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Libyan fighters say Gaddafi 'surrounded'

Source : Al Jazeera | Tripoli / Thursday, 08 September 2011

Libyan fighters are claiming to have surrounded Muammar Gaddafi within a 60km radius and insist it is matter of time before the toppled leader is captured or killed.

Anis Sharif, a spokesman for Tripoli's new military council, however would not say where exactly Gaddafi had been found.


After 'Arab spring', Israel now fears 'Islamic winter'

Source : News Agencies | Tel Aviv / 06 Sept 2011

An Israeli general warned on Monday that the risk of all-out war has increased in the Middle East where the Arab Spring of revolts could turn into a “radical Islamic winter.”

“What was considered as the spring of the Arab people could turn into a radical Islamic winter, and this raises the likelihood of an all-out war in the region,” General Eyal Eisenberg said.


Mayor of Manila calls for Muslim culture to be taught in schools

Source : Manila Standard | 07 Sept 2011 / Manila

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Tuesday urged the city’s education sector to include a subject in Muslim culture in the high school curriculum to ensure better understanding between the Christian and Muslim communities.

He called on Division of City Schools Superintendent Ponciano Menguito, noting that students should also be educated on Muslim presence which pre-dated the occupation by Spanish, British, Japanese and American colonizers.


Gaddafi "last tracked" in southern Libya

Source : Reuters | 07 Sept 2011 / Ghwat, Libya

Muammar Gaddafi was last tracked heading for Libya's southern border, the man leading the hunt for the deposed leader told Reuters, and French and Niger military sources said scores of vehicles carrying pro-Gaddafi forces had crossed into Niger.

Hisham Buhagiar, who is coordinating efforts to find Gaddafi, said reports indicated he may have been in the region of the southern village of Ghwat, some 300 km north of the border with Niger, three days ago.


Turkey freezes all ties with Israel

Source : Anadolu Agency | Ankara / 06 Sept 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said about the UN report on Mavi Marmara raid, "Geneva decision is clear, the decision of the UN Security Council is clear. The report that has been recently revealed is worthless for us."

Eyes have been turned on defense industry, one of the most important cooperation areas between Turkey and Israel, after Turkey's recent decisions regarding this country.


Algeria defends decision to shelter Qaddafi kin

Source : AP | 04 Sept 2011 / Algiers

Algeria’s prime minister defended on Sunday his country’s decision to shelter members of Muammar Qaddafi’s family, describing it as a humanitarian case.

The ousted Libyan leader’s wife Safia, daughter Aisha and sons Mohammed and Hannibal entered Algeria on Aug. 29 after the Libyan leader was ousted from power in a six-month rebellion. Aisha gave birth to a girl hours after crossing the border.


Libyan convoy with gold, cash crossed to Niger - NTC

Source : Reuters | Benghazi, Libya / 06 Sept 2011

Loyalists of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi crossed into Niger late on Monday in a convoy of vehicles, carrying gold and cash, officials from Libya's interim ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) said on Tuesday.

"Late last night, 10 vehicles carrying gold, euros and dollars crossed from Jufra into Niger with the help of Tuaregs from the Niger tribe," Fathis Baja, head of the NTC committee for political and international affairs, told Reuters.


Turkey’s expulsion of Israeli envoy welcomed

Source : Agencies | Gaza/Ankara | 03 Sept 2011

The Hamas movement on Friday welcomed Turkey’s decision to expel Israel’s ambassador and its criticism of the Jewish’s state blockade of the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas welcomes the decision (of Turkey) to expel the Israeli ambassador and considers it as a clear answer to Israeli crimes,” Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for the movement, said.


Mataf expansion to accommodate 130,000 pilgrims

By Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News | 30 Aug 2011, Makkah

The expansion project for the mataf (the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba) is designed to accommodate 130,000 pilgrims at a time, an official statement said.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah was given a presentation on the new project early Monday morning. The project will be completed in three years.


Survey: U.S. Muslims have moderate views

By Haya El Nasser : USA Today | 04 September 2011

Almost half the nation's estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists but a vast majority are far more satisfied with the way things are going in the United States than is the overall population, according to the first comprehensive survey of U.S. Muslims in four years.


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