Citizens inspect the site of a car bomb attack while security forces prepare to tow away a destroyed car in Baghdad, Iraq, on Monday.
Wave of Car Bombs Mainly In Shiite Neighborhoods of Baghdad Kills 51
Bombs kill four in capital of Iraq Kurdish region
Syrian rebel groups form ‘Army of Islam’
I obey the will of Syrian people, not a particular group – Assad
3 policemen killed in Sinai attack
Syrian regime kills 81 people, activists say
April 6 co-founder defends ElBaradei against 'fascist' media attacks
Ex-Mauritanian president to teach at Qatar military school
Ahmed Abdi Godane: The New 'Mad Mullah' Bent On Jihad
Again, terrorists kill 15 in Kaduna
Kenya raps US over ‘unfriendly’ travel warning after attack
Three security officials killed in Libya violence
Sudanese protesters demand fall of Bashir regime, echoing Arab Spring calls
Muslim Scholars Join Sunday Mass To Send a Message of Peace
Four Pak militants killed in drone attack
Qissa Khawani blast: 17 funerals to upstage family wedding
PTI comes under fire over Taliban stance
Will propose joint mechanism to monitor LoC: Nawaz Sharif
CM survives rocket attack in quake-hit area of Pakistan
Meeting with Manmohan Singh 'productive': Sharif
'Political conspiracy' against Musharraf: APML
Karachi violence: five killed, four bodies recovered
Ensure no Muslim youth is wrongfully detained, Shinde writes to CMs
PM wants to give Sharif a chance: Foreign Minister, Khurshid
Indian, Pak commanders to meet to defuse LoC tension
PM invites Pak counterpart Sharif to visit India
ISI paid IM Rs. 24cr to bomb India, says Bhatkal
'You will be next': Hate preacher, nickname Makaburi, warns of attack on British soil
EU asks Maldives not to delay election runoff
Is Saddam Hussein's fortune in a warehouse in Moscow? Mystery over £16.75bn piles of cash
MI5 fears over 60 Somali jihad plotters in UK
39 still missing after Kenya mall attack: Red Cross
US judge 'humiliates' Sikh driver, cops call him 'terrorist'
Kerry sees potential for quick Iran nuclear deal
Afghan insurgents kill 5 in attack on checkpoint
Bangladesh to award Pakistani politicians for 1971 role
Hasina seeks support for war crimes trial
Death threats an attempt to frame religious scholars, says Adhaalath
Ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani to run for Afghan president
Muslims in hiding in Myanmar after sectarian strife flares
Taliban overrun district HQ in remote Afghanistan
'Qaeda' gunmen seize army HQ in Yemen port city
Jewish vandals smash tombstones in Jerusalem
Erdogan proposes ending headscarf ban in state offices in rights package
Iran unveils attack drone
Hamas warns of 'Israeli scheme' to spoil its relations with Egypt
Malaysia identifies strategic areas to strengthen ties with the United States
Malaysia faces backlash over push for tough new laws
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AP | Sep 30, 2013
BAGHDAD: A wave of car bombs struck mainly in Shiite neighborhoods of Bagdad on Monday morning, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens more, officials said, the latest in relentless violence roiling Iraq in recent months.
The country's interior ministry blamed al-Qaida-linked insurgents, saying they are exploiting the political infighting and security shortcomings to stage attacks.
The deadliest of the day's bombings was in the eastern Sadr City district, where a parked car bomb tore through a small vegetable market and its parking lot, killing seven people and wounding 16, a police officer said.
That was followed by a total of 10 parked car bombs, which went off in quick sequence in the Shiite neighborhoods of New Baghdad, Habibiya, Sabaa al-Bour, Kazimiyah, Shaab, Ur, Shula as well as the Sunni neighborhoods of Jamiaa and Ghazaliyah.
The 10 other explosions also struck at outdoor markets or parking lots, killing 44 people and wounding 139, according to other police officers. Medical officials confirmed the causality figures in Monday's attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly wave, which bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida's local branch in Iraq, known as the Islamic State of Iraq.
Iraqi security forces sealed off the sites of the attacks as fire fighters struggled to extinguish fires that broke out. Twisted wreckage of cars and remnants of the car bombs littered the pavement.
"Our war with terrorism goes on,'' interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan told The Associated Press. "Part of the problem is the political infighting and regional conflicts ... There are shortcomings and we need to develop our capabilities mainly in the intelligence-gathering efforts.''
