Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Islamic World News
11 Dec 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com
Cleric asks Muslim Converts to terrorize U.S. citizens

US accused of yawning as terror targets troops

Roadside bomb kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan: Official

17 killed in attack on Pakistan hospital

Red-faced, Pak dailies regret fake anti-India reports

Wen’s Delhi visit may end visa woes of Kashmiris

Indian Minister to Muslims: Create awareness of backwardness

Arab couples seek educational compatibility

26/11: Karkare's life was under threat, claims Digvijay

Varanasi bomb blast continues to fox investigators

Azamgarh link to blast an embarrassment for Digvijay

Congress played religious politics after Mumbai attacks: US Ambassador in WikiLeaks

After US, France, India gets EU to prod Pak on 26/11

Pakistan’s WikiLies

'Afghanistan scares the hell out of' Rudd: WikiLeaks

Forces kill 13 terrorists in South Waziristan

US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan

Iran to air new footage of woman in stoning case

Kashmir lecturer held for seditious question paper

Professor courts trouble, asking questions about stone-throwers

Jordan Islamists back restaurant owner’s expulsion of Israelis

Suspected ISI agent arrested in Mumbai

JAKARTA: Top terror suspect captured

No excuse will justify vile attack on Indonesian maid

1,235 arrested in 10 months for violence against women in Bangladesh

UN asks Iraq to abolish death penalty

US Treasury Designates Three Pakistani Terrorists

Obama’s visit and lessons from Indonesian Islam

WikiLeaks' Assange moved to isolation in British jail

Bombs not detected at Mumbai port

Balochistan able to run Reko Diq project: CM

Mild blast sign of weak IM firepower

13k youths seek jobs as Kashmir cops

Putin tears into US on Assange arrest

Apologising to Turks for raid is legal risk: Israel

'Back channel diplomacy' underway with India on Kashmir: Pakistan

Video conference does not inspire Kasab, wants to come to HC

Yasin Malik taken into preventive custody

Egypt’s Mubarak could be in power for life: WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks data stored in Cold War-era bunker

A Nobel Prize for Assange sought

Iraq should ensure fair trials for detainees: UN

UAE airlines lift ban on cargo services from Yemen

Palestinians may renounce Oslo

Abduction of babies: We wake up only after a tragedy strikes

Mawhiba wins 13 prizes in Egypt contest

Nawaz-Musharraf exile agreement expires

Gaza blast kills two Palestinian teenagers

Attacks in Iraq kill 4, including 2 policemen AP

Compiled by New Age Isalm News Bureau

Photo: Muslims light candles in memory of the blast victims at the site of the explosion in Varanasi.

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Cleric asks Muslim Converts called to terrorize U.S. citizens

Dec 11, 2010

Muslim Cleric Anjem Choudary has openly called for the implimentation of Sharia law in the United States as well as the United Kingdom. Even though he is a citizen of the United Kingdom, Choudary claims that he is a man of Islam only and not a citizen of any country. His law is of the Sharia and not of any one particular country.

Choudary is the spokesman and leader of Islam4UK. Islam4UK has since been banned by British authorities for inciting violence in support of the Sharia. On its website, Islam4UK described itself as having "been established by sincere Muslims as a platform to propagate the supreme Islamic ideology within the United Kingdom as a divine alternative to man-made law" to "convince the British public about the superiority of Islam...thereby changing public opinion in favour of Islam in order to transfer the authority and power “. Choudary has declared that the flag of Islam will one day fly over the White House.

According to the National Islamic Prison Foundation, there are approximately 150,000 U.S. conversions to Islam each year with reports of more than 10% of the prison population Muslim. These conversion rates are expected to rise. These groups are largely successful with recruiting members, raising funds, setting up training camps and spreading their message, largely with the assistance of Muslim non profit organizations. The following individuals are U.S. citizen converts to Islam and have been tried and convicted for terrorist plots against the United States:

Jose Padilla, a 28 year old man, was sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison for conspiracy to murder, kidnap, and maim people in a foreign country, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.

Kevin Lamar James, Founder of Islamic terrorist group Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (The Association of True Islam) Pled guilty to plotting terror attacks against U.S. military facilities, Israeli offices and Jewish synagogues.

Kobie Diallo Williams, Referred to by the media as the lead member of the "Houston Taliban", he pled guilty to a conspiracy charge in which he admitted to paramilitary training and donating money to the Taliban. All 4 members of the Houston Taliban group were members of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).

Laguerre Payen, Converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism while in prison during the 80's. One of four men from Newburgh, NY, who were arrested for the 2009 Bronx terrorism plot, a scheme to shoot down military airplanes flying out of an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York and blow up Riverdale Temple and Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx.

Levar Washington, Member of Islamic terrorist group Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (The Association of True Islam) Arrested for armed robbery of gas stations, to fund terror operations. Pled guilty to plotting terror attacks against U.S. military facilities, Israeli offices and Jewish synagogues.

Mark Fidel Kools, A sergeant in the U.S. Army. Found guilty of a grenade and rifle attack on members of the 101st Airborne Division, that killed two of his officers and wounded 14 others at an army camp in Kuwait.

Michael Finton, A 29 year old Decatur, Illinois man, arrested in a plot to detonate a car bomb in front of the state capitol. Talib Islam drove a van which he believed contained 1 ton of high explosives and parked it in front of the target.

Onta Williams, Converted to Islam in prison during the 90's. One of four men from Newburgh, NY, who were arrested for the 2009 Bronx terrorism plot, a scheme to shoot down military airplanes flying out of an Air National Guard base in Newburgh, New York and blow up Riverdale Temple and Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx.

Paul Rockwood, A disciple of the American-Born cleric, Anwar al Awlaki, he (and his wife) pleaded guilty to charges of lying to federal investigators about the compilation of a terror hit list which contained the names of fifteen individuals whom they believed were "anti-Muslim and had harmed Muslim civilians and therefore deserved to die." He had also researched explosive devices, with the intention to use them in acts of domestic terrorism.

