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Islamic World News ( 10 Sept 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Wiki: China Helping Pak upgrade its Missiles

The CIA has transformed into a killing machine

US lays ghost of 9/11 to rest on 10th anniversary

Muslim industrialist rebuilds a Hindu shrine in Sawai Madhopur

Pak puts out ad to claim glory for role in terror fight

Islamists rally in Pak to slam US

Nargis clone’s bikini breaks Arab taboo!

Delhi High Court blast: ‘Blind’ police want to scan hotel CCTVs

India invites foreign hand for help in blast probe

Delhi High Court blast: Now mock drill after mayhem

Police and NIA looks for clues, question suspects in Kashmir

Malaysia's Mahathir: 9/11 not work of Muslims

China seeks support for its own ‘War on Terror'

Post-9/11 Afghan war ‘stigma’ on West: Taliban

13 killed in communal clashes in Nigeria

Three al Qaeda-linked rebels killed in Philippines

7 killed as Arab League launches Syria peace bid

Six Afghans subcontracted by US found dead: police

Afghan suicide attack wounds 50 US soldiers: US Army

US gave Mullah Omar warning through Pak, papers reveal

Night over, US welcomes a new dawn

Dignified in mourning: 10 yrs on, US scores a perfect ten

Tears flowed and bells tolled at Ground Zero as the world marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/ 11 attacks

9/11: ‘I love knowing you are a hero. I wish I could have met you’

THE TEARS STILL ROLL DOWN...

Pause and prayer for terror victims

3 yrs after 26/11, govt OKs coastal radar chain

Shell- shocked in Iraq’s minefields

Ahmadinejad: US used 9/11 as excuse to start wars

Bush hails 9/11 heroes, Obama urges vigilance

British PM David Cameron thought wife was killed in 9/11 attack

Families of 9/11 Indian victims still to recover

9/11 remembered in worldwide ceremonies

Pakistan says “severely affected” by terror

Pak girl’s Patna trip ends in wedlock

HC blast probe looks at new angle: Cellphone may have been trigger

Ten years on, Al-Qaeda 'increasingly irrelevant': Britain

In new message, Gaddafi urges followers to rise up

Guinea Bissau PM says Gaddafi welcome in his country: Radio

Bangladesh: Social resistance to end disparity, violence against women stressed

Bangladesh: Illiterate more vulnerable to food insecurity

Bangladesh’s stateless people demand citizenship

Europe still hotbed of Islamic terrorism

Osama probe panel visits Pakistan Air Force headquarters

Iraq's Sadr orders no attacks on US troops before pullout

Are there many al-Qaidas, or are local Jihadis just being fashion victims

Homegrown Jihadis give US the jitters

Comic relief: 9/11 and the armpit of America

US journalist becomes witness in Benazir Bhutto assassination case

Israel, Egypt try to stem damage from embassy riot

Iraq cleric to followers: Stop attacking US troops

Trial of 'Lady Al-Qaeda' begins this month

Israel bars entry of books into jails

Pakistan seeks Bramdagh’s extradition

Pakistan PM calls for global flood help

Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on Zakia Jafri's plea

“Afzal Guru should be hanged forthwith”’ BJP Leader

Swedish security police arrest 4 terror suspects

UN agency tackles post-Fukushima safety, Iran

Maldives should start using renewable energy: President Mohamed Nasheed

Islamophobe Wilders lampoons campaign against extremism

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Wiki: China helping Pak upgrade its missiles

Sep 12 2011

New Delhi : In activities reminiscent of the 1980s when Pakistan illegally obtained centrifuges, procuring steel, ring magnets and a range of banned items through the now-infamous A Q Khan network, the latest tranche of WikiLeaks cables reveals that much the same is continuing between Pakistan and China — the objective now is to add to the sophistication of delivery systems.

The cables show that Washington is aware of this and is consistently raising it at the official level with China. Consider the specific instances cited in the cables:

January 23, 2007

Ring rolling machine for Pakistan’s ballistic missile programme

The US mission in Beijing is asked to confront China with information that Chinese firm Jinan Metal Forming Machinery Engineering Co (JFMMRI) was working to supply ring-rolling machines to Pakistan’s Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC) for its ballistic missile programme. Though not controlled by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the end use was in question because these machines can be used to make “stiffener rings for ballistic missile airframes and in the production of solid rocket motor cases”.

February 14, 2007

Flow forming machines used for missile airframes

The US told China that a Chinese entity affiliated with Pakistan’s missile programme was working to procure a flow forming machine — an item controlled under the MTCR — from sources in China. In November 2006, Pak’s HMC was trying to purchase a ring-rolling machine from JFMMRI. HMC also approached China National Nonferrous Metals Import Export Company (CNNMIEC) in Beijing to buy a flow-forming machine which can be used to “create a variety of complex shapes like missile end domes”.

September 17, 2007

Bank guarantees

The US for the first time ascertains that bank guarantees had been given to JFMMRI and tells China that all this was headed to National Development Complex which was making Pakistan’s Shaheeen series of nuclear ballistic missiles.

October 13, 2008

Fibre coil winning machine and integrated optical chips

The US shared with China

Information that Chinese firm Polytechnologies Inc concluded contracts in February 2008 to supply a fiber coil winding machine and integrated optical chips to Pakistan’s Advanced Engineering and Research Organization (AERO). “Our information indicates... false documentation may have been or will be provided to Chinese export control authorities... this equipment will likely be used by AERO to support missile-related projects in Pakistan.”

October 24, 2008

Trisonic wind tunnel

The US State Department tells its Beijing post that in December 2007, the China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC) and China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) concluded a contract to supply Pakistan a trisonic wind tunnel which is controlled by the MTCR. “We believe Pakistan may intend to use this wind tunnel... to support missile-related research and development in Pakistan.”

March 27, 2009

Electrodynamic vibration test system

The US State Department tells its embassy in Beijing that in late January 2009, Pakistan’s Intralink Incorporated sought a quote from Chinese firm Suzhou Testing Instrument Factory for an electrodynamic vibration test system. Intralink Incorporated is “closely associated” with the Project Management Organization, the developer of Pakistan’s Ghaznavi short-range ballistic missile.

March 27, 2009

Speciality steel meant for short-range ballistic missile Ghaznavi (MTCR category 1 system)

In February 2009, China’s Beijing Tianlianxing Scientific Ltd. offered 1,000 kg of speciality steel to Pakistan’s Aginel Enterprises, an entity associated with the country’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes. This type of steel is not controlled but has been used in “components of Pakistan’s Ghaznavi short-range ballistic missile”.

July 21, 2009

Three-axis rotation and single axis gyroscopes

The State Department sounds out the Russian government through its embassy in Moscow about a Chinese entity purchasing “three-axis rotation and single-axis gyroscopes” from Russian company Optolink. “This Chinese company, Beijing Comfort Technology and Development Co. Ltd, is believed to serve as a front company in order to obscure the identity of the actual end-user, a cruise missile-related institute (Pakistan’s Advanced Engineering and Research Organization (AERO), the commercial arm of Pakistan’s Air Weapons Complex)”.

July 29, 2009

Carbon fibres

The US tells China in June 2009 that Chinese firm Beijing Jingda Zhiyuan Technologies Development Ltd was working to provide carbon fiber to a Pakistani missile developer. The fibres in question — type T700S, which is controlled by the MTCR, and type T300, which is controlled by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) — are used in the manufacture of composite material that can be used to produce missile components such as motor cases, reentry vehicles nose tips, propellant tanks, and rocket motor nozzles.

December 4, 2009

Ring laser gyroscopes

The State Department tells China that its Nav Technology was attempting to supply ring laser gyroscopes to a Pakistani firm with links to its ballistic and cruise missile programmes.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/wiki-china-helping-pak-upgrade-its-missiles/845154/

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The CIA has transformed into a killing machine

11 Sep, 2011

T HE attacks of September 11, 2001 have brought about a fundamental change in the CIA. According to a number of reports it has become ‘one hell of a killing machine’ with a focus on hunting terrorists rather than gathering intelligence.

Agents working for the organisation say it been transformed by a renewed focus on finding Al Qaeda operatives and killing them if necessary.

