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Pakistan demands no repeat of bin Laden raid

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan’s parliament Saturday demanded an end to US drone strikes on its territory and called for an independent probe into the raid by US troops that killed Osama bin Laden to ensure there is no repeat. The strongly worded message came after a joint sitting of parliament…

Obama’s Middle East peace envoy resigns

By Andrew Quinn WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell announced his resignation on Friday, throwing a new question mark over the Obama administration’s failed effort to restart direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. President Barack Obama called Mitchell “one of the finest public servants that our…

Massive crowds descend on Yemen capital to demand ruler’s exit

Stunning footage: Unprecedented crowd turns out to call for Saleh’s resignation SANAA (Reuters) – Huge crowds across Yemen demanded on Friday that President Ali Abdullah Saleh leave after months of unrest which has put the Arab world’s poorest country on the brink of an economic meltdown. But in a defiant speech to…

Bradley Manning activist sues feds over confiscated laptop, electronics

A computer expert and vocal supporter of Pfc. Bradley Manning has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the seizure of his laptop and other electronic equipment by federal agents. David House, 23, was returning to the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2010, after a vacation to Mexico, when all…

Man beheads British woman in Tenerife supermarket

MADRID (Reuters) – A British woman was decapitated in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife on Friday by a man who then fled into the street grasping her head, the local emergency services said. The mayor of the town of Arona, quoted by Spanish media, said the…

Report: Porn found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout

The American commandos who killed Osama bin Laden found a “stash of pornography” in his hideout, U.S. officials told Reuters. The news agency reported that the “pornography recovered in bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive,” based on discussions with current…

Warcrimes court to seek Libya arrest warrants on May 16

THE HAGUE (AFP) – International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Friday he would seek arrest warrants on May 16 for three people considered most responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya. “On 16 May 2011, the Office of the Prosecutor will request the pre trial chamber of the International…

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…

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