EDL supporters marched through east London Photograph: Dave Evans/Demotix/Corbis
Nasheed wins first round of Maldives’ presidential election
Officials: Taliban attack Afghan Intelligence building, four killed
Afghan police: NATO airstrike kills 15, including women and children
Al won’t be allowed to hold one-sided election: Khaleda
Bartering heats up for Afghan vote
Egypt army hits Sinai militants, at least 31 killed, injured
Syria’s religious authority calls for prayer in face of U.S. Congress vote
‘Only authorized preachers can deliver sermons’
‘Anti-Islamist’ singer faces the music in Egypt
Egypt prosecutor probes accusations that activists were ‘foreign funded’
Iraq orders Iran exiles to leave camp
Conditions for Saudi citizenship to be eased
Syria Baath party in ‘permanent session’ over strike fears
Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed wants to discuss ‘India role in terror’
Pakistan militants prepare for war in Afghanistan
Nawaz Sharif gives go-ahead for Karachi crackdown
Karachi security conundrum: Criminals flee city before crackdown
Crackdown against criminals in Karachi: LEAs to get 20,000 bulletproof vests
Hangman lacks work, and Pakistan looks to provide it
Explosion in North Waziristan injures two soldiers
With guard of honour, President Zardari steps down
Not interested in becoming Pakistan PM: Zardari
Nelson Mandela’s policy of reconciliation for tribal areas: Imran Khan
Life threat: K-P asks federal govt to take custody of Dr Afridi
Ajmer Muslim clerics dismissed BJP’s claim of Supporting Modi
Manmohan puts terror rider ahead of talks with Sharif in New York
Muzaffarnagar violence: Muslim clerics caution against 'political conspiracies'
Muzaffarnagar violence: UP CM appeals for calm as death toll mounts to 12
SIT concludes arguments against Zakia Jafri's protest petition
Parallel Kashmir concert pays tribute to martyrs
Zidan’s govt must go, says Libyan Grand Mufti
Protesters call for strike in Tripoli today
Protesters in Tunisia renew calls for government to step down
American TV ad urges Congress to oppose Syria strike
Barack Obama, the anti-war candidate emerges as fighting president
US Senate panel releases 13 videos of Syria chemical attack
President’s unlikely surrogates on strikes: Kerry and McCain
US plans for three days of attacks on Syria: report
Saudi prisoner moved to federal prison in Colorado
Iran FM visits Iraq to discuss Syria on first foreign trip
Turkey scrambles F-16s after ‘blast’ on Syria border
RI continues to seek alternative solutions to Syria conflict: SBY
Putrajaya to argue non-Muslims using Allah will lead to public disorder
More Than 160 Anti-Islamist and Rival Protesters Arrested In London
Germany, CIA cooperated on Islamist database
World faithful heed pope’s call for Syria prayers
Syrian war victims flown to UK for testing and treatment
With the world watching, Syria amassed nerve gas
Syrian forces may have used gas without Assad's permission: Report
Obama appeals for Syria strike backing, Europeans urge delay
Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau
Reuters | Sep 8, 2013
LONDON: Police arrested more than 160 people in east London on Saturday during rival protests by hundreds of anti-Islamist activists and thousands of counter-demonstrators near an area home to one of Britain's largest Muslim communities.
About 3,000 police officers were deployed to keep a group of 500 members of the right-wing English Defence League, or EDL, apart from a larger group of anti-racist protesters, including Unite Against Fascism.
Police formed lines across the streets to enforce a ban on the EDL marching to the borough of Tower Hamlets, which has a large Muslim community, and to keep the counter-demonstrators in their assigned area.
Police imposed the geographic restrictions on the EDL march as well as a time restriction, fearing a risk to public order. The EDL lost a court battle on Friday to overturn the ban.
A police spokesman said about 150 counter-protesters were arrested after a group broke away and headed towards Tower Bridge where the EDL march was to end.
He said 14 others, mainly from the EDL, were arrested during the day for violent disorder, possession of knives and fireworks, and one 30-year-old man for inciting others to break the conditions set for the protest.
The EDL said on its Twitter account that the group's leader, Tommy Robinson, was arrested "for incitement".
