential sources that they have sleeper cells over here, and are preparing to unleash their war in Europe.'

Full report at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2847049/ISIS-sleeper-cells-UK-unleash-war-Europe-Jihadi-hunter-rescued-son-fighting-extremists-Syria-issues-chilling-warning.html#ixzz3K2GzTFQ7

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'Complex Factors' Pushing Kazakh Men, Women to Join IS

Nov 25, 2014

A complex set of social, economic and cultural factors are behind the decisions of Kazakh men and women who join Islamic State (IS) in Syria, according to Tatyana Dronzina, an expert in terrorism from Sofia State University in Bulgaria.

Dronzina told RFE/RL's Kazakh Service on November 20 that not all IS militants from Kazakhstan come from poor or otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds. "Among them are people with higher education or vocational training, and those who had good jobs. Some graduated from elite schools, others lived in big cities. We can't say that only those who were marginalized left [for Syria]," Dronzina says.

Dronzina also notes that many of the Kazakh jihadis took their families with them to Syria, and that their wives have apparently followed them unquestioningly. "If their wives had had more rights, maybe they would stopped their husbands, or stayed for the sake of the children," she says.

According to Dronzina, Kazakh militants were not joining Islamic State because of religious repression at home in Kazakhstan.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/islamic-state-complex-factors-kazakhs-join/26701888.html

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UN marks ‘International Day of Solidarity’ with Palestinians

Nov 25, 2014

NEW YORK – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a room of assembled dignitaries marked Monday, November 24, as the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People,” part of the 2014 “Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.”

Monday featured a special meeting of the UN General Assembly to discuss the “Question of Palestine,” and a convening of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, to mark the occasion.

In his remarks to the committee, Ban reiterated his condemnation of Hamas rocket attacks, saying they “brought nothing but suffering to all sides.”

“At the same time,” he continued, “the scale of the destruction by the Israeli military has left deep questions about respect for questions of proportionality and generated wide calls for accountability.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/UN-marks-International-Day-of-Solidarity-with-Palestinians-382749

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68% of Israeli Arabs oppose recent wave of terrorism, poll finds

Nov 25, 2014

An overwhelming majority of 68 percent of Israeli Arabs opposes the recent wave of terrorist attacks, while 77% prefer to live under Israeli rule rather than Palestinian, according to a recent poll by the Statnet research institute.

The poll, commissioned by Channel 10 and published on its website, also found that 84% of Israeli Arabs support Knesset members who condemned the attacks in Jerusalem, while fully 81% believe Israel is trying to harm the status quo on the Temple Mount.

Just 16% opposed the condemnation of the attacks by Arab MKs.

Yousef Makladeh, CEO of Statnet.co.il shared with The Jerusalem Post on Monday previously unreleased data, which broke down Arab support according to religion.

Of the Israeli Arabs who oppose the terrorist attacks, 88% were Druse, 80% Christian, and 64% Muslim.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/68-percent-of-Israeli-Arabs-oppose-recent-wave-of-terrorism-poll-finds-382755

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Britain says it is reviewing arms exports to Israel again

25 November 2014

Britain is undertaking a second review of arms export licenses to Israel to ensure equipment could not be used in a way that would breach international law, the government said on Monday.

The government has already conducted one such review, in August, in response to Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza after which it said it would suspend 12 licenses to export military items to Israel if hostilities resumed.

It said on Monday it was conducting another review a day after Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in the Gaza Strip near the border with Israel, the first such fatality since a 50-day war ended in August.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/25/Britain-says-it-is-reviewing-arms-exports-to-Israel-again.html

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Islamic State group got up to $45M in ransoms: UN

Nov 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS: The Islamic State group which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a UN expert monitoring sanctions against Al Qaeda said Monday.

Yotsna Lalji told a meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee that an estimated $120 million in ransom was paid to terrorist groups between 2004 and 2012.

Kidnapping for ransom “continues to grow,” she said, as demonstrated by the money the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State has collected, between $35 million and $45 million in the past years.

She said in recent years that Al Qaeda and its affiliates have made kidnapping “the core Al Qaeda tactic for generating revenue.”

She pointed to an October 2012 recording in which Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri incites militants worldwide to kidnap Westerners.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146783/islamic-state-group-got-up-to-45m-in-ransoms-un

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France pushing for Syria 'safe zones'

Nov 25, 2014

Paris is pushing for "safe zones" to be set up in Syria where citizens would be out of reach of regime forces and Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadists, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Nov. 25.