A series of drone strikes and close co- operation with Special Forces has ensured the CIA has a hand in hunting terrorists like never before, the Washington Post reported. The head of the main section responsible for the operations has gone so far as to tell colleagues: “ We are killing them faster than they can grow them now.” According to the Washington Post , the CIA before 9/ 11 was completely different to what it has now become.

Agents have described it as ‘ chugging along’ with a primary focus on traditional goals of gathering intelligence and using it to pursue America’s interests. Now the CIA drone programme has killed more than 2,000 militants — and civilians — since 2001. It was also deeply involved in the raid on Osama bin Laden’s mansion hideout in Pakistan.

The operation was carried out by Navy SEALs but under CIA authority and planning. On at least five other occasions similar operations have taken place to test the ability of the two groups to work together.

Mail Today

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US lays ghost of 9/11 to rest on 10th anniversary

Sep 12 2011

New York: The United States on Sunday substantially assuaged the painful memory of 9/11 with a poignant and graceful dedication of an utterly tranquil memorial on the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in history.It was the first such anniversary after Washington hunted down the chief perpetrator of the attack,Osama bin Laden,in Pakistan,just weeks before the consecration.

President Obama and his predecessor President Bush,the two men who took the fight to the rag-tag enemy,led the way in dedicating the serene and fluid 9/11 memorial at the site of the World Trade Center where more than 2,700 people perished after terrorists commissioned by bin Laden rammed two passenger aircraft into the two twin towers and brought them down.There was hardly a dry eye at the event on a beautiful early autumn day.

Formally known as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum,the monument consists of two square pools of water in the exact footprint of the two buildings,reflecting absence.

Times of India

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Muslim industrialist rebuilds a Hindu shrine in Sawai Madhopur

By Sudhanshu Mishra

Sep 12 2011

Muslim industrialist rebuilds a Hindu shrine in Sawai Madhopur

SAWAI Madhopur is not just a pit stop for “ tiger fans” en route Ranthambhore.

It is now a recommended stopover to witness the country’s spirit of secularism tucked away in a recently renovated Ganesha temple. It has not gone into the travel guidebooks yet, but definitely will.

It all happened after a Mumbai- based businessman, Ashiqali M. Nathani, took the initiative to renovate and rebuild the Hindu temple recently.

Situated in Khilchipur village on the fringes of Ranthambhore National Park, the temple was lying in a state of disarray for years.

The archaeology departments of the state as well as the Centre have been focusing on the famous and bigger 14th- century Trinetra Ganesh temple inside Ranthambhore fort, but never cared for the village shrine.

About two years ago, 58- year- old Nathani — who originally hails from Karachi — was in Sawai Madhopur for a brief stopover to catch a train to Mumbai.

While he was roaming about, he saw the dilapidated temple. He promptly decided to help.

He contacted Congress MLA Allauddin Azad and expressed his intentions. Following a meeting with the priest, 98- year- old Prabhudas Maharaj, and some devotees, the renovation project was taken up with earnest.

The “ new temple” was reopened on January 27, with Nathani’s friend and former Madhya Pradesh minister Aziz Qureshi cutting the ribbon. Nathani, of course, made it a point to attend the ceremony.

He also promised to open a school to inculcate secular values in the young generation.

Ganesh Chaturthi this month was unusually joyful for priest Prabhudas and the devotees of the temple.

Prabhudas said the temple attracted more devotees this year than the famous Trinetra Ganesh temple.

“ On Thursday, I as well as the faithful prayed for the wellbeing of industrialist Nathani who spent about ` 1.5 crore to renovate the shrine.” Nathani, founder of the Tiana Group of companies which has stakes in power, shipping, infrastructure, leasing and finance, said: “ The only motive was to set up an example of communal harmony and build bridges with our Hindu brethren.” He said Ganapati Bappa and 33 crore Hindu deities inspired him. “ With their blessings and that of Allah, I was able to accomplish this mission,” he added.

He didn’t see any difference between the Ganesh temple and a mosque as “ they are all places of worship”. “ Neither Islam nor the Quran prohibit a Muslim from building or renovating a Hindu temple. God has not made us Hindu, Muslim or Christian. He made human beings. One is a Hindu or a Muslim by virtue of being born to the parents following a particular faith,” he said.

It was not that his participation in the temple renovation went without criticism by some of his fellow Muslims.

“ Some of my Muslim fellows were visibly unhappy. But I went ahead.

That was their outlook to which I don’t agree,” the progressive industrialist said from Mumbai.

Mail Today

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Pak puts out ad to claim glory for role in terror fight

Sep 12 2011

Islamabad: Pakistan has placed an advertisement in the US media to reach out to America on 9/11.Which country can do more for your peace,asks the advertisement in the Wall Street Journal.Since 2001,a nation of 180 million has been fighting for the future of the worlds 7 billion.

Dawn reported that Islamabad had initially given this advertisement to The New York Times but they refused to carry it.The ad says that since Sept 11,2001,21,672 Pakistani civilians have lost their lives.The army also has lost 2,795 soldiers.The country has lost $68 billion.The ad noted that despite sacrifices the country was still engaged in the war for world peace.Can any other country do so Only Pakistan, it maintained.IANS

Times of India

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Islamists rally in Pak to slam US

Sep 12 2011

Supporters of an Islamist political party in Pakistan used the 9/11 anniversary to stage anti-American protests.In Islamabad,Multan and Karachi hundreds of people chanted and held up banners that repeated conspiracy theories alleging American or Israeli involvement in the attacks.

Times of India

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Nargis clone’s bikini breaks Arab taboo!

By Deepti Jakhar

Sep 12 2011

BEARING an uncanny resemblance to the current flavour of Bollywood, Nargis Fakhri is not the only thing going for Miss Israel 2011, Huda Naccache.

The 22- year old model and Miss Earth 2011 aspirant has broken many taboos by posing in a bikini on the cover of Israeli Arab women’s magazine Lilac.

The magazine that started a decade ago has often set out to break stereotypes and challenge the cultural notions in conservative Arab society. The monthly glossy is about women’s fashion, health, work, sex and relationships.

Although it has dabbled with the risqué before, but this is the first time it has a bikini clad model, that too of Israeli origin, on its cover. For the cover of the latest issue, Mashour, the editor of the magazine, reportedly wanted to find a young, strong and sexy model: “ a new Arab female.” And she found that in Huda Naccache.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Delhi High Court blast: ‘Blind’ police want to scan hotel CCTVs

By Hakeem Irfan

Sep 12 2011

THE Delhi Police wants the residents of the national Capital to be aware of the threat from terrorism.

But, it seems the force itself has vowed never to learn its lessons from the repeated terror attacks on the city.

As part of its probe into Wednesday’s terror attack on the Delhi High Court the police had asked over 700 hotels in and around Paharganj to submit the CCTV footage recorded during September 4- 7. This makes about 56,000 hours of camera footage for the police to sift through for any probable clues.

Though the police expect the hoteliers to remain vigilant, general security in and around the area remained poor as evident from the 20 pole- mounted cameras which have not been functioning for the past couple of months.

Moreover, the Delhi police have failed to rebuilt the police post on Dr Moonje Chowk outside the New Delhi Railway station, which was demolished during the construction work for the Commonwealth Games. According to the hoteliers, the CCTV cameras installed on the stretch were also damaged during the construction work.

Full report at: Mail Today

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India invites foreign hand for help in blast probe

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Sep 12 2011

WITH no breakthrough in sight, the Indian investigating agencies are understood to have established contact with their counterparts in the US and Southeast Asia, in their probe into Wednesday’s Delhi High Court blast.

The perpetrators of September 7 strike have not left any significant trail behind and it has prompted the Indian security establishment to seek support from foreign intelligence agencies with regard to any relevant communication from intelligence intercepts.

