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Osama bin Laden’s sons lash out at ‘arbitrary killing’

WASHINGTON — The sons of Osama bin Laden broke their silence Tuesday, denouncing his “arbitrary killing” and saying the whole family felt demeaned and humiliated by the father’s burial at sea. In a statement given to the New York Times, the sons asked why their father “was not arrested and…

DNA test on bin Laden shows 100 percent match to family

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – DNA tests on the body of Osama bin Laden showed a virtual 100 percent match to relatives, and a woman believed to be his wife also identified him by name, a senior U.S. intelligence official told reporters on Monday. The United States was now reviewing a large cache of materials seized at…

Bombs, gunmen kill 6 in Iraq

Bombs and gunmen killed six people in Iraq on Sunday, four of them from the same family, security sources said. The four family members — parents and two daughters in their 20s — were all shot in the head overnight by gunmen who spared a third, seven-year-old daughter, interior ministry…

Gunmen and bombs kill six in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Bombs and gunmen killed six people in Iraq on Sunday, four of them from the same family, security sources said. The four family members — parents and two daughters in their 20s — were all shot in the head overnight by gunmen who spared a third, seven-year-old daughter,…

Reagan shooter wants more outings from psych hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prosecutors are fighting to stop the man who shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan in 1981 from leaving a psychiatric hospital for more family visits. On March 29, a day before the 30th anniversary of the shooting,John Hinckley, Jr. asked a federal judge to allow him an unspecified number of visits…

Air raids ‘could fuel mutiny’ in Gaddafi regime

CAIRO, Egypt – Western air strikes on Libya could fuel a possible mutiny inside Moamer Kadhafi’s regime and bolster the ranks of opposition forces, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday. Although the endgame in Libya remained unclear, Gates said during a visit to Egypt that mounting pressure on…

Drugmakers shielded from lawsuits: US Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Vaccine makers are protected from lawsuits, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, dashing the hopes of a US couple who had sought monetary damages after their daughter fell ill after a round of routine childhood inoculations. By a 6-2 vote, the US high court, in an opinion by written…

Pakistan PM hints at family pardon for US official

ISLAMABAD — Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani suggested on Wednesday that relatives of two Pakistani men shot dead by a US official might pardon the American, but also said it was for a court to decide the man’s fate. The comments came as US Senator John Kerry visited the country…

Thousands of Italy’s women rally against Berlusconi

ROME (AFP) – Thousands of women took to the streets of Italian cities Sunday calling for “dignity” and greater rights after a series of lurid prostitution scandals involving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. “We are defending the dignity of women,” read a placard held up at one of the rallies in…

GOP Sen. Jim DeMint joins boycott of CPAC over GOProud

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) is the latest Republican who has chosen to skip this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) over its inclusion of a pro-gay group. “With leading conservatives organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending,” Wesley Denton, a spokesman for the senator, told CNN.…

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