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                                               and called for the country’s emergency                                                                                                                                                           only where someone’s been, but also
Dilemma for                                    law to be lifted in practice.                                                                                                                                                                    where they might be going — and what
                                                  “I am extremely concerned by the                                                                                                                                                              they might be inclined to buy when they
              Continued from Page 1            reports of deaths and casualties across                                                                                                                                                          get there.
                                               Syria,” Hague said in a statement.                                                                                                                                                                  Allan and Warden said the location
because all these things will not prevent         “I condemn the unacceptable killing of                                                                                                                                                        coordinates and time stamps in the Apple
the fall of his regime and its agendas. And    demonstrators by the Syrian security                                                                                                                                                             devices aren’t always exact, but appear in
surely, the level of Iranian interference in   forces.                                                                                                                                                                                          a file that typically contains about a
internal affairs of Arab nations will be          “I call on the Syrian security forces to                                                                                                                                                      year’s worth of data that when taken
exposed.                                       exercise restraint instead of repression,                                                                                                                                                        together provide a detailed view of users’
   Therefore,       the    warnings       of   and on the Syrian authorities to respect the                                                                                                                                                     travels.
Ahmadinejad on an Arab-Iran war can            Syrian people’s right to peaceful protest.”
only mean that Tehran is using the race                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Data
                                                  “The Syrian government should address
card to threaten Arabs with war, and here      the legitimate demands of the Syrian peo-                                                                                                                                                           “We’re not sure why Apple is gather-
we ask who is supposed to warn who?            ple,” Hague said.                                                                                                                                                                                ing this data, but it’s clearly intentional,
Should the Arab Gulf, which Iran covered          “Political reforms should be brought                                                                                                                                                          as the database is being restored across
with spy networks, terrorist elements and      forward and implemented without delay.                                                                                                                                                           backups, and even device migrations,”
media propagandists, issue the threat or       The emergency law should be lifted in                                                                                                                                                            they wrote in a blog posting announcing
Iran that militarizes everything, including    practice, not just in word.”                                                                                                                                                                     the research.
water and air?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Allan said in an email to the AP that he
                                                                  Yemen                                                                                                                                                                         and Warden haven’t looked at how other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                smartphones behave in this regard, but
Mubarak detained                                  Yemen’s embattled President Ali
                                               Abdullah Saleh on Friday gave a cool                                                                                                                                                             added there’s suspicion that phones that
                                               response to a Gulf plan for him to quit,                                                                                                                                                         run Google Inc.’s Android software
              Continued from Page 1            even as massive crowds returned to the                                                                                                                                                           might behave in a similar way and is
   Judicial sources told AFP that they had     streets to demand his immediate ouster.                                                                                                                                                          being investigated.
questioned Mubarak about his possible             While tens of thousands of anti- and                                                                                                                                                             Google did not immediately respond to
role in the killings of protesters and also    pro-Saleh demonstrators packed two dif-                                                                                                                                                          a request for comment.
on details of a controversial deal to sup-     ferent locations in Sanaa, suspected Al-                                                                                                                                                            Alex Levinson, a security expert, said
ply natural gas to Israel at a low price.      Qaeda militants and tribesmen gunned                                                                                                                                                             the tracking Apple’s devices do isn’t new
   His former oil minister Sameh Fahmi         down 13 soldiers in separate attacks in the                                                                                                                                                      — or a surprise to those in the computer
was remanded into custody on Thursday          eastern Marib province.                                                                                                                                                                          forensics community.
for his alleged role in selling the gas at        Another soldier was shot dead by                                                                                                                                                                 The Apple devices have been retaining
less than market prices.                       unknown gunmen in the restive southern                                                                                                                                                           the information for some time, but it was
   There have been conflicting reports on      province of Abyan.                                                                                                                                                                               kept in a different form until the release
Mubarak’s state of health and the reason          “We stress that we will hold on to the         In this citizen journalism image made on a mobile phone and acquired by the AP, people gather around the bodies of what                        of the iOS 4 operating software last year,
he was hospitalised, but the state news        constitutional legitimacy, in loyalty to our      they claim are protesters killed in clashes with police in Zamalka near Damascus, Syria, April 22. Syrian security forces                      Levinson, technical lead for the Katana
agency on Thursday reported that the 82-       people, as we categorically reject the            fired live bullets and tear gas Friday on pro-democracy demonstrations across the country, killing at least 75 people —                        Forensics firm, wrote on his blog.
