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Swiss solar powered airplane launches first international flight

PAYERNE, Switzerland (AFP) – Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, which holds a 26-hour record for flight duration, took off from Switzerland on Friday on its first international flight to Belgium. The experimental emissions-free aircraft is expected to take about 12 hours to complete the journey to Brussels Airport, the…

Pakistan blasts kill 80 as Taliban ‘avenge bin Laden’

SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s Taliban on Friday claimed their first major attack to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death as 80 people were killed in a double suicide bombing on a paramilitary police training centre. Around 140 people were wounded, 40 of them fighting for their lives, in the deadliest…

Muslim Brotherhood to expel Egyptian presidential candidates

CAIRO — A senior official of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Thursday that the group would expel any member who runs for president, after a leading Brotherhood reformer was quoted as saying he might stand. Abdel Moneim Abolfotouh, a former member of the Islamist group’s politburo, told the Al-Shorouk newspaper…

Ex-candidate, at least two others killed in Iraq unrest

BAGHDAD — At least three people were killed in attacks in Iraq on Thursday, including a candidate in last year’s parliamentary election, security officials said. In the main northern city of Mosul, unknown gunmen shot dead Raawa al-Obeidi close to her home along with one of her bodyguards, a police…

Bin Laden wanted to carry out attacks to prevent Obama from being reelected

During his final years, Osama bin Laden expressed interest in everything from killing President Obama to his deputies’ personalities to an article in an extremist magazine that he didn’t like, according to two U.S. officials familiar with material seized during the raid that killed bin Laden. A trove of digital…

NATO bombs Gaddafi compound hours after embattled dictator appears on TV

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – NATO air strikes hit Muammar Gaddafi’s compound Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader was shown on television for the first time since another aerial attack killed his son nearly two weeks ago. Libyan officials who showed reporters around the scene of the air strike, at Gaddafi’s Bab al-Aziziyah compound, said three people…

U.S. seized Osama bin Laden’s personal journal during raid, official says

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The treasure trove of intel obtained in the raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden included a handwritten journal containing his “operational ideas,” a US official said. Agents are studying the notebook for information on future Al-Qaeda plots, but the official described it as “just one…

Activists: Syrian gov’t crushing dissent town by town

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Syrian security forces kept crushing dissent town-by-town and rounding up opposition leaders on Thursday, activists said, in an unrelenting crackdown that Washington has slammed as “barbaric.” The army and security services arrested dozens of people in the flashpoint coastal city of Banias and the neighbouring villages of…

Bin Laden raid ‘not assassination’: Attorney General Eric Holder

LONDON (AFP) – The US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was “not an assassination”, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday after the Al-Qaeda leader’s sons denounced the operation. Holder told the BBC the raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan on May 2 was a “kill or…

Canadian bedbugs carry superbug bacteria

WASHINGTON — Could bloodsucking bedbugs get any creepier? Turns out, the answer is yes. Bedbugs carrying potent drug-resistant staph bacteria have been found in a poor section of Vancouver, Canada, said a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. Five bedbugs were plucked off…

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