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Women pray for first time in Azan Peer Dargah

Egypt girl’s anti- prude nude point

Malappuram goes to London to get govt. school English teachers

Megachurch opens its doors in Karachi

Malaysian-made sex stimulants rocking Kerala

Islamist leader Jebali to be Tunisian PM

India abstains from UN vote against Iran

New terror attacks threaten Kazakhstan’s security

Iran temporarily bans pro-reform newspaper

2 dead, 800 injured as protests spread to more Egyptian cities

16 killed as Syria OKs observers in principle

Four killed in separate Karachi incidents

Two Afghan policemen killed by NATO troops: police

6 militants’ bodies recovered in Khyber Agency

Seven militants killed in Orakzai operation

Terrorism a bane with no religion or race: Prince Saud

Indonesian President Yudhoyono receives UN award

Police refute reports of “petrol bomb” under Maldives Minister’s car

World powers urge fair trial for Gaddafi son

NATO containers torched near Dasht area

SalamWorld Islamic network to be launched in 2012 in 8 languages

Egypt: Protesters, cops clash, 507 hurt

Key Afghan meeting backs troop deal with US

Cain again: ‘Taliban running Libya’

Britain's MI6 helped capture Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif: Report

Seif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in southern Libya

ICC calls for court trial of Gaddafi's son

Indian Police awaiting access to 26/11 conspirator David Headley

Sharif asks Kayani to end any meddling by military in politics

US Embassy prioritizes issuance of student visas

Arab League rejects Syrian request over monitors

Syrian opposition unveils political programme

Blasts in Syrian capital as Assad vows crackdown

Afghan assembly endorses talks with U.S. on troops

150 MPs in Pakistan asked to resign through anonymous SMS

'ISI authenticated secret memo'

ISI chief meets businessman Ijaz over ‘memo gate’

Haqqani meets Grossman before boarding Pakistan bound flight

Pakistan aims to contain military expenditure

Malik urges Taliban to surrender, work for future of children

Memo gate storm: US affirms support for democracy

Pak PM hails EU’s support for war against terror

Musharraf never said Dawood Ibrahim was in Pakistan: APML

Mr. Fix- it who put Zardari in a spot

Anti- Zardari media gets the ammo to fire at will

Senior Lashkar member escapes life attempt

‘Iran deceives world on nukes’: US and Western allies

Saudi envoy plot: Hillary seeks Iran’s cooperation

Iran army tests defences as nuclear tensions rise

ICT starts hearing opening statement against Jamaal-e-Islami leader of Bangladesh

Israel sees Assad rule nearing end, says good for entire region

Top-level UK trade team visits Kingdom

Hajj panel studies ways to improve services further

Calls for stringent safety steps follow school fire at Mecca

No place for ‘authoritarian regimes’: Turkey

Egypt police clash with protesters ahead of vote

Police arrest criminals involved in attack on Saudi Consulate

Dr Chishty's family appeals for his release

Shall we bid farewell to democracy in Pakistan?

Four men appear in UK court over terrorism offences

Man who blew himself up in Karachi had US passport

Gandhi’s SA house now a museum

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau

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Women pray for first time in Azan Peer Dargah

Nov20,2011

Guwahati: History was created in Assam on Friday with women offering namaaz for the first time in the historic Azan Peer Sahab Dargah in Sibsagar at the initiative of Governor J B Patnaik and his wife Jayanti Patnaik.

A group of about twenty women offered the Friday noon prayers inside the dargah along with the First Lady while the men, along with the Governor, prayed outside.

Earlier, it was planned to allow women to pray outside the main mosque in a specially erected pandal within the premises, but later the governor urged the authorities to allow the women to pray inside which was duly accepted.

The prayers were led by Kazi, Maulana Abdul Kabir Sahab.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said women had made great strides in various field and it was not fair to keep them away from places of religious worship.

Syed Milan Shah Baghdadi, popularly knowed as Azan Peer (Faquir) Sahib was a Sufi saint, a poet, a preacher, a reformer and an Islamic scholar who came from Baghdad to Assam and reformed, reinforced and stabilized Islam in the region through his songs called 'zikir' and 'jari'.

Azan Peer was buried at Saraiguri Chapori on the banks of river Dikhow, about 22 km from Sibsagar at the dargah.

The governor had earlier ensured the entry of a group of women to the Patbausi Sattra in Barpeta also creating history as they were not allowed to enter vaishnav monasteries.

PTI

http://zeenews.india.com/news/assam/women-pray-for-first-time-in-azan-peer-dargah_742529.html

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Egypt girl’s anti- prude nude point

Nov20,2011

Daily Mail

WEARING nothing but a pair of stockings, red ribbon in her hair and a pair of flat red shoes, the black and white shot would not look out of place in a nude photography book.

But this is no ordinary art project. It is the work of a feminist Egyptian activist who is making a bold and potentially dangerous statement.

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, a 20- year- old university student from Cairo, has sparked outrage in the Middle East with the controversial full- length image, posted on her blog last week.

It has since received 1.5 million hits and thousands flooded the site with insults. Some denounced Elmahdy as a “ prostitute” and “ mentally sick”. Elmahdy’s posting is almost unheard of in a country where nudity is frowned upon and could lead to her being jailed.

On her Arabic blog, Aliaa defends her actions, writing: “ Hide all art books and smash naked archaeological statues.

Then take off your clothes and look at yourselves in the mirror, then burn your body that you so despise to get rid of your sexual complexes forever, before subjecting me to your bigoted insults or denying my freedom of expression.”

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=20112011

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Malappuram goes to London to get govt. school English teachers

Nov 20 2011,

Nilambur : It was in 1990 that Malappuram, the district with the highest number of Muslims in the country after Murshidabad in West Bengal, decided to turn its fortunes around with education. Census 2011 put the literacy figures for the district at 93.55 per cent; this March, it registered 88.55 pass percentage in Class X exams. Now this Kerala district has gone one step further, flying down native Britons to teach the English language to its next generation of students.

Four of them have joined as special English teachers at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School at Nilambur, under ‘Sadgamaya’, a project jointly implemented by the Education Department and the Nilambur municipal body, with UNICEF association. Two more will fly down from the UK next month to teach English to students of Classes VIII and IX till February end.

The teachers were selected through an interview held in London, that weaned out anyone not a natural Briton (to avoid varying accents). They underwent a brief workshop before taking up the assignment.

Nilambur municipal chairman Aryadan Shoukkathu, an award-winning film producer and a Congress leader, says it is perhaps the first time in the state that teachers from Britain have been brought to teach English.

General Education Secretary M Shivashanker said they placed an advertisement in a leading travel magazine in the UK to attract the teachers, a clever idea considering Kerala’s popularity as a tourist destination.

The idea was to attract professionals who take a break from work to travel and were interested in spending their vacations contributing to society. “Some of the teachers’ training institutes in the UK which I had visited were ready to provide more people in this manner,” says Shivashanker.

“The advertisement, which demanded teaching experience from the applicants, evoked 200-odd expressions of interest. To get English teachers from Britain who could teach a correct and uniform accent, we avoided applications from German and French citizens living in the UK. The six teachers were selected after interviewing 10 shortlisted applicants.”

Municipal chairman Shoukkathu says the Britons were ready to take classes free of cost and even bore the cost of the air tickets. Only local accommodation has been provided by the municipality.

One of the teachers, Imelda Devlin, who was an education advisor at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, says there are many retired professionals in the UK interested in teaching English. “Many retired due to economic factors without exhausting the desire to teach,” says Devlin, who took voluntary retirement last year. “I had been to India as a tourist. After retirement, I had been missing my classes. One of my friends intimated me about the project.”

