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‘War dog’ in Osama bin Laden kill mission a breed apart

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The raid that took down Osama bin Laden is thought to have involved one special operative — a highly-trained military dog, part of an elite corps not to be confused with a family pet. The US military has refused to confirm if a dog was involved in…

Meet the Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden

Robert W. Johnson The military team that killed Osama Bin Laden is an elite special forces group unofficially called Seal Team 6. Officially, the team’s name is classified and not available to the public, technically there is no team 6. A Tier-One counter-terrorism force similar to the Army’s elusive Delta…

NASA postpones Endeavour launch again

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — NASA on Sunday delayed the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour until the end of the week at the earliest, after technical problems uncovered last week proved more complex than originally thought. In a new delay for the US space program’s penultimate shuttle launch after…

NASA makes final preparations for space shuttle Endeavour’s last flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AFP) – The US space shuttle Endeavour is poised to launch Friday carrying a multibillion dollar tool for searching the universe on the penultimate flight for NASA’s 30-year program. As many as 750,000 onlookers, including President Barack Obama, are expected to converge on the area around Cape…

NASA sets April 29 launch for Endeavour shuttle

WASHINGTON — The US space agency on Tuesday confirmed plans to launch the shuttle Endeavour on its final mission to the International Space Station on April 29. NASA’s confirmation came following a flight readiness review meeting at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 14-day mission, known as STS-134, will include…

U.N. officials defend report critical of Israel’s Gaza assault

Responding to an Israeli call for retraction, the principal researchers behind the United Nations’ Goldstone Report — which was highly critical of the Israeli military’s actions during the major assault on Gaza in 2008-2009 — insisted that no details have come to light that would contradict their findings. Though critical…

US says fighter jets still bombing Libya air defenses

WASHINGTON – US fighter jets are still carrying out bombing raids on Libya’s air defenses, the Pentagon said Wednesday, days after indicating American combat aircraft had withdrawn from NATO operations. US warplanes have attacked air defense targets in three strikes since April 4, when NATO assumed command of the air…

British team ‘in Libya for talks with rebels’

BENGHAZI, Libya — A British delegation arrived in the Libyan insurgency bastion of Benghazi late Saturday, nearly a month after a special forces team was seized in a bungled mission to contact the rebels. A rebel spokesman, Mustafa Gheriani, on Sunday confirmed the presence of the British group in the…

Obama gears up for hard sell on Libya

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Barack Obama prepared Monday to give a prime-time address to the nation aimed at winning the support of a war-weary American public for the military intervention in Libya. After inheriting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president finds himself embroiled in yet…

US Jesuits agree $166 million abuse payout

SEATTLE (AFP) – A US Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166 million to compensate some 500 mostly native American child victims of “horrific” sexual abuse at religious mission schools, lawyers said. The US Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Society of Jesus agreed to the payout — which lawyers said…

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