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                                                 credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden,                                                                                                                                                     in Switzerland or in other foreign coffers.
‘Murderers’ will                                 Republicans insisted Tuesday that their                                                                                                                                                            Relations between Switzerland and
                                                 policies had laid the groundwork for the                                                                                                                                                       Libya soured in July 2008 when Geneva
               Continued from Page 1             al-Qaeda leader’s demise in Pakistan.                                                                                                                                                          police arrested Gaddafi’s son Hannibal on
                                                    Republicans said harsh but much-criti-                                                                                                                                                      charges of abusing two domestic employ-
said bin Laden will be a hunted fugitive         cized interrogation policies used on                                                                                                                                                           ees. The charges were later dropped after
forever if the Untied States fails to kill       detainees during then-president George                                                                                                                                                         a confidential settlement negotiated with
him. Indeed, this terrorist remained at          W. Bush’s “war on terror” yielded vital                                                                                                                                                        the victims.
large until a small American force, under        information that may have made all the                                                                                                                                                             Libya withdrew more than $5 billion
direct orders from incumbent US                  difference in tracking down the notorious                                                                                                                                                      from Swiss banks, halted oil exports to
President Barack Obama, succeeded in             al-Qaeda leader.                                                                                                                                                                               Switzerland and barred two Swiss busi-
getting him. Obama has assured that the             “Wonder what President Obama thinks                                                                                                                                                         nessmen working in Libya from leaving
attack was against terrorism, not Islam.         of waterboarding now?” read a Tweet                                                                                                                                                            the country for more than a year.
   The Islamic world is totally convinced        sent by Republican Representative Steve                                                                                                                                                            Swiss authorities also froze assets
that the war is against terrorism, not the       King, tweaking the current US leader,                                                                                                                                                          belonging to Ivory Coast’s now deposed
moderate Islam, which has offered the            who once was an outspoken opponent of                                                                                                                                                          President Laurent Gbagbo in January.
world the greatest of civilizations,             that and other “enhanced techniques”                                                                                                                                                               Switzerland has worked hard in recent
declared the oneness of Allah the                employed by US interrogators.                                                                                                                                                                  years to improve its image as a haven for
Almighty and the dignity of human                   US officials were able to track down                                                                                                                                                        ill-gotten assets.
beings. Islam teaches us to earn a living        bin Laden by identifying and following a                                                                                                                                                           Turkey on Tuesday urged Muammar
here on Earth through peaceful and lov-          trusted al-Qaeda courier who unwittingly                                                                                                                                                       Gaddafi to “immediately” cede power and
ing means. It does not recognize borders         led authorities to the hideout of the 9/11                                                                                                                                                     leave Libya, in its first public call on the
and does not call for mass killings, while       mastermind.                                                                                                                                                                                    veteran strongman to go.
its foundations are based on love and har-          Condoleezza Rice, a former national                                                                                                                                                             “We wish that the Libyan leader pulls
mony amongst all humans. Bin Laden               security advisor and secretary of state                                                                                                                                                        out from Libya and cedes power immedi-
never mentioned these values. He was an          under former US president George W.                                                                                                                                                            ately — for himself and for the future of
evil man who spread hatred and inflamed          Bush, praised the Obama administra-                                                                                                                                                            his country — without causing more
conflicts between groups. He killed 15,          tion’s handling of the top secret opera-                                                                                                                                                       bloodshed, tears and destruction,” Prime
000 Sunni Muslims, even if he belonged           tion.                                                                                                                                                                                          Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told
to this group.                                      But she said credit also goes to the                                                                                                                                                        reporters.
