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  • Zafar Khan
    Oct 2, 2004
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      Judge Rules Against Patriot Act Provision


      NEW YORK (Reuters) - A key part of the Patriot Act, a
      central plank of the Bush Administration's war on
      terror, was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge
      on Wednesday, in the latest blow to U.S. security
      U.S. District Judge Victor Marreo ruled in favor of
      the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged
      the power the FBI has to demand confidential financial
      records from companies that it can obtain without
      court approval as part of terrorism investigations.

      Five children killed in Gaza Strip battles


      The Gaza Strip was bracing itself for an Israeli
      military assault last night after a Hamas rocket
      attack on an Israeli town killed two children, one an
      Ariel Sharon vowed to respond "with severity" to the
      attack on the town of Sderot, which wounded another 20
      people, some of them children. Late last night,
      missiles ploughed into the Jabaliya refugee camp,
      killing two Palestinians, one a policeman.

      Amsterdam home of Ken Bigley's brother raided


      Armed intelligence officers yesterday raided the
      Amsterdam home of Paul Bigley, the brother of British
      hostage Ken Bigley, in the hunt for Abu Musab
      al-Zarqawi, the leader of the Arab terrorist group
      which is believed to be holding him.

      Counselling plea after suicide of Iraq soldier


      The grieving parents of a soldier who killed himself
      while on leave from Iraq called yesterday for conflict
      counselling for all returning troops. Pte Gary
      Boswell, 20, was found hanging at a playground near
      his home in Milford Haven, west Wales, in July. An
      inquest at Milford Haven last week recorded a verdict
      of suicide after hearing how he was found hanging from
      swings at a town play area.

      Practical joke lands two in court


      Two people will appear in Washington County Circuit
      Court on charges of disorderly conduct after an
      alleged practical joke attempt involving toy guns and
      Islamic slogans.

      US forces battle for Iraqi rebel city


      American forces launched an offensive to seize back
      control of the Iraqi town of Samarra yesterday,
      claiming to have killed almost 100 insurgents and
      captured more than 30 in several hours of bombing
      raids and street fighting.

      Guantánamo Bay prisoner's letter claims he was witness
      to murders


      A British man held at Guantánamo Bay has alleged that
      he saw US soldiers kill two men in Afghanistan.
      Moazzam Begg, 36, who has been detained for 2 years
      without charge or trial, complains in the first letter
      from a serving inmate to describe severe mistreatment
      of having suffered "vindictive torture" and death
      threats, and implies that he has made a false

      Israeli tanks start to reoccupy northern Gaza


      Israeli tanks and troops yesterday began the largest
      reoccupation of northern Gaza since the start of the
      Palestinian uprising four years ago. Ariel Sharon
      ordered the tanks in to prevent Hamas from scuppering
      his plan to withdraw Jewish settlers from the
      territory and impose an emasculated state on the

      Eu-Islam Harmony Summit Collapses


      Turkey has cancelled a gathering of EU and Islamic
      nations aimed at improving relations between the two
      blocs following a dispute over the status of Turkish
      Cypriots. Turkey – an overwhelmingly Muslim country
      that hopes to join the European Union – was scheduled
      to host a two-day gathering of foreign ministers in
      Istanbul next week.

      Blair confronts art close to home


      Just a stone's throw from Tony Blair's new house in a
      quiet London square, he may be surprised to find
      images of himself used by two Pakistani artists. Saira
      Wasim and Hasnat Mehmood use the prime minister and US
      president George Bush in powerful political paintings.

      Mr Blair has bought a £3.5m house in Connaught Square
      - only 200 yards from Hosains gallery on Connaught
      Street where their show will open on Thursday.

      Opportunities denied to Sikhs and Muslims come to a


      The US Justice Department began suing the New York
      Metropolitan Transportation Authority and City Transit
      on Thursday, charging them with discriminating against
      Muslim and Sikh employees who wear turbans and head
      scarves for religious reasons.

      Muslim girl shaves head over ban


      Cennet Doganay says French law does not respect her
      A 15-year-old French Muslim girl has beaten the ban on
      Islamic headscarves in schools by shaving her head.
      Cennet Doganay was banned from classes for wearing a
      headscarf - as it went against the new law banning
      religious signs in schools, introduced this term.

      Cat Stevens case 'under review'


      The decision to include British singer Yusuf Islam,
      formerly known as Cat Stevens, on a US terrorism
      "watch list" is now under review. "I think we have
      that obligation to review these matters to see if we
      are right," said US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
      The 57-year-old was refused entry to the US last week.
      Authorities said it was on national security grounds.

      Poll: Should AIPAC Register as the Agent of a Foreign


      Curfew in Colombo after slaying of Muslim


      COLOMBO: Police clamped an indefinite curfew on Friday
      in a town in northwestern Sri Lanka after violence
      broke out over the slaying of a Muslim man by
      suspected Tamil rebels, officials said.

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