Sources said the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) has got in touch with the US spy agencies to provide leads into the attack. Indian intelligence and security agencies have also been working closely with their counterparts in Southeast Asia including those in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Security agencies of India and Bangladesh have also worked closely since Sheikh Hasina has returned to power in Dhaka. This has helped to bust the Karachi Project besides deportation of ULFA leaders. According to sources, the Indian investigators are trying to ascertain whether the attack had any cross- border link or it was essentially a handiwork of a home- grown module.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Delhi High Court blast: Now mock drill after mayhem

11 Sep, 2011

PM says terror a major challenge as cops intensify security cover

AMAJOR breakthrough eluded investigators in the probe into Wednesday’s Delhi High Court blast even as the Delhi Police claimed to have found a switchlike device which could be a part of the bomb apparatus.

The police also tried to ascertain if ammonium nitrate was used along with PETN in making the bomb. “ It appears that a remote was used to trigger the bomb. So far we have not found the triggering device. It was a high- intensity bomb and it appears that another explosive was used along with PETN in the bomb,” a senior police official said.

Union home secretary R. K. Singh, talking on the sidelines of the National Integration Council NIC) meet here, told newspersons that though the veracity of each e- mail sent claiming responsibility for the blasts was being verified, there was a possibility “ that this could be a prank being played by someone”. Investigators are also looking into the possibility whether the Indian Mujahideen ( IM) operatives carried out the Delhi High Court blast with the help of some other terror group.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Police and NIA looks for clues, question suspects in Kashmir

September 11, 2011

The Jammu and Kashmir Police and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are questioning seven people in connection with an email claiming responsibility for the Delhi high court bombing, a police officer said on Sunday.

"We have picked up seven people and have put them through

sustained interrogation, but there are no conclusions at the moment," a senior police officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.

The bomb blast on September 7 left 13 dead and over 90 injured.

An email, which claimed that terror group Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) carried out the bombing, was traced to an internet cafe in Kishtwar, a town 230 km northeast of Jammu.

Three people, including the cafe's two owners, were held for interrogation September 8. Subsequently, four more people were detained, including two surrendered militants.

Kishtwar is a mountainous area in Jammu region and was a hotbed of militancy a couple of years ago. Groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujadeen and HuJI were active in the area.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Police-and-NIA-looks-for-clues-question-suspects-in-Kashmir/H1-Article1-744369.aspx

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Malaysia's Mahathir: 9/11 not work of Muslims

2011-09-11

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 11, 2011 (AFP) - The long-serving former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad says Arab Muslims are incapable of carrying out the 9/11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.

The ageing firebrand, who was in power in Malaysia at the time of the attacks and stepped down in 2003 after 22 years in power, slammed former US president George W. Bush ahead of the 10-year anniversary Sunday of 9/11.

Washington blames the attacks on Al-Qaeda.

"Bush lied about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction... If they can lie so as to kill Iraqis, Afghans and American soldiers, it is not unthinkable for Bush & Co. to lie about who was responsible for 9/11," the 86-year-old wrote in his blog Friday.

Listing out reasons in line with a conspiracy theory that the US government was behind the attacks, he wrote the Twin Towers in New York "came down nicely upon themselves".

"I believe Arab Muslims are angry enough to sacrifice their lives and become suicide bombers. But they or their handlers do not strike me as capable of planning and strategising such attacks so as to maximise the damage to the enemy," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/38161

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China seeks support for its own ‘War on Terror'

ANANTH KRISHNAN

Sep 11 2011

China has called for a renewed and united international effort against terrorism on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, seeking greater global support for its own battle against terror groups as well as taking aim at Western “double standards” in dealing with terror.

Ahead of the 9/11 anniversary, Chinese officials and the State media have drawn attention to the growing domestic terror threat in the wake of recent attacks in the Xinjiang region, stressing the need for greater international cooperation.

The official media here has also hit out at the U.S. for turning a “blind eye” to China's — and other countries' — terror concerns, and highlighted both Washington's failures and weakened position a decade after the attacks on account of two costly wars and the financial crisis.

“The United States and its Western allies have repeatedly used double standards on anti-terror issues, which has obstructed the progress of the global effort,” said the State-run Xinhua news agency in a commentary.

“Often, the United States has turned a blind eye to the damage and threats caused by extremists in Russia's Chechen Republic, and opted for a double standard on the issue of the separatist forces in China's Xinjiang province, rejecting China's request to extradite members of the so-called ‘East Turkestan Islamic Movement',” (ETIM) which has a close relationship with al-Qaeda.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2442552.ece

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Post-9/11 Afghan war ‘stigma’ on West: Taliban

Sep 11 2011

KABUL: The post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan by the United States and its allies "will remain a permanent stigma on the face of Western democracy", the Taliban said Saturday.

The Islamist grouping, which refused to give up Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in the wake of the attacks 10 years ago Sunday, also said the people of Afghanistan had "endless stamina for a long war" and would "send the Americans to the dustbin of history".

In a long statement issued in Persian and English, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said the attacks on the US in 2001 had been used, unjustly, as a "pretext" for the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan.

"Each year, the 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in which they had no role whatsoever, but, using this as a pretext and a clout, the American colonialism shed blood of tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans. Still the atrocity has been continuing," the English language version said.

The Taliban had called for an "impartial" investigation into the events of 9/11 but the US and its allies had instead responded by "sending cruise missiles, poisonous and depleted uranium embedded weapons instead", it said.

Full report at:

http://www.thebangladeshtoday.com/international.htm

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13 killed in communal clashes in Nigeria

September 11, 2011

At least 13 people have been killed in an attack on a village in Nigeria's flashpoint city of Jos, where ethnic and religious slayings have continued unabated in recent weeks. The attackers had targeted predominately Christian ethnic farming villagers known as Beroms, who inhabit Vwang

area situated on the outskirts of Jos city.

"The attacks appear to be deliberate because this is the third time we are witnessing this in less than a week," a government spokesman, Pam Ayuba, said.

Jos, the capital of Plateau state, has been hit by waves of violence between Christian and Muslim tribal groups that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

The deployment of a special federal force to the area to quell the hostilities has not yielded any gains.

On Friday, 12 people, including seven children and their father, were killed when gunmen attacked two villages in an early morning raid seen as a reprisal attack as part of a series of killings.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville had on Saturday called on authorities in Nigeria to end the violence in Jos.

"We are concerned about the renewed violence which has flared up in Nigeria's 'Middle Belt' in recent weeks causing death, injury and destruction," he said, adding that more than 70 persons have been killed since last month.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/13-killed-in-communal-clashes-in-Nigeria/H1-Article1-

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Three al Qaeda-linked rebels killed in Philippines

September 11, 2011

Philippine soldiers killed three al Qaeda-linked extremists in a gun battle in the southern Philippines on Sunday, a military commander said. The battle with members of Abu Sayyaf, a local militant group in the strife-torn island of Basilan, was proof of the military's continuing efforts

to combat terrorism even a decade after 9/11, said colonel Alexander Macario.

"This shows we have been relentless in waging war on terrorism in this part of the country," he said.

Macario's anti-terror task force tracked down a band of Abu Sayyaf militants and killed three extremists, the colonel said, forcing the rest to flee the gunfight leaving the dead bodies behind.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Three-al-Qaeda-linked-rebels-killed-in-Philippines/H1-

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7 killed as Arab League launches Syria peace bid

Sep 11 2011

 Syrian forces killed seven people, activists said, as they tried to crush anti-regime dissent as Arab League chief Nabil Al Arabi met President Bashar Al Assad to broker an end to the bloodshed.

Arabi carried a 13-point document outlining Arab proposals to halt the deadly crackdown, hold elections and push for reforms in the League member state.

The attempt by the 22-member pan-Arab body to resolve the festering Syria crisis takes place with the United States set to ramp up work on a UN Security Council resolution targeting Syria.

‘We’re looking at accelerating that work next week,’ US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in reference to a draft resolution likely to include sanctions.

Arabi’s mission came three days later than originally planned, as activists reported seven new deaths a day after five other Syrians were killed when security forces dispersed protests after weekly Friday prayers.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/mi

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Six Afghans subcontracted by US found dead: police

Sep 11 2011

PUL-I-ALAM: Six Afghans employed by a local construction business contracted by the US who were kidnapped last week were found shot dead Saturday, a local official said.

The six were among a group taken hostage on Tuesday in Logar province in the south of the war-torn country. The fate of three others kidnapped at the same time remains unknown, Abdul Khalil Kamal, governor of Charkh district told AFP. The nine Afghans were kidnapped on September 6 by the Taliban while they were on their way to work for a local construction company subcontracted by the US army, Kamal said, without giving the name of the company.

