Islamic State Reaps Profits from Organ Trafficking

Working In J&K to Show Where RSS Meets Islam

Arab World

Some Anbar Tribes Threaten To Halt Fight against ISIS If Not Armed

Islamic State Executes Shi’ite Militia Fighters North Of Baghdad

Islamic State Reaps Profits from Organ Trafficking

Iraqi Air Strikes Kill over 25 ISIL Militants near Samarra

Iraqi Forces Kill 5 Terrorists in Anbar

Egypt restricts travel to Turkey to ‘limit terrorism recruitment’

The covert war against Hezbollah’s arms program

Hezbollah drones, anti-aircraft missiles destroyed in alleged IAF attack

26 foreigners among 135 arrested for ‘terrorism’ in Saudi Arabia

Back from jihad, Jordanians pick up their lives

Al-Qaida-inspired rebels gain in Syria, making life even worse for US-allied forces

UAE leads Islamic economy index

UAE: Stabbing of US teacher a ‘lone terrorist act’

India

Babri not Hindu-Muslim Fight but Secularism-Communalism Confrontation

Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind Working In J&K to Show Where RSS Meets Islam

Pakistan’s ISI Ordered Lashkar-e-Taiba Attack on Kashmir

Mumbai’s ISIS Recruit a Trained Suicide Bomber

India-Pak trade bodies seek authorization to recommend visas for businessmen

Punjabi University Withdraws Invite to Pak Envoy, Qawwals

Clear Pakistan link to Uri attack, militants highly trained: Army

VHP Workers Detained By Police for Burning Effigy of Hafiz Saeed

Your problem is my problem, Modi tells Kashmiris

South Asia

Eight Sentenced To Death for Attacks in China’s Xinjiang

Afghan Students Find Inspiration in Islamic State’s Success

19 rebels killed in past 24 hours

Ghani wants slower withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan

China lauds successes achieved in Zarb-i-Azb operation

Pakistan

Twitter Suspends 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Account

Three Troops, 5 Militants Killed In Tirah Clash

Maulana Fazl faces hostile PTI workers in London

Truçe Albayrak awarded title of Bint-e-Ummah

Key commanders of Gul Bahadur group killed in Datakhel strikes: reports

Agencies warn Punjab IS recruiting in Pakistan

Jamaat-i-Islami sees solution of Karachi issues in free and fair elections

Imran wants to create chaos in country: govt

Under attack: Militants know how to make the police ‘immobile’

1 killed, another injured in clashes between PTI, PML-N

 

Mideast

Houthis Plan to ‘Raise Money in Saudi Arabia through Beggars’

Breaking Bad In Tehran? Meth Use Soars As Lifestyles Speed Up

At least 13 killed in failed US bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

Gaza writers receive death threats from IS

Israeli minister affirms policy of ‘stopping arms transfers to terrorists’

Turkey warns three banks in fight against crime, terrorism

Africa

Nigeria: 10 Soldiers Die in Battle As Army Repels Boko Haram from Ashaka Town

Five years after ceasefire, Niger Delta’s retired militants warn of new violence

Kenya Takes Step towards Recognising Intersex People in Landmark Ruling

North America

Chomsky: Us-Led Anti-Isis Coalition Meaningless, Illegal

Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is Not a Pipe Dream

ISIS fighter from Ottawa appears in video threatening Canada with attacks

US, NATO ceremonially end Afghan combat mission

US military’s job ‘not over’ in Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

US ‘did not know’ about imminent Yemen hostage release

PYD ‘promised’ US to not give arms to PKK

Europe

Religious Tolerance Is People’s Lifestyle in Azerbaijan

Islamic State Training Kids for Jihad, UN Says

EU to press Turkey for help in anti-ISIL fight

French Islamic State fighters: I want to come home!

UN wants countries to take in 180,000 Syrian refugees

 

Southeast Asia

Minister Says Constitution Doesn’t Limit Shariah Laws

Police, Soldiers Accused of Opening Fire on Papua Demonstrators: Six Killed

After Meeting SBY, Jokowi Says Democrats May Join His Coalition

Might Malaysia One Day Have ‘Halal’ And ‘Haram’ Shows?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/islamic-state-reaps-profits-from-organ-trafficking/d/100382

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Arab World

Islamic State reaps profits from organ trafficking

8 December 2014

The success of the Islamic State (IS) in sustaining its battles on more than one front in both Syria and Iraq, while fighting in several other countries, highlights that the group has multiple and significant sources of funding.

According to data, there are two funding sources: internal and external. The latter includes a wide variety of funding schemes, including through medical facilities, oil and human trafficking mafias. According to sources in Mosul, the money supplied internally is allocated to local and foreign fighters, to encourage them to join up and continue fighting. IS took control of Mosul in June and then expanded in August to control large swaths of the country.

Residents of Mosul say that the sale of oil extracted from wells controlled by the organization in both Iraq and Syria has provided a sustained source of funding. The organization also opened trade canals through Kurdish [territories in] Iraq and Turkey, with the help of Kurdish, Turkish and Iranian traders.

In addition to oil sales, a secondary source of funding stems from the imposition of royalties on residents in IS territories. Members of the organization collect 50,000 dinars [$41.60] from each family as service and protection fees. The amount doubles for families whose sons did not join IS. One of the prominent tribal figures in Nineveh province, Sheikh Mohammad Abu Thayyab, said, “The IS gangs imposed 50,000 dinars worth of royalties on every family if one of their sons did not join these terrorists.”

Sources in the city say that oil prices have skyrocketed. The price of gas tanks used for cooking has reached 75,000 dinars, [about $62] while coal oil is sold at 5,000 dinars a liter [$4.16]. Meanwhile, the price of food has quadrupled.

The third funding source was exposed by otolaryngologist Siruwan al-Mosuli. He said that lately he noticed unusual movement within medical facilities in Mosul. Arab and foreign surgeons were hired, but prohibited from mixing with local doctors. Information then leaked about organ selling. Surgeries take place within a hospital and organs are quickly transported through networks specialized in trafficking human organs. Mosuli said that the organs come from fallen fighters who were quickly transported to the hospital, injured people who were abandoned or individuals who were kidnapped.

He said that organ sales yield large profits. A specialized mafia is engaged in these operations, in addition to medical institutions working in other countries. Without coordination among these parties, such a trade cannot be sustained, he said. According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the organization sells bodies and organs of injured people they arrest.

The fourth source of funding is transforming the city of Nineveh, adjacent to Turkish borders, into a new centre for drug trafficking. The Russian Federal Drug Control Service said IS was gaining significant revenues by smuggling and marketing Afghan heroin, which is sent from Iraq to Europe.

“The large-scale movement of Afghan heroin acts as an ongoing financial base, aiding the functioning of the Islamic State, which secures huge profits by providing half of the total heroin supplied to Europe via destabilized Iraq and some African countries,” the Russian body said in a statement.

For its part, the Times of London exposed a human trafficking network established by IS in Mosul, where women and children were sold for money. This also constitutes a funding source for the fighters. According to the newspaper, women and children of Yazidi, Christian and other minority backgrounds are also sold through a networking hub in Syria’s Raqqa.

A report by OHCHR confirmed that more than 25,000 women and children have been imprisoned, sexually violated and sold by IS.

The sixth funding source is human smuggling rings, especially for families who wish to emigrate to other countries. One family reached Turkey after reportedly paying $8,000 for each individual that escaped.

Livestock seized by IS during the occupation of Yazidi, Turkmen and Shiite villages has also been smuggled. According to Ali Abdel Razzak, the majority of the residents in these villages worked in large-scale livestock ranching. So far it has not been established how much IS members seized as spoils of war when the villagers fled.

When it comes to foreign funding, the organization has developed schemes that are difficult to uncover, despite intensive local and international monitoring. One such method, however, uses established trading routes. The organization has networks tasked with collecting donations from wealthy individuals under the pretext of supporting jihad. According to some sources in the trading industry, products are sold in the markets in IS at lower prices than within the countries of origin, a discrepancy that points toward money laundering.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/security/2014/12/islamic-state-financing-funding-human-trafficking-extortion.html#ixzz3LLdN8wUv

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Some Anbar tribes threaten to halt fight against ISIS if not armed

8 December 2014

Some tribes in the western province of Anbar threatened on Sunday to halt their fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) unless the government in Baghdad gives them more arms, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Tribal leader Shalaan al-Namrawi said: “Meetings between sheikhs from Anbar and Iraqi security leaders in Ain al-Assad and Ramadi military bases were futile when it came to our demand to for arms.”

He added: “We are facing a big dilemma, and will be massacred if the government continued to be like this.”

He said tribal fighters who had joined security forces also considering to suspend their fight against ISIS or even seek support from another party, he said.

Namrawi said Anbar tribes were left out as the Kurds were being supplied with arms from Europe and the United States and while Shiite volunteers were receiving weapons from the central government in Baghdad as well as training from Iran.

Hameed al-Hayis, one of the prominent figures in Anbar and former al-Sahwa Awakening, a force formed to fight al-Qaeda in 2005 but nonexistent now, said tribal envoys will visit Iran with the government’s support to discuss the issue.

Politicians in Anbar have always criticized the Shiite-dominated government of being influenced by Iran.

Also, an advisor for the Iraqi parliament for national reconciliation, Wahda al-Jumaili urged the formation of Sunni forces capable to rebel jihadists with international guarantees.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/08/Some-Anbar-tribes-threaten-to-halt-fight-against-ISIS-if-not-armed.html

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Islamic State executes Shi’ite militia fighters north of Baghdad

Reuters | December 08, 2014

Baghdad: Islamic State fighters executed 12 Shi’ite militiamen north of Baghdad after heavy fighting for control of a rural village, security sources said on Sunday.

Army and police officials said Iraqi security forces and the Shi’ite militia fighters launched an attack on Friday against Islamic State militants on Tal al-Thahab, near the town of Balad, 80km (50 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.

They managed to drive the militants from their base in Tal al-Thahab police station on Friday, but hours later the Islamic State fighters returned and surrounded it, trapping dozens of security forces and militiamen inside.

“Supporting troops with cover from army helicopter reached the area and managed to break the siege. We have confirmation from our sources that 12 volunteer fighters were executed on Saturday by terrorists,” said an army intelligence officer on condition of anonymity.

Balad’s mayor, Amir Abdul Hadi, confirmed that some of the Shi’ite militiamen were executed by Islamic State near Balad and others were missing after Friday’s battle, but said he did not have details. Officials said 10 militiamen were missing.

Sources at Balad hospital said they had received at least six bodies of militia fighters believed to have been killed in the first wave of fighting on Friday.

Balad, which houses a shrine to a revered Shi’ite imam, is one of several towns north of Baghdad which has seen heavy fighting between Islamic State fighters, who control large parts of north and west Iraq, and Iraqi security forces and pro-government Shi’ite militia.

Security and local officials said more Shi’ite militia fighters were gathering in Balad to try to drive out Islamic State militants from areas surrounding the town.

“We have asked the residents to stock food and basic material to prepare for an imminent military operation against the terrorists around Balad,” one official said.

In the town of Tarmiya, between Balad and Baghdad, militants detonated a car bomb overnight at a security checkpoint before attacking with guns. Five police and three civilians were killed, security and medical sources said.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141208/world-middle-east/article/islamic-state-executes-shiite-militia-fighters-north-baghdad

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Iraqi Air Strikes Kill over 25 ISIL Militants near Samarra

8 December 2014

At least 25 ISIL militants were killed in air strikes near the city of Samarra in Northern Iraq, as the Iraqi Army intensified its offensive on the Takfiri group, a security source said.

A senior army official said that the Iraqi air strikes bombed the positions of the ISIL Takfiri group in Albu Agel area in Yathrib, leaving dozens of the militants dead and a number of their vehicles destroyed.

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

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

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

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930917000310

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Iraqi Forces Kill 5 Terrorists in Anbar

8 December 2014

The Iraqi security forces killed 5 terrorists and seized 3 bombs in Anbar province.

“A security force killed 5 terrorists and destroyed their shelter in Thira Dijla and al-Nimiya areas of Anbar province,” the Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Sunday.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930917000605

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Egypt restricts travel to Turkey to ‘limit terrorism recruitment’

8 December 2014

A new policy banning Egyptian citizens from traveling to Turkey without approval from state security has been introduced Sunday in Egypt, according to Agence France-Presse

The new measure is aimed at preventing Egyptians from joining militant groups in Syria and Iraq by travelling through Turkey, the Ministry of Interior’s spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif said.

The move will see Egyptians aged 18-40 obliged to apply for security clearance in central Cairo ahead of departure to Turkey.

More than 200 people travelling to Turkey have been prevented from doing so over the past 24 hours as a result of not obtaining the relevant security clearance, according to the Associated Press.

The same restrictions apply to Egyptians travelling to both Syria and Iraq.

Ties between Turkey and Egypt have deteriorated following the ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July 2013.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/08/Egypt-restricts-travel-to-Turkey-to-limit-terrorism-recruitment-.html

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The covert war against Hezbollah’s arms program

8 December 2014

Every once in a while, the covert war against the Hezbollah- Syrian-Iranian arms smuggling network seems to break out into the public sphere.

It is safe to assume this can occur when Israel’s defense establishment detects an imminent attempt by that network to transfer advanced weapons to the terrorist organization in Lebanon, thereby violating Israel’s red line against such smuggling.

Hardly a week passes without Israel blocking – in one way or another – an Iranian arms smuggling attempt, though most such actions remain covert, far from the public eye. These efforts possibly involve close cooperation between Military Intelligence, the Mossad and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency).

The Assad regime, despite its dwindling control of Syria, remains Hezbollah’s main weapons depot, from where both Syrian-made and Iranian-produced arms often pass through en route to Hezbollah storage facilities in Lebanon. When this happens, Israel’s choice is to either intervene, or watch closely and map out the location of the arms once they are stored in Lebanese apartment buildings and bunkers.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Analysis-The-covert-war-against-Hezbollahs-arms-program-383945

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Hezbollah drones, anti-aircraft missiles destroyed in alleged IAF attack

8 December 2014

Syrian opposition sources told Arab media on Monday that the airstrikes near Damascus that were alleged to have been carried out by Israeli warplanes destroyed a storage facility housing anti-aircraft missiles as well as drones belonging to Hezbollah.

While the Lebanese Shi’ite group has yet to officially comment on the attack, Channel 2 is citing a report in the Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper Al-Akhbar which said that “the Israeli action was intended to preserve the rules of the game.”

The newspaper claimed that the IAF struck weapons caches “that belonged to Hezbollah.” These arms are considered to be “capable of tilting the strategic balance,” namely threaten Israel’s ability to act freely in the skies above Lebanon.

The IAF has struck Syria several times since the start of the three-year conflict, mostly destroying weaponry such as missiles that Israeli officials said were destined for their longtime foe Hezbollah in neighboring Lebanon.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-drones-anti-aircraft-missiles-destroyed-in-Syria-attack-opposition-claims-383962

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26 foreigners among 135 arrested for ‘terrorism’ in Saudi Arabia

AFP | December 08, 2014

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia said Sunday it has arrested 135 suspects for “terrorism” offences, after the kingdom’s participation in air strikes against Islamic State group extremists raised concerns about possible retaliation.

The suspects include 26 foreign nationals, mostly from Syria, interior ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki said, cited by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The arrests followed “repeated attempts to harm the security and stability of the homeland”, Turki said without specifying when they were detained.

Forty of the suspects had gone to “zones of conflict, joined extremist groups and trained in the handling of weapons… before returning to the kingdom to destabilise the country,” Turki said.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141208/world-asia/article/26-foreigners-among-135-arrested-terrorism-saudi-arabia

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Back from jihad, Jordanians pick up their lives

Associated Press

8 December 2014

MAAN, Jordan — The three young Jordanians didn’t start out as extremists. They grew up in mainstream Muslim families. But they grew increasingly angry at what they felt were Western injustices against Muslims — and decided to join the jihad in Syria and Yemen.

Now they are home from war, trying to live ordinary lives, knowing they are under heavy surveillance by Jordanian security agencies. Two brothers, Omar and Abdullah Mansour, are back in their father’s house. A third returnee found a part-time teaching job and plans to marry.

But they abide by their hard line vision of Islam and are confident it is gaining popularity.

The Islamic State group could one day rule the region, said the teacher, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of trouble with Jordanian authorities. Its radical fighters are the defenders of Sunni Muslims against rival Shiites and the West, he said.

Full report at:

But, he said, growing economic pressure “might lead the country to an explosion.”

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141206/news/141208836/

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Al-Qaida-inspired rebels gain in Syria, making life even worse for US-allied forces

8 December 2014

ANTAKYA, Turkey — The main al-Qaida affiliate in Syria is extending its control over a swath of territory that was until recently held by the collapsing moderate opposition, jeopardizing U.S. plans to form a new rebel force to fight extremists.

Since routing two of the biggest Western-backed rebel movements last month from the province of Idlib, Jabhat al-Nusra has been steadily consolidating its position as the single most powerful military force in northwestern Syria.

The group has overrun towns and villages throughout the province, secured supply routes into neighboring Turkey and potentially paved the way for the establishment of an Islamic “emirate” – a competing entity to the “caliphate” declared last summer by the Islamic State in northeastern Syria and western Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/al-qaida-inspired-rebels-gain-in-syria-making-life-even-worse-for-us-allied-forces-1.317791

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UAE leads Islamic economy index

Abdul Basit – Chief Reporter / 8 December 2014

The State of the Global Islamic Economy Report on Sunday iterated Dubai’s leading role as an incubator of knowledge for the Islamic economy industry.

Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), in partnership with Thomson Reuters and in collaboration with the Dinar Standard launched the 2014-2015 report for the second consecutive year, and introduced the ‘Global Islamic Economy Indicator (GIEI).

The GIEI presents the current development health of Islamic economy sectors across 70 core countries. The UAE, Malaysia and Bahrain lead this inaugural composite Index.

The report, which indicates the continuing build-up of the Islamic economy momentum, estimates that global expenditure of Muslim consumers on food and lifestyle sectors grew 9.5 per cent from previous years’ estimates to $2 trillion in 2013 and is expected to reach $3.7 trillion by 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of 10.8 per cent. This forms the potential core market for halal food and lifestyle sectors.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/uaebusiness/2014/December/uaebusiness_December98.xml&section=uaebusiness

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UAE: Stabbing of US teacher a ‘lone terrorist act’

Associated Press

8 December 2014

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — The woman accused of stabbing to death an American teacher in a public restroom at an Abu Dhabi mall last week was carrying out a “lone terrorist act,” a security official in the United Arab Emirates said Sunday.

“Nothing so far suggests that the accused has links with terrorist organizations,” said the unnamed official, who was quoted by the official UAE news agency.

The official said initial investigations and evidence show that the Emirati woman, who also planted a bomb outside an American doctor’s home, learned how to manufacture explosives from websites affiliated with terrorist organizations.

The homemade bomb was located and defused by police shortly after the stabbing.

The suspect’s foreign targets appear to have been selected randomly, the official said.

Police released video last week of CCTV footage showing the alleged attacker shrouded in the full black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region as she left the mall where 47-year-old Ibolya Ryan, who had previously lived in Colorado, was killed.

Full report at:

http://www.sunherald.com/2014/12/07/5957098_uae-stabbing-of-us-teacher-a-lone.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

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India

Babri not Hindu-Muslim Fight but Secularism-Communalism Confrontation

8 December 2014

ALIGARH: Eminent historian Irfan Habib on Sunday called upon “all secular forces irrespective of political affiliations” to join hands and unitedly face the onslaught of the “communal forces”.

“The events of the past few months and the growing threat to the very concept of India have prompted me to issue this appeal to all secular parties. Certain policies of the present government, especially saffronisation of education and history, have convinced me that there is an urgent need now to speak out,” he said, while delivering a lecture at Aligarh Muslim University.

Habib said there were already ominous signs that BJP is planning to rake up contentious issues including the Ayodhya dispute. “Fears on such matters are not without justification because once this government is unable to fulfil its promise of ‘achche din’ for the common man, they will be prompted to take resort to such divisive and polarising issues.”

Referring to the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir issue, the noted historian said, “This should never have been viewed as an issue between Hindus and Muslims. It was in fact a confrontation between the forces of secularism and humanism on one side and the forces of communalism on the other.”

“The legal battle for defending the Babri Mosque was fought almost entirely by those historians who were Hindu by faith. They defended the Babri Mosque because they were convinced by the historical evidence which they had unearthed,” he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Babri-not-Hindu-Muslim-fight-Irfan-Habib/articleshow/45403692.cms

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Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind Working In J&K to Show Where RSS Meets Islam

8 December 2014

Unlike in Jammu where it is running an exclusively Hindutva campaign, the BJP has set about tapping the Muslim vote-bank in Kashmir. The RSS’s Muslim Rashtriya Manch and the Islamic organisation Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind have been silently working with the local clergy and among people to spread the message that “Narendra Modi is the only saviour of the interests of Kashmiri Muslims and he will ensure they have the same rights as citizens in Delhi and Mumbai do.”

A group of around 150 clerics of the Daryaganj-based Jamaat, which is close to the RSS and the BJP, has been working for two months to “build bridges with the local clergy” and market Modi’s development plan for Kashmir.

“There is a lot of fear here,” said Maulana Suhuib Qasmi, Jamaat national president. “We are talking to madrasa boards and mosque associations, and plan to talk even to Jamaat-e-Islami people, to remove the fear of the BJP and the RSS. The RSS is not anti-Muslim.”

Qasmi is a product of Darul Uloom, Deoband. He said it is “just a coincidence” that his organisation has a name similar to that of one of the country’s biggest Islamic organisations, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (which itself has two factions).

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/for-bjp-working-to-show-where-rss-meets-islam/#sthash.jq5SXn79.dpuf

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Pakistan’s ISI ordered Lashkar-e-Taiba attack on Kashmir

DC CORRESPONDENT | December 08, 2014

New Delhi: Specific intercepts by intelligence agencies between top Lashkar-e-Tayyaba co-mmanders on both sides of the border have revealed that the attack at an Army camp in Mohura, in the Uri sector, was carried out on the direct orders and supervision of senior officers of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.

Top intelligence sources said that after these attacks there was a sharp rise in exchange of messages across the border that were intercepted by the security agencies.

In fact, in one specific intercept, the Lashkar operatives mention the role of an ISI major who trained the six Lashkar “fidayeen” terrorists who attacked the Army camp.

“We are working on these leads and for operational reasons are not disclosing the details of these intercepts. But there is no doubt that Pakistani agencies were involved in the incident and we will soon submit a formal report to the government. We are even doing a forensic examination of a cellphone recovered from one of the killed terrorists. The GPS set recovered from the terrorists is also being analysed.” a senior intelligence official said.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/141208/nation-current-affairs/article/pakistans-isi-ordered-lashkar-e-tayyaba-attack-kashmir

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Mumbai’s ISIS recruit a trained suicide bomber

Deeptiman Tiwary,TNN | Dec 8, 2014

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: ISIS recruit from Kalyan, Areeb Majeed, is a trained suicide bomber who made as many as three attempts on security forces at different vital installations in Syria without any success, it has now emerged. His bullet injuries too were sustained in one of the many battles, including the August offensive on Mosul dam in Iraq, he participated in as an ISIS man against Iraqi and US forces.

These are some of the revelations Majeed made during interrogation, confirming the worst fears of security agencies that the engineering student from Mumbai’s suburb is more than a boy gone astray. Until now, Majeed had maintained that he had not participated in any ISIS battle. He had also said that the two bullet injuries he sustained were during practice firing and that ISIS made him work as a mason.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mumbais-ISIS-recruit-a-trained-suicide-bomber/articleshow/45407766.cms

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India-Pak trade bodies seek authorization to recommend visas for businessmen

TNN | Dec 8, 2014

AMRITSAR: Commerce chambers of India and Pakistan admitted their failure in clearing the stumbling blocks for smooth flow of trade among the two nations and have demanded from both the governments to empower them with ‘visa recommendation’ authority. Members of business chambers of India and Pakistan are participating in the trade expo PITEX being held in Amritsar.

In a press release issued here on Sunday, deputy director PHD chamber of commerce and industry, Surjit Kaur said, “In the 9th edition of PITEX at Amritsar, it was observed that despite a lot of efforts of chambers from both countries, nothing concrete could come out and trade is facing lot of problems.”

She also informed that PHDheld a meeting with trade chambers of Pakistan from Lahore, Sargodha, Jhelum and Gujranwala and resolved to pursue with their respective governments for the issuance of business visas on the recommendations of recognized trade bodies.

In another resolution, they recommended for a business park at the Attari border where industrialists of India and Pakistan could showcase their products, have short meetings and strike deals without visa restrictions.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pak-trade-bodies-seek-authorization-to-recommend-visas-for-businessmen/articleshow/45407305.cms

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Punjabi University Withdraws Invite to Pak Envoy, Qawwals

Amaninder Sharma,TNN | Dec 8, 2014

PATIALA: Following the serial terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on December 5, which left eight Indian soldiers dead, five of whom were from the region, Punjabi University, Patiala, on Sunday, withdrew its invitation to Pakistan high commissioner and a group of Pakistani Qawwals scheduled to participate in the international conference on “Sufism and Sikhism”.

This comes days after popular Pakistan band Sachal Jazz Ensemble was on December 1 denied permission to hold a music concert in Mumbai due to security reasons.

Sources said that while Baba Farid Centre for Sufi Studies of the University, which is organizing the conference, had invited Pakistani high commissioner Dr Abdul Basit to attend the inaugural session, the Pakistan high commission had assigned a senior diplomat to attend the conference.

The Qawwals, Farid Ayyaz and Abbu Mohammad, were to perform at the Sufi night on December 9, said officials.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Post-JK-terror-attacks-Punjabi-varsity-withdraws-invite-to-Pak-envoy-qawwals/articleshow/45407340.cms

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Clear Pakistan link to Uri attack, militants highly trained: Army

8 December 2014

The Army Sunday said there was an “unambiguous and clear” Pakistan link to the militant attack in Uri in which 11 security personnel, including eight soldiers, were killed, and that those who carried it out were trained like “Special Forces”.

“The Pakistan link to the Uri terror attack was unambiguous and clear,” said GoC 15 Corps Lt Gen Subrata Saha.

“The pictures of food, weapons, even antiseptic creams found on the slain terrorists were enough evidence to see the involvement of Pakistan in these attacks.”

The Army officer also said the militants involved in the Friday attack were looking for “civilian targets”.