   The whole world was relieved after the        Bush administration national security                                                                                                                                                              Gaddafi’s departure has become
killing of the man, who believed in the          team, calling the weekend raid “a good                                                                                                                                                         “inevitable,” he said, adding that the
‘theory of barricading’ behind terrorist         story for continuity across two presiden-                                                                                                                                                      Libyan leader “must take this historic step
options to justify his hideous acts, which                                                                                                                                                                                                      in the name of Libya’s future, territorial
are forbidden by Islam. He killed tens of        cies.”                                          A police officer stands near the door of a commuter train as part of an increased security measures May 3, in Manila,
                                                    “They used the structures that have          Philippines. Tight security was imposed after news of the death of Osama bin Laden, the world’s most wanted man, and                           integrity and peace.”
thousands of people protected by Allah
the Almighty just to get rid of someone          been evolving in the United States for           as a pre-emptive move as the train system had been attacked by terrorists before resulting in number of deaths. (AP)                                            Bahrain
who expressed a different opinion. He            quite a long time,” Rice told MSNBC tel-
                                                 evision.                                                                                                                                                                                          Bahraini authorities have arrested two
never reflected on Islamic beliefs. Islam                                                        holed up in a luxury compound in the           became rich from the Saudi construction         Dorothy Parvaz, had been detained on            former MPs from the Al-Wefaq Shiite
cannot be judged based on his actions.              Rice added that the Obama national           military garrison town of Abbottabad,          boom, has disowned him, and he was              arrival at Damascus airport on a flight
                                                 security team also was able to make use                                                                                                                                                        main opposition group, in a continued
This is something we must all believe in,                                                        possibly for five to six years, prompted       stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994.      from Qatar. She has US, Iranian and             crackdown on the kingdom’s Shiite
so that not a single Islam-hijacking ter-        of a trove of intelligence from interrogat-     many US lawmakers to demand a review                                                           Canadian citizenship, and formerly was a
                                                 ing accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid                                                                               Martyr                                                                        majority, a member of the organisation
rorist group stays in the shadows of base-                                                       of the billions of dollars in aid                                                              reporter and columnist for the Seattle          told AFP on Tuesday.
less slogans, which call for combating the       Sheikh Muhammad and other key terror            Washington gives to nuclear-armed                 A leader of an increasingly prominent        Post-Intelligencer.
                                                 operatives.                                                                                                                                                                                       Matar Matar and Jawad Fayruz were
infidels who are against Islam.                                                                  Pakistan.                                      hardline sect in Egypt praised Osama bin           “We are deeply concerned for                 taken from their homes on Monday
   Bin Laden’s name is now a thing of the           “This kind of integration wasn’t some-           Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari,      Laden on Tuesday and said the jihadist          Dorothy’s safety, security, and well-
                                                 thing that we had in 2001, and we got a                                                                                                                                                        evening, former MP Hadi al-Mousawi
past. If some of us think he is now sur-                                                         issuing his first response to questions        leader was a martyr who died with his           being,” Al-Jazeera said in a statement.         told AFP.
rounded by beautiful women in heaven,            lot better over time,” Rice said.               about how the world’s most-wanted mili-        “head held high.”                               “We are requesting full cooperation from
                                                    President Obama’s counter-terrorism                                                                                                                                                            He said some 20 masked gunmen in
then this does not necessarily reflect the                                                       tant was able to live for so long in com-         Yassir al-Burhami, a Salafi cleric in the    the Syrian authorities to determine what        plainclothes stormed the house of Fayruz
views of Muslims who believe that he is          coordinator, John Brennan, acknowl-             fort and undetected near Islamabad, did        Mediterranean port city of Alexandria,          happened at the airport, what her current
                                                 edged Tuesday that the information used                                                                                                                                                        in Hamad Town, and took him away after
at the lowest point in hell. The event itself                                                    little to dispel suspicions.                   said bin Laden was a “martyr” who “was          location is, and the status of her health.”     searching the building.
should be a lesson to the remaining mem-         to apprehend Bin Laden was gleaned                  “Some in the US press have suggested       killed with his head held high, and God            Parvaz joined Al-Jazeera in 2010 and            Matar was taken from his home in the
bers of al-Qaeda, which is starting to sink      from “multiple” sources.                        that Pakistan lacked vitality in its pursuit   did not hand him over to his enemies,”          recently reported on the Japanese earth-        village of Deih west of Manama, he
with the demise of its ‘godfather’. The                         Not armed                        of terrorism, or worse yet that we were        the official MENA news agency reported.         quake and tsunami. The station said she         added.