"Six Afghan civilian workers were found dead this morning in Charkh district of Logar province," he said, adding that they were killed overnight and their bodies were left along the roadside in two separate areas.

Logar provincial police chief Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewani confirmed that the six bodies were recovered in two different places in the district, adding that they were suffering from gunshot wounds, to the chest, head or back of the neck.

The Taliban, who have said they had nothing to do with the kidnapping, were not immediately reachable for comment.

http://www.thebangladeshtoday.com/international.htm

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Afghan suicide attack wounds 50 US soldiers: US Army

Sep 11, 2011

JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN: A suicide bomber driving a truck attacked an advance NATO combat post in central Afghanistan, wounding 89 people including 50 American soldiers, the United States Army said Sunday.

The Taliban claimed responsibility on their Internet site for Saturday's attack, news of which came as the world marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people in the United States.

US Army spokesman Major David Eastburn said: "It happened at 5:15 pm on Saturday.

"It detonated near the entrypoint at a combat outpost, resulting in 89 wounded in action and a 20-foot hole in the wall."

NATO's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement: "A Taliban suicide bomber detonated a large vehicle-borne improvised explosive device at the entrance of Combat Outpost Sayed Abad, Wardak province, yesterday (Saturday)."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghan-suicide-attack-wounds-50-US-soldiers-US-Army/articleshow/9942942.cms

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US gave Mullah Omar warning through Pak, papers reveal

Sep 12 2011

Washington : After 9/11 attacks, the US had asked Pakistan to warn Taliban head Mullah Omar that it will destroy every pillar of the Taliban regime if he did not hand over all al-Qaeda leaders hiding in the country, according to classified national security documents. In October 2001 the US sent a private message to Omar warning that “every pillar of the Taliban regime will be destroyed”. According to a State Department cable, the US on October 7, 2001 requested that either the then ISI Chief Mahmoud Ahmed or Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf deliver a message to Taliban leaders directly from Washington informing the Taliban that “if any person or group connected in any way to Afghanistan conducts a terrorist attack against our country, our forces or those of our friends or allies, our response will be devastating.” A cable reflecting US policies in the years to come, notes that the US “should also find subtle ways to encourage splits within the [Taliban] leadership if that could facilitate changes in their policy toward terrorism.”

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-gave-mullah-omar-warning-through-pak-papers-reveal/845136/

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Night over, US welcomes a new dawn

Sep 12 2011

On 9/11 Anniv,Americans Look Back And Forward

Just as Sept 11 was unthinkable,Sunday was inevitable: the 10th anniversary of a day that stands alone.In history.In memory.

Three-thousand sixhundred fifty-two days have now passed.At 8.46am the time when the first plane slammed into 1 World Trade Center 87,648 hours will have gone by.Another 5,258,880 minutes.Another 315,532,800 seconds.Once more,the families gathered at ground zero,where 2,749 died,and in Washington and in Pennsylvania to pay tribute to the 224 who died there.

Once more,there was an outpouring of grief.

There were also long moments of silence,first at 8.46am,when American Airlines Flight 11 struck 1 World Trade Center,and again at 9.03 am,when United Airlines Flight 175 smashed into the other tower.Another silence at ground zero and at the Pentagon came at 9.37am,when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into what had been considered the unshakable nerve center of the worlds most powerful military.

Full report at: Times of India

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Dignified in mourning: 10 yrs on, US scores a perfect ten

Sep 12 2011

New York: The National September 11 Memorial & Museum was dedicated on Sunday to the victims of the terror attack.Designed by the Israeli-American architect Michael Arad,the names of the victims are inscribed on granite panels around the pool.Some 250 white oak trees,which will grow and last for 300 years,surround the memorial,which is spread across 16 sacred acres and which will be open to the public from Monday onwards.A museum will open at the site on the 11th anniversary next year.

Sunday morning belonged to the nearly 3,000 families who lost their dear ones on that terrible day.As it is done every year,names of the victims were read out alphabetically in scenes that never fail to touch a chord in the heart and moisten eyes.They included the names of more than 40 Indian victims,from Mukesh Kumar Agarwala to Jupiter Yamben,who worked in the buildings or were travelling in the planes on that fateful day.No one remembered the 19 hijackers who perpetrated the horrific attack,fuelled by hate-filled ideology and grievance-laden minds nurtured mainly in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

Full report at: Times of India

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Tears flowed and bells tolled at Ground Zero as the world marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/ 11 attacks

Sep 12 2011

THE NAMES, of the 9/ 11 dead, some called out by children barely old enough to remember their fallen mothers and fathers, echoed across New York’s Ground Zero on Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. “ God is our refuge and strength,” President Barack Obama said, quoting the Bible. Weeping relatives of the victims streamed into a newly opened memorial and placed pictures and flowers beside names etched in bronze.

Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, stood in silence and a bell rang twice on the precise moment ten years after the first hijacked jetliner struck the World Trade Center.

Obama, standing behind bulletproof glass and before the white oak trees of the memorial, read the Bible passage after a moment of silence at 8.46 am ( New York time), when the first jetliner slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center 10 years ago. The President, quoting Psalm 46, invoked the presence of God as an inspiration to endure. “ Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” As cellist Yo Yo Ma played a mournful background, relatives of the 9/ 11 dead began entering a transformed Ground Zero, the centrepiece of a day of remembrance around the US and world to mark 10 years since the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

Full report at: Mail Today

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9/ 11: ‘I love knowing you are a hero. I wish I could have met you’

Sep 12 2011

IT WAS a fitting tribute to salute their fallen colleagues, as 343 flags were carried by an honour guard for each one of the firemen who died on 9/ 11.

Firemen from across the US gathered in Manhattan, New York, around St Patrick’s Cathedral, as a memorial service was held after an honour guard had marched down Fifth Avenue.

The largest fire department in the US held the ceremony as part of a weekend of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/ 11 terror attacks that devastated America in 2001.

“We came here to let these guys know we haven’t forgotten about them,” Chris Pace, of Las Vegas, Nevada, told NBC. “ If it had happened in our city, we would have run into that building too. And they would have been here for us now.” Patrick Lyons, 9, tragically lost his father Lieutenant Patrick Lyons, of Squad 252 in Brooklyn, New York, in the attacks just 26 days before he was born, reported NBC. “ Dear dad — I just missed meeting you,” he bravely said during the service. “ I want you to know that mummy is doing a great job of raising me.” “ I know you are in heaven and always watching over me,” he added. “ I love knowing you are a hero. I wish I could have met you.” Fire commissioner Salvatore Cassano echoed President Barack Obama’s earlier comments that the country and its people are stronger because of the attacks.

Full report at: Mail Today

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THE TEARS STILL ROLL DOWN...

Sep 12 2011

Prez tells fellow Americans to keep eyes open

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast amid September 11 commemorations on Sunday to look out for suspicious activity as authorities tracked a credible terror threat.

Obama said in an interview with NBC News that US intelligence and security officials had been preparing for months for the 10th anniversary of the al- Qaeda attack on New York and Washington.

“ That doesn’t mean though we shouldn’t be vigilant,” Obama said.

“ What we want all Americans to know is, your government has prepared for it. It is important for you to keep your eyes open. People should be on the lookout and make sure that if something suspicious is taking place you are informing your local law enforcement.” US security agencies have scrambled to chase down what officials said was a credible but unconfirmed threat reportedly received by US intelligence agents this week of an al- Qaeda attack — possibly a car bomb in Washington or New York — around the September 11 commemorations.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Pause and prayer for terror victims

Sep 12 2011

Just as September 11 was unthinkable, Sunday was inevitable: the 10th anniversary of a day that stands alone. In history. In memory.

Three-thousand six-hundred fifty-two days have now passed. At 8:46 am — the time when the first plane slammed into the north tower of the World Trade Centre — 87,648 hours went by. Another 5,258,880 minutes. Another 315,532,800 seconds.

Once more, the families gathered at Ground Zero, where 2,749 died, and in Washington and Pennsylvania, paying tribute to the 224 who died there.

