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Your World 3-7 June 2013

Compilation by Yusuf Alli – Cii News |

MONDAY

Tributes to the late Pakistani aalim and spiritual mentor, Hazrat Shah Hakim AkhtarSaheb RA poured in from around the world.

Maulana, who was one of the greatest gifted scholars of Islam today, passed away over the weekend.

He has been favored by Allah (SWT) to have been nurtured by three of the greatest and most renowned Wali’s(saints) of his time.

Including Shaykh Shah Muhammad Ahmed (RA)and Shaykh Shah Abdul Ghani Phoolpuri (RA).

Paying tribute to the late Moulana on Cii Radio Mufti AK Hoosen said his passing was a moment of great lamentation.

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The Justice for Aafia Coalition reported that, Dr. Aafia Siddique was physically assaulted in her prison cell and left unconscious and bleeding.

She is currently detained at Carswell Prison at a US Military base in Fort Worth in the United States for 82 years.

The Justice for Aafia Coalition said in the latest incident that Dr. Aafia eventually received medical care after two days and intervention by her lawyer, Ms. Tina Foster.

The Pakistani consulate in Texas also sent a high level team to visit Dr. Aafia.

She has still not been able to visit with family members.

The last family visit was over a year ago.

The Coalition called for the urgent need for her repatriation to Pakistan where she may serve out her sentence and the governments can avoid the diplomatic problems that arise from incidents of this type.

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A Pretoria man who claimed that fellow detainees in police cells spent a night raping and assaulting him after he was unlawfully arrested, sued the minister of police for more than R1 million.

According to the victim’s lawyer, Robert van Wyk, his client, was extremely traumatised and humiliated by the attacks.

The plaintiff was arrested on September 16, 2011 at the Rustenburg Mall on charges of human trafficking and taken to the Rustenburg police cells.

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Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Turkey’s four biggest cities and clashed with riot police firing tear gas for a third day in the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years.

For much of Sunday, the atmosphere in Istanbul’s Taksim Square was festive, with some people chanting for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, to resign and others dancing.

The demonstrations spread after police cracked down on protests over the redevelopment of an Istanbul park.

Days before the unrest began, a bill to ban the late-night sale of alcohol in shops was passed by parliament.

Protesters have been holding up cans of beer and mock-toasting Mr Erdogan as a gesture of defiance.

He has also sought to lift a constitutional ban on the Islamic headscarf, and ban adultery and kissing in public.

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The Presidency was heavily criticised following its silence after reports emerged that South Africa was holding assets of former Libyan President Muammar Gadaffi.

The Sunday Times reported that cash, diamonds and gold worth $1 billion are being held by four South African banks.

It further claimed Gadaffi’s former chief of staff Bashir Saleh, who is on an Interpol wanted list, was seen on numerous occasions in South Africa.

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The bodies of at least 12 migrant workers from Myanmar were found in the sea off Thailand’s west coast after their boat sank during bad weather.

Police Major General Taweeporn Churin said the bodies of six men and three women were found near islands in Ranong province, after their boat sank early on Saturday morning.

He said marine police also retrieved the bodies of three women on Saturday.

Police say it is common for migrant workers to travel by boat to illegally enter Thailand.

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A heavy explosion rocked Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan.

According to reports the incident took place in Samkanai district after a bomber detonated his explosives, killing at least 15 people.

Provincial security chief Zalmai Orya Khel said at least 15 people were killed and 25 others were injured following the blast.

Khel further added at least 10 school students were also among those killed following the blast.

He said the bomber detonated his explosives near the convoy of coalition security forces.

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Swiss-based Glencore Xstrata dismissed 1 000 workers who staged wildcat strikers at its South African chrome operations last week.

The firms spokesman Christopher Tsatsawane said they were dismissed and Friday and over the weekend and have until tomorrow to appeal their dismissal

Last November Xstrata fired 400 illegal strikers who stopped work over an internal disciplinary system.

