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Majority of Americans now favor fast Afghan exit — poll

Source : Reuters
WASHINGTON | 22 Jun 2011

A majority of Americans now want US troops to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible, according to a poll released on Tuesday, underscoring fading public support for the 10-year-old war as President Barack Obama gets ready to announce his Afghan drawdown plans.

The Pew Research Center poll found a record 56 percent of Americans now favor the 100,000 US forces currently stationed in Afghanistan be brought home as quickly as possible.


Yemeni tribal chief: Saleh return could spark war

Source : Ahmed Al-Haj | AP
SANAA : Yemen | 22 Jun 2011

The head of Yemen’s most powerful tribal confederation warned Tuesday that Yemen could plunge into civil war if President Ali Abdullah Saleh is allowed to return home.

Saleh is currently in Saudi Arabia, where he is receiving treatment for serious injuries from a blast early this month at his palace in the Yemeni capital that left him with severe burns and chunks of wood in his chest.


Ocean life on the brink of mass extinctions: Study

Source : Reuters | 21 Jun 2011

Life in the oceans is at imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing, a study showed on Tuesday.Time was running short to counter hazards such as a collapse of coral reefs or a spread of low-oxygen "dead zones", according to the study led by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO).

"We now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation," according to the study by 27 experts to be presented to the United Nations.


Iran invites UN atom chief to see its nuclear sites

Source : Reuters
Tehran | 21 Jun 2011

Iran's nuclear energy chief said on Tuesday he had invited the head of the U.N. atomic agency to visit the Islamic state's nuclear facilities.

The rare meeting in Vienna between Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani and Director General Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) follows increasingly strained ties between Tehran and the U.N. body over the last year.


Turkey, China sign cooperation protocol on religious affairs

Source : World Bulletin
Beijing : 21 Jun 2011

Turkey and China have signed a protocol envisaging cooperation in religious affairs.

Mehmet Gormez, head of Turkey's Religious Affairs Authority, met Wang Zuoan, director of State Administration for Religious Affairs of China, in the Chinese capital of Beijing on Tuesday.

Following the meeting, a cooperation protocol was signed between Turkey and China on religious education, services and publications.


Libya's civilian casualties have silenced Sarkozy's crusade

Source : The Guardian
Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011


2,000kg of dates sent for Filipino Muslims

Source : ABNA
Kotabato : 21 Jun 2011

For the second time this year, the Maranao Muslim Community (MARCOM) has sent some 2,000 kilogrammes of dates for the Filipino Muslims in Mindanao for the holy month of Ramadan.

Dates are precious to Muslims in the Philippines, who have not received such kind of gifts during Ramadan from any Islamic country except from the UAE, said Ibrahim Marohumbsar, chairman of the Maranao Muslim Community in Dubai.


Tunisia’s Ben Ali sentenced in absentia to 35 years

Source : Tarek Amara | Reuters
TUNIS | 21 Jun 2011

A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia on Monday to 35 years in jail, six months after his ouster in a revolution helped inspire the “Arab Spring.”

Ben Ali was found guilty after just one day of deliberation of theft, illegally possessing jewelry and large sums of cash.


Calls grow in Egypt to delay elections

Source : AP
CAIRO | 20 Jun 2011

Calls are growing in Egypt for a delay of September’s parliamentary elections to give parties formed in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak’s ouster more time to organize.

The push, which now has the prime minister’s backing, is aimed at keeping the well-organized Muslim Brotherhood from dominating the next legislature and exerting disproportionate Islamist influence over the drafting of a new constitution.


Russia urges Syria opposition to talk to Assad

Source : Agencies
Moscow | 20 Jun 2011

Russia on Monday emphasised its opposition to a U.N. resolution condemning Syria's crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and urged the opposition to sit down with President Bashar al-Assad's government for talks on reform.

In an interview with the Financial Times, President Dmitry Medvedev strongly suggested Russia would not back any resolution on Syria in the U.N. Security Council but stopped short of vowing a veto.


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