Once more, there was an outpouring of grief. Mayor Michael R Bloomberg said the attacks had turned “a perfect blue-sky morning” into “the blackest of nights.” He added, “We can never unsee what happened here.”

President Obama read Psalm 46, which talks about God as “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Former President George W Bush quoted Abraham Lincoln on the casualties in the Civil War as Bush commemorated the casualties of September 11. “I pray that our heavenly father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement,” Bush read, quoting from a letter Lincoln had written in 1864 to a mother whose five sons had died in the war. Sunday was the first time that the two Presidents stood at Ground Zero together.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pause-and-prayer-for-terror-victims/845130/

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3 yrs after 26/11, govt OKs coastal radar chain

Sep 12 2011

New Delhi: A decade after it was first mooted and three years after the 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai,the government is now finally scrambling to kick-start the static coastal radar chain and the national AIS (automatic identification system) network to dynamically detect and track suspicious vessels entering Indian waters.

The long-delayed contract for coastal radars,which will be manufactured by defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) in collaboration with a foreign firm,was inked last week.The contract is worth Rs 601.77 crore.Under it,36 coastal radars will be installed in the mainland,six in Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands and four in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said an official.

Even though it sounds pretty ambitious,the plan is to have the radar chain for the mainland up and running in a year,with the island ones scheduled to become operational six months after that.

Apart from existing lighthouses on which the radars with electro-optic sensors will be installed,13 towers are being constructed on the mainland for them.Phase-II of the project,with 37 additional radars,will follow thereafter, the official said.

Full report at: Times of India

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Shell- shocked in Iraq’s minefields

By Vikas Kahol

Sep 12 2011

ADOZEN or so young men from Punjab, who managed to return from Iraq after their release from captivity, have furnished evidence that they were forced to clear ammunition in the Arab country.

The youth, who brought back photographs and videos on phone memory cards, presented them before a committee set up by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The photographs, showing the youth holding ammunition, were also presented to a high court bench comprising justices M. M. Kumar and Gurdev Singh.

The court has been hearing a plea to help the youth still stuck in Iraq.

The high court had asked the committee to interact with workers who had been brought back and submit a report. Piyush Kant Jain, Punjab’s additional advocate general and a member of the committee, said they had filed their report.

These men had been hired by agents who promised them work with the army and at construction firms in Iraq. Instead, they were forced to clear areas of ammunition, often live shells, they claimed.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Ahmadinejad: US used 9/11 as excuse to start wars

Sep 11, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran: The Iranian president says the United States used the Sept. 11 attacks as an excuse for launching wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the attacks were a “complicated, designed game” to affect people’s emotions and pave way for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

He also says US launched those wars to solve its own economic problems. Ahmadinejad’s remarks appeared on Iranian state TV’s website on Sunday.

The Iranian leader has repeatedly questioned the official version of the events surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks, calling it a “big lie.”

In 2010, New York turned down his request to visit the World Trade Center site to pay respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article500261.ece

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Bush hails 9/11 heroes, Obama urges vigilance

Sep 11, 2011

SHANKSVILLE (US): President Barack Obama has vowed that the United States will not waver in its fight against terrorism, as his predecessor said Americans will "never forget" 9/11 and the heroes who helped defend the country.

With the world marking a decade since the deadliest attack on US soil, and the tragedy seared into America's collective memory, communities across America honored those lost in the disaster, while New York and Washington beefed up police presence and Obama called for a "heightened state of vigilance" as Americans readied for the 10th anniversary under the shadow of a terror threat.

Relatives of victims also gathered on a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and current Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a memorial yesterday to those who died aboard hijacked United Airlines Flight 93.

Bush honored as heroes the 40 passengers and crew who helped avert further disaster by overpowering the hijackers intent on flying the airliner into the US Capitol, saying they launched the "first counteroffensive in the war on terror."

But the president who launched that war also spoke of the wrenching pain that relatives still feel, 10 years on.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Bush-hails-9/11-heroes-Obama-urges-

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British PM David Cameron thought wife was killed in 9/11 attack

Sep 11, 2011

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose wife Samantha was on a business trip to New York on September 11, 2001, faced moments of anxiety to finally hear she had not died in the terror attack.

In an interview to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Cameron told al-Jazeera how he spent hours trying to contact Samantha.

Cameron was at the family home in Oxfordshire on the day of the attacks while Samantha - who was two months pregnant with their first son Ivan - was in New York opening a new branch of the upmarket stationers Smythson, where she still works as a consultant.

Although Samantha was in the shop a few kilometres from the World Trade Center, she was unable to tell her husband she was safe for five hours because the phone and mobile networks crashed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, said the Daily Mail.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/British-PM-David-Cameron-thought-wife-was-

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Families of 9/11 Indian victims still to recover

Sep 11, 2011

NEW YORK: It is said that time is the best healer, but not for the Indian families in the US whose kith and kin lost their lives on that fateful September day ten years ago, when the city faced its worst terror attack.

New Jersey resident Arjan Mirpuri's 30-year old son Rajesh was among the 3,000 people who died on 9/11 when two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers.

"My son did not even work at the World Trade Centre. He had gone there that day to attend a trade show. Before that day, Rajesh had never gone to the WTC. 9/11 became the most unfortunate day of our lives," Mirpuri told PTI.

It has been 10 long years since but the pain and sadness in Mirpuri's voice and expression is still palpable.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Families-of-9/11-Indian-victims-still-to-

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9/11 remembered in worldwide ceremonies

Sep 11, 2011

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: Ten years on from the day the 9/11 terrorist attacks changed so much for so many people, the world's leaders and millions of citizens are pausing to reflect.

From Sydney to Atlanta, formal ceremonies are planned or already under way to remember the nearly 3,000 who perished from more than 90 countries. And, in a reminder that threats remain, authorities in Washington and New York are beefing up security in response to intelligence about possible plans for a car bomb attack.

For some people, the pain never stops. In Malaysia, Pathmawathy Navaratnam woke up on Sunday in her suburban Kuala Lumpur home and did what she's done every day for the past 10 years: wish her son "Good morning." But Vijayashanker Paramsothy, a 23-year-old financial analyst, was killed in the attacks on New York.

"He is my sunshine. He has lived life to the fullest, but I can't accept that he is not here anymore," said Navaratnam. "I am still living, but I am dead inside."

In Manila, dozens of former shanty dwellers offered roses, balloons and prayers for another 9/11 victim, American citizen Marie Rose Abad. The neighbourhood used to be a shantytown that reeked of garbage. But in 2004, Abad's Filipino-American husband built 50 brightly coloured homes, fulfilling his late wife's wish to help impoverished Filipinos.

The village has since been named after her.

"It's like a new life sprang from the death of Marie Rose and so many others," said villager Nancy Waminal.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/9/11-remembered-in-worldwide-

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Pakistan says “severely affected” by terror

Sep 11 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan paid tribute to the victims of the attacks on their 10th anniversary Sunday, saying it too was a target of terrorism.

“Pakistan joins the people of the United States and of the world in honouring the memory of all those who lost their lives on 11 September, as well as those who have been victims of terrorism around the world,” the foreign ministry said.

The cataclysmic events of September 11 dragged the nuclear power into a decade of fighting and violence that the government in Islamabad says has killed 35,000 people.

The foreign ministry statement said: “As a country that has been severely affected by terrorism, we reaffirm our national resolve to strengthening international cooperation for the elimination of terrorism.

“It is also appropriate that today the global community renew its commitment to uphold the noble ideals of tolerance, humanity, brotherhood and friendship amongst all peoples and its determination to work for creating a better world.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/11/pakistan-says-severely-affected-by-terror.html

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Pak girl’s Patna trip ends in wedlock

By Giridhar Jha

11 Sep, 2011

GOING on a holiday and then getting married sounds like a cool idea. But Nigar Fatima Hussain had no such plans when she and her family decided to visit India.

Nigar, who is from Karachi, and her family decided to celebrate Eid with her aunt who stays in Phulwarisharif, on the outskirts of Patna.

But by the time they were getting ready to leave the country, Nigar got married to Sheeraz Ahmad, a businessman from Patna, in a quiet ceremony on Friday night.

