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Letters reveal anxious bin Laden, divided Al-Qaeda

The United States released letters Thursday from Osama bin Laden’s compound that revealed a divided Al-Qaeda and an anxious leader worried about his network’s image among Muslims, even as he yearned to strike again at US targets. A year after bin Laden was killed by US Navy SEALs at his Pakistani hideout, the White House…

Japan to go nuclear-free for first time since 1970

Japan is set to go without nuclear energy for the first time since 1970 from Saturday, when the last operating reactor shuts down for maintenance, heightening fears of a looming power crunch this summer. Only one of Japan’s 50 reactors — at the Tomari nuclear plant in northernmost Hokkaido — is operating at present, but…

Evangelista fights French tycoon over child support

Former supermodel Linda Evangelista clashed in court with Frenchman Francois-Henri Pinault over child support for her son fathered by the Gallic tycoon, one of France’s wealthiest men. In what could be one of the most expensive child support cases ever, Evangelista wants $46,000 a month for 5-year-old Augustin, including a bodyguard, a driver and a 24-hour…

Antarctic waters changing due to climate: study

The densest waters of Antarctica have reduced dramatically over recent decades, in part due to man-made impacts on the climate,Australian scientists said Friday. Research suggests that up to 60 percent of “Antarctic Bottom Water”, the dense water formed around the edges of Antarctica that seeps into the deep sea and spreads out through the world’s…

Revolt in US over tyranny of economic data

On Friday the US government will publish the latest snapshot of the labor market, a guidepost marking the path of the world’s largesteconomy. Regardless of the outcome, billions of dollars will change hands onWall Street, currencies will shift, tilting the calculus of global trade, and governments will find it cheaper…

Romney gains in two swing states but battles loom

With his Republican rivals vanquished, Mitt Romney is focusing on the battlegrounds that will decide the 2012 election, with a new poll Thursday showing he has pulled even with President Barack Obamain two key swing states. “We’re starting the general election, and at least in Ohio and Floridawe’re starting where they are basically dead even,” Peter Brown,…

Asia’s architectural treasures ‘vanishing’

NEW YORK — Asia’s architectural treasures, from a Buddhist monastery in Afghanistan to an ancient city in China, are in danger of vanishing under a tide of economic expansion, war and tourism, according to experts. The Global Heritage Fund named 10 sites facing “irreparable loss and destruction.” “These 10 sites…

Russia threatens pre-emptive attack against U.S. missile shield

MOSCOW — Russia said Thursday its dispute with the United States over missile defence was near a “dead end” and warned it might have to deploy new rockets in Europe to take out elements of the controversial shield. “We have not been able to find mutually-acceptable solutions at this point…

Vogue slaps worldwide ban on under-16 models

NEW YORK — The editors of all 19 editions of Vogue around the world pledged Thursday to use only healthy models no younger than 16 on their editorial pages in an attempt to shift fashion’s approach to body image. Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue’s flagship US edition, and Emmanuelle Alt…

Rep. Issa releases draft resolution accusing Holder of contempt

WASHINGTON — A key Republican lawmaker released a draft resolution Thursday accusing US Attorney General Eric Holder of contempt of Congress for allegedly failing to cooperate with a probe into a botched government effort to track arms flows into Mexico. Darrell Issa, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform…

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