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Islamic World News ( 23 Nov 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Yemen car bomb attack 'kills 15'

Pakistani Christian family flee death threats

US adds Pakistan’s banned charity to terror list

‘Death sentence not applicable to non-Muslims, women’

Afghanistan Postpones Trial of Christian Convert; Execution Pending

Saudi Arabian schoolbooks reveal rampant anti-Semitism gripping the Muslim world

Taliban true followers of Islamic ideology, US biggest terrorist: Pakistan minister

Shelling kills 14 militants in Orakzai Agency

Fake Taliban peace broker fooled West

Afghanistan air strikes kill 16 insurgents

New edition of Al-Qaeda magazine threatens West and mocks President

Italy: Muslim leader Deplores 'Cataloguing' of Muslims in Mosques

ISI, Lashkar sued in New York for 26/11

President Pratibha Patil inaugurates Indian Islamic Centre

Abused Indonesian maid’s Saudi employer jailed

'Women in Leadership' forum kicks off in Abu Dhabi

UN Initiative Would Protect Islamic Persecution of Christians in Middle East 

Scrapping of blasphemy law not on the cards: minister

Wikileaks Set to Release New Iraq war Logs 'Seven Times Bigger Than the First'

Right-wing resort to Islamophobia in Park51 grant reaction

If you are a poor Shia Muslim, pray you don’t die in Lucknow

Syria’s nuclear stonewalling deepens: IAEA report

Pak perception of Indian role in Afghan a matter of concern: US

Court orders protection for sisters in swara case

Civics education at primary level stressed

Burney’s UK ban request puzzles Fazl

Sylhet BdDR mutiny: 36 of 44 accused plead guilty

America's Failed War of Attrition in Afghanistan

Kabul Is No Child's Playground

Babri stakeholders’ picture of unity at wedding

Lucknow Shia Waqf Board chairman resigns, crisis deepens

110,000 Basijs to meet Leader on Thursday

Oxfam, UNDP signed MoU on women economic empowerment

UK to Continue Deporting Failed Iraqi Asylum Seekers

U.S. raises security concerns for air travelers

J&K panchayat polls on non-party basis

Kasab stoic about his end

Security agencies carry out massive sweep for terrorists in European cities

BNM leader killed, another hurt in Ormara

Lawmaker blasts asylum offers for Iraqi Christians

Two ASWJ activists among nine killed in Karachi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Yemen car bomb attack 'kills 15'

Nov 24, 2010

A car bomb targeting a Shia religious procession has killed 15 people in the north of Yemen, reports say.

The bomb exploded in an area where rebels have been active but it is not clear who carried out the attack.

A rebel spokesman told AFP news agency that 30 people were also wounded in the attack, in al-Jawf province.

In addition to the northern rebels, Yemen's weak central government faces a southern separatist movement and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11827115

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Pakistani Christian family flee death threats

25 Nov, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani Christian family whose mother has been sentenced to death for insulting Islam has gone into hiding because of death threats, they said Wednesday.

Politicians and conservative clerics are at loggerheads on whether President Asif Ali Zardari should pardon Aasia Bibi, a mother of five sentenced to hang for defaming Prophet Muhammed under controversial blasphemy laws.

Pakistan’s minister for minority affairs, Shahbaz Bhatti, who is himself a Christian, told reporters that Aasia’s family had been forced to flee their home but declined to say where they were staying because of security fears.

Aasia’s husband, Ashiq Masih, who works in a brick factory in the Shekhupura district near Lahore, said he and his children aged nine to 20 had left home because of death threats, but declined to say where they were now living.

“We are frightened. We are receiving threats, especially from clerics. They started demonstrations in the area,” he told reporters in Bhatti’s Islamabad office, accompanied by daughters Eesham, nine, and Sidra, 18.

“Yesterday there was a protest in Shekhupura. They said they will not leave Aasia Bibi alive if she is pardoned.” Rights activists say Pakistan’s blasphemy law, under which the offence is punishable by death, encourages extremism in a conservative Muslim country on the front line of the US-led war on Al-Qaeda.

Masih said the case was baseless and that the family were “not mad to insult any Prophet, religion or the Quran”, telling how his children broke down in tears when they found out about their mother’s plight.

Bhatti said he would submit a petition from the family asking Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to pardon Aasia.

“Today they have given me a mercy petition for the prime minister. I will submit it to the prime minister this week. The case is baseless,” said Bhatti.

The governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer, has also said he will pass on a petition for clemency to the Pakistani president.