remaining members will soon vanish into                                                          disingenuous and actually protected the           He added that that the disposal of bin       graduated from the University of British           “We do not have any information about
                                                    Bin Laden was not armed when US                                                             Laden’s body at sea after US commandos
thin air, especially after realizing that jus-   special forces stormed his compound in          terrorists we claimed to be pursuing,”                                                         Columbia, obtained a masters from               them” said Mousawi, adding that Fayruz’s
tice will reach them. This justice will                                                          Zardari wrote in an opinion piece in the       killed him in a Pakistan hideout showed         Arizona University, and held journalism         family went to a police station and report-
                                                 Pakistan but he did resist before he was                                                       the United States “knows no sanctity
reach all terrorists; after all, Allah the       shot, White House spokesman Jay                 Washington Post. “Such baseless specu-                                                         fellowships at both Harvard and                 ed that masked gunmen had taken him
Almighty, promised that murderers will                                                           lation may make exciting cable news, but       towards those alive or dead.”                   Cambridge universities.                         away.
                                                 Carney said on Tuesday.                                                                           Salafis believe Muslims should return
be killed sooner or later.                          Carney said bin Laden’s wife “rushed         it doesn’t reflect fact.”                                                                                         Libya                           “We do not know why the two (former)
                                                                                                     It was the first substantive public com-   to the practices of their forbears. The                                                         MPs have been arrested... It is strange that
                                                 the US assaulter” and was shot in the leg                                                      sect’s followers are mostly peaceful but           Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi
                                                                                                 ment by any Pakistani leader on the air-                                                                                                       they have arrested them this way when
Killing Laden                                    but not killed, contrary to what a White
                                                 House official said on Monday.                  borne raid by US forces on bin Laden’s         its ideology has also inspired militants
                                                                                                                                                such as the Saudi-born bin Laden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                stepped up their onslaught on rebel areas
                                                                                                                                                                                                of Libya’s Western Mountains late on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                they could have summoned them normal-
                                                    Carney declined to offer further details     compound that brought to an end a long                                                                                                         ly,” he said.
                                                                                                 manhunt for the al-Qaeda chief who had            They have begun taking a more active         Monday, rebels said, and refugees said             Matar had continued to condemn via
               Continued from Page 1             on bin Laden’s behavior during the raid.                                                       role in Egyptian politics after a popular       towns in the isolated region were on the
                                                 Resistance did not require a firearm, he        become the face of Islamic militancy.                                                                                                          the foreign media Bagrain’s heavy-hand-
   Saudi Arabia already welcomed the                                                                 Pakistan has faced enormous interna-       revolt ousted president Hosni Mubarak in        brink of starvation.                            ed clampdown on Shiites after the quash-
killing of Bin Laden, who was born and           said.                                                                                          February.                                          At least 10 Grad rockets landed on the
                                                    US forces faced a firefight throughout       tional scrutiny since bin Laden was                                                                                                            ing of a month-long pro-democracy
brought up in the kingdom, as a boost to                                                                                                           Salafist popularity is difficult to gauge    town of Zintan, rebel spokesman                 protest dominated by the Muslim sect.
                                                 the 40-minute raid. “We expected a great        killed, with questions over whether its        but its increasing assertiveness worries        Abdulrahman told Reuters by telephone.