Despite the high number of arrests, the police spokesman said there were no serious clashes.
"The police presence did manage to keep the two groups apart," he said.
Local MPs had written to police calling for the march to be banned, fearing a repeat of violent clashes in 2011 between the EDL, police and anti-fascist groups in Tower Hamlets.
They argued that the historical violence of EDL marches and heightened threats made against the Muslim community since the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby in a south London street in May posed a threat to community safety.
Two suspects, both British Muslims, face trial in November over Rigby's killing.
Chief superintendent Jim Read of London's Metropolitan Police said the EDL and any counter group had a right to protest, but under conditions that would prevent any intimidation and public disorder.
8 September 2013
Former President Mohammed Nasheed has emerged as a clear leader in the first round of the Maldives’ presidential election receiving 45 per cent votes but fell short of an outright majority resulting in another round of run-off between top two candidates scheduled later month.
The Election Commission here announced results early Sunday after a nightlong counting, declaring Mr. Nasheed a clear winner in the first round of polls with 95,224 votes.
Mr. Nasheed was followed by Abdullah Yameen, brother of former President Abdul Gayoom, who received 25.35 per cent votes (53,099), Gasim Ibrahim with 24.07 per cent (50,422) and present incumbent Waheed Hassan with 5.13 per cent (10,750).
Over 88 per cent votes were cast during the elections.
“These are preliminary results. We will be getting ballot papers from various islands in two days and if required corrections would be made by September 14 after which final results will be announced. But these corrections are not likely to have major impact on the results,” Election Commission president Fuwad Taufeek said.
Under the country’s election laws, if none of the candidates get more than 50 per cent of the vote, a run-off will take place between the top two candidates.
If final results do not bring much change, Mr. Nasheed will be facing a September 28 run-off against Mr. Yameen.
On the alleged irregularities at some counting stations, the Election Commissioner said they have received complaints but it has not taken any decision on recount on any ballot.
Mr. Taufeek said if any party approaches court and gets a decision, they would be open for a recount in front of representatives of all the parties.
India has been engaging with both the candidates — Mr. Nasheed and Mr. Yameen — who are likely to contest for the second round, much before the elections.
Both the leaders have recently visited New Delhi and met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assuring full support, sources said here. Former President Abdul Gayoom had also visited New Delhi in June.
India, which shares close ties with the archipelago nation, is the of the view that multi-party democracy is in a very nascent stage and should be given time to deepen its roots here, they said.
First multi-party free elections were held in Maldives in 2008 after three-decades of Mohammed Abdul Gayoom’s rule in which Mr. Nasheed won.
He had to resign after four years after security forces joined protests led by the opposition parties over the arrest of a judge. Mr. Nasheed’s ouster resulted in the elevation of then Vice-President Mohammed Waheed as his successor.
Over 2,229 local observers, 102 international observers, 1,343 representatives of political parties besides 1,642 local and 225 international journalists are keeping a hawk’s eye on the developments in this young multi-party democracy.
8 September 2013
At least four Afghan intelligence agents were killed and dozens of civilians were wounded Sunday when a group of Taliban militants attacked an intelligence bureau in central Afghanistan, officials said.
Six attackers armed with small arms and suicide vests attacked a National Directorate of Security (NDS) building in Maidan Shar, the capital city of Wardak province south of the capital Kabul, provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP.
“Five attackers and four intelligence officers were killed in the ensuing clash. Thirty civilians were wounded,” he said.
Afghan police: Nato airstrike kills 15, including women and children
KABUL:Afghan officials say an apparent Nato airstrike has killed 15 people, nine of them civilians, including women and children, in an eastern province where the Taliban are strong.
Nato, however, claims ten insurgents were killed.
Kunar province police chief Abdul Habib Sayed Khaili says the airstrike hit a pickup truck soon after three Arab and three Afghan militants boarded it Saturday evening.
He said some reports called it a drone strike.
But Nato spokeswoman 1st Lt AnnMarie Annicelli said Sunday that it was a precision airstrike that killed 10 ''enemy forces'' and that she had no reports of civilians dying.
Civilian deaths in Nato operations have long been a sore point between Afghanistan and the US-led troops here.