Pope Benedict XVI last week called for Bibi’s release and said Christians in Pakistan were “often victims of violence and discrimination.” Aasia has filed a separate appeal against the verdict, but no date has been set for a court hearing.

The case began in June 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while working in the fields. Muslim women labourers objected, saying that as a non-Muslim, she should not touch the water bowl.

Bibi was later mobbed by crowds, arrested and prosecuted after Muslim women complained that she made derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammed.

Only around three per cent of Pakistan’s population of 167 million are estimated to be non-Muslim.

Source: Dawn, Pakistan

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US adds Pakistan’s banned charity to terror list

25 Nov, 2010

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday added Pakistan’s Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, a charity associated with a banned militant group, to its official list of blacklisted terror organizations.

The US State Department said Falah-e-Insaniyat (FeF) had been dubbed an “alias” of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is already on the State Department’s list of “designated foreign terrorist organizations”.

Daniel Benjamin, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said the move “shows that the United States will not tolerate any support to this organization.

“LeT has attempted to use FeF as a way to evade scrutiny. This designation will help put to an end to that attempted evasion,” Benjamin said in a statement announcing the move.

The official order also named FeF leader Hafiz Abdur Rauf and two other men associated with LeT, Mian Abdullah and Mohammad Naushad Alam Khan, to its list of “specially designated global terrorists.”

Falah-e-Insaniyat is a name used in public by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), initially set up as the humanitarian wing of the Pakistan-based LeT, which has been active in relief efforts for those hit by Pakistan’s floods.

JuD was blacklisted by the United Nations following the November 2008 attack on Mumbai, blamed on the LeT. The group, which is also banned in Pakistan, denies it still has links to LeT.

Falah-e-Insaniyat provides education, healthcare and disaster relief and first appeared last year to help people displaced by military operations in Swat, in the northwest.

It has support and funding in the Pakistani diaspora, often in the form of donations for its charitable work. Analysts say it could exploit this network for attacks on the West.

Lashkar-e-Taiba has been linked to numerous attacks in India, including the three-day assault on Mumbai in November 2008 which killed 166 people.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/24/us-adds-pakistan%E2%80%99s-banned-charity-to-terror-list.html

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‘Death sentence not applicable to non-Muslims, women’

25 Nov, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A petition likely to be filed in the Federal Shariat Court on Friday states that the blasphemy law does not apply to non-Muslims and women, thus capital punishment under this law cannot be accorded to non-Muslims or women. The petition drawn by Dr Aslam Khaki, a Supreme Court lawyer, states that according to Muslim jurists, capital punishment under blasphemy could not be accorded to non-Muslims or women. Dr Khaki disagreed with the government’s decision of pardoning Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman awarded death sentence by a subordinate court, and sending her abroad, probably the US, on asylum. “If she is sent abroad, she will be a source of negative propaganda against the country and the religion like Mukhtaran Mai,” he added. He said if the subordinate court had wrongly awarded capital punishment to Aasia, she could approach the FSC for justice. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\25\story_25-11-2010_pg7_23

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Afghanistan Postpones Trial Christian Convert; Execution Pending

By Stefan J. Bos

Nov 24, 2010

Afghanistan has postponed the trial of a disabled man who faces the death penalty for allegedly converting from Islam to Christianity, trial observers and officials said Tuesday, November 23.

Said Musa, 45, was to appear without a lawyer Sunday, November 21, in front of a court where a judge was expected to use 'sharia', the word for Islamic law, to reach a verdict.

Officials suggested that the trial was delayed to give the court more time to study the case amid international concerns he may be executed under legislation that was introduced by the toppled Taliban regime.

The trial is expected to begin next Sunday, November 28, said Ann Buwalda

Executive Director of Jubilee Campaign USA, a major advocacy group supporting the Christian's case. 

Full report at: http://www.bosnewslife.com/14487-news-alert-afghanistan-postpones-trial-

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Saudi Arabian schoolbooks reveal rampant anti-Semitism gripping the Muslim world

By Julian Kossoff

24 November 2010

The expose by BBC1’s Panorama documentary of Saudi run schools operating in Britain teaching lessons in Jew-hatred to six year-olds (as well as homophobia and instructions on how to amputate the hand of a thief) highlights several important themes.

Firstly, anti-Semitism (which, whatever the literal translation, in this context means attacking Jews) is rampant in the Arab/Muslim world. The text books being used at the “weekend schools” revealed by Panorama were from the Saudi national curriculum and portrayed Jewish people as “monkeys and pigs” bent on world domination.