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A worker was shot dead at a Lonmin mine, in the latest unrest to hit the troubled platinum belt.

The shooting happened near of Marikana, where police shot dead 34 miners in a single incident in August last year, the deadliest police action since the end of apartheid.

NUM spokesman Lesiba Seshoka said, one of their members were attacked with a gun in their office at Lonmin’s Western Platinum mine

The rand retreated slightly against the dollar after the shooting amid fears of another cycle of violence in South Africa’s mining sector.

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The Somali government called on South Africa to protect Somali nationals living in the country after a spate of attacks on foreigners.

Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon in an open letter to South African President Jacob Zuma, appealed as a matter of urgency to intervene and contain the violence against Somali business communities to preserve peace and stability.

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Johannes Kana appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s Court in connection with the rape and murder of teenager Anene Booysen

NPA Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said it rejected his guilty plea on the rape because their facts do not correspond.

The NPA didn’t dispute that he raped Booysen, but said he isn’t giving a full version of what transpired at the crime scene.

Two weeks ago, the State dropped charges against Kana’s co-accused, 22-year-old Jonathan Davids.

At the time, Ntabazalila said an investigation had revealed there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

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A fire at a poultry processing plant in China killed at least 119 people in Dehui in Jilin province

Accounts speak of explosions prior to the fire, which caused panic and a crush of workers trying to escape. Some exits were said to be locked.

The fire is now said to have been mostly put out and bodies are being recovered.

Sources including the provincial fire department suggest there may have been an ammonia leak which either caused the fire or made fighting the blaze more hazardous.

This is China’s deadliest fire since 2000, when 309 people died in a blaze in a dance hall in Luoyang, in Henan province.

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The ANC Youth League members opened canisters of raw sewage outside Premier Helen Zille’s office saying they were ready to be arrested .

ANC proportional councilor and youth league member Loyiso Nkohla and former ANC councillor and banned league member Andile Lili, led a group of protesters to the provincial legislature, where they emptied five porta-loos full of raw sewage outside 7 Wale Street before lunchtime.

Helen Zilles spokesman, Zak Mbhele, said the incident was absolutely disgusting, adding that it was another blatant example of the ungovernability tactics that the ANC Youth League.

TUESDAY

The case against murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius was postponed to 19 August in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

Acting Magistrate Daniel Thulare said the matter against Pistorius was postponed for further investigation.

Further details of the postponement would not be discussed, as agreed by both parties.

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A United Nations report said the Syrian regime and rebel fighters are committing war crimes as the conflict reaches new levels of brutality.

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said that military and government leaders must be held accountable for implementing a concerted policy of human rights violations.

In their latest report based on interviews with victims, medical staff and other witnesses, they said they had received allegations that Syrian government forces and rebels had used the banned weapons, but that most testimony related to their use by state forces.

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The man who instituted two claims of over R1m against the police after he was raped in a police cell following two unlawful arrests, won the first round in his damages claim.

According to the settlement, the minister of police has to pay R90 000 to the claimant regarding one of the arrests, which police have admitted was unlawful.

The man was still claiming R940 000 for the other unlawful arrest, but this matter still had to be heard in court.

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The Israeli regime announced plans to illegally confiscate about 100 acres of Palestinian land in east of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

The orders were issued to Palestinian municipalities in the villages of Awarta and Rujaib in order to annex the land for an Israeli settlement.

The head of the village council said that the move was part of Israel’s ongoing policy of Palestinian land confiscation and Israel has managed to bypass the law by claiming the land for military purposes.

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At least 10 people were killed in central Europe as floodwater inundated large areas of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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An American woman was gang-raped in the northern Indian resort town of Manali.

The 30-year-old woman was picked up by men in a truck as she was hitchhiking back to her guest house after visiting a friend.

The three men in the truck then drove to a secluded spot and raped her.

