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06 May, 2011

Source : Amir Shah | AP
KABUL | 05 May 2011

About 2,000 protesters gathered Thursday to criticize President Hamid Karzai’s willingness to start peace talks with the Taleban.

Two former high-ranking Afghan officials, speaking at the protest, said Karzai is wrong to reach out to the Taleban and also was too beholden to neighboring Pakistan — where Osama Bin Laden had been hiding until his death three days ago in a US raid.

06 May, 2011

Source : Arab News
LONDON | 05 May 2011

Bottled water purporting to be Zamzam water and sold in three Islamic bookshops in the UK has been discovered to be contaminated with arsenic, according to claims by the BBC.

It reported on Thursday that a BBC investigation team found the contaminated bottled water in bookshops in south and east London and in Luton.

The water was taken for testing by the Association of Public Analysts, the agency that ensures consumables are unadulterated.

05 May, 2011

Source : AP
KABUL : Afghanistan | 05 May 2011

Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, some analysts are speculating that Al-Qaeda and its Afghan Taleban allies could go their separate ways, increasing the chances for a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden’s death is likely to revive a debate within the Afghan Taleban about their ties to Al-Qaeda — a union the US insists must end if the insurgents want to talk peace.

05 May, 2011

Source : Agencies
ISLAMABAD | 05 May 2011

The 12-year-old daughter of Osama Bin Laden, now in custody with a Yemeni wife of the Al-Qaeda leader, saw her father shot dead, a Pakistani intelligence official said on Wednesday.

The child “was the one who confirmed to us that Osama was dead and shot and taken away,” said the official from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

Al Arabiya television went further, suggesting that Bin Laden was first taken prisoner and then shot.

05 May, 2011

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 04 May 2011

Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy held talks here Wednesday with a Malaysian Haj delegation on arrangements for Malaysian pilgrims coming for Haj this year.

Al-Farsy urged the delegation led by a minister in the prime minister's department, Jamil Khir Baharom, to enlighten Malaysian pilgrims about Haj affairs before they arrive in the Kingdom.

05 May, 2011

Source : Kristi Eaton | AP
ORIENTA : Oklahoma | 05 May 2011

A man wanted in the bombing of a Florida mosque was shot and killed Wednesday when he brandished a weapon as agents tried to serve an arrest warrant in northwest Oklahoma, FBI officials said.

Sandlin Matthews Smith, 46, of St. Johns County, Fla., pulled out a firearm as federal and state law enforcement officers approached him in a field at Glass Mountain State Park near Orienta and asked him to surrender, said FBI Special Agent Jeff Westcott of Jacksonville, Fla.

05 May, 2011

Source : Al Jazeera
Paris | 05 May 2011

France may recognise a Palestinian state later this year Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, said in an interview with a leading weekly magazine.

"If the peace process is still dead in September, France will face up to its responsibilities on the central question of recognition of a Palestinian state," Sarkozy said in an interview with L'Express published on Wednesday.

04 May, 2011

Source : P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Arab News
JEDDAH | 03 May 2011

Khaled Almaeena, editor in chief of Arab News, has cautioned the international community against possible terrorist attacks by criminal gangs in the name of Al-Qaeda, following the death of Osama Bin Laden.

"I am afraid that some criminal groups who are inspired by Al-Qaeda would carry out terrorist operations and blame them on Al-Qaeda due to the lack of a strong spiritual and military leader for the group," Almaeena told Al Arabiya.net.

04 May, 2011

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (R) speaks with President Mahmoud Abbas (L) during their meeting in Cairo May 4.(Cihan news agency)

Source : Reuters

Cairo | 04 May 2011
 

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said on Wednesday that the Islamist group wanted the establishment of an independent, sovereign Palestinian state on occupied land of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with Jerusalem as its capital.

04 May, 2011

Source : Selcan Hacaoglu | AP
ANKARA : Turkey | 03 May 2011

Turkey escalated the pressure on Muammar Qaddafi on Tuesday despite its long-standing ties to the Libyan leader, insisting Qaddafi must immediately leave “for the sake of his country’s future.” Qaddafi has ignored calls for change in Libya and instead preferred “blood, tears and pressure against his own people,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a news conference in Istanbul.

03 May, 2011

Source : Catrina Stewart | The Independent
Cairo | 03 May 2011

Egypt has urged the United States to recognise a united Palestinian state, as warring factions Fatah and Hamas prepare to sign a landmark reconciliation pact in Cairo.

The appeal comes as the Palestinians indicated that they would ask the United Nations in September to recognise an independent state based on 1967 borders, a move condemned by both Israel and the United States.

