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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…

WikiLeaks gags staff, threatens leakers with $20 million penalty

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requires WikiLeaks staff to sign a confidentiality agreement that claims the organization’s collection of leaked documents is “solely the property of WikiLeaks,” according to a published report. The confidentiality agreement says that unpublished documents leaked to the organization are “valuable proprietary commercial information, the misuse or…

U.S. Peace Corps volunteer raped in Mozambique: police

MAPUTO — A US Peace Corps volunteer was raped at knife-point in central Mozambique, police said Wednesday, as the US Congress prepared to open hearings into the safety of the agency’s volunteers worldwide. The 30-year-old woman was attacked while walking with a Mozambican friend shortly before midnight on May 1…

Japan to abandon nuclear power expansions, focus on green technology

Japan’s prime minister announced yesterday that further expansions of nuclear energy in the nation is now officially off the table, namely due to the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was crippled in March by a massive tsunami wave. The announcement means that an additional 14 nuclear…

‘SlutWalk’ anti-rape march coming to Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) – Women protesting for the right to wear what they like and behave how they choose without facing sexual harassment are set to hold “SlutWalks” across Australia as the movement goes global. SlutWalk began in Canada in April in response to a Toronto police official saying that “women…

More than 1,100 rapes daily in DRCongo: study

WASHINGTON — More than 1,100 women are raped every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), making sexual violence against women 26 times more common than previously thought, a study concluded Tuesday. More than 400,000 women and girls between the ages of 15 to 49 were raped in the…

Italian archaeologists hunt for Mona Lisa model

FLORENCE, Italy (AFP) – Archaeologists on Wednesday began digging for the remains of a 16th-century woman believed to be the model for Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in a bid to unlock an art world mystery. The team of historians say they will try to find the remains using geo-radar…

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