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Police Arrest 5 Terror Suspects Near UK Nuclear Plant

British police said Tuesday they had arrested five men under anti-terrorism legislation close to a nuclear plant in northwest England.

The men were stopped in a vehicle by officers near the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria at around 4:30 pm (1530 GMT) on Monday.

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One Dead as Tornado Hits New Zealand

A freak tornado hit New Zealand's largest city Auckland on Tuesday, killing one person and injuring dozens more as it ripped the roof off a suburban shopping mall, Agence France Presse reported.

Packing winds of 200 kilometers an hour (125 miles an hour), the twister hit the suburb of Albany without warning at about 3pm (0300 GMT), flipping cars and uprooting trees as it carved a trail of destruction stretching for kilometers.

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NATO Airstrikes Kill 10 Afghan Guards

Up to 10 Afghan guards were killed Tuesday in a NATO air strike along a highway in southern Afghanistan, police said, in the latest friendly fire incident involving the alliance's forces.

The armed guards were escorting a supply convoy to NATO bases in southern Afghanistan when they were hit in the province of Ghazni, Mohammad Hussain Yaqoubi, the deputy provincial police chief told Agence France Presse.

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U.S. Closes Embassy, Consulates in Pakistan

The United States closed its embassy and three consulates in Pakistan on Tuesday, a day after Osama bin Laden was killed near the capital Islamabad, Agence France Presse.

"The U.S. embassy in Islamabad and the consulates in Peshawar, Lahore and Karachi are closed for routine business to the general public until further notice," the embassy said.

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Osama bin Laden Killed in U.S. Raid, Obama Says Justice is Done

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead deep inside Pakistan in a night-time helicopter raid by U.S. covert forces, ending a decade-long manhunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.

"Justice has been done," U.S. President Barack Obama declared in a dramatic televised address late Sunday, sparking raucous celebrations across the United States, after an operation that officials said lasted less than 40 minutes.

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Bomb Kills Four near Pakistan Mosque

A bomb exploded near a mosque in northwest Pakistan on Monday killing a woman and three children, just hours after the United States said it killed Osama bin Laden near the capital.

The attack took place in the town of Charsadda, about 53 kilometers west of Abbottabad, the leafy garrison town where U.S. Special Forces killed bin Laden in a shootout early Monday.

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Taliban Threaten U.S., Pakistan Over bin Laden

Pakistan's main Taliban faction on Monday threatened to attack Pakistan and the United States after the U.S. confirmed that Osama bin Laden had been killed near the Pakistani capital.

"If he has been martyred, we will avenge his death and launch attacks against American and Pakistani governments and their security forces," spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told Agence France Presse by telephone from an undisclosed location.

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World Leaders Praise the Death of Qaida Chief: War Against Terrorism Must Continue

The World leaders on Monday hailed news of the death of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in a firefight with covert U.S. forces in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, northeast of the capital Islamabad.

His death marks the biggest triumph yet in the 10-year U.S. war against terrorism launched after the September 11 attacks.

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12-Year-Old Suicide Bomber Kills Four in Afghanistan

A 12-year-old suicide bomber killed four people and wounded a dozen in east Afghanistan Sunday, while rebel clashes with police and NATO-led troops left five civilians and two police dead, officials said.

The death toll from the day's fighting included at least three children besides the bomber, and dozens of civilians were wounded in firefights as violence appeared to escalate after the Taliban announced a spring offensive.

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A Million Cheers as John Paul II Declared 'Blessed'

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

A giant banner bearing a youthful portrait of the Polish pontiff was unveiled over the facade of Saint Peter's Basilica after Benedict pronounced the formula of beatification just six years after John Paul's death.

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