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Official: Bin Laden kill team rescued Somali hostages

The U.S. soldiers who rescued two aid workers in Somalia on Tuesday night were with SEAL Team Six, the same Navy SEAL team that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, an administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning. The hostages, an American woman and a Danish man who…

Qaeda gunmen pull out of Yemen town: witnesses

Al-Qaeda gunmen have withdrawn completely from the central Yemen town of Rada, which they overran nine days ago, tribal sources and witnesses said on Wednesday. “They have left the town,” located 130 kilometres (85 miles) southeast of Sanaa, one tribal source said hours after a senior military official said there had…

Thousands evacuated in flooded Australia

Thousands of Australians were evacuated Wednesday, with dozens being rescued, as monsoonal rains sparked flash flooding and landslides and a cyclone threatened to form in the Pacific Ocean. Emergency authorities ordered 4,200 residents of five towns in New South Wales to abandon their homes as a huge storm lashed northeast Australia, causing rivers to break…

Obama says U.S. carried out Somalia hostage rescue

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that US special forces had carried out a daring pre-dawn raid in Somalia that rescued two hostages, including an American aid worker, held since October. “The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will spare no effort to secure the safety of our citizens and to…

Pedophile found hanged in prison cell

A convicted pedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a hotel in Spain has been found dead in his cell, thePrison Service said Wednesday. Martin Smith, 46, a former TV psychic from North Shields, was found dead on Monday evening at HMP Manchester, formerly Strangeways Prison. A Prison Service spokesman said the Prisons and Probation…

Davos elite confronts crisis of Western capitalism

Leaders of the global business elite were confronted on Wednesday with the fear that the Western model of capitalism has failed and is about to be shoved aside by emerging powers. Over four decades, the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos has become an emblem of the triumphant market…

Singapore anti-drugs chief under investigation

SINGAPORE — Singapore has placed the head of its Central Narcotics Bureau under investigation for “serious personal misconduct”, the government said Tuesday. The bureau is the lead agency in the fight against illegal narcotics in Singapore, where drug trafficking is punishable by death. The probe into Ng Boon Gay began…

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attack woman in Israeli town

JERUSALEM — A group of ultra-Orthodox men attacked a woman on Tuesday as she put up posters in an Israeli town that has become a flashpoint for tensions between religious and secular Jews, police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident occurred in Beit Shemesh, which lies 30 kilometres…

France rules out withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2012

PARIS — Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday that France would not give in to “panic” and pull its troops out of Afghanistan this year after four of its soldiers were killed there last week. “When I hear talk of an immediate withdrawal, such as at the end of 2012,…

Davos: World bosses gloomy about year ahead

DAVOS, Switzerland — Business leaders are gloomy about prospects for the world economy, according to a major survey of international chief executives released on the eve of the Davos forum. A survey of 1,258 bosses by accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum of the global…

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