Iraqi militants often target crowded places such as markets, cafes and mosques, seeking to inflict huge numbers of casualties.
Monday's attack were the biggest since the Sept. 21 suicide bombings that struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in Sadr City, killing at least 104 people.
On Sunday, a series of bombings in different parts of Iraq _ including two suicide bombings in the country's relatively peaceful northern Kurdish region _ killed 46.
Violence in Iraq surged after government troops moved against a protest camp of Sunni demonstrators in April, triggering deadly clashes nationwide. Although overall death tolls are still lower than at the height of the conflict, the cycle of violence is reminiscent to the one that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006-2007.
More than 4,500 people have been killed since April.
Al-Qaida is believed to be trying to build on the Sunni minority's discontent toward what they consider to be second-class treatment by Iraq's Shiite-led government and on the infighting between political groups, to ignite a sectarian warfare.
AFP | Sep 29, 2013
ARBIL: Bombings killed four people in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Sunday, officials said, a rare attack on an area usually spared violence plaguing the rest of the country.
Nozad Hadi, the governor of Arbil province, told AFP that four members of the Kurdish asayesh security service were killed.
A high-ranking security official said four car bombs had exploded near the asayesh headquarters in Arbil, while another said the first blast was a suicide car bomb, while an explosives-rigged ambulance was detonated when people gathered at the scene.
An AFP journalist heard three blasts in Arbil, and heavy gunfire. Smoke could be seen rising in the air, as ambulances raced to the scene.
While much of Iraq is plagued by near-daily violence that kills hundreds of people each month, the three-province Kurdistan region in the country's north has largely been spared the deadly unrest.
Sunday's blasts were the first to hit Arbil since May 2007, when a truck bomb exploded near the same asayesh headquarters, killing 14 people and wounding more than 80.
Iraqi security analyst Ali al-Haidari told AFP that he believes the Arbil blasts were linked to fighting between jihadists and Kurds across the border in Syria.
"The attack is linked to the differences between the Kurds and Al-Nusra Front," Haidari said, referring to a jihadist group that operates in Syria.
"Today's attack is Al-Nusra Front's revenge against the Kurds inside Kurdistan," he said.
Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has become increasingly embroiled in the bloody conflict raging across the border in Syria.
Clashes last month between Kurdish forces and jihadists seeking to secure a land corridor connecting them to Iraq pushed tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds across the border, seeking refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Region president Massud Barzani has threatened to intervene in the Syrian conflict to protect Kurdish civilians, although officials have since backtracked on those remarks.
The blasts came a day after results were announced for the region's parliamentary elections, which saw an opposition movement in second place ahead of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's party.
Iraqi Kurdistan enjoys a high level of autonomy from Baghdad, and the regional parliament has passed laws on a wide range of issues.
Kurdistan also operates its own security forces and visa regime.
Sep 30, 2013
43 rebel groups in Syria have joined forces just outside of the capital city Damascus and have named themselves the ‘Army of Islam’. This move is set to become the strongest opposition movement in the country, and will rival the gradually waning internationally recognized opposition force, the Free Syrian Army. The group will be leader by the head commander of the Liwa al-Islam brigade, Zahran Alloush.
However, the biggest Islamist group, Al-Nusra, did not join the new coalition. This comes at a time when the Free Syrian Army is trying to revive itself after internal disagreements lead to some commanders disassociating themselves from the group.
13 brigades have recently denounced the internationally recognized National Coalition and have called the people to unite in an Islamic union.
Rival opposition groups have been clashing with one another as of late, with battles taking place in northern Syria between Al-Nusra and Kurdish separatist fighters. Cracks are also starting to show in the uneasy cooperation between the FSA and more pro-Sharia groups.
September 30, 2013
If quitting the post could really somehow improve the situation in Syria, President Assad says he would not hesitate to resign. But he is not ready to leave the country during a time of crisis unless the majority of Syrians tell him to.
“You don't quit your position and leave your country in the middle of the storm,” Syria’s President Bashar Assad said in an interview with the Italian Rai News TV channel on Sunday. “Your mission is to take your country to the shore, not to abandon the ship and the Syrian people.”
‘Self-evident’ aim to cooperate
Assad stressed Syria’s willingness to eliminate chemical weapons in the country, saying that Syria has no reservations on this issue.
