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Osama bin Laden’s death may end Afghanistan war sooner than planned

Word from the Obama administration is that with al Qaeda spiritual leader Osama bin Laden dead, U.S. forces may now have found the fast-track to exit the Afghan occupation. It won’t be easy, and it will require more than just political capital in the U.S., but unnamed officials tell The…

China doubles solar power target by 2020: report

SHANGHAI (AFP) – China has more than doubled its target for solar power capacity to 50 gigawatts by 2020, state media said, as the world’s largest polluter steps up efforts to boost clean energy sources. The increased target follows a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that triggered a nuclear…

Obama to meet privately with secret Navy SEAL team that killed Osama

by Stephen Collinson WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will on Friday meet members of the elite commando team that shot dead America’s top terror target Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, while Islamists are holding protests against the killing. Obama’s meeting was to take place at the Fort Campbell army…

Bin Laden ‘not compliant,’ had ‘more than one’ weapon in bedroom: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Navy SEALs who led a raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound found an AK-47 and a pistol in his room, a US official told AFP, offering more details about the operation. “He had weapons in his room, more than one,” said the official, who spoke on…

Russian found guilty in 2009 murder of journalist Anastasia Baburova

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court sentenced a nationalist to life in prison on Friday for the brazen murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and reporter Anastasia Baburova in what experts called a rare victory for the embattled rights community. The sentencing comes after a jury last month found…

Bin Laden’s widow says they lived in Pakistani house for 5 years

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – One of Osama bin Laden’s wives told Pakistani interrogators that the al Qaeda leader and his family had been living for five years in the compound where he was killed by U.S. forces this week, a security official said on Friday. The official, who identified the woman…

Climate change has spurred food prices: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Climate change cut global wheat and corn output by more than 3 percent over the past three decades compared to growth projections without a rise in temperatures, a study found on Friday. The impacts translated into up to 20 percent higher average commodity prices, before accounting for…

Pakistanis protest over bin Laden killing

ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan (AFP) – Hundreds of Pakistanis took to the streets on Friday, cheering Osama bin Laden and shouting “death to America” to condemn a unilateral US raid on their soil that killed the Al-Qaeda chief. In Abbottabad, not far from where bin Laden was found and killed by US…

Oil prices drop at fastest rate in two years amid rapid sell-off

LONDON (AFP) – The plunge in oil prices accelerated on Friday, as dealers became nervous about the release of US jobs data later in the day, analysts said. Both main global contracts had posted gains in the morning as bargain hunters stepped in following Thursday’s sell-off that saw New York…

Iranian Mujahedeen could come off US blacklist

WASHINGTON — Washington will decide within six months whether to remove the banned Iranian opposition People’s Mujahedeen from a terrorism blacklist, a US State Department official told lawmakers Thursday. “We are working as expeditiously as possible to complete a review” on the issue, Daniel Benjamin, coordinator for counter-terrorism at the…

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