Reiterating the demand for restoration of the caretaker government, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia insisted Sunday that the opposition would not allow the government to hold one-sided election.
She said political parties which are not in the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance also want the caretaker system back for holding the election.
“People like Dr Kamal Hossain, Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Quader Siddiqui want the restoration of the caretaker system,” Khaleda said while addressing a rally in Narsingdi.
A week before candidates can register for Afghanistan's presidential election, there is still no favourite to succeed Hamid Karzai, but deal making is going on in earnest behind the scenes.
Constitutionally barred from running for a third term, Karzai has been Afghanistan's only leader since the 2001 US-led invasion brought down the Taliban regime.
Twelve years later NATO troops are preparing to leave, a Taliban insurgency is as strong as ever, the country is polarised along ethnic lines and the government dependent on Western cash to survive.
The challenges facing Afghanistan's next president are immense and under Karzai's dominance, no obvious candidate capable of appealing to, let alone uniting disparate groups has emerged.
Full report at:
At least 31 people were killed or injured on Saturday when the Egyptian army mounted a large operation against militants in North Sinai, Reuters reported security officials as saying.
Dozens of armored vehicles backed by helicopters took part in the operation near Sheikh Zuweid, a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip.
According to Reuters, 15 people were detained in the operation.
Residents, who witnessed winding columns of trucks and armored vehicles pour into the area, said the operation was one of the largest to be held in the area in years, the Associated Press reported.
Syria’s religious authority has urged its people to fast and pray on Monday to face the anticipated U.S. congressional vote, which could authorize President Barak Obama to execute a military strike against the Arab country, official news agency SANA reported.
The Ministry of Religious Endowments called on Syrians to fast next Monday, two days before the congressional session.
It has also called for a one-million-people campaign to ask God for forgiveness and repentance.
This call for fasting and communal prayer stirred many angry and satiric comments from those who oppose the Syrian government.
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs Endowments, Call and Guidance branch in Makkah has completed preparations to welcome pilgrims for this Haj season.
Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, director of the branch in Makkah, said the objective is to involve state agencies to make available the best services to pilgrims.
“The Kingdom spends vast resources to make things easy, particularly for children, in compliance with the directions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,” said Al-Nasser.
Top Egyptian singer Ali al-Hajar has been accused of inciting hatred in his most recently released song.
Hajar is well-known for his anti-Islamist narrative but critics say that this time he has gone too far, according to Gulf News on Saturday.
The song has recently hit local TV stations and is becoming notorious for lambasting the Muslim Brotherhood.
The song, “We Are One People and You Are Another,” criticizes Islamists over their attitude towards women, freedom and religion.
Egypt’s public prosecutor is looking into legal complaints against some prominent activists, a judicial source at the prosecutor’s office told Reuters on Saturday.
The complaints accuse the activists of accepting money from the United States and other countries and say that diplomatic cables from Wikileaks support the claim, Reuters reported.
The source said the prosecutor received complaints from private citizens against 35 pro-democracy and rights activists, many of whom played an important role in the 2011 uprising against ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
8 September 2013
BAGHDAD – Iraq has ordered Iranian exiles to move from a camp where 52 of their members were killed a week ago “without delay,” a government official and the UN said Saturday.
Baghdad opened a probe into the events surrounding the deaths of the members of the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, which occurred on Sunday at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province, but accounts of the unrest still differ markedly.
Authorities are weighing the prospects of canceling a key condition stipulating that the grandfather of a Saudi mother should be Saudi for granting citizenship to her children, a high-level source has said.
Mohammed Al-Jasser, a spokesman from the Civil Affairs Department, would neither deny nor confirm the report. “We have also heard the same report. At the same, we have not heard about any changes in citizenship conditions,” he said.
The leadership of Syria’s ruling Baath party will go into “permanent session” starting Saturday, Syria state news agency SANA said, as Washington weighs military action against Damascus.
“The national leadership of the Arab Socialist Baath party discussed with other Syrian parties the latest developments in light of threats to launch an attack against Syria,” SANA reported.
The Baath party leadership decided to “go into permanent session starting from today and going forward indefinitely.”