Building on the anti-Jewish strands that exist in the Koran, modern hate-texts, including the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Mein Kampf, Did Six Million Really Die?, are widely promoted and consumed from Riyadh to Jakarta. The poison is pumped out to the masses looking for fantastical excuses as to why Israel has been able to defeat all the Arab armies sent against it and to channel rage over the dispossesion of the Palestinians.

Full report at: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/juliankossoff/100064707/saudi-arabian-

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Taliban true followers of Islamic ideology, US biggest terrorist: Pakistan minister

Nov 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban are "the true followers of Islamic ideology", says a Pakistan minister who also believes that "America is the biggest terrorist of the world".

According to federal minister for tourism Maulana Attaur Rehman: "Ulema and Taliban are the true followers of Islamic ideology and America is the biggest terrorist of the world, which is creating hatred against them."

Dawn quoted Rehman as saying at a public gathering in Allai area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province Tuesday that terrorism could not be brought to an end until the US and the world gave equal rights and respect to the Muslims.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-true-followers-of-

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Shelling kills 14 militants in Orakzai Agency

24 November 2010

PESHAWAR: Fourteen militants were killed and six others were injured in shelling by gunship helicopters in upper parts of Orakzai Agency on Monday, official sources said. According to details, the choppers targeted the hideouts of militants in Kot Killay and Khadizai areas, killing 14 militants and injuring six others. Four hideouts of insurgents were also destroyed. Meanwhile, security forces launched a full-scale operation in Torkanri, Narek and Mazidgarhi areas and seized huge quantity of explosives. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\24\story_24-11-2010_pg7_12

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Fake Taliban peace broker fooled West

Nov 24, 2010

THE SECRET talks between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban to end the conflict in the country — that were “showing promise” — seem to have hit a dead end, with a revelation that the militant leader at the other end of the table was an imposter.

“In an episode that could have been lifted from a spy novel, US and Afghan officials now say the Afghan man was an imposter,” The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the seniormost commanders of the Taliban, took part in the discussions with the government.

Mansour is reportedly the second-ranked official in the Taliban, only behind the founder, Mullah Mohammed Omar. But the report now says Mansour was “apparently not Mansour at all”.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Afghanistan air strikes kill 16 insurgents

Nov 24, 2010

KANDAHAR: Two air strikes over the weekend in southern Afghanistan killed 16 insurgents, Afghan officials said.

A statement released late Tuesday by the governor of southern Helmand province said 13 militants were killed in a Nato air strike on a bazaar in Kajaki district. The statement said the Taliban were using the targeted site as a control centre and to hold meetings.

The same day, an air strike in Nad-i-Ali district killed three local Taliban leaders. The statement said the targeted leaders had coordinated attacks on Afghan army forces and Nato troops.

The governor’s office said no civilians were injured in Sunday’s strikes.

Nato did not immediately respond to requests to confirm the two incidents.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/24/afghanistan-air-strikes-kill-16-insurgents.html

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New edition of Al-Qaeda magazine threatens West and mocks President

Nov 24, 2010

SANA’A, Nov. 21 – A new edition of the jihadist magazine Inspire, released on Saturday, outlines the plan of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) to “bleed the enemy to death” in a “strategy of a thousand cuts.”

The English language ‘special issue’ provides a detailed account of the failed parcel bomb plot in October, called Operation Hemorrhage by the magazine’s authors. The operation cost USD 4,200, according to a source quoted in Inspire.

“Two Nokia mobiles, USD 150 each, two HP printers, USD 300 each, plus shipping, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses add up to a total bill of USD 4,200. That is all what Operation Hemorrhage cost us,” the magazine said.

This was the third issue of Inspire magazine, a title originating from a verse in the Qur’an, “Inspire the believers to fight”, according to its creators. The publication, aimed at British and American readers, was launched in July and released by AQAP media outlet, the Al-Malahem Media Foundation. The magazine is believed by US federal authorities to be edited by American Samir Khan. The second issue was released on Oct. 11.

Full report at: http://www.yementimes.com/defaultdet.aspx?SUB_ID=35089

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Italy: Muslim leader Deplores 'Cataloguing' of Muslims in Mosques

Nov 24, 2010

A Muslim leader in Italy has deplored the 'cataloguing' by police in recent weeks of Muslims attending mosque in the northern city of Treviso and surrounding areas. Treviso is a stronghold of the anti-immigrant Northern League party

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A Muslim leader in Italy has deplored the 'cataloguing' by police in recent weeks of Muslims attending mosque in the northern city of Treviso and surrounding areas. Treviso is a stronghold of the anti-immigrant Northern League party.