On Friday the UN unanimously passed a resolution which outlines the details of taking under international control and ultimately destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal by mid-2014.
The President said it is “self-evident” that the government will ensure security to the UN team, which will be responsible for the dismantling process, adding however that terrorists might undermine the efforts.
“Of course our role is to offer the data and to facilitate their procedures, which is available so far. But I think it's about the technical side or aspect of the implementation, about how to reach those places, especially when you have terrorists who could put any obstacle, and about how to dismantle and get rid of those materials,” Assad said.
In the interview Assad pointed out that his government is ready for political dialogue with the opposition that has “a political program, a political vision,” stressing “when they are armed you don't call them the opposition, you call them terrorists.”
“So, we can speak with every party in the opposition. Regarding the militants, if they give up their arms, we'll be ready to discuss with them anything like any other citizen.”
“We cannot talk with al-Qaeda offshoots and organizations that are affiliated with al-Qaeda,” he added. “We cannot negotiate with the people who ask for foreign intervention and military intervention in Syria.”
Framework of Geneva conference unclear
Concerning the Geneva 2 peace talks that will focus on a political resolution of the ongoing Syrian civil war and are expected to take place in November, Assad said that as the framework of the conference is “not clear” yet, he is uncertain who will head the government delegation and if he will participate in it personally.
The agreement to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons was prompted by the chemical attack on August 21 in Ghouta near the capital Damascus. The US and its allies have blamed the Assad regime and threatened to carry out a military strike as a punitive measure.
n the interview Assad reiterated that the idea of a military intervention is “not acceptable” for Syria, adding that there is no “armistice line” where you can put the UN enforcers.
“So, even if you want to suppose that you can accept that idea – which is not acceptable for us – but if you want to accept it, where can you position those troops? No-one can draw a map. You need a clear map. There is no clear map. There are gangs coming from everywhere, and they are terrorists who should be fought, not isolated from the Syrian troops.”
Assad blamed European states for “adopting the American practice” of cutting off relations with the opposing side. He stressed that there is no credibility in “talking about humanitarian aid and at the same time establishing the worst embargo we’ve ever seen since the existence of Syria after [gaining] independence.”
Using chemical weapons near Damascus ‘illogical and unrealistic’
Answering the question about the infamous August chemical attack, the head of state reiterated that the Syrian army never arranged to use chemical weapons during the crisis.
“Logically and realistically, you don't use it when you're in advancement. The army was advancing. Why use it? You didn't use it for two and a half years while you had many difficult situations in different areas in Syria, you had much more terrorists facing you in other places more than Damascus. Why didn't we use it? Why only in that place?”
He points out that the Syrian government itself invited the UN inspectors to investigate the use of chemical weapons, adding that it would have been illogical for the government forces to use chemical weapons the next day. Assad said there are still no verifications of the alleged videos and photos of the Ghouta attack circulating on the Internet that were used to build a case against the government.
“In many places, the same pictures of the same children were used in different photos in different places, and you can find those pictures on the Internet,” he said.
“On the other side, we have complete evidence, like the materials, containers that the terrorists used, we have the confessions of some of the terrorists that conveyed chemical materials from neighboring countries, and you have the indication that the interest of whoever committed this crime wasn't the Syrian Army; it was the terrorists.”
Assad compared the use of chemicals to the use of nuclear weapons, which is “under strict procedure because it's complicated technically first of all to activate the material itself.”
“Second, not a single unit in the Syrian Army has chemical weapons anyway; you have specialized units, and if you want to use it, these specialized units should join the army in order to use the chemical weapons,” the President added.
‘Constitutional duty to fight terrorists’
When asked if he regrets acting tough against any sign of opposition at the very beginning of the crisis, President Assad explained that he “dealt with the situation according to the constitution,” citing as an example US actions during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.
“We have to define the word ‘tough’ because we dealt with the situation according to the constitution. It's like, if you say, the Americans sent the army to Los Angeles in 1992. Do you call it tough, or do you call it that they sent the army to fight the rebels?” he asked.
“So, according to the constitution we should have fought the terrorists, because from the very first week, we had many victims from the army and the police, from the very first few weeks.”
"Mistakes committed on the ground that could happen anywhere in the world,” Assad said.
‘I will run for reelection only if Syrian people want me to be president’
When asked whether he thought of leaving stepping down, Assad answered he would if it guarantees peace and stability in the country.