international anti-terror efforts.                                                               military and intelligence agencies were                                                                                                           Bahrain has come under strong criti-
   Saudi Arabia had experienced a wave           deal of resistance and were met with a                                                         secular Egyptians and the country’s large       “They were fired by Gaddafi forces posi-
                                                 great deal of resistance. There were many       too incompetent to catch him, or knew all                                                                                                      cism from international rights’ groups
of al-Qaeda attacks targeting oil installa-                                                                                                     Coptic Christian minority.                      tioned north of Zintan,” he said.               after it quashed the protest in mid-March
                                                 other people who were armed in the com-         along where he was hiding and even                Meanwhile Egypt’s top cleric on                 Berber towns in the Western
tions and foreign interests between 2003                                                         whether they had been complicit.                                                                                                               and hunted Shiite protesters in their vil-
and 2006.                                        pound,” Carney said.                                                                           Tuesday said Osama bin Laden’s death            Mountains, close to the border with
                                                    The killing of bin Laden was not like-           Reflecting US-Pakistani relations                                                                                                          lages. Many were said to have been dis-
                                                                                                                                                will not end terrorism, which he blamed         Tunisia, have been pounded by govern-           missed from their jobs for taking part in
                                                 ly to affect the US timetable for bringing      strained by years of mistrust, Islamabad
US aims to                                       American troops out of Afghanistan,             was kept in the dark about the raid until
                                                                                                                                                on Israeli policies, and called on the West
                                                                                                                                                to end its “double standards.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                ment forces after joining the rebellion that
                                                                                                                                                                                                erupted two months ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the protests.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Authorities in the kingdom ruled by the
                                                 Carney said, adding that the goal of start-     after all US aircraft were out of Pakistani       Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of the Sunni           “If I had stayed there my two little
                                                 ing a drawdown in July remained.                airspace.                                                                                                                                      Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty have said that
               Continued from Page 1                                                                 While Islamabad hailed the killing of
                                                                                                                                                Muslim world’s most prestigious institu-        daughters would have been among the             24 people were killed during the unrest,
                                                    The White House warned Tuesday that                                                         tion Al-Azhar, said the “killing of Osama       dead,” Fatma Douri, 35, who has fled the
tip US intelligence to al-Qaeda’s opera-         a photograph of Osama Bin Laden’s               bin Laden as an important milestone in                                                                                                         most of them demonstrators.
tional details and perhaps lead the man-                                                                                                        bin Laden, the head of al-Qaeda, will not       besieged town of Yafran, said in a refugee         Last week, four Shiites were sentenced
                                                 corpse was “gruesome” and said it was           the fight against terrorism, Pakistan’s for-   end terrorism,” the official MENA news          camp in the Tunisian border town of
hunt to the presumed next-in-command,            concerned it could be inflammatory if it        eign ministry said it had expressed “deep                                                                                                      to death and three others were jailed for
Ayman al-Zawahri. The CIA is already                                                                                                            agency reported.                                Dehiba.                                         life by a military court for the alleged
                                                 was publicly released.                          concerns” that the operation was carried          The source of terrorism is “Israel’s            “The siege of the town absolutely has
going over the material.                            “It is fair to say it is a gruesome photo-   out without informing it in advance.                                                                                                           killing of two security men.
   Obama, who approved the extraordi-                                                                                                           abusive policies,” he said.                     to be lifted, otherwise thousands of chil-         Last week, a Bahraini official said 405
                                                 graph ... it could be inflammatory,” White          “He was not anywhere we had antici-           “Resolving the world’s problems              dren are going to be among the dead in the
narily risky operation against bin Laden’s       House spokesman Jay Carney said.                pated he would be, but now he is gone,”                                                                                                        detainees had been referred to military
Pakistan redoubt and witnessed its pro-                                                                                                         means upholding justice and ending the          next few weeks.”                                courts while 312 have been released.