"The incidents reported of what amounts to the mass catalogues of Muslims in the province of Treviso are of unpredecented in gravity," the spokesman for Italy's largest Muslim umbrella group UCOII, Hamza Piccardo, told Adnkronos International (AKI).

Piccardo, a Muslim convert said he had only learned of the situation on Friday when a Muslim told him police stopped him outside a mosque in Montebello in the province of Treviso and asked to see his documents.

The police also photographed all the Muslims attending Friday prayers at the Montebello mosque, Piccardo said.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214316

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ISI, Lashkar sued in New York for 26/11

Narayan Lakshman

24 November 2010

Moshe Holtzberg, who survived the attack on the Chabad Lubavitch by terrorists in Mumbai in November 2008, is seen with his grandfather Shimon Rozenberg in the city after the terror strike. (Right) Moshe's parents, Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and Rivka, who were killed.

Washington: Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba are being sued by the family of an American couple and their unborn child who were slain by militants during the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.

The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday afternoon last week, alleges wrongful death on behalf of Rabbi Gavriel Noah Holtzberg and his wife Rivka, who was pregnant at the time. Both were both gunned down at the Chabad Lubavitch in Mumbai.

Full report at: http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/24/stories/2010112454151600.htm

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President Pratibha Patil inaugurates Indian Islamic Centre

24 November 2010

 ABU DHABI - In the presence of a large number of people, Indian President, Pratibha Patil, inaugurated the Indian Islamic Centre in the Capital, on Tuesday.

The students of the centre welcomed her with an Arabic song along with traditional drum based music.

Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade, Hamdan Musallam, Chairman, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Awqaf (GAIAA), were among the dignitaries who accompanied Pratibha Patil for the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Patil paid glowing tribute to the late, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for donating the land for setting up an Islamic centre.

The foundation stone of the centre was laid in 1982 by then prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November654.xml&section=theuae

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Abused Indonesian maid’s Saudi employer jailed

24 November 2010

RIYADH — A Saudi woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid has been sent to jail while the maid receives extensive hospital treatment for burns and broken bones, Saudi media said on Tuesday.

Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, has received skin grafts in the intensive care unit of King Fahd Hospital in the holy city of Medina after being burned with a hot iron by her employer, Al-Watan newspaper said.

She was also treated for fractures in her hands and ribs, the daily added. Her employer, an unidentified Saudi woman of 53, is in prison and undergoing psychiatric evaluation, Al-Watan said.

Saudi and Indonesian officials met in Medina on Tuesday to discuss the case, which has caused shock in both countries for the brutal treatment of Sumiati, one of more than one million Indonesian expat workers in Saudi Arabia.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/

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'Women in Leadership' forum kicks off in Abu Dhabi

24 November 2010

ABU DHABI - Arab businesswomen and aspiring leaders attending the Women in Leadership (WIL) Forum which opened today at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel in Abu Dhabi, were being urged to share their experiences and offer advice, but most of all they must provide solidarity if women are to make genuine strides towards the boardroom.

Delivering the opening keynote by video, Christine Lagarde, the French Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment said it was essential that women that had climbed the corporate ladder should support the sisterhood in business. “Madeleine Albright, (former US Secretary of State) once said, ‘there is a special place in Hell reserved for women who don’t help other women’. We must support each other,” said Lagarde.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae

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UN Initiative Would Protect Islamic Persecution of Christians in Middle East

24 November 2010

At its meeting in Mexico in December, the members of the United Nations General Assembly will vote on an initiative sponsored by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) entitled the “Elimination of all forms of intolerance and of discrimination based on religion or belief(document A/C.3/65/L.32/Rev.1).”

In advance of that vote, a draft of the resolution was presented Monday for provisional approval to the members of the Third Committee of the United Nations. The proposed text was approved without a vote by the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (Third Committee).

For six consecutive years the OIC-sponsored measure has been approved by the General Assembly. Lately, judging by the behavior of the principal sponsors of the initiative, there is a feeling among Islamic supporters that the streak will not extend to a seventh year.

Full report at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/world-mainmenu-26/north-america-

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Scrapping of blasphemy law not on the cards: minister

Nov 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Nov 23: Pakistan would not repeal blasphemy law but might amend it to prevent abuse because scrapping the legislation could fuel militancy, a minister said on Tuesday.

The law has come under the spotlight this month after a court sentenced a Christian mother of four, Asia Bibi, to death in a case stemming from a village dispute.

Widespread media attention on the case has led to renewed appeals by human rights groups for the repeal of the law but Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti said that would not happen.