Fabius said the country was working alongside U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura who has proposed a "freeze" in fighting in Syria's second city of Aleppo.

De Mistura wants the proposed ceasefire zones to allow for aid deliveries and lay the groundwork for peace talks in the three-and-a-half-year conflict that has left 195,000 people dead.

"We are working with the U.N. envoy ... to try and save Aleppo and on the other hand to create safe zones where it is not possible for Bashar al-Assad's aircraft and Daesh to pursue Syrians," said Fabius, using the Arabic name for ISIL.

"There are quite a few people to convince, the Americans of course," he added.

"Abandoning Aleppo would be to condemn Syria and its neighbours to years, and I mean years, of chaos, with terrible human consequences."       

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/france-pushing-for-syria-safe-zones.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74781&NewsCatID=359

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Pakistan

 

Leader of House for interfaith bodies to deal with blasphemy issue

Nov 25, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Leader of House in the Senate Raja Zafar ul Haq expressed concern on Monday over growing cases of blasphemy in the country and stressed the need for a long-tem solution to the problem.

“There is a need to set up interfaith committees at the district level to deal with the issue,” he said at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs, but regretted that his party, PML-N, was not taking the proposal seriously.

The meeting presided over by Senator Hafiz Hamdullah took notice of the lynching of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan for an alleged act of blasphemy.

Ilyas Khan, joint secretary of religious affairs ministry, informed the committee that the matter was in the Supreme Court and accused police of being negligent and failing to protect the couple.

The problem cannot be solved by merely awarding punishment, Senate committee told

Mr Haq noted that no concrete step had been taken to solve the problem. “This issue will not die down by merely awarding punishment to the people responsible.”

He said the proposed interfaith committees should comprise people from all religions and address any incident at the initial stage.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146736/zafarul-haq-for-interfaith-bodies-to-deal-with-blasphemy-issue

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19 militants killed during airstrikes in North Waziristan

Nov 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least 19 militants were killed and eight others were injured on Tuesday in air strikes in North Waziristan.

According to official sources, the airstrikes were carried out in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency.

The latest airstrikes come as military operation Zarb-i-Azb is under way in the tribal region.

The operation was initiated on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.

The offensive has driven out over 800,000 residents from North Waziristan and the army says it has cleared 90 per cent of the tribal region

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146802/19-militants-killed-during-airstrikes-in-north-waziristan

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Pakistan urges Israeli, Palestinian leadership to talk for Middle East peace

Nov 25, 2014

NEW YORK - Reaffirming its full solidarity with the people of Palestine, Pakistan has called on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to start direct talks based on agreed international parameters, clear benchmarks and timelines for enduring peace in the Middle East region.

“Both sides and the international community have to realize that it is now or never,” Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Masood Khan told the UN General Assembly on Monday. “Violence will offer no solution, the parties should step back to reflect, make hard choices, and give peace a chance,” he said, while speaking in a debate on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East.

“The only path to viable and sustainable peace is the establishment of the State of Palestine based on pre-1967 borders with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” he said, adding “until this realization sinks in, peace would remain elusive.” Vacation of all Arab lands by Israel, including the Syrian Golan, he said, was imperative for peace. He said that the Palestinians continued to pass through a dark chapter in their history, but should not lose hope.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/25-Nov-2014/pakistan-urges-israeli-palestinian-leadership-to-talk-for-middle-east-peace

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Parliament suitable platform for resolving issues: Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman

Nov 25, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader, Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman Monday said Parliament is the appropriate platform for resolving all issues and his party will continue to play its role inside and outside the Parliament for country’s stability.

Addressing the meeting of his party’s Central Executive Committee, the Maulana said if anyone is really keen on testing his power, he should do so in the political arena.

He said making extra-constitutional demands cannot be termed a democratic practice and the sit-ins are no remedy to the problems.

The JUI-F Chief said anarchy was being created in the country through a pre-planned conspiracy.