Omer Farooq Khan, TNN | Sep 8, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has urged the Pakistani leadership to discuss India's "role in acts of terrorism in Pakistan" at an all parties' conference on tackling militancy on Monday.
Top intelligence and army officer would brief the leadership at the conference as the government seeks to have a dialogue with the Taliban before going for other options.
"We welcome the step PM Nawaz Sharif has taken to host the conference. But its agenda should also cover role of India in acts of terrorism through its consulates in Afghanistan ," Saeed said at a rally in Islamabad on Friday.
Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press
September 08 2013
Militants in Pakistan's most populous province are said to be training for what they expect will be an ethnic-based civil war in neighboring Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw in 16 months, according to analysts and a senior militant.
In the past two years the number of Punjab-based militants deploying to regions bordering on Afghanistan has tripled and is now in the thousands, says analyst Mansur Mehsud. He runs the FATA Institute, an Islamabad-based think tank studying the mix of militant groups that operate in Pakistan's tribal belt running along much of the 2,600-kilometer (1,600-mile) Afghan-Pakistan border.
Lahore : Prime minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday finalised modalities for launching an operation in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi to end target killings, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and widespread crime.
Chairing a high-level meeting at his residence here as part of continuing consultations on forging a “fool-proof mechanism” to rid Karachi of “anarchic elements”, Sharif said, “Extraordinary circumstances require a sustained response by the law enforcement machinery for bringing back tranquillity to Karachi as policies do not change on a daily basis.”
September 8, 2013
LAHORE: Most criminals have fled an imminent ‘targeted operation’ in Karachi to their ‘safe havens’ elsewhere in Sindh and abroad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed on Saturday.
The disclosure was made by Director General Rangers Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar at a high-level security huddle at Jati Umra, in Raiwind. The prime minister presided over the meeting where attendees included army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam.
September 8, 2013
KARACHI: The police and Rangers have received the approval to procure 20,000 bulletproof vests and helmets as they prepare for the targeted operation against criminals in Karachi.
The approval was given by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of home department, on Saturday. According to home department officials, the government will announce a tender for this connection soon.
On Wednesday, federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan promised a ‘surgical’ operation in the port city within two or three days but the delegation of powers to Rangers has yet to be done. Khan had announced that special powers will be given to Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, to not only conduct raids but also investigate and prosecute. However, the government has yet to decide how the Rangers will be given such powers given the 18th Amendment.
Declan Walsh & Taha Siddiqui, NYT News Service | Sep 8, 2013
LONDON: The prison hangman loitered in a Lahore graveyard, depressed and nursing a glass of vodka, wondering when he would get back to work.
Once he had plenty to keep him busy. Before the Pakistani government introduced a moratorium on capital punishment in 2008, the hangman, Sabir Masih, dispatched about 200 prisoners at the gallows over a period of three years.
MIRAMSHAH: Two security officials were critically wounded on Sunday after a remote controlled explosion took place in North Waziristan, DawnNews reported.
According to security sources, a remote controlled explosive device, planted along the main Ghulam Khan Road, was detonated as a security convoy was travelling through North Waziristan's capital city of Miramshah, seriously wounding two security forces personnel.
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari was given a farewell guard of honour in Islamabad on Sunday, Express News reported.
Zardari, who is also the co-chairman of the beleaguered Pakistans Peoples Party (PPP), steps down as the president today, having defied expectations by holding onto power for a record five years.
September 7, 2013
ISLAMBAD: Outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari said in comments aired Saturday that he will not seek to become prime minister and will instead focus on leading his party after stepping down.
Zardari, who is also the co-chairman of the beleaguered Pakistan’s Peoples Party (PPP), vacates the presidency on Sunday. He will be replaced the following day by Mamnoon Hussain, a businessman and close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who was elected early last month..
LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) will present its four points in the All Parties Conference (APC) conveyed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to put the country on the right path, said PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday.
Imran was addressing the Insaf Labor Convention at Awain-e-Iqbal in Lahore.
He said that he wanted to start a dialogue to end terrorism and take Pakistan out of the “US” War on Terror.
He added that he would suggest that we “adopt a policy of reconciliation in the tribal areas (based) on the pattern of Nelson Mandela’s policy.”