                                                    “We are reviewing the situation. We          Zardari wrote, without offering further        double standards with which the West               Like anti-Gaddafi groups in other parts
gression from the White House Situation          are going about this in a methodical way        defense against accusations his security                                                                                                          “Sixty-two criminal cases and 343 mis-
Room, his face heavy with tension, won                                                                                                          treats some issues,” the agency quoted          of Libya, rebels in the Western Mountains       demeanor cases have been referred to the
                                                 and trying to make the best call.”              services should have known where bin           him as saying.                                  want more help from Western warplanes.
accolades from world leaders he’d kept in           Carney added that senior administra-         Laden was hiding.                                                                                                                              courts of national safety,” said the head of
the dark as well as from political oppo-                                                                                                           The Cairo-based Al-Azhar runs the            Asked if NATO air strikes on pro-Gaddafi        the Information Affairs Authority, Sheikh
                                                 tion officials were discussing whether it           “Although the events of Sunday were        Muslim world’s oldest university and            forces around Zintan had been effective,
nents at home.                                   would be advisable to release the photo-        not a joint operation, a decade of cooper-                                                                                                     Fawaz bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa.
   Republican and Democratic leaders                                                                                                            advocates a more flexible interpretation        Abdulrahman said:
                                                 graph of bin Laden after he was shot in         ation and partnership between the United       of Islam than al-Qaeda’s.                          “No. They are better than no strikes at                         Yemen
alike gave him a standing ovation at a           the head by a US special forces soldier in      States and Pakistan led up to the elimina-
Monday evening White House meeting                                                                                                                                 Poll                         all but they could do much better. The tar-        Yemeni tribesmen released Tuesday a
                                                 a daring raid in Pakistan on Sunday.            tion of Osama bin Laden as a continuing                                                        gets are clear. If rebel fighters can see       Saudi diplomat kidnapped last month in
that was planned before the assault but                                                          threat to the civilized world.”                   The killing of bin Laden sharply boost-
became a celebration of it, and an occa-                      Unauthorised                                                                                                                      them, surely NATO aircraft are able to          the capital Sanaa over a trade dispute
                                                                                                                   Burial                       ed President Obama’s image, improving           spot and destroy them.”                         involving a Saudi businessman, one of the
sion to step away from the fractious polit-          Pakistan on Tuesday hit out at the                                                         Americans’ views of his leadership and
                                                                                                    Clerics in Saudi Arabia, a staunch US                                                          Further east, a rebel spokesman in the       mediators for his release told AFP.
ical climate. Obama plans to visit New           United States over the operation that                                                          his efforts to fight terrorism, a               besieged coastal city of Misrata said fight-
York on Thursday.                                killed Osama bin Laden near its capital,        ally and the country of Osama bin                                                                                                                 “Saeed al-Maliki was released by his
                                                                                                                                                Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday          ing took place on Monday near the city’s        abductor,” Abd Rabbuh Naser Ahmed al-
   “Last night’s news unified our coun-          saying “unauthorised unilateral” action         Laden’s birth, dismissed Washington’s          found.
                                                                                                 assertions it observed Islamic rites in dis-                                                   airport, which remains under the control        Salimi, a member of Beni Dhabian tribe,
try,” much as the terrorist attacks of Sept      could threaten international peace.                                                               About four in 10 Americans say their         of Gaddafi forces.
11, 2001, did, Republican House Speaker              The foreign ministry denied that            posing of the al-Qaeda leader’s body in                                                                                                        said Mohammed Naser al-Melqati.
                                                                                                                                                views of Obama improved after he                   NATO minesweepers searched the                  Maliki, second secretary at the
John Boehner said earlier in the day.            Pakistan had any prior knowledge of the         the Arabian Sea.                               ordered Sunday’s successful military
                                                                                                    Bin Laden, shot dead by US forces in a                                                      approaches of Misrata harbour on                embassy, “is now on his way to Sanaa
Obama later appealed for that unity to           operation and said there was no question                                                       operation in Pakistan to kill bin Laden,        Monday for a drifting mine blocking aid
take root as the US presses the fight            of US helicopters taking off from               raid on a compound in Pakistan on                                                                                                              accompanied by Qassem al-Salimi,” one
                                                                                                                                                the mastermind of the Sept 11, 2001,            supplies.                                       of Beni Dhabian’s dignitaries who has led
against a terrorist network that is still        Pakistani bases, despite strenuously            Monday, was placed in a weighted bag           attacks in New York and Washington.
lethal — and now vowing vengeance.             pointing out past intelligence coopera-         and dropped into the north Arabian Sea                                                                           Funds                         the mediation, said Melqati.