“But there is the other question; would the situation be better? So, for me as president, so far, I have to be in my position because when you have a storm, you don't give up your position.”
However it is not for him to make the decision, Assad noted, it is the decision of the Syrian people who can talk through a ballot box.
“I should obey whatever the Syrian people want,” he said. “There's no other way in any country. I mean, it's not the decision of any group in Syria; it's the decision of every Syrian citizen.”
Concerning the 2014 elections the president said “if I feel that the Syrian people want me to be in that position, I will run. If not, I will not.”
Assad urged that reform be led by the Syrian people, adding that when the crisis is over a lot of work will need to be done.
“Even if we get over this crisis, we have so many things to manage after the crisis, the leftovers of this crisis, especially the ideological, the psychological and the social consequences on this society, so we have a lot of work.”
Three Egyptian policemen were killed on Monday in a militant attack on a police station in the restive Sinai Peninsula, a medical source said.
A group of unidentified gunmen showered a local police station with bullets in the city of Arish in northern Sinai, the source said. Police reportedly returned fire before the attackers fled the scene.
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At least 81 people were killed on Sunday in attacks staged by the Syrian regime in several cities across Syria, activists said.
Assad forces killed 33 people in the suburbs of the capital Damascus, 19 in Raqqah and 29 in cities across Syria, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), a London-based group which tracks civilian and dissident casualties.
30 September 2013
April 6 Youth Movement co-founder Ahmed Maher has criticised a "smear" campaign against Mohammed ElBaradei following his condemnation of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
Speaking via Twitter on Sunday, Maher said: "New fascists attack and accuse those who even partially disagree with them of treason. ElBaradei is a symbol of January 25  and June 30 ."
30 September 2013
The former Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya will be teaching at a Doha-based military academy, the Mauritanian news agency reported on Saturday.
The ex- leader who has ruled the country for 21 years has been appointed as a teacher at the Ahmed Bin Mohammad Military School of Qatar, Sahara News reported.
The military school declined to comment on the news when contacted by Al Arabiya on Monday.
Taya was ousted in a military coup in 2005 and was granted political asylum in Qatar.
Mauritanian rights group accuse Taya of committing racial crimes during his rule between 1987 and 1991.
With the Nairobi shopping mall atrocity, Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Somalia's al-Shabab Islamist movement, has achieved a long-running ambition to join the top tier of global terrorism.
The attacks are believed to be a direct result of the bookish 36-year-old's stewardship of al-Shabaab, which he has transformed from a group with purely local ambitions into a fully fledged Jihadi outfit bent on attacking the West.
Last Wednesday, Godane promised more violence if Kenya refused to withdraw its forces from neighbouring Somalia, where they have been fighting al-Shabaab in its southern heartlands. "You cannot withstand a war of attrition inside your own country," he said in an audio message posted on a website linked to al-Shabaab.
Sep 29, 2013
Unknown gang of gunmen suspected to be terrorists yesterday killed 15 people in the troubled Southern part of Kadun State, leaving scores of others seriously injured. It was gathered that the killers invaded Zangang, a town in Attakar Chiefdom, Kaura Local Government area of the state and started opening fire on anyone on sight throughout the wee hours of the day.
Other sources also said the shootings continued till around 9 am. A resident in the area who put a telephone call across to our correspondent said casualty figure was still counting as thousands had fled the affected Southern communities to unknown locations. Others, he said, were simply displaced within the areas.
September 30, 2013
NAIROBI: Kenya rebuked the United States on Sunday for warning its citizens over travel to the east African country after the Sept. 21 Nairobi mall attack, calling the alert "unfriendly" and asking Washington to lift it.
Interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku delivered the diplomatic slap when he updated reporters on a government investigation into the assault carried out eight days ago by Islamist militants on the crowded upmarket Westgate centre.
The attack, which was claimed by the Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab whose fighters fired on shoppers and tossed grenades leaving a trail of victims of all ages, has shocked Kenya and the world.
IANS | Sep 30, 2013
TRIPOLI: Three security officers were killed in separate incidents of bombing in Libya's Benghazi city Sunday, an official said.
Ali Al Daghari, a pilot working in the security support department in Benghazi, was killed when his car was blown off by an explosive device while he was driving near a market, reported Xinhua citing Colonel Abdullah Al Zaidi, an official with city's security department.