Ryan Gibson Anderson, A Specialist in the U.S. 81st Armored Brigade of the United States Army National Guard. Found guilty on five counts of attempting to aid and provide intelligence to al-Qaeda (including methods for killing soldiers.)

According to Wiki Islam there are 53 U.S. citizens that have converted to Islam and have attempted or carried out terrorism against the United States and its citizens. Many of whom were either recruited while in prison or were recruited from the ranks of the U.S. military. What is even more disturbing is that our own federal governement continues to promote the idea that we are at war with "Al Queda" or the Taliban. Could it be that the American people don't understand terrorism, or maybe they are too ignorant to understand the truth? We are at war against terrorism and to deny the fact that we are at war with radical Islam and the institution of the Sharia is nothing short of complete ignorance and foolishness.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-tucson/muslim-cleric-calls-for-worldwide-sharia-

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US accused of Yawning as terror targets our troops

By MICHELLE MALKIN

December 11, 2010

When jihad-bent American Muslims target American soldiers on American soil, why does America yawn?

The Fort Hood massacre has faded from view. The ambush at an Army recruiting station in Little Rock barely registered on the national radar screen. And the arrest this week of a Baltimore-area bomb plotter, intent on blowing up a military center and murdering our troops in the name of Allah, was met with a collective shrug. It's pointless to rally citizens around "never forget" when their heads are in the sand.

Civil-liberties absolutists are more outraged by the alleged "entrapment" of Muslim convert Muhammad Hussain (a k a Antonio Martinez) than by his bloodthirsty scheme to blow up an Army recruitment office in Maryland.

According to the FBI affidavit, Hussain "indicated that if the military continued to kill their Muslim brothers and sisters, they would need to expand their operation by killing US Army personnel where they live. He stated that jihad is not only in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but also in the United States." Hussain explored using rifles, gas, propane tanks and vehicle bombs to maximize death. He planned to "shoot everybody in the place" and burn down the building to "instill fear" and to send a message that "whoever joins the military, they will be killed."

In tape-recorded undercover conversations, Hussain praised Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan -- even though he "only killed 13 soldiers." The admiring Hussain had far more ambitious designs. He planned to "blow one recruiting center up . . . then we hit another . . . and just keep it movin' . . . Insha' Allah . . . Insha' Allah . . . Do it for jihad."

Next, Hussain told informants, he would take on Andrews Air Force Base, blow it up and then take over the homes of military personnel. Hussain wasn't bluffing. He followed through with his plot and was arrested in an FBI sting on Dec. 8 outside the Army center. Hussain had attempted to detonate what he thought was an explosive device parked where soldiers had gathered deliberately.

If Hussain's targets had been abortion clinics, we'd hear no end of denunciations of the hatred and intimidation. Indeed, when Little Rock jihadist Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad was arrested in June 2009 for the murder of Army Pvt. William A. Long, 23, and the shooting of Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, it took three days for the White House to issue a limp, politically correct statement expressing "sadness" over the attacks, which President Obama described as a "senseless act of violence" (instead of the intentional systematic act of Islamic terrorism that it was).

In the same week, the Obama administration issued an immediate condemnation and statement of "outrage" over the shooting death of late-term abortionist George Tiller. Some enemies get Obama a little more "wee-wee'd up," to borrow his phrase, than others.

How many more arrests of US military-hating Muhammads will it take for "sadness" to evolve into genuine indignation?

The latest Baltimore plot comes as the Beltway area remains under alert for an unknown shooter targeting recruitment stations and other military targets.

Over the past two months, the DC-area Marine Corps Museum, the Pentagon, a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Va. and a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, Va., have all taken shots from a high-powered rifle linked by ballistics tests. The feds say the arrest of the Baltimore jihadist is not related to these still-unsolved acts of terror.

Our soldiers, God bless them, carry on without protests or grievance-mongering because that's just how they roll. But it's a damned shame more Americans can't muster as much anger over troop-targeting "Allahu Akbars!" as they do over "Dancing with the Stars."

malkinblog@gmail.com

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/yawning_as_terror_targets_our_troops_iaCSxkvUauu0vBqULT8PZK

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Roadside bomb kills 15 civilians in Afghanistan: Official

Dec 11, 2010

KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan killed 15 civilians, including children, a provincial spokesman said on Saturday, blaming the attack on Taliban militants.

The truck was on its way from Khair Abad village to Khansheen district centre in Helmand province when it was hit by a home-made device late Friday, provincial spokesman Daud Ahmadi said.

"The blast killed 15 civilians and wounded another four," he said, adding that children were among the dead.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Roadside-bomb-kills-15-civilians-in-Afghanistan-Official/articleshow/7082067.cms#ixzz17nES56Ub

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17 killed in attack on Pakistan hospital

Dec 11, 2010

Peshawar: At least 17 people were killed and 20 injured on Friday when a suicide-bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a hospital being built by the minority Shia community in Pakistan's restive northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The Hazara Hospital in Hangu town collapsed in the impact of the blast and several persons were buried under the rubble, witnesses said.

Rescue workers and local residents pulled the bodies and the injured out of debris.

Many nearby buildings were also damaged in the blast. Rescue efforts were hit by lack of heavy machinery and a power outage caused by the explosion.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Friday attack.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani described the attack as a “brutal and inhuman act of militants.”

http://www.hindu.com/2010/12/11/stories/2010121167081000.htm

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Red-faced, Pak dailies regret fake India report

Dec 11, 2010

Islamabad: Two of Pakistans leading newspapers The News and The Express Tribune on Friday apologised for carrying a story that used fake US diplomatic cables to brand Indian generals genocidal and accused New Delhi of sponsoring militants.

The apologies came after Britains Guardian newspaper,which has has the leaked cables database,said the Pakistani newspapers had exploited the WikiLeaks for propaganda purposes and that it failed to locate any of the incendiary allegations about India.