The reported rape came after a Swiss tourist was gang-raped in March while on a cycling trip through rural India. Six men were arrested in that attack.

In a separate incident the same month, a British woman travelling in northern India jumped out of the third-floor window of her hotel room fearing a sexual attack after the hotel’s owner tried to force his way into the room.

On Monday the AFP reported that police in the Indian city of Kolkata had arrested a local businessman suspected of drugging and raping a 21-year-old Irish charity worker after her birthday party.

The assaults come amid heightened concern about sexual assaults in India that followed the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a moving bus in New Delhi in December.

WEDNESDAY

Reports emerged of the ANC Youth League is facing a liquidation claim in the South Gauteng High Court.

The R15m claim by an unpaid contractor dated back to the ANCYL national congress in Mangaung in the Free State in 2008 when Julius Malema was elected leader.

The liquidation application would be brought by Z2 Presentations CC, which trades as University Events Management.

The Star said the sheriff twice tried to seize youth league assets to pay off the debt, but there were no assets.

The ANC parent body has reportedly opposed the application, saying the ANCYL is chaotic, under ANC management, and has no hidden assets.

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The Syrian army regained control of the strategic city of Qusayr on the border with Lebanon.

Rebels had pulled out of Qusayr where they had fought fierce battles with government forces, who are backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, for more than two weeks.

Qusayr city, is on a critical cross-border supply route between Lebanon and Syria, making it a strategically important town for government troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters battling alongside regime forces.

Civilians have been trapped inside the town without access to water and electricity for weeks.

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Newcastle mayor Afzul Rehman accepted an apology from the Road Traffic Inspectorate officer who called him a “Gupta”, and says he intends dropping charges against him.

The comment that sparked controversy and stirred national debate was made by Zwakele Mbatha to Rehman while on duty.

While in the queue, Mbatha walked by and referred to Rehman as a Gupta and followed this up with a joke about Indians and told the mayor to Go back to India

Initially, Rehman refused to accept an apology, and he opened a case of crimen injuria against Mbatha.

However, at a press briefing, Rehman said he has agreed to unreservedly accept the apology.

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Britain said that physiological samples from Syria had tested positive for sarin gas and there was growing information that the regime was using chemical weapons.

The official said there is a growing body of limited but persuasive information showing that the regime used – and continues to use – chemical weapons, including sarin.

Britain thought chemical weapons use in Syria was very likely to have been by President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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A US judge accepted a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity from James Holmes, accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens in a Colorado theater shooting last year.

Judge Carlos Samour accepted the plea after reading out a list of conditions, including that the 25-year-old agree to undergo a court-ordered sanity examination.

Holmes is accused of wounding another 70 people when he allegedly opened fire last July in a packed midnight screening of a movie in the Colorado town of Aurora, outside Denver.

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A Gauteng health chief director, two directors, and a deputy director were suspended for alleged fraud.

All four had been suspended with full pay.

Health MEC Hope Papo said the department was ready to begin disciplinary hearings.

He said the department doesn’t want to have suspended people receiving full pay while sitting at home.

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Pakistan’s parliament formally elected Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, marking a historic transfer of power in a country that has undergone three military coups.

Sharif received 244 votes in the 342-seat parliament, returning him to the prime minister’s office for an unprecedented third time.

Sharif, whose Pakistan Muslim League party secured a big victory in May’s elections, was sworn in by President Asif Ali Zardari, marking the country’s first democratically elected transition of power.

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The Democratic Alliance requested US President Barack Obama to address members of parliament on his official visit to South Africa later this month.

In an official response, the ruling party said it deemed any honours conferred on President Obama as fitting, but only provided that the correct channels are followed.

Last month the two political giants locked horns over a controversial DA proposed decision to award the US President the Freedom of Cape Town.

The move drew criticism from many groups, who highlight the fact that Obama had not yet succeeded in closing down the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison and spearheaded an often lawless global drones war.