He said the country was passing through a critical phase, as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) faced great hardships.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-166737-Parliament-suitable-platform-for-resolving-issues:-Maulana-Fazl

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Move to unite Muslim League factions on Sindh issues

Nov 25, 2014

KARACHI: In a bid to resurrect the Pakistan Muslim League in Sindh, eminent politicians with PML background met at the Defence residence of Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim on Monday to figure out how to reactivate all the old guard, who have distanced themselves from active politics after getting disappointed by the PML-Nawaz leadership, on basic issues of Sindh.

Ex-chief ministers Syed Ghaus Ali Shah, Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi, Dr Rahim and former national assembly speaker Illahi Bukhsh Soomro, Sindh PML-F chief Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi, PML-F spokesman Kamran Tessori and others attended the meeting.

They called it the continuation of their meeting last month that was held at the residence of Sindh PML-F president Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi aka Yunus Sain, who is also a federal minister in the Nawaz cabinet.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146635/move-to-unite-muslim-league-factions-on-sindh-issues

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KP govt admits higher crime, terrorism incidence

Nov 25, 2014

PESHAWAR: Confronted with official figures of the state of worsening law and order situation, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Monday admitted increase in incidents of extortion, targeted killings and grenade attacks in the province.

Also, a senior minister speaking on a point of order in the provincial assembly acknowledged that financial irregularities were taking place in government departments, including communication and works and local government ones.

Taking floor on an adjournment motion in the house, public health engineering minister Shah Farman said: “I agree that cases of extortion, grenade attacks and firing have increased in the province.”

Parliamentary leader of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Sikandar Khan Sherpao moved the adjournment motion in the house on prevailing law and order situation in the province, which was admitted for detailed discussion.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146772/kp-govt-admits-higher-crime-terrorism-incidence

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Asif says US policies for peace in region failed

Nov 25, 2014

ISLAMABAD - Minister for Defence Khawaja Mohammad Asif criticised the United States on Tuesday, saying that Washington’s policies have failed to ensure peace in the region.

“People of this region had to bear the brunt of the US policies which have failed to ensure peace,” he said while taking to journalists at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad. He said that peace and stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region. He said that no country should interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan for peace in that country.

He said that Pakistan would not interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. He further said that situation has gone bad because of a super power, and the problems of the region should be dealt with within the region. He said that the Daish was created to fight against the Syrian government, and now the region was suffering because of America’s failed foreign policy.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/25-Nov-2014/asif-says-us-policies-for-peace-in-region-failed

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 ‘Elements involved in sit-ins have shown enmity to nation’:  Pak Punjab CM

Nov 25, 2014

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that sit-ins and protest politics has caused a huge loss to the national economy and the elements engaged in such activities have proved their enmity to the country by creating hurdles in the process of national development and prosperity.

He said that personal interest has no importance compared to the national interest and politics of stubbornness is not in the interest of the nation. He said that people have become disgusted with negative attitude of the elements engaged in the politics of anarchy.

He was talking to a leader of Muslim League-N Balochistan and former senator Nawabzada Mir Haji Lashkari Raisani who met him on Monday. The chief minister said that a grave injustice has been done to the country through sit-ins and the elements involved in such activities should review their negative attitude. He said that there is no room for politics of sit-ins or chaos in the present situation as the country is facing a number of challenges and it is the time to move forward with unity. He said that people have given a five year’s mandate to Pakistan Muslim League-N government and it is serving the masses round the clock for resolving their problems. The chief minister further said that the aim of progress and prosperity will be achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/25-Nov-2014/elements-involved-in-sit-ins-have-shown-enmity-to-nation

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Mideast

 

Yemeni forces free eight hostages, kill seven Al Qaeda kidnappers-agencies

Nov 25, 2014

SANAA: Yemeni security forces freed seven Yemeni hostages and one foreigner in a special operation in which seven Al Qaeda kidnappers were also killed, the country's supreme security committee said.

The committee, in a statement published by state news agency Saba, did not disclose the nationality of the foreign hostage nor say where in Yemen the operation took place.

It was not immediately clear when or where the kidnappings had occurred.

One member of the Yemeni security forces was lightly wounded in the raid.

Kidnapping is common in US-allied Yemen, where the country is battling with an insurgency from Islamists linked to Al Qaeda, a southern separatist movement and sporadic conflicts with armed tribes.

