Monday, 9 August 2010

The Daily Telegraph

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•COVER STORY: ''Hypocrisy' of speeding middle-class motorists'
One of the UK's longest-serving chief constables, Julie Spence has claimed that speeding motorists are hypocrites guilty of 'middle class anti-social behavior' who believe that they can get away with breaking the law. (Link)
•'Afghan victim 'a true hero'' P.1 and P.3

Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the murder of British doctor Karen Woo in Afghanistan as 'deplorable' and 'cowardly'. Dr. Woo and eight other foreign aid workers were shot dead in the Badakhshan province. (Link)
•'Britons shot dead in honour killing' P.2

A British couple have been murdered in what seems to be an honour killing in north-west Pakistan after cancelling their daughter's wedding. The husband and wife from Birmingham were shot dead in Salehana last Monday. (Link)
•COMMENT: Mike Capstick - 'How Afghanistan gets in your blood' P.3

Commentary by Mike Capstick of the Peace Dividend Trust explaining his personal engagement with Afghanistan and the reasons why he is always drawn back to the country. (Link)

• 'Asian actors only play terrorists or geeks, says Patel' P.5


Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel has claimed that Hollywood is institutionally racist, restricting Asian actors to roles as terrorists, taxi drivers or geeks. (Link)

•'Iraqi car bombs' P.13


A series of car bombs killed at leaset twelve people and injured many more in the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

•Boy of nine dies as state 'creates militants' in Kashmir' P.14


Kashmir's hospitals have been overwhelmed by large numbers of youths injured and killed by the security forces following an increase in violent clashes in the disputed Indian state. Separatist leaders have warned that human rights abuses are creating a new generation of teenage militants. (Link)



The Guardian

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•COVER STORY: 'Children left in danger by court delays'

Children are being damaged by unprecedented delays in the family courts in England and Wales, where judges can now take up to 65 weeks to decide whether it is safe for them to remain with their parents, Britain's largest children's charity Barnardo said today. (Link)


•'Muslims flock to 'anti-terror' summer camp' P.5


1,300 young Muslims in the UK are attending a three-day event, al-Hidayah 2010 to learn how to fight the arguments of extremists. It has been billed as the UK's first anti-terror camp. (Link)


•'Soft target? The Christian charity accused of spreading the word' P.6-7


The International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanistan, an umbrella organisation representing Christian agencies is associated with claims of proselytizing. The medical workers killed in the weekend had links to the IAM although investigators cannot rule out whether or not they were targeted for this reason. (Link)



•'Murders force aid agencies to reassess safety and future role' P.6-7


The murder of 10 unarmed medical workers has shocked the international aid community in Kabul and it is said, will stoke debate in the NGO community over the issue of whether aid organisations should negotiate directly with insurgents in an effort to guarantee their safety. (Link)


•'British couple shot dead in suspected 'honour killing'' P.9


A British couple have been murdered in Pakistan in a suspected "honour killing" after calling off their daughter's marriage. (Link)





•'Army steps into the breach as anger grows at feeble aid effort and president's tour of west' P.13


Pakistan's fragile democracy has been severely damaged by the government's poor response to the worst floods in the country's modern history and the row over President Asif Ali Zardari's European visit, while the military has gained stature with its relief work, analysts believe. (Link)



•COMMENT: Jonathan Powell - 'We will talk to Mullah Omar, and maybe to Bin Laden too' P.24


The example of the Sri Lankan government destroying the Tamil Tigers as proof that it is possible to defeat terrorists purely with military strategy forgets that winning in the field is not the end of the story. In the end, tough military pressure to convince insurgents that they cannot win coupled with offering them a political way out seems to be the only war to resolve such conflict as in Afghanistan. (Link)







The Times

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•COVER STORY:'Coalition comes out in favour of graduate tax'



Graduates face paying thousands of pounds more for their degrees after the Government announced that a tax on future earnings was its preferred option for university funding.
•'Wife of stoning woman’s lawyer is freed' p.4
The wife of the lawyer forced to flee Iran for broadcasting the plight of a woman sentenced to death by stoning has been freed.
•'Bomb squad rookies take on Taleban after one quarter of usual training' p.6
Soldiers are being deployed to defuse Taleban booby traps after only 16 weeks of training in bomb disposal techniques, The Times has learned.
•'Couple from Britain murdered in suspected feud over arranged marriage' p.17
A couple from Birmingham have been murdered in Pakistan in a suspected “honour” feud after their daughter refused to go ahead with an arranged marriage.