September 8, 2013
ISLAMABAD: In view of the recent jail attacks and repeated requests of his lawyers, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has once again asked the federal government to shift Dr Shakeel Afridi to a safer place.
The K-P government wrote a letter to the federal government last week stressing the need to finalise a strategy to take custody of the doctor who had helped the US agencies in pinpointing Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts in Abbottabad.
September 08, 2013
Muslim clerics, educationists and activists dismissed the BJP’s claim that a large number of Muslims would attend Narendra Modi’s September 10 rally in Jaipur.
“What is the sanctity of a statement, if not issued by a Mufti, Qari, Hafiz, or Imam on behalf of Ajmer clerics?” asked Mufti Sayed Amir Hussain.
Ajmer’s Muslim intelligentsia came out against the BJP’s claim of Muslim support for Modi.
“They have deceitfully used the word ‘Muslim clerics of Ajmer Sharif’ to attract Muslims from other parts of the state,” said Arif Hussain, a social activist.
TNN | Sep 8, 2013
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that Islamabad needs to address India's core concerns on terrorism and violence before he would take a decision on holding talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York later this month, reducing the prospect of a substantive meeting between them.
Returning home from the G20 summit in St Petersburg, Singh linked the resumption of the dialogue process to Pakistan's response to India's insistence on preventing terror acts, as well as action against the 26/11 masterminds and those who preach terror against India.
Lucknow: Condemning the violence in Muzaffarnagar, Muslim clerics on Sunday cautioned the people against "political conspiracies" aimed at dividing them on religious lines and appealed for peace and harmony in Uttar Pradesh.
"The Muzaffarnagar violence in condemnable.... For past few days, there were attempts to create tension in western UP.... The violence there is result of political game, which should be exposed," member, All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli said.
IANS | Sep 8, 2013
LUCKNOW: The death toll in Saturday's communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh rose to 12 on Sunday, police said. Fearing escalation of the clashes, Army has been sent to the violence-hit areas, officials said.
An earlier report, quoting Muzaffarnagar district administration officials, said the toll was 14.
On Saturday, at least six people, including a television journalist and a local photographer, were killed when two communities clashed after a "mahapanchayat" in Muzaffarnagar.
The death toll later mounted to 12.
AHMEDABAD: The Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) on Saturday concluded its arguments against Zakia Jafri's application objecting to the clean chit given to chief minister Narendra Modi and others in connection with the 2002 riots.
With completion of submissions on part of SIT, the lengthy arguments in this case came to an end, except for a written submission to be made by Zakia on September 18. Arguments in this case took place over a period of three months before metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra.
AHMED ALI FAYYAZ
As the German-embassy-sponsored ‘Ehsaas-e-Kashmir’ filled Shalimar Bagh with melodies of peace and joy, a conglomerate of civil society conducted a ‘Haqeeqat-e-Kashmir’ concert to pay tribute to martyrs, at the Sher-e-Kashmir Park here.
Exhibiting a host of items — ranging from portraits of militants and civilians killed at the hands of police and security forces to the memorial letters written by Afzal Guru and Syed Ali Shah Geelani — the participants sang songs, recited poems and made speeches to remember the people they believe died for “Kashmir’s freedom from the Indian military occupation”. Full report at:
September 08, 2013
TRIPOLI – In a scathing attack on its performance in office, the Grand Mufti has demanded that the government of Ali Zidan be sacked. Calling it incompetent, he said it had lost its right to remain its office. He is the latest to do so in a mounting campaign against it.
“The government’s failure to fulfill even the minimum requirements for its existence in power deprive it of its right to remain in office”, Sheikh Sadik Al-Ghariani said in a statement published last night.
“It has no right to remain, ignoring its own incompetence, and wait until calamity befalls the country! History is unforgiving and the retribution of Allah is inescapable!,” his statement read.
TRIPOLI – Anti-government demonstrators demanding that Congress sack Prime Minister Ali Zidan and his government called today for a general strike in Tripoli on Sunday. The demonstrators were responding to the power and water cuts that are bringing misery to the capital. The call came this afternoon when some two hundred protestors gathered in Algeria Square in Central Tripoli after Friday prayers.
