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US feared Pak might alert targets: CIA chief

NEW YORK/islamabad: Pakistani officials were kept deliberately out of loop by the US in its operation to get Osama bin Laden as it feared they might “alert” the targets and “jeopardise” the mission, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, Mr Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

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The phone call that led US to Osama bin Laden

WASHINGTON: When one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led US pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

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Time to declare Pakistan a terrorist state, says Salman Rushdie

WASHINGTON: As Pakistan faced tough questions over Osama bin Laden, celebrated Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie said it was time to declare it a “terrorist state”, observing “the old flim-flam” of saying the country knew nothing about his whereabouts, would not work anymore.

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Osama raid only US operation, hunt for house owner: Zardari

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: A day after the killing of Osama bin Laden by Americans, speculation raged on Tuesday on Pakistan’s complicity in hiding the Al Qaeda leader as the President, Mr Asif Ali Zardari said candidly that the attack was not a joint operation.

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OSAMA KILLED BY US TROOPS IN PAK

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: World’s most dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden was shot dead Monday in a pre-dawn helicopter-borne secret US operation in a house just yards away from Pakistan’s Military Academy in Abbottabad, raising questions whether the establishment knowingly harboured him.

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Pope John Paul II beatified

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the status of "blessed" on his predecessor John Paul II Sunday in front of a cheering crowd of over a million people, putting the late pope on the path to sainthood.

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Gaddafi’s son, three grandchildren killed

TRIPOLI: The Libyan Leader, Mr Muammar Gaddafi survived a NATO air strike that killed his youngest son and three grandchildren under the age of 12 in his bastion of Tripoli, hours after the embattled leader expressed his readiness for a "ceasefire and negotiations."

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2nd woman worker at N-plant exposed to radiation above limit

TOKYO: Another woman worker at Japan’s crisis-hit Fukushima nuclear plant has been exposed to radiation exceeding the legal limit, the embattled operator of the facility said today, days after announcing the first such case among its female employees.

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