                                               attempted coups on freedom, democracy,            including a young boy — as the uprising against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime defied a deadly security                            Through his work with law enforce-
year-old former strongman’s condition                                                                                                         crackdown, witnesses said. (AP)
was “unstable.”                                and political pluralism,” Saleh told regime                                                                                                                                                      ment agencies, Levinson said he was able
   Friday’s edition of the official Al-        supporters in Sanaa.                                                                                                                                                                             to access the location data in older
Ahram newspaper quoted medical                    In a cool reaction to a Gulf plan for him                                                                                                                                                     iPhones and warned about the issue over
sources as saying doctors were conduct-        to step down within 30 days, Saleh said he                                                                                                                                                       a year ago. The location data is now eas-
ing tests to determine why his health is       welcomed the initiative but only “within                                                                                                                                                         ier to find because of a change in the way
unstable.                                      the framework of the constitution,” sig-                                                                                                                                                         iPhone applications access the data, he
   The state prosecutor’s office had earli-    nalling he could try to serve out his term                                                                                                                                                       said.
er said that he ordered a medical team to      until 2013.                                                                                                                                                                                         “Either way, it is not secret, malicious,
head to the hospital to verify whether            As on past Fridays, a huge rival rally by                                                                                                                                                     or hidden,” Levinson wrote. “Users still
Mubarak was healthy enough to be trans-        anti-regime protesters massed a few kilo-                                                                                                                                                        have to approve location access to any
ferred to a Cairo prison cell or hospital.     metres (miles) away kept up the pressure                                                                                                                                                         application and have the ability to
   The team was also to evaluate medical       for Saleh’s immediate departure on what                                                                                                                                                          instantly turn off location services to
services in the Tora prison hospital.          they branded a “Last Chance Friday.”                                                                                                                                                             applications inside the settings menu on
   When Mubarak was first remanded,               An AFP correspondent said the gather-                                                                                                                                                         their device.”
the prosecutor asked the interior minister     ing covered a four-kilometre (2.5 miles)                                                                                                                                                            The existence of the location-data file
to prepare for his transfer to the prison      stretch, in what appeared to be the largest                                                                                                                                                      on the phone is alarming because it’s
hospital but was told it was not equipped      anti-Saleh rally since protests erupted in                                                                                                                                                       unencrypted, the researchers said, which
to handle an intensive care case.              late January.                                                                                                                                                                                    means that anyone with access to the
   The ousted president’s two sons, Alaa          Yemeni army and police were deployed                                                                                                                                                          device can see it.
and Gamal, and several of his ministers        in force to prevent clashes between the                                                                                                                                                                          Congress
and senior aides being held in the south       two camps.                                                                                                                                                                                          The issue has prompted several mem-
Cairo prison complex on various charges           In the latest version of the Gulf                                                                                                                                                             bers of Congress to write letters to Apple,
as part of a sweeping probe into corrup-       Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative, the                                                                                                                                                        based in Cupertino, California, to ask
tion and abuse.                                president would submit his resignation to                                                                                                                                                        questions about the practice.
                                               parliament within 30 days, with a presi-                                                                                                                                                            Sen. Al Franken said it raises “serious
                                               dential vote to be held within two months.