While Najiib Belhassen, an officer with the preventive security department of the Libyan army, was killed in an explosion when a homemade bomb went off in his car. A few hours later, a security officer was shot dead in front of his house in Benghazi,Zaidi added.
About 1,000 Sudanese staged another protest in Khartoum on Sunday to demand President Omar Hassan al-Bashir resign, a witness said, as the government moved to raise salaries to soften the impact of unpopular austerity measures.
Last week, the government cut back fuel subsidies, which touched off the worst unrest in central Sudan in years. The official death toll stands at 33, but Sudanese rights activists and some diplomats said more than 100 people were killed during clashes with security forces.
The turnout for Sunday's protest was smaller than last week's rallies as people went back to work and life largely returned to normal in the capital.
KARACHI: Beneath the intricate stained-glass windows and life-size statues, worshippers at the St Patrick’s Cathedral were joined by their Muslim brethren in a rare show of solidarity as they clasped their hands in prayer and sang from the hymn opus as part of the Sunday Mass.
Pakistan for All – a collective of citizens concerned about the growing attacks on minorities – had invited Pakistanis of all faiths to observe the next Sunday as ‘national day of prayer and resistance’ in what could be termed as a rejoinder to the blasts at All Saints Church in Peshawar a week earlier.
After the prayers by Father Saleh Diego for peace and prosperity in the country, two Muslim scholars, Mufti Faisal Japanwala and Allama Agha Iftikhar Abid Naqvi, were allowed to address the participants from the pulpit – a rare sight in the city.
A suspected American drone strike has killed four alleged militants in the country’s north-western tribal areas, top intelligence officials said.
The intelligence officials say the strike happened Monday morning in the town of in Datta Khel in North Waziristan.
They didn’t have exact information on which group the militants belonged to but said the area is dominated by fighters of warlords Hafiz Gul Bahadur and the Haqqani network.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
SHABQADAR / CHARSADDA: School peon Sartaj Khan was happy. His younger son, Dilraj Khan, was getting married in a week. Invitation cards were sent out and wedding arrangements were finalised. Then the Qissa Khawani blast happened. And the joy turned into mourning. The family lost 17 members.
On Sunday, the family hired a Suzuki pickup and left for Peshawar to invite relatives and do the shopping. “Seventeen members of Sartaj’s poor family – including men, women and children – were aboard the pickup. They had contributed money to pay for the rent,” a relative told The Express Tribune.
ISLAMABAD, Sept 29: The third terrorist attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a week brought the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, the party leading the ruling coalition in the province, under severe criticism from almost all major political parties, with Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl demanding removal of the provincial government over its failure to protect citizens.
Condemning Sunday’s bomb attack in the Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar in which over 40 people were killed, the political leaders particularly criticised PTI chief Imran Khan for his recent statement in which he had said that the Taliban should be allowed to open their offices in Pakistan.
September 29, 2013
As India and Pakistan are set to hold talks on Sunday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he will propose a joint mechanism to monitor 'tension' along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Sharif also condemned the twin terror attacks in Jammu in which 10 people, including an army officer, were killed Thursday.
"We will propose the setting up of a joint mechanism to monitor tensions along the LoC. We are open to an independent investigation, even one by the UN. If this is not acceptable to India, we can also look at calling a separate meeting of the two foreign secretaries and the DGMOs (Directors General of Military Operations)," Sharif said in an interview to NDTV.
He praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying he was "good man".
"I will only say I am meeting Manmohan Singh for the first time and I want to repair the threads broken in 1999," he said when asked what was his mood ahead of his meeting with the Indian Prime Minister in New York.
Chief Minister Abdul Malik had a narrow escape on Monday when militants fired rockets at him while he was monitoring relief activities for victims of last week’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
Nobody took responsibility for the attack in Awaran, a district near the epicentre of the 7.7-magnitude temblor that is a stronghold of separatist militants of the Balochistan Liberation Front. The quake killed over 500 people and left tens of thousands homeless.
There was no loss of life or property due to the attack, Dawn News channel reported.
Four army soldiers involved in relief operations were killed on Saturday in nearby Panjgur district in a clash with rebels.
PTI | Sep 30, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Terming his first meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as "productive", Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif on Monday said dialogue between the two countries is the only way forward in normalising ties.
"Dialogue is the only way forward in normalizing situation between the two neighbourly countries," Sharif said on his arrival at the Heathrow airport in London on his return from the US after attending the UN general assembly.