The story claimed on Thursday that the cables showed Indian spies were supporting militants in Pakistans northwest tribal region of Waziristan and the southwestern province of Baluchistan.The newspapers reported that the US diplomats thought of one Indian general as incompetent and a geek,and of another as self-obsessed,petulant and idiosyncratic and barely tolerated by subordinates.It likened another to late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic with regard to butchering Muslims through war crimes in Kashmir.

Full report at: Times of India

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Wen’s Delhi visit may end visa woes of Kashmiris

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Dec 11, 2010

CHINESE Premier Wen Jiabao arrives in the Capital on December 15 on a three- day trust- building visit that may signal a quiet burial of Beijing’s stapled visa policy for Kashmiris. The much- delayed hotline between the two Premiers that hopes to address emerging irritants in bilateral ties may also be launched during the visit.

On what is essentially a reciprocatory visit, Wen’s trip may witness a nuanced shift in China’s approach over Kashmir — an issue that has emerged as a bone of contention between the two sides since 2008.

The joint communiqué at the end of talks on December 16 may have a reference on this. While there may not be any formal announcement on reversing stapled visa policy, it is likely that Wen might agree to India’s demand during his talks with PM Manmohan Singh, according to informed sources. The government maintains that Beijing should honour India’s sensitivities.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Indian Minister to Muslims: Create awareness of backwardness

Dec 11, 2010

NEW DELHI: Union Minister For Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid has said the condition of Indian Muslims could be worse than what was recorded by the Sachar and Ranganath Mishra commissions.

Speaking at a function, he said there was lack of awareness among Muslims on its problems and they had to be urgently made aware about the community’s socio-economic backwardness.“We need to go beyond the Sachar and Mishra Commission reports because I am afraid the situation is worse than what these two reports have shown,” Khurshid said.

The minister and Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha K Rahman Khan, who was also present at the function, presented awards to RTI activist Afroz Alam Sahil and Bihar Anjuman, an on-line group of Bihari diaspora active in the field of education.

Khan said, “Mr Sahil has presented the community with a brilliant example by using RTI, instead of complaining about its failures.” Sahil has filed several RTI application relevant to the minority community.

URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Khurshid-to-Muslims-Create-awareness-of-backwardness/articleshow/7050609.cms

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Arab couples seek educational compatibility

Dec 11, 2010

JEDDAH: Although there are many reasons for divorce among Arab couples, different levels of education tend to be the main reason why many part ways, say experts.

A marriage between a husband not as educated as his wife is more likely to end in divorce, they add.

They claim women also find it difficult to marry men not as educated as them for social, psychological and economic reasons.

A potential partner’s level of education was not a big issue in the past. It is normal to see women not so educated marrying men with a degree and vice versa.

Nowadays, a woman would be putting her happiness at risk if she marries a man with a lesser education than her because of his ego, even if he says it is not a problem.

Ragheda Hassan, a Jordanian woman who holds a bachelor’s in finance and economics from Amman University, is married to a chef.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article212773.ece

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26/11: Karkare's life was under threat, claims Digvijay

Dec 11, 2010

NEW DELHI: In what comes as a starting revelation just days after the 2nd anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Saturday claimed that two hours before the terrorists struck, Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare called him and said that his life was under threat from those who opposed to his probe into the Malegaon blast.

Speaking to reporters Digvijay said, "On November 26, 2008, at 7pm, just about two hours before the attacks in Mumbai started, Hemant Karkare, the slain ATS chief rang me on my mobile and told me how his family and his life were blighted by constant threats from people annoyed by his investigations into the Malegaon blasts."

"He was worried and he told me he was trying to trace the calls, but was depressed and worried by threats and personal attacks made in their newspapers. Karkare also told me that he was hurt that in a paper, the mouthpiece of a Hindu right-wing organization, allegations were being made that my son was minting money in Dubai, when in reality he was only a school student in Mumbai," added the Congress leader.

Days after Karkare's death, then minorities minister A R Antulay had to quit after he said that Karkare could have been a victim of "terrorism or terrorism plus something."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/26/11-Karkares-life-was-under-threat-claims-Digvijay-/articleshow/7082169.cms#ixzz17nEzRKRX

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Varanasi bomb blast continues to fox investigators

Dec 11, 2010

New Delhi : One of the injured in the December 7 Varanasi blast has succumbed to her injuries on Friday, taking the death toll to two.

65-year-old Phoolmati had sustained a serious head injury during the blast.

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and other intelligence agencies are still hunting for clues in the search for suspects in the low-intensity bomb blast that exploded on the banks of the Ganga.

What is perplexing to the intelligence agencies is that no detonator or timer has been found at the spot so they do not know what triggered the device or the chemical process.

Maharashtra Police, meanwhile, is looking for a breakthrough in the probe into the suspected Indian Mujahideen email sent from Navi Mumbai after the Varanasi blast.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/varanasi-bomb-blast-continues-to-fox-

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Azamgarh link to blast an embarrassment for Digvijay

Manjari Mishra

Dec 11, 2010

Lucknow: Emerging links between Tuesdays Varanasi blast and Sanjarpur town in Azamgarh district may prove embarrassing for Digvijay Singh,Congress general secretary in charge of UP.

Singh had sometime back visited the small UP town that has gained infamy as a terror nursery.A number of Sanjarpur youngsters have been linked to recent terror incidents like the Delhi serial blasts.

The senior Congress leader had striven to build bridges with these families who protest the stigma and deny that their children have any terror links.Singhs detractors within Congress say the Sanjarpur trip would rebound on him and hand the opposition a handle to beat him with.In fact,BJP has been quick to seize the opportunity and has raised the pitch.

On Friday,BJP vice-president Vinay Katiyar created a flutter in Faizabad when he publicly requested Mayawati to order a probe into Singhs misadventure and take stern action.

