6573News in Brief
- May 1, 2006Freedom for US journalist jailed in prison scandal
Associated Press in Kabul
Monday May 1, 2006
An American journalist jailed for two years in
Afghanistan on charges of torturing terrorists in a
makeshift jail was freed yesterday, two months early.
Edward Caraballo, 44, from New York, spoke to the
Associated Press before his release and claimed he was
to be freed under a decree apparently issued by Afghan
Billions wasted in Iraq, says US audit
· Projects behind schedule despite massive outlay
· Roadside bomb kills 3 contractors, wounds 2
Ewen MacAskill in Washington
Monday May 1, 2006
A US congressional inspection team set up to monitor
reconstruction in Iraq today publishes a scathing
report of failures by contractors, mainly from the US,
to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of
In one case, the inspection team found that three
years after the invasion only six of 150 health
centres proposed for Iraq had been completed by a US
contractor, in spite of 75% of the $186m (£100m)
allocated having been spent.
We've broken America's back in Iraq, boasts al-Qa'ida
Terror network's deputy makes triumphant claim in new
video posted on the internet
By Patrick Cockburn, winner of the James Cameron
Memorial Award 2006
Published: 30 April 2006
Hundreds of suicide bombers have "broken America's
back" in three years in Iraq, Ayman al-Zawahri, the
deputy leader of al-Qa'ida, said in a video released
on the internet yesterday.
In a diatribe against the terror network's many
enemies, Zawahri struck a triumphant note, claiming in
Iraq "America, Britain and their allies have achieved
nothing but losses, disasters and misfortunes".
Iraq cleric calls for disarmament
Ayatollah Ali Sistani, one of Iraq's most senior Shia
clerics, has called for the next government to
dismantle militias operating in the country.
The grand ayatollah said only the government should
have weapons, and its forces should be loyal to the
nation - not to individual political parties.
Iran: Life in the diaspora
Between two and five million Iranians live abroad, the
bulk of them in the US, while Canada, the UK and other
European countries also hold sizeable communities.
Many left after the Islamic revolution in 1979, when
the pro-Western Shah was swept aside, and remain
solidly opposed to Iran's clerical government.
But a new generation, raised in the West yet
influenced by the Iranian values of their families, is
beginning to address the thorny issues of identity and
Islam in Sparkhill
Hassan Yaqoob attends a Muslim Youth group in
Sparkhill every Friday. He made a film to share why
Islam is so important to him.
Hassan is a Muslim teenager. He attends a weekly youth
group to "refresh and remind him" about his faith.
Inside Sheffield's Islamic landmark
by Oonagh Jaquest
Sheffield's Muslim community is short of £2m it needs
to complete the city's biggest purpose built mosque
and Islamic Centre. We went behind the scenes on site
to find out what it means to the people who can't wait
for it to be finished.
Indonesians Protest Labor Law on May Day
JAKARTA, May 1, 2006 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies)
Marking the May Day, thousands of Indonesian workers
took to the streets in the main cities on Monday, May
1, to protest a proposed revision of the country's
"Don't change the law," chanted more than 10,000
protestors rallying across the capital Jakarta while
waving banners rejecting review of the 2003 labor law,
Agence France-Presse (AFP) said.
The protestors condemned Indonesian President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono as an enemy of the workers.
A Syrian monastery lies at the nexus of Islam,
By James Brandon | Correspondent of The Christian
DEIR MAR MUSA, SYRIA It is late afternoon at the
monastery of Deir Mar Musa on the edge of the Syrian
desert and the only sounds are the call of desert
birds and the whisper of the breeze over time-worn
Until, that is, a group of Muslim schoolgirls arrive
from a nearby town to fill the monastery's valley with
laughter and joyful chattering.
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