News: 02-Sep-09

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  1. 105 Militants Surrender
    ISLAMABAD — Around 105 militants including a local commander voluntarily surrendered and 19 others were apprehended by the security forces in Swat and Malakand Division, the army claimed on Tuesday.
  2. Iraqi Shi’ite party pickes Ammar al-Hakim as new leader
    One of Iraq’s main Shi’ite parties on Tuesday appointed the son of its leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim as his successor after his death last week.
    An Azerbaijani court on September 1 ordered the demolition of a community mosque, drawing protests from believers in a Baku district of Surahan. The mosque is the third such building to date in or near the Azerbaijani capital to face the wrecking ball.
  4. Limo, Iraqi shoe-thrower’s reward
    A Bahraini businessman plans to give the Iraqi journalist jailed for throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush his Mercedes limousine as a gift.
  5. Iran dismisses role in Baghdad carnage
    Iran has categorically denied claims by a former Iraqi official that Tehran intervened in Iraq’s domestic affairs and had a role in the recent cruel carnage in Baghdad.
  6. Two Hamas members killed in Israeli attack
    The Islamic Hamas Movement says Israeli forces artillery bombardment kills two of its members in the city of Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip.
  7. Top Afghan security official killed in blast
    A strong car bomb explosion has targeted mourners at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan and killed 22 people, including civilians and a senior intelligence official.
  8. Iran nuclear “threat” hyped: IAEA’s ElBaradei
    VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran is not going to produce a nuclear weapon any time soon and the threat posed by its atomic program has been exaggerated, the U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said in a published interview.
  9. Iran replacing envoys who backed “rioters”: report
    TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran is replacing 40 of its ambassadors, including some who voiced support for “rioters” during the unrest that erupted after June’s disputed presidential election, a semi-official news agency reported.
  10. Syria Should Extradite Wanted Baathist – Iraqi Official
    Baghdad, Asharq Al-Awsat- Abbas al-Bayyati, the Unified Coalition deputy and member of [parliament’s] security and defense committee, has disclosed new options toward Syria which the Iraqi Government intends to undertake following Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari’s recent demand for the establishment of an international tribunal to deal with the perpetrators of the attacks in Iraq similar to the tribunal established to try the defendants in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

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