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It has been years since the US had good intelligence on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin laden...

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 28, 2010 1:37 am

Osama may be in Pak tribal areas,says Panetta

WASHINGTON: It has been years since the US had good intelligence on the whereabouts of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin laden,although he is thought to be in Pakistan,CIA director Leon Panetta said Sunday. “Not since early 2000s have US officials had the last precise information about where he (bin Laden) might be located,” Panetta said on ABC’s This Week programme. “He is in very deep hiding … He’s in an area of the tribal areas of Pakistan.”

Indian held in Nepal Hindu leader’s murder

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Police have arrested four people,including an Indian,for their suspected involvement in the murder of a Hindu youth leader as Birgunj town,bordering India,remained tense after pro-Hindu groups called indefinite strike. Kashi Nath Tiwari,president of Hindu Youth Association was shot dead on Saturday. Arvinda Kumar Singh,18,from Bihar,has been arrested.

Sex abuse scandal: Pope deplores Belgian raids

VATICAN CITY: The Pope on Sunday called the raids carried out by Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse “surprising and deplorable” and voiced his support for the Belgian bishops who were held during the searches. Pope Benedict XVI said justice must take its course but also asserted the right of the Catholic Church to investigate abuse alongside civil law enforcement authorities. In the raids,the police searched the home and former office of former Archbishop Godfried Danneels.

Tourist boats collide in Thailand,42 injured

BANGKOK: Forty-two passengers were injured and two were missing after two boats carrying Thai and foreign tourists collided in the Gulf of Thailand on the way to a popular island beach party,the police said Sunday. The speedboats were ferrying tourists to Pha-ngan island. The boats collided midnight Saturday.

First free poll: Voters line up in Guinea

CONAKRY: Voters in Guinea went to polls Sunday,forming queues for their first chance to freely elect a leader since the West African state won independence from France in 1958. The top contenders are two ex-premiers,Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure,and a government opponent,Alpha Conde.

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