“These terrorists were highly-trained like Special Forces. The kind of ammunition they were carrying shows they were in for a big haul,” he said. “The aim of militants must have been to come and strike at civilian targets to cause fear and disrupt the peaceful conditions during ongoing Assembly polls.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/clear-pak-link-to-uri-attack-militants-highly-trained-army/#sthash.knl9Szvf.dpuf

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VHP Workers Detained By Police for Burning Effigy of Hafiz Saeed

8 December 2014

Police on Sunday detained four Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers for burning an effigy of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed in Nizampura area of the city.

“Four Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) workers were detained on Sunday for burning the effigy of Hafiz Saeed in Nizampura area of the city,” a police station officer (PSO) in Fatehgunj area, Akshay Kumar Govind said.

The VHP workers were detained for burning the effigy in public without taking any prior permission from the city police as well as disrupting law and order situation here, Govind said.

The saffron outfit’s workers protested against Saeed for allegedly saying that Pakistanis and Kashmiris are “blood brothers” who cannot be separated.

Bhagwan Bharwad, who led the protest against Saeed, said, “We want war with Pakistan. India should not hold any dialogue with Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind of the 26/11 attack and so he must be punished.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/gujarat-vishwa-hindu-parishad-workers-detained-by-police-for-burning-effigy-of-hafiz-saeed/#sthash.gmGYtm13.dpuf

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Your problem is my problem, Modi tells Kashmiris

8 December 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invoked Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s concepts of communal harmony, humanity and democracy to share the pain of Kashmiris and promised to take the state to new heights of development.

“People of Kashmir have given me a lot of trust and love.

I will repay this love and trust with interest in the form of development. I can die for this love and trust showered on me,” he said in his first election meeting in the Valley, that avoided any mention of controversial issues like abrogation of Article 370.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/your-problem-is-my-problem-modi-tells-kashmiris/article6672753.ece

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South Asia

Eight sentenced to death for attacks in China’s Xinjiang

8 December 2014

BEIJING: A court in China condemned eight people to death Monday for two deadly attacks in the violence-torn region of Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority, state media said.

Five others were given suspended death sentences, according to state broadcaster CCTV — a penalty normally commuted to life in prison — with another four jailed.

In one incident, assailants armed with knives and explosives attacked a train station in the regional capital Urumqi in April, killing one person and wounding 79 on the final day of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Two assailants also died.

The following month 39 people were killed, along with four attackers, and more than 90 wounded when assailants threw explosives and ploughed two vehicles through a market in Urumqi, state media said.

The sentences, handed down by the Intermediate People´s Court in Urumqi, are the latest as Beijing imposes a harsh crackdown on violence in the vast resource-rich region in China´s far west.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-168082-Eight-sentenced-to-death-for-attacks-in-Chinas-Xinjiang

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Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State’s success

8 December 2014

KABUL: A quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate — a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan.

“When hundreds of foreigners, both men and women, leave their comfortable lives and embrace Daish, then why not us?” he asked, using a word for Islamic State common in the region.

Although IS is not believed to have operations in Afghanistan, its influence is growing in a country already mired in daily bombings and attacks by Taliban insurgents.

With most foreign combat troops leaving the country by the end of the year, there is growing uncertainty over what direction Afghanistan will take, with the emergence of IS ideology adding a new risk.

A few dozen students have set up an underground group a few months after IS started making inroads into Central and South Asia this year.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149566/afghan-students-find-inspiration-in-islamic-states-success

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19 rebels killed in past 24 hours

8 December 2014

The interior ministry of Afghanistan reports that the operations were conducted in in Nangarhar, Parwan, Baghlan, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Khost and Paktika provinces jointly by Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security personnel.

A statement issued by the ministry states that two insurgents were also wounded during the operations and another arrested.

The statement adds that 4 IDS were defused and admonitions were seized from the position of the terrorists.

http://www.khaama.com/19-rebels-killed-in-past-24-hours

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Ghani wants slower withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan

8 December 2014

In a meeting with the American defense minister Chuck Hagel, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani sought a slower pace of the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan.

American president Barack Obama recently signed a decree allowing 9800 additional soldier in Afghanistan which will put the number of the US soldier in this country to 10800, but Afghan president says America needs to review its strategy.

Reports states in the meeting with Chuck Hagel, Afghan president was keen to have a larger number of foreign soldiers till the end of 2016.

A large number of foreign soldiers are scheduled to be leaving Afghanistan till the end of this year and only a specific number of them will remain in Afghanistan.

http://www.khaama.com/ghani-wants-slower-withdrawal-of-foreign-forces-from-afghanistan

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China lauds successes achieved in Zarb-i-Azb operation

8 December 2014

RAWALPINDI: The State Councillor and Minister for Public Security, People’s Republic of China, Guo Shengekun, called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in his office on Sunday.

According to a press release of the Inter Services Public Relations, issues of mutual interest, regional security and measures to enhance bilateral defence and security collaboration were discussed during the meeting.

Mr Guo and other members of the Chinese delegation were briefed about the situation prevailing in the region.

The Chinese dignitaries acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in fight against terrorism and towards regional stability.

They appreciated the successes achieved in Operation Zarb-i-Azb being carried out by the military against militants in North Waziristan.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149470/china-lauds-successes-achieved-in-zarb-i-azb-operation

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Pakistan

Twitter suspends 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s account

TOI Tech | Dec 8, 2014

NEW DELHI: Social networking service Twitter has suspended the account of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed (@HafizSaeedJUD), the prime accused in the 26/11 2008 Mumbai terror attack case.

The suspension follows Saeed’s recent tweets against India after his vituperative rally in Lahore. He had tweeted on December 5, “Ghazwae Hind inevitable, Kashmir will be freed, 1971 avenged and Ahmedabad Gujrat victims will get justice”.

#Pakistan RT @HafizSaeedJUD Ghazwae Hind inevitable, Kashmir will be freed, 1971 avenged and Ahmedabad Gujrat victims will get justice

— Myra MacDonald (@myraemacdonald) December 5, 2014

The terror mastermind and chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s front Jamaat-ud-Dawah Hafiz Saeed had also blamed India for the flood in Jammu & Kashmir in September, which had also affected Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and some parts of Pakistan.

Saeed had said on Twitter: “Occupied Kashmir cannot be looked after by the Modi-led government, what can it do for those in Azad Kashmir? Give them Freedom if you may.” Saeed had claimed that India was responsible for the flood and had “released waters in rivers without notifying Pakistan”.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social/Twitter-suspends-26/11-mastermind-Hafiz-Saeeds-account/articleshow/45412106.cms

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Three troops, 5 militants killed in Tirah clash

8 December 2014

LANDI KOTAL: Three soldiers and five militants were killed in a clash after an attack on a checkpost in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Sunday.

According to security officials, armed men belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan attacked the checkpost in Sher Khel area of Zakhakhel, near Maidan, early in the morning. The area is close to the Afghan border.

The fighting between security personnel and attackers lasted several hours, leaving five Taliban dead and eight injured. Three soldiers also lost their lives and four others suffered injuries, they said.

The checkpost was set up by the army after evicting the Taliban from Tirah during an operation in June last year.

The attack was repulsed, the officials said.

Pazir Gul adds from Peshawar: A security official was killed and another injured when an improvised explosive device went off in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan.

Security personnel were carrying out a search operation in the area when the explosion occurred. The area was cordoned off after the incident.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149464/three-troops-5-militants-killed-in-tirah-clash

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Maulana Fazl faces hostile PTI workers in London

8 December 2014

LONDON: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers surrounded Maulana Fazlur Rehman and chanted slogans against him as the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam chief came out of a mosque.

According to reports, the PTI workers tried to manhandle the maulana but a spokesman for the Imran Khan led party denied the charges saying demonstrators wanted to lodge protest.

Our correspondent says PTI and JUI-F workers also engaged in a brawl as Maulana came out of a mosque in London’s South Hall area after attending a ceremony in memory of Khalid Soomro, who was assassinated in Sindh on November 29.

The PTI spokesman said that one of their workers were injured by JUI-F workers. He threatened that the PTI might file a case over the torture.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-168038-Maulana-Fazl-faces-hostile-PTI-workers-in-London-

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Tu?çe Albayrak awarded title of Bint-e-Ummah

8 December 2014

The Pakistan Ulema Council [PUC] and Inter-faith Harmony Council International [IFHCI] have announced the title of “Bint-e-Ummah” [daughter of the nation] for a German Turk woman. Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi [central chairman of PUC and IFHCI], on behalf of IFHCI Europe Chairman Syed Khurram Shah and other members of the executive committee, announced the award of “Bint-e-Ummah” for Tu?çe Albayrak, the Muslim woman who was killed while protecting two non-Muslim girls from being harassed by a group of goons. On this occasion, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that Tu?çe Albayrak has made Muslims and non-Muslims throughout the world proud. She conveyed the message that Islam preaches peaceful co-existence, harmony, welfare and prosperity for all mankind regardless of race, color, ethnicity or religion. He announced that a delegation of IFHCI will meet Tu?çe Albayrak’s family in Germany and present them with an honorary award for the title of “Bint-e-Ummah” from PUC and IFHCI. Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that as well as Muslims, the entire world should pay tribute to this brave woman who sacrificed her life while protecting two non-Muslim women.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/08-Dec-2014/tu-e-albayrak-awarded-title-of-bint-e-ummah

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Key commanders of Gul Bahadur group killed in Datakhel strikes: reports

8 December 2014

PESHAWAR: Conflicting reports suggest that air strikes conducted in Datakhel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency have killed key commanders of the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group.

The dead are reported to include Gul Bahadur, Sadiq Noor and Akhtar Muhammad along with 30 other militants of the group.

Some sources are saying that at least seven key commanders of the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group have died in the strikes.

Pakistani F16 jet fighters targeted the militants compound and a vehicle in Seen Tanga area of Datakhel tehsil of the agency.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149403/key-commanders-of-gul-bahadur-group-killed-in-datakhel-strikes-reports

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Agencies warn Punjab IS recruiting in Pakistan

8 December 2014

RAWALPINDI: Intelligence agencies have warned the Punjab government that a group of activists from the Islamic State (IS) militant group, also known commonly by its Arabic acronym ‘Daish’, are currently in Pakistan.

According to a document, marked ‘secret’ and bearing the subject, ‘threat alert’, which was submitted to the Punjab government, certain Daish leaders from the Middle East are said to be travelling between Lahore, Multan and Rahimyar Khan. According to the document, intelligence agencies believe that they are being supported by members of Jundullah, a terrorist outfit that has already pledged allegiance to IS leader, Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi.

The document, which was sent to Regional Police Officer Rawalpindi Akhtar Umar Hayat Laleka and other senior police officers across the province, names Zubair Al-Kuwaiti – who is believed to be from the Middle East – and warns local law enforcement to beef up vigilance at entry/exit points to try and capture the men before they have a chance to activate their network inside Pakistan.

Full report at:

xttp://www.dawn.com/news/1149514/agencies-warn-punjab-is-recruiting-in-pakistan

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Jamaat-i-Islami sees solution of Karachi issues in free and fair elections

8 December 2014

KARACHI: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) secretary general Liaquat Baloch has said the people of Karachi want to have their political, democratic and economic rights and if the establishment and the state become neutral, the Karachiites would be able to elect their real representatives in a free and fair elections.

Addressing a press conference here at Idara Noor-i-Haq on Sunday, he said that then people would be able to solve their problems through civilized leadership.

Referring to the confrence held at the Minar-i-Pakistan last month, he said the system of government could be changed and replaced only by a durable and just dispensation through an organised team.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149432/ji-sees-solution-of-karachi-issues-in-free-and-fair-elections

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Imran wants to create chaos in country: govt

8 December 2014

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said on Sunday that Imran Khan wants to create chaos in the country as he has lost both his memory and temper because he remained failed in achieving his objectives.

Addressing a press conference here in the premises of Press Information Department (PID), Pervaiz Rashid said that Imran Khan himself was the main hurdle in formation of judicial commission. “Imran Khan has lost both his memory and temper because he remained failed in achieving his objectives,” Pervaiz Rashid said. He said Imran Khan kept on changing his stance on rigging on daily basis. He said Imran Khan was telling lie regarding four NA constituencies as elections tribunals were already hearing the cases. The minister said international community has declared last general election as most transparent in Pakistan’s history.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting said that Imran Khan’s nefarious designs are exposed before the nation. The Information Minister said Imran Khan wants to create chaos in the country by holding unconstitutional protests and sit-ins. He said PTI chief is doing politics of violence and agitation. Information Minister said Imran Khan’s unconstitutional sit-ins and all his plans have failed but he is not ready to accept it. He urged Imran Khan to fight his case by living in constitutional limits and orbits.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/08-Dec-2014/imran-wants-to-create-chaos-in-country-govt

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Under attack: Militants know how to make the police ‘immobile’

December 8, 2014

KARACHI: Militants have found the Achilles’ heel of the Karachi police. They have figured out that if they attack police vans, law enforcers won’t be able to carry out their routine or snap checks, thus giving them enough elbow room to carry out bigger attacks.

Last month, two police vehicles were damaged in separate militant attacks – for days after, the respective police stations could not send men out for routine duties as there was a shortage of vehicles.

“It looks like they plan to keep the police inside the police stations,” said a high-ranking police officer. “Militancy is not something the police should be dealing with but we are fighting it every day.” He added that unless the government provided them with proper equipment, support and reforms, the police will have to think about taking a step back.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 135 policemen were killed while on duty. In several assaults, militants attacked the police vehicle by opening fire at them. However, in recent attacks, the militants have shown a preference for using chemicals with bombs – a Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/803349/under-attack-militants-know-how-to-make-the-police-immobile/

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1 killed, another injured in clashes between PTI, PML-N

8 December 2014

FAISALABAD: A 22 year old was killed after a firing incident during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) protest at the Novelty Brigde in Faisalabad while another was seriously injured.

PTI and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supports clashed and police used water cannon to disperse the crowds.

Despite an appeal to shut down Faisalabad by PTI, the day started off with all shops and business operational as usual.

The PTI workers and supporters staged a protest in Faisalabad and while protesting, they set tyres on fire and blocked the roads for traffic.

The agitated workers burnt the tyres at Milat Chowk and Kaleem Shaheed Chowk that blocked the traffic on the adjoining roads.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-168066-1-killed,-another-injured-in-clashes-between-PTI,-PML-N

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Mideast

Houthis plan to ‘raise money in Saudi Arabia through beggars’

8 December 2014

The Houthi rebel movement in Yemen is planning to send a large number of beggars over to the Kingdom in order to raise money for them, sources told Al-Hayat newspaper.

Houthi followers are planning to enter the Kingdom illegally through the southern borders, close to their stronghold, the sources said.

They intend to spread throughout the country’s regions and cities and begin begging for money on streets.

The sources said the beggars will be carrying fake medical reports and letters claiming they suffer from different disabilities and will squat near mosques and other public places.

Sources noted the movement would make sure that the money collected by beggars will be transferred to Yemen in ways that are difficult to trace.

The Interior Ministry started a few months ago a crackdown campaign on beggars all over the Kingdom.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/12/08/Report-Houthis-plan-to-raise-money-in-Saudi-Arabia-through-beggars-.html

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Breaking bad in Tehran? Meth use soars as lifestyles speed up

8 December 2014

Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine.

Shishe means “glass” in Farsi, a reference to the appearance of the drug in some of its purest forms.

In less than a decade, methamphetamine use has skyrocketed in Iran to the point where now about 345,000 Iranians are considered addicts, according to official statistics.

Seizures of methamphetamine soared 128 percent between 2008 and 2012, topping all other countries in the region, according to figures compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Last year alone, the government of Iran confiscated 3.6 tonnes of shishe.

A top official from the Iran Drug Control Headquarters said last year that shishe could be found in Tehran in “less than five minutes,” according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency.

Shishe addicts in Iran are mostly urban, middle class and young, experts say. Notably, there are a large number of women who abuse shishe, too.

One of the main reasons why shishe use has spread quickly in Iran is a lack of information about the drug, which has led casual users to believe, erroneously, that it is not addictive, experts say.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/12/08/Breaking-bad-in-Tehran-Meth-use-soars-as-lifestyles-speed-up.html

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At least 13 killed in failed US bid to rescue hostages in Yemen

8 December 2014

A woman, a 10-year-old boy and a local al Qaeda leader were among at least 11 people killed alongside two Western hostages when U.S.-led forces battled militants in a failed rescue mission in Yemen, residents said on Sunday.

U.S. special forces raided the village of Dafaar in Shabwa province, a militant stronghold in southern Yemen, shortly after midnight on Saturday, killing several members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

American journalist Luke Somers, 33, and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, 56, were shot and killed by their captors during the raid intended to free the hostages, U.S. officials said.

AQAP, formed in 2006 by the merger of the Yemeni and Saudi branches of the network, has for years been seen by Washington as one of the movement’s most dangerous branches.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117394/World/Region/At-least–killed-in-failed-US-bid-to-rescue-hostag.aspx

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Gaza writers receive death threats from IS

8 December 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mystery still surrounds the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in Gaza. Statements in the name of the radical group threatening or claiming responsibility for previous bombings in Gaza are not enough to prove the existence of active members in the besieged Gaza Strip, though IS’ extremist ideology is easily spread.

Many Gazans underestimated the importance of the statement issued in the name of IS Nov. 30 in Gaza City demanding that women show “chastity” and abide by Sharia rules of dress. They have excluded the possibility of a real IS presence in the Gaza Strip, which is governed by the same Interior Ministry-affiliated security personnel that ruled under Hamas’ Islamist government.

Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/12/gaza-islamic-state-presence-threats-writers.html#ixzz3LLd93Klf

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Israeli minister affirms policy of ‘stopping arms transfers to terrorists’

8 December 2014

Israel stressed on Monday that it has a policy of preventing arms transfers to militant groups, a day after Syria accused Israel of bombing Damascus airport.

Israel has launched a series of strikes inside Syria since the armed uprising erupted there in 2011, including raids reportedly targeting weapons bound for Damascus ally Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz refused to comment directly on Sunday’s incident, as was also the case with Israeli officials questioned in the aftermath of previous strikes.

“We have a firm policy of preventing all possible transfers of sophisticated weapons to terrorist organizations,” Steinitz told public radio in response to a question about the strikes, and apparently referring to Hezbollah.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/08/Israeli-minister-affirms-policy-of-stopping-arms-transfers-to-terrorists-.html

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Turkey warns three banks in fight against crime, terrorism

8 December 2014

Turkey has warned three banks and urged them to cooperate more effectively with the government to share transaction data “in the fight against terrorism,” Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek said on Dec. 7.

“There are three banks that do not cooperate with the Financial Crime Investigation Board [MASAK] efficiently in the detection of dirty money and in the fight against terrorism. We have warned them,” Şimşek said, without naming the banks.

He stressed that it is of great importance in investigating and detecting crimes for MASAK to be informed by banks about suspicious banking transactions, adding that the fight against criminal financial transactions is crucial for Turkey to increase its international credibility and maintain its formal economy.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-warns-three-banks-in-fight-against-crime-terrorism-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75310&NewsCatID=344

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Africa

Nigeria: 10 Soldiers Die in Battle As Army Repels Boko Haram From Ashaka Town

8 December 2014

THE Nigerian Military, yesterday, put up a brave fight against hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the dynamite-manufacturing town of Ashaka in Gombe State.

Their plan was to overrun the town. After several hours of fighting, the Nigerian Army lost 10 soldiers while over 70 Boko Haram terrorists were killed with scores of them sustaining serious gunshot injuries – most of the terrorists fled the town. While running away from the town, the terrorists carried most of their dead members in three trucks.

Confirming the development in the Defence Headquarters twitter handle, Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, noted that the terrorists invaded the town in a convoy of 30 vehicles and many motorcycles.

His words: “Terrorists fleeing Ashaka on Thursday managed to retrieve three truckloads full of their dead members following the defeat and heavy casualty they suffered after a fierce battle with troops in the area.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201412070002.html

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Five years after ceasefire, Niger Delta’s retired militants warn of new violence

8 December 2014

PORT HARCOURT, Niger Delta, Nigeria — It’s been five years since 32-year-old Livinus Damka turned in his two AK-47s. Those guns used to be his livelihood. They helped bring him decent money.

When Damka was 23 years old, he was one of the thousands of youth in the Niger Delta who took up arms against the Nigerian government, demanding a share of the country’s vast oil wealth channeled through pipelines in their local communities. Frustrated by a lack of opportunities, Damka became a militant in the Niger Delta’s armed insurgency — a violent struggle marked by kidnapping of foreigners for ransom, vandalizing oil pipelines, setting up illegal oil refineries and fighting Nigerian soldiers.

“It was freedom fighting,” Damka says. “We were fighting for our rights.”

He and his wife, Rita, live in a small one-bedroom house along a winding, narrow dirt road in Ikwerre, a farming and fishing community in the Niger Delta. They barely make enough money to meet their monthly expenses. As the popular Nigerian saying goes, they are “just managing.”

Full report at:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/nigeria/141204/niger-delta-retired-militants-ceasefire

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Kenya Takes Step Towards Recognising Intersex People in Landmark Ruling

8 December 2014

Nairobi — A Kenyan court has ordered the government to issue a birth certificate to a five-year-old child born with ambiguous genitalia, in a landmark ruling that the child’s lawyer said was a first step towards recognising intersex people.

Hospital staff put a question mark next to the box designating gender on a form to record the 2009 birth of the baby whose sex organs were not clearly female or male.

This meant the child never received a birth certificate, necessary to enjoy basic legal rights, such as attending school, getting a national identity document and voting.

“Now they are going to be able to get a birth certificate,” the child’s lawyer, John Chigiti, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday. “That’s a win.”

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201412081134.html

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North America

Chomsky: US-Led Anti-ISIS Coalition Meaningless, Illegal

8 December 2014

Renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky said US actions in the Middle East region, including the invasion in Iraq, have created the circumstances, under which ISIS emerged.

“What happened is the US basically hit Iraq with a kind of sledgehammer,” instituting a governmental structure, which was sectarian in nature, Chomsky told RT.

“All of this came together to create sectarian conflicts, which had not existed before… That has since expanded, and now it’s tearing the whole region apart. Syria is one element of it.”

And to solve the mess, the US again decided to act against the international law, building an anti-ISIS coalition that is “meaningless, apart from being illegal.”

“A law-abiding state would go to the Security Council, ask for a declaration by the Security Council of a threat to peace, and request the Security Council to organize direct response to it. And that could be done. The US could then participate in it, but so could Iran,” which is a major military force and would probably wipe out ISIS in no time, if it was allowed to join the fight on the ground, Chomsky stressed.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930917000064

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Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a pipe dream

8 December 2014

The two-state solution is the only path to peace, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday in Washington, less than 24 hours after Economy Minister Naftali Bennett dismissed that as unrealistic.

Kerry, who spoke at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum immediately after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s taped message, said the two-state solution is the only path to peace “for the simple reason that there is no one-state alternative that is viable or can preserve Israel’s status as a Jewish state and as a democracy.”

At the conference, Bennett – possibly a major player in the next government – defended his plan for Israel to annex 60 percent of the West Bank and grant the Palestinians in the other 40% enhanced autonomy, economic opportunities and infrastructure, adding that the idea of a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was an illusion.

Without referring directly to Bennett, Kerry said that he was well aware that for many people in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, “the idea of real peace sounds dubious at best, and impossible to many.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/WATCH-LIVE-Kerry-addresses-pro-Israel-think-tank-in-Washington-383881

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ISIS fighter from Ottawa appears in video threatening Canada with attacks

8 December 2014

John Maguire’s ISIS video urges attacks on Canadian soil

ISIS attempted to incite further attacks against Canadians on Sunday, issuing a propaganda video in which an Ottawa extremist scolded the government for joining the international military coalition fighting the terrorist group.

The six-minute video said Canadians would be indiscriminately targeted and that Muslims were obliged to either join ISIS or “follow the example” of the attackers who struck in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

“You either pack your bags, or prepare your explosive devices. You either purchase your airline ticket, or you sharpen your knife,” said the video, produced by a propaganda group linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.

Full report at:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/12/07/john-maguire-an-isis-fighter-from-ottawa-appears-on-video-warning-canada-of-attacks-where-it-hurts-you-the-most/

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US, NATO ceremonially end Afghan combat mission

8 December 2014

The U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Dec. 8, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which was in charge of combat operations, lowered its flag, formally ending its deployment.

U.S. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of NATO and U.S. forces, said that the mission now would transition to a training and support role for Afghanistan’s own security forces, which have led the fight against the Taliban insurgents since mid-2013.

“The Afghan security forces are capable,” Campbell said. “They have to make some changes in the leadership which they’re doing, and they have to hold people accountable.”

From Jan. 1, the coalition will maintain a force of 13,000 troops in Afghanistan, down from a peak around 140,000 in 2011. There are around 15,000 troops now in the country.

The mission ends as the Taliban is increasing its attacks. U.S. President Barack Obama recently allowed U.S. forces to launch operations against both Taliban and al-Qaida militants, broadening the mission of the U.S. forces that will remain in the country after the end of the year.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-nato-ceremonially-end-afghan-combat-mission.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75322&NewsCatID=359

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US military’s job ‘not over’ in Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

8 December 2014

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel on Sunday told US troops in Afghanistan their mission was not over as they shift to a scaled-back role training their Afghan counterparts.

At a base near the eastern city of Jalalabad, Hagel said it was crucial the United States and its partners ensure hard-fought progress did not unravel as the US-led force draws down to about 12,500 troops.

“There are challenges ahead. The job’s not over. This is still a dangerous country in many ways,” he told a gathering of US and Polish soldiers.

“We don’t want to see that tremendous progress that’s been accomplished… we don’t want to see that roll back downhill,” he said.

In his last visit to Afghanistan as defence secretary after resigning last month, Hagel flew to Gamberi base to get a first hand look at preparations for a new, much smaller NATO mission that will begin in the new year.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/117403/World/International/US-militarys-job-not-over-in-Afghanistan-Hagel.aspx

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US ‘did not know’ about imminent Yemen hostage release

8 December 2014

The US government was not aware of talks to release a South African hostage in Yemen who was killed during a botched special forces raid, the US ambassador to South Africa claimed Monday.

Pierre Korkie, a 57-year-old South African teacher who was taken hostage by Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen more than a year ago, was killed on Saturday, hours before he was due to be released.

South African relief organisation Gift of the Givers said they had negotiated for Korkie to be freed and had notified his widow Yolande that he would be home soon.

But ambassador Patrick Gaspard told a radio station the US was “completely unaware” of Korkie’s imminent release.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117434/World/Region/US-did-not-know-about-imminent-Yemen-hostage-relea.aspx

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US hands over senior militant to Pakistan

8 December 2014

ISLAMABAD: US troops in Afghanistan said Sunday they had handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, while a security source said one of them was a senior Pakistani Taliban commander.

