Archive for June, 2014

US says Pakistani ‘charity’ front for banned militants

Friday, June 27, 2014 Comments Off

JuD condemns ‘terror’ label ISLAMABAD, June 26, (Agencies): The US State Department has named a self-proclaimed Pakistani charity as a “foreign terrorist organization”, a status that freezes any assets it has under US jurisdiction. Jamaat-ud-Dawa calls itself a humanitarian charity but is widely seen as a front organization for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), a Pakistan-based group […]

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Defence focus on Baghdad – Jihadists consolidate gains

Friday, June 27, 2014 Comments Off

BAGHDAD, June 25, (Agencies): Militants attacked one of Iraq’s largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as US special forces troops and intelligence analysts arrived to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his job and is under international […]

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Jihadists said to target Kuwait

Friday, June 27, 2014 Comments Off

KING ORDERS SAUDIS TO GEAR FOR THREAT PARIS, June 26, (Agencies): Israel offered Thursday to help moderate Arab nations threatened by a lightning offensive by Islamic militants in Iraq, as the country’s top diplomat met with John Kerry. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Kerry at a meeting in Paris that “the extremists currently operating […]

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Sistani repeats call for ISIL ouster – India cancels labor travel clearance

Thursday, June 26, 2014 Comments Off

Move to make Maliki go … Abdul-Mahdi, Ayad Allawi may replace BAGHDAD, June 20, (Agencies): Iraq’s top Shiite cleric urged all of its people Friday to unite and expel Sunni Muslim insurgents, as Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came under growing pressure at home and abroad. The call came after US President Barack Obama stopped […]

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UK jihadist’s father wants to cry over video – There is no life without jihad: Muthana

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

LONDON, June 21, (AFP): The father of a British man who left to fight in Syria said on Saturday he “wants to cry” after his son appeared in an online video aimed at recruiting jihadists. Ahmed Muthana identified the man in the 13-minute video, entitled “There is No Life Without Jihad”, as his 20-year-old son, […]

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Gunmen kill ‘many’ in attack on Nigerian village: witness

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 21, (Agencies): Suspected Islamist militants stormed a village in northeast Nigeria on Saturday, killing several people and torching houses near where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped two months ago, a witness said. Clad in military uniforms, the attackers raided the village of Koronginim in a convoy of sport utility and military […]

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INSURGENTS SEIZE 2 STRATEGICALLY LOCATED TOWNS

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

Iraq Shiite militias parade in cities BAGHDAD, June 21, (Agencies): Thousands of heavily-armed Shiite militiamen paraded through several Iraqi cities Saturday as Sunni militants seized two strategically located towns in what appeared to be a new offensive in western Anbar province. The capture of the two towns — Qaim on the Syrian border Friday and […]

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More towns fall in jihadist offensive

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

KHAMENEI REJECTS U.S. HAND…ROUHANI WARNS GULF BAGHDAD, June 22, (Agencies): Sunni militants advanced through west Iraq after seizing a strategic Syria border crossing, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called Sunday for the country’s leaders to rise above sectarianism. The latest assaults saw the security forces making “tactical” withdrawals in the face of an […]

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Militants ‘turn back clock’ in Mosul

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

Statues of poets removed BAGHDAD, June 22, (AFP): In the two weeks since it was seized by Sunni militants, some residents of the northern Iraq city of Mosul feel the clock has been turned back hundreds of years. The militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group, have begun […]

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IRAQ LOSES CONTROL OF SYRIA, JORDAN BORDER

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

‘Week may decide fate of Iraq’ BAGHDAD, June 23, (Agencies): The fate of Iraq may be decided over the next week, the top US diplomat said Monday, and largely depends on whether its leaders keep their commitment to meet looming deadlines to seat a new government before a Sunni insurgency sweeps away hopes for lasting […]

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‘British forces can’t monitor jihadists fighting in Mideast’

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

LONDON, June 23, (Agencies): British security forces will find it impossible to monitor all the estimated 500 jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq after they return home, a former top intelligence official said Monday. Richard Barrett, ex-head of counter-terrorism at the MI6 overseas security agency, told the BBC that authorities would have to try to […]

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Taliban attack Afghan presidential palace, CIA office

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

KABUL, June 25, 2013 (AFP) -Taliban militants targeted the presidential palace and national CIA office in central Kabul on Tuesday morning, with gunfire and explosions erupting at one of the gates of the complex in the Afghan capital. Blasts and gunshots shook the city for an hour after the first explosions at about 6:30 am, […]

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Iran condemns Egypt’s sectarian killings as “contradicting Islam”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Comments Off

DUBAI, June 25 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign ministry condemned the killing of four Shi’ite Egyptians near Cairo, saying such extremism violated the tenets of Islam, state television reported late on Monday. “The Islamic Republic of Iran denounces any act of extremism and violence which contradicts Islam and the tenets of Islam,” read a foreign ministry […]

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Call to protect Gulf internal front amid jihadist blitz

Friday, June 20, 2014 Comments Off

Call to protect Gulf internal front amid jihadist blitz Gulf torn  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 19, (AP): Saudi Arabia and other petro-powerhouses of the Gulf for years encouraged a flow of private cash to Sunni rebels in Syria. Now an al-Qaeda breakaway group that benefited from some of that funding has stormed across a […]

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Muslims close shops to protest Lanka riots

Friday, June 20, 2014 Comments Off

COLOMBO, June 19, (AFP): Several hundred Muslim-owned businesses shut down in the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday to protest deadly riots by extremist Buddhists, defying President Mahinda Rajapakse’s plea to stay open. Shops and restaurants in central Colombo were shuttered following the riots in two mainly Muslim coastal resorts popular with international tourists that left […]

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Philippine troops battle Abu Sayyaf militants