Ansar al-Sharia, the local Al Qaeda affiliate, have also come under more pressure recently after Shia Houthi fighters captured the capital Sanaa in September and then pushed into Al Qaeda strongholds in central Yemen.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1146781/yemeni-forces-free-eight-hostages-kill-seven-al-qaeda-kidnappers-agency

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Turkey sends arms to Iraqi Kurds: Arbil official

Nov 25, 2014

In addition to training troops, Turkey has sent weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces combating the Islamist militants who have swept across large parts of the country, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Chief of Staff Fuad Hussein has said.

Speaking in an interview with daily Hürriyet in Istanbul, Hussein confirmed that Turkey had begun training Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq, also saying it has supplied arms to the Kurdish forces.

“Turkey has sent arms aid as well,” Hussein said during his Istanbul visit, which came only few days after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s trip to Baghdad and Arbil.

When asked whether these were heavy weapons, he answered, “No, they haven’t sent heavy weapons yet, but I hope they will.”

Turkey has been providing military training and assistance to the Peshmerga forces of the KRG for several weeks.

A senior Foreign Ministry official recently told the Hürriyet Daily News that some 230 Peshmerga have been trained by Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq so far.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-sends-arms-to-iraqi-kurds-arbil-official.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74784&NewsCatID=510

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Hollande becoming Erdoğan’s ‘new Berlusconi’ in defence

Nov 25, 2014

For much of the 2000s, when Prime ministers Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Silvio Berlusconi did not hide their “personal friendship” and Italy was the staunchest supporter of Turkey’s EU bid, the arms trade between the two NATO allies boomed, with Italian companies winning multibillion dollar contracts in Turkey. Replace the name Berlusconi with François Hollande and "EU accession" with "a common policy on Syria," and the new winner may be French defence manufacturers. 

In 2010, the Italian Defence Ministry’s undersecretary, Guido Crosetti, called for a “strategic relationship” between the defence industries of Turkey and Italy. Italy’s defence giant, Finmeccanica, then opened a regional office in Turkey, by which point Italy had become Turkey’s largest defense supplier after the United States. Finmeccenica S.p.A. is the second largest industrial group and the largest of the high-tech industrial groups based in Italy. It works in the fields of defense, aerospace, security, transport and energy, and is partly owned by the Italian government, with the Treasury holding about 30 percent of its shares.

The contracts that Finmeccanica companies won included a multibillion deal for the coproduction of attack helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft, Sirio-class search and rescue boats, and Telespazio’s work to build Turkey’s first military satellite.  

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/hollande-becoming-erdogans-new-berlusconi-in-defense.aspx?pageID=238&nID=74739&NewsCatID=483

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Khamenei: Arrogant world powers failed to bring Iran to its knees

Nov 25, 2014

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday "arrogant" powers had tried hard to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees but had failed.

In a comment apparently referring to the failure of Iran and six world powers on Monday to end a 12-year dispute about Iran's nuclear goals, a message on the English-language account said: "In the nuclear issue, arrogant have made their best to bring Iran to its knees but they were not able and will not be able to do so."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took a more conciliatory tone in relation to the talks, saying Monday that the positions of Tehran and six major powers over its nuclear program had come closer after a week of marathon talks that failed to clinch a final agreement.

"During the talks in Vienna many gaps were narrowed and our positions with the other side got closer," Rouhani told Iranian state television.

Iran and the six major powers - the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany - decided on Monday to extend the talks until June 30, 2015, hoping to finally end the 12-year old dispute at a time when Middle East turmoil is worsening.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Khamenei-Arrogant-world-powers-failed-to-bring-Iran-to-its-knees-382777

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Turkey, U.S. ease strains on ISIS but differences remain

Nov 25, 2014

Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against Islamic State during a weekend visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, but the talks heralded little in the way of deeper military cooperation between the NATO allies.

Turkey has been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, refusing to take a frontline military role despite its 1,200 km (750-mile) border with Iraq and Syria and thereby intensifying Western concern that it is a weak link in the struggle against the insurgents.

Biden ended two days of meetings in Istanbul with no guarantee that Turkey would step up its military cooperation by, for example, allowing the use of Turkish air space or a U.S. base in its southern town of Incirlik for coalition air strikes.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/11/25/Turkey-U-S-ease-strains-on-Islamic-State-but-differences-remain.html

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Israeli forces arrest Fatah leader in Jerusalem, storm Palestinian homes

Nov 25, 2014

Israeli forces have arrested local Fatah leader Adnan Ghaith and his brother, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported.