“(Repeal) is not being considered though we are considering changing it so that misuse of the law should be stopped,” Mr Bhatti said. Blasphemy convictions are common although the death sentence has never been carried out. Most convictions are thrown out on appeal, but angry mobs have killed many people accused of blasphemy.

He said consultations with Ulema on amending the law would soon be undertaken.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/24/scrapping-of-blasphemy-law-not-on-the-cards-minister.html

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Wikileaks Set to Release New Iraq war Logs 'Seven Times Bigger Than the First'

Daniel Bates

Nov 24, 2010

Wikileaks has announced it is to release a second batch of Iraq war logs which will be seven times bigger than the first.

The Twitter post from Wikileaks which promises to redefine 'global history'In a defiant posting on its official Twitter account, the website's founders said it was ‘under intense pressure' over the disclosure but vowed to press ahead anyway.

‘The coming months will see a new world, where global history is redefined. Keep us strong,' they added.

Such a vast information dump would create another firestorm in Britain and the U.S. where generals are still furious over the first set of 400,000 classified documents, the biggest military leak of all time.

They detailed what Wikileaks founder Julian Assange called 'compelling evidence of war crimes' by the U.S. led coalition and the Iraq government and sparked calls for a full inquiry.

Full report at: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/11/22-0

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Right-wing resort to Islamophobia in Park51 grant reaction

Nov 24, 2010

Geller: "Jihadist Developers of Ground Zero Mosque Hit Up 9/11 Fund to Rebuild Lower Manhattan for $5 Million Jizya to Erect Islamic Supremacist Mega-Mosque." In a November 22 Atlas Shrugs post, titled, "Jihadist Developers of Ground Zero Mosque Hit Up 9/11 Fund to Rebuild Lower Manhattan for $5 Million Jizya to Erect Islamic Supremacist Mega-Mosque," Pamela Geller wrote, "Imagine the gall of these Islamic supremacists." She went on to describe the center as "the second wave of 911 attacks on the American people"; referred to Park51's Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's recent State Department-sponsored Islamic outreach efforts as "jihad junkets"; and included a picture of a 9-11 victim falling from the World Trade Center in her post.

Hoft responds to grant by posting a picture of airplanes flying into the World Trade Center. In a November 22 Gateway Pundit post, Jim Hoft wrote, "So what are the odds that Team Obama honors this request?" and posted a picture of an airplane flying into the World Trade Center.

Full report at: http://mediamatters.org/research/201011230025

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If you are a poor Shia Muslim, pray you don’t die in Lucknow

Nov 24, 2010

LUCKNOW, India(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Skyrocketing land prices have not only made dwelling for the living difficult but even the dead ones are facing the pinch of spiraling rates in Lucknow. Prices for a grave in any Shia graveyard may ranges anywhere between Rs one thousand to one lakh.

A group of Shia Muslims raised the issue during a dharna at Shaheed Smarak in Lucknow on Monday. The protestors demanded that prices of graves should be reduced and the poor should be provided land for grave free of cost. "It is pathetic that graves are beyond the approach of common man in Lucknow. Getting land in any karbala or qabristan in Lucknow will cost around Rs 50,000-60,000," said Syed Naseer Hussain Rizvi, whose organisation Idara-e-Sakina staged dharna against the practice on Monday.

Full report at: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214235

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Syria’s nuclear stonewalling deepens: IAEA report

24 November 2010

VIENNA - Syria is refusing UN nuclear inspectors access to numerous suspect sites and has provided scant or inconsistent information about its atomic activities, an International Atomic Energy Agency report showed.

For more than two years Syria has blocked IAEA access to the remains of a desert site which US intelligence reports say was a nascent North Korean-designed nuclear reactor intended to produce bomb fuel.

The site, known as either al-Kibar or Dair Alzour, was bombed to rubble by Israel in 2007. Syria, an ally of Iran, denies ever having an atom bomb programme.

Earlier this year the IAEA gave some weight to suspicions of illicit atomic work at the site by saying that uranium traces found during a 2008 visit by inspectors pointed to nuclear-related activity.

Full report at: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/

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Pak perception of Indian role in Afghan a matter of concern: US

Nov 24 2010

Washington : Pakistan's negative perception of India's role in Afghanistan is a matter of "continuing concern," a Pentagon official has said, while appreciating the development assistance being offered by New Delhi to the war-torn country.

The comments came as Pentagon released a report on Afghanistan where US-led NATO forces are battling the Taliban amid efforts to rebuild the infrastructure torn down by years of war.

