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  • ‘Taliban using child bombers’
    KABUL, May 15 (AP): The orders from their religious teacher were clear: Go to Afghanistan, strap on a suicide vest and kill foreign forces. With that, 9-year-old Ghulam Farooq left his home in Pakistan with three other would-be boy bombers and headed into eastern Afghanistan.They were told there would be two members of the Taliban waiting for them at the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province. Instead, members of the Afghan intelligence service who had been tipped to the boys' p
  • U.S. should not have violated Pakistan’s sovereignty: Gilani
    Islamabad, May 8 (PTI): Amid a diplomatic row between Pakistan and the U.S. over the secret operation that killed al— Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said Washington should not have violated his country’s sovereignty to carry out the raid in Abbottabad. “There was no need to (take) a shortcut or to bypass Pakistan,” Mr. Gilani told reporters who accompanied him on an official visit to France.In view of the long—standing
  • Singapore’s ruling party triumphs again
    SINGAPORE, May 8 (Agencies): Singapore’s long-governing People’s Action Party (PAP) won an absolute parliamentary majority in the early hours of Sunday following Saturday’s general election.Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong were among the winners. By 2.30 a.m. on Sunday, the PAP secured more than a two-thirds majority in the 87-member new Parliament. Singapore’s elder statesman and first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was earlie
  • ‘Osama wasn’t shot dead, but blew himself up to avoid capture by US forces’
    Lahore, May 8(ANI): Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was not shot dead by US Special Forces (SEALs) in 'Operation Geronimo', but blew himself up to avoid capture soon after they launched the raid at his Abbotabad compound on May 2, according to a report. The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshaw
  • Ten dead in Egypt clash, premier calls talks
    Egyptians gather next to a building belonging to Christians that was set on fire  during clashes between Muslims and Christians in the Imbaba neighborhood of Cairo on Sunday, May 8. (AP Photo) CAIRO, May 8 (Reuters): Egypt's prime minister called an emergency cabinet meeting on Sunday after 10 people died in bloody clashes in a Cairo suburb over the conversion of a Christian woman to Islam. The sectarian conflict on Saturday was Egypt's worst since 13 people died in violence
  • ASEAN summit fails to resolve Thai-Cambodia conflict
    JAKARTA, May 8 (Reuters): Southeast Asian leaders failed to achieve any breakthrough Sunday to end deadly border skirmishes between Thailand and Cambodia that overshadowed a regional summit in Jakarta supposed to showcase progress toward economic integration.The clashes around crumbling Hindu temples in disputed areas have starkly illustrated the tensions between countries in the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) that could derail plans to create a single economic communi
  • US to tap Gadhafi billions to aid Libya rebels
    Mahmoud Jibril, executive bureau chairman of the transitional national council in Libya meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome on  Thursday, May 5, during the Second Contact Group Meeting on Libya. (AP Photo) ROME, May 5 (AFP): An international meeting on Libya agreed on Thursday to set up a new fund to aid Libyan rebels, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promising Washington would tap frozen assets of Moammar
  • ‘Osama killed according to war laws’
    Pakistanis walk by the house where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Thursday, May 5. The residents of Abbottabad were still confused and suspicious about the killing of bin Laden, which took place in their midst before dawn on Monday. (AP Photo)Washington, May 5 (Agencies): The White House has said the US covert operation to kill al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was conducted in a manner fully consistent with the laws of war. "The (Sp
  • Many Native Indians irked Geronimo code name
    This 1887 file photo, provided by the National Archives shows the famed Indian warrior Geronimo, a Chiricahua Apache, posing with a rifle. The leader of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe is looking for a formal apology from President Barack Obama for the government’s use of the code name “Geronimo” for Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo/File) The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee didn't know when it scheduled a hearing on racial stereotypes that members would have such an em
  • Bin Laden was unarmed when US Navy SEALs stormed room
    People pass newspapers front pages with the report of Osama bin Laden’s death, at a newsstand in Berlin on Tuesday, May 3. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday. The letters at the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper left reads: ‘Headshot at Luxus-Villa’. (AP Photo) WASHINGTON, May 4 (AP): Osama bin Laden was u
  • 5 dead, 9 missing in coal mine explosion