"Forces stormed the homes of Ghaith and his brother in the Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem," MENA said.

Arrests were also made in other areas of Jerusalem, Palestinian Maan news agency reported.

Israeli forces arrested Mahmoud Zidan and Younis Alian from their homes in Al-Aisawya village.

In addition, five Palestinian teenagers and one young man were arrested late Monday after stabbing an Israeli settler at Bab Al-Khalil in the Jerusalem's Old City, Maan reported.

Last Tuesday, two armed Palestinians burst into a synagogue in Jerusalem and killed five Israelis before being shot dead. While the international community condemned the assault, Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed the attack.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/116381/World/Region/Israeli-forces-arrest-Fatah-leader-in-Jerusalem,-s.aspx

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Africa

 

Dozens feared killed in twin attacks in Nigeria

World Bulletin/News Desk

Nov 25, 2014

Twin bombings rocked the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing dozens and injuring many others, witnesses have said.

According to witnesses, an explosion went off in the One-Way Area behind the Maiduguri International Market a few minutes before noon.

Barely two minutes later, a second blast went off in the same area.

Witnesses said a female suicide bomber had been involved in one of the two explosions.

"The whole place exploded as the woman blew herself up in the middle of the crowd," Mustapha Ahmad, a resident of the area, told The Anadolu Agency.

A police source confirmed the blasts, but asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Neither the military, the police nor Nigeria's disaster management agency have commented on the blast, which comes as President Goodluck Jonathan seeks to extend emergency rule in the northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, which have been the most severely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/149200/dozens-feared-killed-in-twin-attacks-in-nigeria

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Nigerian Muslim leader slams ‘cowardly’ army on Boko Haram

Nov 25, 2014

Nigeria's top Islamic leader on Monday accused the military of fleeing when Boko Haram attacks and terrorising civilians, in the harshest ever criticism from the key cleric, as violence persisted in the northeast.

A statement from the country's top Muslim body, the JNI, described the military's handling of the five-year Islamist uprising as "unfortunate, worrisome and embarrassing".

The JNI speaks for Nigeria's top cleric, the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, and included the harshest ever-criticism of the military from a key Islamic leader.

"Soldiers take to their heels and abandon their bases, arms, ammunition and other military hardware on the approach of the insurgents!" the statement said.

"Nigerian Security Forces only surface after the deadly attacks and terrorise an already terrorised people by installing road blocks and searching homes," it added.

Full report at:

http://www.france24.com/en/20141124-nigeria-cleric-slams-embarrassing-military-action-boko-haram/

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Second air strike hits airport in Libya’s capital

25 November 2014

An air strike hit the last functioning commercial airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli for a second day running on Tuesday, residents said, as a power struggle in the oil-rich nation intensified.

Three years after the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is being lacerated by rival factions, one of which has set up an alternative administration in Tripoli after seizing the city in fighting during the summer.

An armed group loyal to Libya’s internationally-recognised government, which has transferred to the east of the country, claimed responsibility for the air strikes.

“We bombed the airport a second time,” said Saqer al-Joroushi, head of the air force for the group, which is controlled by former general Khalifa Haftar.

Haftar has been using his war planes to attack targets mainly in the eastern city of Benghazi, but recently also in western Libya. His forces say Tripoli’s Mitiga airport has been used for military purposes by their opponents.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/25/Second-air-strike-hits-airport-in-Libya-s-capital.html

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North America

 

US Def Secy Chuck Hagel resigns amid mounting pressure on dealing with Islamic State

Nov 25, 2014

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty coming close on the heels of Democratic Party losing majority in the Senate and the Obama administration’s struggle in dealing with the Islamic State (IS).

Hagel, Obama’s third defence secretary, submitted his resignation today morning after “several weeks” of discussions, officials said.

He has agreed to serve till his replacement is confirmed by the Senate.

The news of Hagel’s stepping down was first reported by The New York Times, according to which Obama is dissatisfied with him in view of the several global crises particularly rise of the IS.

68-year-old Hagel is the only Republican in President Obama’s national security team.

