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By Philip Whitfield You may fool all the people some of the time. You can even fool some of the people all of the time. But you cannot fool all of the people all the time (Abraham Lincoln). Who’s starting World War III? Mohamed Bouaziz ablaze in Tunisia? Egypt’s Tahrir Square? Qatar gushing gas to …

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Pakistan court convicts OBL widows, orders deportation

By Sami Zubeiri / AFP ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court on Monday convicted Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two of his grown-up daughters of illegal residency, sentencing them to 45 days detention and ordering their deportation. The Al-Qaeda terror chief’s two Saudi and one Yemeni widows, together with their children, have been in Pakistani custody since …


Bin Laden fathered four children while on run, says wife

By Emmanuel Duparcq / AFP ISLAMABAD: Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistan after the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP on Friday. Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the Al-Qaeda leader’s life from when he fled Afghanistan in late 2001 …


Hindu protesters disrupt bin Laden movie in India

By AFP Right-wing Hindu activists this week disrupted shooting for Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s movie on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, protesting at the use of Indian locations to portray Pakistan. Members of the hardline Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) stormed the set in Chandigarh — the northern Indian city famously designed by Swiss-French architect Le …


Bin Laden fails to stir young Arabs in revolts era

By Assaad Abboud / AP DUBAI: The apparent indifference of young Arabs to the killing of Osama bin Laden is being seen as a sign of Al-Qaeda’s flagging popularity and the preoccupation in the Middle East with revolutions at home. An Egyptian expert on Islamist movements, Diaa Rashwan, said his killing by US troops has failed …


Islamic world quiet as bin Laden age closes

By Brian Murphy / AP DUBAI: In life, Osama bin Laden was burned into the Muslim consciousness in countless ways: the lion of holy warriors, the untouchable nemesis of the West, the evil zealot who soiled their faith with blood and intolerance. In death, however, the voices across the Islamic world are now relatively muted in …


Bin Laden is dead, meet the rest of Al-Qaeda

By AFP PARIS: Osama bin Laden, killed on Sunday, is survived by high-ranking leaders and supporters of his Al-Qaeda militant movement. Here are profiles of the top 10 at large, according to media and Western intelligence. Ayman Al-Zawahri Age: 60 Country of origin: Egypt Suspected location: Pakistan Role: Bin Laden’s right-hand man and co-founder of …


Amid Arab uprisings, bin Laden no longer the model

By Maggie Michael / AP CAIRO: Osama bin Laden and his jihadi rhetoric once resonated with millions, especially those in the Arab world who saw militant Islam as their best hope for throwing off the shackles of corrupt, oppressive governments. But 10 years after 9/11, the dominant theme in the uprisings across the Middle East is …


Key dates in Osama bin Laden’s life

By AFP ISLAMABAD: The following are key events in the life of Osama bin Laden, whose death was announced by US President Barack Obama on Sunday. 1957: Born in the Saudi city of Riyadh, one of some 54 children born to Mohammad bin Laden, a construction magnate. His mother is of Syrian origin. Bin Laden’s …


Will killing Osama kill the movement he inspired?

By Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo / AP WASHINGTON: US intelligence officials believe Al-Qaeda will have a hard time recovering from the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden. After all, his heir apparent, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is a harsh, divisive figure who lacks the charisma and mystique that bin Laden used to hold together Al-Qaeda’s various …


Egyptians see bin Laden’s death ‘insignificant,’ others mourn him

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: While some Egyptians described the death of Osama bin Laden early Monday as “insignificant” compared to the problems facing Egypt following the January 25 Revolution, and some mourned his death, others were oblivious to the news altogether. Karim Ahmed, a computer science student, downplayed the death of bin Laden. “I didn’t hear …


Bin Laden died in house near Pakistan’s capital

By Nahal Toosi /AP ISLAMABAD: Osama bin Laden was holed up in a two-story house 100 yards from a Pakistani military academy when four helicopters carrying US anti-terror forces swooped in the early morning hours of Monday and killed him. Flames rose Monday from the building that was the apparent target of the raid as it …


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