July 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India
dismantles 11 settlements Osama sick
but alive: Time
but alive: Time
war crimes court opens
An exterior view of the world's first permanent criminal court which is located in a former KPN telecom building in the Hague, the
Netherlands, on Monday. The first permanent world criminal court, dreamed of for decades, became a reality on Monday—even as the United States fought tooth and nail to avoid its jurisdiction over humanity's most heinous crimes. — Reuters photo
military exercises soon
proof must for expatriates
web site bounces around Net
of India in OIC rejected
prison standoff ends
Israel dismantles 11 settlements
Jerusalem, July 1
“Out of 34 illegal settlement points, we drew up a list of 21 to be evacuated, and 11 were cleared yesterday,” the minister told public radio.
Army radio said only two of the settlements dismantled yesterday were occupied, adding that they were cleared voluntarily with the accord of the principal settlers’ organisation.
One of those moved out, Shlomo Shapiro, said there had been no incidents, but he added, “We will come back and set up many other settlements.”
Meanwhile, an Israeli commando unit killed one of the most wanted Hamas activists last night on the outskirts of Nablus, Israel Radio reported.
Muhaned Taher, 26, was the commander of the military arm of the militant Hamas organisation in the West Bank, and was responsible for the killing of at least 117 Israelis in some of the bloodiest terror attacks against Israeli civilians in the last 18 months, Israeli security sources said.
The sources held Taher responsible for the massacres at the Tel Aviv beach-front over a year ago, for the suicide attack at a hotel in Netanya and for the recent suicide attack on a passenger bus in Jerusalem, in which 19 persons lost their lives.
Another member of Hamas was also killed when the Israeli unit stormed Taher’s house.
Later, Hamas extremists promised today to avenge Israel’s assassination of Muhaned Taher, a senior bombmaker for the Islamic militant group, which Israel said was responsible for the deaths of about 120 persons.
Osama sick but alive: Time
New York, July 1
In its forthcoming issue, the American news magazine Time quotes a source who, it says, has seen a French analysis of the evidence to say that the note was found among the documents when Zubaydah was seized in March in a police raid in Pakistan.
The letter, it says, exhorts Abu Zubaydah to continue the jehad against the USA even if something happens to Bin Laden or to his deputy, Egyptian Ayman al-Zawahiri, a reference that suggests al-Zawahiri too was alive at the time.
Among the documents found in the Faisalabad hideaway of Abu Zubaydah are plans for attacks on tankers and cruise ships, Time quotes Roland Jacquard, a terrorism expert close to the office of the French President, as saying.
A group of physicians has hypothesised, after analysing Bin Laden’s appearance in photographs over time, that he suffers from secondary osteoporosis, it says quoting a source with access to intelligence on the Al-Qaida leader’s health.
Permanent war crimes court opens
Amsterdam (Netherlands), July 1
With the backing of 74 countries, and fierce opposition from the USA, the Hague-based institute will have the authority to prosecute individuals-not states-suspected of war crimes anywhere in the world.
The International Criminal Court will not have the power to try offenses committed before July 1, 2002.
A four-member skeleton staff will open for business today at a temporary office “with a fax and a phone” to keep track of complaints until permanent representatives are appointed early in 2003, said Bart Jochems, a spokesman for the Dutch Foreign Ministry yesterday.
Allegations will be filed and evidence handed to the court’s caretakers will be retained for safekeeping until prosecutors take over next year.
The start of the court’s jurisdiction signals the beginning of “the greatest institution of peace ever created,” said William Pace, head of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, which includes over 1,000 global organisations.
Pak-US military exercises soon Islamabad, July 1 Each of the three planned exercises, a part of which will be held in August, will last about a week and will be conducted in the plains, mountains and the sea, The Dawn today quoted well-placed sources as saying. “The operational significance of these exercises is far more as they will follow the full operational cycle of military co-ordination, planning, execution and then de-briefing,” a senior defence official said. The US Embassy spokesman John Kincannon confirmed yesterday that the exercises were to be conducted.