Full report at: Times of India

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Congress played religious politics after Mumbai attacks: WikiLeaks

Dec 11, 2010

WASHINGTON: Post 26/11, a section of the Congress leadership was seen playing religious politics after one of its leaders, A R Antulay, implied that Hindutva forces may have been involved in the Mumbai terror attacks, according to a confidential memo by the then US ambassador to India, David Mulford, released by WikiLeaks.

"The Congress Party, after first distancing itself from the comments (of Antulay, the then minority affairs minister), two days later issued a contradictory statement which implicitly endorsed the conspiracy. During this time, Antulay's completely unsubstantiated claims gained support in ... Indian-Muslim community," Mulford wrote in his secret cable to the state department on December 23, 2008.

"Hoping to foster that support for upcoming national elections, the Congress Party cynically pulled back from its original dismissal and lent credence to the conspiracy," Mulford wrote.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Congress-played-religious-politics-

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After US, France, India gets EU to prod Pak on 26/11

Dec 11, 2010

Brussels : Stitching together a narrative of pressure on Pakistan, India on Friday got the European Union to mirror the language in the Indo-US and the Indo-French joint statements asking Pakistan to bring the perpetrators, authors and accomplices of the Mumbai attacks to justice.

In line with its newfound political and strategic personality, the EU also agreed to a detailed joint declaration on counter terrorism. In this document, the EU seemingly pushed the walls of its new mandate to agree to explore the possibility of an EU-India agreement on extradition to cover all member states. These talks will be held between designated authorities on both sides.

On the more immediate outcome on Mumbai attacks, reliable sources confirmed that this is part of a calibrated approach to enlist commitments from all major power blocs on three counts — punishing those behind the Mumbai attacks, calling for destruction of safe havens and ending cross-border terrorism.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-us-france-india-gets-eu-to-prod-

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Pakistan’s WikiLies

By Badar Alam

Dec 11, 2010

Red- faced Pak media retracts fake WikiLeaks story on India

AS ONE Pakistani newspaper apologises and another passes the buck over the faux pas on reported Indian involvement in Balochistan and alleged nexus between the Indian Army and Hindutva militants, the debate in Pakistan’s media space has centered around how best to treat WikiLeaks as a news source.

In screeching front page headlines, Urdu dailies Jang and Nawa- i- Waqt and English dailies The News and the Nation reported on December 9 that there was “ enough evidence of Indian involvement in Waziristan and Balochistan”. They claimed that the latest WikiLeaks revelations show that the Americans believe that there was a lot of evidence to confirm that India was directly involved in anti- Pakistan activities in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas ( Fata) and Balochistan.

Full report at: Mail Today

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'Afghanistan scares the hell out of' Rudd: WikiLeaks

Dec 11, 2010

Sydney : Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was deeply pessimistic about the country’s progress in the Afghanistan war, according to classified US diplomatic cables released by whistleblower website Wikileaks.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the cables also include embarrassing revelations about Rudd’s conduct.

A cable sent to Washington in October 2008 by the US Embassy in Canberra records what Rudd told a group of visiting US congressmen.

“He (Rudd) concluded by noting that the national security establishment in Australia was very pessimistic about the long-term prognosis for Afghanistan,” the cable said.

Rudd also told US politicians that “he supported the Afghan war ‘from day one’, but confided that ‘Afghanistan scares the hell out of me’”.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/afghanistan-scares-the-hell-out-of-

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Forces kill 13 terrorists in South Waziristan

Dec 11, 2010

LAHORE: Around 13 terrorists, including a commander, were killed in different clashes with security forces in South Waziristan, a private TV channel reported on Friday. According to sources, three security personnel were also injured in the clashes. The terrorists attacked a security check post in Sararogha in which three personnel were injured. In retaliation, the security forces killed nine terrorists. In Janta area, the security forces killed terrorist commander Asmatullah, along with his three accomplices, the channel reported. Seven more terrorists were killed in the Swat valley in two clashes, officials said. daily times monitor

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\11\story_11-12-2010_pg7_10

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US drone strike kills four in North Waziristan

Dec 11, 2010

MIRANSHAH: Four terrorists were killed when a US drone fired two missiles in North Waziristan on Friday, security officials said. “The missiles hit a terrorist vehicle and a house in Khadar Khel town,” about 40 kilometres west of the region’s main town of Miranshah, a local security official said. Another official said: “Four terrorists were killed and the vehicle was destroyed in the attack.” It was the second drone strike in the region this week. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\11\story_11-12-2010_pg7_11

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Iran to air new footage of woman in stoning case

Dec 11, 2010

Tehran (Iran) : Iran’s state TV says it will air new footage of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, the latest in state-orchestrated broadcasts on the case that has raised an international outcry.

Press TV says the footage will be aired late Friday and that it will show Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani at her home in northwestern Iran, recounting her alleged crimes and details of her husband’s murder.

The TV says the 43-year-old mother, who remains in prison in the city of Tabriz, was accompanied by her son for the filming. Her son and lawyer were arrested in October, along with two German journalists.

Iran put Ashtiani’s stoning sentence on hold amid pressure from rights groups, but says she has also been convicted of involvement in her husband’s death.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-to-air-new-footage-of-woman-in-stoning-case/722978/

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Kashmir lecturer held for seditious question paper

Dec 11, 2010

A college lecturer was arrested on Friday for setting question papers highlighting the recent turmoil in the Kashmir valley, including alleged atrocities committed by police and security forces and the phenomenon of stone-pelting.

Noor Muhammad Bhat, who teaches English Literature at Gandhi Memorial College in Srinagar, was called to the Old City Police Station and detained.

Sources said authorities in the University of Kashmir informed the police about the lecturer’s whereabouts. He has been lodged at Nigeen Police Station and would be presented before court on Saturday for further remand. A committee headed by a senior police officer has been formed to investigate the matter.

Bhat has reportedly set two question papers for the annual first year degree course examination. On Wednesday, commerce students were asked to write a passage on stone-pelters. “Are the stone-pelters real heroes? Discuss”.