Management consultant Andrew Allport and his wife Beverly, a college teacher, see the assignment as an opportunity to spend time in Kerala. The project period also coincided with the onset of winter in the UK. “We may be able to get new ideas in teaching,” say the couple.

Carle Flack, the youngest in the group, has done a course at the teachers’ training institute. A project conservator in a museum, Flack says: “During the free hours at school, we interact with the students to help neutralise their Malayalam accent.”

Seeing the level of interest from both sides, officials are now planning to implement the project in 70-odd schools in the region next.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878164/

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Megachurch opens its doors in Karachi

Nov 20 2011

St. Peter’s of Karachi, which opened its doors this month and can fit around 5,000 people, is a sign of the resilience of a faith that has long suffered from state discrimination and attacks by extremists allied with al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The church took 11 months to build and cost $3.8 million, raised from local donations and from Roman Catholics around the world, said Father Saleh Diego. It was built on the site of a smaller church in Azam Basti district, a jumble of lanes and simple brick houses that is home to around 15,000 Christians.

“There were so many people here it was not possible for us to accommodate them on Sundays. Some were sitting at the back, some in the corner, some on the terrace,” said Diego. “Now we can pray together, all 5,000 people, worship the Lord and really share and strengthen our faith.”

Pakistani towns and cities are dotted with striking churches dating back to the 19th century, when the subcontinent was ruled by Britain. Newer churches do get built, especially by Protestant and evangelical groups, but are smaller, single-room affairs.

In some predominantly Muslim countries, such as Egypt and Indonesia, the construction of new churches can trigger tensions and even violence, but those built in Pakistan normally sit in poor Christian neighborhoods like Azam Basti, so they rarely spark protests.

Those few that are built in Muslim or commercial areas can expect some problems, said a Western missionary whose church is about to begin construction of a school and church complex in Punjab province.

“We had some opposition at the start,” said the man, who has lived legally and openly on a missionary visa in Pakistan for many years, but declined to give his name for security reasons. “If we put up a big cross, and we called it a seminary, then we would expect that the locals would give us some problems. We will do it slowly.”

Christians are often discriminated against in Muslim countries, but in Pakistan they face unique problems.

Mostare the descendants of low-caste Hindus, who converted to Christianity when the region was under British colonial rule. Today, many still do the same work as their ancestors: street sweeping, domestic service or other menial jobs.

They tend to live in ghettos of extreme poverty, often separated from their Muslim neighbors by high walls.

In Pakistan, Christians account for between 3 per cent and 5 per cent of the country’s 180 million people, split approximately equally between Roman Catholics and Protestants. There are even smaller numbers of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.

St. Peter’s is roughly the same size as Karachi’s imposing British-era cathedral, St. Patrick’s. But it can accommodate many more worshippers because they sit on the floor, not on benches as is common in churches visited by wealthier Pakistanis like St. Patrick’s.

The church is a simple rectangular building, adorned with arches and dozens of Gothic spires. Dozens of stained-glass windows depict the sufferings of Jesus Christ, while the walls inside are painted shiny white with large frescos.

On a recent evening, many hundreds flocked to the church, where several young girls were being confirmed.

Dressed in their best clothes, the worshippers took off their shoes — which, like sitting on the floor, is an Islamic custom adopted by some churches here — before walking inside. They sang hymns to the accompaniment of a piano and a ‘dhol’, a traditional drum.

Outside, conversation turned to the predicament facing the community.

When Pakistan achieved independence in 1947, the country’s leaders envisaged a liberal Muslim state that protected minority rights, even if the constitution has always prevented Christians from becoming prime minister or president. But Islamist groups have steadily gained ground, pushing through laws that have marginalised minorities.

“We are called sweepers, and Muslims do not like to share their meals with us,” said 18-year-old Joseph Messieh, one of the worshippers at St. Peter’s. “It is disgusting.”

Sharoon Gill, another young man, disagreed, saying this was unfair.

“Most of my friends are Muslims and we dine out. I never feel discriminated against,” he said.

Father Diego said the church was concerned about rising radicalism, but that his building had received no threats.

“Without persecution there is no Christianity,” he said. “So we are faithful in persecution and we are faithful to the suffering.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/20/megachurch-opens-its-doors-in-karachi.html

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Malaysian-made sex stimulants rocking Kerala

November 20, 2011

CHENNAI: Malaysian-made sex-enhancing stimulants appear to be sexing up nocturnal activities in Kerala, but the influx of illegal imports of the libido-boosters into the state is worrying drug control officials.

Sex stimulants from gel, aphrodisiac brew, herbal pill and anti-impotence drug mostly produced by Malaysian firms are household names in the southern Indian state.

"Many products like cream or gel for genital use are found to be manufactured in Malaysia, like places in Selangor.

"Marketing is usually done through MLM (multi-level marketing) and it is hard for us to monitor," Ravi S. Menon, assistant drugs controller of Kerala's central zone said in a telephone interview.

Some cash-rich Keralites, he said, were willing to splurge hefty sums to purchase pleasure-boosting items, often sold at exorbitant prices.

For instance, eight grams of sex stimulant gel for men was being sold for about 3,000 Indian rupees (RM200) in some parts of Kerala.

"There is a strong demand in Kerala for these items...they are usually imported, together with cosmetics," said Menon.

In July, last year, his department seized a large consignment of herbal aphrodisiac sent from a Malaysian port and illegally imported into Kerala, aimed at giving the state's very own age-old ayurvedic love-potions a run for the money. - Bernama

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/20/nation/20111120152639&sec=nation

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Islamist leader Jebali to be Tunisian PM

19 NOVEMBER 2011

Hamadi Jebali of the Islamist Ennahda party was poised on Saturday to become Tunisia’s new Prime Minister under a deal struck by the country’s three main parties.

Under the agreement, to be announced on Monday, veteran rights activist and Opposition politician Moncef Marzouki would become president, according to Abdelwaheb Matar, a senior official in the Congress for the Republic party.

The Tunisian press on Saturday called it “the battle of Carthage between Marzouki and (Mustapha) Ben Jaafar” of Ettakatol, who in the end was named president of the constituent assembly, officials said.

The three parties also agreed that Ben Jaafar of Ettakatol would occupy the third key post, president of the constituent assembly, Matar said, noting that the deal is subject to the approval of the assembly itself on Tuesday.

Jebali, 63, an Islamist, spent more than 15 years in Ben Ali’s jails. His candidacy for the post of prime minister was announced by Ennahda a few days after the October 23 elections.

The horse trading followed Tunisia’s historic democratic elections on October 23, nine months after the January ouster of dictator Zine al Abidine Ben Ali. They were the first polls staged as a result of the Arab Spring uprisings.

Editorials have been calling for the new leaders to reach agreement and get to work as the country remains in crisis and the Assembly has not yet been reunited.“Now there has been an agreement, but the essentials still have to be defined, that is, the perogatives of each of them,” political analyst Salaheddine Jourchi said.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/21660-islamist-leader-jebali-to-be-tunisian-pm.html

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India abstains from UN vote against Iran

Nov 20, 2011,

United Nations: The UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning an alleged plot, blamed by the US on elements in Iranian establishment , to assassinate Saudi envoy to Washington and asked Tehran to cooperate in the probe, a voting from which India abstained.