“Acting on behalf of the United States government, we transferred custody of three Pakistanis held in US custody in Afghanistan, to Pakistan,” US Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement in Kabul.

“This followed consultations between the US and Pakistan and after receiving appropriate assurances”, it added.

The statement did not identify the detainees. But a Pakistani security official said one of them was Latif Mehsud, a close aide to the former chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Hakimullah Mehsud.

Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-168072-US-hands-over-senior-militant-to-Pakistan

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PYD ‘promised’ US to not give arms to PKK

8 December 2014

The Democratic Union Party (PYD) has promised that arms sent by the United States to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) will definitely not be transferred to the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), PYD co-leader Salih Muslim has told the Hürriyet Daily News.

“We have given a guarantee to the U.S. about not sending the arms to the PKK or using them against Turkey,” Muslim said, adding that the U.S. could give arms to the PYD again if required.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had said on Oct. 25 that the PYD had initially opposed the plan for Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to join the fight against ISIL in Kobane for “fear of their scheme being disrupted.” However, Muslim strongly refuted such claims.

“We have never been against cooperation between the Peshmerga and Kurds. Although some sensitive issues had arisen between these groups earlier, ISIL now pushes Kurds to come together, which is very good,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/pyd-promised-us-to-not-give-arms-to-pkk.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75307&NewsCatID=359

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Europe

Religious tolerance is people’s lifestyle in Azerbaijan

8 December 2014

Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office Sheikh ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade met with Mr. Derek Hogan, the chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Azerbaijan.

Sheikh ul-Islam spoke of the religious atmosphere and friendly relations among different religious communities in the country, AzerTag reports.

Allahshukur Pashazade noted that the religious tolerance is the everyday lifestyle of the peoples living in Azerbaijan and the sincere relations and close cooperation of the religious leaders is bright example to that.

Sheikh ul-Islam said he has been heading the Supreme Religious Council of the Caucasus Peoples since 1992 and the Caucasian Muslims Office unites representatives of different religions, including Moslems, Christians and Jewish communities. The tradition of tolerance in the Azerbaijan society has been promoted by national leader Heydar Aliyev and this tradition successfully continues, the Head of the Caucasian Muslims Office said.

Tolerance is a universal value with universal character and has no limits, he stressed.

Derek Hogan praised activity of the Head of the Caucasian Muslims Office, noting he had visited Azerbaijani regions to meet with people representing separate religions. “The people trust in the role of Sheikh ul-Islam in strengthening of tolerance”, he underlined.

http://www.news.az/articles/society/94113

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Islamic State training kids for jihad, UN says

8 December 2014

The Islamic State terror group published photos Saturday of children firing loaded AK-47 assault rifles, assembling weapons and standing in formation, at the “Cubs of the Caliphate” training camp near Damascus, Syria

A total of seven images were distributed across social media platforms, including Twitter and jihadi forums, showing a group of adolescents wearing face masks and military fatigues, crouching in shooting positions, and struggling to cock large weapons.

The Islamic State’s exploitation of children for warfare and other purposes was documented in a November report by the UN entitled “Rule of Terror: Living under ISIS in Syria.” ISIS, as well as ISIL and IS, is an acronym for Islamic State.

According to the dispatch, the jihadi group has “instrumentalized and abused children on a systematic scale,” using them in combat roles, as spies, guards, cooks, medics and even suicide bombers.

Full report at:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/is-kids-train-for-jihad/#ixzz3LLcHIyJ8

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French Islamic State fighters: I want to come home!

8 December 2014

French Islamic State members want to come home, according to a report by France’s Le Figaro. The report discussed a number of letters sent by French Islamic State, who have been in contact with a group of lawyers in their home country in an attempt to bring them home.

They communicate in a variety of ways — but mainly via Whatsapp, Viber, and email — immediately deleting every message in order not to get caught by IS officials.

One French national was reportedly beheaded after telling his commander that he wanted to leave Islamic State.

The reasons they want to get out are varied, but in general, they present feelings of disappointment and fear, with many saying they were misled into joining.

One regretful jihadi wrote about the lack of modern comforts. “I’m sick and tired. My iPod doesn’t even work here. I want to come home!”

Some have complained about the mundane jobs that come along with setting up a global Islamic caliphate.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/French-Islamic-State-fighters-I-want-to-come-home-383885

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EU to press Turkey for help in anti-ISIL fight

8 December 2014

New European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was to meet Turkish leaders Dec. 8 for talks expected to focus partly on the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in neighboring Syria.

“The Syrian crisis is going to be one of the key issues on her agenda,” an EU official told AFP on Dec. 8. Turkey’s EU membership ambitions were also up for discussion.

EU capitals are concerned about spillover from Syria and the possibility of terrorist attacks by the growing number of European nationals returning home after fighting alongside jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-to-press-turkey-for-help-in-anti-isil-fight.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75326&NewsCatID=351

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UN wants countries to take in 180,000 Syrian refugees

8 December 2014

More than 30 humanitarian organisations launched an appeal on Dec. 8 for countries to take in around 180,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict.

That figure would represent five percent of the projected refugee population by the end of 2015, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The issue will be discussed at a conference in Geneva on Dec. 9.

After three years of fighting in Syria, more than 3.2 million refugees are registered in neighbouring countries and with little sign of the conflict coming to an end, the UNHCR believes the number could rise to nearly 3.6 million by the end of 2015.

If countries would take in 180,000 refugees, and an accompanying aid package and economic support was provided to the nations that open their doors, “it would also encourage those countries to keep their borders open to ensure those in Syria can flee the conflict, and could contribute to their stability,” the UNHCR said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/un-wants-countries-to-take-in-180000-syrian-refugees.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75319&NewsCatID=359

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Southeast Asia

Minister Says Constitution Doesn’t Limit Shariah Laws

8 December 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — The Federal Constitution empowers Shariah laws and does not limit the Islamic code, minister Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom argued today in response to an open letter from 25 former senior civil servants calling for open debate on religious issues.

The minister in charge of religious affairs also warned that the public will resort to vigilantism if there are constant judicial reviews and challenges between civil and Shariah courts.

“From the beginning, the Constitution allows the existence of Shariah courts. Shariah courts were birthed from the Constitution,” Jamil told reporters during the International Seminar on Aqwah 2014 here.

“Why do we want to flip this over by saying Shariah courts are subjected to the Constitution? … We should not entangle the issue.”

“We do not agree if cases involving Islam want to be decided in civil courts … It is against an early understanding we had since Independence,” added the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/under-fire-minister-says-constitution-doesnt-limit-shariah-laws#sthash.XtwTHhoe.dpuf

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Police, Soldiers Accused of Opening Fire on Papua Demonstrators: Six Killed

8 December 2014

Jakarta. Six people were reportedly killed while several others remained in a critical condition after a group of police officers and soldiers allegedly opened fire on demonstrators in restive Papua province on Monday morning.

John N.R. Gobai, a local community leader, said the security forces in the capital of Paniai district, Enarotali, opened fire at 10 a.m. on Monday to disperse a group of people angered by the alleged abuse of a child.

“There are four people who died, four others are in critical condition and 22 more suffered [other] injuries after being shot by the police and soldiers,” John said. “Those who were injured are currently being treated at Madi hospital in Enarotali, while those who died are still at the field with people surrounding them.”

The death toll was later reported to have risen to six.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/police-soldiers-accused-opening-fire-papua-demonstrators-four-killed/

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After Meeting SBY, Jokowi Says Democrats May Join His Coalition

8 December 2014

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo on Monday hinted that the Democratic Party might officially join the ruling coalition next month.

“We will see in January 2015, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has made it very clear so I don’t need to keep repeating it,” Joko said on Monday after meeting with the Democratic Party chairman and former president.

Joko met with Yudhoyono to discuss the government regulation in lieu of the regional election law (Perppu) that was issued just before Yudhoyono ended his second presidential term.

The current president said Yudhoyono and his party were committed to support his policy to uphold the direct election of regional-level leaders like mayors and governors.

But Joko said the agreement on regional elections could also be seen as the beginning of a union between the Democratic Party and the Awesome Indonesia Coalition (KIH), which is led by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

“Let’s discuss the Perppu first, it can at least serve as a gate or an entry point [for joining the coalition],” Joko said.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/meeting-sby-jokowi-says-democrats-may-join-coalition/

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Might Malaysia one day have ‘halal’ and ‘haram’ shows?

8 December 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8 — A broadcast network executive has floated the idea of “halal” certification for films and TV shows as a way to allay concerns among a segment of Muslims for their daily entertainment dosage to be Shariah-compliant.

Syed Shahridzan Syed Mohamed told a two-day seminar on the entertainment industry and Islam that ended yesterday that he had once mooted the idea to the Malaysian Islamic Religious Development Department (Jakim), but was shot down with the federal religious authority saying the idea was not feasible due to possible overlaps between the country’s civil and Shariah legal system.

“I had discussed this with Jakim’s preaching division,” Syed Shahrizan said.

“We can establish the halal logo, have standards for Islamic banking. Why can’t we work to put guidelines, halal and haram logos for the productions in Malaysia?” said the man who heads the Shariah unit in a state-owned free-to-air Islamic television network.

In Malaysia, federal and state religious authorities certify food products with a “halal” logo to indicate that the food is permissible to be consumed in accordance with Islamic teachings and practices.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/might-malaysia-one-day-have-halal-and-haram-shows#sthash.mVtyPRCy.dpuf

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URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/islamic-state-reaps-profits-from-organ-trafficking/d/100382

Boko Haram Enlists Female Suicide Bombers to Kill 100,000; Violence Now Akin To ISIS

33 Urdu-Medium Teachers in Gujarat Declared ‘Surplus’ In One Month

Africa

Boko Haram Enlists Female Suicide Bombers to Kill 100,000; Violence Now Akin To ISIS

Gunmen Free 200+ Inmates in Nigeria Jailbreak

New Massacre Leaves 14 Dead in Eastern DR Congo: Officials

Sudan opposition says two leaders arrested after unity deal

India

In Gujarat, Urdu-Medium Teachers Asked To Teach In Tamil, Marathi

JMB Tried To Induct Boys from Assam Madrasa to Create Modules

Border dwellers between India and Bangladesh: ‘Now we can live and die with dignity’

Candidates in Kashmir prefer Urdu newspapers for poll ads

Arab World

Peshmerga Fighters Kill over 50 ISIL Militants in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Iraqi Air Strikes Claim Lives of over 26 ISIL Militants in Tikrit

Syrian Forces ‘Use Chlorine Gas’ On ISIS: Monitor

Egypt court refers 4 Brotherhood leaders to grand mufti to consider death penalty

Syria army repels jihadist advance on key air base: Monitor

Saudi Arabia opposes gender equality in climate change policy

Rise of IS and fall in oil prices cast shadow over GCC summit

Egypt court confirms death sentence for Sinai militant Habara, six others

Europe

EU To Seek More Turkish Help in ISIS Fight

Putin Aide: Mossad Training ISIL Terrorists

Pope to Iraqi Christians: Your resistance is martyrdom

Chechen warlord’s brother in Turkey accused of being behind Grozny attack

France vows ‘national’ fight against anti-Semitism after latest attack on Jews

Signs That Attackers Came From Within Mitigate Alarm in Chechnya

Wahhabi sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Pakistan

Al-Qaeda Suspect among Four Killed In US Drone Strike in Pakistan

Afghan Army Handed Over Key Taliban Commander, Three Others to Pakistan

With new JF-17, Pakistan aims for boost to defence exports

Bajaur-Kunar Jirga decides to take joint steps for peace

PPP can’t afford to weaken political system in place in country: Zardari

Zahid Hamid challenges special court verdict

South Asia

US Drone Strike Kills 9 Taliban Fighters: Afghan Official

5 Police Martyred In Taliban Attack in Hilmand

4 civilians killed, 20 injured in hand grenade attack in northern Afghanistan

Anti-liberation forces active to spoil Indo-Bangla relation

North America

Biden: ‘We will not let Iran acquire a nuclear weapon’

US cautions against assumptions linking Pak to Kashmir violence

Additional 1,000 American troops to stay in Afghanistan

Washington Post reporter in Tehran charged after day in court

Venezuelan leader says racism in U.S. worse under Obama

Mideast

Mashaal: Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Could Lead To ‘Open Conflict’

One killed in south-eastern Turkey clashes

Israel launches eight new probes into Gaza war

Southeast Asia

Stop meddling in non-Muslim affairs, interfaith group tells Islamic authorities

Police Pledge Hard Line against Religious Intolerance

Christians cry foul after seized Bibles stamped with warning

Apologise for defiling holy books, Bible Society tells Selangor religious authorities

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/boko-haram-enlists-female-suicide-bombers-to-kill-100,000;-violence-now-akin-to-isis/d/100365

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Africa

Boko Haram Enlists Female Suicide Bombers To Kill 100,000; Violence Now Akin To ISIS

Dec 7, 2014

The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has gained worldwide notoriety this year for intensifying carnage in Nigeria that has claimed more than 10,000 lives in just 12 months — a fatality rate that is comparable to the Islamic State, or ISIS, insurgency in Iraq, according to NBC News.

And Boko Haram looks to be ramping up its attacks. The terrorist group has reportedly deployed over 50 female suicide bombers in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, to kill 100,000 people before the end of the year, VICE News reports.

A suspected suicide bomber confessed the lethal plot to a vigilante group during her arrest outside the University of Maiduguri. A second female suicide bomber was arrested that same day, only a few miles away, near the Maiduguri post office, VICE News reported.

Boko Haram began enlisting women as suicide bombers in April, Jacob Zenn of the Jamestown Foundation told VICE on Friday. Since then, there have been 15 attacks or attempts by Boko Haram female suicide bombers, who have had an increasingly salient role in the violent insurgent movement, according to Zenn, an expert on extremism and African affairs at the conflict research firm.

Recruiting women as suicide bombers is an effective tactic that Boko Haram most likely learned from terrorist groups abroad, Zenn said. “Women traditionally are not expected to be in the role of a suicide bomber in Nigeria,” Zenn told VICE News. “They are less likely to be suspected, inspected, or detected.”

The Islamic State has recruited women into the Sunni millitant group as well. A wanted British woman known as the “White Widow” joined ISIS this year and is reportedly training an all-female brigade of suicide bombers for the group, according to the New York Post. The group has also established an all-female squad in the Syrian city of Raqqa that is charged with policing other women under ISIS’s  interpretation of Sharia law.

“Jihad is not a man-only duty. Women must do their part as well,” Abu Ahmad, a spokesman for the Islamic State in Syria told Syria Deeply in July. Ahmad said the goal of the all-female squad is to “raise awareness among women, and arrest and punish women who do not follow the religion correctly.”

Boko Haram militants have terrorized Nigeria since the group launched an insurgency there in 2009, with a goal to create an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. They have declared loyalty to the Islamic State group, which aims to establish an Islamic state cross Sunni areas of Iraq and in Syria, according to the BBC News.

“The violence has become so bad that people don’t have lives anymore,” Nigerian Sen. Ahmed Zanna of Borno told NBC News on Saturday. “They cannot go to their farms, they cannot go to their businesses. It dominates people’s lives every single day. They have no help form the army, the people who are supposed to protect them. They are scared, and that fear is real.”

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to defeat Boko Haram and the government’s military claims to be making strides, but human rights groups say the Nigerian military have only added to the violence with its heavy-handed response. Nigerian forces have failed to curb the violence and protect civilians from the terrorist group that has killed thousands of civilians this year, according to an October report by Human Rights Watch.

http://www.ibtimes.com/boko-haram-enlists-female-suicide-bombers-kill-100000-violence-now-akin-isis-1738447

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Gunmen free 200+ inmates in Nigeria jailbreak

Dec 7, 2014

Police say gunmen have freed more than 200 prisoners in the latest jailbreak in Nigeria. Deputy Superintendent Ibrahim Gambari said police recaptured at least 10 escapees from the medium security prison in central Niger state by Sunday morning.

Saturday’s attack was the third jailbreak in the past two months in the West African nation.

More than 300 inmates broke out of a prison bombed by gunmen in southwest Ekiti state on December 1; 144 escaped from south-central Kogi state on November 3 when gunmen bombed a prison wall.

The two earlier jailbreaks were blamed on the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group. It is not known how many hundreds of Boko Haram suspects are held in Nigerian jails.

Prison officials say 70 percent of inmates are awaiting trial, many for years.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/gunmen-free-200-inmates-in-nigeria-jailbreak/#sthash.sP9Y87ZB.dpuf

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New massacre leaves 14 dead in eastern DR Congo: Officials

Dec 7, 2014

An overnight attack by suspected Ugandan rebels in the area of Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has left 14 people dead, authorities said Sunday.

The attack in North Kivu province was the latest massacre to hit the region. It was confirmed by a military spokesman and a local official.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/117355/World/International/New-massacre-leaves–dead-in-eastern-DR-Congo-Offi.aspx

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Sudan opposition says two leaders arrested after unity deal

7 December 2014

Sudanese security forces arrested two prominent opposition leaders late on Saturday, days after they signed an agreement aimed at unifying opposition to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, a leading dissident said.

Seddik Youssef, an official of the National Consensus Forces (NCF), an umbrella group of Sudan’s main opposition parties, told Reuters by telephone that NCF leader Farouk Abu Issa, 81, and human rights lawyer Amin Mekki, 75, had been detained.

A broad spectrum of Sudanese political opposition and armed rebel groups put aside differences to sign a unity agreement on Wednesday that they hope will strengthen their hand in peace talks with the government that are taking place in Addis Ababa.

Though he does not represent a political party, Mekki signed the unity agreement on behalf of a number of non-governmental organizations critical of Bashir’s government, Youssef said.

Security officials were not immediately available for comment.

The opposition deal brings together a number of major groups including the Islamist Umma party and the NCF, an alliance of mostly secular parties. They were joined by a group representing the armed movements of three war-torn regions: Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

A government spokesman said after the deal was signed that “there would be a price” to pay for cooperating with the rebels.

The government is currently negotiating to end a conflict with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, which is active in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. Talks in Addis Ababa resumed on Friday after a four-day suspension.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/07/Sudan-opposition-says-two-leaders-arrested-after-unity-deal.html

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India

In Gujarat, Urdu-Medium Teachers Asked To Teach In Tamil, Marathi

Dec 7, 2014

Shazia Bano has been a teacher for nearly 30 years in Urdu-medium municipal schools in Gujarat, but she has never felt so helpless in class. Forget teaching, she now finds it difficult to even communicate with her students and colleagues.

Labelled as a “surplus teacher” by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) school board, Shazia (name changed) is now on duty at a Tamil-medium municipal school in the city.

And she is not alone.

In the last one month, 33 Urdu-medium municipal teachers, all Muslims and declared “surplus”, were moved to schools where the medium of instruction is a different language. Four of them were posted to Tamil-medium schools, six to Marathi and two to English, while the “lucky ones” were moved to Gujarati (5) and Hindi-medium (16) institutions.

While the authorities claimed there was no other option due to lack of vacancies in the 59 Urdu-medium institutions among the 452 municipal schools in Ahmedabad, the teachers are upset at what they call “mismanagement” and a “lack of co-ordination” by the administration.

“Throughout my life I have studied and taught in Urdu-medium. At this point, if the authorities ask me to teach in Tamil or Marathi, how will I? Is there any sense in such adjustments?” said another Urdu-medium teacher posted at a Marathi-medium school.

“The school board cannot afford to have its teachers draw salaries (a maximum of Rs 40,000 per month) while sitting idle at home. With no vacancies in Urdu-medium schools, such an adjustment was inevitable,” said L.D. Desai, Administrative Officer, AMC school board.

After repeated representations to authorities, a few of these teachers have been posted as ‘Kaamchalau Badli’ (temporary replacement) in Urdu-medium schools. While the salaries of these teachers would be drawn from schools that teach in other medium, there is no information yet on their tenure or future.

Some others have been asked to teach subjects that they have never done before. “A few days ago, I was posted as ‘Kaamchalau badli’ to a Gujarati-medium school and asked to teach Maths and Science while I am a language teacher and had never taught these subjects,” said another teacher who has been teaching for five years and is a graduate in Arts with a PTC (Primary Teacher Certificate) course.

Another Urdu-medium teacher said she had been transferred seven times in the last three years to Urdu, English and Gujarati-medium schools. “It is difficult to find a Urdu-medium teacher with a BSc qualification,” the teacher said. “With no job opportunities, no one, at least in Ahmedabad, prefers to graduate in Urdu-medium. Thus, vacancies for Maths and Science teachers in Urdu-medium schools go unfilled. That is the reason why the surplus Urdu-medium teachers have been asked to teach these subjects.”

A question of surplus

* In 2012, with Class VIII (11,370 classes) being moved from secondary to primary schools in Gujarat, following the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act, as many as 12,482? Secondary teachers were declared “surplus”.

* The State Education Department gave school principals the authority to transfer these surplus teachers as “Vidya Sahayaks” (teaching assistants) for other subjects based on vacancies in other government schools.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/in-gujarat-urdu-medium-teachers-asked-to-teach-in-tamil-marathi/99/#sthash.Csb6alHL.dpuf

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JMB Tried To Induct Boys from Assam Madrasa to Create Modules

Dec 7, 2014

A day after Sahanur Alom (32), alias “doctor Ilias”, a top Jamaat ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative was arrested in Nalbari district, the Assam Police on Saturday confirmed that several top JMB leaders from Bangladesh had visited at least one madrasa in the state and conducted some motivational training there.

“We have confirmed that some top JMB leaders had visited a madrasa in Larkuchi village in Nalbari and organized motivational training to induct boys from here in order to create JMB modules in Assam the way they did in West Bengal,” Assam Police DG Khagen Sarma said.

Formally announcing the arrest of Alom – who was among the 12 “most wanted” by the NIA in the Burdwan blast case – the Assam DGP also said that the police was on the look-out for five or six more persons having close links with the JMB. Sahanur Alom was arrested from Larkuchi village under Mukalmua police station in Nalbari district, and remanded in 14 days police custody by the CJM’s court here on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/burdwan-blast-probe-key-suspect-shahnoor-alam-arrested/99/#sthash.GOcq6Vgd.dpuf

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Border dwellers between India and Bangladesh: ‘Now we can live and die with dignity’

Jaideep Mazumdar & Pinak Priya Bhattacharya,TNN | Dec 7, 2014

They live in no man’s land, people without a country or government. But now the residents of border enclaves between Bangladesh and India have reason to hope for an identity Mohammad Mansoor Ali Mian’s greatest regret in life has been his inability to undertake Haj.

The 74-year-old from Poanturkuti in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar district bordering Bangladesh had the means to travel but he never possessed a passport. The reason: he was not a citizen of any country. “But soon, Inshallah, I shall be able to fulfill my dream,” he says.

This hope springs from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance of a Bill that would pave the way for exchange of enclaves between India and Bangladesh.

It is a hope that has been further boosted by chief minister Mamata Banerjee doing a U-turn and pledging to support the Bill after having opposed a similar move by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two years ago.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Border-dwellers-between-India-and-Bangladesh-Now-we-can-live-and-die-with-dignity/articleshow/45400301.cms

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Candidates in Kashmir prefer Urdu newspapers for poll ads

Dec 7, 2014

With Assembly elections in full swing, it is raining advertisements for vernacular dailies in Kashmir as candidates and political parties try to reach out to the maximum number of electorate in the remaining three phases of the polls.

A cursory look at the daily newspapers published from Srinagar shows that political parties are preferring Urdu language newspapers over English dailies for their advertisements in the print media.

A detailed analysis of the newspapers showed that the Urdu dailies are getting most of the election-related advertisements, which has helped some of these newspapers tide over the losses suffered during recent floods.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/candidates-in-kashmir-prefer-urdu-newspapers-for-poll-ads/#sthash.huFk5wwv.dpuf

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Arab World

 

Peshmerga Fighters Kill over 50 ISIL Militants in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Dec 7, 2014

Kurdish Peshmarga fighters launched deadly attacks against the hideouts of the ISIL Takfiri group in Kirkuk, and managed to kill more than 50 militants.

Wasta Rasool, a senior Peshmarga commander, said the forces staged a series of successful operations in Rashad and Maryam Beg areas, South of Kirkuk, leaving at least 50 ISIL militants dead.

A number of militants’ vehicles were also destroyed during the operations.

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

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

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

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930916001022

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Iraqi Air Strikes Claim Lives of over 26 ISIL Militants in Tikrit

Dec 7, 2014

Iraqi warplanes pounded the hideouts of the ISIL Takfiri group in Salahuddin province, leaving at least 26 militants dead.

Iraq’s bombers launched massive strikes against the Takfiri militants in Yathrib district, South of Tikrit, and killed dozens of the militants.

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

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

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

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930916000265

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Syrian forces ‘use chlorine gas’ on ISIS: monitor

7 December 2014

The Syrian regime used chlorine gas, a lethal chemical agent, against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters to halt them from advancing towards its key air base in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitoring group reported on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on its website that ISIS stopped advancing in the military air base after “heavy shelling and bombardment by the regime forces.”

The Observatory added that it received “confirmed reports of suffocation cases in ISIS that the regime forces used the Chlorine gas during the bombardment.”

“ISIS pulled back from areas in the mount of Deir Ezzor after it was exposed to regime’s heavy bombardment,” the London-based monitor said.

It also reported that 68 jihadists were killed during the past three days including two French citizens, one Tunisian and 33 Syrians.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/07/Syrian-forces-use-chlorine-gas-against-ISIS-monitor-.html

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Egypt court refers 4 Brotherhood leaders to grand mufti to consider death penalty

Dec 7, 2014

Cairo Criminal Court referred four Muslim Brotherhood leaders Sunday, on trial for the killing of nine and injuring more than 90 in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in 2013, to Egypt’s grand mufti to consider the death penalty.

The defendants in the case include 17 Brotherhood leaders, among which are former Parliament Speaker Saad El-Katatni, Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and his deputy Khairat El-Shater.

The top Brotherhood leaders involved in the case are not among those referred to the grand mufti.

The court has also set 28 February 2015 for a final verdict on the remaining defendants.

The defendants are accused of murder, inciting violence, and possession of live ammunition.

On 22 March 2013, fatal clashes erupted between Muslim Brotherhood members and anti-Mohamed Morsi protestors in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Moqatam district in Cairo.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117365/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-court-refers–Brotherhood-leaders-to-grand-m.aspx

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Syria army repels jihadist advance on key air base: Monitor

Dec 7, 2014

Syrian troops have repelled an attack by jihadists from the Islamic State group on a key military airport in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

“Troops and pro-regime militia stopped the attack that Islamic State launched on the Deir Ezzor military airport,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that both sides suffered heavy losses in the fighting.

The jihadists had withdrawn to the edges of the base, a day after managing to seize a southeastern part of the complex, it said.