September 30, 2013
LAHORE: The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) protested against the continued detention of military dictator Pervez Musharraf, terming it “a part of an elaborate political conspiracy contrary to justice and the rule of law.”
In a press statement, Musharraf’s political adviser Chaudry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon stated that the former president “was being punished for protecting the unity and integrity of Pakistan against violent actors.”
KARACHI: Five people were killed in several incidents of violence on Monday and four bodies were recovered from different areas of the city, despite targeted operations being conducted in the metropolis by Rangers and police personnel.
A father and his two sons were shot multiple times in the Jhatpath Market of Lyari. They were taken to a hospital in serious conditions, and succumbed to their wounds during treatment.
According to the police, the two sold chickpeas in the area.
In another incident, three bodies were found in gunny bags inside a car parked in the Naveed Cottages area of Gulistan-i-Johar. All three bodies bore torture marks.
According to the police, the car belonged to a textile company, and had been stolen a few days ago.
NEW DELHI: Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday asked all chief ministers to ensure that no innocent Muslim youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror.
In a letter to chief ministers, Shinde said the central government has been receiving various representations on alleged harassment of innocent Muslim youth by law enforcement agencies.
"Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived their basis rights," he wrote.
The home minister emphasised that the government is committed to its core principle of combating terrorism in every form and manifestation.
PM wants to give Sharif a chance: Khurshid
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who met Nawaz Sharif here despite strong criticism from opposition back home, wants to "trust" the new Pakistan prime minister and give him a chance to "walk the talk" on stopping ceasefire violations and terror activities against India.
Stating this, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid underlined that while "seeking to trust" Sharif, India will "verify" the actions on the ground before taking any step further on resuming the stalled dialogue process.
In an interview to here, Khurshid said the "bacteria" of anti-India terrorism rooted in Pakistan must be eliminated whether "it is state-sponsored, state-controlled, state- mandated or state-encouraged" and should not be allowed to grow and destroy the "sapling" of "creative constructive relationship".
Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Sep 29, 2013
NEW YORK: Terrorism and a hot border topped the agenda in talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif with both sides agreeing to an immediate modest goal of having their military commanders meet and defuse the situation and find ways to maintain ceasefire on the line of control.
Indian officials said Prime Minister Singh conveyed to Sharif that only meaningful action by Pakistan on the terrorism emanating from its territory, starting with bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai attack to book, would move other items on the agenda forward. There was some vague promise from Sharif that things would move forward once the Pakistani judicial team's return from Mumbai.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday invited his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif to visit India as the two leaders met here for the first time to discuss ways to normalise bilateral ties.
The two Prime Ministers met here at New York Palace Hotel in midtown
Manhattan on the margins on UN General Assembly session, during which Sharif also renewed his invitation to Singh to visit Pakistan.
The ISI gave the Indian Mujahideen (IM) Rs. 24 crore in the last four years, a period in which the home-grown terror outfit planned or executed almost a dozen operations resulting in the death of more than 60 people, Yasin Bhatkal has told interrogators.
"A few months back, his ISI handlers asked Yasin Bhatkal to give an account for the spending of around Rs. 24 crore that they claimed was handed over to Karachi-based top IM operatives Iqbal Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal for the group's activities in India from early 2009 onwards, when they shifted base from India to Karachi. Interestingly, Yasin believes a part of the money was cornered by Iqbal," a counter-terror official familiar with the details of Yasin's interrogation told HT.
A hate preacher wanted for recruiting killers to the group that massacred civilians at a mall in Nairobi warned yesterday that Britain was the next target.
Abubaker Shariff Ahmed, who is known to his followers by the nickname Makaburi, meaning graveyard, said terrorists are planning to murder innocent Britons on their mission to impose Sharia law across the world.
Speaking exclusively to the Daily Mail, he named David Cameron as a specific target for the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, which attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last Saturday.
The Associated Press
Sept. 30, 2013
The European Union has called on authorities in the Maldives not to delay a presidential runoff after the Supreme Court postponed the election indefinitely following a complaint of alleged irregularities.
Catherine Ashton, the EU's high representative, said that the "international community recognized the outcome of the first round as inclusive and credible, and considered that it reflected the will of the Maldivian people."
Is Saddam Hussein's fortune in a warehouse in Moscow? Mystery over £16.75bn piles of cash left at airport for six years
A cargo of 20billion euros in cash (£16.75billion) has lain unclaimed at a Moscow airport for six years amid allegations it could be the secret fortune of Saddam Hussein.
