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Israel’s top military officer skips UK visit fearing arrest

Source : Mohammed Mar`i | Arab News
RAMALLAH | 05 May 2011

A top Israeli military officer canceled a trip to Britain out of fear he would be arrested, a report said on Thursday.

The Israel Radio said that Maj. Gen. Yohanan Locker, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s military secretary, decided not to join the premiere on his visit to Britain for fear of being arrested over his role in the 2008-2009 Israeli large scale military operation in Gaza Strip.


Albania constructing massive mosque-museum-garden complex to foster religious harmony

Source : Islam Today
Tirana | 06 May 2011

Albania is constructing a new 27,000 square-metre complex consisting of a mosque, an Islamic centre, and a museum of religious harmony.


Afghan protesters criticize overtures toward Taleban

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.


Contaminated bottled water sold in UK as Zamzam: BBC

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.


Daughter ‘saw killing of unarmed Bin Laden’

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.


Afghan Taleban likely to rethink ties to Al-Qaeda

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.


Sarkozy: France could recognise Palestine

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.


Suspect in Jacksonville mosque bombing fatally shot during Oklahoma arrest

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.


Enlighten pilgrims before departure for Haj: Al-Farsy

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.


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.


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