News: 05-Jan-10

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  1. Blasts leave 15 civilians wounded in Mosul
    At least fifteen people have obtained injuries in two separate bombing attacks across Iraq’s third largest city, Mosul.
  2. Bin Laden’s Daughter-in-Law to Visit Tehran to Push for Release of Bin Laden Children
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat – Zaina Bin Laden, the wife of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden’s fourth son Omar, has revealed to Asharq Al-Awsat that she has applied for a visa to visit Iran, and that she plans to break the deadlock in the case of her sister-in-law Iman Bin Laden, who remains in the Saudi embassy in Tehran. She also said that her husband’s five siblings, along with Osama Bin Laden’s wife Khayriyah (Umm Hamzah), are living a good life within a residential compound on the outskirts of the capital, Tehran.
  3. Gujarat Riot Case: UK-based Witnesses Summoned
    AHMEDABAD — For the first time, a fast-track court hearing a communal riot case in Gujarat has summoned five British citizens who had allegedly witnessed killing of four people belonging to a minority community during the clashes that erupted hours after a train with Hindu devotees was torched in Godhra in 2002.
  4. Saudi authorities remove posters of Shia Imam
    Saudi authorities have pulled down posters of the third Shia Imam in the coastal city of al-Qatif, which hosts the country’s largest community of Shia Muslims.
  5. Iraq seeks justice against Blackwater
    Iraq has filed a lawsuit against Blackwater (now known as XE Services LLC) guards in the United States after they were acquitted on charges of killing 17 Iraqi civilians at a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007.
  6. 18 killed in Karachi
    Eighteen people were killed in Karachi on Monday as a wave of violence and targeted killings continues to plague Pakistan’s financial hub.
  7. Yemen poses global risk: Clinton
    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that internal unrest and a surge in al-Qaida activity in Yemen pose a global threat that is being met by U.S. support for the Yemeni government’s efforts to fight extremists.
  8. Afghan attacks kill 4 US troops, British soldier
    KABUL – A roadside bombing killed four U.S. service members, the first American combat deaths of the year in Afghanistan, while a British soldier died during a foot patrol elsewhere in the volatile south of the country, officials said Monday.
  9. US seeks to pressure Iran, Revolutionary Guards
    The U.S. said on Monday it has begun discussing new sanctions to pressure Iran’s government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to curb Tehran’s N-programs.
  10. UK may ban Islamist march in military memorial town
    LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday he was appalled that an Islamist group planned to march through a town renowned for honoring British troops killed in Afghanistan.

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