•'Attacks escalate as US troops prepare to leave security to Iraqis' p.26

Dozens of citizens and security officials have been killed in a series of attacks in Iraq, demonstrating the risks involved in the complete withdrawal of US combat troops this month.
•'Millions have been embezzled from Pakistan’s flood funds, say experts' p.28
Pakistan’s devastating floods could have been contained if tens of millions of pounds for flood prevention projects had not been embezzled or misspent over the past three decades, water experts and activists have told The Times.




The Independent


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•COVER STORY: 'Anguish of the aid agencies: Charities in Afghanistan forced to rethink after the killing of Karen Woo and her nine co-workers'

Aid workers were reviewing their operations in Afghanistan last night after 10 members of a medical team, including a British doctor were killed. These killing have prompted fears that Taliban gains in the previously calm north could hit programmes and allow corruption to flourish. (Link)


•'Murdered doctor's family rejects Taliban claims that she was a spy and missionary' P.5




The family of the British doctor killed in northern Afghanistan has dismissed claims by the Taliban that she had been preaching Christianity and spying for the Americans. Dr. Karen Woo's family said that 'her motivation was purely humanitarian. She was a humanist and had no religious or political agenda.' (Link)







•'Couple killed in Pakistan in dispute over wedding' P.11



A couple from Birmingham have been murdered in Pakistan in a suspected honour killing. The man and woman had visited the country to resolve a dispute over their daughter's wedding to a Pakistani man. (Link)



•'Caught in America's legal black hole ' P.12


In an exclusive report by Robert Vervaik, The Independent peers inside the walls of Guantanamo Bay, a scene of 'barbaric tortures, vehemently denied by the Bush administration and now openly confronted by Barack Obama.' (Link)


•'Boris said we have to work into our eighties - I'm helping out!' P.16

Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone discusses the possibility of continuing his political career into his early seventies should he win the the Labour nomination. Livingstone also points to Egyptian cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi as a good example of a moderate Muslim. 'There are loads of lovely, radical leftie Muslims who represent groups of a few hundred,' he said. (Link)


•'Military called in as floods return to batter Pakistan and India' P.21


Pakistan's Navy sailed to the rescue of people stranded by devastating floods yesterday, while in India rescuers dug through destroyed homes and piles of mud after huge landslides in the remote north of the country killed about 130 people and left more than 500 missing. (Link)



Al Jazeera


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•COVER STORY: 'Landslides cut off Swat Valley'

Landslides have cut off large portions of Pakistan's Swat Valley and hampered efforts to help the 15m people affected by Pakistan's worst flooding in decades. (Link)


•'Indonesian cleric in terror arrest'


Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian Muslim cleric once imprisoned for his links to the group behind the Bali bombings has been arrested for suspected involvement with a new armed group which was allegedly planning to assassinate Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (Link)


•'Bashir threatens to expel UN'


Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir warned aid organisations including the United Nations mission in Darfur to "support government authorities" or face expulsion. (Link)


•'Al-Shabab threatens AU peacekeepers'

Al-Shabab, the armed group with links to al-Qaeda and leading the fight against Somalia's beleaguered transitional government has warned that it will turn Mogadishu into a "graveyard" for extra African Union troops sent to the country. (Link)


•'Three charged in Uganda bombings'

A Ugandan court has charged three Kenyans for murdering 76 people during the World Cup final on July 11 in Kampala. Hussein Hassan Agad, Mohamed Adan Abdow and Idris Magondu were charged on Friday before a Kampala magistrate's court. (Link)


•'Al-Qaeda group threatens France'

A jailed leader of Al-Qaeda's North African movement has threatened France and Mauritania with retaliation after forces from the two countries staged a joint military raid against one of the group's bases in Mali. (Link)


•'Netanyahu begins flotilla testimony'

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has said that Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla complied with international law. (Link)


•'Maliki meets Kurdish leaders'

Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, is in Irbil for talks with Kurdish leaders in his latest bid to build a coalition government and remain in his post as prime minister. (Link)


•'UAE confirms oil tanker attack'