                                                                                                                                                   The boost to Obama’s popularity from                                                            On April 23, Maliki was kidnapped and
   The episode was an embarrassment, at          tion.                                           from the deck of a US aircraft carrier, the    bin Laden’s death could be short-lived as          Switzerland has found 360 million
best, for Pakistani authorities as bin               “Pakistan expresses its deep concerns       Carl Vinson, the US military said.                                                                                                             taken to a mountainous area 80 kms (50
                                                                                                                                                voters focus again on the economy and           Swiss francs ($415.8 million) of poten-         miles) southeast of Sanaa.
Laden’s presence was revealed in their           and reservations on the manner in which            But many Muslims in Saudi Arabia            lingering unemployment — top concerns           tially illegal assets linked to Libyan leader
midst. The stealth US operation played           the government of the United States car-        and elsewhere in the Gulf Arab region,                                                                                                            His captor had demanded five million
                                                                                                                                                heading into 2012 election campaign.            Muammar Gaddafi and his circle stashed          Saudi riyals ($1.3 million, 878,000 euros)
out in a city with a strong Pakistani mili-      ried out this operation without prior           including opponents to bin Laden’s mili-          “There is no evidence the boost in his       in the Alpine country, the Foreign
tary presence and without notice from            information or authorisation from the           tant ideology, said the fact funeral rites                                                                                                     ransom, said to be owed to him by an
                                                                                                                                                approval rating will last until the election,   Ministry said on Monday.                        unidentified Saudi businessman, a tribal
Washington. As Brennan’s remarks                 government of Pakistan,” it said.               were read for him did not diminish their       but an event like this could position              Some 410 million Swiss francs traced
showed, questions persisted in the admin-            It said such “unauthorised unilateral       shock at the way his body was disposed                                                                                                         source had told AFP last month.
                                                                                                                                                Obama as more of a military leader and          to former Egyptian President Hosni
istration and grew in Congress about             action” cannot be taken as a rule and said      of.                                            give him more authority,” Ipsos pollster        Mubarak and 60 million Swiss francs
whether some elements of Pakistan’s
security apparatus might have been in
                                                 it should not become “a future precedent”
                                                 for any country.
                                                                                                    “That is not the Islamic way. The
                                                                                                 Islamic way is to bury the person in land
                                                                                                                                                Julia Clark said.
                                                                                                                                                   That could help put a long-term dent in
                                                                                                                                                                                                linked to former Tunisian President Zine
                                                                                                                                                                                                al-Abidine Ben Ali have also been identi-
collusion with al-Qaeda in letting bin               “Such actions undermine cooperation         like all other people,” said Saudi Sheikh      Republican efforts to paint Obama as            fied, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lars
Laden hide in Abbottabad.                        and may also sometimes constitute threat        Abdul Mohsen Al-Obaikan, an adviser to         weak on national security and indecisive        Knuchel said.                                            Continued from Page 1
   As Americans rejoiced, they worried,          to international peace and security,” it        the Saudi Royal Court.                         in in reaction to the “Arab Spring”                “In the case of Libya, it was 360 mil-       WASHINGTON: The United States kept
too, that terrorists would be newly moti-        added.                                             In the past if a person died on ship and    protests in the Middle East and North           lion Swiss francs,” Knuchel told Reuters.       Russia on Monday on its list of countries
vated to lash out. In their wounded rage,            Following local press reports that US       could not be buried on land for days,          Africa.                                         “These amounts are frozen in Switzerland        with the worst records of preventing copy-
al-Qaeda ideologues fed that concern.            forces jammed Pakistan’s radar,                 “then they would drop him into the sea            Obama’s approval rating has slumped          following blocking orders by the Swiss          right theft for the 14th straight year and said
“By God, we will avenge the killing of           Islamabad said American helicopters had         with a weight,” he said. “Today the case       into the mid-40s in recent weeks as voters      government related to potentially illegal       China was on the list for the seventh year.