It happened all of a sudden, lending credence to the adage that marriages are indeed made in heaven. Till the other day they were unknown to each other and now they are husband and wife.

“It was purely an arranged marriage,” Sheeraz said. “Our families met by chance and decided that we should get married. Everything happened in less than a week.” The girl, who works as the director (events) in Karachi’s five- star hotel Avari Towers, said everything happened as per the will of the Almighty. “Our elders fixed the marriage. I am very happy.” Sheeraz, a businessman who deals in electronics goods, said they had no messages to deliver in this cross- border wedding.

“The borders between two countries matters little if two individuals decide to get married.

Still, our wedding should send out a positive signal in both the countries and underline the fact that our cultures are the same,” he added.

Full report at: Mail Today

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HC blast probe looks at new angle: Cellphone may have been trigger

Sep 11 2011

New Delhi : As the National Investigation Agency (NIA) expands its probe into the Delhi High Court blast across the country, the first indication has emerged that a cellphone might have been used to trigger the explosion. A fragment of a mobile phone with traces of an explosive on it has been recovered, sources said.

The sources also said that investigators now think that the explosive used in the attack was either RDX or PETN, not ammonium nitrate.

Should the examination of the mobile phone fragment provide conclusive evidence that it was used to trigger the blast, an altogether new, and serious, dimension will be added to the probe. Cellphone-triggered blasts have had a Lashkar-e-Toiba signature in the recent past.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hc-blast-probe-looks-at-new-angle-cellphone-may-

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Ten years on, Al-Qaeda 'increasingly irrelevant': Britain

Sep 11 2011

London : Al-Qaeda is now weaker than at any time since the September 11 attacks and the Arab Spring popular uprisings have shown it is increasingly irrelevant, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

“In the decade since the 2001 attacks on the United States, terrorists have succeeded only in the murder of innocents, often from among those they claim to represent,” he said on the tenth anniversary of the atrocity.

“Al-Qaeda is now weaker than at any time in the decade since 9/11 -- and political progress through peaceful protest in the Middle East and North Africa has shown it to be increasingly irrelevant to the future.”

The Islamist terror group behind the September 11 attacks was absent from popular protests that took place across the Arab world this year, which led to the fall of presidents in Egypt and Tunisia and provoked major unrest elsewhere.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ten-years-on-alqaeda-increasingly-irrelevant-

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In new message, Gaddafi urges followers to rise up

Sep 11 2011

Wadi Dinar (Libya) : In a new audio message from hiding, Muammar Gaddafi calls on his followers to rise up and fight, saying "this is the zero hour."

Fighters from the revolutionary forces that drove him from power last month have begun an assault on one of his last areas of support in the town of Bani Walid, southeast of the capital.

Gaddafi's latest message was broadcast repeatedly on the town's radio station last night.

In it, he urges supporters to fight and says those who don't will go to hell.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-new-message-gaddafi-urges-followers-to-rise-

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Guinea Bissau PM says Gaddafi welcome in his country: Radio

Sep 11, 2011

BISSAU: Guinea Bissau Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior said Saturday Libya's ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi would be welcomed "with open arms" if he seeks exile in the west African country.

"The Libyan guide Muammar Gaddafi deserves all the respect of our government who will host him with open arms. He will be welcome in our country, if he needs exile in our country," Gomes Junior told the independent Radio Bombolom.

The prime minister made the statement on his return from the inauguration of Cape Verde's new president Jorge Carlos Fonseca. He made the same comments to the media there on Friday, adding "we will ensure his security."

Asked about the international arrest warrant against Gaddafi, Gomes said: "Guinea Bissau has not ratified the Rome Statute (that established the International Criminal Court), so doesn't take that into account."

The west African nation, known for its chronic political and military instability, had strong ties with Gaddafi's regime, which invested widely in hotels, agriculture and cashew nuts -- the country's main export.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Guinea-Bissau-PM-says-Gaddafi-

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Bangladesh: Social resistance to end disparity, violence against women stressed

Sep 11 2011

RAJSHAHI: Speakers at a views-sharing meeting in Rajshahi on Saturday night called for forging social resistance to stop disparity and violence against women for taking the nation towards prosperity.

In this regard, they stated that collective effort together with changing mindset could be the effective means of attaining the expected target. Local unit of Jatiya Mohila Parishad (JMP) organized the meeting at the GDRC conference hall in observance of the 3rd September International CEDEW Day-2011.

Main thrust of the meeting was to gather opinion and information on how to speed up the grassroots activities on anti- violence against women effectively.

With local unit JMP President Abeda Raihan Buli in the chair, editor of Daily Sonar Desh Prof Fazlul Haque, president of Rajshahi Metropolitan Press Club Mahtab Uddin, president of Shaw Unnayan Mustafizur Rahman Khan, city unit president of CPB Abul Kalam Azad, coordinator of Prip Trust Saiduzzaman Shipon and local unit JMP Treasurer Selina Parveen spoke on the occasion, among others. JMP local unit General Secretary Kolpona Roy presented a concept paper on the issue.

Full report at: Bangladesh Today

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Bangladesh: Illiterate more vulnerable to food insecurity

Sep 11 2011

Dhaka: The illiterate group is more vulnerable to food insecurity in the country's hill districts due to lack of technological knowledge in farming, says a study.

The study reveals that there is a significant relationship between education level and food security. The illiterate group is less secure when it comes to food security.

Principal Investigator Md Hazrat Ali with Kamal Uddin Ahmed and Mirza Hasanuzzaman of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University conducted the study titled 'Consumption of Maize - An Alternative Food Habit to Improve Food Security in the Hilly Areas of Bangladesh'.

The study was carried out with technical support from the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP) under the FAO and the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, and financial support from the European Union (EU) and USAID.

The study was undertaken to understand the efficacy of maize as an alternative food for improving the food security of the people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Full report at: Bangladesh Today

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Bangladesh’s stateless people demand citizenship

Sep 11, 2011

DHAKA, Bangladesh: Residents of Indian enclaves within Bangladesh have kept their homes unlit at night in a protest to demand Bangladeshi citizenship within a specific period.

The protest follows an agreement signed by the two countries on Tuesday. The pact gives Bangladeshi citizenship to thousands of residents of the 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh but does not give a time frame for the process.

Protest organizer Mofizar Rahman says thousands of residents marched through the streets in Panchagarh town Saturday night and refused to light lamps in their homes to demand a specific deadline for giving them citizenship.

The enclaves are the result of absurd map drawing during the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent.

Rahman says similar protests will take place Sunday.

http://arabnews.com/world/article500262.ece

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Europe still hotbed of Islamic terrorism

September 11, 2011

In the days after 9/11, shocked American intelligence authorities quickly surmised that Islamic terrorist networks in Europe — particularly Britain — need to be tackled head on. The fingerprints of Europe were all over the attacks on the Twin Towers: Zacarias Moussaoui, the only terrorist to be convicted for 9/11, was a Frenchman radicalised in a British university.

Ten years on, Europe — home to 15 million Muslims — remains a continent on the edge. If Britain is widely considered to be the epicenter of European Islamic terrorism, it is because of its large Pakistani-origin population — more than a million and growing, including 431,000 born in Pakistan.

A massive security review in 2005 led ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown to repeatedly declare that 75% of all terrorist incidents in Britain had their origins in Pakistan. According to MI5 chief Jonathan Evans, that figure has now come down to 50% but he adds: “This does not mean that the overall threat has reduced but that it has diversified (to Somalia and other countries).”

Indeed, Britain is now home to 2,000 terrorist suspects and 200 Al Qaeda operatives who are under constant surveillance. Terror networks in Britain are both an internal and global threat.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/Europe-still-hotbed-of-Islamic-

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Osama probe panel visits Pakistan Air Force headquarters

Sep 11, 2011

ISLAMABAD: The commission probing the US raid in Abbottabad to take out al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden visited the Pakistan Air Force headquarters for a briefing on the functioning of radars.

US commandos had flown undetected into Abbottabad May 2 onboard stealth helicopters for the raid against Osama.

A senior air force officer highlighted events leading to the Abbottabad operation in a presentation.

The officer spoke about the radar system's functioning.