Islamabad, July 1
Each of the three planned exercises, a part of which will be held in August, will last about a week and will be conducted in the plains, mountains and the sea, The Dawn today quoted well-placed sources as saying.
“The operational significance of these exercises is far more as they will follow the full operational cycle of military co-ordination, planning, execution and then de-briefing,” a senior defence official said. The US Embassy spokesman John Kincannon confirmed yesterday that the exercises were to be conducted.
Fitness proof must for expatriates
Dubai, July 1
“A regulation is already in place since 1995 for producing a health fitness certificate before coming to any Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country — on a resident visa — for nationalities of seven countries,’’ Dr Ali Dawood Hassan, Advisor to the Director General of Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health, told Gulf News of Dubai.
Islamic website bounces around Net
New York, July 1
The nature of the web hosting business allowed the Arabic-language site’s operators to keep it alive and on the run - despite an FBI investigation - while disguising themselves, online and off.
Much as a fugitive lingers little in any one place, the militant pro-Al-Qaida site has moved over six months among computer hosts based in Malaysia, Texas and Michigan.
The site’s persistence exemplifies the Internet’s ability to let anyone reach a global audience in relative anonymity, despite law enforcers’ best efforts.
A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, speculated the site was being used by Al-Qaida to spread low-priority information.
The “Centre for Islamic Studies and Research,” was, until several days ago, on a website hosted by Liquid Web, a company based in Lansing, Michigan.
The site appears to have first gone up in January through the Malaysian web hosting firm Emerge Systems. Five months later, when the company said it began receiving complaints about the content, it disabled the site and filed a police report.
But the site resurfaced a few days later under a new address, this time hosted by CI Host, a Bedford, Texas-based company. Alerted to the site, CI Host said it launched an investigation, shut it down and called the FBI.
But in a demonstration of just how determined the unknown handlers of the site are, they were back up on a new address within hours.
Moreover, the operators seem to be able to contact sympathisers, possibly through e-mail and chat rooms, and notify them of the new address, allowing them to re-establish links to the site.
“The Internet basically gives them a global communication capability and Al-Qaida is global, it represents the globalization of terror,” said Mr John Pike, Director of GlobalSecurity.org, a defence and security policy group.
Messages can be kept secret using encryption, a common scrambling technology. Experts speculate that Al-Qaida may be using steganography, or embedding messages inside an otherwise unrelated file, such as an image.
A splashy logo above a horseman on the site’s home page reads “No pride without jehad.” The site’s reports from inside Afghanistan discredit US military gains and inflate the number of US and allied troops killed since October.
Audio recordings on the site, purportedly by the bin Laden spokesman, say the terrorist is alive and preparing to address the Arab world. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity said the recording resembled the voice of spokesman, Suliman Abu Ghaith.
One recording said Al-Qaida still had “the capability to threaten America and execute such threats. The few coming days and months will prove to the whole world, Allah willing, the truth of what we are saying.”
Stories on the fate of suspected Al-Qaida members held by the US military appear along with religious edicts and poems, including one purportedly written by bin Laden. There is no way to authenticate the material.
of India in OIC rejected Dubai, July 1 “There was consensus among the member-nations that if we give India entry on the basis that it has the second-largest Muslim population in the world, then by the same criteria Russia, and the USA and Israel should also be made member-countries,” Dubai-based Gulf News quoted the members as saying. The members said only an Islamic country could become a member of the OIC and not a country that had a substantial Muslim population.
Dubai, July 1
“There was consensus among the member-nations that if we give India entry on the basis that it has the second-largest Muslim population in the world, then by the same criteria Russia, and the USA and Israel should also be made member-countries,” Dubai-based Gulf News quoted the members as saying.
The members said only an Islamic country could become a member of the OIC and not a country that had a substantial Muslim population.
standoff ends Colombo, July 1 They said the prisoners agreed to lay down the guns they had seized in the uprising after being assured that their grievances would be looked into. One policeman was injured in the shootout with the prisoners.
Colombo, July 1
They said the prisoners agreed to lay down the guns they had seized in the uprising after being assured that their grievances would be looked into. One policeman was injured in the shootout with the prisoners.
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FLAYS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
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