The 193-member Assembly adopted a Saudi-drafted resolution that "deplored" the plot to kill ambassador Adel al-Jubeir in Washington and called on Iran to cooperate with countries trying to bring to justice those who planned, sponsored or attempted to carry it out.

The resolution did not directly accuse Tehran of carrying out the plot, but it called on Iran "to comply with all of its obligations under international law, including the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons, particularly with respect to its obligations to provide law enforcement assistance" .

It asked Tehran to "cooperate with States seeking to bring to justice all those who participated in the planning, sponsoring, organization and attempted execution" of the plot. In explaining India's decision on the resolution on 'Terrorist Attacks on Internationally Protected Persons' , New Delhi's permanent representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said, "We have abstained on the resolution , as its substance deals with a specific case in which we are not in the possession of full facts and the matter is sub-judice ."

The resolution received 106 votes in favour and nine votes against, while 40 countries abstained.

A series of proposed amendments from Iran did not obtain a majority and were not adopted.

Puri said India, which itself has been a victim of terrorism for decades, condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Having been on the "forefront" of global actions on counter-terrorism , India's "tireless efforts" as chair of the UN Security Council's counter-terrorism committee have resulted in the UN adopting a 'zero tolerance' approach towards terrorism, Puri said.

Puri also said India takes its obligations under this convention with utmost seriousness and called upon all States parties to comply fully with the provisions of the convention.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/India-abstains-from-UN-vote-against-Iran/articleshow/10800101.cms?prtpage=1

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New terror attacks threaten Kazakhstan’s security

By Ruby Russell and Ajar Baltagulova

November 20, 2011

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN — A spate of shootings and explosions has forced Kazakhstan’s long-suppressed debate on terror into the open, causing complications for the country’s autocratic ruler at home and abroad.

Last weekend, a suicide bomber in the southern city of Taraz shot dead seven people before blowing himself up.

“I am shocked,” said Kanat Beisekeev, 19, a student in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty. “I didn’t expect this and I do worry, though I try not to show it. I hope the situation will be stabilized and our president won’t lose control over the country.”

On May 17, Kazakhs suffered their country’s first suicide bombing. Authorities initially said Rakhimzhan Makatov, 25, blew himself up in front state security service offices in the western city of Aktobe to avoid responsibility for his involvement in organized crime.

Since then, there has been a series of explosions, including suicide attacks and car bombings, as well as shootouts between police and terrorists.

For Full Report :

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/18/new-terror-attacks-threaten-kazakhstans-security/

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Iran temporarily bans pro-reform newspaper

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nov 20, 2011

TEHRAN: Iran’s official news agency say that authorities have banned the pro-reform Etemaad daily for two months on the charges of insulting officials and “spreading lies.”

The Sunday report by IRNA did not give any further details about the reasons for the ban.

The paper had run an interview with the press adviser to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, on Saturday. Javanfekr criticized conservative opponents of Ahmadinejad for the arrest of dozens of the president’s allies over the past months.

Ahmadinejad and his opponents are at odds ahead of March parliamentary elections.

Etemaad has been banned several times over the past years. Iranian authorities have banned dozens of newspapers on similar charges over the past decade.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article536015.ece

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2 dead, 800 injured as protests spread to more Egyptian cities

Nov 20, 2011,

CAIRO: The violent clashes between thousands of demonstrators and police in Cairo and three other Egyptian cities left two people dead and about 800 others wounded, as protesters tried to occupy the iconic Tahrir Square to stage a sit-in demanding transfer of power to a civilian government.

Security forces fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to disperse the angry protesters, who broke chunks of cement from pavements and hurled them at the riot police at the Tahrir Square, in scenes reminiscent of the 18-day long uprising that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak in February.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/2-dead-800-injured-as-protests-spread-to-more-Egyptian-cities/articleshow/10803028.cms?prtpage=1

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16 killed as Syria OKs observers in principle

November 20, 2011

BEIRUT: Syria has agreed in principle to allow dozens of Arab observers into the country to oversee a peace plan after security forces on Friday killed at least 16 anti-government protesters.

Critics said the regime is only stalling, trying to defuse international pressure while continuing its bloody crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising, which the UN estimates has killed more than 3,500 people.

The acceptance came on Friday after surprisingly heavy pressure from the Arab League, which brokered the peace plan and this week suspended Syria from the 22-member organisation for failing to abide by it. On Wednesday, the league gave Damascus three days to accept an observer mission or face economic sanctions.

Further international pressure was mounting on Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Britain appointed a senior diplomat to be its pointman in dealing with Syria’s opposition over the crisis, and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called on the UN Security Council to strengthen sanctions against Assad’s regime. However, Russia, which holds veto power in the council, urged caution in moving against Damascus.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_29

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Four killed in separate Karachi incidents

November 20, 2011

Staff Report

KARACHI: Four people, including a woman, were killed in separate mishaps that took place in the metropolis on Saturday.

An owner of a commercial building died after mysteriously falling from the fourth floor of a building situated near Shaheen Complex within the remit of Mithadar police station.

The deceased was identified as Nasir Ali, 45, son of Mazhar Ali, a resident of Saddar. SHO Aurangzaib said that he had a property dispute with Syed Hafiz and a meeting was scheduled between them today. He added that initial investigation suggested the deceased committed suicide. The body was moved to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for an autopsy and later handed over to the heirs.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_12

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Two Afghan policemen killed by NATO troops: police

November 20, 2011

GHAZNI: NATO-led forces have shot and killed two Afghan policemen at a checkpoint in southeast Afghanistan, a local police chief said on Saturday. The incident happened due to a “misunderstanding” between international troops and the Afghan forces, who are jointly fighting a ten-year Taliban-led insurgency in Afghanistan, the chief said. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said its troops opened fire after coming under attack from rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and guns. It is launching an investigation into what happened. The shooting took place late on Friday on the outskirts of the southeastern city of Ghazni when Afghan police tried to stop an ISAF convoy, provincial.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_3

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6 militants’ bodies recovered in Khyber Agency

November 20, 2011

PESHAWAR: Six militants’ bodies gunned down by unknown persons have been recovered from the Bara Bazar area in Khyber Agency, Geo News reported.

Security sources said that the bodies of six militants were found at Qambarabad Chowk in Bara Bazar area. These militants were shot to death by unknown persons in the night and later throwing the bodies at Qambarabad Chowk fled away, sources said.

Local people collecting the bodies shifted it to Shalobar area for identification, where one of the bodies has been identified.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=26883&title=6-militants%E2%80%99-bodies-recovered-in-KA

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Seven militants killed in Orakzai operation

November 20, 2011

According to sources, militants attacked an armed forces convoy, injuring a security personnel. Seven militants were killed in retaliatory action by the forces.

Orakzai is one of the most lawless areas in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region, which is made up of seven districts near the Afghan border.

The area is home to supporters of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

Security forces launched a major operation in the agency in March last year after militants fled a sweeping offensive in the nearby tribal district of South Waziristan.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/20/seven-militants-killed-in-orakzai-operation.html

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Terrorism a bane with no religion or race: Prince Saud

November 20, 2011

The project is a result of the International Conference on Combating Terrorism held in Riyadh in 2005 and attended by around 60 countries and international bodies, which recommended expanding global efforts and cooperation to counter terrorism.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s suggestion to establish a center under the auspices of the UN received significant support from the Non-Aligned Movement and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, as well as other important international bodies. It was also mentioned in the UN’s global strategy on countering terrorism.

The center is the first global body specializing in counter-terrorism, one of the greatest challenges facing the international community today. For its part, Saudi Arabia is determined to support efforts to bring an end to the abomination of terrorism.

