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Indian Muslims protest against the siege of Gaza

By news desk

New Delhi: Indian Muslim organizations staged a dharna (sit-in) yesterday at Jantar Mantar near the Indian Parliament against the blockade of Gaza Strip by Israel. All prominent Muslim organizations were represented by their leaders and activists. The initiative was taken by the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organizations.

Egypt cuts Gaza border crossing points to two

RAFAH, Egypt (AFP) - Egypt resealed the border with the Gaza Strip except for two crossing points on Tuesday as it tried to stem the uncontrolled movement that has seen hundreds of thousands cross in the past week.

By sundown Egyptian forces had stapled coils of razor wire along most of the breaches which Palestinian militants blew in the border fence last week leaving just two points where movement continued in both directions.

UN fails to reach agreement on Gaza statement

NEW YORK, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - The UN Security Council failed to reach an agreement on a Gaza statement due to differences between the U.S. and Arab nations, Russia's UN envoy said after negotiations on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, the Security Council failed to reach a consensus. Today, before the negotiations began, during a meeting between a permanent representative from Libya and deputy permanent representative from the U.S. a conclusion was made that it would be impossible to reach an agreement due to the latest amendments to the text," Vitaly Churkin said.

CAIR-Cincinnati to host 'Islamophobia' Panel

Cincinnati – (IINA)January 29 – The Cincinnati chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OH) will host a panel discussion entitled “Beyond Stereotypes: Islamophobia and the War on Terror” at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 3. The event is part of a series of discussions taking place around the nation, addressing the issue of "Islamophobia," or fear and hatred of Islam and Muslims.

Zalmay Khalilzad planning to stand for Afghan Presidency: report

LONDON, Jan 29 (APP)- A report in the Tuesday edition of British daily ‘The Guardian’ has claimed that senior British Foreign Office officials believe the Afghan-born US ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, is planning to stand for the presidency of Afghanistan and played a complex role in advising the current president, Hamid Karzai, to block the appointment of Lord Ashdown as the UN envoy to the country.

Severe winter in Afghanistan claims 300 lives


Kabul : The number of people killed in heavy snowfall, avalanches and freezing weather across Afghanistan in the past month has risen up to 300, officials here said Tuesday.

According to the Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA), 25 provinces have been affected while the western province of Herat, with 137 weather-related fatalities, was the hardest hit.

In the neighbouring provinces of Farah, Badghis and Ghor about 125 people have died and many others have become sick because of the cold.

EU calls for democratic and transparent polls in Pakistan

By EuAsiaNews

Brussels : European Union Foreign Ministers held an exchange of views on the latest developments in Pakistan, in the run-up to general elections on 18 February during their meeting here on Monday.

The foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries in a statement " highlighted the need to hold free and fair elections by this new date, allowing for a democratic and transparent electoral process under proper security conditions."

They emphasised that stability and further progress on

the path towards democracy are amongst the most important

Government silence is surprising on Gaza blockade & on Arun Gandhi: Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan

By M.A. Baig,

New Delhi: Renowned Middle-East affairs expert Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan lectured on 'Blockade of Gaza Strip and callousness of humanity' at Jamaat-e-Islami Hind headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday, 26th January.

UN rights expert on religious freedom voices over Israeli restrictions


United Nations : The security restrictions imposed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory are intrusive, disproportionate, discriminatory and arbitrary, a UN human rights expert has stated.

The expert, Asma Jahangir, a prominent Pakistani lawyer who is also the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, warned that the Israeli curbs restrict the access of Muslims, Christians and Jews to worship at their holy places.

Iran calls for bolstering ties with Egypt


Cairo : Iran said Tuesday its ties with Egypt have been deepening as could be seen by the visits of top officials to each other's countries.

Ali Akbar Nateq-Nouri, the advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei, made this statement after arriving in Cairo Tuesday to attend the parliamentary session of the Islamic countries, official IRNA news agency reported.