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  • Zafar Khan
    Feb 1, 2005
      Shooting of Palestinian girl threatens fragile


      The de facto ceasefire in the Gaza Strip was shattered
      yesterday when a 10-year-old Palestinian girl was shot
      dead in the playground of a primary school in the
      Rafah refugee camp. The United Nations Relief and
      Works Agency (UNRWA), which runs Rafah Elementary
      School B, said Norhan Deeb was hit by a rifle bullet
      apparently fired from an Israeli army observation post
      800 metres away. "She suddenly screamed and fell
      bleeding," a witness said. "The children scattered in
      all directions."

      Death in the wilderness: what really happened?
      Insurgents release video claiming to show shooting
      down of Hercules


      The security of military flights in Iraq was under
      urgent review last night after Islamic militants
      claimed they had shot down a British transport plane
      carrying special forces with a ground-to-air missile.

      Triumphant White House now looks to Europe


      The high turnout in the Iraqi election has
      strengthened President Bush's hand at home and abroad,
      administration officials and the president's
      supporters said yesterday.
      The courage of Iraqi voters was the perfect
      illustration of the Mr Bush's "freedom speech" at last
      month's inauguration, Bush supporters said.

      Audit reveals abuse of $9bn works funds


      An official US audit provided evidence yesterday of
      widespread corruption in postwar Iraq, finding that
      America's occupation authority failed to keep track of
      nearly $9bn (£4.8bn) in reconstruction funds.

      What is the Hajj?


      The Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam, which every
      adult Muslim must undertake at least once in their
      life if they can afford it and are physically able.
      Every year about two million Muslims converge on Mecca
      - the holiest place in Islam - to take part in an
      event which combines piety and passion.

      Muslims: Hajj Headache?


      Jan. 24 issue - Muslim advocates are concerned that
      thousands of American Muslims now in Mecca, Saudi
      Arabia, for the annual hajj pilgrimage may be
      subjected to what they consider unfair scrutiny upon
      return. Their worry stems from a December incident in
      which 40 American Muslims coming back from an Islamic
      conference in Canada were held at the U.S. border.
      They were asked to submit to fingerprinting because
      the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it has
      information that terrorists may try to use such events
      as cover for travel, transporting fraudulent documents
      or fund-raising.

      Disaster aid furthers fears of proselytizing


      For countries with thousands left homeless and bereft
      by the tsunami, the outpouring of help from around the
      world is a godsend. Yet in some nations, the growing
      presence of faith-based agencies dispensing the aid is
      posing another challenge - stirring tensions already
      simmering around evangelism and anti-Christian

      U.S. Court Dismisses Saudi Arabia from 9/11 Suits


      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, its defense
      minister and its ambassador to Britain won a ruling in
      a U.S. court on Tuesday dismissing them as defendants
      in massive litigation growing out of the September
      11th attacks on America. U.S. District Judge Richard
      Casey ruled in a lengthy written order that Saudi
      Arabia, Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Prince
      Turki al-Faisal, the country's ambassador to Britain,
      all have immunity from the litigation.

      Girl's killing puts truce at risk


      The killing of a 10-year-old Palestinian girl, shot
      dead in the playground of her school in southern Gaza
      yesterday, threatened to undermine a tentative truce
      after Hamas blamed the Israeli army and retaliated by
      firing mortars into a Jewish settlement. Noran Iyad
      Deeb was shot in the face as she lined up for assembly
      at the UN-run school in Rafah refugee camp. A second
      girl was hit in the hand.

      Bosnian police reform mapped out


      The chief international envoy to Bosnia, Lord Ashdown,
      has called for the abolition of the country's two
      ethnically divided police forces. He said Bosnia
      needed a single national police structure which would
      help in the fight against organised crime and the
      country's ambitions to join the EU.

      The Vietnam turnout was good as well
      No amount of spin can conceal Iraqis' hostility to US


      On September 4 1967 the New York Times published an
      upbeat story on presidential elections held by the
      South Vietnamese puppet regime at the height of the
      Vietnam war. Under the heading "US encouraged by
      Vietnam vote: Officials cite 83% turnout despite
      Vietcong terror", the paper reported that the
      Americans had been "surprised and heartened" by the
      size of the turnout "despite a Vietcong terrorist
      campaign to disrupt the voting". A successful
      election, it went on, "has long been seen as the
      keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging
      the growth of constitutional processes in South
      Vietnam". The echoes of this weekend's propaganda
      about Iraq's elections are so close as to be uncanny.

      More Muslims find online dating a good match


      Setting aside the Muslim tradition of family-arranged
      marriages, Abdullah Yahya decided to choose a wife on
      his own. He went online and discovered a Muslim
      matchmaking service. Within months he met a woman from
      Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, whom he planned to
      marry. But in a clash of culture and technology, Mr.
      Yahya traveled from San Francisco to Dubai, only to
      discover that the woman's parents did not approve of
      him and wanted her to marry a cousin instead.

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