A Republican and Vietnam war veteran who was critical of the Iraq war, Hagel came to the Pentagon to manage the Afghanistan draw down and the shrinking Pentagon budget in the era of budget sequestration.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/americas/hagel-resigns-as-us-defence-secretary/#sthash.mHXTB0qR.dpuf

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Can Jews and Muslims get along? 60 imams and rabbis meet in Washington to try

Nov 25, 2014

Frustrated by dangerously high tensions between Jews and Muslims in the Holy Land, 60 imams and rabbis gathered Sunday (Nov. 23) to hatch concrete plans to bridge the gulf between their communities, minus the kumbaya.

The “2014 Summit of Washington Area Imams and Rabbis,” its organizers hope, will be the first of many such gatherings of Jewish and Muslim clergy in cities across the U.S.

After prayers and a kosher-Halal lunch at a Washington synagogue, the clergy resolved to limit the feel-good dialogue and spent the afternoon trading ideas both tried and novel. Among them: joint projects to feed the homeless, basketball games between Muslim and Jewish teens, Judaism 101 courses for Muslims and Islam 101 for Jews.

“Host a Seder in a mosque and hold an Iftar dinner at a synagogue,” suggested Rizwan Jaka, who chairs the board at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Northern Virginia.

They threw out tough questions: “Do you invite people in your community who are particularly closed-minded to participate in interfaith dialogue?” asked Dan Spiro, co-founder of the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society. “Something to think about.”

And when Jews and Muslims meet, several imams and rabbis advised, do not sidestep the focal point of their mutual pain: the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/can-jews-and-muslims-get-along-60-imams-and-rabbis-meet-in-washington-to-try/2014/11/24/19fe6350-7420-11e4-95a8-fe0b46e8751a_story.html

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Minister: 'We'll manage Israel's affairs ourselves'

Nov 25, 2014

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday rejected American criticism of the 'Jewish state bill,' imploring the US to stay out of Israel's internal affairs.

The cabinet has approved the bill, which aims to cement the Jewish nature of the state in law, but it faces staunch opposition from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid, leading to a crisis which has threatened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coaltion.

Though the legislative process is still ongoing – a Knesset vote on the bill has been delayed until next week amid the coalition crisis – US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the US expected Israel to preserve its "commitment to democratic principles," no matter the "shape and final outcome."

Rathke, speaking to journalists in Washington, reiterated a long-held belief of the Obama administration – that "Israel is a Jewish and democratic state in which all citizens should enjoy equal rights."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Bennett-rejects-US-criticism-of-Jewish-state-bill-Well-manage-Israels-affairs-ourselves-382770

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Diplomacy more 'effective' than alternatives with Iran, Kerry says

Nov 25, 2014

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program will be extended for seven months, with world powers seeking a political framework agreement within four, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Monday from the talks in Vienna.

Praising the Iranians for "working hard" in "good faith, with seriousness and purpose," Kerry said that progress had been made in recent days "on some of the most vexing challenges" facing the parties.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani concurred, stating that, in the course of negotiations, "many gaps were narrowed and our positions with the other side got closer."

Foreign ministers from world powers at the table– the US, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany– all flew to Vienna in the leadup to a deadline on the talks, which came and went Monday unmet.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Diplomacy-more-effective-than-alternatives-with-Iran-Kerry-says-382721

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ADL slams Hagee for calling Obama ‘anti-Semitic’

 Nov 25, 2014

NEW YORK  — The Anti-Defamation League slammed the founder of Christians United for Israel for calling President Obama “anti-Semitic.”

Pastor John Hagee’s “remarks about President Obama were offensive and misplaced,” Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director, said in a statement Monday.

“One can agree to disagree about the president and his administration’s record in dealing with Israel, but to apply the label of ‘anti-Semitic’ is a serious denigration and distortion of the term.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/ADL-slams-Hagee-for-calling-Obama-anti-Semitic-382768

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Southeast Asia

 

Religious Leaders Present Conflicting Views on Interfaith Marriage

Nov 25, 2014

Jakarta. Asked about their stance on interfaith marriage as part of a judicial review hearing at the Constitutional Court, three religious leaders on Monday offered conflicting views, increasing the petitioners’ confidence in a successful outcome.

In September, a group of University of Indonesia (UI) law students sought a judicial review of Article 2(i) of the 1974 Marriage Law, which states that a marriage is only lawful “when entered in accordance with the laws of the respective religions and beliefs of the parties.”

This effectively outlaws interfaith marriages, given that nuptials conducted in one religion will not be “in accordance” with the laws of another. The petitioners argue that this clause violates their constitutional right to be allowed to get married as they choose to.