Syrian forces                                     Parliamentary opposition groups are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                privacy concerns,” especially for children
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                using the devices, since “anyone who
                                               still mulling the plan, but the spokesman                                                                                                                                                        gains access to this single file could like-
              Continued from Page 1            of the Common Forum coalition said that                                                                                                                                                          ly determine the location of a user’s
                                               “forming a national unity government                                                                                                                                                             home, the businesses he frequents, the
   Syrian television said eight people were    while the president is still in office is not
killed and 28 wounded, including army                                                                                                                                                                                                           doctors he visits, the schools his children
                                               accepted.”                                                                                                                                                                                       attend, and the trips he has taken — over
personnel, in attacks by armed groups in          “The president’s departure is essential
the village. It added an armed group had                                                                                                                                                                                                        the past months or even a year.”
                                               to any solution,” he told AFP.                                                                                                                                                                      Rep. Edward Markey questioned
attacked a military base in the Damascus          Protesters on the streets on Friday dis-
suburb of Muadhamiya.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           whether the practice may be illegal under
                                               missed the proposal out of hand.                                                                                                                                                                 a federal law governing the use of loca-
   As in the Tunisian and Egyptian upris-         “Neighbouring countries: no negotia-           US Republic Senator John McCain gestures during a press conference in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi on April
ings, citizens are rebelling against both a                                                      22. McCain urged the international community to recognise the rebels’ Transitional National Council (TNC) as the ‘legiti-                      tion information for commercial purpos-
                                               tions, no dialogue,” read posters carried by                                                                                                                                                     es, if consumers weren’t properly
lack of freedom and opportunity and secu-      demonstrators, referring to the plan under                                              mate voice’ of the Libyan people. (AFP)
rity forces’ impunity and corruption that                                                                                                                                                                                                       informed.
                                               which Saleh would hand over power to his                                                                                                                                                            “Apple needs to safeguard the person-
has enriched the elite while one-third of      deputy, Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur            Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which             Misrata.                                        objecting to the burning of the Quran in
Syrians live below the poverty line.                                                                                                                                                                                                            al location information of its users to
                                               Hadi.                                             waged a failed armed insurgency against             “Our houses are being hit by bombs and       Bahrain by the Gulf Peninsula Shield          ensure that an iPhone doesn’t become an
   In the first joint statement since the         “No initiative no initiative, you should       Gaddafi’s rule in the 1990s, had “stirred a      rockets,” said 45-year-old Ibrahim Issa         forces, who have also demolished
protests broke out, activists coordinating                                                                                                                                                                                                      iTrack,” he said in a statement.
                                               only leave (Saleh),” chanted a group gath-        little bit.”                                     Abu Hajjar, who fled Misrata with hun-          mosques in Bahrain. They (the protesters)     “Collecting, storing and disclosing a con-
the demonstrations on Friday demanded          ered near Hadi’s residence.                           “But I haven’t seen anything significant     dreds of civilians aboard a Turkish ferry       are also calling for human rights in Saudi
the abolition of the Baath Party monopoly                                                                                                                                                                                                       sumer’s location for commercial purpos-
                                                  A motor of the revolt, the “Peaceful           at this particular point in time,” he said.      that docked in Benghazi, the rebels’ east-      Arabia,” an Awwamiya activist told            es without their express permission is
on power and the establishment of a dem-       Revolt Youth,” on Friday renewed its                  The LIFG represented the greatest chal-      ern stronghold.                                 Reuters by telephone.
ocratic political system.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       unacceptable and would violate current
                                               rejection of the GCC initiative.                  lenge to Gaddafi in the 90s and made sev-           “We want the allies to stop Gaddafi’s                                                      law.”
