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26 July, 2011

Source : Michelle Nichols | Reuters
KABUL | 25 Jul 2011

The United States has no interest in creating permanent military bases in Afghanistan and does not want to use the country as a platform to influence neighboring countries, the new US ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday.

Washington is negotiating with the Afghan government on a deal to define the long-term American role in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014, when NATO-led combat troops are due to leave after handing security control to the Afghan army and police.

25 July, 2011

Source : Missy Ryan | Reuters
TRIPOLI | 24 Jul 2011

Explosions rocked central Tripoli for the second night in a row and Britain said weeks of NATO bombardment had inflicted extensive damage on Muammar Qaddafi’s heavily-fortified compound.

Libya’s leader is clinging to power despite a four-month-old NATO air campaign and a lengthening conflict with opposition fighters seeking an end to his 41-year rule and who have seized large swathes of the North African country.

25 July, 2011

Source : BBC
Damascus | 25 Jul 2011

25 July, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Manama | 25 Jul 2011

A legal panel appointed by the king of Bahrain is starting its inquiry into a crackdown on protests that left more than 30 people dead earlier this year.

Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, who set up the fact-finding mission following diplomatic pressure, said the panel is "completely independent and consists of international experts".

25 July, 2011

Source : Dan Williams | Reuters
JERUSALEM | 24 Jul 2011

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday he would not quit the coalition government if it decides to apologize to Turkey for killing 9 Turks aboard a pro-Palestinian activist ship last year.

Lieberman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most powerful and hawkish political partner, has publicly scorned meeting Ankara’s demand that Israel atone for storming the Mavi Marmara as it led an aid flotilla toward the blockaded Gaza Strip.

23 July, 2011

Source : Associated Press
SRINAGAR | 22 Jul 2011

Thousands hurling rocks and shouting anti-India slogans protested in a remote village in Indian Kashmir on Friday, after a woman told police she was abducted and raped by army soldiers stationed in the Himalayan region.

22 July, 2011

Source : Thomas Grove | Reuters
GROZNY : Russia | 21 Jul 2011

Lying on a couch with her eyes closed, 26-year-old Milena sips water blessed by an Islamic healer who sits nearby reciting verses from the Koran to cure her depression.

Outside, a long line of patients wait at Chechnya's state-run Islamic Medical Center, hoping its staff can heal deep psychological wounds left by years of war in the volatile region in Russia's North Caucasus.

22 July, 2011

Source : World Bulletin
Pew Research Center | 21 Jul 2011

Pew published a new study on Muslim-Western tensions. There's a lot of interesting information in there, but I focus below on two issues: How Westerners view Muslim assimilation in their countries, and how they view Muslims in general.

22 July, 2011

Source : Dan Williams | Reuters
JERUSALEM | 21 Jul 2011

Israel is debating whether to say sorry for storming a Gaza-bound Turkish activist ship last year, after its jurists recommended satisfying Ankara’s demand for an apology to help fend off war-crimes lawsuits.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far voiced only “regret” for the navy’s killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turks aboard the Mavi Marmara, but Israeli officials say support for a stronger show of contrition is spreading in his government.

22 July, 2011

Source : Nick Carey | Reuters
MISRATA : Libya | 21 Jul 2011

Libyan rebels said a fierce counter-attack by forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi had checked their gains on a frontline east of Tripoli on Thursday.

A rebel spokesman in Zlitan, on the coast road 160 km (100 miles) east of the capital, said pro-Qaddafi forces backed by tanks had surrounded rebels who had seized the nearby town of Souk Al-Thulatha the previous day.

The soldiers had flattened homes with tank shells, he said in an Internet posting.

21 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
TEHRAN | 20 Jul 2011

Iran has shot down an unmanned US spy plane over its Fordu nuclear site, a state-run website reported on Wednesday, a day after it confirmed it was installing a new generation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges.

21 July, 2011

Source : Anadolu Agency
Mogadishu | 20 Jul 2011

Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu declared several regions of Somalia a famine zone.

21 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Xinjiang | 20 Jul 2011

China on Wednesday raised the death toll to 18 from a clash at a police station in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, saying that 14 "rioters" died along with two policemen and two hostages in the worst violence there in a year.

Government officials previously said at least four people were killed in what they described as a "terrorist attack". But the Germany-based exile group World Uyghur Congress said it was an attack on peaceful protesters.

