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Somalia car bombing kills at least 57

A car bomb ripped through a government compound in Mogadishuon Tuesday, killing at least 57 in the deadliest attack by Somalia’s Shebab since they launched their insurgency almost five years ago. Witnesses described the carnage as the worst they had seen in Mogadishu since Somalia plunged into chaos two decades ago and said the…

U.S. drone strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan

A US drone strike targeting a compound in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on the Afghan border on Monday killed at least 10 militants, local security officials said. Two unmanned aircraft fired four missiles, hitting the compound and a vehicle parked in the Gorwaik area of Datta Khel town, 45 kilometres…

Obama will ‘likely’ pull 10,000 troops from Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will “likely” withdraw about 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, with half coming out this summer and the remainder leaving later in 2011, a senior US defense official said Tuesday. Another 20,000 troops, which formed part of a troop…

Sudan army planes ‘downed’ amid UN alarm

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Embattled fighters in north Sudan’s flashpoint state of South Kordofan claimed they had shot down two northern army planes, and said the conflict had so far displaced 75,000 people. UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the conflict in central Sudan, saying in a statement…

‘Al Qaeda’ gunmen seize southern Yemen city

ADEN, Yemen — More than 200 suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen have taken control of the south Yemen city of Zinjibar after fighting with security forces that left 16 people dead, officials and witnesses said on Sunday. The witnesses said that most residents had fled Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province with…

Internet bosses woo world leaders at ‘e-G8′

PARIS (AFP) – The world’s most powerful Internet and media barons gather in Paris on Tuesday in a show of strength to leaders at the G8 summit, amid international rows over online access, copyright and regulation. Top executives from online giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft will tout the economic…

US expects to question women from bin Laden raid ‘soon’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said it expects Pakistan will “soon” allow it to question three women apprehended during the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, despite Islamabad’s fury over the operation. The apparent concession came as further details emerged about the dramatic May 2 assault in which…

Pentagon releases new Osama bin Laden videos

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Saturday released several videos seized during the Osama bin Laden raid, part of what US officials said was the largest trove of terrorism material ever collected. A senior intelligence official told reporters the material showed bin Laden had remained a key leader in…

How US spies found bin Laden’s hideout

WASHINGTON (AFP) – It took years of painstaking intelligence analysis to find Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — but only three words “It’s a go” uttered by President Barack Obama to launch the strike that would kill him. Obama told his national security advisor Tom Donilon and several other top…

US mulls ‘keeping 10,000 troops in Iraq’

WASHINGTON — US and Iraqi officials are looking into keeping 10,000 US troops in the country beyond a year’s end deadline for a complete withdrawal, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The talks are politically sensitive for both countries, with Americans keen to end their involvement in Iraq and Iraqis…

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