   Aided by his family and a pervasive            The cause was that the proposal does                                                                                                                            Bahrain
                                                                                                 eral failed attempts to assassinate the          forces from taking the city.”                                                                    Apple shares rose $9.20, or 2.7 per-
security apparatus, Assad, 45, has absolute    not call for Saleh’s immediate departure          Libyan leader.                                      Libya’s deputy foreign minister Khaled          Three non-governmental groups said
power in Syria.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cent, to $351.71 on the strength of the
                                               and grants immunity from prosecution to               Meanwhile, President Barack Obama            Kaim slammed the deployment of drones.          Bahrain must halt human rights violations     company’s latest quarterly financial
   Protests swept the country of 20 million    the president, family and aides, “who are         has approved the use of armed drones in             “They will kill more civilians,” Kaim        and a crackdown on hospitals where doc-
people, from the Mediterranean city of                                                                                                                                                                                                          results, which showed Apple’s net
                                               all killers,” it said in a statement.             Libya, authorizing US airstrikes against         told BBC radio.                                 tors and patients suspected of having         income nearly doubled, in large part on
Banias to the eastern towns of Deir al-Zor        The group called for a nationwide gen-         ground forces for the first time since              “This is very sad... they are claiming       joined pro-democracy protests were being
and Qamishli. In Damascus, security                                                                                                                                                                                                             strength of iPhone sales.
                                               eral strike on Saturday.                          America turned control of the operation          they are supporting democracy, (but) sup-       arrested.
forces fired teargas to disperse 2,000 pro-       Anti-Saleh protesters also rallied across      over to NATO on April 4.                         porting democracy, I think, is helping peo-        Last month, the Sunni-led Gulf Arab
testers in the district of Midan.
   In Hama, where Assad’s father crushed
                                               Yemen on Friday, as a Muslim cleric lead-
                                               ing weekly prayers in the flashpoint city of
                                                                                                     It also is the first time that drones will   ple to sit together and talk together and       kingdom crushed mainly Shiite protests by
                                                                                                                                                                                                  declaring martial law, inviting in troops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No evidence
                                                                                                 have been used for airstrikes since the con-     have a serious dialogue for the future.
an armed Islamist revolt in 1982, a witness    Taez also said the GCC initiative was                                                                 “It’s for the Libyans” to decide their       from Sunni neighbours such as Saudi
                                                                                                 flict began on March 19, although they                                                                                                                       Continued from Page 1
said security forces opened fire to prevent    unacceptable.                                                                                      future “not by air strikes and sending          Arabia and arresting hundreds of people,
                                                                                                 have routinely been flying surveillance
protesters reaching the Baath Party head-         Thousands marched in the main south-                                                            money to the rebels,” he said.                  many of them activists or doctors.            consumption of more than 3 cups per day
quarters.                                                                                        missions, Defense Secretary Robert Gates
                                               ern city of Aden demanding Saleh’s imme-          told reporters at a Pentagon briefing               Senator McCain, a former Republican             Hundreds have been sacked from gov-        was not associated with an increased risk
   “We saw two snipers on the building.        diate ouster. They chanted: “Ali you vil-                                                          presidential candidate who has lobbied for      ernment jobs, rights and opposition groups    of hypertension compared with less than
None of us had weapons. There are casu-                                                          Thursday.
                                               lain, our blood isn’t cheap” and “Ali! go.”           He said the United States will provide       greater US involvement in a UN-mandat-          say. Bahrain says it targets only those who   one cup per day,” wrote Liwei Chen,
alties, possibly two dead,” said the wit-         “We refuse any Gulf or international                                                            ed NATO air campaign aimed at prevent-          committed crimes during the unrest in         from the Louisiana State University
ness.                                                                                            up to two 24-hour combat air patrols each
                                               initiatives,” read one banner, witnesses          day by the unmanned Predators.                   ing Gaddafi’s forces from attacking civil-      March.                                        School of Public Health in New Orleans,
   Syria’s third city Homs, where security     said. Similar protests were also held in                                                           ians, met the rebel leadership in Benghazi         London-based Amnesty International         who worked on the study.
forces had killed 21 protesters this week                                                            Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice
                                               Lahij, Hadramut and Shabwa, in the south,         chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said      Friday, an AFP reporter said.                   called on Bahrain’s Western partners to          But Chen added that more data would
when demonstrators tried to gather at a        witnesses said.                                                                                                                                    urge Manama to end arrests of medical         be needed in order to draw a firm conclu-
main square, was not spared on Friday                                                            the drones can help counteract the pro-                            Oman                          staff and opposition activists.               sion, noting that the report “is not saying
either.                                                           Libya                          Moammar Gadhafi forces’ tactic of travel-
                                                                                                                                                     Some 3,000 protesters took to the                                                          there’s no risk” to drinking lots of java.
