News: 10-Jul-09

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  1. US to Hand over Iranian Diplomats to Iraqi Government
    Iranian diplomats kidnapped by the US forces in Iraq will be delivered to Iraqi authorities in the next few days, according to an informed Iraqi official.
  2. Iraq bombs kill at least 34
    A suicide bomber on Thursday killed at least 34 people and injured 50 near a judge’s house in northern Iraq, and bombs in Baghdad killed six people, authorities said.
  3. Number of siege victims rose to 349
    The number of victims of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip has risen to 349 after the death of Abdul Halim Zurub, 49, who was suffering from a brain tumor, the health ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
  4. UN suspends aid to thousands of displaced Moro Muslims
    UN suspended its delivery of food rations to hundreds of thousands of displaced people in the Muslim majority-Moro after a series of bomb attacks this week.
  5. India – Muslim priests keep the bells tolling
    Pahalgam (Jammu and Kashmir): Situated on the banks of the icy Lidder river, a 900-year-old Shiva temple is perhaps the only major Hindu shrine in the Kashmir valley which has Muslim priests.
  6. Saudi convicts hundreds of ‘Qaeda militants’
    A Saudi court has reportedly found 330 people guilty of terrorist activities in the kingdom’s first formal trial for alleged al-Qaeda militants.
  7. Hundreds Protest in Iran, Defying Crackdown Vow
    TEHRAN, Iran, (AP) — Hundreds of young men and women chanted “death to the dictator” and fled baton-wielding police in the capital Thursday as opposition activists sought to revive street protests despite authorities’ vows to “smash” any new marches.
  8. Egypt Arrests Militants Plotting Suez Attacks
    CAIRO, (AP) — Egyptian authorities arrested 25 militants with links to al-Qaeda on suspicion of plotting attacks on oil pipelines and ships in the Suez Canal, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
  9. Syria Increases Penalty for Honour Killings
    Damascus, Asharq Al-Awsat- In the midst of the controversy taking place in Damascus over the amendment of the Personal Status Law — something that has yet to be resolved- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree to repeal one of the Articles of the [Syrian] Penal Code pertaining to honour killings, replacing this with an Article that confers a more severe sentence on those convicted of committing this crime. Those who have repeatedly demanded the abolition of this Article — that under special circumstances limits the length of sentences given to those convicted of having committed an honour killing — have described this as “a good step, but one that is small and insufficient.”
  10. Chinese police break up small Xinjiang protest
    URUMQI, China (Reuters) – Chinese riot police broke up a small demonstration by Uighurs leaving Friday prayers in a Muslim Uighur neighborhood of Urumqi, arresting several who were taken away with hands above their heads.

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