    Family members of trapped miners embrace as they wait outside of a coal mine in San Juan de Sabinas in the Mexican state of Coahuila on Tuesday, May 3. (AP Photo) SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico, May 4 (AP): Mexican officials who had hoped to call in Chilean experts to help rescue 14 miners trapped in a coal mine instead have had to break the tragic news to relatives that five bodies have already been found and there is little hope the nine others have survived.The gas explosion that
  • Fatah, Hamas proclaim landmark reconciliation pact
    Palestinians wave the Palestinian and Egyptian flags as they take part in a rally celebrating the signing of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday, May 4. (AP Photo) CAIRO, May 4 (AP): Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday proclaimed a landmark, Egyptian-mediated reconciliation pact aimed at ending their bitter four-year rift. The Palestinian president seized the occasion to deliver a scathing criticism
  • Deadline for Libyan rebels to surrender expires
    Misrata, May 4 (PTI): A deadline for Libyan rebels defending the besieged city of Misrata to lay down their arms expired Wednesday, but a top minister said he hoped it would be extended after scores surrendered."I hope that the minister of justice will listen to our call to extend it at least for another day or two, because there are good signs among people there in Misrata," deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim told reporters in Tripoli. He claimed about 400 people had turned
  • Taliban vows to avenge Osama’s death; Asif Ali Zardari on hit-list
    ISLAMABAD, May 3 (PTI): The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday warned that they would target Pakistan and the US to avenge the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden by US special forces in a raid near the garrison city of Abbottabad. In an audio message issued to the Pakistani media from an undisclosed location, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan confirmed the death of bin Laden, the world's most wanted man, and said his group would take revenge for his killing."We
  • Bin Laden took a path of fanaticism and terror
    Osama bin Laden was born into one of Saudi Arabia's most prosperous families, but he left home in search of revolution, found a path of fanaticism, inspired a murderous organization that terrorized the West, and ultimately became the most wanted man in the world. The most intense manhunt in history finally caught up with bin Laden, whose money and rageful preaching inspired the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania,
  • Libya’s Gadhafi presses offensive after son killed
    TRIPOLI, May 2 (Reuters): Moammar Gadhafi pressed an offensive against rebel forces, and his supporters burned Western embassies after the Libyan leader survived a NATO airstrike that officials said killed his son and three grandchildren. Funerals were expected to be held on Monday, an occasion that might bring an awaited appearance or declaration by Gadhafi who authorities say was in the Tripoli house when it was destroyed by at least three missiles late on Saturday.Gadhafi, fighting
  • Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 350
    James Nicholas surveys the damage in Hackleburg, Ala., on Friday, April 29 following a tornado touchdown on Wednesday afternoon that destroyed much of the small community and caused 27 deaths. (AP Photo) TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, April 30 (AFP): The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history.The worst tornado outbreak in the United States in March 1925 le
  • NATO dismisses Gaddafi’s offer of truce & talks
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi speaks during a live speech in this still image taken from video on Saturday, April 30. (Reuters Photo) BRUSSELS, April 30 (Reuters): NATO dismissed an offer from Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday for a ceasefire and negotiations, saying Western air strikes on government forces in Libya will continue as long as civilians are threatened. "We need to see actions, not words," a NATO official told Reuters. "NATO will continue operations until all
  • Some 500 arrested in Syria crackdown: rights group
    A Syrian protester beats a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad with a shoe, as he attends protest against the on going violence in Syria, in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Gunfire reverberated Tuesday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa where the dead still lay unclaimed in the streets a day after a brutal government crackdown on the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad, residents said. (AP Photo) AMMAN, April 26 (Reuters): Se
  • Pak naval bus attacks kill four in Karachi
    (LEFT): Pakistani paramilitary soldiers gather around a damaged bus at the site of a bomb blast in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, April 26. Twin bomb attacks against Pakistani navy buses that were talking employees to work on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded more than 50 others. (RIGHT): Pakistani volunteers carry a dead body of a bomb blast victim in Karachi, Pakistan. (AP Photos) KARACHI, April 26 (AFP): Bomb attacks hit two buses carrying Pakistani navy officials