                                                                                                 ing in civilian vehicles that make it diffi-                                                        It accused Western governments of
   “I was in the centre of Homs and in            Coalition air strikes have degraded                                                             streets after Friday prayers in Oman’s          staying silent because of Bahrain’s              What’s more, people who drank
front of me I heard a security commander       Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s main              cult to distinguish them from rebel forces.                                                                                                    between one and three cups per day had a
                                                                                                     “What they will bring that is unique to      southern port of Salalah in one of the          strategic location as home of the US
telling his armed men: ‘Don’t spare them       ground forces by 30 to 40 percent, but the                                                         biggest pro-reform demonstrations since         Fifth Fleet and its importance as a Gulf      slightly higher risk of high blood pressure
(protesters)’”, rights campaigner Najati       conflict is becoming deadlocked, the top          the conflict is their ability to get down                                                                                                      than those who drank less, a result the
                                                                                                 lower, therefore to be able to get better vis-   scattered unrest began in the sultanate two     trade partner.
Tayara told Reuters.                           US military officer said on Friday.                                                                months ago.                                        “North American and European govern-       researchers couldn’t explain.
   Witnesses said security forces also shot       “It’s certainly moving towards a stale-        ibility on targets that have started to dig                                                                                                       The studies surveyed the participants
                                                                                                 themselves into defensive positions,”               Instead of conducting prayers in a           ments, so vocal recently in espousing the
at protesters in the Damascus district of      mate,” said Admiral Mike Mullen, chair-                                                            mosque, a preacher held them in a car park                                                    to find out how many cups of coffee they
                                               man of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of          Cartwright said. “They are uniquely suited                                                       cause of human rights in Libya, Tunisia
Barzeh and the suburb of Douma.                                                                                                                   across the street from the governor’s           and Egypt, need also to speak out loudly      drank each day, from less than one to
   Al Jazeera showed footage of three          Staff, addressing US troops during a visit        for urban areas.”                                                                                                                              more than five, and then followed them
                                                                                                     He added, “It’s very difficult to pick       office, where about 3,000 worshippers had       about what is going on in Bahrain,” said
corpses, wrapped in white burial shrouds,      to Baghdad.                                                                                        gathered. They marched through the                                                            for up to 33 years.
                                                  “At the same time we’ve attrited               friend from foe. So a vehicle like the                                                           Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International’s
which it said were from the eastern                                                                                                               streets after his sermon.                       director for the Middle East and North               See also Page 31 & 32
Damascus suburb of Zamalka.                    (degraded) somewhere between 30 and 40            Predator that can get down lower and can
                                                                                                                                                     “The Omani people are not afraid of          Africa.
   Ahead of the main weekly prayers on         percent of his main ground forces, his            get IDs better, helps us.”
                                                                                                                                                  protesting for as long as it takes for
                                                                                                     Gates rejected the notion that the
Friday, which have often turned out to be
launch pads for major demonstrations, the
                                               ground force capabilities. Those will con-
                                               tinue to go away over time.”                      approval of drone strikes means that the
                                                                                                                                                  reform, first and foremost is to get govern-
                                                                                                                                                  ment officials, who have been embezzling        Apple hit                                     Newswatch
army deployed in Homs and police put up           He said the fight had become much              US will get pulled slowly back into a more       funds for years, to stand trial,” the cleric,
checkpoints across Damascus, apparently        harder as the Libyan military changed tac-        active combat role, despite Obama’s vow          Amer Hargan, told the crowd.                                                                                Continued from Page 1
trying to prevent protests sweeping in         tics, trying to appear like rebels to avoid       merely to provide support for NATO.                 Sultan Qaboos bin Said, a US ally who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Continued from Page 1           full power. It’s being inspected and
from suburbs.                                  being targeted. He said the battle was                US forces played a lead role in the early    has ruled Oman for 40 years, promised a         much privacy you implicitly surrender by      repaired.