Full report at: http://www.dailypioneer.com/302729/Kashmir-lecturer-held-for-seditious-

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Professor courts trouble, asking questions about stone-throwers

Shujaat Bukhari

Dec 11, 2010

SRINAGAR: The police on Friday arrested a professor here for allegedly including in a college examination paper questions about the recent unrest in Kashmir.

S.M. Sahai, Inspector-General, Kashmir Zone, told The Hindu that the arrest of Noor Mohammad Bhat of the Gandhi Memorial College followed a complaint that the questions for undergraduate students were not only provocative but also out of the curriculum. A local newspaper carried the story on Friday.

Professor Bhat was booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. “He had asked questions about stone-throwers and glorified them,” a police officer said. Serious allegations had been made against the police and the security forces in a translation question. Mr. Sahai said a special team, under Superintendent of Police Maqsood uz Zaman, had been constituted to investigate the matter.

Full report at: http://www.hindu.com/2010/12/11/stories/2010121168392200.htm

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Jordan Islamists back restaurant owner’s expulsion of Israelis

Dec 11, 2010

AMMAN: The Islamic Action Front, Jordan’s main opposition party, on Friday supported the recent expulsion of Israeli tourists from a Jordanian restaurant in the Red Sea port of Aqaba.

”The move by the owner of the restaurant represents a daring and correct behavior because it reflects the conscience of Jordanians who reject all forms of normalization with the Zionist enemy,” IAF spokesman Mohammad Zoyoud said in a statement.

”We reject all treaties with the Zionist enemy and consider them not binding on our people,” he added.

The owner of the restaurant, Salwa Barghouti, reportedly ordered a number of Israeli tourists out of her restaurant in Aqaba last week, after getting drunk and joking about Arab clients.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article212790.ece

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Suspected ISI agent arrested in Mumbai

Dec 11, 2010

Mumbai : A suspected agent of Pakistan's spy agency ISI has been arrested from the metropolis, police sources said on Saturday.

Salim Moojiwala is believed to have conducted a recce of several locations in the financial capital, they said.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) apprehended him from Mazgaon in South Mumbai on Thursday, the sources said.

Police later conducted a search at his residence in Mazgaon and recovered incriminating documents, cellphone SIM cards, DVDs, computer, hard disk and pen drives. The seized items were sent to a forensic lab at suburban Kalina for examination, they said.

The sources did not reveal which locations were surveyed by the ISI agent, saying "they do not want to say anything further on Moojiwala as the State Assembly session was currently on in Nagpur".

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy declined to comment on the arrest.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/suspected-isi-agent-arrested-in-mumbai/723353/

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JAKARTA: Top terror suspect captured

Dec 11, 2010

JAKARTA: Indonesian police arrested one of the country's most-wanted militants Friday, accusing him of plotting high-profile assassinations and attacks on foreigners at luxury hotels in the capital, officials said.

Abu Tholut, captured during an anti-terror raid on a home in Central Java, allegedly helped set up a militant training camp in westernmost Aceh province that was uncovered by police early this year. A militant turncoat told The Associated Press after the arrest that Tholut was one of the country's most dangerous terror leaders.

Police officials, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because they did not have authority to talk to the media, said the suspect helped recruit members and raise money for Jamaah Anshorut Tauhid terror cell.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/world/article212724.ece

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No excuse will justify vile attack on Indonesian maid

Dec 11, 2010

The sight of the Indonesian maid who was abused by her sponsor in Madinah was something extreme and unimaginable.

I could never think that someone could exhibit such violence against a fellow human just because she did not do her job. The violence that this maid was subjected to shows that the sponsor suffers from serious problems. This leads one to question: what drove the sponsor to do such a thing?

I will not try to behave like others and find excuses for the sponsor because no excuse will justify what she has done to this maid. What happened to this maid was pure torture and violence that goes against one’s religion, sense of humanity and society.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article212726.ece

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1,235 arrested in 10 months for violence against women in Bangladesh

F.M Masum

Dec 11, 2010

A total of 1,235 people, mostly youths, were arrested in 172 cases of alleged harassment of or physical assault on women in the first 10 months of the current year, police statistics show.

In addition, 466 ‘general diaries’ alleging harassment of women were recorded with different police stations across the country in the same period, the police said.

In October, 26 cases and 53 general dairies were filed with different police stations accusing 196 people of harassing women and schoolgirls resulting in the arrest of 149 people.

The police headquarters, however, could not provide any information about the total number of people arrested on charges of harassment of women since the government on November 9 amended the Mobile Court Act 2009 empowering the mobile courts to prosecute those alleged to have been stalking girls or women.

Full report at: Bangladesh news

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UN asks Iraq to abolish death penalty

Dec 11, 2010

10 December 2010, BAGHDAD - The top U.N. envoy in Iraq is calling on the country’s government to abolish the death penalty amid demands by Iraq’s interior minister for the swift execution of terror suspects.

United Nations Special Representative Ad Melkert made his appeal Friday on the 62nd anniversary of a U.N. treaty calling for worldwide human rights.

Last week, Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani demanded death sentences for 39 suspected insurgents before they have been tried or convicted of involvement in bomb plots in Baghdad.

Melkert’s appeal comes after several European governments and the Vatican have requested amnesty for Tariq Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam Hussein’s inner circle who was sentenced to death in October for persecuting Shiite political parties.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/December/middleeast_December158.xml&section=middleeast

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US Treasury Designates Three Pakistani Terrorists

Dec 11, 2010

On 3 December 2010, in Uncategorized, by admin ....Department of Treasury, 2 Dec 2010: The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated two of Pakistan’s most wanted terrorists: Lashkar-e Jhangvi (LJ) senior leader Amanullah Afridi for acting for or on behalf of LJ and LJ chief operational commander Mati ur-Rehman for acting for or on behalf of LJ and al-Qa’ida. Treasury today also designated a third individual, Abdul Rauf Azhar, a senior leader of Jaish-e Mohammed (JEM), for acting for or on behalf of JEM.