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared the rebel force Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru to be terrorist organizations.

This means means anyone who supports them could face a 20-year-jail sentence.

Under Nigeria’s 2011 Terrorism Prevention Act, anyone who incites a terrorist act over the Internet or through any other media, or gives weapons or any assistance to a terrorist group is liable for a minimum 20-year prison sentence.

In a move meant to appease moderate supporters, Nigeria this week released all women and children being held for links to the group.

THURSDAY

More than 30 people, most of them children, were been injured in an accident involving two taxis on Thursday morning in Marion Hill, in KwaZulu-Natal.

ER24 spokesperson Derrick Banks says there was over 30 patients of which 25 are school children aged between 4 and 6.

One taxi overturned and one went down an embankment.

The injured were being transported to various hospitals in the area.

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to Turkey as mass protests against his government continue.

Erdogan completed a three-day tour of North Africa as demonstrators turned out in Ankara and other cities, many calling for him to quit.

At least two people were been killed in the unrest and thousands have been injured since the protests began on Friday – including hundreds of police officers.

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Police treated a fire which broke out and destroyed an Islamic centre in London as “suspicious”, and are investigating the possibility of arson.

The letters EDL – which stands for English Defense League – were sprayed on the building mostly used by members of the Somali community for children’s classes.

The EDL is a far right group which has led large protests in Britain in the aftermath of the killing of a soldier in suspicious circumstances.

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Controversial former ANC councillor Andile Lili said the protests against the use of portable flush toilets in some informal settlements will continue.

The ANC and Cosatu condemned the way in which Lili and current ANC Youth League officials have vented their frustrations over people in certain areas being provided with portable toilets.

Premier Helen Zille’s convoy was also targeted in Khayelitsha, with demonstrators flinging raw sewage at her vehicle.

The City of Cape Town reacted swiftly with Mayor Patricia de Lille suspending toilet cleaning services in at least four informal settlements identified as “no go” areas.

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A two-month-old baby died after nurses apparently failed to examine him in the three hours he was at the Gugulethu community health centre.

Nokubonga Nombewu, the mother of Mbuso, claims that by the time her baby was seen by a doctor it was too late, and he died in the doctor’s arms.

Nombewu claimed that despite reporting her baby who had a swollen abdomen and had not urinated for nine hours to a nurse on arrival she had been told to wait her turn.

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi declared her intention to run for the presidency as she sets her sights on elections due to be held in 2015.

Addressing world leaders at a major economic forum in Naypyidaw, Suu kyi called for the amendment of the military-drafted constitution which prevents her from leading the country.

The current constitution blocks anyone whose spouses or children are overseas citizens from leading the country.

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Reports indicated that Syrian rebels fighting forces loyal to President Bashar Assad’s regime took over the Quneitra crossing on the Israel-Syria ceasefire line in the Golan Heights.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that has been monitoring Syria’s two-year conflict, also said the rebels seized the Quneitra crossing after attacking and clashing with Syrian government troops.

Israeli security sources confirmed there were exchanges of fire in the area of the crossing, but said it was not yet possible to say whether it had been taken over.

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A KwaZulu-Natal family is devastated after a 17-year-old girl was allegedly stabbed to death by a boyfriend she had met on Facebook.

She was apparently stabbed repeatedly by her on-off 19-year-old boyfriend during an argument at her campus.

The girl’s devastated aunt, Abigail Ramsahai, said the couple had met on Facebook.

The young man was arrested and will appear in court soon.

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At least six people were killed and 13 injured when an abandoned building being demolished in the US city of Philadelphia collapsed onto a neighbouring thrift store.

As workers were demolishing the abandoned four-storey building in downtown Philadelphia, it collapsed on a two-storey Salvation Army thrift store.

Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed that there were six people who died, one man and five women.

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Three children were killed in a US drone strike carried out in Afghanistan’s northeastern province of Kunar.