Regardless of its ideology and its origins, acts of terror totally contradict the values of our society. We would like to see all states agreeing on a definition of terrorism that is not selective or based on double standards, but helps efforts to uproot terrorist networks and ensure international security and stability.

For Full Report :

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article535756.ece

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Indonesian President Yudhoyono receives UN award

11/19/2011

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on behalf of Indonesian people received "Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction" award from the United Nations on Saturday.

"On behalf of Indonesian people, I am very honored to receive this award," President Yudhoyono said when the award was presented to him by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a ceremony at Bali International Convention Center (BICC) in Nusa Dua, Bali.

The Indonesian head of state said the Global Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction award was as a recognition of the determination and hard work of all Indonesians in responding to the challenges of natural disasters.

According to the president, Indonesia was the most vulnerable country to natural disasters, and therefore coping with disasters has become deeply implanted in the national mindset.

After receiving the award from the UN chief, President Yudhoyono asserted that Indonesia would continually strive to minimize the impact of any disaster.

The president expressed hope that Indonesia would continue to do its best and to develop cooperation with the United Nations.

For Full Report :

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/11/19/president-yudhoyono-receives-un-award.html

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Police refute reports of “petrol bomb” under Maldives Minister’s car

Anni Dhooni Raajje on

19th Nov 2011

 “The Media”‘s actual report was based on information provided by police.

A careful observer will also notice that MNBC had aired the same report that night.

The irresponsible and careless medias are then Haveeru and MNBC. One is a long-established daily in the Maldives and the other is the government’s own mouthpiece.

Truly a confusing predicament we are in, aren’t we?

Rooster on Sun, 20th Nov 2011 10:32 AM

I would like Zuhair to interpret this ‘bomb’ thingy for me.

I believe only Zuhair can tell me whether it was a Pet bottle or a Petrol bomb.

So far, i am thinking it could very well be a petrol bottle the blast of which must have destroyed the ‘rol’ part leaving police to think that it was just a ‘pet’ bottle.

Pun intended?

You decide!

naan and tandoori lover on Sun, 20th Nov 2011 4:50 PM

Intifada againt local Zionists in the aftermath of the Unesco vote ? I’m joking

http://minivannews.com/politics/police-refute-media-reports-of-petrol-bomb-set-off-under-education-ministers-car-28348

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World powers urge fair trial for Gaddafi son

November 20, 2011

TRIPOLI — World powers have urged Libya to work with the International Criminal Court and ensure a fair trial for Saif Al Islam, son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi who was arrested after months on the run.

Seif, wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in crushing anti-regime protests, was captured in Libya’s far-flung Saharan south early on Saturday in a trap set by fighters of the Zintan brigade.

Despite assurances by Libya’s interim leaders of a “fair trial”, images that emerged of Gaddafi been beaten and later felled by a bullet to the head when he was captured a month ago sparked a worldwide chorus of calls for Saif to be brought safely to justice.

Russia’s special representative for Africa, Mikhail Margelov, clearly articulated the concerns of the international community.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle11.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/November/international_November775.xml&section=international

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Nato containers torched near Dasht area

November 20, 2011

Gunmen on a motorbike fired at the vehicles and then set them on fire after pouring petrol on them in the Dasht suburb of the provincial capital Quetta, local police official Ismail Sumalani told AFP.

There were no casualties in the attack, which happened when the trucks had stopped at a roadside tea stall, he said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban has in the past said they carried out similar attacks to disrupt supplies for more than 130,000 US-led international troops fighting in Afghanistan.

Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants frequently launch attacks on Nato supply vehicles in the northwest and southwest regions of Pakistan, which border landlocked Afghanistan.

Most supplies and equipment required by foreign forces in Afghanistan are shipped through Pakistan, although US troops increasingly use alternative routes through Central Asia.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/20/nato-containers-torched-near-dasht-area.html

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SalamWorld Islamic network to be launched in 2012 in 8 languages

20.11.2011

Global Islamic social network called SalamWorld (Hello World) with interface in 8 languages will be launched in April 2012, RIA Novosti reports.

“The project will start working in April 2012 in 8 languages: English, Arabic, Russian, French, Farsi, Urdu, Malaysian and Indonesian. 3-year financial plan has been approved; it envisages 50 million,” the project representative Abdul-Vahed Niyazov said.

According to him, initially representatives from Egypt wanted the network to by politicized, but Turkish, Kazakh and Russian parties were against the idea. Famous translator of Quran, Elmir Kuliyev, PhD, became the editor-in-chief of SalamWorld.

The social network is expected to operate like Facebook, VKontakte and Odnoklassniki networks. Registration will be free of charge. The project's head-office is in Istanbul, branch offices will be in Cairo, Moscow and other cities. The company is planning to open 15 offices around the world.

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Egypt: Protesters, cops clash, 507 hurt

Nov 20 2011,

Cairo : Egyptian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square Saturday to dismantle a protest tent camp, setting off intense clashes that injured at least 507 people.

The scenes of protesters fighting with black-clad police forces were reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. Hundreds of protesters fought back, hurling stones and setting an armoured police vehicle ablaze.

The violence took place just nine days before Egypt’s first post-Mubarak parliamentary elections and as public anger rises at the slow pace of reforms and apparent attempts by Egypt’s ruling generals to retain power over a future civilian government.

Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 500 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878153/

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Key Afghan meeting backs troop deal with US

19/11/2011

Agence France-Presse . Kabul

Afghan elders Saturday endorsed a strategic partnership deal with the US which could see its troops remain on Afghan soil for years, while insisting on a string of conditions after four days of talks.

Their declaration at the end of the loya jirga stressed terms including that US nationals committing crimes in Afghanistan must not face immunity and that the US must side with Afghanistan if a third country tries to attack it.

The president, Hamid Karzai, accepted the conditions and recommendations of the jirga, which brought together 2,000 elders from around the country in Kabul, saying they were ‘for the good of Afghanistan’.

he strategic partnership deal will govern the presence of US troops in Afghanistan after 2014, when all NATO-led foreign combat forces are due to leave.

The jirga’s declaration on the deal, which is still being negotiated by Kabul and Washington, is not binding.

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http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40576.html

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Cain again: ‘Taliban running Libya’

Nov 20 2011,

Washington : Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain suggested Friday that the Taliban were playing a role in Libya’s new government, adding another foreign policy misstep to his stumbling campaign.

The week opened with Cain, one of the leading Republican presidential contenders, struggling to answer whether he supported President Barack Obama’s foreign policy in Libya. He ended his week trying to blame reporters for the moment, which was captured on video and quickly spread around the Internet.

Cain’s critics seized on Monday’s incoherent answer as the latest evidence that the former pizza executive is unprepared to be the party’s nominee. Then Cain gave his critics another foreign policy error on video Friday.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878148/

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Britain's MI6 helped capture Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif: Report

PNov 20, 2011,

The top-secret 25 million pounds mission, dubbed Operation X, used the latest hi-tech electronic intelligence gadgets to bug his phones and finally lead to the capture of the 39-year-old in the Libyan desert last night, the 'Daily Star' newspaper reported.

Saif had been hiding out in the Libyan desert for a month but the breakthrough came when he made two calls, one after the other, to say he was safe; it allowed the joint British and French bugging operation to pinpoint where he was, the newspaper said.