On Monday, the Constitutional Court held its second hearing in the case, listening to statements from representatives from the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia (KWI), the Indonesia Hindu Dharma Association (PHDI) and the Supreme Council for Confucian Religion in Indonesia (Matakin).

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/religious-leaders-present-conflicting-views-interfaith-marriage/

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Umno under threat, not Malays and Islam, forum told

Nov 25, 2014

Malays and Islam are not under threat in Malaysia, it is Umno which is feeling the heat, a forum in Kuala Lumpur heard last night.

National laureate A. Samad Said asked how could Malays and Islam be under threat in Malaysia when all the positions of power were filled by Malays.

"All of Malaysia's past and present prime ministers, deputy prime ministers and even the home ministers have been Malays," Samad told a 200-strong crowd who turned up at the Mandarin Court hotel for the forum, "Are Malays and Islam under threat?"

Samad said from the early days of independence, Malays had occupied all the powerful and influential positions which decided Malaysia's direction.

"Look at the police and the military, Malays make up the majority, including all the high-ranking positions. So why are Malays and Islam under threat?

"The question of Malays and Islam coming under threat only pops up during general elections and Umno general assemblies," Samad said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/umno-under-threat-not-malays-and-islam-forum-told#sthash.ZTez1TLo.dpuf

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Court orders Registration Department to issue teenager with MyKad

Nov 25, 2014

The High Court today ordered the National Registration Department to issue a teenager citizenship and MyKad although the marriage of his parents was not registered.

Judge Hue Siew Kheng said the Federal Constitution did not look into the status of parents when a child was born in the country.

"The government should not punish the child for the mistakes of the parents," she said in allowing a suit by businessman R. Moorthy who had asked Putrajaya to recognise his son Navin, as a Malaysian citizen.

She said by issuing Navin a passport, the government implicitly recognised him as a Malaysian because the travel document was only given to citizens.

Hue, who ordered the government to pay RM8,000 in costs to Moorthy, also directed the department to issue a MyKad to Navin, now 16, within 30 days.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/court-orders-registration-department-to-issue-teenager-with-mykad#sthash.ej8YfDrF.dpuf

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India

 

Youth from Mumbai who joined ISIS alive, wants to return home

Nov 25, 2014

A 23-year-old Indian youth from Kalyan near Mumbai thought to have died three months ago fighting for the Islamic State (IS) is alive and wants to be rescued, his father has told the National Investigation Agency.

Authoritative government sources said that Ejaz Majid had met senior NIA officers last Thursday in Mumbai and told them he had received a phone call from a mobile phone (number withheld, with a country code in East Europe). It was his son Areeb, who told him he had fled from IS-controlled areas to Turkey after fighting for the terrorist group, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, for nearly three months.

Now Majid has sought the help of the Narendra Modi government to evacuate the jihadist from Turkey. This request has been conveyed at the highest levels and security agencies are verifying the November 20 call.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mumbai-is-man-alive-wants-out/article1-1289795.aspx

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Nod to rehabilitate PoK displaced soon

Deeptiman Tiwary,TNN | Nov 25, 2014

NEW DELHI: Hanging fire for the past 67 years, the issue of rehabilitation of displaced families of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Chhamb area of western Pakistan may finally be settled. Government is likely to soon approve a substantial one-time settlement package for over 36,000 families from these regions.

It is, however, likely to fall short of the demand made by Jammu & Kashmir government which has asked for over Rs 9,000 crore. The matter will also be finalized and a formal announcement made only after elections in the state are over said a home ministry source.

"Home Minister Rajnath Singh is personally supervising the issue. Some details have been asked from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Meetings are being held. A decision may be taken very soon. Though, it would be difficult to foot the demand made by the state government, a reasonable package is being arrived at," said a home ministry official.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nod-to-rehabilitate-PoK-displaced-soon/articleshow/45266210.cms

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South Asia

 

Bangladesh: War criminals allowed to file review petition

Nov 25, 2014

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the convicted war criminals to seek a review of the apex court verdict.

The confusion over the issue ended as the Supreme Court released its full judgement on executed war criminal Abdul Quader Molla's review petitions on Tuesday.

SC acting registrar SM Kudduszaman made the discloser to the Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday afternoon.