LJ and JEM are both Pakistan-based terrorist organizations. LJ has conducted numerous attacks in Pakistan and is the group responsible for the January 2002 kidnapping and killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl. LJ was designated by the United States pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 in January 2003, by the UN 1267 Committee in February 2003 and was also designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the State Department in 2003. Full report at: http://cicentre.net/wordpress/index.php/2010/12/03/treasury-designates-

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Obama’s visit and lessons from Indonesian Islam

Muhamad As’ad, Surabaya

12/11/2010

US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Indonesia gave much hope, at least for its people, that Indonesia might do something more in an international context.

His visit sparked the idea that Indonesia made a deep impression on Obama. It is remarkable to see that he remembered and probably learned many things from this country as a young child — not only about food such as sate and bakso but about Indonesian values.

Specifically, that Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation and third largest democracy, has shown itself to be a religious and tolerant country.

In the context of Indonesian Islam, this statement can be regarded as positive and negative, especially when related to the real conditions in our country.

By saying it is positive it means that Obama has understood well the true tradition of Indonesian Islam. Historically speaking, Islam came to Indonesia peacefully and not by the sword.

Full report at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/12/11/obama%E2%80%99s-

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WikiLeaks' Assange moved to isolation in British jail

Dec 11, 2010

LONDON: WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was in a segregation unit of a London jail Saturday for his safety, as new secret US diplomatic cables were made public, increasing the embarrassment to Washington.

The 39-year-old Australian has been transferred from the main section of Wandsworth prison to an isolation unit, Jennifer Robinson, one of his legal team, said Friday.

"The prison authorities are doing it for his own safety, presumably," she said.

Assange is due to appear in a London court for a second time Tuesday after being arrested on a warrant issued by Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him about allegations of rape and sexual molestation made by two women.

WikiLeaks insists the allegations are politically motivated because the whistleblowing website has enraged Washington and governments around the world by releasing thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

Full report at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/WikiLeaks-Assange-moved-to-

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Bombs not detected at Mumbai port

Dec 11, 2010

New Delhi: Around 100 bombs are lying at a container depot (ICD) in Tughlakabad,south Delhi but no one except the Army is really sure how many of the bombs are live and what damage they could inflict in case of a mishap.

A senior railway official said the consignment had come through a railway container and was heading to various places in north India for melting. Shockingly,these odd 100 explosives were detected neither at the Mumbai port or the Tughlakabad depot.Officials woke up to the problem when one of these bombs exploded in a furnace unit somewhere in Haryana.Customs officials then searched the consignment thoroughly and isolated the bombs to one corner of the 10,000 square metre warehouse.In 2005,sandbags were put up around the bombs and the area secured, he said.

Full report at: Times of India

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Balochistan able to run Reko Diq project: CM

Dec 11, 2010

QUETTA: Welcoming the decision of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) to hand over the Reko Diq copper-cum-gold project to Balochistan, Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani said here on Friday that the province had adequate resources, manpower and technical expertise to run it.

He told reporters the provincial government would set up a refinery and install equipment to run the project.

The chief minister said he would meet Dr Samar Mubarakmand, the chairman of the Reko Diq Project Steering Committee in Islamabad on Dec 14 and “a technocrat will be soon appointed as project director”.

“There is no dearth of technical people in the province for running the project.” He said technical training institutes were working in Quetta, Gwadar and other areas and more were being set up in Mastung, Khuzdar and Dera Murad Jamali.

Full report at: http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/11/balochistan-able-to-run-reko-diq-project-

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Mild blast sign of weak IM firepower

Vishwa Mohan

Dec 11, 2010

New Delhi: The arrest of Indian Mujahideen (IM) key bombmaker Arif two years ago and escape of another explosive expert of the outfit,Yasin Bhatkal,to Pakistan appears to have weakened the groups firepower,which possibly explains that IM has now resorted to low-intensity crude bombs as was evident in Tuesdays Varanasi blast.

Although security and intelligence agencies believe that the real objective of the lowintensity blast could be to divert attention from Pakistanbased LeT IMs mother outfit they do not discount the fact that the arrest of Arif could have made a severe dent on the IED capability of the terror group.

Arif,in his late 30s and a resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from Mumbai during a crackdown in the wake of the Delhi serial blasts.An electrician by profession, Arif,who got bombmaking training in Pakistan, was responsible for making all the bombs used by IM in carrying out blasts in various cities Faizabad ,Varanasi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi during 2007-08.

Full report at: Times of India

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13k youths seek jobs as Kashmir cops

Dec 11, 2010

Prof Bhatts colleagues reacted with shock saying they were puzzled because he was not known for his extreme views. Most, instead, believe he was trying to kick off a debate among the young on the futility behind endless protests and their chosen method of pelting stones. The examination controller is now scrutinizing all the other question papers to ensure no more such nasty surprises await students.

While the BSc students grappled with a strange question paper,almost 13,000 Kashmiri youth turned up in the grounds of Anantnags Degree College to join the J&K police, the force that was the main target of the stone pelters this summer. Riding buses and motorbikes, from narrow mohallas and remote villages, these boys, many of them graduates, lined up in freezing cold to compete for 232 vacancies for the post of constables. For DIG Roufil Hassan, head of the police recruitment board, its a process that was repeated in very district he visited this year.

Full report at: Times of India

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Putin tears into US on Assange arrest

Dec 11, 2010

Moscow: Russian PM Vladimir Putin led growing support from some world leaders for the beleaguered WikiLeaks founder, describing his detention in Britain as undemocratic.

Putin railed against the detention of the 39-year-old Assange, the Australian founder of the website which has been releasing thousands of secret US diplomatic cables as well as Pentagon communiques. Why was Assange hidden in jail Is that democracy As we say in the village: the pot is calling the kettle black, Putin said.

