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House progressives urge Obama to end Afghan war

WASHINGTON – House progressive leaders on Wednesday urged President Barack Obama to swiftly end the war in Afghanistan, capitalizing on a burst of new momentum to conclude the 10-year occupation after the killing of Osama bin Laden. “In the wake of Osama Bin Laden’s death, now is the time to…

Texas executes murderer with drug used on animals

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Texas put to death a man convicted of a 2001 rape and murder by using a sedative that has often served to euthanize animals, becoming the third state to do so. The southern state administered pentobarbital instead of sodium thiopental, which is no longer manufactured in the…

Twenty-five fighters killed, wounded near Afghan-Pakistan border in retaliatory strike

ASSADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Twenty-five foreign fighters were killed and wounded by Afghan security forces after they crossed the border from Pakistan, a government official said, the first sign of retaliatory attacks in Afghanistan after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed. Bin Laden, the architect of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States,…

Reacting to bin Laden’s assassination, Obama hails ‘a good day for America’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama Monday hailed a great day for America after Osama bin Laden’s death, but Pakistan faced tough questions over the terror kingpin’s roomy hideout in a key garrison city. A sober but clearly relieved Obama said the world was a better place after US…

The 5 craziest conspiracy theories on bin Laden’s death

With word of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden’s death whipping up celebrations across America, another cross-section of people are doing their best to convince the public that it’s simply not true. While it is the case that the U.S. government has not yet released photos of bin Laden’s body —…

Five bizarre GOP reactions to bin Laden’s death

WASHINGTON – The news that Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday during a U.S. firefight in Pakistan led to heaps of praise for military service members and President Barack Obama, even from his biggest political adversaries. Some GOP responses, however, have been pretty bizarre. Here’s a roundup of some of…

Taliban threaten US, Pakistan over bin Laden

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s main Taliban faction on Monday threatened to attack Pakistan and the United States after the US confirmed that Osama bin Laden had been killed near the Pakistani capital. “If he has been martyred, we will avenge his death and launch attacks against American and Pakistani…

World leaders welcome news of Osama bin Laden’s assassination

PARIS (AFP) – World leaders on Monday welcomed the killing of Osama bin Laden but warned that the long war against terrorism is far from over and that Al-Qaeda could strike back with renewed force. President Barack Obama said “justice has been done” as he announced the killing by US…

Obama urges Bahrain king to respect ‘universal rights’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged Bahrain’s monarch to respect “universal rights of the people” on Saturday, two days after the tiny Gulf state sentenced several protesters to death. US officials have criticized Bahrain over the speed of a trial in which Shiite pro-democracy protesters were sentenced to death…

Death toll from US tornadoes rises to 350

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AFP) – The death toll from killer tornadoes in the southern United States rose to at least 350 early Saturday, making the storm the second-deadliest tornado-related tragedy in US history. The worst tornado outbreak in the United States in March 1925 left 747 people dead. The third-deadliest tornado…

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