The stash, now under high security in a cargo depot, is held on 200 wooden pallets each worth 100 million euros, enough to keep the entire NHS going for almost two months.
Russian customs have demanded the real owner of the booty "presents himself" to claim the fortune, but while a number of bogus and unconvincing attempts have been made to obtain it, no-one has satisfied the authorities that they are the rightful recipient.
'It is possible that this is the money of Saddam Hussein,' an anonymous intelligence source told Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.
MORE than 60 Somali extremists have been placed on a special MI5 watchlist as British security services tighten surveillance in the aftermath of last week’s attack in Kenya.
The news emerged as Foreign Office officials confirmed that a sixth Briton had been identified among the 67 men, women and children killed by members of the Al Shabaab Islamic group during the four-day siege in Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre.
According to security sources, the list contains 40 Somalis thought to be recruiting for the jihadist group and a further 20, mostly British so-called “clean skins”, who have committed no crimes but are thought to have links to the extremist organisation.
While Al Shabaab continues to focus its efforts on securing an Islamic state within its spiritual homeland in Somalia, experts last night warned that an internal power struggle could see the terror group, which has financial backing from Al Qaeda, shift its attentions to any country – including Britain – that supports African Union forces in efforts to contain it.
British Special Forces were scrambled with US counterparts and Kenyan forces after the attack in a bid to prevent the jihadists escaping back to safety across Kenya’s vast border.
Last night highly placed military sources revealed that SAS units were poised to join US and French forces in a coalition strike against Al Shabaab, a group which regularly uses child soldiers, after a plea from Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, who was in Washington at the time of the Kenya attack.
NAIROBI, Kenya: More than three dozen people remain unaccounted for almost a week after the end of the four-day terrorist attack on Nairobi's Westgate Mall that killed at least 67, the head of the Kenyan Red Cross said on Monday.
The Red Cross's report of 39 missing people conflicts with the government's contention that there are no remaining missing people from the attack that began on Sepember 21, and suggests that the death toll could still rise as investigators dig through the rubble of the partially collapsed mall.
Sep 30 2013
New York : A Sikh truck driver in the US has alleged that traffic police in Mississippi called him a “terrorist” and a county judge later “humiliated” him by describing his turban as “that rag.”
Jagjeet Singh, 49, a trucker from California, was driving through the Mississippi State when he was pulled over for driving with a flat tyre in Pike County on January 16, according to a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and United Sikhs.
Police officers called Singh a “terrorist” and had him arrested for declining to remove his kirpan, a small, sacred sword of the Sikh faith, which Singh was lawfully wearing in accordance with his religious beliefs.
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State John Kerry said a deal on Iran’s nuclear program could be reached relatively quickly, and it would have the potential to dramatically improve the relationship between the two countries.
Kerry said intensifying diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program could produce an agreement within the three- to six-month time frame that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for.
30 September 2013
KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan police say Taliban insurgents killed two officers and three civilians in an attack on a checkpoint in the western part of the country.
Police Lt. Sher Agha Alokozai says four insurgents were also killed in the gunbattle early Monday in Herat province's Obey district.
He says the three civilians were farmers killed by insurgents who were firing while they fled through their fields.
It will be the seventh round of conferring honours on the country’s “foreign friends”
Bangladesh is going to honour another batch of 60 foreigners, including Pakistani politicians Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Khan Abdul Wali Khan, for their contributions to the 1971 Liberation War.
It will be the seventh round of conferring honours on the country’s “foreign friends”.
Former Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and former Prime Minister Gulzarilal Nanda will get the “Bangladesh Liberation War Honour”, while 58 others will be bestowed with the “Friends of Liberation War Honour”.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the international community to lend support to the ongoing trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 War.
At the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Friday, she told the global leaders that the trials were “indispensable to establish justice, human rights and the rule of law”.
Adhaalath Party has condemned the recent messages of intimation and death threats to elections officials, saying that they were sent under the guise of religion in an attempt to frame religious scholars.
The party’s statement follows messages of death threats and intimidation to elections officials through SMS's, warning them to heed the Supreme Court injunction to delay the second round of polls and urging them to defy any attempts by senior members of the Elections Commission to stage the election.
Kabul : Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani launched his bid to become the next president of Afghanistan, on Monday, kick-starting the 2014 election race as the first big name to declare his candidacy.