You know,out in the countryside, we have a saying, Someone elses cow may moo, but yours should keep quiet, Putin said.So I would like to shoot that puck right back at our American colleagues.

Full report at: Times of India

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Apologising to Turks for raid is legal risk: Israel

Dec 11, 2010

10 December 2010 Israel should not apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens aboard an aid ship that tried to breach the Gaza blockade, as this would invite international lawsuits, an Israeli official said.

Speaking after the former allies sent envoys to discuss rapprochement, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reiterated Israel’s stance that its marines acted in self-defence while storming the Mavi Marmara in May. He placed the onus on Ankara.

“It is important we reach a solution, but the solution certainly depends on the good intentions, if there are such, on the Turkish side,” Ayalon told Israel Radio.

“We must not apologise as there are both moral-diplomatic ramifications and legal ramifications that can really expose IDF (Israel Defence Force) soldiers to lawsuits, damages claims against Israel and the like.”

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

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'Back channel diplomacy' underway with India on Kashmir: Pakistan

Dec 11, 2010

LAHORE: Pakistan has said that "back channel diplomacy" is being conducted with India to resolve the Kashmir issue.

"Back channel diplomacy with India is underway to resolve the Kashmir issue. However, we are stressing India should hold tripartite talks (with Pakistan and the Kashmiris). The Kashmiris must be involved in parleys for a peaceful solution to the conflict," Pakistan's kashmir affairs minister Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said.

Wattoo did not give details of the back channel contacts. Recent media reports in Pakistan have suggested that former foreign secretary Riaz Khan has been holding talks with ex-Indian envoy S K Lambah as part of the back channel contacts.

At the same time, Wattoo said that the Kashmir issue should be resolved under existing UN resolutions.

Alleging that "human rights violations are on the rise" in Kashmir, he said "the world powers should play their role in resolving the issue."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Back-channel-diplomacy-underway-with-India-on-Kashmir-Pakistan-/articleshow/7082612.cms#ixzz17nXZqpDT

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Video conference does not inspire Kasab, wants to come to HC

Dec 11, 2010

Mumbai : Saying that he had no confidence in the video conference link, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab today expressed his desire to come personally before the Bombay High court to hear arguments on confirmation of death sentence awarded to him for his role in 26/11 terror attacks.

Kasab told this to his lawyers Farhana Shah and Hussein Sheikh who met him in Arthur Road Jail this evening.

“Kasab told us that he wished to come personally to hear the case as it was difficult to understand anything through the video conference link,” Shah told PTI.

He also alleged jail authorities were not providing him reading material like newspapers and books. However, the jailor informed his lawyers that some Urdu books were given to him.

The defence lawyers said they would inform the High Court on Monday about this.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/video-conference-does-not-inspire-

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Yasin Malik taken into preventive custody

Dec 11, 2010

Srinagar : Over a dozen separatists, including JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik were taken into preventive custody by police here to scuttle a token hunger strike and protest rallies planned by them to mark the World Human Rights day.

Several other separatist leaders, including chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Syed Ali Shah Geelai, and Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) President Shabir Ahmad Shah were placed under house arrest as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, official sources said.

Malik, who had planned to lead a "torch rally" from Khankah in downtown Srinagar, was detained by police from his Maisuma residence in the heart of Srinagar this morning, the sources said.

Hundreds of Police and paramilitary personnel were also deployed in and around Khankah to maintain law and order, they said.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/yasin-malik-taken-into-preventive-

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Egypt’s Mubarak could be in power for life: WikiLeaks

Dec 11, 2010

Egypt’s 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak, in power since 1981, is likely to seek re-election next year and serve for the rest of his life, according to US diplomatic cables leaked.

The document released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks on Thursday and posted online by British daily The Guardian also suggests Egypt’s 2011 presidential election “will not be free or fair.” “The next presidential elections are scheduled for 2011, and if Mubarak is still alive it is likely he will run again, and, inevitably, win,” said the cable from the US embassy in Cairo dated May 2009 and signed by ambassador Margaret Scobey.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/302884/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Mubarak-could-be-in-power-for-life-WikiLeaks.html

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WikiLeaks data stored in Cold War-era bunker

Dec 11, 2010

High-security centre: The Pionen computer storage facility of Swedish Bahnhof , one of the companies to host WikiLeaks servers in Stockholm on Friday.

London: Just like in a 007 film, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has kept thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic files at a former Swedish Cold War nuclear bunker that houses dozens of powerful computer servers used as storage by many companies.

“With his eccentric personal life and air of mystery, the flamboyant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seems to be doing his best to impersonate a James Bond villain,” the Daily Mail commented.

The British paper also published pictures of the Pionen data centre, 100 feet below ground in a former Cold War nuclear bunker, where all the WikiLeaks files are being kept. The bunker was built in the 1970s to protect essential government functions from any nuclear strike.

Full report at: http://www.hindu.com/2010/12/11/stories/2010121157161700.htm

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A Nobel prize for Assange sought

Luke Harding

Dec 11, 2010

Russia has suggested that Julian Assange should be awarded the Nobel peace prize, in an unexpected show of support from Moscow for the WikiLeaks founder, who is currently in custody in the U.K. pending an extradition hearing.

In what appears to be a calculated dig at the U.S., the Kremlin urged non-governmental organisations to think seriously about “nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate”.

“Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him,” the source from inside President Dmitry Medvedev's office told Russian news agencies. Speaking in Brussels, where Mr. Medvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit on Wednesday, the source went on: “Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.” Russia's reflexively suspicious leadership appears to have come round to WikiLeaks, having decided that the ongoing torrent of disclosures are ultimately far more damaging and disastrous to America's long-term geopolitical interests than they are to Russia's.

Full report at: http://www.hindu.com/2010/12/11/stories/2010121157201700.htm

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Iraq should ensure fair trials for detainees: UN

Dec 11, 2010

BAGHDAD: The United Nations criticized an Iraqi official on Friday for calling for a group of prisoners to be executed before they have gone to trial, saying that such remarks undermined Iraq’s judicial process.