He indicated situations where the radar system could not detect an intruding aircraft or helicopters because of terrain limitations, Dawn reported.

The officer said that the air force had maintained peacetime measures on its western borders for the past many years.

He went on to say that the air force took adequate operational measures as per the standard operating procedures.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Osama-probe-panel-visits-Pakistan-Air-Force-headquarters/articleshow/9943924.cms

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Iraq's Sadr orders no attacks on US troops before pullout

Sep 11, 2011

NAJAF: Shiite radical leader Moqtada Sadr has ordered his followers not to launch any attacks on US troops before the completion of their pullout from Iraq scheduled for by the end of the year.

"In order that Iraq can recover its independence through the withdrawal of the invaders from our territory, I judge it indispensable to halt all armed resistance operations until the complete withdrawal of the occupying forces," Sadr said in a statement received by AFP on Sunday.

"If the pullout is completed and there is no longer a single US soldier on our territory, the military operations will end definitively but if that is not the case and Iraq remains in a state of dependency, they will resume with greater vigour," Sadr said.

In July, Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, spokesman for US forces in Iraq accused three Shiite militia groups of being behind attacks on US troops.

He named them as the Promised Day Brigades, formed by Sadr in November 2008, and Kataeb Hezbollah and Assaib Ahl al-Haq, two splinter groups which broke away from Sadr's former Mehdi Army militia which fought US-led troops from 2004 to 2007.

The new US Army chief warned on Thursday against leaving too large a force in Iraq after a year-end deadline, saying too many boots on the ground could feed the perception of an American "occupation."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraqs-Sadr-orders-no-attacks-on-US-

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Are there many al-Qaidas, or are local jihadis just being fashion victims

Sep 11, 2011

Soon after 9/11, the world had a fairly good idea what the group was about. Led by Osama bin Laden, the core group was all-Arab, taking shelter with the Afghan Taliban.

Ten years later, there are many al-Qaidas. Whether in the local groups in Somalia, Morocco, Yemen, or Indonesia, the al Qaida ideology and leaders are now embedded into local groups, make local causes and issues their own, all the while, keeping the global al-Qaida ideologies alive.

Ilyas Kashmiri, who fell to a US drone attack in June 2011, personifies how al-Qaida -- in the decade since 9/11 -- has become part of local terror groups. Pakistani author, Amir Mir wrote recently that Kashmiri was the intersection between al-Qaida, Afghan and Pakistani Taliban and even Pakistan army and security establishment.

Kashmiri started out as part of Pakistan's elite commandos, but near the end of his life, he was al-Qaida's key international jihadi leaders, with his shadowy army, Lashkar-e-Zil, which brings together al-Qaida and Taliban fighters.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Are-there-many-al-Qaidas-or-are-local-

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Homegrown jihadis give US the jitters

Sep 11, 2011

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: A massive manhunt by security and intelligence agencies was underway in the US for three men believed to be planning major terror attacks in America, as secretary of state warned that cities from New York to Mumbai were still under threat.

The manhunt was launched following what US officials now say is "credible and specific" information that US citizens or people with American travel documents are on a mission to explode a car or vehicle bombs in New York or Washington with orders to create as much destruction as they can.

What is causing alarm in the US agencies is the tip-off that at least two of the three men involved in the possible al-Qaida plot are believed to be American nationals.

Word that the al-Qaida had dispatched a new attack team came to US agencies in mid week from a CIA informer in Pakistan's troubled northwest. The team has been dispatched by new al-Qaida chief Egyptian Aiyman al-Zawahiri, who wants to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by spectacular strikes on the US soil as a revenge for killing of Osama bin Laden.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Homegrown-jihadis-give-US-the-

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Comic relief: 9/11 and the armpit of America

Sep 11, 2011

Sniff the armpit of America as the 9/11 decade comes to a close and the odour is unmistakably fear and a funny, pungent, sense of humour about Muslims. That's why the popular joke in some small towns revolves around Muslim mothers and their terrorist offspring. The punchline has one of the women sighing "they blow up so fast". It is a pitch perfect parody of every mother's lament that children grow up too quickly. Transposed to Muslims, it is also a profoundly cruel - and slanderous - stereotype masquerading as humour.

But it serves a purpose. It illustrates the grim, unsmiling reality of the last 10 years for small-town America, a decade that the country's authoritative Prospect magazine recently damned as "lost". In a piece signed by its editors and titled "The Remains of the Day", the magazine severely diagnosed America's troubles as "stemming from what the country has done to itself (with much) squandered wealth and unrealized opportunities to address such longterm problems as global warming and rising inequality". The American public, it finished, is ready for a rapid drawdown of troops (in Afghanistan) and "ambitious nation-building" at home.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Comic-relief-9/11-and-the-armpit-of-

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US journalist becomes witness in Benazir Bhutto assassination case

Sep 11 2011

ISLAMABAD: American journalist Mark Siegal has become the prosecution's witness in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, a media report said on Saturday.

Federal Investigation Agency prosecutor general Chaudhry Zulfiqar said Siegal gave a statement saying then president Pervez Musharraf telephoned Benazir Bhutto in his presence and "threatened" her when she returned to Pakistan before the 2008 elections, Online news agency reported.

Bhutto replied that Musharraf would be responsible if anything happened to her.

Siegal further said in the statement that Bhutto appeared "disturbed" after Musharraf's phone call.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-journalist-becomes-witness-in-

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Israel, Egypt try to stem damage from embassy riot

Sep 11, 2011

CAIRO: Israel and Egypt's leadership tried Saturday to limit the damage in ties after protesters stormed Israel's embassy in Cairo, trashing offices and prompting the evacuation of nearly the entire staff from Egypt in the worst crisis between the countries since their 1979 peace treaty.

The 13-hour rampage deepened Israel's fears that it is growing increasingly isolated amid the Arab world's uprisings and, in particular, that Egypt is turning steadily against it after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the authoritarian leader who was a close ally.

In Israelis' eyes, the scene of cars burning outside the embassy and the tale of six Israeli guards trapped inside for hours in a steel-doored safe room underscored their view that anti-Israeli sentiment in Egypt was running free after decades of being contained by Mubarak's regime. The ousted leader's powerful security forces never would have let a protest get near the Nile-side embassy.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-Egypt-try-to-stem-damage-from-embassy-riot/articleshow/9943910.cms

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Iraq cleric to followers: Stop attacking US troops

Sep 11, 2011

BAGHDAD: An anti-American cleric is urging his followers to stop attacking US troops in Iraq so that their withdrawal from the country isn’t slowed down, a call meant to ramp up pressure on Baghdad’s political leaders who are considering asking some American forces to stay.

In a statement posted on his website, Shiite cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr told his militias to halt attacks against US forces till the withdrawal is finished at the end of the year as required under a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad.

“Out of my desire to complete Iraq’s independence and to finish the withdrawal of the occupation forces from our holy lands, I am obliged to halt military operations of the honest Iraqi resistance until the withdrawal of the occupation forces is complete,” Al-Sadr said in the statement, posted late Saturday. Sadrist lawmaker Mushraq Naji confirmed the statement on Sunday.

However, Al-Sadr warned that “if the withdrawal doesn’t happen ... the military operations will be resumed in a new and tougher way.”

The statement followed last week’s notice by US officials in Baghdad, announcing the start of the withdrawal.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article500258.ece

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Trial of 'Lady Al-Qaeda' begins this month

Sep 11 2011

JEDDAH: A special criminal court will try Haila Al-Qaseer this month for allegedly joining Al-Qaeda, providing shelter to wanted terror suspects and funding terrorism.

According to the charges leveled by the public prosecutor, 47-year-old Al-Qaseer, nicknamed Um Al-Rabab, is also accused of recruiting militants for the terrorist organization and possessing weapons to use them for terrorist operations.

The Saudi woman is also accused of traveling to places of violence and battlegrounds without the permission of the ruler. Other charges include forging of ID cards for those who intend to go abroad to fight alongside militants in countries hit by civil wars.

During the trial Al-Qaseer will be given a chance to reply to the charges. According to a judicial source, the trial will take place within two weeks.