   After prayers finished in Deraa, several    already “very much stalemate-like in the          days of the conflict, launching an               $2.6 billion spending package last Sunday       carrying around a smartphone and the             Many passengers were placed on the next
thousand protesters gathered chanting          vicinity of Ajdabiya and Brega.”                  onslaught of cruise missiles and bombs           after nearly two months of demonstrations       responsibility of the smartphone makers       flight or received compensation. (AP)
anti-Assad slogans. “The Syrian people            Mullen, who arrived in Baghdad on              against Gadhafi’s surface-to-air missile         inspired by popular uprisings that have         to protect sensitive data that flows                        ❑      ❑       ❑
will not be subjugated. Go away doctor         Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders and         sites and advancing Gadhafi’s troops.            spread across the Arab world.                   through their devices.
                                               to visit US troops, said the international            With American forces stretched by the                                                           Much of the concern about the iPhone       KHARTOUM: A Sudanese student was
(Assad). We will trample on you and your                                                                                                             Omani demonstrators have focused                                                           jailed for three months on Thursday, by a
slaughterous regime,” they shouted.            consensus was that “Gaddafi’s gotta go.”          wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as         their demands on better wages, jobs and an      and iPad tracking stems from the fact the
                                                                                                 the humanitarian operations in Japan, the                                                                                                      Khartoum court, for participating in an anti-
   Assad’s conciliatory move to lift the       But he acknowledged it was unclear how                                                             end to graft. Many are angered by the           computers are logging users’ physical         regime protest in the capital, while riot
state of emergency followed a familiar         long it might take for that to happen.            Pentagon turned the mission over to              state’s perceived unwillingness to prose-       coordinates without users knowing it —        police scattered a student demonstration in
pattern since the unrest began a month            “Every single action that countries are        NATO, saying it would do only limited            cute ministers sacked for corruption in         and that that information is then stored in   Port Sudan.
ago: pledges of reform are made before         taking ... are going to continue to put the       airstrikes to take out air defenses. The         response to demonstrations in February.         an unencrypted form that would be easy           The judge at a criminal court in north
Friday when demonstrations are the             squeeze on him until he’s gone. Is he             United States, said Obama,no longer                 They are also impatient to see more          for a hacker or a suspicious spouse or a      Khartoum sentenced Rashid Muhammad
strongest, usually followed by an intense      going to figure that out? I don’t know,”          would do airstrikes to protect the civilian      employment opportunities, after Sultan          law enforcement officer to find without a     Hassan to three months in prison for oppos-
crackdown.                                     Mullen said.                                      population.                                      Qaboos vowed last month to create 50,000        warrant.                                      ing the authorities and breaching public
   Activists said some funerals for those         Some US officials have voiced con-                 Gates said that bringing in the Predators    jobs.                                              Researchers emphasize that there’s no      safety, under article 144 of Sudan’s criminal
killed on Friday took place in Damascus        cerns about potential Islamic extremism           will give NATO a critical capability that                                                        evidence that Apple itself has access to      law. (AFP)
                                               among opposition forces. The head of the          the US uniquely can contribute.                                    Saudi                         this data. The data apparently stays on the                ❑         ❑       ❑
suburbs in the evening. Funerals have
been another platform for protesters in        US military’s Africa Command told                     The rebels hailed Friday the US deci-           Some 200 Shiites protested in Saudi          device itself, and computers the data is
                                                                                                 sion to deploy armed drones over Libya,          Arabia’s oil-producing east on Friday,          backed up to. Apple didn’t immediately
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                KARACHI: Pakistani comedy legend
recent weeks and security forces have          Congress this month that it was the stated                                                                                                                                                       Moin Akhtar, who was famous across
opened fire when mourners started              intent of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in the area, al-   as Senator John McCain urged the world           calling for human rights reform and             respond to a request for comment by The       South Asia for his versatile acting, died on
demonstrating.                                 Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) to            to recognise the rebels’ council.                denouncing the demolition of Shiite             Associated Press.                             Friday from a heart attack at the age of 61.
