- Mideast Issues See Light at Mediterranean Summit
- Pakistanis Slam Threats by Extremists to Daily Aaj Kal
- BBC Muslim Beheading Irks Christians
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Mideast issues see light at Mediterranean Summit
Sarkozy hosts Olmert, Abbas; Erdogan hosts Assad, Olmert
France urged a 43-nation Union for the Mediterranean to tackle 21st century challenges including the array of Middle East issues, which remained a hot topic of discussion at a launch summit on Sunday.
On the sidelines, French President Nicolas Sarkozy hosted talks with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas, after which Olmert said the two sides had never been so close to a peace accord.
“The goal of this summit for the Mediterranean, of this Union for the Mediterranean, is that we learn to love each other instead of continuing to hate each other and wage war,” Sarkozy told a joint news conference with Olmert and Abbas.
“The fact that everyone will be in the same room for the same meeting is in itself an historic event,” he said.
Pakistanis slam threats by extremists to Daily Aaj Kal
PFUJ condemns threats
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has slammed threats to Urdu daily, “Aaj Kal” as an attempt to silence dissent and expressed concern over the rising trend of violence from non-state actors against the media. “Everyone has a right to disagree with the policy of any newspaper but we consider threats, whether from the government or non-state actors, as attacks on the freedom of the press,” the PFUJ said in a statement. According to Aaj Kal’s management, the threats from Lal Masjid elements were directed at the editorial policy of the newspaper which is against religious extremism and violence and speeches were made against the newspaper on Friday by activists outside Lal Masjid. The staff of the paper also received threatening calls in their offices in Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad.
BBC Muslim Beheading Irks Christians
The BBC defended decision to show the decapitation as “carefully considered,” and “central to the story line.”
A BBC’s new drama series showing a moderate Muslim beheaded by an extremist Christian is sparking furor in Britain, with viewers and media critics blasting the decapitation as demonizing and ridiculing Christianity, the Mail on Sunday reported on July 13.