“The judge will ask the woman to read out her reply to him and the public prosecutor in the presence of her lawyers,” the source said. In the next session, the prosecutor will present evidence to try to prove the charges against the woman.

Al-Qaseer was arrested in the central city of Buraidah in March 2010 along with other wanted militants belonging to the same family. She is considered one of the principal financiers of Al-Qaeda.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article500040.ece

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Israel bars entry of books into jails

Sep 11 2011

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Prisoners Club (Nadi Al-Asir) said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) barred the entry of books into prisons.

The club said that the IPS barred the entry of books, of all its fields, into 23 prisons and detention camps as punishment against some 7,000 Palestinian prisoners.

The club said that it prevented the families from bringing books to their relatives during their visitation. In early July, the Israeli security authorities decided to bar six Palestinian families from entering Israel for smuggling cell phones into prisons.

It added that the Palestinian prisoners who are held in solitary confinement are “the biggest sufferers from the Israeli decision since the books are a sole source of engagement for them.”

The club said that the IPS move is part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision last June to take away prisoners’ privileges in order to pressure Hamas into releasing kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who is still held in Hamas’ captivity since June 2006.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article499965.ece

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Pakistan seeks Bramdagh’s extradition

Sep 11 2011

ISLAMABAD: The government has asked the Swiss authorities to reject the plea for political asylum made by Bramdagh Bugti, who heads an outlawed Baloch rebel group, and extradite him to Pakistan.

The authorities have yet to hear from Berne about their request, but they say the initial response of the Swiss government was that of consideration.

Bugti, 30, heads the separatist Baloch Republican Party and its militant wing, the Baloch Republican Army. He has been accused of attacks against settlers in Balochistan, government installations and armed forces.

The ‘proofs’ of his involvement in subversive activities have also been handed over to the Swiss officials, an official said.

But, on being questioned by Swiss authorities about Pakistani allegations, a Western diplomat said he denied them and alleged that he was facing threats to his life in Pakistan because of his “support for the freedom of Balochistan”.

He is the second rebel leader whose asylum has been officially opposed by the government. Islamabad had previously tried to block Hyrbyair Marri’s application for asylum in the United Kingdom. However, he succeeded in getting it this year after being initially rejected by the Home Office.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/11/pakistan-seeks-bramdaghs-extradition.html

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Pakistan PM calls for global flood help

11 September 2011

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called for international help for up to five million people affected by recent monsoon rains.

Floods in Pakistan have killed 138 people in a month and affected up to five million more, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

Sindh, a flood-prone southern province, was the hardest-hit area with thousands of houses and large areas of crops destroyed.

“International organisations and the world community should focus their attention on the affected people,” Gilani said in an address to the nation late Saturday.

“We are sure that international organisations and the world community would sympathetically consider the appeal by the President of Pakistan and take immediate steps for the rehabilitation of flood-affected people,” Gilani said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/September/

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Supreme Court verdict tomorrow on Zakia Jafri's plea

Sep 11 2011

The Supreme Court will give its verdict on Monday on a plea by Zakia Nazim Jafri for a direction to conduct further probe into the alleged role of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gulberg Society case.

Ms. Zakia is the wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the post-Godhra riots.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by the former CBI Director R.K. Raghavan, had submitted a report to the court on the complaint after examining Mr. Modi and others. However, as the Supreme Court felt the inferences of Mr. Raghavan in the report did not match the findings of SIT, it sought the comments of amicus curiae Raju Ramachandran to suggest a course of action.

On July 28, a three-judge Bench of Justices D.K. Jain, P. Sathasivam and Aftab Alam, perused the report of the amicus curiae, who is understood to have disagreed with certain conclusions in the SIT report and given some suggestions. While reserving orders on that day, the Bench told counsel that it would pass orders giving directions indicating the course of action. On Monday, the Bench will give its verdict on the complaint.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2442182.ece

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“Afzal Guru should be hanged forthwith”

Sep 11 2011

The government should not dither any further on sending Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament attack case, to the gallows, said BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu here on Saturday.

In the wake of yet another terror strike at the Delhi High Court, the second in four months, it was time the government put down terrorism with an iron hand, he said.

Addressing a media conference, he charged the UPA government with not understanding the genesis of terrorism as it was only concerned with vote-bank politics.

Finding fault with the resolution passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly against capital punishment to Rajiv killers and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's tweet on a possible similar stand by the State, Mr. Naidu said region and religion aspects had no place in dealing with the nation's enemies.

“This is not the context to discuss the merits of capital punishment,” he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2442554.ece

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Swedish security police arrest 4 terror suspects

Sep 11 2011

Swedish police arrested four people on suspicion of preparing a terror attack and evacuated an arts centre in Sweden’s second largest city on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary, officials said on Sunday.

The four were arrested in the west coast city of Goteborg and were suspected of plotting terrorism, said Sara Kvarnstrom, spokeswoman for the Swedish security police, SAPO. She declined to give details on the arrests and wouldn’t say whether they were linked to the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Ms. Kvarnstrom said SAPO saw no reason to raise its terror alert level, which has been at “elevated” since October.

“Our assessment is that there is no reason for public concern at the moment,” she told The Associated Press.

Police in Goteborg said in a statement they had evacuated an arts centre, located beneath Goteborg’s landmark half-mile (933-meter) Alvsborg bridge. They said the Roda Sten arts centre was evacuated due to a threat deemed to pose “serious danger for life, health or substantial damage of property.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2444510.ece

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UN agency tackles post-Fukushima safety, Iran

Sep 11 2011

VIENNA: A global safety "action plan" in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster and growing suspicions that Iran is developing nuclear weapons will dominate a meeting of the UN atomic watchdog next week.

Also in focus for the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) board of governors in Vienna from Monday to Friday will be Syria, North Korea and tentative first steps towards a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

The scale of the March 11 disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant, the worst since Chernobyl in 1986, made many worry about the safety of nuclear power, with the IAEA convening a special ministerial conference in June.

According to a draft seen by AFP, the 12-point plan encourages fresh assessments of nuclear plants and of how well countries are prepared for emergencies, as well as more "peer reviews" of reactors by foreign experts. For some diplomats, however, Amano's proposals have been watered down too much, most notably by Washington and Beijing, by for example stopping short of making these visits mandatory.

The board will also be given a new and critical report on Iran's nuclear activities, which many Western countries suspect are aimed at developing nuclear weapons but which the Islamic republic says are peaceful.

Full report at:

http://www.thebangladeshtoday.com/international.htm

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Maldives should start using renewable energy: President Mohamed Nasheed

2011-09-11

MALE, September 11 (HNS) – President Mohamed Nasheed has said that the Maldives and its people are directly affected by the slightest change in the climate, and the elements of the climate.

In his keynote address delivered at a dinner hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice (MRFCJ), the President noted how low the Maldives rose above sea level and highlighted on the devastating damages caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

He pointed out the importance of understanding the climate and its elements, in defending ourselves against such disasters.

President Nasheed called for all the nations to be more responsible of their carbon emission activity, and underscored the necessity of a legally bound climate agreement.

The President said as part of the mission of becoming a carbon neutral country, the Maldives should stop using fossil fuel, which causes collateral damage to the environment, and instead start making use of other possible resources such as solar power, wind and the ocean as our main sources of energy.

Full report at:

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/38158

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Islamophobe Wilders lampoons campaign against extremism

Sep 11 2011

AMSTERDAM: On the eve of 9/11, a Dutch Muslim politician has launched a campaign calling on Muslims around the world to stop blindly following decrees issued by a handful of extremists, and to start thinking for themselves.

Tofik Dibi, a member of Parliament for the opposition GreenLeft Party, said that as a “normal, ordinary Muslim,” he wanted his “Final Fatwa” to ensure that the debate about Islam included a more “reasonable, free-thinking Muslim voice.”

Popular debates about Islam have spokespeople who are either extremists or anti-Islam, Dibi said, with the result that the perspective of the “reasonable Muslim” is overshadowed.

The Netherlands is home to about 800,000 Muslims, or about 5 percent of the population, mainly of Moroccan or Turkish origin. As in many other European countries, much of the debate over immigration and Islam centers on concerns about integration.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article500092.ece

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