In one of the largest opposition protests to date, tens of thousands of Tunisians marched on the seat of the elected assembly late on Saturday demanding the government resign.
The protesters were marking 40 days since the assassination of opposition politician Mohammad Brahmi, shot dead outside his home on July 25. His killing has plunged the country into a political crisis.
A new TV ad that urges Congress to oppose U.S. military strikes against Syria underscores the difficulty President Barack Obama is having in getting war-weary liberals to support him.
The 30-second ad by the liberal activist group MoveOn.org says the U.S. didn't set out to spend eight years at war in Iraq and a decade in Afghanistan and predicts the same thing will happen if Congress approves Obama's desired military action in Syria.
Obama says the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be punished for carrying out a deadly chemical weapons attack last month outside the capital of Damascus.
The ad, titled "Not Again," concludes by telling Congress, "Don't lead us down this road again." Viewers are given a telephone number and urged to call Congress to voice opposition.
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times
September 08, 2013
Barack Obama is wearing warpaint again. This is the United States senator who voted against the Iraq war, the candidate who had an anti-war platform and chief executive who bringing his troops back from Afghanistan.
This same man is now moving towards taking his navy and air
force into the killing fields of Syria. A closer look at Obama’s past actions indicates that there is less contradiction than meets the eye.
PTI | Sep 8, 2013
WASHINGTON: A US Senate intelligence panel has released 13 videos showing images of the chemical attack in Syria allegedly carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's regime, as the White House pressed its case for military action in the strife-torn country.
ome of the graphic images of the chemical attack have been shown in the videos, which come days ahead of the debate and vote in the Senate on the resolution to authorize US President Barack Obama to launch "limited" military strikes against the Assad regime.
The videos, first played to the members of the Senate intelligence committee on Thursday were first leaked to CNN, which many media outlets said is part of an effort to build public opinion on the Syria attack.
Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Sep 8, 2013
WASHINGTON: They are both Vietnam veterans with a clutch of purple hearts and silver stars to their credit, their politics shaped by their respective wartime experience. They both ran, unsuccessfully , for the White House. Five-term Senators since the mid-1980 s, albeit from two opposing parties, their personal ties — beyond camaraderie — are so intimate that when John McCain was going to question his friend, secretary of state John Kerry, at a Senate committee hearing on Syria , he jokingly told Kerry's wife Teresa Heinz, "I apologize for what I'm about to do to John."
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is readying more intense and longer attacks on Syria than originally planned, set to last three days, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
War planners now aim to unleash a heavy barrage of missile strikes to be followed swiftly by additional attacks on targets that may have been missed or remain standing after the initial launch, the Times cited officials as saying.
Two US officers told the newspaper that the White House has asked for an expanded target list to include “many more” than the initial list of around 50 targets.
DENVER — A Saudi man convicted of sexually assaulting his housekeeper and treating her as a virtual slave was moved from a Colorado state prison to a federal prison outside Denver with little explanation Friday.
Homaidan Al-Turki had been held at the Limon Correctional Facility and was moved to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a minimum security prison.
State and federal prison officials confirmed the move but wouldn’t discuss specifics about why it was done. One of his lawyers, Henry Solano, said a federal prisons caseworker told his team that the state had requested it for unspecified security concerns and wants Al-Turki to finish out his sentence at a federal prison.
BAGHDAD: Iran’s new foreign minister, Javad Zarif, visited Iraq on Sunday to discuss what he called the “dangerous situation” in Syria and the wider region.
After more than two years of civil war, US President Barack Obama is trying to drum up support for limited strikes on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack that Washington blames on the government of Bashar al Assad.
Iraq’s Shia-led government has sought to maintain a neutral stance towards the conflict and has warned against any Western military intervention in Syria. Iran, Assad’s main regional ally, also opposes a strike.
Several Turkish F-16 warplanes took off from base in southeastern Diyarbakir after large explosion close to Syrian border, local media reported on Sunday.
Turkey’s Sabah newspaper reported that the warplanes were headed toward Syrian border, according to Bloomberg news agency.