MI6 agents using the bugging equipment closed in on him before calling in the Libyan snatch squad, it claimed.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Britains-MI6-helped-capture-Muammar-Gaddafis-son-Saif-Report/articleshow/10804480.cms?prtpage=1

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Seif al-Islam Gaddafi captured in southern Libya

Nov 20, 2011,

ZINTAN, LIBYA: Muammar Gaddafi's former heir apparent Seif al-Islam has been captured by revolutionary fighters in the southern desert just over a month after his father was killed, setting off joyous celebrations across Libya and closing the door on the possibility that the fugitive son could stoke further insurrection.

Seif al-Islam, who has undergone a transformation from a voice of reform in an eccentric and reviled regime to one of Interpol's most-wanted, now faces the prospect of trial before an international or Libyan court to answer for the alleged crimes of his late father's four-decade rule over the oil-rich North African nation.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Seif-al-Islam-Gaddafi-captured-in-southern-Libya/articleshow/10801709.cms?prtpage=1

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ICC calls for court trial of Gaddafi's son

November 20, 2011

The International Criminal Court has asked the Libyan authorities to ensure that Muammar Gaddafi's fugitive son Saif al-Islam, captured by forces of the National Transitional Council, is tried in a court of law in accordance with international norms.

President of the State Parties to the Rome Statute, that established the ICC, Christian Wenaweser welcomed the arrest of Saif, against whom the tribunal has a warrant of arrest. "By arresting Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the Libyan authorities have taken a major step towards ensuring accountability and due process rights and towards fulfilling their obligations under international law," Wenaweser said.

For Full Report :

http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/771659.aspx

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Indian Police awaiting access to 26/11 conspirator David Headley

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Three years after the Mumbai terror attacks, city police are still awaiting access to 26/11 conspirator David Headley and his alleged accomplice Tahawwur Rana, as there is no response from a US court yet to the letters rogatory (LR) that enables cops to question the duo.

In October, a metropolitan magistrate's court here had issued LR to a US court requesting the latter to enable Mumbai police to question Headley and Rana in the 26/11 terror attack case, over a year after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was granted access to the two.

LR is a formal request by a court in one country to another in a foreign land, seeking judicial assistance.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailypioneer.com/pioneer-news/top-story/21805-police-awaiting-access-to-2611-conspirator-david-headley.html

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Sharif asks Kayani to end any meddling by military in politics

Nov 20 2011,

Islamabad : As controversy thickened over a secret memorandum purportedly seeking US help against a possible coup, former Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif has asked army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to take immediate action to end any meddling in politics by military.

Sharif, who heads the main opposition PML-N, told reporters last night that former military rulers like Pervez Musharraf too should be held accountable for their actions.

Responding to questions about the secret memorandum in which Pakistani government purportedly sought US assistance to prevent a possible military takeover and ISI's alleged interference in politics, Sharif said: "It is General Kayani's responsibility to stop military agencies that are getting involved in politics.

For Full Report :

that killed Osama bin Laden and the murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, he said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/878259/

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US Embassy prioritizes issuance of student visas

By MD RASOOLDEEN

Nov 20, 2011

“Some 48,000 Saudi scholarship students are currently studying in various universities and colleges in the United States,” said Mofid Deak, press attaché at the mission in Riyadh. He added another 5,000 students are studying in the US on their own and along with the students’ family members. There are up to around 100,000 Saudis currently staying in the US.

The diplomat said that during the fiscal year ended September, the missions in the Kingdom had issued 121,296 visas for Saudis, up 32 percent over the previous year. The Riyadh embassy issued 71,490 visas, while Jeddah and Dhahran issued 26,349 and 23,457 visas respectively.

“Of the visas issued in the Kingdom,” he said, “26 percent was for students which was a remarkable number.”

Deak added that there was a 34 percent increase in the number of student visas issued to Saudi citizens compared to the previous year.

During International Education Week, the US Department of State highlights existing efforts to attract future leaders from abroad to take advantage of the exceptional educational opportunities in the United States, he said.

For Full Report :

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article535753.ece?service=print

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Arab League rejects Syrian request over monitors

20 November 2011,

It said the League rebuffed Syria’s approach in a letter from its Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby to Syria’s foreign minister. The League wants to send a 500-strong mission of monitors to Syria to assess the situation there.

“The additions requested by the Syrian counterpart affect the heart of the protocol and fundamentally change the nature of the mission,” the letter said, MENA reported, adding that the pan-Arab body rejected the demand.

The League had given Damascus three days from a meeting on Nov. 16 to abide by a deal to withdraw military forces from restive cities and start talks between the government and opposition. The plan included sending an observer team to Syria.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November496.xml&section=middleeast

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Syrian opposition unveils political programme

20 November 2011,

The SNC, the country’s largest and most representative opposition group, said another objective was “preserving, protecting, and enhancing the peaceful nature of the popular revolution.”

The SNC said that once the regime falls, it would “take responsibility, with the military apparatus, to manage the transitional period and guarantee the security and unity of the country” during the transition.

It would try to forge a “pluralistic... parliamentary republic... based on the principles of equal citizenship with separation of powers... the rule of law, and the protection and guarantee of the rights of minorities.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November493.xml&section=middleeast

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Blasts in Syrian capital as Assad vows crackdown

Nov 20, 2011,

Residents in the Syrian capital woke up to two loud explosions on Sunday amid unconfirmed activist reports that a major building belonging to the ruling Baath party had been by hit several rocket-propelled grenades.

BEIRUT: Residents in the Syrian capital woke up to two loud explosions Sunday amid unconfirmed activist reports that a major building belonging to the ruling Baath party had been by hit several rocket-propelled grenades.

There was no immediate details or confirmation of the report. Eyewitnesses said the building appeared intact Sunday and reported no significant security deployment around it.

Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed, meanwhile, to continue with a security crackdown to crush "militants" who he says are massacring Syrians on daily basis.

"The role of the government is to fight those militants in order to restore stability and to protect civilians," he said in an interview with Britain's Sunday Times published Sunday.

"We have to prevent militants from doing what they are doing now, killing civilians doing massacres, in different places in Syria," he added.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Blasts-in-Syrian-capital-as-Assad-vows-crackdown/articleshow/10803455.cms?prtpage=1

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Afghan assembly endorses talks with U.S. on troops

By Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez

November 20, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — President Hamid Karzai received a resounding endorsement Saturday from a traditional national assembly to negotiate a security agreement that could keep a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan past 2014, when most international forces are to have left. The size of the force is subject to negotiations but a future deal could keep thousands of American troops here for years.

The nonbinding resolution issued at the end of a Loya Jirga assembly also suggested some conditions for the talks between Afghan and American officials, including an end to unpopular night raids by military forces searching for insurgents.

The more than 2,000 people who attended the four-day meeting asked Karzai to ensure the United States hands over all detainees to Afghan custody and limits any agreement to 10 years. They also said the future pact must be approved by parliament.

“We will act on the basis of your consultation,” Karzai told the assembled delegates.

“I am very happy that you have accepted it and have put lots of conditions on it. I accept this resolution. It is the instruction to the Afghan government from the Afghan people.”

As part of a future deal, both sides envision a force of several thousand U.S. troops, who would train Afghan forces and help with counterterrorism operations. The pact would outline the legal status of that force in Afghanistan, rules under which it would operate and where it would be based.

For Full Report :

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/19/afghan-assembly-endorses-talks-us-troops/

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150 MPs in Pakistan asked to resign through anonymous SMS

November 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday that 150 parliamentarians had recently received anonymous threatening messages, telling them to resign from their seats or face death.

He said that these messages were sent through the Short Message Service (SMS) to the parliamentarians, which included senators and members of the National and Provincial Assemblies.