The Observatory said more than 100 jihadists had been killed in fighting for the base since Wednesday, when they launched an operation to try to take the airport.

Pro-regime forces also suffered heavy casualties, with some 59 troops killed, it said.

State news agency SANA said Syrian army units had “repelled an attempt” by IS fighters to attack positions at the base, but provided no further details.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117369/World/Region/Syria-army-repels-jihadist-advance-on-key-air-base.aspx

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Saudi Arabia opposes gender equality in climate change policy

Dec 7, 2014

The Saudi Arabia delegation made a strong pitch to exclude the recognition of gender equality in the recommendations for the draft agreement for Paris in 2015 which is under discussion in Lima. A delegate who was part of the meeting of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), on Saturday said that it was only Mexico which fought till the end to retain gender as being paramount in the implementation of climate change policy.

The SBI is one of the two permanent subsidiary bodies to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and provides recommendations for the Conference of Parties through assessment and review of the effective implementation of the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

The delegate said that earlier the gender aspect was woven into the entire text but now a compromised language has been formulated and gender is only in the preamble. One country has bullied the rest of the world and it even got support from the European Union (EU), the delegate pointed out. Saudi Arabia was against any language on gender equality and incorporating gender in climate change policies.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/lima-climate-talks-saudi-arabia-opposes-gender-equality-in-climate-change-policy/article6669688.ece

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Rise of IS and fall in oil prices cast shadow over GCC summit

Dec 7, 2014

The Gulf Cooperation Council meets Tuesday for an annual summit freshly reconciled but facing a growing threat from Islamic extremism and falling prices of its main source of revenue — oil.

Gathering in Qatar, whose support for the Muslim Brotherhood caused months of acrimony with fellow members Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, leaders from the six-nation GCC will seek to boost their influence in the wake of the Arab Spring.

They are also expected to act to defend their share of the international oil market amid a shale oil boom.

Security issues and inter-Arab relations are likely to dominate the Doha summit, especially with Egypt where the short-lived year-long reign of the Brotherhood was the spark for the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the GCC since its inception in 1981.

Riyadh, Manama and Abu Dhabi have now returned their ambassadors to Doha after withdrawing them in March over perceived Qatari meddling in their internal affairs because of its backing for the Brotherhood.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117364/World/Region/Rise-of-IS-and-fall-in-oil-prices-cast-shadow-over.aspx

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Egypt court confirms death sentence for Sinai militant Habara, six others

Dec 7, 2014

Cairo Criminal Court confirmed Saturday death sentences against Sinai militant Adel Habara and six others for carrying out an execution-style killing of policemen in an ambush in August 2013.

Some 25 soldiers were killed in the attack.

The court had referred the seven defendants to the grand mufti last October to review their sentence, a routine procedure in capital punishment cases.

The grand mufti approved of the sentences and the court issued its final verdict in Saturday’s session.

The verdict can still be appealed.

Three other defendants in the case were sentenced to life in prison while 22 others were sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117293/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-court-confirms-death-sentence-for-Sinai-mili.aspx

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Europe

EU to seek more Turkish help in ISIS fight

7 December 2014

The European Union will press Turkey to cooperate more closely in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urge it not to undermine EU sanctions on Russia on a visit this week intended to give new impetus to often fraught EU-Turkish relations.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides will travel to Turkey on Monday and Tuesday in one of the highest-profile EU visits in years.

“The visit … is a strong indication of the strategic importance of the EU-Turkey relationship and our desire to step up engagement,” Mogherini said in a statement.

Turkey has been negotiating to join the EU since 2005, but political obstacles, notably over the divided island of Cyprus, and resistance to Turkish membership from some EU countries, have slowed progress and relations have often been difficult.

But now top EU officials hope a new president and prime minister in Turkey and a new European Commission in Brussels mark a fresh start that will pave the way for regular high-level talks to discuss common strategic interests.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/07/EU-to-seek-more-Turkish-help-in-ISIS-fight.html

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Putin Aide: Mossad Training ISIL Terrorists

Dec 7, 2014

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Alexander Prokhanov told press tv that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

“ISIL is a tool at the hands of the United States. They tell the Europeans that if we (the Americans) do not intervene, ISIL will cause you harm,” he said, adding that Iran and Russia are the prime targets of the ISIL.

“They launched their first terror attack against us just a few days back in Chechnya,” he said, stressing that the ISIL ideology has got nothing to do with the Islam practiced in Iran and some other Muslim countries in the Middle East region.

Prokhanov said the United States and Israel are one and the same when it comes to supporting a terror organization like the ISIL.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930916001019

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Pope to Iraqi Christians: Your resistance is martyrdom

Dec 7, 2014

As Iraqi Christians fight for survival in the face of the onslaught waged by Islamic State, Pope Francis lamented over the weekend the fact that “Christians are being driven from the Middle East in suffering,” and called for change.

According to the Vatican News Agency, Francis delivered the message via video on Saturday to the Christians of the city of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. The pontiff’s remarks were relayed as part of the visit to the area by French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.

“It would seem that there [Muslim extremists] do not want there to be any Christians, but you bear witness to Christ,” Francis said. “I think of the wounds, of the pain of women with their children, the elderly and the displaced, the wounds of those who are victims of every type of violence.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Pope-to-Iraqi-Christians-your-resistance-is-martyrdom-383871

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Chechen warlord Umarov’s brother in Turkey accused of being behind Grozny attack

Dec 7, 2014

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said that Akhmat Umarov, who is allegedly hiding in Turkey and is a brother of the late warlord Doku Umarov, was behind the fatal attack on a police checkpoint in Grozny on Dec. 4, ITAR-TASS News Agency has reported.

“There is evidence that Doku Umarov’s brother financed, organized and therefore bears responsibility for the attack,” Kadyrov told reporters on Dec 5. “Russia’s law enforcement agencies must demand his extradition from Turkey.”

Kadyrov said Umarov’s brother deceived eleven militants who had infiltrated Grozny. They were told their goal was to reach Grozny and to open fire, as another 400 gunmen who were allegedly staying in the city would join them. Kadyrov said that all eleven militants were killed in the operation and later identified.

Kadyrov’s relative killed Umar Kadyrov, a close relative of the Chechen head, was killed during the anti-terrorist operation in Grozny, Kadyrov wrote on one of his official social network pages on Dec. 5.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/chechen-warlord-umarovs-brother-in-turkey-accused-of-being-behind-grozny-attack.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75287&NewsCatID=359

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France vows ‘national’ fight against anti-Semitism after latest attack on Jews

Dec 7, 2014

France’s interior minister vowed Sunday to make the fight against anti-Semitism a “national cause” after the country was rocked by an attack on a couple apparently because the man was Jewish.

Speaking at a rally in the Paris suburb of Creteil, where the attack took place on Monday, Bernard Cazeneuve said: “We need to make the fight against racism and anti-Semitism a national cause by getting all bodies concerned involved.

“The Republic will defend you with all its force because, without you, it would no longer be the Republic,” he added.

French police arrested two men in the city of Creteil last week following the assault of a young couple in a suspected anti-Semitic incident, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.

The two suspects, both adults, are currently in police custody for questioning while a third suspect is still being sought.

Full report at:

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/53683-141207-france-vows-national-fight-against-anti-semitism-after-latest-attack-on-jews

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Signs That Attackers Came From Within Mitigate Alarm in Chechnya

Dec 7, 2014

GROZNY, Russia — In the midst of a terrorist assault on this city, one of the Islamic militants involved recorded a video explaining his motives that, strangely, left some here breathing a sigh of relief.

The brief clip shows a young man claiming that a local radical Islamic group, the Caucasus Emirate, was responsible for the attack and citing local grievances related to head scarves. That allayed concerns among analysts and residents of Chechnya alike that the Islamic State, the jihadist group that rampaged across Iraq from Syria this year, might have been involved.

Still, no one has ruled out an Islamic State role in Thursday’s assault, in which 11 militants armed with explosives and automatic weapons seized a school and an office complex for media companies and killed 14 policemen and at least one civilian.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/world/europe/signs-that-attackers-came-from-within-mitigate-alarm-in-chechnya.html?_r=0

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Wahhabi sentenced for deadly arson attack on Belgian Shiite mosque

Dec 7, 2014

Rachid El-Boukhari, 35, had denied intending to kill the preacher at the main Shiite mosque in the Belgian capital.

Boukhari, who describes himself as Sunni, had risked a life sentence for carrying out the attack on the Rida mosque just before evening prayers on March 12, 2012.

But earlier on Friday, he was cleared of a “terrorist offence” but found guilty of “arson causing death” under the “aggravating circumstances” that the attack was “based on religion.”

Prosecutors had asked the court for a 30-year sentence.

“Yes, I knew that there was at least one or two people in the mosque when I set it on fire,” the defendant had told the Brussels court during the trial.

“But I thought they would leave through the door. The problem is that one of these people shut the door and we all found ourselves shut inside the building,” he said.

“I didn’t think a man would die. I just wanted to wake up the Shiites,” he said, denying he intended to kill.

Full report at:

http://www.abna.ir/english/service/europe/archive/2014/12/06/656233/story.html

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Pakistan

Al-Qaeda suspect among four killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

Dec 7, 2014

A senior member of al Qaeda and three other suspected militants were killed in Pakistan on Sunday when a U.S. drone attacked a house they were in, Pakistani military officials said.

The attack came a day after Pakistani forces killed a major al Qaeda leader, Adnan el-Shukrijumah. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered $5 million for his capture in connection with a plot to bomb the New York subway system.

Four Pakistani military officials said a senior member of al Qaeda was among the dead in the strike by a missile-firing drone on Sunday. They identified him as Omar Farooq and said he operated in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

One official said Farooq, also called Ustad Farooq, was in his early thirties and was head of al Qaeda’s regional media department.

“He is the first Pakistani to be appointed to a senior-level position in al Qaeda,” a military official told Reuters.

“He has been key in pushing al Qaeda to focus on South Asia and helped evolve al Qaeda’s South Asia policy and specifically its anti-India activities. It was on his advice that al Qaeda officially declared the Pakistan army an apostate army.”

The drone strike took place in Khar Tangi village in Datta Khel, North Waziristan, a mountainous region bordering Afghanistan. Khar Tangi is about 45 km (28 miles) west of Miranshah, North Waziristan’s main town.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/neighbours/al-qaeda-suspect-among-four-killed-in-us-drone-strike-in-pakistan/#sthash.6TBMEF4z.dpuf

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Afghan Army Handed Over Key Taliban Commander, Three Others to Pakistan

Dec 7, 2014

PESHAWAR: Latif Mehsud, a close aide of former Pakistani Taliban chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, has been handed over to Pakistani authorities along with his two guards and a broker, sources said on Saturday night.

High placed official sources told Dawn.com that Latif Mehsud, the then number-two of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, was arrested along with his guards and a tribesman, Shah Jehan on Pak-Afghan border by the Afghan National Army.

Latif was crossing the border allegedly to buy weapons at the time of the arrest. The militants were then snatched by the NATO troops from the Afghan National Army.

The former TTP commander was under the Afghan and NATO troops custody for some time and reportedly was handed over to Pakistani authorities after the recent visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Pakistan.

Pakistani authorities had been demanding the return of the arrested TTP commanders. The other two militants handed over to Pakistan have been identified as Jafar and Aziz.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149254/key-taliban-commander-three-others-handed-over-to-pakistan-sources

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With new JF-17, Pakistan aims for boost to defence exports

Dec 7, 2014

KARACHI: A revamped version of Pakistan’s JF-17 jet fighter took centre stage at a defence exhibition in Karachi this week as the state looked to boost its role as a military exporter on the world stage.

Pakistan’s military has long been a major importer of defence equipment, particularly from key ally China.

But it is hoping the updated JF-17, conceived and initially developed with the help of China, along with Pakistani-made tanks and surveillance drones, will help grow military exports and bring in much-needed foreign exchange revenue.

Pakistan’s forex reserves are slowly recovering after falling to just $3 billion in November 2013, from nearly $15 billion in 2011.

But the economy is still shackled by a long-running energy crisis and growth remains sluggish, predicted at 4.3 percent this financial year.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1149351/with-new-jf-17-pakistan-aims-for-boost-to-defence-exports

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Bajaur-Kunar jirga decides to take joint steps for peace

Dec 7, 2014

KHAR: A jirga of Mamond tribe of Bajaur Agency and Kunar province of Afghanistan has decided to take joint steps to curb free movement of militants across the border. The jirga, which was held in Tarkhu area of Bajaur Agency, also decided to work jointly for establishing peace in each other’s areas. The purpose of organising the tribal meeting was to promote brotherly relations among the people living on both sides of the Pak-Afghan border. Local elders say such meetings used to be held in the past but the process was suspended 14 years ago owing to the law and order situation. However, after improvement in the security situation, the elders from both sides have now decided to continue this process. The local population has expressed pleasure over resumption of the jirga and hoped that this would further promote brotherly relations among the people from both the neighbourly countries. They also hoped that the jirga would prove to be helpful in improving the overall security situation in the region. The next jirga of the tribal elders from Bajaur and Kunar has been scheduled for next week in Afghanistan.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/07-Dec-2014/bajaur-kunar-jirga-decides-to-take-joint-steps-for-peace

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PPP can’t afford to weaken political system in place in country: Zardari

Dec 7, 2014

LAHORE: The PPP cannot afford to weaken the political system in place in Pakistan because its vulnerability will be analogous to the weakness of the party and indeed of the people of the country, said former president Asif Ali Zardari while addressing current and former lawmakers, ticket holders, district presidents and office-bearers hailing from south Punjab at Bilawal House.

He said that he had been striving hard for the evolution of the political system because a developed system could ensure desirable political stability, economic prosperity and integrity of the federation where people would enjoy equal rights. He maintained that this was not the time for staging big rallies, and added that “Imran Niazi” had been using unreasonable language against other leaders while sitting in a container. “He should desist from this petty politics; otherwise they (political leaders) would be constrained to pay him the compliments in the same coin.” The PPP co-chairman said that electoral setbacks were normal in a democratic dispensation. He said that history never forgave the usurpers and manipulators, and the Supreme Court’s judgement in Asghar Khan’s case proved the assertion of Benazir Bhutto that “our mandate has been stolen”.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/07-Dec-2014/ppp-can-t-afford-to-weaken-political-system-in-place-in-country-zardari

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Zahid Hamid challenges special court verdict

Dec 7, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Former federal minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Zahid Hamid has challenged the verdict of the special court hearing Musharraf treason case over inclusion of his name in the list of co-accused. The special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court (SHC), in its verdict on November 21 directed the federal government to include former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former law minister Zahid Hamid and former chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-accused in the list of abettors.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/07-Dec-2014/zahid-hamid-challenges-special-court-verdict

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South Asia

US drone strike kills 9 Taliban fighters: Afghan official

Dec 07 2014

An Afghan official says a suspected US drone strike has killed nine alleged Pakistani Taliban fighters in a rural village near the border.

Provincial police chief Gen Abdul Habib Sayedkhili said on Sunday that the strike happened on Saturday in Kunar province’s Shigal District.

He says the strike on the village of Shiltan killed a senior Pakistani Taliban commander and wounded one.

The Taliban had no immediate comment about the strike. Taliban fighters from Pakistan and Afghanistan frequently cross the mountainous borders of the two countries to launch attacks on local troops and NATO forces.

In Laghman province, two suspected US drone strikes recently killed four Taliban fighters as well. NATO forces plan to wind down their combat mission in the country at the end of this month.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/us-drone-kills-9-taliban-fighters-afghan-official/#sthash.4806PJ9j.dpuf

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5 police martyred in Taliban attack in Hilmand

Dec 07 2014

Meher Dil, district police chief for Marja says 5 police were martyred and an insurgent was killed after unknown number of rebels attacked a police checkpoint in Trikh Nawar area of the district last night (06 DEC 2014).

Several insurgents were also wounded in the exchange of fire with police following the attack, Meher Dil added

Taliban yet to comment on the report.

http://www.khaama.com/5-police-martyred-in-taliban-attack-in-hilmand

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4 civilians killed, 20 injured in hand grenade attack in northern Afghanistan

Dec 07 2014

Col. Abdul Razaq Qaderi, police chief for northern Balkh province confirmed the incident in Chamtal district and said that an investigation was initiated to arrest the culprits.

According to the eyewitnesses people were gathered to watch the musical program at a wedding party when unidentified gunmen hurled a hand grenade into the crowd last night (06 DEC 2014). Most of the victims are teenagers, witnesses added.

No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants are against the music.

http://www.khaama.com/4-civilians-killed-20-injured-in-a-hand-grenade-attack-in-northern-afghanistan

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Anti-liberation forces active to spoil Indo-Bangla relation

Dec 7, 2014

Speakers at a discussion meeting yesterday said some active fundamentalist and communal forces in the country often try to destroy the relationship between India and Bangladesh.

The forces were defeated during the country’s liberation war in 1971. Their such attempts will also not be successful today, they said.

The speakers were addressing a programme titled ‘Bangladesh-India Friendship and Regional Security’ at the auditorium of Women’s Voluntary Association in the capital.

Anti-war crimes platforms Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee [Committee for Eradicating the Killers and Collaborators of ‘71] and Forum for Secular Bangladesh and Trial of War Criminals of 1971 jointly organised the programme to mark the historic December 6.

The speakers also said the December 6 is a memorable day for the country as India and Bhutan gave diplomatic acknowledgment to the independent Bangladesh on the day.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Muntasir Mamun said some 30 lakh people were killed regardless of nationality, religion, language, sex and wealth during the country’s liberation war in 1971.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/dec/07/anti-liberation-forces-active-spoil-indo-bangla-relation#sthash.v0UkDW6P.dpuf

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North America

 

Biden: ‘We will not let Iran acquire a nuclear weapon’

7 December 2014

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought to nullify all doubts on the United States’ commitment to Israeli security dismissing what he called the “malarkey” circulating about the nuclear deal with Iran.

“There’s absolutely no daylight, none, between us and the Israelis on the question of Israel’s security,” Biden said while speaking at the pro-Israel Saban Forum in Washington, Agence France-Presse reported.

“There’s been a lot of malarkey about our position on Iran. So let me state it absolutely clearly,” he said.

“We will not let Iran acquire a nuclear weapon, period, period. End of discussion. It will not happen on our watch.”

The global powers known as the P5+1 who are leading the efforts to stop Iran developing a nuclear weapon have extended their talks until June 30, after they failed to meet a November deadline for a deal.

“A diplomatic solution that puts significant and verifiable constraints on Iran’s nuclear program represents the best and most sustainable chance to ensure that America, Israel, the entire Middle East will never be menaced by a nuclear-armed Iran,” Biden insisted.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/07/Biden-dismisses-malarkey-over-Iran-nuclear-talks.html

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US cautions against assumptions linking Pak to Kashmir violence

Dec 7, 2014

WASHINGTON: The United States has cautioned against making any assumptions linking Pakistan to the latest violence in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), while also brushing aside the notion that last week’s meeting between Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and Secretary of State John Kerry was somehow connected to the flare-up in Uri area.

A State Department spokesperson, while expressing concern over violence in the disputed Himalayan region divided between the two countries, also urged India and Pakistan to hold dialogue on Kashmir issue. “I think that you are conflating a couple of things. Obviously, we know the secretary and the army chief of staff had a very productive discussion on last Sunday on a range of security-related issues, and again, we are concerned about any violence in Kashmir, and I would not jump to conclusions here,” Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told an Indian journalist in response to his questions at the daily briefing.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/07-Dec-2014/us-cautions-against-assumptions-linking-pak-to-kashmir-violence

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Additional 1,000 American troops to stay in Afghanistan

Dec 7, 2014

KABUL: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the United States will keep as many as 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned for the first part of 2015.

At a joint news conference at the presidential palace with President Ashraf Ghani, Hagel said the original plan to cut US troop levels to 9,800 by the end of this year had been abandoned, but not because of a recent surge in Taleban attacks.

Hagel said the US will keep up to 10,800 troops for the first few months of next year and then restart the drawdown, which is scheduled to reach 5,500 troops by the end of 2015.

The US decided to keep additional forces in the country temporarily because planned troop commitments by US allies for a NATO train-and-assist mission starting in January have been slow to materialize.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/world/news/670886

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Washington Post reporter in Tehran charged after day in court

7 December 2014

A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran for more than four months was formally charged Saturday after a day-long proceeding in a Tehran courtroom, the newspaper reported.

Jason Rezaian, the newspaper’s bureau chief in Tehran since 2012, appeared in court almost five months after he was arrested July 22. The charges were the first against him since the arrest, the Post said. He is an Iranian-American who holds dual citizenship.

The newspaper, quoting a source familiar with the case, said the nature of the charges against him were not immediately clear to those not present in the courtroom.

The State Department has repeatedly raised the subject of Rezaian and other Americans jailed in Iran during talks with the government about a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear capacity and ease international sanctions.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/media/print/2014/12/07/Washington-Post-reporter-in-Tehran-charged-after-day-in-court.html

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Venezuelan leader says racism in U.S. worse under Obama

Dec 7, 2014

CARACAS – Racism in the United States appears to have worsened during the administration of its first black leader, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.

Maduro, who has come under fire from President Barack Obama’s government in recent weeks for his treatment of domestic political foes, said he was appalled by recent cases of police killings of blacks in the United States.

“It’s really dramatic,” he told TV network Telesur, highlighting the death of Eric Garner, who was caught on video gasping for breath in a policeman’s stranglehold, as particularly “brutal.” “It’s as if racism has been exacerbated in the United States with the arrival of Obama himself,” said Maduro, the socialist leader who succeeded Hugo Chavez last year.

http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Venezuelan-leader-says-racism-in-US-worse-under-Obama-383853

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Mideast

Mashaal: Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Could Lead To ‘Open Conflict’

Dec 7, 2014

Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Friday blamed the recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and warned that it could lead to “an open conflict – a bloodbath.”

Speaking to Sky News from his base in Qatar, Mashaal said Netanyahu was “playing with fire” by granting right-wing activists entrance to the disputed Temple Mount compound.

Access to the contested holy site in Jerusalem has stood as a centrepiece in the rise of tensions following the summer’s seven-week war between Israel and Hamas.

The Hamas leader attempted to validate the increase of violent attacks as the result of the loss of hope on the Palestinian side for a “just solution” to the decades-long Middle East conflict.

“The Israeli stubbornness, combined with the international impotence in solving the Palestinian issue with a just solution, which gives the Palestinian people their self-determination, and gets rid of occupation [Israel] … will lead to chaos in the region, not just in the Palestinian arena, but to an open conflict – a bloodbath,” he told Sky News.

He added that Hamas would maintain its policy of “armed resistance” so long as an independent Palestinian state is established along the pre-1967 lines, which includes a capital in east Jerusalem.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamas-leader-Mashaal-Current-Israeli-Palestinian-tensions-could-lead-to-open-conflict-383768

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One killed in southeastern Turkey clashes

Dec 7, 2014

One person was shot dead Dec. 6 in clashes between protesters and the police in the southeastern province of Hakkari during demonstrations to commemorate two people killed last year.

Roşhat Özdel succumbed to his wounds at a hospital in the Yüksekova district.

Another civilian, İlker Arslan, was hospitalized after being hit by a tear gas canister.

The street unrest escalated in the afternoon as a crowd, some masked, gathered on the anniversary of the deaths of Veysel İşbilir, his nephew Mehmet Reşit İşbilir, and Bermal Tokçu. They were killed in clashes Dec. 6, 2013 during street violence that erupted after a local NGO said graves belonging to members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) had been vandalized.

The unrest came at a time when the government is attempting to give a boost to ongoing talks to solve the Kurdish issue.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/one-killed-in-southeastern-turkey-clashes.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75285&NewsCatID=509

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Israel launches eight new probes into Gaza war

Dec 7, 2014

Following claims made by Israeli and Palestinian rights groups, the Israeli army announced it will be pursuing eight new investigations into incidents that occurred during the Gaza war, a spokesperson tweeted.

In a statement posted on its blog, the military said the Military Advocate General’s (MAG) decision adds to five separate criminal investigations that commenced earlier in September.

While more than 100 “exceptional incidents” have been reported, almost 85 are going through “various stages of review.”

In a 19-page statement, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported, Israeli forces provided details on the incidents where there is suspicion of violation of international law.

An airstrike allegedly targeting a Hamas official that killed 27 Palestinians, including two pregnant women, 19 minors and a four-months-old infant, is one of the incidents being investigated.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/07/Israeli-launches-8-new-probes-into-Gaza-violations.html

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Southeast Asia

Stop meddling in non-Muslim affairs, interfaith group tells Islamic authorities

Dec 7, 2014

State Islamic authorities should stop regulating other faiths, including banning non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”, as it goes against religious freedom, Malaysia’s largest interfaith group said.

President of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) Jagir Singh said the Arabic word could be used by non-Muslims in their own religious teachings and practices.

“Our stand has always been that non-Muslims can use the word Allah as long it is not used to proselytise those professing Islam,” he told The Malaysian Insider today.

He made the comment in reference to a plea by the Sarawak-based Borneo Evangelical Mission or the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) to the prime minister for the right to use the word “Allah” in worship throughout Malaysia

Jagir said it was common knowledge that the Arabic word predated Islam and Muslims all over the world acknowledged that it was not the monopoly of that religion.

SIB president Reverend Dr Justin Wan said the state Islamic prohibitions had taken away “the most important thing in our lives”.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/stop-meddling-in-non-muslim-affairs-interfaith-group-tells-islamic-authorit#sthash.uxk7uxHX.dpuf

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Police Pledge Hard Line Against Religious Intolerance

Dec 7, 2014

Jakarta. Indonesia’s National Police have pledged to crack down on violence against religious minorities.

Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Ronny. F. Sompie told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday that police would take a harder line against religious intolerance, an issue human rights groups say was neglected by the administration of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Ronny said National Police chief Gen. Sutarman spoke at the police academy in Semarang, Central Java, where he told officers on Friday that: “There can be no more evictions, violence and coercion towards any religious beliefs as stipulated in the 1945 constitution.”

Police would not tolerate any groups who used religion as an excuse to act as vigilantes or attack houses of worship, Ronny said.

“The protection for minority groups, be it religious groups, tribes or races must be conducted optimally,” he said.

Full report at:

http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/police-pledge-hard-line-religious-intolerance/

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Christians cry foul after seized Bibles stamped with warning

Dec 7, 2014

Christian leaders are furious that Bibles seized from The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) bookshop in Petaling Jaya earlier this year have been desecrated with a warning that they were not to be published or used anywhere in Selangor, before they were released to Sarawak Christians last month.

