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Pakistan demolishing bin Laden compound: police

Pakistani security forces on Saturday began demolishing the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in a covert US raid in May in the northwestern garrison town of Abbottabad, police and witnesses said. “Two bulldozers are engaged, the demolition work is in progress, it is being done by security forces, including troops,” a police official on…

Rescued treasure lands back in Spain from U.S.

Tons of gold and silver from the wreck of a 19th-century Spanish warship finally arrived in Spain on Saturday, more than 200 years after a British fleet sank it. The arrival of the cargo from the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedessealed the end of a five-year legal battle between Spain and the US…

Judges throw out Berlusconi bribery trial

An Italian court threw out bribery charges against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday saying the statute of limitations had come into force, bringing the five-year trial to an end. Prosecutors had requested a five-year prison term for Berlusconi, who was accused of having paid off his former British…

Haiti’s PM quits just after four months

Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille offered his surprise resignation after just four months in office, amid tension between the premier and government ministers over issues of dual nationality. The resignation opens a new chapter in Haiti’s political turmoil as it struggles to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake. Conille resigned…

U.S. intelligence finds ‘no hard evidence’ of Iran bomb making

US intelligence analysts continue to believe there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported Saturday. Citing unnamed US officials, the newspaper said the latest assessments by US spy agencies are broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded…

North Korea vows ‘sacred war’ against South Korea and the U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea threatened on Saturday to wage a “sacred war” in response to joint military exercises planned by its arch-rival South Korea and the United States, saying it was determined to keep Washington from imposing its political will on it. The statement was issued by the North’s…

Dutch prince may not come out of coma: doctor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who was buried in an avalanche a week ago while skiing in Austria, has suffered severe brain damage and may not come out of a coma, his doctor told a press conference on Friday. Queen Beatrix’s middle son, who gave up his right…

Briton extradited to US over Iran charges

A retired British businessman accused of conspiring to sell missile parts to Iran was extradited to the United States on Friday, but branded his treatment a “disgrace”. Speaking to reporters as he arrived at London Heathrow airport, where he was taken into custody by US marshals, Christopher Tappin protested his…

‘Friends of Syria’ to send aid in 48 hours if assault stops

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Western and Arab powers meeting in Tunis on Friday will demand Syrian authorities allow immediate access for aid to the cities of Homs, Deraa, Zabadani “and other areas under siege,” according to an updated draft declaration obtained by Reuters. The draft conclusion of the conference also calls…

Racy Putin videos woo ‘first time’ Russia voters

Under the racy slogan “the first time is just for love”, Vladimir Putin supporters have posted a series of videos aimed at young voters in an increasingly intense presidential election campaign battle. The professional-quality videos initially seem to show young women worrying about losing their virginity before it turns out…

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