“With the help of the Cyber Crime Wing, two people have been arrested in this regard from Larkana. According to preliminary investigation, the culprits misused the identity cards of these detained persons”, he said.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_1

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'ISI authenticated secret memo'

Nov 20, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: The Inter-Services Intelligence agency "conclusively authenticated" the delivery of a secret memorandum purportedly sent by Pakistan's civilian leadership to the former US military chief before army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani raised the matter with president Asif Ali Zardari.

An ISI official flew to Europe and met Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman who sent the memo to admiral Mike Mullen through an intermediary, to ascertain the authenticity of the evidence that Ijaz claims to have, the News daily quoted its sources as saying.

The ISI official "conclusively authenticated" the delivery of the memo before Kayani took up the issue "with all seriousness" with president Zardari and prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/ISI-authenticated-secret-memo/articleshow/10800054.cms?prtpage=1

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ISI chief meets businessman Ijaz over ‘memo gate’

November 20, 2011

ISI chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha met Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz in London to verify his claims that he helped deliver to U.S. administration a secret memorandum in which Pakistani government purportedly sought American help to stave off a possible military takeover, a media report said in Islamabad on Sunday.

Due to the “sensitivity of the charges” levelled by Mr. Ijaz, including the alleged authorisation of the memo by President Asif Ali Zardari, the highest level of Pakistan’s military leadership decided the initial investigation must be carried out by the ISI chief, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

Asked to confirm whether the official who met him on October 22, 2011 was Lt. Gen. Pasha, Mr. Ijaz told the newspaper: “Yes.”

Mr. Ijaz earlier said that the full data and evidence of his contacts with the Pakistani official who asked him to draft the memo has been given to Pakistani authorities. This includes records of phone calls, SMS messages, Blackberry exchanges and emails.

The Newsreported that Mr. Ijaz met Lt. Gen. Pasha on October 22, 2011 in Park Lane Intercontinental Hotel in London.

For Full Report :

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2643759.ece?homepage=true

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Haqqani meets Grossman before boarding Pakistan bound flight

By Huma Imtiaz

November 20, 2011

A State Department official, who did not wish to be named, said that the case of the memo was discussed in the meeting.

The official added that Ambassador Grossman said he had never seen the memo until it was made public. He also referred back to Admiral Mullen’s comments on the memo.

In comments issued via his spokesperson in Foreign Policy, Admiral Mullen did not find the memo credible when he received it.

Earlier on Friday, the State Department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters at the press briefing that he was not going to engage in speculation. “Our understanding is that he’s still the ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, and we continue to have regular interactions with him, as we do with a number of people with – both within the Pakistani Government.”

Toner added that the United States “clearly support the democratically elected Government of Pakistan, as well as its constitutional processes.”

Haqqani on a flight to Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ambassador waved good bye to America, maybe the last time as a Pakistani envoy to the US, as he boarded a flight back to his motherland.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/294332/haqqani-meets-grossman-before-boarding-pakistan-bound-flight/

Pakistan aims to contain military expenditure

November 20, 2011

The cash-strapped country allocated “around $5 billion to the army’s budget” in the current fiscal year, military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference in the Moroccan city of Tangier.

“That’s the equivalent of 16 per cent of the state’s budget,” said Athar.

Asked if the percentage figure would increase in the next fiscal year, Athar said: “Hopefully not because for about five years, the military budget remained at between 13 per cent and 14 per cent.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/19/pakistan-aims-to-contain-military-expenditure.html

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Malik urges Taliban to surrender, work for future of children

November 20, 2011

He said the government had taken various steps to curb tendencies of extremism and terrorism in the country.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the passport office in Islamgarh town of Mirpur district, he said “We want the youth of Pakistan to carry book and pen instead of the suicide jackets.”

AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed and others also addressed the ceremony.

The Interior Minister said suicide incidents had reduced considerably and law and order had improved to a great extent.

The minister said that following the reconciliatory policy of President Asif Ali Zardari, the country succeeded in achieving speedy progress, stability and prosperity.

Malik recalled that the country was on the verge of destruction when the PPP came into power. The law and order situation was worsening and the economy was in bad shape, he added.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/19/malik-urges-taliban-to-surrender-work-for-future-of-children.html

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Memo gate storm: US affirms support for democracy

November 20, 2011

“We clearly support the democratically elected government of Pakistan, as well as its constitutional processes,” State

Department spokesman Mark Toner told a briefing in Washington.

But the White House and the Pentagon underlined their links with both civilian and military establishments in Pakistan while refusing to take sides in a crisis that threatens to undo the current democratic set-up.

As the storm over an alleged presidential memo to seek US support for reining in the army gathered storm, America’s special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman met Ambassador Haqqani hours before he boarded a plane for Islamabad.

After the 35-minute meeting, the State Department issued a statement, saying that Ambassador Grossman had never seen the memo before it was made public.

For Full Report :

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/20/memogate-storm-us-affirms-support-for-democracy.html

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Pak PM hails EU’s support for war against terror

November 20, 2011

LAHORE: Prime Minister Syed Yosaf Raza Gilani, describing the European Union of 27 members as an important forum on Saturday, appreciated its continued support for Pakistan’s contributions in the war against terror.

He said that their generous assistance of more than 300 million Euros for the flood victims was also instrumental for their early rehabilitation. The prime minister was talking to Pakistan’s ambassador to European Union Jalil Abbas Jilani, who had called on him.

The Ambassador informed the prime minister that the provision of a tariff concession on 75 items and the subsequent provision of GSP Plus facility by the EU would help revive Pakistan’s economy, create jobs and ensure investment in the country.

The prime minister directed the ambassador to interact with the civil society and policy makers to apprise them of the sacrifices Pakistanis had rendered. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_32

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Musharraf never said Dawood Ibrahim was in Pakistan: APML

November 20, 2011

KARACHI: The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) spokesman on Saturday categorically denied the allegation made in a TV show that former president and APML chief Gen Pervez Musharraf stated at any point in his interview to India’s NDTV that Dawood Ibrahim was present in Pakistan. Strongly refuting the uncalled for allegations leveled by the female anchor of a TV talk show against Pervez Musharraf, APML spokesman in a press release said that at no point in the said interview, did the former president stated that Dawood Ibrahim was in Pakistan. When pressed by the NDTV interviewer about agreeing to Dawood Ibrahim’s presence in Pakistan, the APML chief had said, ”I don’t know. I don’t know. I wouldn’t be able to confirm that.” The APML spokesman deplored in strong terms the comments of the private TV anchorperson as well as those of the PML (N) representative participating in the talk show. He said these comments were deliberate and aimed at maligning the former President. ppi

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_20

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Mr. Fix- it who put Zardari in a spot

By Badar Alam in Karachi

November 20, 2011

MANSOOR Ijaz, born in the US to Pakistani parents in 1961 and a millionaire investment banker based in New York, has made several references to his life in the alleged Black- Berry conversations he had with Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington, in the wake of Memogate.

One, he is a jet- setting business executive who can fly in and out of countries at the notice of minutes, not hours. Two, he portrays himself as an influential insider in the American foreign policy establishment.

Three, according to his own claims, he can “ put things right” as much as he can turn them nasty.

For Full Report :

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=20112011

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Anti- Zardari media gets the ammo to fire at will

by Asha- ar Rehman

November 20, 2011

THERE have hardly been times when the Asif Ali Zardari- Yousaf Raza Gilani setup has not been threatened.

It has either been faced with serious danger or with imminent ouster.