the Sheik of Islam,” one prominent al-           flown in “undetected” using “blind spots”       is different. We have airplanes, freezers,     have grown increasingly pessimistic             assets in Switzerland”.                            The US Trade Representative’s office
Qaeda commentator vowed. “Those who              in the radar, latest technology and by fly-     and it is not necessary to get rid of the      about the future and upset at rising gaso-         Both Tunisia and Egypt — where               also issued an “open invitation” to the
wish that jihad has ended or weakened, I         ing at very low altitude.                       body in the sea in such a way.”                line prices.                                    unrest led to the ousting of Ben Ali and        dozens of countries listed in the report to
                                                     Pakistan said it scrambled fighter jets        Bin Laden did not die at sea. His body                                                      Mubarak — are in touch with Swiss judi-         work together on a plan to resolve US con-
tell them: Let us wait a little bit.”                                                                                                                                                                                                           cerns.
                                                                                                 was flown out to the ship after he was
   In that vein, US officials warned that
bin Laden’s death was likely to encour-
                                                 within minutes once it realised the heli-
                                                 copters were operating in its air space.        shot dead in Abbottabad, near Islamabad.       Syria crackdown                                 cial authorities regarding their formal
                                                                                                                                                                                                requests for legal assistance to seek return
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “This year’s Special 301 Report comes
                                                                                                    Washington said bin Laden’s body was                                                                                                        with a call to action for our trading partners.
age attacks from “homegrown violent                  In an unusually detailed response, the                                                                                                     of the funds and property, according to         We are ready to work intensively with you
extremists” even if al-Qaeda is not pre-         government defended itself against accu-        treated with respect. He was reported to       Tuesday to allow health workers safe            Knuchel.                                        to stop intellectual property theft that threat-
pared to respond in a coordinated fashion        sations that intense security at bin            have been washed and covered in a white        access to people injured in bloody                 No such discussions are underway with        ens IP-related jobs in the United States and
now.                                             Laden’s compound should have been               shroud in burial preparations that lasted      protests, especially in the southern city of    authorities in Libya, where Gaddafi is          other countries,” US Trade Representative
   The administration weighed whether to         enough to raise concerns because it stuck       nearly an hour, and religious remarks          Deraa, and let it visit those who have been     clinging to power in the face of an upris-      Ron Kirk said in a statement. (RTRS)
release photos of bin Laden’s corpse and         out so noticeably from other properties in      were recited before his body went under-       arrested.                                       ing and NATO air strikes.                                       ❑      ❑       ❑
video of his swift burial at sea. Officials      the area.                                       water.                                            The independent humanitarian agency             Neutral Switzerland had previously
were reluctant to inflame Islamic senti-             It said high outer walls were “in line”        Issa al-Ghaith, a Saudi cleric and          said Syrian authorities were close to let-      announced that it was freezing any assets       WASHINGTON: A new taskforce focused
                                                 with the culture of “privacy and security”      judge, said he believed Washington had         ting it and the Syrian Red Crescent into        linked to the three North African leaders,      on fraud in energy markets will look into
ment by showing graphic images of the                                                                                                                                                                                                           whether consumers are being gouged at the
body. But they were also eager to address        and erected around many homes of peo-           made a mistake by burying bin Laden at         rural hospitals around the capital              thereby requiring financial and other insti-
                                                 ple from the northwest who had been             sea, which he said was un-Islamic,                                                             tutions to report any suspicious funds.         gas pump or traders are manipulating the
the mythology already building in                                                                                                               Damascus in the coming days.                                                                    markets, US Attorney General Eric Holder
Pakistan and beyond that bin Laden was           affected by military operations and             adding it showed Americans “fear him              But it was vital to reach Deraa, cradle         The respective amounts were fairly           said on Tuesday.