Meanwhile, the state hospital in border town of Reyhanli alerted to receive possible casualties from Syria following explosion, Milliyet newspaper reported, adding that a missile allegedly landed near Syrian village of Sarmade.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Indonesia is continuing to contribute toward a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria so that direct military intervention can be avoided.
“Morally, we are obliged to do our utmost to prevent a humanitarian tragedy from happening. This is a role we should play,” said Yudhoyono shortly after arriving at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta, on Sunday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
“We have never interfered in Syria’s domestic affairs; however, both Russian and the US military forces are getting closer. If not prevented, I worry that this could threaten international security,” the President added.
BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
SEPTEMBER 08, 2013
When the long-drawn battle on the right to use the word Allah returns to the courtroom on Tuesday, the Malaysian government will argue that there will be public disorder and unrest if the Court of Appeal allows non-Muslims to use the word.
Government affidavits sighted by The Malaysian Insider indicates that Putrajaya aims to rely on several arson attempts on churches and a sole incident when vandals tossed a pig’s head into a mosque to bolster their argument that there will be tension and trouble if the appeal court upholds a 2009 High Court ruling allowing the Catholic Church to use the word Allah.
This legal strategy of relying on sporadic incidents is likely to invite some cynicism because the government was criticised in 2009 for its lackadaisical approach to incendiary comments by groups that raised the temperature on the ground after the High Court decision.
Germany's intelligence services cooperated with the U.S. CIA for years on a database of suspected Jihadists and their supporters in Germany, the weekly Der Spiegel reported on Sunday.
Under the codename “Project 6” or “P6,” Germany's BND and Verfassungschutz intelligence services and the CIA monitored and collected data on Islamists and suspected terrorists in Germany, the magazine said, without revealing its sources.
The U.S. and German services jointly rented premises in the western town of Neuss in 2005, before subsequently moving to Cologne, the weekly said in a pre-release of an article to be published in its Monday edition.
September 08, 2013
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis prepared to host a vigil for peace in Syria on Saturday as Catholics worldwide were joined by other Christians, Jews and Muslims for a day of fasting and prayer.
Thousands began gathering in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican for the four-hour event, with smaller gatherings held in churches, mosques and synagogues around the globe.
Francis has called for a “cry for peace” from humanity, firmly opposing all fighting including the air strikes against the Syrian regime being pushed by the United States and France.
Earlier in the week he wrote to leaders of the G20 top world economies meeting in Saint Petersburg, Russia, urging them to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution.”
London : Britain's definitive claims that the deadly gas sarin was used in Syria have been linked to a secret fact-finding mission.
A senior Syrian opposition leader has revealed that some of the victims of last month's alleged chemical attack in the country were secretly flown to the UK for medical tests.
According to a 'Sunday Times' report, Ahmad Asi al-Jarba, the president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has claimed that traces of sarin were found in up to three people hit by the attack in Ghouta, eastern Damascus, on August 21.
David E Sanger & Rick Gladstone, NYT News Service | Sep 8, 2013
WASHINGTON: Syria's top leaders amassed one of the world's largest stockpiles of chemical weapons with help from the Soviet Union and Iran, as well as western European suppliers and even a handful of American companies, according to US diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records.
While an expanding group of nations banded together in the 1980s to try to block the Syrian effort, prohibiting the sale of goods that would bolster the growing chemical weapons stockpile, the archives show that Syria's governing Assad family exploited large loopholes, lax enforcement and a far greater international emphasis on limiting the spread of nuclear arms.
BERLIN: Syrian government forces may have carried out a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus without the personal permission of President Bashar al-Assad, Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday, citing German intelligence.
Syrian brigade and division commanders had been asking the presidential palace to allow them to use chemical weapons for the last four-and-a-half months, according to radio messages intercepted by German spies, but permission had always been denied, the paper said.
WASHINGTON/VILNIUS: President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday to back him in launching an attack on Syria, as diplomatic pressure grew on the United States to wait for a UN report expected in a week's time before beginning military action.
Fresh from a European trip in which he failed to forge a consensus among global leaders, Obama plunged into a campaign on radio and television to try to convince a skeptical US public and Congress of the need for a military strike on Syria.