The stamping of the Bahasa Malaysia and Iban Bibles was only discovered after the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) handed over the holy books to the Association of Churches of Sarawak (ACS) in a ceremony witnessed by the Sultan of Selangor on November 14.

Sources who knew of the matter confirmed to The Malaysian Insider that BSM would be issuing a statement to protest against the stamping of the Bibles, and that it was highly upset over what it considered a repeat incident.

In March 2011, 5,000 copies of the Alkitab were stamped and serialised by the Home Ministry, which held the consignment worth RM70,000 for two years after seizing them at the Kuching Port on March 20, 2009.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/christians-cry-foul-after-seized-bibles-stamped-with-warning#sthash.tIcNsDGZ.dpuf

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Apologise for defiling holy books, Bible Society tells Selangor religious authorities

Dec 7, 2014

The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) is demanding an apology from the Selangor religious authorities over the “desecration” of Bibles which were stamped following their seizure earlier this year.

The move comes as The Malaysian Insider reported this morning that Christian leaders were furious that the Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles were stamped with a warning (pic below)  that they were not to be published or used anywhere in Selangor, prior to the release of the books to Sarawak Christians last month.

BSM president Bishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing said the stamping of the Bibles was contrary to Putrajaya’s assurance that such an incident would not recur, following a similar incident in 2011 in Sarawak.

“The incident has now recurred, this time perpetuated by the Selangor state religious officials. On both occasions, the Christian community has suffered the indignity of having its religious texts sullied and defiled,” Ng said in a statement.

“It does not matter to us which level of government is responsible for this heinous and despicable action.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/apologise-for-defiling-holy-books-bible-society-tells-selangor-religious-au#sthash.2jWBbIjE.dpuf

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Al-Azhar Sponsors Conference to Educate ‘Brainwashed’ Arab Militants

Kazakh nationals fighting in Syria as seen in an undated YouTube video

Arab World

Al-Azhar Sponsors Conference to Educate ‘Brainwashed’ Arab Militants

Sheikhs of Al-Jubour Clan Killed For Inspiring Anti-ISIS Ethos in Mosul

Four bombs kill 20 people in Baghdad

Iraqi Forces Kill, Injure 13 ISIL Terrorists in Salahuddin

Car bomb in Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills 15: health official

IS launches attack on Syrian air base, At least 19 Syrian soldiers and militiamen killed

Be wary of ‘misguiding channels’: Saudi Grand Mufti

Al-Azhar urges Christians not to flee Mideast radicals

New group of Iraqi Peshmergas enters Syrian Kurdish town

IS closes in on east Syria air base: monitor

Anti-Mubarak groups vow Friday protest in Cairo

India

Most Madrasas Don’t Teach Science, Maths, Social Studies: SIO of India

11 Security Men, 6 Militants Killed In Attack on Uri Army Camp

Top LeT commander killed in encounter with security forces

Ayodhya, Dec 6: BJP Plans ‘Saffron Day’

India: Pakistan govt. giving Saeed ‘legitimacy’ by helping rally

Europe

Kazakhstan Muftiate: ‘Kazakh Jihadis’ With IS In Syria ‘Acting against Islam’

Leading UK Muslim Group Assured Brotherhood Won’t Be Banned

France: ‘Major’ anti-ISIS raid taking place in Iraq

Why Birmingham MP Is Speaking Out Over Radicalisation

German man sentenced to 3 years, 9 months for joining ISIS

Rich nations’ failure to take Syria refugees ‘shocking’: Amnesty

‘I am fed up with the Bulgarians,’ Putin tells Erdoğan

Clashes erupt as Islamist militants attack Grozny, 20 dead

North America

Despite Beheadings, Americans against Paying Ransoms To Terrorists

US extends Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan with new restrictions

Pentagon confirms failed effort to rescue U.S. hostage in Yemen

Pakistan

Enemy ‘Lives within Us and Looks Like Us’, Says Army Chief

Blasts kill five in Bajaur, Khyber agencies

Recognising Afghan Taliban regime was Pak’s blunder: Parvez Musharraf

Lawyer defending 2 blasphemy accused receives threatening letter from Daish

One soldier killed, six injured during rocket attack in Orakzai

Islamabad, Kabul at one on fighting terror without discrimination: Nawaz

Pakistan’s ISI guns down US-educated Baloch school principal in Gwadar

Several IS militants arrested, Rehman Malik claims

Mideast

No Islamic State in Gaza, Says Hamas Despite Menacing Fliers

Hamas: Netanyahu Is Playing With Fire by Allowing Jews on Temple Mount

Religion courses for primary schools on agenda of Turkish education council

‘Post’ poll: 60% of Israelis don’t want Netanyahu anymore

Report: 75 Students Become Disabled Due to Israeli Aggression

Southeast Asia

Selangor Sultan Warns Muslims against Deviant Teachings

Ex-top cop warns of jihad against liberalism and Christian evangelism

Human rights body still wants Putrajaya to replace Sedition Act

Australia

Muslims Facing Discrimination in New Zealand

Islamic State’s terrorist capital is first area off limits for Australians

Africa

Kenya: Suspect Denies Recruiting Youth into Al-Shabaab

Kenyan military plane crashes in Somalia, rebels say shot down

Kenya arrests 77 Chinese in Internet hacking case

Sukuk for vaccine fund ushers Islamic finance into ethical sphere

UN condemns “in strongest terms” air strikes and military escalation

South Asia

Pakistan will never cooperate with the Afghan peace process: Afghan Minister

US, Britain pledge to support Afghanistan as combat troops withdraw

‘Malaysia to recruit 12,000 Bangladeshi workers’: Pm Sheikh Hasina

Jamaat’s Subhan awaits verdict in war crimes case

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/al-azhar-sponsors-conference-to-educate–brainwashed–arab-militants/d/100344

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Arab World

Al-Azhar Sponsors Conference to Educate ‘Brainwashed’ Arab Militants

Dec 5, 2014

Egypt’s most prestigious Sunni Islamic Institute, Al-Azhar called on clerics and religious men from 120 countries attending a terrorism-fighting conference Wednesday to educate the “brainwashed” Arab youth who join the extremist militant groups.

The two-day conference, sponsored by Al-Azhar and attended by 600 Muslim clerics and heads of Christian churches, comes as part of Egypt’s ongoing attempts to respond to the radical image of Islam exported through the rising militancy in the region.

Egypt is part of the international coalition to fight terrorism, with high expectations from the international community about the significance of its role in fighting radical religious thought and spreading moderate Islamic teachings through its Al-Azhar organisation.

Since the ouster of former islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, the country’s authorities have branded Al-Azhar as the advocate for moderate Islam, saving the country from the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has, on several occasions, blamed religious discourse for the extremism that Egypt and other countries in the region are suffering from.

In the second and final day of Al-Azhar’s conference, the renowned institution condemned militant groups as “sinful” and having nothing to do with Islam.

“Terrorising the peaceful, killing the innocent, assaulting property and sanctities are crimes against humanity that Islam totally condemns,” the final statement said.

It has called on the moderate clerics and institutions to hold training programs and learning sessions for the young Arab men who have been fed faulty interpretations of the Holy Quran and Islamic law, which led to terrorism.

A militant group calling itself the Islamic State, which has claimed control over large parts of Syria and Iraq, poses a real threat to the Arab countries and has been attracting thousands of fighters worldwide.

The group, establishing a self-proclaimed caliphate, drew support and allegiance from several militant groups including Egypt’s Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

Al-Azhar said meanings of caliphate and Jihad should be set straight for the youths.

“All the recommendations (of the conference)…will be a clear agenda for fieldwork in the coming period in mosques, conferences with youth and training of Imams,” Ahmed El-Torki, head of religious preaching and research department said.

“When Al-azhar talks, everyone else stays silent,” El-Torki said. “It is the only institution qualified for taking that leading role in spreading moderate teachings of Islam.”

Al-Azhar stressed that Muslims and Christians have lived in harmony in the Middle East for many centuries and will continue doing so, criminalising any action of forced eviction to Christian residents in areas controlled by militant groups.

“Assaulting Christians and believers of other religions through false piety is a disobeyance of the correct teachings of Islam,” the statement said.

It has also called on “impartial thinkers and officials of the West” to correct Islam’s image and to rethink the negative stances.

Head of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayyeb had blamed on Wednesday Western plots for “playing on the sectarian and racial tension.”

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117193/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-AlAzhar-sponsors-conference-to-educate-brai.aspx

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Sheikhs of Al-Jubour Clan Killed For Inspiring Anti-ISIS Ethos in Mosul

5 December 2014

Three tribal heads, or sheikhs, from one of Iraq’s biggest clans – Al-Jubour – were killed by ISIS militants in front of a government building in the northern city of Mosul for trying to stir anti-ISIS sentiment, the country’s human rights ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The ministry said the sheikhs were killed in front of a government building in the city, which was captured by ISIS militants in June.

The statement also said that ISIS burned books of Islamic religious studies for high school students over the alleged blasphemous content.

ISIS, which is now in control of one third of the country, has established its own education committee, sidelining the Iraqi ministry of education and its curriculum is militant-held territory.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/12/05/French-lawmaker-rapid-ISIS-recruitment-done-online.html

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Four bombs kill 20 people in Baghdad

Dec 5, 2014

Four bombs struck across Baghdad on Thursday, mainly in Shi’ite Muslim districts of the Iraqi capital, killing 20 people, medical and police sources said.

Sunni militants from Islamic State, who control much of northern and western Iraq as well as a belt of territory around Baghdad, regularly target Shi’ite neighbourhoods of the city.

The deadliest explosions were two car bombs in the densely populated Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, which killed 15 people and wounded 51 others, the police and medics said.

A roadside bomb near a small restaurant in the northern Shi’ite neighbourhood of Shaab killed three people and wounded nine, police said.

Earlier a bomb killed two people near the Green Zone district which houses most government buildings, security and medical sources said.

The bomb struck 200 metres from the edge of the zone, they said. In response, security forces closed two nearby bridges that span the Tigris River, linking eastern and western Baghdad.

Bombings are frequent in the Iraqi capital but mostly strike neighbourhoods some distance from the central district, which houses the Iraqi parliament and the U.S. Embassy and is a base for many Iraqi politicians.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117198/World/Region/UPDATE-Four-bombs-kill–people-in-Baghdad.aspx

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Iraqi Forces Kill, Injure 13 ISIL Terrorists in Salahuddin

Dec 5, 2014

Iraqi security forces on Thursday killed five terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group and injured eight others in Aziz Balad area, South of Tikrit, Salahuddin province.

“Armed clashes broke out between the security forces, backed by the volunteers, and the ISIL terrorists in Aziz Balad area,” a security source said, adding that five terrorists were killed and eight others were injured during the clashes.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930913000853

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Car bomb in Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills 15: health official

Dec 5, 2014

A car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed 15 on Thursday, a health official was quoted by AFP as saying.

The car bomb ripped through a crowded street in a mainly Kurdish neighborhood of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

“It’s a busy street with restaurants and shops, there is great destruction,” a police colonel said. The explosion rocked the predominantly Kurdish northern neighborhood of Shorjah.

Both he and the head of the health directorate for Kirkuk province, Sabah Mohammed Amin, said the blast killed at least 15 people and wounded 20.

Earlier today, two car bombs in Baghdad’s densely populated eastern district of Sadr city also killed 15 people and wounded 47 people, AFP reported police and medical sources saying, hours after a bombing on the edge of the capital’s central Green Zone killed two others.

The car bombs went off within 20 minutes of each other on Thursday evening, the sources said. A total of 51 people were also wounded.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/04/Car-bombs-in-east-Baghdad-kill-15-after-Green-Zone-blast.html

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IS launches attack on Syrian air base, At least 19 Syrian soldiers and militiamen killed

Dec 5, 2014

At least 19 Syrian soldiers and militiamen were killed when Islamic State attacked one of the government’s last remaining strongholds in the country’s east, a monitoring group and a media activist said on Thursday.

The Islamic State has been gradually consolidating control of Syria’s oil-producing Deir al-Zour Province this year, but President Bashar Assad’s forces have held on to several areas including the local military air base.

Islamic State launched its attack on the base on Wednesday night after detonating a suicide car bomb at a nearby building where government fighters congregated, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Islamic State fighters shelled the air base and other areas under government control.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/islamic-state-launches-attack-on-syrian-air-base/article6662139.ece

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Be wary of ‘misguiding channels’: Saudi Grand Mufti

Dec 5, 2014

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has urged people to be wary of misleading ideas and information broadcast by top satellite channels in the name of Islam that are aimed at fostering terrorism and extremist agendas.

He slammed extremist groups operating around the world for falsely claiming that they are abiding by Islamic law.

In his speech, Al-Asheikh said their actions show that they are continuing to defy religious precepts.

He was addressing students and staff members at Madinah Islamic University. He urged the students to arm themselves with the correct knowledge of Islam.

“The Islamic university was founded on the principles of moderation with regard to science and knowledge, and to seek a united Muslim world,” he said.

http://www.arabnews.com/featured/news/670041

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Al-Azhar Urges Christians Not To Flee Mideast Radicals

Dec 5, 2014

CAIRO: Al-Azhar, Islam’s most prestigious centre of learning, urged Christians in the Arab world to stand firm in the face of jihadi violence and not flee into exile.

The call, made at a Cairo conference organized by Al-Azhar, came just days after Pope Francis pressed the world’s Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam by groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

“We condemn the forced exile of Christians and other religious or ethnic groups,” the conference said in a final statement. “We urge Christians to stay rooted in their homelands and to weather this wave of terrorism we all are suffering.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/middle-east/news/669836

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New group of Iraqi Peshmergas enters Syrian Kurdish town

5 December 2014

A second group of 150 Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces has entered the Syrian border town of Kobane from Turkey to replace a first group helping Kurdish forces fight off a siege by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, Peshmerga sources said on Thursday.

Despite having limited strategic significance, Kobane has become a powerful international symbol in the battle against hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic ‘caliphate’. The majority of its inhabitants are Kurds.

“The first group has left Kobane and is en route to the airport right now,” one Peshmerga source told Reuters, referring to the 150 Iraqi Kurdish forces who arrived in the besieged town in early November.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/05/New-group-of-Iraqi-Peshmergas-enters-Syrian-Kurdish-town.html

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IS closes in on east Syria air base: monitor

Dec 5, 2014

Islamic State group jihadists are closing in on the government-held Deir Ezzor air base in eastern Syria, nearly surrounding its beleaguered garrison, a monitoring group said on Friday.

IS fighters seized the village of Al-Jaffrah, adjacent to the base, leaving it surrounded except for a narrow corridor to the west, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

IS forces control most of Deir Ezzor province, but half of its capital remains in government hands, along with the military airport.

The oil-rich province lies between IS-controlled Raqa province and the Iraqi border, and is a key prize for the jihadist group, which declared an Islamic “caliphate” straddling the two countries in June.

IS launched a renewed assault on the military airport earlier this week.

The fighting has killed at least 30 government troops and militia, as well as 27 IS fighters, over the past 48 hours, the Observatory said.

Two of those killed on the government side were captured and beheaded, the Britain-based group said.

Further east, at least 15 jihadists were killed in a US-led coalition air strike on an IS convoy near the Albu Kamal crossing on the border with Iraq, it added.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117223/World/Region/IS-closes-in-on-east-Syria-air-base-monitor.aspx

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Anti-Mubarak groups vow Friday protest in Cairo

5 December 2014

Groups dubbed “revolutionary” are vowing a protest on Friday after an Egypt court cleared charges against toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak, a local newspaper reported.

The groups include the April 6 Youth Movement, Revolutionary Socialists, Youth for Justice and Freedom, Constitution Party and Strong Egypt Party, Ahram Online reported Thursday.

“The corrupt and tyrannical regime that Egyptians revolted against is back, but the martyrs are not,” they said on a Facebook event launched to call for the demonstration.

While they called their planned demonstration: “The Martyr’s Right… A popular trial for the ousted president and his regime,” the venue for the protest is said to take place at the Cairo Opera, west of Tahrir Square.

The April 6 Youth Movement, which was one of the main forces behind toppling Mubarak in the 2011 uprising, urged other political factions to stay united.

In late November, clashes between police and angry protesters at the court’s verdict left one person killed and three others injured in Cairo.

The protest appears to have started with secular leaning activists but was joined by supporters of the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood movement.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/05/Anti-Mubarak-groups-vow-Friday-protest-in-Cairo-.html

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India

Most Madrasas Don’t Teach Science, Maths, Social Studies: SIO of India

TANU KULKARNI

Dec 5, 2014

The survey was conducted by Students’ Islamic Organisation of India

Playgrounds, computer labs, and quality education in science and mathematics — these are some of the features that make “model madrasas”. However, many madrasas in the State do not come close to this, according to a study by the Students’ Islamic Organisation of India, Karnataka chapter.

The study covered 55 madrasas across the State and found that 80 per cent of the students did not have access to science, mathematics and social science subjects, while over half of them did not have access to English.

Thouseef Ahmed M.Y., SIO State president, said there was a need to make mathematics, social studies and science subjects compulsory in madrasas.

“Those studying in madrasas are well-versed in Urdu, Arabic and Islamic texts, but this alone is not sufficient as we live in a pluralistic society. These institutions need to upgrade themselves and teach other subjects so that students are not isolated,” he said.

‘Students have low self-esteem’

The study also states that many students pursuing studies in madrasas had low self-esteem as they were not equipped with basic knowledge of other subjects. Some of the other recommendations of the study include setting up a committee to study the infrastructure requirements in madrasas, appointing physical education teachers and providing sports equipment, and setting up a non-governmental body to regulate madrasas.

The study assigned scores to the madrasas based on factors such as infrastructure, community participation, teaching environment, innovative activities, faculty, and integration of secular and religious education.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/most-madrasas-dont-teach-science-maths-social-studies-study/article6662441.ece

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11 security men, 6 militants killed in attack on Uri Army camp

Dec 5, 2014

In multiple attacks two days ahead of the Prime Minister’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, militants stormed an Army camp in Uri in Baramulla district, killing 11 security personnel, including a Lt. Col., and targeted a police party in Shopian while a top LeT commander was killed in an encounter.

In a daring pre-dawn attack ahead of third phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir on December 9, 2014, heavily armed militants killed 8 Army men and three policemen around 3 a.m. at the camp in Mohra in Uri tahsil of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Six militants were also killed in the attack at the Army camp which is 20 km from the Line of Control (LoC), official sources said.

A Lt. Colonel. and seven Army personnel were among the dead. While bodies of four Army personnel were charred, one had burn injuries and the other three had bullet injuries, the sources said.

Uri is about 100 km northwest of Srinagar, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to campaign on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/militants-attack-army-camp-at-mohra-near-uri-border-town-in-kashmir/article6664357.ece

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Top LeT commander killed in encounter with security forces

M Saleem Pandit,TNN | Dec 5, 2014

SRINAGAR: Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander was killed in the outskirts of the city by security personnel when he was making attempts to enter into the city.

Giving details of the incident, police said at least two militants travelling in a car tried to run away from a check point at Ahmadnagar in Soura area this afternoon.

The policemen chased the car and in the ensuing gun battle, one militant identified as Qari Israr was gunned down. One AK-47 rifle was recovered from him.

The area has been cordoned off as another militant had taken refuge in a house in the same locality.

Director General of J&K police K Rajendra said that it was a “brilliant operation” by his men as the deceased militant was wanted in many cases. Israr is a Pakistani national and had been active in this area.

Police had intensified random search of vehicles following intelligence inputs that militants might carry out a suicide attack in the city ahead of the elections and the scheduled rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

In another incident in Shopian, militants hurled a grenade at a police ambush party.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Top-LeT-commander-killed-in-encounter-with-security-forces/articleshow/45384440.cms

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Ayodhya, Dec 6: BJP plans ‘Saffron Day’

Dec 5, 2014

Using WhatsApp messages and pamphlets, BJP workers in Ayodhya and Faizabad are urging people to plant saffron flags atop temples and houses to mark Bhagwa Divas (saffron day) on December 6, the day the Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992.

BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh are distancing themselves from the campaign, saying it’s not a party exercise but they “can’t stop local residents from celebrating” since “it comes naturally”.

While state unit Chief Laxmikant Bajpai has threatened action against BJP workers if they go ahead with the plan, Faizabad MP Lallu Singh maintains “Lord Ram is not interested in getting his own Makan (house) first. He would want homes for his devotees first.”

Yet Singh, a staunch RSS worker, admits that the “celebrations” this December 6 will be greater because “this is the first anniversary after the BJP came to power with such a clear majority”.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/ayodhya-dec-6-bjp-plans-saffron-day/#sthash.QNuYgDD2.dpuf

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India: Pakistan govt. giving Saeed ‘legitimacy’ by helping rally

SUHASINI HAIDAR

Accusing the Pakistan government of giving Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed “legitimacy,” government sources said a rally being held in Lahore by the group accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks was being viewed with “concern” in India. Home Ministry sources said the government was keeping an eye not only on the rally on Thursday and Friday, but also on the kind of facilitation the government in Pakistan was giving it.

Pakistan news agencies have quoted Saeed describing the elaborate arrangements for the two-day ‘Ijtima’ of the organisation, including setting up a “tent-city” at Pakistan’s national monument: the ‘Minaar-e-Pakistan, and commissioning two special trains to bring in supporters from the Pakistani cities of Karachi and Hyderabad. In addition, hundreds of buses are bringing in cadres of the group from other parts of the country, including Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. JuD leaders told the press that at least 70 tents had been erected across Lahore to house more than one lakh people at the rally. While the Indian government has made no official statement yet, officials called the assistance being provided by the Pakistan government to the JuD rally as “blatant disregard of the international norms of zero tolerance of terrorism.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-pakistan-govt-giving-saeed-legitimacy-by-helping-rally/article6662470.ece

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Europe

Kazakhstan Muftiate: ‘Kazakh Jihadis’ With IS In Syria ‘Acting Against Islam’

Dec 5, 2014

The Kazakh Muftiate, also known as the Spiritual Administration of the Muslims of Kazakhstan (SDMK), has published an appeal to Kazakh nationals who traveled to Syria to fight.

The plea, published on the muftiate’s website on December 3, slams those Kazakh nationals who “went [to Syria] on the grounds of phantom ideas and who now are inciting discord,” according to RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service, Radio Azattyq.

According to Kazakh intelligence, there are around 300 Kazakh nationals fighting in Syria with the Islamic State (IS) militant group. Of these, around around are women, the chairman of the Kazakh National Security Committee (KNB), Nurtai Abykaev, said in November.

According to the muftiate, Kazakh citizens who are fighting in Syria are acting against Islam and in a manner that is alien to humanity.

Why has the muftiate spoken out now against IS and Kazakh militants fighting for it? And who is this address really aimed at: Kazakh militants in Syria, or Kazakhs in Kazakhstan who might be considering joining IS?

IS ‘Kazakh Child Militant’ Video ‘Sickens Muslim Community’

The muftiate’s appeal comes in the wake of Kazakh government outrage against the recent publication and distribution by IS militants of a video showing Kazakh militants in Syria, including a group of children who were filmed undergoing military and ideological instruction in an IS camp.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/kazakhstan-isis-syria-recruiting/26724862.html

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Leading UK Muslim group assured Brotherhood won’t be banned

Dec 5, 2014

The UK government will not ban the Muslim Brotherhood movement as a result of its review into the Islamist group, a leading British Muslim group has said.

The UK prime ministerial review was ordered by David Cameron in April into all activities, ideology and policies of the Muslim Brotherhood.

While the review team, led by Sir John Jenkins, UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia, completed the task and handed over its final report in July, the government has not yet published the results.

The British media has speculated that the results could be controversial.

“The government confirmed to us that it will not designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation,” Dr Omar Al-Hamdoon, president of Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), told Ahram Online.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/117128/World/International/Leading-UK-Muslim-group-assured-Brotherhood-wont-b.aspx

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France: ‘Major’ anti-ISIS raid taking place in Iraq

5 December 2014

France said Friday its fighter jets were conducting a “major” raid in Iraq as part of the U.S.-led coalition offensive against the Islamic State group, days after members said the strikes were having effect.

“At the moment, a major raid is taking place,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFMTV, refusing to detail the targets or the number of jets involved.

He said French planes based in the United Arab Emirates and more recently in Jordan had carried out “120 to 130 missions” since the start of the coalition offensive.

These include intelligence gathering missions. Compared to the United States, France has carried out only a handful of strikes on the militants.

The coalition of around 60 mainly Western and Arab states was formed several months after ISIS jihadists swept across northern Iraq, seizing swathes of territory and proclaiming a caliphate in parts of the country and neighboring Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/05/France-major-anti-ISIS-raid-taking-place-in-Iraq.html

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Why Birmingham MP Is Speaking Out Over Radicalisation

Dec 5, 2014

A “generation of lost young people” are falling prey to an extremist ideology which goes against everything Islam stands for, Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood has warned.

Mr Mahmood, who became the first Muslim MP in an English constituency when he entered the Commons in 2001, spoke passionately about his fear that Britain isn’t doing enough to combat extremism as MPs debated new anti-terror legislation.

He also spoke of the opposition he encountered when he investigated claims that hard-line “religious” views were being promoted in Birmingham schools.

Mr Mahmood told MPs: “I had to deal with the ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham, and found myself in a very lonely place.”

But he insisted that the ideology promoted in some city schools – which included telling children it was a crime to have photographs of family members at home, and making girls sit at the back of the classroom – could indeed lead children into extremism when they were older.

Full report at:

http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/news/news-opinion/birmingham-mp-khalid-mahmood-speaking-8227313

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German man sentenced to 3 years, 9 months for joining ISIS

5 December 2014

A 20-year-old German man was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in prison on Friday after he admitted joining Islamic State militants in Syria, in the first trial in Germany of a home-grown jihadi accused of membership of the insurgent group.

Judges decided to treat the man, known as Kreshnik B., who was born in Germany to Kosovan parents and spent six months in Syria last year, as a juvenile because of his lack of maturity.

They said there was no evidence he had participated directly in fighting.

“As a youth he was not able to resist the influence of his Islamist friends,” said chief judge Thomas Sagebiel.

Although he still displayed the attitudes of a radical Islamist, the judge expressed hope that a youth sentence would have the necessary educational effect.

In Germany, people between the age of 18-21 can be treated according to juvenile law if they are judged to lack an adult’s sense of responsibility.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2014/12/05/German-accused-of-fighting-for-ISIS-to-be-sentenced.html

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Rich nations’ failure to take Syria refugees ‘shocking’: Amnesty

Dec 5, 2014

Wealthy nations have only taken in a “pitiful” number of the millions of refugees uprooted by Syria’s war, placing the burden on the country’s ill-equipped neighbours, Amnesty International said Friday.