Friday, June 20, 2014 Comments Off

7 security forces and 10 rebels killed in clashes MANILA, Philippines, June 19, (AP): Philippine security forces battled Abu Sayyaf militants in the south on Thursday in fierce clashes that killed seven troops and 10 rebels in the latest confrontation in the insurgency-wracked region, military officials said. Government forces were patrolling a remote jungle area […]

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Pakistani jailed for honor killing

Friday, June 20, 2014 Comments Off

AMMAN, June 19, (AFP): A Jordanian court Thursday reduced the sentence of a Pakistani man who killed his teenaged wife and her alleged lover last year “to cleanse his honour”, a judicial official said. “Amman criminal court today initially condemned the 28-year-old Pakistani to death by hanging but immediately reduced the sentence to 10 years […]

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Battle for refinery; foreigners taken

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

SAUDIS IN APPARENT WARNING TO IRAN BAGHDAD, June 18, (AP): Iraqi security forces battled insurgents targeting the country’s main oil refinery and said they regained partial control of a city near the Syrian borderWednesday, trying to blunt a weeklong offensive by Sunni militants who diplomats fear may have also seized some 100 foreign workers. In […]

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Qaeda sexually abused Yemen children

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

SANAA, June 18, (AFP): The United Nations children’s agency accused Yemen’s al-Qaeda affiliate of sexually exploiting children, pointing to incidents in the south in 2012 in a report published Tuesday. Al-Qaeda loyalists forced around 100 girls, some as young as 13, to marry its fighters in the southern province of Abyan in 2012, UNICEF said. […]

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Islamist insurgents in Iraq, Syria plan to attack UK

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

Cameron chairs National Security Council meeting LONDON, June 18, (Agencies): Prime Minister David Cameron warned Wednesday that militants making advances in Iraq and fighting in Syria were also planning to attack Britain. “I’d disagree with those people who think this is nothing to do with us and if they want to have some sort of […]

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Twitter restores access to ‘blasphemous’ content in Pak

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

Move hailed by free speech activists ISLAMABAD, June 18, (AFP): Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision — to restrict […]

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FIGHTING NEARS BAGHDAD; U.S. FORCES IN TO SECURE ASSETS

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

UN warns Iraq risks disintegration BAGHDAD, June 17, (Agencies): Fighting erupted at the northern approaches to Baghdad Tuesday as Iraq accused Saudi Arabia of backing militants who have seized swathes of territory in an offensive the UN says threatens its very existence. Washington deployed some 275 military personnel to protect its embassy in Baghdad, the […]

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460 suspected Boko Haram rebels detained

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

Status will be known after probe LAGOS, June 17, (AFP): Nigeria’s military said on Tuesday that they had detained more than 460 people travelling from the country’s north to the south, reportedly on suspicion of being Boko Haram members. Army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Laleye said 462 people, including eight women, were held in southern […]

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Islamist militants kill 15 more in new attack on Kenyan coast

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

Kenyatta says politics not insurgents behind attacks MPEKETONI, Kenya, June 17, (RTRS): Somali-linked Islamist militants killed at least 15 people and torched houses in a second night of attacks on Kenya’s coast. Kenya’s president shifted blame to domestic rivals on Tuesday for two attacks that killed 65 people on the coast and he dismissed claims […]

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Cathay Pacific to suspend Pakistan flights

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Comments Off

KARACHI, June 17, (AFP): Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is to suspend flights to and from Pakistan, officials said Tuesday, following last week’s brazen attack on Karachi airport which left 38 people dead including the 10 attackers. “The airline is ceasing its operations in Pakistan for an indefinite time for both security and economic reasons,” Sohail […]

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UN Urges Kosovo to Help Refugees Return

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

The UN refugee agency called on the authorities to ensure that people who fled Kosovo during the 1998-99 war have places to live and security if they choose to return home.

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Kosovo MP Candidate Gunned Down Outside Restaurant

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo police have launched a probe into the murder of Elvis Pista, a prospective MP from the Democratic Party of Kosovo, who was shot dead in his hometown of Rahovec/Orahovac.

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Slow Count Keeps New Kosovo Govt in Limbo

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

With the last votes from the general election yet to be counted, the political parties are still squabbling over who has the right to form a new government in Kosovo.

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Whatever Happened to the Plenums in Bosnia?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

The protest movement that swept Bosnia earlier this year may have faded, but its principal legacy – a new sense of empowerment among the people – will endure.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Bosnia Arrests Serb Fighter Over Bihac Killings

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Comments Off

Former military policeman Zeljko Stanarevic was arrested on suspicion of having participating in the killings of Bosniak civilians in the north-western Bihac municipality.

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A Challenge for Kosovo: Justice for All

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

If Kosovo is serious about its European future, whoever forms the next government faces a big job to improve its justice system and human rights record.

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Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

Dysfunctional governments in Balkan countries continue to drive down democracy ratings in the region, according to Freedom Houses’s latest study, ‘Nations in Transit 2014′.

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Bosnia Cuts Srebrenica Genocide Convicts’ Sentences

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

Five former Bosnian Serb policemen were given reduced sentences of 20 years each for aiding genocide in Srebrenica following a retrial after their previous convictions were annulled.

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Balkan ‘Dysfunctional’ Govts Blamed For Democratic Failings

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

Dysfunctional governments in Balkan countries continue to drive down democracy ratings in the region, according to Freedom Houses’s latest study, ‘Nations in Transit 2014′.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Bosnian Croat Fighter ‘Shot Prisoner at School’

Friday, June 13, 2014 Comments Off

A witness told the trial of ex-fighter Nikola Maric, accused of the detention, persecution and killing of Bosniaks in the Prozor area, that he saw the defendant shoot a fellow prisoner.

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