"We value very highly the developmental work that India's doing in Afghanistan. It's been a key, one of the major contributors, and the kind of developmental work that India has done in Afghanistan is really vital to the success of the effort there," the senior Defence Department official said.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-perception-of-indian-role-in-

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Court orders protection for sisters in swara case

Nov 24, 2010

PESHAWAR, Nov 23: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday directed the police high-ups in Buner District to provide protection to two sisters who had challenged a jirga decision to hand them over to a rival family as swara for settling a dispute.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Yahya Afridi directed the Buner DPO to take action against the members of the said jirga who had made the controversial decision 17 years ago.

The court directed the DPO to provide protection to the two females so that the said decision could not be implemented. It was also ordered that the two sisters should appear on next hearing.

The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Advocate Fazal Ilahi Khan on behalf of the two sisters, Basmeena and Ghasiba, who had requested the court to provide them protection against the inhuman custom of swara .

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/24/court-orders-protection-for-sisters-in-

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Civics education at primary level stressed

Nov 24, 2010

LAHORE, Nov 23: Schoolchildren must be taught elementary civics at an early stage to instill in them a sense of good citizenship and the curriculum and textbooks must sow the seeds of tolerance, gender equality and human rights.

This was the crux of speeches delivered at a seminar on “Civic Education in Schools”, organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday.

Educationists, senior teachers, curriculum experts and human rights observers attended the seminar, says an HRCP press statement.

Speakers took note of the fact that civic education at schools started in the ninth class and underscored the need for review of the curriculum to introduce civics education at the primary level. They also recommended that civics must be made a compulsory subject because of its significance in producing good citizens regardless of the profession one chooses.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/24/civics-education-at-primary-level-stressed-2.html

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Burney`s UK ban request puzzles Fazl

Nov 24, 2010

LAHORE, Nov 23: JUI-F President Maulana Fazlur Rehman says rights activist Ansar Burni`s plea to the United Kingdom government to ban his (Maulana`s) entry into Britain for having contacts with Taliban carries no weight.

Talking to the media here on Tuesday, he said he respected Burni as rights activist but failed to understand his (Burni`s) plea to a foreign country to ban his (Fazl`s) entry.

“If I am an enemy, an extremist or has relations with militants, he should have talked of expelling me from the country.”

“Pakistan is more important for me than Britain. I`m a member of the parliament and chairman of one of the most important parliamentary committees. My whole life is open to the public and people know how much contacts I have with the forces Burni is attributing to me.”

To a question about his party`s stance on the proposed reformed general sales tax, he said a senator of the party had been tasked with approaching the finance minister and the FBR chairman to understand the whole issue, and if the step was found pro-public, the JUI-F would support it. However, he added, no decision would be taken blindly.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/24/burney-s-uk-ban-request-puzzles-fazl.html

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Sylhet BDR mutiny 36 of 44 accused plead guilty

Nov 24, 2010

Thirty-six out of the 44 BDR soldiers being tried on charges for staging the February 2009 mutiny in Sylhet on Tuesday pleaded guilty and sought clemency from a special court.

The special court-14 at BDR Sylhet sector headquarters sat at 8.30am to hear the charge-framing against the 44 accused soldiers.

The court sent one of the accused, lance nayek Abdus Salam, to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital as he became unconscious during the proceedings.

Another accused soldier, however, sought time to inform the court whether the allegations against him were true or not.

Presiding judge of the court SM Farhad, also commander of the BDR Comilla sector, framed the charges against the 44 BDR personnel in their presence.

Full report at: Bangladesh News

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America's Failed War of Attrition in Afghanistan

Jeremy Scahill

Nov 24, 2010

At the end of the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal this weekend, the leadership of the Afghan Taliban issued a statement characterizing the alliance's adoption of a loose timeline for a 2014 end to combat operations as "good news" for Afghans and "a sign of failure for the American government." At the summit, President Barack Obama said that 2011 will begin "a transition to full Afghan lead" in security operations, while the Taliban declared: "In the past nine years, the invaders could not establish any system of governance in Kabul and they will never be able to do so in future."

While Obama claimed that the US and its allies are "breaking the Taliban's momentum," the reality on the ground tells a different story. Despite increased Special Operations Forces raids and, under Gen. David Petraeus, a return to regular US-led airstrikes, the insurgency in Afghanistan is spreading and growing stronger.

Full report at: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/11/22-5

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Kabul Is No Child's Playground

Sue Turton

Nov 24, 2010

Nato's top civilian spokesperson in Afghanistan has come under fire for playing down the country's level of danger over the weekend.