In a statement ahead of a 9 December donors’ conference in Geneva, the London-based rights group blasted as shocking the failure of rich nations to host more refugees.

“Around 3.8 million refugees from Syria are being hosted in five main countries within the region: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt,” said Amnesty.

“Only 1.7 percent of this number have been offered sanctuary by the rest of the world.”

Highlighting what it called “the pitiful numbers of resettlement places offered by the international community,” Amnesty noted that the Gulf States, Russia and China had not offered a single resettlement place.

Full report at:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/rich-nations-failure-take-syria-refugees-shocking-amnesty-273796481#sthash.qRywADDu.dpuf

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‘I am fed up with the Bulgarians,’ Putin tells Erdoğan

Dec 5, 2014

Bulgarian authorities creating difficulties is the main reason why Russia scrapped the South Stream pipeline project, Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during their meeting on Dec. 1, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.

“I am fed up with Bulgarians. Having the West and the European Union at their back, they are challenging and opposing us. They are delaying the project,” Putin reportedly told Erdoğan during the Turkey-Russia High-Level Cooperation Council meeting.

The Russian president announced the end of the much-anticipated South Stream pipeline project at a joint press conference with Erdoğan on Dec. 1. The project was planned to carry 63 billion cubic meters of natural gas to European markets via a pipeline under the Black Sea and Bulgaria.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/i-am-fed-up-with-the-bulgarians-putin-tells-erdogan-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75182&NewsCatID=510

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Clashes erupt as Islamist militants attack Grozny, 20 dead

Dec 5, 2014

Police waged hours-long gunbattle with Islamic militants who attacked Chechnya’s capital on December 4, leaving at least 20 people dead and underscoring Russia’s vulnerability just as President Vladimir Putin used patriotic and religious imagery in his state-of-the-nation address to defend his standoff with the West.

The clashes in Grozny, the city’s biggest in years, dented a carefully nurtured image of stability created by Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed strongman after two separatist conflicts. The new violence raised fears of more attacks in Chechnya and widening unrest in the rest of Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region.

The Kavkaz Center website, a mouthpiece for Islamic militant groups operating in the North Caucasus, carried a link to a video message by an individual claiming responsibility for the attack. The man in the video said he was operating on orders from Emir Khamzat, reportedly a nom de guerre of Chechen warlord Aslan Byutukayev. The claim could not immediately be verified.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/europe/grozny-20-dead-in-hours-long-gunbattle-between-police-and-islamic-militants/99/#sthash.jRrwdYvg.dpuf

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North America

 

Despite Beheadings, Americans against Paying Ransoms To Terrorists

Dec 5, 2014

After the killing of three U.S. citizens by the militant group Islamic State this year, there has been a renewed debate in the United States about the logic of not paying ransoms to terrorists — although many other nations do pay up covertly.

That debate may well come into focus again this week, after al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the terror network’s affiliate in Yemen — threatened to kill Luke Somers, an American kidnapped in Yemen, in a video released Wednesday.

In the past, the United States has used moral and tactical arguments to defend its policy, arguing that paying ransoms not only emboldens hostage-takers, but also helps finance terrorism. But there’s also a political factor for the U.S. government to keep in mind: According to polls, the U.S. public is overwhelmingly against paying ransoms to international terrorists who take Americans hostage.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/12/04/despite-beheadings-americans-are-still-overwhelmingly-against-paying-ransoms-to-terrorists/?tid=hpModule_04941f10-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e

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US extends Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan with new restrictions

Dec 5, 2014

WASHINGTON: The US Congress has extended the Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan for a year but has also included some new conditions in its final budget proposals.

The fund reimburses US allies for the efforts they make in the war against terror.

The final budget proposal, however, clarifies that Pakistan cannot receive more than a billion dollars in a year from this fund.

Pakistan received $370 million from this fund in October this year. The annual imbursements are made in four instalments.

The final text, issued by the US Senate Armed Services Committee, shows that the support fund for Pakistan has been extended till US fiscal year 2015. The text includes both old and new restrictions.

Of the total amount of reimbursements and support authorised for Pakistan during fiscal year 2015, $300 million shall not be eligible for the waiver unless the US Secretary of Defence certifies to the congressional defence committees that Pakistan has “undertaken military operations in North Waziristan that have contributed to significantly disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani network in Pakistan.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148889/us-extends-csf-for-pakistan-with-new-restrictions

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Pentagon confirms failed effort to rescue U.S. hostage in Yemen

Dec 5, 2014

The Pentagon says a hostage rescue mission last month in Yemen failed to liberate American Luke Somers because he was not present at the targeted location.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a brief written statement on Thursday that the U.S. government was acknowledging the attempted rescue of the 33-year-old Somers, the only American among the roughly dozen hostages held by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based al-Qaeda offshoot.

Mr. Kirby said the Pentagon wanted to “provide accurate information” in light of the fact that the rescue attempt has been widely reported. Eight hostages were rescued, as has been reported previously.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/pentagon-confirms-failed-effort-to-rescue-us-hostage-luke-somers-in-yemen/article6664250.ece

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Pakistan

Enemy ‘Lives within Us and Looks Like Us’, Says Army Chief

Dec 5, 2014

KARACHI: Chief of the Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif has said that security does not refer only to external threats but is a concern in terms of politics, human rights, economy, water security, terrorism and insurgency.

Gen Sharif, who was the chief guest at a conference (Industry Summit) organised by the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute in a hotel here on Thursday, also spoke about the Palestine and Kashmir issues and said there must be conflict resolution in these areas because security could not be achieved by securing borders alone, but also by protecting ways of life, culture, ideas and sensitivities.

The army chief, who earlier visited the Ideas-2014, said at the outset that he had been pleased by the success of the exhibition.

He said Pakistan’s current enemy “lives within us and looks like us”, adding that the definition of security had changed with the passage of time.

He said that because of increased polarisation, governments were unable to protect their people and national security.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148898/enemy-lives-within-us-and-looks-like-us-says-army-chief

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Blasts kill five in Bajaur, Khyber agencies

Dec 5, 2014

KHAR: Five people, including two activists of a pro-government group, were killed in roadside blasts in Bajaur and Khyber tribal regions on Thursday.

In Bajaur, one man and two women were killed when a bomb went off in Karani area of Nawagai tehsil, some 40km northwest of the agency headquarters Khar.

Officials said that Siraj Khan, a member of village defence committee, his wife and daughter were on way to Nawagai bazaar when they met with the fatal IED blast.

“Gul Pari, wife of Siraj Khan, died on the spot. Siraj Khan and his daughter Laila suffered critical wounds and were taken to AHQ hospital in Khar,” the officials said, adding that Siraj succumbed to his injuries at the Khar hospital and Ms Laila was shifted to a Peshawar hospital where she died.

According to local people, Siraj Khan had no enmity with anyone in the area.

Two activists of the pro-government Tauheedul Islam group were killed in a blast in a remote area of Khyber Agency.

Sources said a vehicle of the group was targeted with an IED along a roadside in Nari Baba area of Bazaar Zakakhel. The blast killed two TI activists on the spot.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148908/blasts-kill-five-in-bajaur-khyber-agencies

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Recognising Afghan Taliban regime was Pak’s blunder: Parvez Musharraf

Dec 5, 2014

Nearly two decades after Pakistan recognised the brutal Taliban regime in Afghanistan, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf has admitted that the move was a “blunder”.

Speaking at the Youth Parliament in Karachi on Thursday, Musharraf said that Pakistan was the only country that recognised the Taliban government in Afghanistan when it grabbed power in 1996 up to 2001 as Saudi Arabia and UAE later backed out.

He admitted that recognising its brutal rule in the late 1990s was a mistake by Pakistan.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 changed the political climate worldwide and “three blunders” were made by the US who left the region after withdrawal of the Soviets, said 71-year-old Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008.

The “first blunder was not to rehabilitate the 25,000 Afghan Mujahideen who fought in the war against USSR and they then came to Pakistan which led to the formation of al-Qaeda,” he said.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/recognising-afghan-taliban-regime-was-paks-blunder-parvez-musharraf/#sthash.d4RzYyVE.dpuf

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Lawyer defending 2 blasphemy accused receives threatening letter from Daish

Dec 5, 2014

MULTAN: A lawyer defending two blasphemy accused has received a letter from the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham or Daish’ militant group with a warning to withdraw from the cases.

Shahbaz Gurmani is representing Junaid Hafeez, a visiting lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, and Khalil Qadri who are facing blasphemy cases.

“I am also the counsel for Saleem Aslam who has filed a petition in the Multan bench of Lahore High Court seeking orders for registration of an FIR against JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman for committing blasphemy,” Mr Gurmani told Dawn.

The lawyer said he was in his office on Wednesday when at about 9.30pm his brother informed him that he had heard gunshots outside their residence.

“I did not take the matter seriously and asked my brother not to worry about. I returned home and was taking dinner at about 12.15am when there was a knock at the main gate,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148920/lawyer-defending-2-blasphemy-accused-receives-threatening-letter-from-daish

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One soldier killed, six injured during rocket attack in Orakzai

Dec 5, 2014

PESHAWAR: One soldier was killed and six others were injured Friday in a rocket attack on Kalaya, the agency headquarters of the restive northwestern Orakzai tribal region.

Official sources said that two rockets were fired on the Kalaya Headquarters as a result of which seven soldiers sustained injuries. One of the injured soldiers died on his way to a hospital, while six others are receiving medical treatment.

Last month, 18 suspected militants and six soldiers were killed during a gun-battle in Orakzai Agency. The gun-battle was set off by an attack by militants before dawn, on a check-post in Shireen Dara area of Lower Orakzai.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.

It was a key abode of former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud before he was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in 2013.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148981/one-soldier-killed-six-injured-during-rocket-attack-in-orakzai

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Islamabad, Kabul at one on fighting terror without discrimination: Nawaz

Dec 5, 2014

LONDON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday that Islamabad and Kabul are in agreement on fighting terrorism without discrimination.

While reiterating Pakistan’s strong solidarity with the people of Afghanistan he urged the international community to do more to help the Afghan leadership realize its vision. In his address at the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said Pakistan and Afghanistan were committed to advance their common goal of a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan. The Prime Minister is on a three-day visit to the United Kingdom to participate in the conference also attended by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Secretary of State John Kerry. The conference is being co-hosted by the governments of UK and Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/05-Dec-2014/islamabad-kabul-at-one-on-fighting-terror-without-discrimination-nawaz

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Pakistan’s ISI guns down US-educated Baloch school principal in Gwadar

Dec 5, 2014

A young U.S. educated Baloch school principal was Thursday morning gunned down by agents of Pakistan’s infamous Inter-Services Intelligence in the port city of Gwadar. Zahid Askani, who was educated in Appleton, Wisc., had returned to Balochistan to promote co-education and had established the Oasis School in Gwadar. Seven bullets were pumped into his body by what Pakistan media described as “unknown assailants.” It was clear that the slain principal, who was originally from Panjgur, believed in an independent homeland for the Baloch people as he was a member of the Baloch Students Organization Azad and Baloch Freedom Struggle groups on Facebook.

Jane E. Weisner, of Amherst, Mass., who is general secretary of the American Friends of Balochistan, told the Baltimore Examiner Thursday for a person to be Baloch was reason enough for him to be killed by the I.S.I. Weisner said she met Askani through the social media and was impressed with his fervent, impassioned dedication to freedom for Balochistan. “He was too young to die, but died for freedom as so many do before freedom is achieved,” Weisner said. A sad Erin Reardon, a friend of Askani’s from Appleton, said on Facebook, “Zahid Askani, thank you for being a beautiful person who has helped so many in the world.”

Full report at:

http://www.examiner.com/article/pakistan-s-isi-guns-down-us-educated-baloch-school-principal-gwadar

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Several IS militants arrested, Rehman Malik claims

Dec 5, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Rehman Malik said Friday that militant group Islamic State’s (IS) network is present in the country and that it is led by Yousuf Salfi.

Speaking to media representatives in Islamabad, where the former interior minister had arrived to attend a meeting of the missing persons commission, Malik claimed that security personnel had arrested several IS militants during raids conducted in different parts of the country.

He said that being a former interior minister, he had his own means of gathering information from sources which had provided him with information regarding the presence of IS militants in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148972/several-is-militants-arrested-rehman-malik-claims

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Mideast

No Islamic State in Gaza, says Hamas despite menacing fliers

Dec 5, 2014

Hamas denied the presence of the Islamic State terror group in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, after fliers signed by the jihadist organization have emerged in the Palestinian territory in recent weeks, threatening women and intellectuals

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is the former name of the Islamic State, a jihadist offshoot of Al-Qaeda headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which has succeeded in gaining control of large swaths of land in northeastern Syria and northern Iraq in recent months.

On Monday, reports of a flier signed by “ISIS – Gaza Province” emerged on social media websites, warning 18 Gaza-based writers to repent within three days “for offending the tenets of Islam” or face the death penalty for apostasy. The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority unity government of Rami Hamdallah rushed to condemn the communique, calling it “a dangerous precedent that must be stopped immediately.”

Another pamphlet, dated November 29 and titled “The hijab, the hijab” (the Islamic veil), instructed Gaza’s women to cover their heads “in accordance with Sharia” or face an Islamic trial.

Full report at:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-denies-existence-of-isis-in-gaza-following-menacing-pamphlets/#ixzz3L4OW6y2b

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Hamas: Netanyahu is playing with fire by allowing Jews on Temple Mount

Dec 5, 2014

Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas, railed against Jews being allowed to visit the Temple Mount and justified the recent wave in Palestinian terror attacks as a reaction to the handful of times prayer at the holy site was closed due to security concerns, in an interview with Sky News on Friday.

“Netanyahu is playing with fire when he allows members of his government and the extremists to repeatedly storm the al-Aksa mosque,” he said. “That’s dangerous. For every action, there’s a reaction.”

In relation to the Temple Mount being closed for Friday prayers on a number of recent occasions, Mashaal continued to lash out against the prime minister. “Our fight is a national fight. Netanyahu is turning it into a religious fight. He bears responsibility for the consequences of what’s happening,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hamass-Khaled-Mashaal-Netanyahu-is-playing-with-fire-by-allowing-Jews-on-Temple-Mount-383755

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Religion courses for primary schools on agenda of Turkish education council

Dec 5, 2014

The national education council is set to discuss the introduction of religious courses to primary schools and kindergartens across Turkey, raising fresh concerns over the rise of religious conservatism in the country.

The suggestion has been made by teachers’ union Eğitim Bir-Sen, which offered to discuss religious courses in primary schools during meetings for the 19th national education council in the southern province of Antalya. The council decided to discuss the proposal during its ongoing meetings, and if it is approved by the council, it will be included in non-binding recommendation letter submitted to the Education Ministry, Doğan News Agency reported.

Religious culture and moral knowledge courses are compulsory for every Turkish student from the fourth grade onward. Religious courses are currently not given to first, second and third graders.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/religion-courses-for-primary-schools-on-agenda-of-turkish-education-council.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75225&NewsCatID=338

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‘Post’ poll: 60% of Israelis don’t want Netanyahu anymore

Dec 5, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of coasting to an easy victory in the March 17 election took a surprising hit on Thursday when a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister newspaper, Ma’ariv Sof Hashavua, found that a hefty majority of Israelis want him to lose.

The poll, taken on Wednesday among 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult population, indicated that the election could end up being close and assumptions that Netanyahu cannot be defeated may be incorrect.

It asked respondents whether they want Netanyahu to remain prime minister after the vote. Sixty percent said no, 34% said yes, and 6% did not know.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-Elections/Post-poll-60-percent-of-Israelis-dont-want-Netanyahu-anymore-383724

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Report: 75 Students Become Disabled Due to Israeli Aggression

Dec 5, 2014

Nearly 75 Palestinian students became disabled after being injured during the Israeli fierce offensive on Gaza last summer, an official report revealed.

Dr Ahmad El Hawajri, Director General of Educational Guidance and Counseling at the Ministry of Education, confirmed that 75 Palestinian students became disabled after sustaining different injuries during Israel’s aggression on Gaza, of whom there are 22 suffering from visual impairment, 25 from hearing impairment, and 28 from mobility impairment, PIC reported.

He pointed out that hundreds of students in Gaza still suffer from psychological and emotional traumas caused by the summer aggression. “Nearly 673 students suffer from underachievement due to the war effect on them.”

He stressed that his ministry will provide all the necessary and required material and psychological support for those students to enjoy their normal life.

On July 2014, Israel carried out a fierce and bloody aggression on Gaza that lasted for 50 days and led to the martyrdom of more than 2100 civilians mostly children and the injury of more than 11,000 others.

The General Federation for the Disabled in Gaza earlier said that more than 40% of the war-wounded are either visually impaired, or hearing impaired, or mobility impaired.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930913000779

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Southeast Asia

Selangor sultan warns Muslims against deviant teachings

Dec 5, 2014

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, today reminded Muslims in the state to be wary of deviant teachings which he said could disunity.

He said they should lodge reports on deviant teachings for these could evolve into something difficult to contain.

“Deviant teachings can confuse Muslims and distort their faith, leading to disunity and disputes among them and earn them the disrespect of other communities,” he said when opening the Ar-Ridhuan Mosque in Simpang Empat, Jeram, in Kuala Selangor.

The sultan said the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) should ensure that those who spoke on Islam held recognised credentials and adhered to guidelines.

Jais should also monitor all activities at mosques and suraus so as to be able to nip deviant teachings in the bud, he said.

“I wish to remind all mosque officials and Muslims in the state to monitor those trying to spread deviant teachings.

“Complaints can be registered with the mosque officials or committees to be forwarded to Jais,” he said.

The sultan advised Muslims in the state to make use of mosques and suraus as places to foster goodwill in society.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/selangor-sultan-warns-muslims-against-deviant-teachings-bernama#sthash.pTaYLNJ8.dpuf

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Ex-top cop warns of jihad against liberalism and Christian evangelism

Dec 5, 2014

“Liberalism” and Christian evangelism may become causes for returning Malaysian jihadists from the Middle East to launch a local crusade, former top cop Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar (pic) said.

“God forbid these two local developments are turned into a local crusade, it may destroy one of the last oasis of religious peace in the world,” he told The Malaysian Insider in an interview.

He specifically named Comango, or the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs, in the Universal Periodic Review Process, and “evangelical Jesuits” as “causes that may be seized upon by Malaysian jihadists as justification for a local crusade”.

Hanif, who was Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for 20 years, was interviewed recently in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Hatyai Peace Accord on December 2, 1989,  which ended the communist insurgency. The treaty was signed by the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) and the Malaysian and Thai governments.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ex-top-cop-warns-of-jihad-against-liberalism-and-christian-evangelism1#sthash.jaKJzsrt.dpuf

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Human rights body still wants Putrajaya to replace Sedition Act

Dec 5, 2014

Putrajaya must fulfil its pledge to repeal the Sedition Act, a disappointed national human rights commission said, after witnessing the prime minister’s U-turn on law reform at the Umno general assembly.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) acting chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said the Sedition Act, which she termed as “repressive and obsolete”, was never designed to promote, nurture or maintain peace and harmony.

She said the decision to retain the colonial-era law did not reflect well on Malaysia given that the nation was due to assume two important high-profile international positions next year: membership at the United Nations Security Council and chairmanship of Asean.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced at the Umno general assembly last week that the act would stay, reneging on his promise made two years ago to repeal it.

He said the act would be fortified with additional provisions that would make it a crime to insult Islam and other faiths.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/human-rights-body-still-wants-putrajaya-replace-sedition-act#sthash.eks0Mmq5.dpuf

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Australia

 

Muslims Facing Discrimination in New Zealand

Dec 5, 2014

Muslim New Zealanders are facing increased discrimination in the wake of the political focus on the potential threat from Islamic State supporters in this country.

The tension is also being increased by continued fighting in Iraq and Syria involving ISIS forces.

Those gathering details about racist outbursts say they are mostly being directed at women and children wearing a Hijab or headscarf. But it’s not just those who have moved to New Zealand more recently who are bearing the brunt of such discrimination.

Musa Taukuri decided to follow Islam shortly before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in New York and Washington DC in 2001.

He said the extra pressure and scrutiny of the Muslim community in New Zealand following those events strengthened his faith. But this time, his family have been the subject of verbal assaults.

Full report at:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/260967/muslims-facing-discrimination-in-nz

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Islamic State’s terrorist capital is first area off limits for Australians

Dec 5, 2014

A PROVINCE of Syria declared by the Islamic State terrorist group to be its capital is the first place designated by the Abbott government as a no-go area for Australians.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday formally “declared” ­Al-Raqqa province, making it an ­offence under Australian law to enter or remain there without a legitimate purpose.

Islamic State operations are mainly ­directed from Al-Raqqa and some of the group’s senior commanders are Australians.

Australian jihadists who have spent time in the city of Al-Raqqa include Khaled Sharrouf whose son was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian ­soldier in the city square several months ago.

It is expected that more areas will be declared in the weeks to come.

Under section 119.2 of the Criminal Code, anyone visiting a declared area faces a jail term of up to 10 years unless they can demonstrate that they have a legitimate reason to be there.

Foreign fighters and supporters of foreign conflicts posed a significant threat to Australia and its way of life, Ms Bishop said.

Full report at:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/terror/islamic-states-terrorist-capital-is-first-area-off-limits-for-australians/story-fnpdbcmu-1227145268937

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Africa

Kenya: Suspect Denies Recruiting Youth Into Al-Shabaab

5 December 2014

A close ally of slain Sheikh Sharif Abubakar alias Makaburi was yesterday charged with recruiting youths to al Shabaab.

Mohammed Ali denied that he recruited Abdalla Said, Swaleh Pesa, Swaleh Ahmed and Swaleh Juma at Masjid Musa, Mombasa county, on November 17.

Ali also denied robbery with violence charges and refuted allegations that on January 3 in the same mosque he robbed police officer Shemuro Athuman of a Sh10,000 spy pen.

Police accused Ali of being the new kingpin behind radicalisation of Muslim youths at the Coast, succeeding Makaburi in inspiring youths to fight against non-Muslims and security organs.

Ali was also denied harbouring youths with intent to commit a terrorist act and handling of stolen property.

On November 24, the police were given 10 days to conduct investigations against Ali.

His lawyer Gacue Gakuhi pleaded with the court to release him on bail pending determination of his case.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201412050706.html

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Kenyan military plane crashes in Somalia, rebels say shot down

Dec 5, 2014

A Kenyan warplane crashed in southern Somalia on Thursday, with the Kenyan military saying the crash was due to technical problems while Somali rebels said they had shot it down with a missile.

The aircraft, which had been on a combat mission, came down in the area of the southern port city of Kismayu, where Kenyan troops are deployed as part of an African Union peacekeeping force battling the Islamist rebel group al Shabaab.

A spokesman for the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) said the pilot reported a technical problem on returning from a combat mission at about 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) before he was forced to eject.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/12/04/Kenyan-military-plane-crashes-in-Somalia-rebels-say-shot-down.html

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Kenya arrests 77 Chinese in Internet hacking case

Dec 5, 2014

Police in Kenya are consulting technical experts to determine if 77 Chinese nationals arrested with advanced communications equipment in several houses in an upscale Nairobi neighborhood were committing espionage, an official on December 4.

The Chinese were arrested since the weekend with equipment that Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper said was capable of hacking into government servers.

“We have roped in experts to tell us if they were committing crimes of espionage,” said Ndegwa Muhoro, the head of criminal investigations for Kenya’s police. “These people seem to have been brought here specifically for a mission which we are investigating.”

The arrests began on Sunday, when computer equipment in one of the upscale houses the Chinese nationals had rented near the U.S. Embassy and U.N. headquarters caught fire, killing one person.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/kenya-arrests-77-chinese-in-internet-hacking-case/#sthash.bSuONxIv.dpuf

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Sukuk for vaccine fund ushers Islamic finance into ethical sphere

5 December 2014

The latest entrant into Islamic finance is leading the industry in the new direction of socially responsible investment – which could even include the fight against Ebola.

Last week an immunization program secured a $500 million issuance of Islamic bonds, or sukuk, in the largest debut issue ever by a global non-profit organization, under a broader trend to use bond markets to fund development and humanitarian projects.

The sukuk from the International Finance Facility for Immunization Co (IFFIm), for which the World Bank acts as treasury manager, is a break from the predominantly commercial nature of most Islamic finance transactions.

The deal is part of World Bank efforts to adapt sukuk for use in a variety of ethical pursuits, including advising the Dubai government on a funding strategy for the emirate’s green investment program.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/2014/12/05/Sukuk-for-vaccine-fund-ushers-Islamic-finance-into-ethical-sphere.html

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UN condemns “in strongest terms” air strikes and military escalation

5 December 2014

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned “in the strongest terms” the recent air raids and escalation of violence in Libya.

“Those seeking to undermine the dialogue through these attacks will not achieve their objectives,” it has said in a statement.

UNSMIL warned that all those who threaten Libya’s peace, stability or security would face targeted sanctions.

Not only have the attacks, it said, had a disastrous impact on civilians, property and infrastructure, the military escalation on both sides is negatively impacting the process of political dialogue.

Nevertheless said UNSMIL,  it was confident that Libyans want this dialogue to succeed and would not be deterred from supporting and participating in it.

http://www.libyaherald.com/2014/12/05/un-condemns-in-strongest-terms-air-strikes-and-military-escalation/#ixzz3L4r4Udtj

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South Asia

Pakistan will never cooperate with the Afghan peace process: Afghan Minister

Dec 5, 2014

The former Afghan Minister of Interior Omar Daudzai has said Islamabad will not cooperate with the Afghan government in peace process with the anti-government militant groups.

Speaking during a press conference on Thursday, Daudzai said previous government has attempted on numerous occasions to persuade Islamabad to assist the government in peace process.

Daudzai further added that similar approach by the new government would be a waste of time.

He called on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to undertake a new approach towards the peace process, insisting that Islamabad will never assist the Afghan government in this regard.

Daudzai also added that terrorism and extremism is now threatening the whole region and called for the formation of a regional coalition to fight the growing extremism.

According to Daudzai, decisions were taken last year to hand over a specific region within the Afghan soil to the Taliban control.

He accused the regional intelligence agencies for supporting the Taliban group in Afghanistan and insisted that the Taliban leadership is based outside Afghanistan, in Quetta city.

Daudzai warned that the conspiracies have not ended and new apporoaches will be undertaken by Taliban group and their supporters next year.

http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-will-never-cooperate-with-the-afghan-peace-process-daudzai-8825

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US, Britain pledge to support Afghanistan as combat troops withdraw

Dec 5, 2014

The United States and Britain pledged on Thursday to support Afghanistan’s new unity government even as foreign combat troops withdraw from the country after a 13-year war that ousted the Islamist Taliban.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Ashraf Ghani’s new government had already made moves to combat money laundering and corruption since taking office in September in the first democratic transfer of power in Afghan history.