There is no shortage of pundits predicting the end of the Zardari rule following the Memogate scandal. A note reaching US Admiral Mike Mullen’s office in May this year has shaken Pakistani politics as much as the contents in a high- speed blender machine can be shaken.

The anti- Zardari media has been working overtime to embarrass the besieged President over the note that could land its author in a court fighting treason charges.

For a large number of Zardaribashers it is not about whether or not the gentleman could have ordered the writing of such a letter.

For Full Report :

http://epaper.mailtoday.in/epaperhome.aspx?issue=20112011

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Senior lashkar member escapes life attempt

November 20, 2011

BAJAUR AGENCY: A senior member of Salarzai Peace Committee on Saturday escaped an attempt on his life by unidentified miscreants in a far flung area of tehsil Salarzai, political administration informed. Malik Gul Akbar, a senior member of Salarzai Aman Lashkar along with his fellows was on his way to village when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy. The explosion, however, did not cause any harm to the members of the peace committee. Locals of the area told APP that the prime target of the bomb was Malik Akbar Khan who had taken strong actions against terrorist in the area. Soon after the blast, members of the peace committee cordoned off the entire area and started a search for the culprits. However, no arrest was made till the filing of this report. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_6

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‘Iran deceives world on nukes’: US and Western allies

19 NOVEMBER 2011

GEORGE JAHN | VIENNA     

The US and its Western allies have bluntly accused Iran of deceiving the world by trying to hide work on nuclear arms, as the UN atomic agency passed a new resolution criticising Tehran’s nuclear defiance.

Iran shot back on Friday that the West’s allegations were based on fabricated American, Israeli, British and French intelligence fed to the International Atomic Energy Agency to try and discredit the Islamic Republic.

Reflecting its bitterness, Iran’s chief IAEA delegate withdrew an invitation to UN atomic agency experts to visit Tehran and discuss nuclear concerns.

He also announced Tehran was boycotting a meeting next week to explore the possibilities of a Mideast nuclear-free zone that will be attended by Israel and all Arab nations, accusing IAEA chief Yukiya Amano of bias for not focusing on Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal.

The unusually tough exchanges were bound to further raise international tensions over Iran’s nuclear activities — even though the Western statements emphasised that the preferred solution was through diplomacy.

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http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/21664-iran-deceives-world-on-nukes.html

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Saudi envoy plot: Hillary seeks Iran’s cooperation

19 NOVEMBER 2011

 LALIT K JHA

The US has demanded that Iran must cooperate with investigations to bring to book those involved in an alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Ambassador to the US.

“Iran must provide law enforcement assistance and cooperate with the countries who are working to bring to justice all those who participated in the planning, sponsoring, organisation and attempted execution of the attack,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

Her statement came after a UN resolution condemned the plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. On Friday the United Nations General Assembly sent a strong message to the Iranian regime that the international community cannot and will not tolerate assaults on its diplomatic corps.

“The targeting of another nation’s diplomats is not just a threat to that nation, it is a threat to the international system,” Clinton said and thanked Saudi Arabia for drafting and marshalling support for this resolution and the over 60 co-sponsors, from every region of the world.

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http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/21661-saudi-envoy-plot-hillary-seeks-irans-cooperation.html

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Iran army tests defences as nuclear tensions rise

19/11/2011

Reuters . Tehran

The Iranian army is conducting a four-day training exercise to test its defences, state TV reported on Saturday, amid rising international tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

Press TV said the war games started on Friday and were taking place over 800,000 square km in the east of the country.

‘The initial stage of the drills will assess the units’ performance in setting up primary and secondary command centres and stationing tactical and swift reaction divisions,’ Press TV said.

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http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/40585.html

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ICT starts hearing opening statement against Jamaal-e-Islami leader of Bangladesh

Delwar Hossain Sayedee

November 20, 2011

The International Crimes Tribunal on Sunday began hearing the opening statement from the prosecution against Jamaal-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee for his alleged crimes against humanity.

Chief Prosecutor Ghulam Arieff Tipoo and senior prosecutor Syed Rezaur Rahman read out 61 pages of the 90-page statement before the three-judge tribunal which adjourned the hearing till Monday morning.

The prosecutors in their statement highlighted the crimes committed during the Liberation War in 1971 by the suspected war criminals including Sayedee.

The prosecutors told the tribunal that the Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer had committed crimes against humanity in association with Pakistani occupation forces at different places of Pirojpur during the liberation war.

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http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=33786

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Israel sees Assad rule nearing end, says good for entire region

By RICHARD WOODBURY | REUTERS

Nov 20, 2011

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia: Israel sees cracks in Syrian power structures amid increasingly violent unrest, and there are signs President Bashar Assad may not be in power for long, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Saturday.

Fourteen civilians were killed in a crackdown on dissent against Assad’s rule on Saturday, activists said. The United Nations says at least 3,500 people have died since March.

Barak said members of Syria’s security services, the armed forces and the civil service were starting to assess Assad’s future and were working out how to hedge their bets.

“As a result of it, I believe that we see for the first time, some cracks appearing in the support that he enjoys within his own arena,” he told the Halifax Security Forum in Atlantic Canada.

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http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article535782.ece

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Top-level UK trade team visits Kingdom

By ROGER HARRISON | ARAB NEWS

Published: Nov 20, 2011

JEDDAH: A high-level British delegation is visiting Saudi Arabia today (Nov. 20) in a drive to expand the UK’s overseas trade and showcase Britain’s innovation and expertise.

A focus of the visit is the intention to expand the involvement of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the British economy and will seek to increase their role in global trade and investment.

The delegation, led by Lord Marland, Minister for Climate Change and Chairman of the UK Trade and Investment Business Ambassadors Network includes Lord Sassoon, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury; and Baroness Elizabeth Symons, Chair of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Saudi-British Joint Business Council (SBJBC).

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http://arabnews.com/economy/article535731.ece

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Hajj panel studies ways to improve services further

November 20, 2011

Prince Khaled made this statement while chairing a meeting of the Central Haj Committee in Makkah on Saturday.

“The directives and support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah had the maximum impact in achieving a great success in this year’s Haj,” the prince said.

The prince also commended the role of Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and interior minister, in making the Haj an unprecedented success, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

“Reviewing the preparations made and steps taken for the Haj in 2011 in order to benefit from its experience to make better preparations for the Haj in 2012” is one of the goals of the present meeting of the committee, the prince said.

The prince thanked all workers in the private and public sectors for their dedicated service to pilgrims.

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http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article535748.ece

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Calls for stringent safety steps follow school fire at Mecca

November 20, 2011

The fire broke out at the school’s underground floor, possibly caused by an electric short circuit. But officials have not revealed the reason for the fire that broke out at 12:57 in the afternoon at the Baraim Al-Watan School. The girls school had kindergarten, elementary and intermediate sections.

Angry and worried parents call for stricter safety measures at educational facilities following the blaze.

The toll, released by authorities, said two teachers had died, 46 injured and 23 have left the various hospitals where they received treatment. Of the remainder of those injured, two are still in the intensive care unit, while the remaining cases are of minor and medium degree.

Makah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who visited the school on hearing about the accident, said a committee has been set up to investigate the reason for the fire.

He traveled from Makkah, where he was chairing a meeting of the Haj Central Committee, to inspect the school’s accident.