somehow still alive.                             Taleban fighting.                               even after his death.”                         of the pro-democracy demonstrations,            “stable”, based on information provided            “To the extent that there are inappropriate
   Bin Laden had lived at the fortified              US officials have said they were puz-          In Yemen, the 54-year-old militant          where many casualties have been report-         by Swiss-based financial institutions to        attempts to manipulate the markets, that
compound for six years, officials said,          zled by the comfortable surroundings of         leader’s ancestral homeland that is home       ed, the International Committee of the          authorities, Knuchel said. He declined to       there is price gouging, other things of that
putting him far from the lawless and             the Abbottabad compound where bin               to an active al-Qaeda arm, critics said bin    Red Cross (ICRC) said. Even the Syrian          name the banks or the cantons (states) in       nature that have had a devastating impact on
harsh Pakistani frontier where he had            Laden lived, and the fact that his presence     Laden’s body should have been turned           Red Crescent has not been allowed into          which the accounts or properties are held.      average Americans .... that will be the focus
been assumed to be hiding out.                   in a fortified building did not attract sus-    over to his family.                            Deraa, it said.                                    “We never specify the institutions. It is    of this taskforce,” he told the House
   The only information about what               picion of Pakistani authorities.                   “It is not enough to do prayers over bin       “So far we have had restricted access,       not just money, there are real estate           Judiciary Committee.
occurred inside the compound has come                Pakistan’s president on Tuesday denied      Laden so as to lessen the anger of his sup-    limited access to certain areas. However        assets,” he said.                                  “To the extent that they are, we will hold
from American officials, much of it pro-         suggestions that his government may             porters or even ordinary Muslims,” said        today we need to have larger access, espe-         Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline             them accountable,” he said. (RTRS)
vided under condition of anonymity.              have sheltered Osama bin Laden but              Mohammed al-Ahmedi, a Yemeni jour-             cially in the south, and here I talk about      Calmy-Rey was shown on Swiss televi-                           ❑      ❑       ❑
   They said SEALs dropped down ropes            admitted his security forces were left out      nalist.                                        Deraa,” ICRC spokesman Hisham Hassan            sion on Monday night telling a news con-
                                                 of a US raid to kill the al-Qaeda chief.           Washington said a sea burial was best       told a news briefing in Geneva.                 ference in Tunis after meeting Swiss            TORREON, Mexico: Fourteen miners
from helicopters, killed bin Laden aides                                                                                                                                                                                                        were trapped and at least one was hurt after
and made their way to the main building.             US officials kept Pakistani authorities     because of time constraints, contending           An Al-Jazeera journalist has not been        ambassadors from North Africa and the           a gas explosion shook a coal mine in
Obama and his national security team             in the dark out of concern that they might      that transferring bin Laden’s body to          heard from since she entered Syria on           Middle East meeting in the Tunisian cap-        Coahuila state, near the US border in north-
monitored the strike, watching and listen-       “alert the targets” and jeopardize the spe-     another country for interment could have       Friday to report on the political turmoil       ital: “The funds that Mr Ben Ali put in         ern Mexico, local authorities said Tuesday.
ing nervously and in near silence from           cial forces assault on Monday that ended        taken too long and noting that Islamic tra-    there, the Arab satellite TV station said       Switzerland were not very significant. We          “There are 14 people trapped and one
the Situation Room as it all unfolded.           a long manhunt for bin Laden, CIA               dition prefers a quick burial.                 Monday.                                         did not have very good relations with his       person hurt his arm and managed to get out”
                                                 Director Leon Panetta told Time maga-              In reality, it was unlikely that Saudi         A regional official of the Committee to      regime.”                                        from the mine near the town of Sabinas,
                  Credit                         zine.                                           Arabia would have allowed a burial on its      Protect Journalists said there was “strong         Libya’s foreign ministry has previously      Segismundo Doguin, a state civil protec-
  As President Barack Obama reaped                   The revelation that bin Laden had           soil, analysts say. His family, which          evidence” to suggest the journalist,            denied that Gaddafi holds bank accounts         tion official, told AFP. (AFP)

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