Ghani, who with former presidential rival Abdullah Abdullah formed a power-sharing government after months of wrangling over election results, sought to reassure allies that he would tackle endemic corruption and stop the theft of aid money.

“We are confident that the policies outlined today by President Ghani and CEO Abdullah will result in a more stable and prosperous Afghanistan,” Kerry said at a conference on Afghanistan in London.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/117210/World/International/US,-Britain-pledge-to-support-Afghanistan-as-comba.aspx

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‘Malaysia to recruit 12,000 Bangladeshi workers’: Pm Sheikh Hasina

Dec 5, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has informed that Malaysia has agreed to recruit 12,000 more Bangladeshi workers to the country.

The premier made the remarks while briefing media on the outcome of her just-concluded official visits to Nepal and Malaysia.

“An agreement was also signed regarding the manpower export to Malaysia,” said the prime minister.

She said positive progress was also marked in strengthening economic relations between Bangladesh and Malaysia.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/dec/05/pm-briefing-media#sthash.Vbpa2BTy.dpuf

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Jamaat’s Subhan awaits verdict in war crimes case

Dec 5, 2014

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 has completed the recording of closing arguments in the war crimes case against Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Abdus Subhan, and will deliver the verdict any day.

The three-member tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Shahinur Islam, gave the order yesterday.

The other tribunal on Wednesday kept the war crimes case of Jatiya Party’s former lawmaker M Abdul Jabbar awaiting verdict.

Maulana Subhan, 77, is facing nine charges of crimes against humanity including genocide and murders of unarmed people, mainly Hindus, along with looting and setting houses on fire in Pabna during the 1971 Liberation War.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/dec/05/jamaat%E2%80%99s-subhan-awaits-verdict-war-crimes-case#sthash.nsXpBFM5.dpuf

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Mass Death Sentence: Egypt Court Sentences 188 People to Death

New-Age-Islam-masdeath390Protests broke out in Cairo Tuesday against the court dropping its case against Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak. An Egyptian judge sentenced 188 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death Tuesday. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Arab World

Mass Death Sentence: Egypt Court Sentences 188 People to Death

Kurdish Fighters Battle ISIL for Kobani ‘Until Last Drop of Blood’

After Joining IS, Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis Expands In Egypt

Egypt’s army says it killed 7 militants in North Sinai

Gunmen kill 7 Lebanese soldiers in ambush near Syria

Saudi Arabia’s ‘former extremists’ to get business support

The West is to blame for Syrian conflict, says Saudi prince

Head of Egypt’s al-Azhar condemns ISIS ‘barbarity’

Bahrain to develop central Sharia board for Islamic banks

Move to UAE has increased knowledge of Islam, say expats

India

Shadowy Islamic Cult in Thane Probe Focus

J&K Elections: It’s ‘Mission Change’ For Kashmiri Youth

Sister of Indian IS militant appeals for his return

Five militants killed in Kupwara gunfight

Pak anti-terror court adjourns Mumbai 26/11 trial till Dec 10

Europe

French National Education Prompts Islamophobia

Nearly 50 Islamic State Recruits Arrested In Tajikistan

UNGA approves Arab-backed resolution, urges Israel, India, Pak to renounce nuclear arms

Conflict, militancy hit human rights in Middle East, African nations

Denmark’s rehab for deradicalisation: Homework, football and Islam

Britain First releases ‘Taliban Hunting Club’ hoodie ‘just in time for Christmas’

Africa

Militants Divide Kenya Miners by Religion, Then Begin Killing

Four killed in suicide attack on UN convoy in Somali capital

U.N. mission calls for new talks between Libyan groups

Tunisia holds first parliamentary session after revolution

Pakistan

Airstrikes Kill 15 Suspected Militants in North Waziristan

Pakistan Police Register Blasphemy Case against ‘Disco Mullah’

Pakistan Running Special Trains for Terror Mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Ready to talk if Imran shuns ‘double standards’: Nawaz

Won’t allow army in tribal areas if elected PM: Imran

Palestinian issue remains high on our agenda: Bokhari

South Asia

33 Taliban militants killed during clearing operations

Islamic minister dismisses rumour of President Yameen not performing Hajj

War crimes verdict on ex- Jatiya Party leader Abdul Jabbar any day now

North America

Us Congress Moves toward Ok for Financing War on IS Jihadists

Palestinian State Will Only Come Through Talks: US

Former al-Qaeda Hostage Recounts Nightmare – of Dealing with FBI

How the US Intervention against the IS Has Alienated Syria’s Sunni Arab Opposition

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Tulsa police captain’s lawsuit over Islamic event

U.S. diplomats to argue against new Iran sanctions

Islamic State: Kerry says group ‘significantly’ damaged

Mideast

Palestinians Urge France to Act on Parliament Vote to Recognise State

Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu raises concerns on Aleppo at NATO meeting

Israeli lawmakers to vote on dissolving parliament

At least one killed in car bomb attack on Iranian diplomat’s house in Yemen

Southeast Asia

Najib reneged on Sedition Act repeal for self-preservation, says PAS

Indonesian Police escort trafficking victims from Malaysia

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/mass-death-sentence–egypt-court-sentences-188-people-to-death/d/100310

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Arab World

Mass Death Sentence: Egypt Court Sentences 188 People to Death

December 3, 2014

An Egyptian court has sentenced 188 people to death for a violent attack on a police station in the restive town Giza after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi last year and the matter will now go before the country’s top religious authority.

The ruling which came yesterday found the defendants guilty of attacking the Kerdasa police station on August 14, 2013, the same day when Egyptian security forces dispersed two Brotherhood protest sit-in camps in Cairo and Giza, killing hundreds of people.

They were also found guilty of the attempted murder of 10 other police personnel, sabotaging the police station, torching a number of police vehicles and possessing heavy firearms. The ruling has now been referred to Egypt’s Grand Mufti, a requirement in Egyptian law before any execution can be carried out. The decision is legally non-binding to the court.

The court said that the sentences will be confirmed on January 24. Out of the 188, only 135 were present while the rest were tried in absentia. This is the latest mass death sentence handed down by the country’s judicial system despite widespread international criticism.

Defence lawyer Bahaa Abdel-Rahman told Ahram Online that among the defendants were two persons who died during the trial, but who weren’t dropped from the trial, along with a minor. The ruling came days after an Egyptian court dropped charges against former president Hosni Mubarak, his minister of interior and six aides over killing unarmed protesters in the 2011 revolution.

Since Morsi’s ouster last year, the Egyptian government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters. In March, 529 Muslim Brotherhood members were sentenced to death for killing a police officer in last year.

Morsi is currently in prison over charges of murdering peaceful protesters, espionage, escaping from prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and insulting the judiciary.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/egypt-court-sentences-188-to-death/#sthash.Y6LWecgZ.dpuf

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Kurdish fighters battle ISIL for Kobani ‘until last drop of blood’

December 3, 2014

KOBANI, SYRIA // On the front lines of the battle for Kobani, Kurdish female fighters have been playing a major role in helping defend the Syrian town from an onslaught by ISIL.

Pervin Kobani, the 19-year-old daughter of a farmer, is one of them.

She is part of a team holding an eastern front-line position that comes under regular attack from the extremist fighters, who have been trying to seize the town since mid-September.

The ISIL group has declared a self-styled caliphate in areas under its control in Iraq and Syria, governing it according to its violent interpretation of Shariah law.

The Kurdish men and women fighting in Kobani are determined not to lose the town to the extremists.

A report by the Associated Press last month offered a rare, in-depth glimpse of the destruction inside Kobani after more than two months of fighting in the Kurdish town by the Turkish border.

It also illustrated what life is like for fighters like Pervin, who says she does not really have dreams beyond the present.

“We must save our love for Apo, and Kurdistan and our martyrs,” she said, referring to Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, whose group has been fighting Turkey for Kurdish autonomy.

Nearby, one of Pervin’s comrades saw something moving amid the destroyed remains of central Kobani and opened fire.

Pervin left home and took up arms two years ago as the overstretched forces of Syrian president Bashar Assad withdrew from Kurdish areas in northern Syria. She joined the Syrian Kurdish women’s self-defence force, known by its Kurdish acronym YPJ. The female YPJ fighters are now integrated with the men’s units, the YPG.

“I didn’t really have any other ambitions. I just wanted to live a free life, as a woman, [to] be able to see our reality, and have our rights and just live,” she said.

Aided by a small Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga force and Syrian rebels, they have been defending the town since mid-September, helped by more than 280 airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

“We won’t allow the terrorist groups in until the last drop of our blood,” Pervin said.

After half a year serving away from her hometown, she returned to Kobani with Kurdish forces two months ago.

Most fighting happens at night. The fighters can only sleep during the day, with a rotating two-hour sentry watch.

Three weeks ago, Pervin bumped into her father on a street corner.

She was surprised to see him holding a gun. She did not know that he too had decided to fight.

Her mother is a refugee in Turkey, her only brother studying in Algeria.

“Honestly when I heard my father is fighting on the western front with the YPG I was so proud of him, and it made me want to fight more,” she said.

Her father, Farouk Kobani, joined the town’s defenders when ISIL launched their attack in September. He was delighted to see his daughter that day, after months without news about her.

Last week, Pervin went to the western front to see her father again.

She says he is now her comrade – but she hugs him like a father anyway.

* Associated Press

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/kurdish-fighters-battle-isil-for-kobani-until-last-drop-of-blood

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After joining IS, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis expands in Egypt

December 3, 2014

EL-ARISH, Egypt — The war has become more complicated in the Sinai Peninsula in the past few weeks after the Islamic State (IS), namely Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in Sinai, began using traps and remote bombing in its confrontation with the Egyptian army. This has multiplied the difficulties facing the Egyptian army in fighting the terrorists who have mastered the art of hiding in the region’s arid environment.

According to field information gathered by Al-Monitor over the past 30 days, the terrorist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has planted 21 bombs almost daily along several routes taken by the army and security officials in north Sinai in the areas stretching from el-Arish to Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.

The security apparatus has succeeded in discovering and dismantling seven bombs, while 14 others exploded. Six bombs targeted military vehicles, killing four security men and wounding 24 others, some of whom were in critical condition, mostly soldiers and officers. Eight bombs exploded without hitting their target.

A researcher specializing in security affairs and jihadist groups in Sinai spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity for security reasons, saying, “Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis is increasingly using bombs because they are unable to face the Egyptian army, which is better equipped and larger. As a result, the army outdoes them in direct confrontations, which it is well trained for.”

The researcher said, “We cannot in any way monitor all roads to prevent planting bombs. The targeting and triggering of explosive devices are done remotely by relying on communications technology. The army tried to prevent these attacks by shutting down mobile networks during daily military movements, from 4 a.m. until 6 p.m. However, the terrorists recently relied on wireless networks and UHF radios, and equipped themselves with electronic intensifier technology to strengthen the signal for detonating bombs from a distance of up to one kilometer [0.6 mile].”

A source sympathetic to the jihadists spoke to Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity and warned that the bombing operations might move to the center of el-Arish, the capital of north Sinai. “With the noose being tightened on the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group and with the increasing daily military operations against the southern villages of Sheikh Zuweid, the members of the group headed to the center of el-Arish in an attempt to escape the security [operations]. It is likely that they are planting bombs along internal roads of the city, where security and military armored vehicles constantly move without taking any safety measures,” he said.

The jihadist source also warned of moving these operations outside north Sinai, especially to tourist cities in south Sinai, such as Sharm el-Sheikh and Dahab, in addition to other districts in the Nile Valley and in Cairo.

“Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militants do not exceed 50 [people] inside Sinai, but the group has lately succeeded in opening fronts inside other Egyptian districts, especially after pledging allegiance to IS. Several people who had always dreamed of the jihadist caliphate joined the group, in addition to defecting members from the Muslim Brotherhood, notably those holding a grudge against the state due to the Rabia and al-Nahda massacres,” the source said.

Indications on the ground confirm the accuracy of the information relayed by the jihadist source. In the evening of Friday, Nov. 28, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis — or Wilayat Sinai as it is now called — claimed responsibility for the assassination of a colonel and two soldiers from the Egyptian army in the Suez bridge area in the heart of Cairo, and the killing of an officer and a soldier in Qalyubia governorate. The group declared in an online statement that the two attacks were carried out by a brigade affiliated to it and called the Martyr Abi Ubaidah al-Masri Brigade.

All the latest terrorist operations carried out by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis confirm that the group relies on the remote targeting strategy in booby-trapping operations, assassinations or bombing of vital state infrastructure such as gas pipelines. This also confirms that the organization is avoiding direct confrontation with the Egyptian army, fearing the loss of its few members, according to sources close to the organization. Moreover, activists and observers in Sinai fear the increase in members of terrorist organizations in the future, if the state continues to fight terrorism with foul practices that harm civilians in the peninsula.

Regarding the bombing of the gas pipelines in Sinai, the jihadist source said that Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis will keep bombing gas pipelines for three reasons. “First, the organization wants to regain its media momentum to prove that it is facing the tough military campaigns in Sinai. Second, it wants to cause losses to the army’s economic structure — a structure that greatly relies on the huge profits from cement factories in the center of Sinai and uses gas in its work. Third, the organization wants to stop pumping gas exported to Jordan because the latter joined the anti-IS international alliance.”

The Egyptian army’s cement plants and other plants owned by businessmen close to the ruling regime in Cairo are suffering losses due to the suspension of production, which is described by one of the workers in these plants as a disaster. Meanwhile, the state is also suffering substantial losses. An officer at the Egyptian Natural Gas Co. (Gasco), the main operator in charge of gas repairs in Sinai, told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity that every time a pipeline is blown up, the repairs cost millions of Egyptian pounds paid from the state budget.

The Gasco source said that the losses also affected Jordan, which depends on Egyptian gas to generate electricity, stressing that it is impossible to secure the gas lines that are exposed and stretch over 100 kilometers (62 miles) in the vast desert. “This violates the economic contracts signed with Jordan and exposes the two countries to significant economic losses,” he said.

One of the managers at the Sinai cement factory, in the industrial zone affected by the gas explosions in central Sinai, told Al-Monitor, “The citizens will incur the consequences of the losses and terrorist operations, including the bombing of the gas pipeline.”

“The repeated bombings prompted the departments in charge of the operation of the plants — whether private or military plants — to raise the sale price by 25% as a result of the increase in the production cost. This increase came in response to attempts to replace gas with diesel, which is more costly, especially in terms of transportation to central Sinai,” he added.

It is noteworthy that el-Arish’s gas pipeline has been bombed 25 times since the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak was toppled.

All information and analyses from the field indicate that the coming phase will be very tough for Egypt, with the potential shift of violence from Sinai to the core of Egypt.

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/12/egypt-ansar-maqdis-sinai-spread.html#ixzz3KsiNgLnu

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Egypt’s army says it killed 7 militants in North Sinai

December 3, 2014

Egypt’s army says it killed seven militants and arrested 15 in North Sinai, as part of a campaign to purge the border area of an Islamic militant insurgency.

An army spokesman, Mohamed Samir, said the military conducted “a number of attacks” against “terrorist elements” in the last four days.

The 15 arrested had been involved in attacks on Egypt’s police and army, the spokesman said.

The army operations also resulted in destroying two tunnels, 16 militant headquarters and 10 militants’ vehicles, the army said.

A number of illegal migration and smuggling attempts were also aborted, through which the army seized 58 persons.

The army has stepped up its campaign on militants in North Sinai after an attack on a checkpoint in October left over 30 soldiers dead. A state of emergency was declared, and a one-kilometre buffer zone was established along the Gaza border, with locals evacuated and houses destroyed.

The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, which has claimed several key terrorist attacks since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117039/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-army-says-it-killed–militants-in-North-Sin.aspx

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Gunmen kill 7 Lebanese soldiers in ambush near Syria

December 3, 2014

Gunmen killed seven Lebanese soldiers in an ambush on their patrol Tuesday in the east of the country near the border with war-ravaged Syria, media and military sources said.

“Several Lebanese soldiers were martyred in an ambush by armed men on a Lebanese army patrol at Tallet al-Hamra, in the region of Ras Baalbek,” said the official NNA news agency.

A military source put the total number of dead at seven.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117034/World/Region/Gunmen-kill–Lebanese-soldiers-in-ambush-near-Syri.aspx

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘former extremists’ to get business support

3 December 2014

The National Entrepreneurship Institute (Riyadah) has signed an agreement with the Muhammad Bin Naif Counseling and Care Center (MNCC) in Saudi Arabia that aims to provide support for former extremists to start up their own businesses and encourage them to continue rejecting their old ways.

The agreement aims to enable beneficiaries of the program to be aware of ways on how to establish their small business by utilizing the kingdom’s support for startups.

Riyadah, which was established as the result of a joint Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals initiative, focuses on enabling Saudis to start their small businesses, raising entrepreneurship cultural awareness, and providing needed support for current small businesses to flourish and overcome market obstacles.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2014/12/03/Saudi-Arabia-s-former-extremists-to-get-business-support-.html

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The West is to blame for Syrian conflict, says Saudi prince

December 3, 2014

The West’s failure to intervene in Syria’s civil war contributed to its descent into a bloodbath and not enough is being done, even now, to protect the battered population, according to a senior and influential member of the Saudi royal family.

The decision by western European states to restrict air strikes against Isis was “unacceptable” and “boggles one’s mind”, said Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former head of the kingdom’s intelligence service who served as ambassador to both Britain and the US.

While America and its Middle East allies bomb Isis in Syria and Iraq, Britain, France and other countries are limiting air strikes to Iraq. “How does this make sense, to bomb one place and not the other? It is like taking action against a thief stealing from one neighbour’s home, but not [doing] anything about the home next door. It boggles one’s mind and is unacceptable,” the Prince told the European Council on Foreign Relations in London.

The US and western Europe failed to act on Saudi recommendations in 2012 to arm the moderate Syrian rebels against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, he pointed out. “If that had been done, then there would have been no need to use our air force now. The difference between the good guys and the bad guys in the opposition was clear cut then. It was the dilly-dallying at the time that gave Jabhat al-Nusra [branch of] al-Qaeda [its] chance. Because of the time lost it has, of course, become much more difficult now between the good guys and the bad guys.”

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-west-is-to-blame-for-syrian-conflict-says-saudi-prince-9898975.html

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Head of Egypt’s al-Azhar condemns ISIS ‘barbarity’

3 December 2014

The head of al-Azhar, one of the most prestigious centers of Sunni Islam learning, on Wednesday condemned “barbaric crimes” committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Militants are acting “under the guise of this holy religion and have given themselves the name ‘Islamic State’ [ISIS] in an attempt to export their false Islam,” Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb said at an international conference in Cairo on fighting extremism.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/03/Head-of-Egypt-s-al-Azhar-condemns-ISIS-barbarity-.html

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Bahrain to develop central Sharia board for Islamic banks

3 December 2014

Bahrain’s central bank is setting up a central sharia board to help oversee Islamic finance products in the Kingdom and will introduce new rules to strengthen governance in the sector, central bank governor Rasheed al-Maraj said.

Traditionally, Islamic banks have practiced self regulation to ensure the sharia-compliance of their products, but a centralized model is increasingly being favored across the global industry.

Sharia boards are groups of scholars who rule on whether financial instruments follow religious principles, such as bans on interest payments and pure monetary speculation.

The central bank will introduce new sharia governance rules to expand the internal sharia review and audit functions, while making it mandatory for banks to have an independent external sharia audit.

“Good governance is a pervasive theme of our times and for Islamic banks its importance cannot be over-emphasized,” Maraj said at an industry conference in the capital Manama on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/business/banking-and-finance/2014/12/03/Bahrain-to-develop-central-Sharia-board-for-Islamic-banks.html

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Move to UAE has increased knowledge of Islam, say expats

December 3, 2014

ABU DHABI // Expatriates have embraced the UAE’s culture and traditions, and increased their understanding of Islam since they moved here.

Most western expatriates (94 per cent) say they have embraced the culture, followed by Arab expatriates (93 per cent) and Asian expatriates (89 per cent).

And 81 per cent of westerners say they have learnt more about Islam, as did 71 per cent of Asian expatriates.

Filipino Chai Medel says she has happily embraced the local culture.

Ms Medel, 26, an administrative worker, has lived in Abu Dhabi for six months and says has tried to understand much more about Islam.

“I have come to know so much about Islam,” she says.

“It is an eye-opening experience. I had certain perceptions about Islam but when I came here I learnt a lot.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/heritage/move-to-uae-has-increased-knowledge-of-islam-say-expats

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India

Shadowy Islamic Cult in Thane Probe Focus

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi

December 3, 2014

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has begun questioning members of the shadowy Mumbai-based religious cult, Islamic Guidance Society, whose members are suspected to have funded and facilitated the travel of four men from the city’s suburbs to fight with the Islamic State (IS) in the Middle East.

The widening investigation comes days after the arrest of Thane student turned IS jihadist Areeb Majeed, who returned home with bullet injuries. NIA sources said the agency on Tuesday questioned IGS activists Anil Dolare, Atif Inamdar and Sufian Sheikh, the last a lecturer who taught Anjuman-i-Islam Kalsekar Technical Campus, where Areeb Majeed was a final-year engineering college student.

The NIA’s investigation seeks to determine how Majeed and the three men he travelled with to Iraq obtained the Rs 60,000 each of them paid for their tickets. Majeed, the sources said, has told investigators he saved Rs 25,000 for the trip over six months, but has said nothing on how the group raised the remaining money, which they paid in cash to local tour operator Shaheen Travels.

Majeed, along with Shaheem Tanki, Fahad Sheikh and Aman Tandel flew to Iraq on May 23 as part of a pilgrims’ group. The four men then caught a taxi to Mosul, travelling through Fallujah.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/shadowy-islamic-cult-in-thane-probe-focus/99/#sthash.OnKLSoph.dpuf

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J&K Elections: It’s ‘Mission Change’ For Kashmiri Youth

ZAHID RAFIQ

December 3, 2014

The streets and markets in Handwara town wore a deserted look on Tuesday, but polling booths were abuzz with voters queuing up to cast the vote. Tea and kehwa were served inside the booths as children tagged along with parents.

Similar to the first phase of polling, youth came out on larges numbers to vote, a feature that was missing in elections for the past two decades. This time youngsters in Kupwara and Handwara came with a mission, to vote for “change”.

“Earlier, leaders made empty promises. They promised government jobs and other things. This time, we are voting for Sajjad Lone and we are sure he will bring change. He will bring factories and industries here and he will completely change this place,” said Khalid Ahmad Bhat, a 21-year-old voter from Handwara.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/elections/assembly2014/jammu-kashmir-assembly-elections-second-phase-voting/article6654123.ece

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Sister of Indian IS militant appeals for his return

PTI | Dec 3, 2014

LONDON: The sister of a suspected Islamic State militant of Indian-origin, who posted a picture of himself recently on Twitter holding his baby son in one hand and an AK-47 assault rifle in the other, has appealed to him to return home even if it means going to prison.

Abu Rumaysah, who was born as Siddhartha Dhar, reportedly fled the UK while on bail in September, the day after being arrested in London with radical cleric Anjem Choudary.

“My ‘kind and generous’ brother had changed beyond all recognition since converting to Islam and being radicalised, and laid much blame at Choudary’s door,” said Konika Dhar, sister of a 31 year-old British jihadi fighting with Islamic State in Syria.

“I believe that being in prison would be better than where he is now and I want him to realise that as well because his perception of the repercussion is slightly distorted and not accurate and things will be okay if he just speaks to us”, Konika was quoted as saying to ITV news.

Dhar was well-known in the UK for frequent television appearances declaring his wish to live with the so-called Islamic State terror group.

“I’m sorry if you think Choudary is your role model because he’s not,” she said, as a message to her brother whom she considers ‘kind and generous’.

Choudary was arrested in September with eight others, including Dhar, as part of an investigation into alleged support of the banned extremist group al-Muhajiroun.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sister-of-Indian-IS-militant-appeals-for-his-return/articleshow/45359519.cms

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Five militants killed in Kupwara gunfight

December 3, 2014

Five militants have been killed in an ongoing gunfight between a group of militants and the army in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, authorities said on Wednesday.

“Two more terrorists have been killed in Nowgam infiltration bid that has been foiled by alert troops of the army,” a senior army officer told IANS.

“Yesterday, three terrorists had been killed. The total number of terrorists killed in this incident so far is five. Two of our soldiers have also been injured. Till last reports came in, the operation was on,” he added.

As people were voting in the state assembly elections in Kupwara Tuesday, alert troops foiled an infiltration bid from across the Line of Control in Nowgam sector by a group of heavily armed militants.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/militants-killed-in-kupwara-gunfight/article6657455.ece

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Pak anti-terror court adjourns Mumbai 26/11 trial till Dec 10

PTI | Dec 3, 2014

LAHORE: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court which is conducting the trial of seven accused allegedly involved in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks on Wednesday adjourned the hearing till December 10 as the judge went on leave.

“The hearing of the case could not be held today as Anti-Terrorism Court, Islamabad, Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi did not turn up as ‘he was not well’. The court office adjourned the hearing till December 10,” a court official said.

In the last hearing on November 19, three witnesses had testified in connection with identification of two of the accused, bank transactions and a Jamaat-ud-Dawah centre in Sindh province.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-anti-terror-court-adjourns-Mumbai-26/11-trial-till-Dec-10/articleshow/45360591.cms

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Europe

French National Education Prompts Islamophobia

December 3, 2014

ISTANBUL — A new document entitled “Prevention of radicalization in schools” sent to the French school administration aims to prevent religious radicalization among French youths. However, it has provoked strong criticism from parents as the document signals growing Islamophobia in French society, and significant intolerance toward the Muslim community.

The document demands that teachers identify students who have a tendency toward radicalization. Teachers are also required to notify school administrators and the French government to keep those students on track. The criteria for suspicion include “an uncut mustache,” “Muslim clothing” and “weight loss due to intense fasting.” Apart from severe restrictions on appearances, it also includes a point on the “political rhetoric” that students develop in their homework on issues related to Palestine, Syria or Iraq, or religious issues.

The document was reportedly prepared by a team of education specialists and French police forces during the former Nicholas Sarkozy’s presidency in 2009 as a response to growing security and safety concerns towards Muslim communities in French society.

Full report at:

http://www.dailysabah.com/europe/2014/12/03/french-national-education-prompts-islamophobia

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Nearly 50 Islamic State recruits arrested in Tajikistan

DECEMBER 3, 2014

DOUSHANBEY, Dec 3 — Tajikistan’s prosecutors said today that nearly 50 young men from banned Islamist groups have been arrested on grounds they were preparing to join jihadists in Syria.