Last week, Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad Al-Bolani said that 39 Al-Qaeda militants arrested by security forces should be executed without delay.

Francesco Motta, head of the United Nations Human Rights office in Iraq, said such statements undermined justice.

“We would call upon all Iraqi officials to refrain from commenting on cases that are before the courts before the verdict has been delivered because such comments can undermine the judicial process and prejudice the fair trial of accused persons,” Motta said after a ceremony at the UN compound in Baghdad to celebrate International Human Rights Day.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article212743.ece

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UAE airlines lift ban on cargo services from Yemen

Dec 11, 2010

SANAA: Airlines in the United Arab Emirates have lifted the ban on cargo services from Yemen to the UAE, a Yemeni official told Saba News Agency.

Hamed Ahmed Farag, head of Yemen's General Authority for Civil Aviation and Meteorology (GACAM), said that the Emirati authorities recently informed the GACAM about the lifting of the suspension of cargo traffic. The ban was put in place early November following the discovery of two mail bombs that were shipped as airfreight to the US.

The UAE government took the decision following a visit by a UAE airports security team to Yemeni international airports in Sanaa, Aden, Mukalla and Seiyun. "The security team inspected the security measures in place in Yemeni airports and found them to be adequate," he said.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article212793.ece

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Palestinians may renounce Oslo

Dec 11, 2010

RAMALLAH, West Bank: Palestinians on Friday threatened to renounce the Oslo peace agreement in retaliation to Israel's refusal to freeze settlement building on occupied land. The United States, which failed to persuade Israel to agree to a three-month moratorium on construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, was scrambling to put negotiations back on track on Friday.

The Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization met here Friday to decide on a response to the Israeli intransigence.

Hanna Amireh, a member of the Executive Committee and head of its social affairs department, told Arab News that the Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to stop security coordination with Israel, which is part of the road map peace plan.

Amireh added that the PA will also stop combating armed Palestinian groups, which is part of its commitment to Israel under the Oslo peace agreement.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article212720.ece

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Abduction of babies: We wake up only after a tragedy strikes

Dec 11, 2010

Following the kidnapping of two newborn babies in Sakaka and Riyadh about two years ago, the Ministry of Health issued a number of precautionary measures to prevent a repetition of what happened.

The ministry circulated stern instructions to both public and private hospitals instructing them to take the footprints of newborn babies immediately after delivery and to tie magnetic bracelets to their wrists before the umbilical cord is cut. It was said that these bracelets are linked to a warning system that electronically alert mothers if their child is moved outside the radius of a specified area.

The instructions also included placing bells at doors that ring whenever someone opens them in addition to electronic doors that only open with passes that are only issued to authorized personnel. The ministry asked all hospitals across the Kingdom to adhere to its instructions.

Full report at: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article212728.ece

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Mawhiba wins 13 prizes in Egypt contest

Dec 11, 2010

ALEXANDRIA: King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for Talent and Creativity (Mawhiba) won 13 awards in the Intel Science Competition of the Arab World on Thursday.

The participants had to contest with 120 competitors from 10 Arab countries organized by the Egyptian Science Age Society (SAS) in collaboration with Intel Corporation.

Saudi Arabia clinched the first place for a science project submitted by Fatima Abdul Hakim, a student. The Kingdom also won a second place for the best specialized project. It also finished third and fourth in five competitions and won fourth place in the competition of the best project. In a statement to Saudi Press Agency, Ahmed Ali Al-Balushi, head of the Saudi delegation to the competition, said the government has a special scheme to encourage talented students.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article212771.ece

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Nawaz-Musharraf exile agreement expires

Dec 11, 2010

LAHORE: The 10-year exile accord signed between PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has expired, a private TV channel reported on Friday. It may be mentioned that Nawaz never confirmed on record his signing of the agreement with Musharraf under which he was banished from the country. The document, however, bears his signature. In the agreement, the Sharif brothers had agreed to live in exile for 10 years and had declared that they would not participate in the country’s politics in this period, the channel said. The PML-N leader, in the agreement, said, “I, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, accept the help by a personality for negotiation for the release from imprisonment in Pakistan. I am satisfied with this whole process of the negotiation,” the channel added. Ensuing the accord, Nawaz Sharif, along with his family, was exiled in December 2000. daily times monitor

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\11\story_11-12-2010_pg7_13

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Gaza blast kills two Palestinian teenagers

Dec 11, 2010

GAZA CITY: Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in a blast in Gaza City of Friday thought to have been caused by an unexploded Israeli tank shell, medical and security sources said. The two died when the device exploded in the city’s Shujaiyeh neighbourhood, security sources said. They said the shell was most likely left over from Israel’s 22-day war on Gaza that broke out in December 2008 and cost the lives of 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers. The teenagers, both aged 16, were identified as Mumen Hilles and Muntasser al-Batniji. The Israeli army said it was not aware of any such incident. Earlier, another three Palestinians, one of them a teenager, were wounded by Israeli gunfire in two incidents near the Gaza-Israel border, medical and security sources said.

Full report at: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\12\11\story_11-12-

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Attacks in Iraq kill 4, including 2 policemen AP

Dec 11, 2010

10 December 2010, BAGHDAD - Police captured four gunmen after a shootout in Saddam Hussein’s hometown Friday following a drive-by attack on a security checkpoint that killed two guards, officials said.

Also Friday, a roadside bomb killed two people in Baghdad.

The gunbattle took place in Tikrit, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of the capital, where armed men in a speeding car opened fire on a checkpoint. The assailants fled into a fruit orchard, and were captured after a shootout with police.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb exploded near a bus, killing two people and wounding seven, police and hospital officials said. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Violence in Iraq has decreased dramatically over the last two years, but attacks across the country continue on an almost daily basis.

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

http://www.newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamIslamicWorldNews_1.aspx?ArticleID=3794

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