Ghani, who is also a former World Bank academic, confirmed he would run in the April poll to succeed Hamid Karzai as the NATO-led military coalition withdraws and officials seek a peace deal with the Taliban militants.
“(I) plan to contest in the upcoming presidential elections,” Ghani said on his Twitter account, in a message that was verified by a senior official working in his office.
Clearing the way for his shot at power, Ghani resigned as chairman of the Transition Coordination Committee (TCC), which oversees Afghanistan's return to full sovereignty after the US-led ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.
YANGON: Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Myanmar on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian tension.
Clashes between majority Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June 2012.
The violence threatens to undermine political and economic reforms launched in the two years since a quasi-civilian government replaced a military junta.
The situation in the town of Thandwe was precarious after police restored order by firing shots in the air to break up the mob late on Sunday, said two security sources, who sought anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to the media.
KABUL, Sept 29: Taliban fighters on Sunday overran a district headquarters in a remote and mountainous region of northern Afghanistan, their latest offensive in a campaign to regain territory as foreign troops withdraw from the country, according to officials.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said a group of militants took over a government building after police evacuated the facility in Badakhshan province’s Karan wa Munjan district to prevent any civilian casualties.
Suspected Al-Qaeda militants seized army headquarters in Yemeni port city Mukalla on Monday, killing two soldiers as a suicide bomber rammed a car into the entrance, a military official said.
The militants, who were dressed in special forces uniforms and drew up in four military vehicles, stormed the seaside base taking many more soldiers hostage, the official said.
The commander of the army's second military region, General Muhsen Hasan, was in the building at the time of the attack, and is thought to have been captured, another military official said.
Four suspected Jewish nationalists were arrested for smashing headstones in a Christian cemetery near Jerusalem's walled Old City on Sunday.
The four men, two of whom were settlers from the occupied West Bank, were throwing concrete blocks at about 15 tombstones when they were caught by policemen who were nearby, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
ANKARA, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Turkey will end a ban that bars women from wearing the Islamic-style headscarf in state institutions, part of the government's long-awaited package of proposed human-rights reforms, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday in a major policy speech.
The new rules will not apply to the judiciary or the military. Muslim but secular Turkey has long had tough restrictions on the garb worn by women working in state offices.
Erdogan also announced plans to return monastery property belonging to Syriac Christians that was seized by the state. (Reporting by Jonathan Burch, writing by Ayla Jean Yackley)
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has unveiled an attack drone, capable of carrying missiles and described as the unit’s “most sophisticated” so far.
The Guard’s website, sepahnews.com, says the drone, dubbed Shahed-129, or Witness-29, can fly up to a distance of 1,700 km, which puts much of West Asia within its range.
It says the drone has a 24-hour non-stop flight capability, can carry eight bombs or missiles, and hit both fixed and moving targets. Iran has claimed to have captured several U.S. drones, including an advanced RQ-170 Sentinel CIA spy drone in December 2011 and at least three ScanEagle aircraft.
A high-ranking Hamas official on Monday warned against what he described as "Israeli attempts" to spoil relations between the Gaza-based Palestinian group and Cairo, saying that Egyptians needed to understand that the Hamas-run coastal enclave constituted Egypt's "first line of defense."
"Israel is trying to send the message that it is united with Egypt against Gaza and Hamas," Gamal al-Taweel told Anadolu Agency via phone. "But we don't think this will go down well in Egypt, which has always supported the Palestinian cause."
Malaysia has identified several areas and investments to further strengthen collaboration with the United States, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
It is necessary for Malaysia to acquire extensive knowledge in the areas to further empower efforts toward achieving developed nation and high-income nation status.
The prime minister said this at a media conference before ending his working
visit to San Francisco and New York today.
Among the strategic areas are information technology, biotechnology and science and technology that can be used by Malaysia to enhance knowledge and learning of science and technology.
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Malaysia's bid to bring back detention without trial and toughen a range of other laws has triggered a backlash from civil society groups who call the move politically motivated and a major step back for human rights.
Home Minister Zahid Hamidi was due to debate the proposed changes in parliament on Monday, justifying them as necessary to battle a rise in violent crime, as the government tries to push through the controversial bills this week.
The proposed amendments appear to mark a reversal of Prime Minister Najib Razak's steps in recent years to repeal draconian security laws, such as the Internal Security Act (ISA), that were sometimes used to jail government critics.