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Hamas wants Palestinian state in occupied West Bank, Gaza

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.


Beware of gangs exploiting name of Al-Qaeda

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


Turkey escalates pressure, says Qaddafi must go

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.


US urged to recognise united Palestinian state Hamas and Fatah end rift wtih landmark pact

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.


‘No reason for US in Mideast, Afghanistan after Bin Laden’

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.


Russian MP criticizes NATO for Qaddafi air strike

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.


First Islamic Museum planned for Australia to be built in Thornbury

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.


Egypt Muslim group contests half parliament seats

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.


China premier strives to build links, trust with Indonesia

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.


Hamas leader Meshaal in Egypt to sign Palestinian unity deal

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.


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