21 July, 2011

Source : World Bulletin
London | 20 Jul 2011

International British charity Muslim Aid has launched a national Ramadan Charity campaign with the support of Asda superstores across London, Birmingham and Manchester.

According to the World's humanitarian news site Alert.net The campaign will see Muslim Aid volunteers give their time to help customers at Asda stores pack their shopping at till points and in return raise money and awareness to tackle global poverty.

20 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Moscow | 20 Jul 2011

A star-studded football match featuring Diego Maradona, Europe's largest mosque and ubiquitous posters of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov — it's hard to miss the results of the federal government's heavy spending in the North Caucasus.

But the Kremlin is facing questions about how long it can bear the economic and political cost of pouring billions of dollars in subsidies into the mainly Muslim region to try to bring stability to an area facing daily separatist violence.

20 July, 2011

Source : RIA Novosti
MOSCOW | 19 Jul 2011

Russian TV channels should broadcast less news about terrorism and extremism, the chief mufti of Russia, Talgat Tadzhuddin, said on Tuesday at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

"Once an explosion occurs somewhere, it is discussed every hour for at least two days," Tadzhuddin said. He suggested instead that media outlets pay more attention to "the lifestyle of the Russian peoples, their traditions and beliefs."

20 July, 2011

Source : World Bulletin
Ankara | 19 Jul 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the most popular figure across the Arab world due to his staunch support for Gazans, has said he is planning to visit Gaza after his trip to Egypt later this month.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday ahead of his visit to Turkish Cyprus, Erdogan said he wants to visit Gaza, but that plans are not definite yet.

19 July, 2011

Source : Thomas Grove | Reuters
MOSCOW | 18 Jul 2011

Russia began large-scale air force training manoeuvres in the North Caucasus on Monday in a step towards boosting security against an Islamic insurgency raging in the region, a newspaper reported.

The exercise is the largest of its kind in the predominantly Muslim region of Kabardino-Balkaria in 15 years and will involve fighter jets and combat helicopters, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily quoted air force spokesman Vladimir Drik as saying.

19 July, 2011

Source : Associated Press
Buenos Aires | 18 Jul 2011

The Argentinian government has described as "very positive" an Iranian offer to co-operate with an inquiry into the South American country's deadliest terrorist attack.

Argentinians have long suspected high-level Iranian diplomats were involved in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

19 July, 2011

Source : Reuters
Grozny | 18 Jul 2011

Russia's Muslim Chechnya region is planning to ban the sale of non-alcoholic energy drinks such as Red Bull to under 18s, saying they are un-Islamic and dangerous, health officials said on Monday.

The ban would be the latest restriction from authorities in Chechnya, where shops can only sell alcohol during a small morning time frame, eateries are shut during the Ramadan fasting month and women must wear headscarves in state buildings.

19 July, 2011

Source : Agencies
MOSCOW | 18 Jul 2011

Russia’s foreign minister says his country will not offer asylum to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi if he steps down.

Sergey Lavrov was asked about the possibility at a news conference Monday and said “the answer is negative.”

Russia’s envoy for Africa Mikhail Margelov visited Libya in June and said that Qaddafi has lost his legitimacy.

19 July, 2011

Source : Amy Teibel | AP
JERUSALEM | 19 Jul 2011

Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized control of a French ship attempting to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip, reporting no resistance during the takeover in international waters.

The navy boarded the ship after the pro-Palestinian activists on board ignored calls to change course.

19 July, 2011

Source : Associated Press
BEIRUT | 18 Jul 2011

The discovery of three mutilated corpses set off a wave of sectarian bloodshed that killed up to 30 people over the weekend in central Syria, a dangerous escalation in violence stemming from the country’s four-month-old uprising, activists said Monday.

19 July, 2011

Source : Michael Schwirtz | The New York Times
DUSHANBE : Tajikistan | 16 Jul 2011

Islam is blossoming in Tajikistan. Beards are in style. Headscarves, too. Bazaars are doing a booming trade in prayer rugs, religious audio recordings and gaudy clocks featuring Muslim holy sites.

After decades of enforced secularism, the people of this impoverished former Soviet republic have been flocking to their traditional religion with all the zeal of born-again movements anywhere in the world.

18 July, 2011

Source : AP
TEHRAN | 16 Jul 2011

Iran’s state TV says the country’s supreme leader has told Pakistan’s president that the United States is Pakistan’s real enemy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke Saturday during a meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. It was Zardari’s second visit to Iran in less than a month.

Khamenei has the final say on all state matters in Iran.

 

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