03 May, 2011

Source : Reuters

Moscow | 01 May 2011

A NATO air strike in Tripoli that Libyan officials say killed a son and three grandchildren of leader Muammar Qaddafi was proof the coalition was not protecting civilians, a Russian parliament member said.

Russia has been an outspoken critic of the Western military alliance’s intervention in Libya and has repeatedly said it was concerned at the use of force mandated by the United Nations.

03 May, 2011

Source : Agencies

Tehran/Cairo : 02 May 2011

Iran says there is no excuse for the United States to continue deploying troops in the Middle East after the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, says the US can no longer send troops to the region under the pretext of fighting terrorism. His comments were reported Monday by Iran’s official IRNA news agency.

03 May, 2011

Source : Reuters
JAKARTA | 30 Apr 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao sought on Friday to build trust, cultural ties and investment links with Indonesia and to end a long history of wariness between the world’s emerging power and one of the region’s brightest hopes.

China is vying with the United States for influence in Indonesia and Southeast Asia in general, the site of strategic sea lanes and resources that it needs to power its economy.

03 May, 2011

Source : Maggie Michael | AP
CAIRO | 30 Apr 2011

The once outlawed Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday its new political party will contest half of the seats in Egypt’s parliamentary elections in September, revealing plans to become a major force in the country’s post-revolution politics.

03 May, 2011

Source : Islam Today
Melbourne | 03 May 2011

Australia's first Islamic museum is to be built in Thornbury and will work to dispel stereotypes of the often misunderstood religious minority.

The Islamic Museum of Australia also aims to showcase the rich artistic heritage and historical contributions of Muslims in Australia and abroad. Fascinating stories, interactive displays and exquisite art exhibits will provide an insight into the Australian Muslim experience for tourists, school groups and other visitors.

03 May, 2011

Source : Al Arabiya
Cairo | 02 May 2011

Egypt intends to open its border with Gaza permanently to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians under an Israeli blockade but the mechanics of such a step are still being worked out, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

03 May, 2011

Source | World Bulletin

Cairo | 03 May 2011

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived in Cairo on Sunday to sign an Egyptian-brokered deal to end a rift between his Palestinian group and President Mahmoud Abbas' rival Fatah, Egypt's state news agency reported.

29 April, 2011

Source | Arab News

KOTTAKKAL :  Kerala | 28 Apr 2011

Dubai Grand Mufti Dr. Ahmed Abdul Aziz Haddad inaugurated a conference of Islamic scholars at Kottakkal in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Wednesday.

The grand mufti stressed on the totality of Islam. "Islam is the religion that stands for humanity and human unity," he said.

29 April, 2011

Source | REUTERS

PUTRAJAYA : Malaysia | 28 Apr 2011

Malaysia and its top trading partner China signed eight agreements on Thursday to deepen trade and investment ties as Beijing seeks to raise its economic clout in Southeast Asia.

The deals are part of a series of agreements while Premier Wen Jiabao visits Malaysia and Indonesia.

29 April, 2011

Source : Mohammed Mar`i | Arab News
RAMALLAH | 28 Apr 2011

The Palestinian political echelon on Thursday hailed the unity deal between the rival Fatah and Hamas movements.

Caretaker Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad welcomed the announcement from Fatah and Hamas, who said they struck a deal to form a “national unity” government and hold elections within a year.

29 April, 2011

Source : Saeed Al-Batati | Arab News

SANAA | 28 Apr 2011

As opposition and government officials are due to head to Riyadh to ink the GCC-brokered deal, rivals exchanged accusations over who triggered the deadly clashes in the capital on Wednesday night.

The ruling party has blamed the coalition opposition, Joint Parties Meeting, of setting off the latest escalation of violence in the capital in order to stymie the deal.

29 April, 2011

Source : Rahim Faiez | AP
KABUL : 28 Apr 2011

Eight American troops and a US contractor died Wednesday after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport — the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners, officials said.

The Afghan officer, who was a veteran military pilot, fired on the Americans after an argument, the Afghan Defense Ministry said.

27 April, 2011

MADINAH: Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh opened an Islamic calligraphy show at Le Meridien here Tuesday and commended Muslim calligraphers around the world for reviving the Islamic art and promoting the message of Qur'an in an attractive manner.

"God has honored the Arab nation by sending the Qur'an in Arabic and making the calligraphic writings of the Qur'anic verses part of the Islamic civilization," the minister said while opening a forum for the famous Qur'an calligraphers in the world.

27 April, 2011

Russia said on Tuesday it will not support any United Nations Security Council resolutions on Libya which could escalate the conflict in the North African nation, local news agencies reported.

"If a resolution leads to a further escalation of a civil war by any means, including outside intervention, we will not be able to support this," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

 

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