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U.S. Expects to Interrogate Bin Laden Women 'Soon'

The United States said it expects Pakistan will "soon" allow it to question three women apprehended during the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, despite Islamabad's fury over the operation.

The apparent concession came as further details emerged about the dramatic May 2 assault in which the al-Qaida kingpin was shot dead by U.S. forces not far from Islamabad, eliminating the architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Four Pakistani Militants Killed in a U.S. Attack

A U.S. drone strike destroyed a vehicle in Pakistan's tribal belt on Tuesday, killing four militants in the second drone attack since the killing of Osama bin Laden, local officials said.

A security official said the drones fired two missiles into South Waziristan, one of seven districts in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt on the Afghan border that Washington has called an al-Qaida headquarters

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Seven Suspected Islamists Arrested in Paris

French police captured seven suspected Islamist militants in raids in Paris and its suburbs, officials said Tuesday, as France tightened security in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.

Six suspects were detained on Monday but the main target of the operation, an Indian national who recently arrived from Algeria, was taken on Tuesday, according to officials close to the inquiry.

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Pakistan Court Bomb Kills 2 Policemen, Wounds 6

A bomb attack targeting a court in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday killed two police constables including a female officer and wounded six other people, police said.

"It was a bomb blast. Two police constables including a policewoman were killed and six others were wounded. There are two police officers among the injured," said Qureish Khan, district police chief in Pakistan's Nowshera district.

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Pakistan Denies 'Absurd' Accusations as U.S. Rejects Criticism of Bin Laden Raid

Pakistan's prime minister on Monday dismissed as "absurd" accusations that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden must have benefited from official complicity or incompetence to hide out in his country.

Addressing parliament in his first comments since bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs a week ago less than a mile from a top military academy, Yousuf Raza Gilani promised an investigation, to be led by a top Pakistani general.

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Five Killed in Afghan Suicide Bomb

A suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed five civilians and injured five others in an attack near a government office on Monday, officials said.

The blast took place close to the district government compound in Qarghayi, Laghman province, eastern Afghanistan.

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Summit of World's Poorest Nations Opens in Istanbul

A five-day U.N. summit with 48 leaders of the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs) began in Istanbul Monday to discuss a new 10-year aid plan to help lift nations out of poverty.

"Investing in the LDCs can provide the stimulus that will help to propel and sustain global economic recovery and stability," said Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, in his opening remarks.

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Philippine Storm Kills 11 People, North on Guard

Disaster officials warned villagers in the Philippines' agricultural north to be on guard for landslides and flash floods Monday as Tropical Storm Aere carved a deadly path across the country.

Aere has left 11 people dead since it slammed into eastern Catanduanes province early Sunday with winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gusts of 100 kph. It triggered landslides and knocked out power in some areas, while also roughing up Manila Bay and rattling nerves overnight in the congested capital.

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S. Korea Fortifies Shelters on Islands Near N. Korea

South Korea is spending millions of dollars to fortify shelters on five frontline islands near its tense sea border with North Korea in case of any future attacks, an official said Monday.

The move follows an artillery and rocket barrage by the North last November against Yeongpyeong Island, which killed two marines and two civilians. The South has sent more troops and weaponry to the islands since the attack.

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Obama Says Bin Laden Had 'Support Network' in Pakistan

Osama bin Laden had a "support network" in Pakistan but it is not clear if the Pakistani government was involved, U.S. President Barack Obama said in his first public comments on the issue.

The fact that bin Laden turned up in leafy Abbottabad, home to the Pakistani equivalent of the West Point and Sandhurst military academies, just two hours' drive north of Islamabad, has been greeted with incredulity.

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