The men, aged between 20 and 30 and allegedly members of banned groups, were accused of “organising a criminal group for participating in armed conflicts or warfare in other countries,” a statement by the regional prosecutor’s office in northern Sogd region said.

They were arrested in northern Tajikistan and “were planning to leave to participate in the Syrian war on the side of the armed opposition,” it said, adding that they were suspected also of preparing to fight with Islamic State groups.

Authorities in Tajikistan, a mountainous Muslim country that is Central Asia’s most impoverished former Soviet republic, have said that 300 Tajik nationals have fought against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Tajikistan, which has been led since 1992 by former Soviet apparatchik Emomali Rakhmon, has arrested scores of people on suspicion of extremist activities in recent months.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/nearly-50-islamic-state-recruits-arrested-in-tajikistan#sthash.RLcXXiBV.dpuf

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UNGA approves Arab-backed resolution, urges Israel, India, Pak to renounce nuclear arms

December 3, 2014

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved an Arab-backed resolution on December 2 calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight.

The resolution, adopted in a 161-5 vote, noted that Israel is the only Middle Eastern country that is not party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It called on Israel to “accede to that treaty without further delay, not to develop, produce test or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons, to renounce possession of nuclear weapons” and put its nuclear facilities under the safeguard of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency.

It also urged India and Pakistan to accede to it as non-nuclear-weapon States promptly and without conditions and to place all their nuclear facilities under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/unga-approves-arab-backed-resolution-urges-israel-to-renounce-nuclear-arms/#sthash.zgTo3KaF.dpuf

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Conflict, militancy hit human rights in Middle East, African nations

December 3, 2014

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Syria was bottom and Ukraine had the biggest slide in a human rights index published on Wednesday, as countries suffering from conflict grappled with human trafficking and other rights violations.

The worsening situation in Syria and Iraq, two of the three worst performing countries, increased the likelihood of human trafficking, forced labor and child marriage taking place.

“Displaced populations, especially women and children, are exceptionally vulnerable to exploitation through trafficking and modern day slavery,” Lizabeth Campbell, director of human rights at Maplecroft, which compiled the index, said in a statement.

Human Rights Watch reported in October that women and girls from the Yazidi sect were being forced to marry fighters of the militant Sunni group Islamic State in Iraq or sent to Syria to be sold.

The Syrian civil war has had a ‘spillover’ effect on refugees, especially in Lebanon and Jordan where a child under 18 was involved in nearly one third of refugee marriages, the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) reported in July.

Ukraine, battling Moscow-backed separatists in the east, suffered the biggest deterioration in human rights, with almost 500,000 displaced people open to labor exploitation as they struggled to find a job.

Full report at:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/03/us-rights-index-syria-idUSKCN0JH00720141203

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Denmark’s rehab for deradicalisation: Homework, football and Islam

December 3, 2014

AARHUS: How do you turn around a young man who is determined to destroy the West? In the Danish city of Aarhus, you take him to a cafe or a public library and talk about football.

This is the softly-softly approach of Mads, a mentor in an innovative programme to deradicalise young Muslim men who might otherwise turn to violence.

“The guy I’m working with now really wanted to go to Syria,” said Mads, who is in his early thirties but asked not to be identified any further for fear of compromising his work.

“My aim is not to disconnect the religion, because I think it’s fine that he’s religious. But it’s about obtaining a balance,” he added.

Belying its reputation as a harmonious, wealthy country, Denmark has the second largest number of foreign fighters in Syria relative to its size among Western nations, behind only Belgium, according to an estimate by The Economist magazine.

The young men Mads works with grew up in places like the sprawling Gellerupparken, a dreary housing estate where four out of five are from immigrant homes.

With its graffiti, crumbling concrete and broken glass it is a far cry from Denmark’s wealthy image — and only a short walk from Grimhoej mosque, which has gained notoriety for refusing to denounce the ultra-radical Islamic State (IS).

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148494/denmarks-rehab-for-deradicalisation-homework-football-and-islam

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Britain First releases ‘Taliban Hunting Club’ hoodie ‘just in time for Christmas’

December 3, 2014

The far-right group Britain First has released a new hoodie “just in time for Christmas”.

Dubbed the “Taliban Hunting Club” hoodie, the sweater is aimed at those wishing to “display [their] patriotism in a simple yet effective way”.

The “limited edition” black garment features the Britain First symbol topped with a crown on the left breast and a skull and weapons encircled with the slogan “Taliban Hunting Club” on the right breast.

Advertised on the group’s official Facebook page, it is available on a website called Patriot Store, which also sells other Britain First garb, including polo shirts, baseball caps and even fragrances. It costs £29.95 excluding VAT.

The latest sales pitch comes just weeks after police officers charged with protecting the Queen launched an investigation into the leader of Britain First over whether the group had made unauthorised use of an image of the monarch’s crown.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Operations directorate are looking into whether the group has breached royal copyright by using an image of St Edward’s Crown on its clothing.

Full report at:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/britain-first-releases-taliban-hunting-club-hoodie-just-in-time-for-christmas-9898396.html

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Africa

Militants Divide Kenya Miners by Religion, Then Begin Killing

December 3, 2014

The Kenyan miners were marched off in the predawn dark on Tuesday, some barefoot, others shirtless.

The Somali militants methodically separated the Christian workers from the Muslims and took the Christians to the side of a hill, near a gravel pit. Then they ordered the disbelievers to lie face down.

According to the Kenyan authorities, the militants killed 36 people, most of them young men. Many were shot in the back of the head, at close range, and some were decapitated. It appeared all the Muslims had been spared.

The killings, which followed a similar sequence on a passenger bus less than two weeks earlier, unnerved the Kenyan public and led to the ouster of Kenya’s top security chiefs.

“Innocent Kenyan lives have been lost, in a most harrowing manner, to these animals,” said Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta.

But, he said, “We will not flinch.”

Kenya has been severely hampered by Somali militants next door, a problem that never seems to go away. It started in the 1960s and became acute in the early 1990s, when Somalia’s government collapsed and hundreds of thousands of refugees, and waves of gunmen called shiftas, fled into Kenya.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/world/africa/mandera-kenya-quarry-shabab-killing.html?_r=0

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Four killed in suicide attack on UN convoy in Somali capital

December 3, 2014

MOGADISHU: At least four people were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber in the Somali capital rammed a car packed with explosives into a UN convoy, police said.

“The bomber drove in between the security escort and the UN armoured vehicles and detonated the car, ramming into one of the escort vehicles,” police officer Mohamed Liban told, adding he had seen four dead bodies but feared more may have been killed.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-167556-Four-killed-in-suicide-attack-on-UN-convoy-in-Somali-capital

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U.N. mission calls for new talks between Libyan groups

3 December 2014

The U.N.’s mission in Libya will call for a new round of talks to start on Tuesday between Libya’s warring parties, it said in a statement on Wednesday, to try to end a conflict threatening to tear apart the oil producing nation.

Libya has two governments and parliaments vying for power since a group called Libya Dawn seized the capital Tripoli in August after a month-long battle with a rival group and set up its own cabinet.

Internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni has been forced to work from the east of the country where the elected House of Representatives is also based.

The U.N. mission said it “will call a new round of political dialogue” on Dec. 9, without saying where talks would be held nor who would participate.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/africa/2014/12/03/U-N-mission-calls-for-new-talks-between-Libyan-groups-.html

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Tunisia holds first parliamentary session after revolution

December 3, 2014

TUNIS // Tunisia’s first full elected parliament held its opening session with a challenge to implement the democracy its people sought when they marched in the 2011 revolt against autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

The country that saw the first of the Arab Spring revolts chose a temporary national assembly in 2011 to draw up the new constitution approved early this year. The full parliament will sit for the next five years.

The constitution has been hailed as one of the most progressive in the Arab world and an example of Tunisia being a model for transition in a regional in turmoil.

“We have achieved the theoretical side by approving a progressive constitution but today we face the toughest stage, which is how we apply this constitution,” Mustapha Ben Jaafar, president of the former transitional assembly, told the new members of parliament.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/tunisia-holds-first-parliamentary-session-after-revolution

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Pakistan

Airstrikes kill 15 suspected militants in North Waziristan

December 3, 2014

PESHAWAR: At least 15 suspected militants were killed on Wednesday during airstrikes conducted by military fighter jets in the Dattakhel area of North Waziristan tribal Agency.

According to military sources, at least 15 suspected militants, including two key commanders belonging to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were killed in precision airstrikes carried out by the military.

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a handout that hideouts and ammunition depots were also destroyed during the airstrikes. However, these claims could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.

Khyber and North Waziristan are included in Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are also known to have strongholds in the zone.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1148507/airstrikes-kill-15-suspected-militants-in-north-waziristan

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Pakistan Police Register Blasphemy Case against ‘Disco Mullah’

December 3, 2014

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan police said on Wednesday they were investigating blasphemy allegations against a man dubbed the “disco mullah” who quit a career in pop music to become a preacher.

The case against Junaid Jamshed, a member of the deeply conservative Tableeghi Jamaat organisation, was brought by Mobeen Qadri, a member of the religious political party Sunni Tehreek.

Blasphemy is punishable by death in Muslim-majority Pakistan. But the law does not define what is blasphemous – anyone can file a case alleging their religious feelings were hurt for any reason.

Qadri filed the case against Jamshed after he used the example of one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives to illustrate an argument about the failings of women in a video.

“Now the case is with the investigators,” said Mehmood Ahmed, a police officer in Karachi. “We will have to arrest Junaid Jamshed and it is up to him if he moves bail and goes to court against this.”

Full report at:

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKCN0JH0FO20141203?sp=true

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Pakistan running special trains for terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed

December 3, 2014

LAHORE: In a sign of official patronage to Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led JuD, Pakistan government is running two special trains to transport people to Lahore for the terror group’s two-day congregation here.

The chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba, Saeed told reporters here on Tuesday that thousands of people would participate in the congregation starting on December 4 at the ground of Minar-i-Pakist ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/45352489.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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Ready to talk if Imran shuns ‘double standards’: Nawaz

December 3, 2014

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday that the government is ready to hold talks with Imran Khan “if he shuns double standards”.

The prime minister said there should be no double standards as on the side of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), noting that on the one hand the party was talking about resumption of talks while on the other hand its politics of sit-ins was going on. Nawaz Sharif regretted that the threats about the closure of the whole country were unfortunate. The prime minister said that he as leader of the House, and the leader of opposition in the National Assembly were “creating an ideal democratic rapport” by consulting on vital issues leaving behind the politics of 90s dominated by political vendetta.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/03-Dec-2014/ready-to-talk-if-imran-shuns-double-standards-nawaz

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Won’t allow army in tribal areas if elected PM: Imran

December 3, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that if he were in power, army would not have entered the tribal areas.

Addressing his sit-in, which has shrunk, Khan said that if he was elected prime minister, he would not allow army to enter in tribal areas, instead the tribal men would become soldiers. Khan said that “tribal people are our army” and a time will come “when we will establish peace in the entire region without fighting”. Imran said he knows that closing down the country would increase the problems faced by the people but he also knows that “only sacrifices could pave the way to freedom”. He said that all the political parties have joined together against the PTI, “but the government leaders do not know that PTI has many more plans in the pipeline”.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/03-Dec-2014/won-t-allow-army-in-tribal-areas-if-elected-pm-imran

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Palestinian issue remains high on our agenda: Bokhari

December 3, 2014

LAHORE: Senate Chairman and Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) President Senator Nayyer Hussain Bokhari on Tuesday said that with political will power, Asia can create a great paradigm shift in the world and that the issue of Palestine remains high in the agenda of the 7th plenary session of the APA.

He was addressing the inaugural session of the APA and formally declared the 7th annual plenary session of the assembly open. It may be noted that the 7th plenary session of the APA is being held in Lahore from December 1-3.

Senator Bokhari said that the Asian parliament and consequently the Asian people have commonly cherished ideals of development, stability and prosperity and with the creation of an Asian Parliament “we would be able to go beyond our expressions of desire and move towards their application”.

Senator Bokhari, after being elected as the APA president last year, is very committed towards using this platform for regional cooperation and enhancing regional integration.

“I am confident that the commitments we make here will usher in a new era of prosperity, peace and sustainable development for our people,” he said.

He termed raging regional conflicts a matter of great concern and an impediment to Asia’s forward march.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/punjab/03-Dec-2014/palestinian-issue-remains-high-on-our-agenda-bokhari

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South Asia

33 Taliban militants killed during clearing operations

Dec 03 2014

At least 33 Taliban militants were killed and 6 others were injured during military operations by Afghan national security forces in the past 24 hours.

The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan national police, Afghan national army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry following a statement said Wednesday that the militants were killed or injured in Zabul, Kandahar, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Uruzgan, Khost, Jawzjan, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Ghazni, Balkh, Laghman and Paktika provinces.

Afghan security forces confiscated various types of light and heavy weapons along with explosives during the operations, interior ministry said.

The statement by interior ministry also added that Afghan national security forces discovered and seized 9 rounds of improvised explosive device (IED) during the operations in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar and Helmand provinces.

Interior ministry said the improvised explosive device (IEDs) were recently planted by Taliban militants for insurgency attacks in Paktika, Khost, Ghazni and Laghman provinces.

Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

https://www.khaama.com/moi-33-taliban-militants-killed-during-clearing-operations-9090

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Islamic minister dismisses rumour of President Yameen not performing Hajj

By Ahmed Naish | December 3rd, 2014

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed has dismissed rumours of President Abdulla Yameen not performing the Hajj pilgrimage despite traveling to Saudi Arabia in September.

Asked to address the speculation during minister’s question time at yesterday’s sitting of parliament by opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MP Ibrahim Shareef, Shaheem suggested the rumours were being spread by former President Mohamed Nasheed, who he said was unable to make the pilgrimage while in office.

“The president of the Maldives made the Hajj [pilgrimage]. As you know, he was supposed to go the UN assembly but went to Hajj after cancelling it,” he said.

He claimed that former President Nasheed declined an opportunity to perform the pilgrimage during his tenure and had sent the first lady instead.

Shaheem was state minister for Islamic affairs under the Nasheed administration.

Nasheed’s remarks concerning President Yameen’s Hajj pilgrimage “opens the door for others to talk further about the things they have done,” Shaheem said.

“So I think it would be better to stay quiet without going around talking about such personal matters,” he said.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/islamic-minister-dismisses-rumour-of-president-yameen-not-performing-hajj-91409

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War crimes verdict on ex- Jatiya Party leader Abdul Jabbar any day now

December 3, 2014

The verdict on ex-Jatiya Party MP Abdul Jabbar in a war crimes case is expected any day.

The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 led by Justice Enayetur Rahim finished the trial proceedings in absentia on Wednesday and kept its verdict pending.

The tribunal had declared Jabbar an absconder earlier and appointed Supreme Court lawyer Abul Hasan as his counsel.

On May 11, the prosecution pressed charges against the former Jatiya Party lawmaker.

He is charged with five types of crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

Full report at:

http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2014/12/03/war-crimes-verdict-on-ex-jp-leader-abdul-jabbar-any-day-now

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North America

US Congress moves toward OK for financing war on IS jihadists

December 3, 2014

US congressional negotiators late Tuesday approved an emergency funding package to pay for military operations against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria, and a vote is expected in the coming days.

A plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, proposed by President Barack Obama, is also expected to be extended. Lawmakers in September had approved it to last only until December 11.

The armed services committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate late Tuesday released the final text of the defense authorization act for the 2015 budget year, which runs from October 2014 to September 2015, after months of negotiations.

The House should adopt the bill by the end of the week, said Democratic Senator Carl Levin and his Republican counterpart James Inhofe. It then goes to the Senate.

The text includes $3.4 billion for the deployment of US forces as part of operation “Absolute Determination” and $1.6 billion for a program to equip and train Iraqi Kurd forces for two years.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117054/World/Region/US-Congress-moves-toward-OK-for-financing-war-on-I.aspx

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Palestinian state will only come through talks: US

December 3, 2014

Washington Tuesday reaffirmed its “crystal clear” stand that Palestinians will only realize their dream of statehood through direct talks with Israel, just hours after a controversial vote by French lawmakers.

“The US position is clear, that we support Palestinian statehood but believe it can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties that resolve the final status issues,” said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

French lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state, sparking an immediate angry reaction from Israel which said such “unilateral measures” would harm efforts towards Middle East peace.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/117051/World/Region/Palestinian-state-will-only-come-through-talks-US.aspx

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Former al-Qaeda Hostage Recounts Nightmare – of Dealing With FBI

December 3, 2014

Washington – The only thing as bad as being tortured for months as a captive of jihadists in Syria was dealing with the U.S. government afterward, according to one former American hostage.

Matt Schrier, 36, a freelance photographer held by extremists for seven months in 2013 until he escaped, has told McClatchy that the bureaucracy he endured upon his return home was a second kind of nightmare following the months of abuse he suffered while he was a hostage.

“I never thought it would get this bad,” Schrier said.

The FBI never told his father that he had been kidnapped. It waited six months into his capture to produce a wanted poster, and only after his mother prodded. It allowed jihadist forces to empty his bank account – $17,000 – with purchases on eBay, even as the government warned hostage families not to pay ransom so as not to run afoul of anti-terrorism laws.

After his escape, the government made him reimburse the State Department $1,605 for his ticket home just weeks after he arrived in the United States. The psychiatrist assigned to help him readjust canceled five appointments in the first two months. And when he had no means to rent an apartment, FBI victims services recommended New York City homeless shelters.

The FBI declined to comment on the specifics of Schrier’s complaints but said in a statement that “When an American is detained illegally overseas, the FBI’s top priority is ensuring the safe return of that individual.”

Full report at:

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27752-former-al-qaida-hostage-recounts-nightmare-of-dealing-with-fbi

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How the US Intervention against the IS Has Alienated Syria’s Sunni Arab Opposition

December 3, 2014

Gaziantep and Suruc, Turkey – A dozen men huddle around a campfire in the Turkish village of Ma’sariya, 700 meters north of the Syrian border. They are a fraction of more than 120,000 Kurds who have fled an attack by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Kobani, the strategic town just across the border in Syria.

It’s too cloudy to see the US jets flying above, but they make plenty of noise. Applause breaks out at the sound of explosions from the bombs they drop, and the occasional fires they trigger in Kobani. The sound of gunfire that punctuates the damp night prompts worried frowns around the campfire: Many here are fighters with the People’s Protection Units – YPG, by its Kurdish acronym – on leave for a few days from the battle across the frontier.

More than a thousand people have been killed in the months-long battle to defend the town, including hundreds of ISIS fighters in airstrikes by US and Arab warplanes.

YPG commanders in Kobani say the airstrikes have turned the tide in their favor, allowing them to capture several hills and cut off ISIS supply routes, making it only a matter of time before the fighters are forced to abandon their siege.

Full report at:

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27768-how-the-us-intervention-against-the-islamic-state-has-alienated-syria-s-sunni-arab-opposition

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Tulsa police captain’s lawsuit over Islamic event

December 3, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from a Tulsa police officer who sued the city over orders to attend an event at an Islamic mosque.

Without comment, the high court declined to review the case of Paul Campbell Fields, effectively ending his three-year-old lawsuit, which failed at three federal court levels. Fields still serves as a captain on the Tulsa police force.

Fields sued the city and top police department officials in 2011 after he was punished for not attending or requiring any of his subordinates to attend a law enforcement appreciation day held by the Islamic Society in Tulsa.

In an email after the directive came down, he told about a dozen department personnel, “It is my opinion and that of my legal counsel that forcing me to enter a Mosque when it is not directly related to a police call for service is a violation of my Civil Rights.

“Please consider this email my official notification to the Tulsa Police Department and the City of Tulsa that I intend not to follow this directive, nor require any of my subordinates to do so if they share similar religious convictions.”

Full report at:

http://newsok.com/u.s.-supreme-court-rejects-tulsa-police-captains-lawsuit-over-islamic-event/article/5371907

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U.S. diplomats to argue against new Iran sanctions

3 December 2014

Top U.S. diplomats will this week make a “strong case” to lawmakers to hold off on fresh Iran sanctions, hoping to avoid an ugly political showdown which could scupper nuclear talks.

Acting Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman, who has led the tense, secretive negotiations for months, will be at the vanguard of an administration drive to persuade Congress not to push ahead with draft legislation which would slap even more punitive sanctions on Iran.

Hawkish lawmakers are eager to pass new sanctions through Congress aiming to prod the Islamic republic into a lasting deal that prevents Iranian leaders from developing a nuclear weapon.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/03/U-S-diplomats-to-argue-against-new-Iran-sanctions.html

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Islamic State: Kerry says group ‘significantly’ damaged

3 December 2014

Air strikes carried out by the US-led collation on Islamic State (IS) have inflicted “significant” damage on the group’s capabilities, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Mr Kerry said the campaign against the militant group could take years, but that the coalition would remain engaged “as long as it takes”.

The US said earlier that Iran, not a coalition member, had carried out air strikes against IS in Iraq.

However, Iran has denied this.

The US said there had been no coordination with the Iranians on any air strikes.

IS controls large areas of Syria and Iraq, imposing a rigid version of Sunni Islam and persecuting or killing non-believers.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30306106

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Mideast

Palestinians urge France to act on parliament vote to recognise state

December 3, 2014

The Palestinian leadership urged France to act on a parliamentary vote Dec. 2 in favour of recognising Palestine as a state, expressing its “gratitude” to the French lawmakers.

“We call on the French government to translate its parliament’s vote into action,” Hanan Ashrawi, a senior leader in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said in a statement.

“We wish to express our gratitude to the members of the French parliament for adopting a resolution on the side of justice and human dignity,” she said.

“For peace to prevail, support for the two-state solution must be more than lip service.

“If members of the international community are serious about the creation of the independent Palestinian state… they must undertake serious and concrete measures to end the occupation and to recognise the State of Palestine.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/palestinians-urge-france-to-act-on-parliament-vote-to-recognise-state.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75133&NewsCatID=352

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Turkish FM Çavuşoğlu raises concerns on Aleppo at NATO meeting

December 3, 2014

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has reiterated Turkey’s concerns about the Syrian province of Aleppo, which is under pressure after having been split roughly in half between opposition groups and government troops that have slowly encircled rebel positions, trying to cut supply routes.

Meeting with his British and Canadian counterparts late Dec. 2 on the sidelines of the NATO foreign ministers’ meeting, Çavuşoğlu discussed the situation in Aleppo and urged for an “integrated strategy” to solve the Syrian crisis, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.

Ankara says that if Aleppo was to fall, Turkey would be confronted with an even more serious refugee crisis. Turkey therefore has been pushing the international coalition to set up a no-fly zone and a safe zone inside Syria, as it already hosts 1.6 million Syrian refugees.

Ankara also urges the coalition to broaden its campaign to tackle Bashar al-Assad, in addition to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), arguing that there can be no peace in Syria if al-Assad remains in power.

Çavuşoğlu also had a tête-à-tête meeting on Dec. 2 with Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard. Copenhagen has been pressuring Ankara for an explanation regarding the release of the suspected shooter of a Danish writer in Turkey and has recently brought the issue to the European Union.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-fm-cavusoglu-raises-concerns-on-aleppo-at-nato-meeting.aspx?pageID=238&nID=75141&NewsCatID=510

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Israeli lawmakers to vote on dissolving parliament

December 3, 2014

Israeli lawmakers are set to vote on a motion that will pave the way for early elections.

December 3 vote in the Knesset is a preliminary one and is likely to pass. Further votes expected next week will officially dissolve Israel’s parliament, ushering in new polls two years ahead of schedule.

The current government took office in early 2013 and has been riven by divisions from the beginning over the major issues facing the country.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two rebellious Cabinet ministers and said elections would be held “as soon as possible.”

The election, expected to be held early next year, would come at a time of growing violence between Palestinians and Jews and deepening despair over the prospects for peace.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/israeli-lawmakers-to-vote-on-dissolving-parliament/#sthash.XWVmklxY.dpuf

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At least one killed in car bomb attack on Iranian diplomat’s house in Yemen

December 3, 2014

SANAA, Dec 3 — A car bomb struck the residence of Iran’s ambassador in the Yemeni capital Sanaa today, killing at least one person and wounding 17 others, security officials and witnesses said.

Ambassador Hassan Sayed Nam was not in the house when the attack took place in the diplomatic district of Hada, according to a security official.

One guard was killed, according to officials who said two of the 17 wounded were guards and the rest passers-by.

The blast left a hole in the outer wall of the house. Nearby homes and cars were also damaged.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/at-least-one-killed-in-car-bomb-attack-on-iranian-diplomats-house-in-yemen#sthash.AHFQtDYG.dpuf

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Southeast Asia

Najib reneged on Sedition Act repeal for self-preservation, says PAS

December 3, 2014

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s move to retain and strengthen the Sedition Act 1948 is not to protect Islam and the Malays but to secure his position as head of Umno, PAS said today.

Party information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the position of Islam and the special privileges for Malays were already enshrined in the Federal Constitution, while issues like Malay reserve land were not necessarily safeguarded even with the Sedition Act.

“There is enough evidence that the Sedition Act cannot protect the sanctity of Islam and the Malays… Malay reserve lands have been reduced a lot even when the Sedition Act is in place,” Mahfuz said at a press conference today.

He said PAS and its allies in Pakatan Rakyat have never disputed the constitutional provisions on the position of Islam, the Malay rulers and Malay special privileges and that the act would be abused on the pretext of guarding these matters.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-reneged-on-sedition-act-repeal-for-self-preservation-says-pas#sthash.ss1Gkk3t.dpuf

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Indonesian Police escort trafficking victims from Malaysia

December 03 2014

Indonesian police have brought home 39 Indonesian migrant workers who are alleged victims of human trafficking in Malaysia.

The workers, all women, were taken to the National Police headquarters for further questioning before being sent home.

“They were being temporarily housed in Malaysia before being sent to Middle Eastern countries and various addresses in Malaysia,” National Police detective agency human trafficking unit head Adj. Sr. Comr. Adhe Darmantho said on Wednesday.

He said the police had also arrested one man who was allegedly involved in the trafficking.

Earlier, he added, the police had been informed that there were 44 migrant workers but it turned out that there were only 39 people in the compound.

Adhe said most of the victims had been promised work in various countries as domestic assistants, but it turned out they were being sold to the highest bidder.

According to Titin, one of the victims, she was told she would be sent to Malaysia as a domestic assistant but she was kept in an apartment for a month without pay.

The police promised that they would investigate the case and reveal the trafficking syndicate.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/12/03/police-escort-trafficking-victims-malaysia.html

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