"The children are probably safer here [Kabul] than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities," Mark Sedwill told CBBC Newsround, the televised news programme for youngsters.

"Here in Kabul and the other big cities (in Afghanistan) actually there are very few of those bombs," he added.

But Sedwill tried to clarify the comments to reporters on Monday, saying they were taken out of context.

 "I was trying to explain to an audience of British children how uneven violence is across Afghanistan," he said.

Full report at: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/11/22-3

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Babri stakeholders’ picture of unity at wedding

By Piyush Srivastava

Nov 24, 2010

IN TIMES of religious bigotry, this is one heartwarming tale. The event is bound to ruffle a few feathers among the zealots in the Hindu and Muslim communities, but its significance can be wide- reaching.

For more than six decades the two communities have been fighting over the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute.

But the two people who have been at the forefront of this struggle presented a picture of unity on Monday night.

The occasion was the wedding of the grandson of Mohammad Hashim Ansari, the oldest surviving plaintiff in the Ayodhya court case. And leading the wedding procession was none other than Mahant Gyan Das, chairman of the All India Akhara Parishad who wields considerable influence among the religious leaders.

The marriage procession started from Maya Bazar in Ayodhya around 9pm and reached Katra Mohalla at 11.30pm.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Lucknow Shia Waqf Board chairman resigns, crisis deepens

Nov 24, 2010

Chairman of Shia Central Board of Waqf (SCBW), Kamaluddin Akbar, along with a member of the board, resigned on Monday. Officials of the board confirmed that they have received the resignation letters.

LUCKNOW, India (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Chairman of Shia Central Board of Waqf (SCBW), Kamaluddin Akbar, along with a member of the board, resigned on Monday. Officials of the board confirmed that they have received the resignation letters.

As per reports, Akbar, who was perturbed over mudslinging by some members of the board, submitted his papers through courier to the state government. Another member former Principal Secretary (Law) Mazhar Abbas Abedi too has resigned from his post.

Full report at: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214249

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110,000 Basijs to meet Leader on Thursday

Nov 24, 2010

110,000 Basij (volunteer) members from Tehran will meet Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday on the occasion of Eid al-Qadir event, the IRGC commander announced.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - 110,000 Basij (volunteer) members from Tehran will meet Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Thursday on the occasion of Eid al-Qadir event, the IRGC commander announced.

Eid al-Ghadir is the anniversary commemorating the last sermon of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his household) at Ghadir Khumm on Dhul Hijjah 18, in the year 10 AH. It is celebrated mainly by Shias, who regard it as confirmation that Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS) was to succeed Prophet Muhammad (S).

Full report at: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=214362

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Oxfam, UNDP signed MoU on women economic empowerment

Nov 24, 2010

SANA'A, Nov. 23 (Saba) - Oxfam International and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - project of gender and economic empowerment, signed in here on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding on enhancing women's economic empowerment in Hadramout.

The memo was signed by the UNDP's Country Director Randa Abu al-Hassan and Oxfam Yemen Country Director El Tayeb Musa.

It stipulated the implementation of a number of activities and procedures aiming to establish partnership between the UNDP project and Oxfam related projects.

Full report at: http://www.sabanews.net/en/news229281.htm

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UK to Continue Deporting Failed Iraqi Asylum Seekers

Nov 24, 2010

The UK will "continue deporting failed Iraqi asylum seekers' a British minister has said.

The announcement comes despite the European Court of Human Rights effectively calling for a freeze on the practice.

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt told the BBC Iraq was now considered safe enough for people to return to.

The UK first started returning Iraqis to Baghdad last year.

However, despite security improvements in Baghdad and elsewhere, explosions and shootings remain a daily occurrence in much of Iraq.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has objected to the policy of returning failed asylum seekers to central Iraq - enforced by the UK as well as other European countries - as it maintains that it is still not safe to do so.

Full report at: http://www.saudinewstoday.com/article/38799__UK+to+Continue+Deporting+Failed+Iraqi

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U.S. raises security concerns for air travelers

Nov 24, 2010

As millions of Americans prepare to take to the skies for Thanksgiving travel, a U.S. official says security concerns have risen again because of an article published in an online magazine produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The latest issue of Inspire magazine gives detailed instructions on how to construct a toner cartridge bomb and encourages sympathizers to mount smaller, more frequent operations, the U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.

Officials have said in the past that the recent cargo plot, the Christmas Day bomber and the heightened security threat in Europe also are reasons for concern. The Transportation Security Administration has imposed restrictions on toner cartridges on airplanes since the cargo plot was uncovered. U.S. officials would not comment on whether any specific threat led to enhanced pat downs.

