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A News wrap 20-24th may 2013

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In a week that started off quietly, the London killing has opened up a whole new can of worms in the Islam bashing charade. However we take a look at what grabbed the headlines this week on various networks and news wires.

MONDAY
The National Energy Regulator of SA granted Eskom a licence for its Sere wind farm in the Western Cape.
The licence allows Eskom to start construction of the R2.4 billion project which was expected to deliver its first power to the national grid in the first half of 2014, with full commercial operation by the end of 2014.
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Myanmar President Thein Sein became the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century.

Critics say that Obama’s invitation is premature and takes pressure off Myanmar to address still-alarming abuses such as recent anti-Muslim violence to which security forces allegedly turned a blind eye.
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The Anti-Terrorism Court approved the bail of former president, General Pervez Mushararf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
Besides the Bhutto assassination case, Musharraf was arrested for detaining dozens of judges during the 2007 emergency, and for the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.

The acceptance of the former commando’s bail application could see him leave the country despite the fact that the Supreme Court has directed that he should stay put.
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Myanmar’s victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many returned to their flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon just weeks away.

They were evacuated last week ahead of Cyclone Mahasen, which later veered into neighbouring Bangladesh, but most have now returned.

TUESDAY
The Catholic Church joined a voice of many saying people should not buy etags or collaborate with the e-tolling of Gauteng’s highways.

The Church slammed the tolling project saying it is simply unacceptable to toll an existing stretch of road without providing alternative routes.

Toll road operator SANRAL said the Church had a chance to raise its objections to tolling and should not call for anarchy.
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A powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb, tearing down blocks of homes, two schools and leaving at least 91 people dead, including 20 children.

US President Barack Obama meanwhile declared a “major disaster” in Oklahoma and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts.
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The City of Cape Town was granted an interim interdict, halting the proposed N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project in the Western Cape.
The city argued last week that Sanral’s decision was irrational because it claimed the transport minister at the time, Jeff Radebe, approved the project without knowing the full costs involved.
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The state withdrew its case against Jonathan Davids in the murder of Bredasdorp teenager, Anene Booysen.
Regional spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said an investigation revealed there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.
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Israeli and Syrian forces exchanged fire across the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.
Israel’s defence forces said it returned fire after one of its military vehicles was hit by shots from Syria.
A statement from the Syrian army said the vehicle was shot after it crossed the ceasefire line and headed towards the rebel-held village of Bir Ajam.
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The Muslim Judicial Council issued a fatwah regarding the halaal status of burger king as concerns were raised about the lifestyle of its primary shareholders, Hassen Adams.

Last week, PAGAD called for Adams, to be investigated by Muslim organisations because of his involvement in the gaming industry.
Adams, whose Grand Parade Investments operates the local Burger King franchise, is also one of the BEE shareholders in the Grand West Casino and is a prominent owner of race horses.

The MJC’s Moulana Abdul Fattaag Carr said the burger king has been deemed halaal
The MJC categorically stated that by no way did it condone the lifestyle of Adams, adding that he will have to answer for his actions to his Creator.
Burger King opened its first outlet in South Africa, in Cape Town, two weeks ago.
There are just over 1.2million Muslims in Cape Town so halaal certification is important for many fast-food businesses in the city.
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Lagos State Government denied banning the use of hijab in public schools, stating that the issue was still being looked into with a view to taking a broad-based stand on it.
Reacting to a media report, which allegedly credited the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, as writing off the possibility of allowing hijab in public schools, the state government stated that the report was incorrect, sensational and out of context.
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The Star newspaper revealed how Aarto is imploding because, among others, the Roads Traffic Infringement Agency failed to issue even one courtesy or reminder letter to some 1.4 million motorists within 32 days of the fine since December 22, rendering all these fines invalid.

