News: 09-Mar-10

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  1. Larijani calls for unity of Islamic states
    IRI’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the brutal raid of the Zionist regime on prayers in al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday once more showed the aggressive nature of the regime.
  2. 8,000 Female Seminary Students Attended Quranic Competitions
    8,000 female seminary students attended Quranic competitions this year (Iranian year ending March 21), said educational and cultural deputy of women’s seminaries.
  3. Terrorist PJAK Ringleader Arrested in Germany
    Germen security forces arrested the ringleader and two senior members of an Iraq-based armed opposition of the Islamic Republic called Party for a Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) – an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
  4. Iran gas exports rise by 35% in 2009-10
    Iran’s gas exports will show a 35-percent rise in the current Iranian calendar year (ending March 20) compared with last year, says a senior energy official.
  5. Gates warns of ‘dark days’ ahead in Afghanistan
    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is on a visit to Kabul, has warned against over-optimism, forecasting “dark days” on the battlefield in Afghanistan.
  6. Iranian protesters want extradition of PJAK terrorists
    Iranian protesters gathered outside the Belgian embassy in Tehran on Monday to demand the extradition of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK) terrorist group members from Europe.
  7. Riyadh Book Fair Falls Victim to Rumours
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- Just hours after the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Media denied rumours that Abdo Khal’s novel ‘Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles’ was withdrawn from the Riyadh International Book Fair, Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja also dismissed other rumours about the fair via his personal Facebook page.
  8. 74% of Middle East Residents Affected by Global Economic Crisis- Report
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat-According to a report published by the website in conjunction with regional resource specialists YouGov Siraj, 74 percent of residents across the Middle East region feel they have been personally affected by the global economic crisis.
  9. ‘Mowing the Grass’ in Afghanistan
    Mowing the grass is the term frustrated soldiers use to describe the war in Afghanistan. America and its NATO allies sweep in and clear an area. But, once they leave, the Taleban creep back like weeds in the lawn and the allies have to mow it all 
over again.
  10. Pakistan interrogation center bombed, killing 13
    LAHORE, Pakistan — A suicide car bomber Monday struck a building where police interrogate high-value suspects in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens including women taking children to school, officials said.

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