For Full Report :

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article535757.ece

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No place for ‘authoritarian regimes’: Turkey

20 November 2011,

“I strongly believe that there is no place any more for authoritarian regimes — single party systems that do not have accountability or transparency — on the shores of the Mediterranean,” he told Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

“As someone who has studied in the United Kingdom, lived in the United Kingdom, has this world view, President (Bashar al-) Assad should be able to understand this.”

Gul was to arrive in Britain later Sunday, where he will be undertaking a three-day state visit next week.

His comments, made before the expiry of an Arab League deadline at midnight Saturday (2200 GMT) for the Syrian government to halt a deadly crackdown on protesters, was the latest criticism of Assad’s regime by Turkey.

For Full Report :

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November494.xml&section=middleeast

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Egypt police clash with protesters ahead of vote

By Aya Batrawy

November 20, 2011

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets stormed into Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday to dismantle a protest tent camp, setting off clashes that killed one protester, injured hundreds and raised tensions days before the first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster.

The scenes of protesters fighting with black-clad police forces were reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that forced an end to Mubarak’s rule in February. Hundreds of protesters fought back, hurling stones and setting an armored police vehicle ablaze.

The violence raised fears of new unrest surrounding the parliamentary elections that are due to begin on Nov. 28. Public anger has risen over the slow pace of reforms and apparent attempts by Egypt’s ruling generals to retain power over a future civilian government.

Witnesses said the clashes began when riot police dismantled a small tent camp set up to commemorate the hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and attacked around 200 peaceful demonstrators who had camped in the square overnight in an attempt to restart a long-term sit-in there.

For Full Report :

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/19/egyptian-police-protesters-clash-tahrir-square/

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Police arrest criminals involved in attack on Saudi Consulate

November 20, 2011

One of the members of the outfit was injured and arrested during a shootout in another incident.

According to the SSP crime branch, Farooq Awan, the police conducted a raid early morning in the Eid Gah area and arrested three suspects named, Zaki, Mohsin and Muhammad Ali Kazmi. During the interrogation, the arrested suspects confessed their links to Lashkar-e-Mehdi – a banned outfit – and admitted attacking the Saudi embassy and a mosque at Sakhi Hassan.

They also stated that eight target killers, arrested by the special investigation unit earlier this year, were a part of their gang.

During interrogation, they pointed out one of their accomplice in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area. The police arrested injured Asif alias Munna after a shootout in the area. The wounded culprit was shifted to a hospital.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/20/police-arrest-criminals-involved-in-attack-on-saudi-consulate.html

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Dr Chishty's family appeals for his release

By Aditi Phadnis

November 20, 2011

It was an emotional moment for Dr Khalil Chishty’s family, who had travelled to Ajmer from Karachi and UAE appeal for the release of their father.

The 78-year old Dr SM Khalil Chishty, a famous virologist, was in January 2011 sentenced to life for committing murder following a trial which had lasted for more than 19 years. Chishty’s family from Karachi is currently in Ajmer to visit him in prison.

Family members of Chishty who travelled to Ajmer include his wife, Begum Mehrunissa, daughter Shoa Jawaid and grandson Syed Ali Ghalib Chishty. Chishty’s other daughter; Tasneema who had married an Indian and resides in the UAE was also present with her two grown-up children. The family is here for a month to visit Dr Chishty in Jail.

During his lengthy trial, Dr Chishty developed several ailments. A Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju petitioned the Prime Minister of India on Dr Chishty’s behalf and the matter was routed through the Indian Home Ministry to the Rajasthan Governor, Shivraj Patil for clemency on humanitarian grounds, which is where it rests at present.

Begum Mehrunissa has lost 100 per cent hearing in one ear and 90 per cent in the other out of shock and trauma.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/294427/dr-chishtys-family-appeals-for-his-release/

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Shall we bid farewell to democracy in Pakistan?

November 20, 2011

By Our Special Correspondent

Memo gate, the new scandal to hit the fragile PPP government, is currently being viewed as just another crisis. However, it may turn out to be a turning point in Pakistan's domestic politics. First, even before the full facts have been brought to public light there are calls within sections of media to try Pakistan's Ambassador to the US and by implication his boss, President Zardari, for 'treason'. This is nothing new in the contested civil-military divide of Pakistan. The political class has been continuously termed as 'security risk', 'unpatriotic' and 'traitors'. The wine is old, the bottles however are new and involve technological innovations such as the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service.

While a big media group has taken the lead to play the national security game and released the contents of BBMs exchanged between a dubious US businessman Mansoor Ijaz and Ambassador Husain Haqqani, they have been silent on a few questions. For instance, the memo, released earlier this week by Foreign Policy magazine and The Washington Post, is unsigned and unattributed to any author. It bears no official seal and was not delivered by any government representative. In his statement to the press, Admiral Mullen's spokesman John Kirby noted that the American military chief, who receives many pieces of correspondence, "did not find it at all credible and took no note of it then or later" - an unusual reaction if he had any reason to believe the memo came from the highest levels of Pakistan's government.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_8

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Four men appear in UK court over terrorism offences

November 20, 2011

LONDON: Four men appeared in a London court on Saturday charged with terrorism offences after being arrested as part of a major police investigation linked to Pakistan.

The men, from the central English city of Birmingham, were detained on Tuesday in a counter-terrorism operation which has seen eight others already charged, including three who are alleged to have been plotting a suicide bomb attack in Britain.

Khobaib Hussain, Ishaaq Hussain and Shahid Kasam Khan, all 19, and Naweed Mahmood Ali, 24, are accused of fundraising for the purposes of terrorism, traveling to Pakistan for training and traveling abroad to commit acts of terrorism.

They were remanded in the custody following a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court and will appear again at the Kingston Crown Court on Dec 9, the Press Association reported.

Police said that their arrests had been pre-planned and not made in response to any immediate threat to public safety.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_5

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Man who blew himself up in Karachi had US passport

November 20, 2011

KARACHI: A suspected militant who blew himself up in southern Pakistan during a raid by security forces was carrying a US and a Pakistani passport, authorities said on Saturday. According to a statement by Pakistan’s paramilitary Rangers, the dead man has been identified as Saeed Abdul Salam. He detonated an explosive device on Thursday when troops raided his apartment in the port city of Karachi. Post-mortem tests on Salam’s body confirmed the man died due to the explosion of a hand grenade, it said, adding “documents used for acts of terrorism were also recovered” from his possession. The US Embassy could not immediately confirm the development. The Rangers’ statement said that Salam had divorced his wife a month ago and was living with four children, who were unharmed. According to Salam’s passport, he had travelled to many countries, the statement said. Karachi is home to around 18 million people and is the capital of Sindh province. Several al Qaeda and Taliban operatives have been captured or killed there in recent years. ap

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\20\story_20-11-2011_pg7_4

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Gandhi’s SA house now a museum

Nov 20, 2011,

Johannesburg: A house in the leafy suburb of Orchards in Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi once resided, is now a unique hotel that doubles up as a museum on the life of the leader who left a legacy in both countries of South Africa and India.

'Satyagraha House' was officially opened on Tuesday by Jean Francois Rial, chief executive of French travel company Voyageurs du Monde, which bought the house two years ago.

With assistance from local historians, the company has re-created the authentic Edwardian home and developed an on-site museum complete with Gandhi memorabilia and period pieces from India that reflect the development of the Mahatma's anti-colonial and anti-racism philosophy and his commitment to nonviolence . "Gandhi's concept of passive resistance became known as Satyagraha, hence the name chosen for this new tourism destination for those who wish to learn more about Gandhi's South African experience ," Rial said.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Gandhis-SA-house-now-a-museum/articleshow/10800142.cms?prtpage=1

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