WEDNESDAY
Six Egyptian policemen and a border guard abducted on the Sinai peninsula last week were released.
A report on state television said the hostages were released by their captors in the desert south of Rafah, near the border with ‘Israel’.
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The South African Police Service came under fire after hundreds of whistle blowers had their private details exposed after its website was hacked.
ENCA reported that hackers used a ‘data dump’ to place confidential information on a publicly accessible website.
This meant that the identities of nearly 16,000 South Africans who lodged complaints with the police on the website or provided tip offs to report crimes were publicly available.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced he wanted to retire from politics at the end of his current term.

Afghanistan is set to hold elections for a new president in April 2014.
Karzai has been in office since 2001, after the US-led invasion ousted the Taliban.

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Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe signed the countries new constitution into law, clearing the path to crucial elections later this year.
The new constitution curtails the president’s powers, limits presidential tenures to two five-year terms and does away with the post of prime minister.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980.
Elections should be held this year but the date is yet to be set.
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Myanmar’s government needs to stamp out the practice of recruiting of children into the armed forces .

A report to the Security Council found that the military continued to target unaccompanied children and orphans found in workplaces, streets, bus and train stations, ferry terminals, markets and their home villages.

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Turkey closed its side of the last border crossing with Syria still controlled by President Bashar Assad’s government.
The gate will remain closed for a month, during which only Turkish citizens arriving from Syria or non-Syrians transiting through Turkey would be allowed to cross.

Nobody will be allowed to cross from Turkey into Syria.
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THURSDAY

The Barack Obama administration formally acknowledged that the United States has killed four of its own citizens in drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.
Eric Holder, the US attorney general, in a letter to congressional leaders, said that three of those killed were not targets of the strikes involving drones in Yemen and elsewhere.
The letter also defended the killing of Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki.
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Three Limpopo farmers were arrested for alleged attempted murder after apprehending a suspected rhino poacher.

They reportedly claimed they gave chase to two suspected poachers yesterday
One of them got away, but they caught the other one, who was injured while running through dense, thorny undergrowth, and found rhino dehorning tools.

Colonel Ronel Otto said police found the man with a head wound, and decided to charge the farmers with attempted murder.
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A bomb planted in a rickshaw struck a vehicle used by security forces in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 12 people.
11 of the dead were police personnel, and sources said many were wounded.
The bomb targeted a lorry carrying members of a government paramilitary force in the Northern Bypass road in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.
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Green bar-coded identity books will be replaced with identity smart cards from July,
Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor said government will begin issuing the cards to new applicants and those who need re-issuing of identity documents from July this year.
Pandor said it will take six or seven years to phase out the old identity documents (ID).
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British top brass responded to anti Islam sentiment in the UK, saying that Islam was not to blamed after a soldier was killed near army barracks by an unknown man who associated himself to the religion.
The comments came after a soldier was hacked to death with a machete-style knife in the Woolwich district in the southeast of the British capital.
British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned attack in London saying Islam must not be blamed.
Londons Mayor Boris Johnson also made a statement ahead of the meeting in which he emphasised that religion should not be blamed.
He said the action was a betrayal of Islam and the Muslim communities that give so much to the country, adding that It is completely wrong to blame this killing on the religion of Islam.
Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands, reporting from Westminster said that political leaders do not seem to think this attack poses any greater threat to security.
A far right group called The English Defence League, used the incident to their advantage, and came out last night chanting ‘no surrender to Muslims,’ and clashed with riot police
There were two attacks on mosques overnight.
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Civilian and military attorneys for captives at the notorious US Guantanamo military detention camp have called on the Obama administration to improve conditions, as a hunger strike by inmates entered its 108th day.
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Continuing with its winter warmth campaign2013, The Al Imdaad foundations team found itself in Mpumalanga, distributing gloves, hats, blankets, and even opening boreholes.

FRIDAY
Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo declared a temporary ceasefire during a visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim in country’s volatile east.

The decision came after three days of fighting between rebels and government forces in the country’s eastern province of North-Kivu left at least 19 people dead.
Yusuf Alli is a Cii Radio News Anchor and Presenter

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