Full report at: http://us.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/11/23/holiday.travel/index.html

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J&K panchayat polls on non-party basis

24 November 2010

The Jammu and Kashvernment has decided to hold village council (panchayat) polls on non-party basis next year for the first time since 2001.

Elections to the state's 2,700 panchayats will be held in March-April, minister for rural development and panchayats Ali Mohammad Sagar said after a meeting on Monday evening.

“It was a unanimous decision and has been conveyed to the cabinet,“ he said. “All necessary amendments are being made in the constitution to strengthen the democracy at grassroots level.“

The National Conference (NC) government had recently called a meeting of all recognised parties in the state to propose holding the polls on a nonparty basis.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Kasab stoic about his end

November 24, 2010

Ahead of the second anniversary of 26/11 attack, convicted Pakistani terrorist struck a philosophical note, saying, “As you sow so shall you reap.” But he also appeared unrepentant about the killing of innocents.

Kasab gave an inkling of his mindset when Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse of the BJP met him at Arthur Road jail on Tuesday.

Khadse elicited interesting replies from Kasab, when he quizzed the latter briefly. “Initially, he told us he came from a poor family, was jobless and that he took to terrorism for money. Reflecting on his current situation, Kasab went on to tell us, ‘Jaisa boya, waisa kata’,” Khadse told The Pioneer.

Full report at: http://www.dailypioneer.com/298606/Kasab-stoic-about-his-end.html

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Security agencies carry out massive sweep for terrorists in European cities

24 November 2010

LONDON/BERLIN: Security agencies carried out major sweeps in European cities today arresting 10 Islamic radical suspects in Belgium and Spain after highest level security alert was sounded of a possible Mumbai-style terror attack.

Raids were also carried out in Netherlands and Germany where the Reichstag building housing the parliament was closed down and security beefed up at all metro stations in view of threats of attacks by the al-Qaeda terrorists trained in Pakistani camps, officials said.

"The arrests were part of an inquiry into international jihadists terror," German TV quoted Belgian prosecutors as saying.

The police carried out massive raids into colonies in the Belgian port city of Antwerp where Chechen refugees are housed.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Security-agencies-carry-

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BNM leader killed, another hurt in Ormara

24 November 2010

QUETTA: A Baloch National Movement leader was shot dead and another injured in a firing incident in Ormara on Tuesday. According to a police official, unidentified gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at Shahnawaz Baloch, a BNM leader, who was on his way home along with a friend. Resultantly, he died on the spot while his friend sustained bullet wounds. Police reached the spot and shifted Baloch’s body and the injured to a nearby hospital. The motive behind the attack could not be ascertained. A case has been registered against the unidentified accused. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\24\story_24-11-2010_pg7_11

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Lawmaker blasts asylum offers for Iraqi Christians

24 November 2010

BAGHDAD: A Christian lawmaker called on Iraq’s government Tuesday to better protect its dwindling Christian community, lambasting the nations that have offered asylum to the minority as meddling in Iraq’s problems.

The comments by lawmaker Younadem Kana, from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, come after a spate of violent attacks on Iraqi Christians — including a Catholic church attack last month that killed 68 people. Earlier this week, two Christian brothers in Kana’s hometown were fatally shot by unknown gunmen who raided their auto mechanic shop.

Officials in France and Germany have offered asylum to Iraq’s Christians, an estimated one million of whom have already left their homeland since 2003.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article199016.ece

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Two ASWJ activists among nine killed in Karachi

24 November 2010

KARACHI: Nine people were killed in different target killing incidents in the city Tuesday.

Two brothers affiliated with the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) were gunned down in the limits of Gulberg police station.

Police said that unidentified armed men on a motorcycle shot dead Qari Ammad Gul and Mohammad Shoaib Gul, sons of Gul Mohammad, who were sitting outside an oil depot near Landi Kotal Chowrangi.

ASWJ spokesman Taj Mohammad Hanafi confirmed the affiliation of the deceased with the religious organisation.

In a separate incident, two brothers were gunned down inside their house in Bhittaiabad.

Sacchal police informed that in the early hours of Tuesday, unidentified armed men knocked on the door of a house on Street No 8, Bhittaiabad. When Rizwan, 25, opened the door, the assailants opened fire on him. On hearing the gunshots, his elder brother Owais came at the door and was also shot dead by the culprits.

Full report at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\24\story_24-11-

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/yemen-car-bomb-attack--kills-15-/d/3719


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