He said: “The copy of the full judgement on Molla’s petitions has been released. The full judgement has cleared all confusions and a convicted war criminal has gotten the right to seek a review of its verdict.”

According to the SC judgement, a convicted war criminal will be allowed to filed a review petition within 15 days since the delivery of the full verdict of the appeal petition. The verdict will not be executed until the hearing ends.

In its judgement, the SC stated: “The period of limitation provided in the Appellate Division rule will not be applicable in respect of a review petition from a judgement on appeal under the act of 1973.”

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/nov/25/war-criminals-allowed-file-review-petition#sthash.eez7keKg.dpuf

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Women among 6 killed following an explosion in Kunduz

Nov 25, 2014

At least six people including two women were killed following an explosion in northern Kunduz province on Monday afternoon.

Local security officials said the incident took place in Dasht-e-Archi district after a remote-controlled improvised explosive device was detonated.

Provincial police spokesman Sarwar Hussaini said the blast took place around 4:00 pm local time in Dasht-e-Archi district market.

Hussaini further added that the IED was planted in a motorcycle and was detonated while the local residents were busy with shopping.

He said five civilians were also injured following the explosion and were shifted to hospital.

No group including the Taliban militants has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.

https://www.khaama.com/women-among-6-killed-following-an-explosion-in-kunduz-8793

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China opens separatism trial for students of jailed Uighur scholar

World Bulletin/News Desk

Nov 25, 2014

China opened separatism trials for seven students of jailed Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti on Tuesday, a human rights lawyer said, the latest developments in a legal drama in the Xinjiang region (East Turkestan) that has drawn criticism from the West.

Tohti, China's most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighurs, lost his appeal against a life sentence for separatism last week.

During his trial, he rejected the prosecution's evidence and said statements against him by student volunteers who had worked on a website he managed were made under pressure from authorities.

Li Fangping, the lawyer who defended Tohti, said seven students went on trial in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi on charges of "splitting the country".

"I heard from their lawyer that today the trial formally started," Li said, adding that he could not say who represented the students for fear of pressure from authorities on their families.

Li said the seven students were separated into two trials, one conducted for six defendants in Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/149199/china-opens-separatism-trial-for-students-of-jailed-uighur-scholar

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Madives Islamic minister defends government policy on extremism

Nov 25, 2014

Defending the government’s stance on extremism and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), Islamic Minister Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has told the Majlis the “Maldives will not allow Maldivians to go and fight in foreign wars.”

Shaheem told MPs today that Islamic scholars have criticised and expressed concern over ISIS policies, and stressed that Western powers also faced the challenge in preventing their citizens from joining ISIS.

He did not provide specifics on preventive mechanisms, and declined to respond to a question by MP Ibrahim Mohamed Didi on whether ISIS constituted a threat to Maldives national security.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/islamic-minister-defends-government-policy-on-extremism-91263

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Afghan 'Blasphemy' Case an Early Test for New Government

Nov 25, 2014

Afghan authorities have arrested a newspaper’s owner and editor on charges of blasphemy, a move that poses an early test for new President Ashraf Ghani as he seeks to balance international demands for free speech with calls in powerful religious circles for severe punishment.

Ghani, a Western-educated technocrat, has gone to great lengths to court religious leaders by downplaying his foreign pedigree. But he has also called free speech protections a priority, recently allowing a U.S. journalist expelled by his predecessor to return to Afghanistan.

The owner and the editor in chief of the “Afghanistan Press Daily,” an English-language newspaper based in Kabul, were arrested October 24, according to a government official close to the case who spoke to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity. Their names have not been made public.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-blasphemy-case-an-early-test-for-new-government/26654627.html

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Nepal ready to 'mediate' between India, Pak at Saarc summit

Nov 25, 2014

KATHMANDU: Nepal is ready to "mediate" between India and Pakistan to break the deadlock in their ties by bringing the leaders of the two countries together during the Saarc summit, foreign minister Mahendra Pandey said on Monday.

"Nepal could mediate between India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the summit," Pandey said during a talk show on News 24 channel.

"The prime ministers of both the countries were in favour of improving the deteriorating relations and Nepal will take the initiative," said the foreign minister of the host country.

Meanwhile, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said "wait till tomorrow", when asked about the possible meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Nepal-ready-to-mediate-between-India-Pak-at-Saarc-summit/articleshow/45262359.cms

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