Local officials said six other people, including women, were also injured in the attack.

In a similar incident on May 20, at least eight people were killed and several others injured in a similar strike in the eastern province of Kapisa.

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Despite government’s stance on e-tolling and its assurances that it will be launched within weeks, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe planned to meet church leaders tomorrow to discuss the project.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has thrown its weight behind the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance and its challenge against the controversial system.

Congress of South African Trade Unions and the churches are some of the organisations who are opposed to the controversial system.

Meanwhile, South African National Roads Agency Limited maintains that the launch of e-tolling is imminent

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North Korea proposed talks with South Korea on a wide-range of issues from reopening a shuttered joint industrial complex to resuming cross-border family reunions.

The surprise offer followed months of military tensions triggered by the North’s nuclear test in February.

the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea didn’t specify at what level the talks should take place, but said the venue and date “can be set to the convenience of the South side”.

Initial subjects for discussion would be the future of the Kaesong joint industrial zone, which was closed at the height of the recent tensions, and the possible resumption of cross-border tours to the North’s Mount Kumgang resort.

If the South responds positively to the proposal, the CPRK said the North would consider rolling back measures it took when relations went into a tailspin, including restoring a cross-border official hotline.

FRIDAY

Some Israeli soldiers face a new crackdown on social media use as the military moves to limit or ban the outright use of networks by some classified units.

The move comes days after a group of female Israeli soldiers posing for photos wearing nothing but underwear and combat gear surfaced on Facebook, prompting widespread media coverage.

In February, an Israeli soldier caused outrage with a photo published on a popular photo-sharing website that shows the crosshairs of a rifle aimed at the head of what appears to be a Palestinian boy.

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Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Asheikh praised Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi’s stance against Iran and Hezbollah.

Sheikh Qaradawi who is the president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, criticized Lebanese Shiite militia group for its military intervention in Syria and called for Jihad against it.

According to an AFP from Qatar, he said that every Muslim trained to fight and capable of doing that must make himself available for Jihad against Assad and Hezbollah in Syria.

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A Court heard that Six British men plotted to blow up an English Defence League rally after the far-Right group made blasphemous comment and actions against Islam.

The six planned to attack the EDL with a nail bomb, shotguns, samurai swords and knives.

They drove from their homes in Birmingham on June 30 last year to set off the bomb at a rally in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

However, the meeting finished early and by the time the six arrived the 750 EDL members had left.

On the gang’s trip back from Dewsbury, one of their cars was randomly stopped by a traffic officer, and he impounded the car after discovering it was uninsured.

The 6 admitted planning the attack at a previous hearing.

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A court in northern India has sent three men arrested on suspicion of gang-raping an American woman this week to prison while police investigate.

Police arrested the men on Thursday, but they haven’t been charged.

A court in the resort town of Manali, where the alleged rape occurred, ordered that the men be held in prison for two weeks.

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The Democratic Alliance announced it will donate a R1 million to the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance to boost its legal battle against e-tolling.

This week Outa made an urgent appeal for funds saying it received notice from its lawyers and may have to abandon its case against roads agency Sanral.

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane said Outa has been at the forefront of the fight against tolling and they thought that as a political party it’s helpful and important for the DA to be able to contribute to this issue.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenage said they are overwhelmed by the response from the public and now the DA.

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A series of car bomb explosions have left at least six people dead and more than 20 injured, in the latest bloody attacks across Iraq.

A car bomber targeting a convoy of Iranian pilgrims blew himself up in the northeastern city of Baquba, killing at least five people and injuring 20 others.

Several people were also killed overnight, including at least seven policemen, when a bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the headquarters of a police commando unit in the Taji area, outside of the capital Baghdad.

Friday’s attacks are the latest in a new wave of violence, which according to the UN has killed at least 1,045 civilians and security personnel during the month of May.

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Yusuf Alli is a Cii Radio News Anchor and Presente

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