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Trump pulls out of Indy 500 race after 17,000 fans object to his participation

Trump pulls out of Indy 500 race after 17,000 fans object to his participationWashington, May 6: Donald Trump has pulled out from plans to drive the pace car at this year''s Indianapolis 500 citing conflicts with the schedule for his possible presidential run after 17,000 race fans signed a Facebook petition, demanding his removal.


''High-level'' Pakistani officials knew of Bin Laden’s hideout all along: US Senator

 ''High-level'' Pakistani officials knew of Bin Laden’s hideout all along: US SenatorWashington, May 6: The US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, Senator Carl Levin, has said he believes that senior Pakistani officials knew that Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was hiding in a luxury compound in Abbottabad.

The Saudi-born terrorist, who had evaded capture for a decade, was killed Sunday night in a top secret operation involving a small team of US Special Forces in Abbottabad city, located 50 kilometres northeast of Islamabad and 150 kilometres east of Peshawar.


China can benefit from US, Pak post-Osama killing mistrust

 China can benefit from US, Pak post-Osama killing mistrustWashington, May 6 : Chinese analysts are suggesting that the mistrust between the United States and Pakistan after the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden might benefit Beijing.

China has described the death of bin Laden a landmark event and said it was a step in the right direction for anti-terrorism efforts, and then praised Islamabad for its counter-terror efforts.

Some influential Chinese analysts are suggesting that the mood of mistrust gives Beijing a chance to wean Pakistan away from its dependence on US security assistance.


US troop pullout plan from Afghanistan unlikely due to political opposition

US troop pullout plan from Afghanistan unlikely due to political oppositionWashington, May 6 : The death of Osama bin-Laden might have led Democrat and Republican legislators in the United States to renew calls for a speedy withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, but both still lack party leadership support.

The also do not have a bill to force a distracted Congress to focus on Afghanistan, The Washington Post reports.

"We're inept. We are inept and irrelevant," Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said about Congress, adding that bin Laden's death should force a re-evaluation of the war effort.


Bush feels Obama ignoring his role in Osama strike for ''victory lap''

 Bush feels Obama ignoring his role in Osama strike for ''victory lap''New York, May 5 : Former US president George W. Bush won''t be at Ground Zero in New York with President Barack Obama on Thursday because he feels his team is getting short shrift in the decade-long manhunt for Osama Bin Laden.

"Bush viewed this as an Obama victory lap," a source told the New York Daily News on Wednesday.

Bush''s visit to the rubble after the 9/11 attacks was the emotional high point of his presidency, but associates say the invitation to return with his successor was a non-starter.


India to gain from strained US-Pak ties

 India to gain from strained US-Pak tiesWashington, May 5 : India is all set to gain as Washington's approach to Islamabad is surely going to change after the US military killed Osama bin Laden at his hideaway in Abbotabad just a stone throw away from a Pakistani Army establishment.

President Barack Obama has vowed the US will keep working with Pakistan, which he called an partner in the fight against al Qaeda and its allies including the Taliban.


Palin to Obama: Stop ''pussy-footing around'' over release of Osama death photos

Palin to Obama: Stop ''pussy-footing around'' over release of Osama death photosWashington, May 5: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has rubbished President Barack Obama''s decision not to release Osama Bin Laden''s death photos.

"Show the photos as a warning to others seeking America''s destruction," Palin posted on Twitter.

"No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it''s part of the mission," wrote the potential Republican presidential candidate.

Palin also compared Obama's decision not to release Osama's death pictures to holding back his birth certificate.


US says it reserves right to target terrorists inside Pak territory if Islamabad doesn’t

 US says it reserves right to target terrorists inside Pak territory if Islamabad doesn’tWashington, May 5: The United States reserves the right to enter Pakistani territory and act against terrorists if Pakistan does not act against them, the White House has said.

When asked during a press briefing whether Washington reserves the right to target terror suspects on Pakistani soil if Islamabad does not act against them, Obama's spokesperson Jay Carney firmly replied: "Yes."


Bin Laden killing impact on Arab spring uprisings unpredictable: Clinton

 Bin Laden killing impact on Arab spring uprisings unpredictable: ClintonWashington, May 5: U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the impact of the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on the Arab spring uprisings is still unpredictable and fluid, and added that the international community can expect all kinds of reactions in the days to come.


Fight against syndicate of terror has not ended: Clinton

 Fight against syndicate of terror has not ended: ClintonWashington, May 5 : U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated President Barack Obama's message to the world that the killing of Osama bin Laden does not mean that the global fight against terror has ended.

Addressing the National Conference of Editorial Writers here on Wednesday, Clinton described Al Qaeda as a syndicate of terror that needed to be eliminated permanently.


US troops were yards away from bin-Laden’s Pak hideout in 2008: Wikileaks

US troops were yards away from bin-Laden’s Pak hideout in 2008: WikileaksWashington, May 4: US troops were stationed just a few hundred yards from Osama Bin Laden''s Abbottabad compound in Pakistan in 2008, the whistleblower website `Wikileaks' has revealed.

The revelation that came from the Guantanamo files suggested that the US might have received the intelligence about the dreaded terrorist's presence there as early as 2008, The Guardian reports.


Bin Laden mission was a big gamble for Obama: official

Bin Laden mission was a big gamble for Obama: officialWashington, May 4: The mission that led to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden''s death was one of the toughest decisions US President Barack Obama has ever had to make, according to an official.

Obama's chief counter terrorism advisor, John Brennan, explained how difficult it was for Obama to give the go ahead on the operation that ended in hunt for Bin Laden.

He said after months of studying satellite photos of the compound, Central Intelligence Agency analysts concluded there was only a 60 to 80 percent chance bin Laden was really there.


U.S. lays stress on close defence ties with China

U.S. lays stress on close defence ties with ChinaWashington, May 4: The Pentagon has laid stress on constructive defence ties with China that will be beneficial to both countries.

United States defence official, requesting anonymity, told Xinhua, "Building a healthy, stable, reliable and continuous military to military relationship is in the interest of both countries, the region and the entire international community." He also hailed the exchange visits of dignitaries of both sides as a positive step.


Killing of Osama bin Laden has rehabilitated reputation of US Government, officials

 Killing of Osama bin Laden has rehabilitated reputation of US Government, officialsWashington, May 4: The dust has already started to settle after President Barack Obama's dramatic announcement on Sunday evening that U. S. special forces had killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a late-night raid on a compound outside Abbottabad.

The period since the formal announcement has produced a sizeable - if constantly revised and occasionally conflicting - body of detail about the operation to capture the world's most recognizable terrorist.

In the process, the reputations of several individuals and entities have been rehabilitated.


US demands information on bin Laden compound from Pakistan

 US demands information on bin Laden compound from PakistanWashington, May 4: Obama administration officials have demanded that Pakistan quickly provide answers to specific questions about Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and his years-long residence in a Pakistani city surrounded by military installations.

In addition to detailed information about the bin Laden compound, Pakistani officials were asked in meetings with US military, intelligence and diplomatic interlocutors to provide names of witnesses who can testify about visitors to the compound, The Washington Post reports.


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