A Japanese oil tanker damaged in the Strait of Hormuz off Oman last month was hit by an explosives-laden dinghy, the Emirati state news agency has said. On Wednesday, an al-Qaeda-linked group has already states that one of its suicide bombers had hit the tanker to avenge the plunder of Muslim wealth. (Link)


•'Chechen rebel chief denies quitting'

Doku Umarov, the head of Chechnya's armed separatist group, has withdrawn comments that he is stepping down from his post, according to a video broadcast online. (Link)


•'Turkish court annuls coup warrant'

The arrest warrant issues against 102 Turkish military officers, including 25 serving admirals and generals, over an alleged 2003 coup plot have been annulled. (Link)


•'Zardari faces flood protests in UK'

Noisy protests have marked the Pakistani president's visit to the British city of Birmingham where he addressed supporters of his Pakistan People's Party (PPP). (Link)


•'Afghan officials talking to Taliban'

A senior adviser to the Afghan president has told Al Jazeera that the government has begun talking to some Taliban leaders and a number have left the insurgency. (Link)


•'NATO admits Afghan civilian deaths'

NATO has admitted that it killed Afghan civilians when battling the Taliban in the east of the country. (Link)


•'Malaysia hit show picks 'Imam Muda'

A hit Malaysian television show which has gained international attention has announced a winner in its talent search for an imam, or Muslim religious leader. Muhammad Asyraf Mohamad Ridzuan, 26, a religious scholar, was named the winner of the Imam Muda (Young Imam), programme on Friday, after he beat Hizbur Rahman Omar Zuhdi, a 27-year-old religious teacher, in the finale. (Link)


•'US rounds up 'al-Shabab backers''

US law enforcement officials have indicted 14 people for allegedly seeking to join or provide aid to the Somali armed group al-Shabab. (Link)


•'Guantanamo detainee set to be tried'

Omar Khadr, a Canadian captured as a teenager by US troops in Afghanistan, is set to go on trial at the US military bade in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (Link)


•'US: Pakistan al-Qaeda is top threat'

The core leadership of al-Qaeda in Pakistan was the primary threat to US homeland security last year, according to a US state department report. (Link)









The Daily Mail


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•LEAD STORY: 'Baby divide: Where just 1 in 10 mothers is white and British' P.4

Just one in 10 babies is born to a British mother in some parts of the country according to figures released by the NHS yesterday. (Link)


•'Heartache of murdered doctor's fiance as mystery remains over whether she was executed by Taliban.' P.5



The fiance of a British doctor murdered in Afghanistan made a final journey last night to pay his respects. Karen Woo was due to marry in two weeks time but was shot dead in an ambush in a remote region of Afghanistan. (Link)



•'Osama Twin Laden' P.25


A British surrogate mother who agreed to have Osama bin Laden's grandchild is expecting twins Louise Pollard was given the news during an eight week scan at her private clinic in Manchester. (Link)




The Metro

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•LEAD STORY: 'Murdered aid worker 'a hero and an inspiration' P.7



A doctor murdered by gunmen in Afghanistan was hailed a true hero by her family yesterday. Karen Woo was among eight foreign aid workers killed in an ambush in the north east of the country. (Link)





•'British couple shot in Pakistan 'honour killing' P.13


Gul and Bangum Wazir were shot dead in a suspected honour killing after they called off their daughter's wedding, it was revealed yesterday. (Link)


•'A plea for Pakistan' P.17


Billions of pounds are needed to help Pakistan recover from the flooding which has devastated the country killing 1,600 people.


•'Minister's war on immigration' P.13


A French minister yesterday called for immigrants who practice polygamy or female circumcision to lose their citizenship as part of a 'national war on delinquency.'


•'PKK rebels blamed as 3 soldiers die in blast' P.16


The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have been blamed for a roadside blast which killed three soldiers on foot patrol yesterday.





The Sun

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•LEAD STORY: 'Aid heroine was to marry in 11 days' P.6



Mark Smith, the shattered fiancé of a British doctor killed in Afghanistan told The Sun how much he missed her as he kissed her goodbye as she lay in a morgue. (Link)






•'Brit mum and dad killed in bride row' P.17


A couple from England have been killed in Pakistan in an apparent honour killing after their daughter called off her arranged marriage. Cabbie Gul Wazir and wife Bangum from Birmingham were gunned down after travelling to sort out the row. (Link)



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