   The authorities have blamed armed           aid Libya’s opposition.                               “We are so pleased,” media liaison offi-     mosques in nearby Bahrain, two activists           Tracking is a normal part of owning a         He was skilful as a comedian, imperson-
groups, infiltrators and Sunni Muslim mil-        But Mullen said there was no sign of al-       cial for the rebels’ Transitional National       told Reuters.                                   cellphone. What’s done with that data,        ator and host, and worked on hundreds of
itant organisations for provoking violence     Qaeda representation in Libya’s opposi-           Council (TNC), Mustafa Gheriani, told               The gathering in the town of Awwamiya        though, is where the controversy lies.        Pakistani TV dramas, films and stage
at demonstrations by firing on civilians       tion and played down concerns about any           AFP in Benghazi, their eastern stronghold.       defied a call by leading Shiite clerics a day      A central question in this controversy     shows. (AFP)
and security forces.                           militant groups edging their way into the             “We hope that this can bring some relief     earlier for an end to two months of protests    is whether a smartphone should act mere-                  ❑        ❑        ❑
   Western and other Arab countries have       Libyan conflict.                                  to the people in Misrata,” he added, refer-      in the conservative kingdom’s Eastern           ly as a conduit of location data to service
                                                  “It certainly doesn’t mean, whether it’s       ring to the rebel-held city in western Libya     Province, in an apparent bow to govern-         providers and approved applications —         PUTTAPARTHI, India: Indian spiritual
mostly muted their criticism of the killings                                                                                                                                                                                                    leader Sai Baba, one of the country’s most
in Syria for fear of destabilising the coun-   Libya or in other countries that there aren’t     which has been pounded by strongman              ment pressure.                                  or as a more active participant by storing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the data itself, to make location-based       famous gurus, remained in a critical condi-
try, which plays a strategic role in many of   leaders in terrorist organisations that aren’t    Gaddafi’s forces for more than six weeks,           Shiite activists said they were protesting                                                 tion on Friday as devotees prayed for a mir-
the conflicts in the Middle East.              looking to try to take advantage of this,”        leaving hundreds dead.                           against the destruction of Shiite mosques       applications run more smoothly or help        acle to save his life.
                                               Mullen said. “But we’re watchful of it,               Libyan rebels, who on Thursday over-         in Bahrain by the Sunni-led government,         better target mobile ads or any number of        Thousands of followers who massed at
            ‘Unacceptable’                     mindful of it and I just haven’t seen much        ran a post on the Tunisian border to mark        after its crackdown on a pro-democracy          other uses.                                   the hospital where Sai Baba was being treat-
   British Foreign Secretary William           of it at all. In fact, I’ve seen no al-Qaeda      their first advance in weeks against             movement in the country led mostly by              Location data is some of the most          ed in his hometown of Puttaparthi, in south-
Hague condemned the “unacceptable”             representation there at all.”                     Gaddafi’s forces, have complained that           Shiites.                                        valuable information a mobile phone can       ern Andhra Pradesh state, had to be held
killing of demonstrators in Syria on Friday       Mullen acknowledged that the Libyan            civilians are being killed in places like           “There are about 200 men and women           provide, since it can tell advertisers not    back by police crowd barriers. (AFP)

								
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