ABC - The start of the Taliban’s spring offensive in Afghanistan has been marked by a 12-year-old suicide bomber, who killed at least four people and injured a dozen others. Wearing a suicide vest, the boy detonated his explosives in a busy marketplace in the south-eastern province of Paktika. Police say the bomber is thought to be the country’s youngest suicide bomber. Most of the victims of the blast were civilians, including a mother and child who were severely injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and several other armed assaults and blasts across the country. Three children were also killed in an ambush on a police convoy in Logar, and several people were injured by a bicycle bomb in Ghazni province. Read Article
Daily Telegraph – Osama bin Laden used his wife as a human shield in a last desperate attempt to save his own life before he was gunned down by US special forces in his hideout in Pakistan. Armed with an automatic weapon, the al-Qaeda leader’s last act was to force his young bride to sacrifice her life as he tried to fire back at the US Navy Seals storming the compound. Bin Laden was killed with a single shot to the head after being tracked down to a million-dollar compound just 35 miles from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, where he is thought to have been living for six years. The extraordinary details of his last stand were disclosed by the White House as the 13-year hunt for the world’s most wanted man finally reached its bloody end. Read Article
Editorial Comment – Orwell’s ‘Ministry of Information’ in the book ’1984′ couldn’t have written this script any better. Goldstein Osama, the world’s most hated man is finally found by the forces of Peace and duly killed by heroic soliders in a firefight, bringing much adulation to Big Brother Obama at a time when some were beginning to question his leadership and his ongoing prosecution of wars which have claimed in excess of a million (often innocent) lives, against foes to which Goldstein Osama, a former ally of the regime, represented.
To much show of jubilation amongst the proles people, Big Brother Obama announces his death, but warning that this could provoke further “terrorist” attacks. As a final act in his life and so to illustrate just how evil Golstein Osama was, it is told that he used his own wife as a human shield to try and save himself from the forces of justice.
However as Goldstein’s Osama’s body is disposed of immediately, and with no independent verification of his death, there is left the small possibility that he could always return to threaten the people once more……
Reuters – U.S. special forces set out to kill Osama bin Laden and dump his body in the sea to make it harder for the al Qaeda founder to become a martyr, U.S. national security officials told Reuters on Monday. “This was a kill operation,” one of the officials said. “If he had waved a white flag of surrender, he would have been taken alive,” the official added. But the operating assumption among the U.S. raiders was that bin Laden would put up a fight — which he did. Bin Laden “participated” in a firefight between the U.S. commandos and residents of the fortified compound near the Pakistani capital Islamabad where he had been hiding, the official said. The official would not explicitly say whether bin Laden fired on the Americans, but confirmed that during the course of the 40-minute operation the U.S. team shot bin Laden in the head. Read Article
ABC – Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi have launched a fresh attack on the besieged rebel city Misrata as his son, killed in a NATO-led air strike, was buried in Tripoli. Witnesses heard heavy shelling throughout Monday (local time) as loyalist tanks thrust into the western suburbs of Libya’s third largest city. At least four people were killed and about 30 injured in the fighting, medical sources said. Clashes overnight had killed another six and injured dozens more. Witnesses heard one or more NATO aircraft overflying the city for more than two hours but no air strikes were heard. Read Article
The Telegraph - The British embassy in Tripoli was set alight and other Western buildings targeted following an attack that killed members of the Libyan dictator’s family. Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the dictator’s youngest son, was killed by an airstrike on a house in Tripoli on Saturday night. The regime also said that three of Col Gaddafi’s grandchildren died. Col Gaddafi himself was said to have been in the building at the time but emerged unhurt. His spokesman described the strike as “a direct operation to assassinate the leader of this country.” Nato denied targeting the Libyan leader personally, but confirmed an attack on a “military target” in a “known command-and-control building” in the capital. Read Article
Press TV – The victim, named Mohammad Abdul-Hussain Farhan, lost his life on Saturday as a result of the police raid on Sitra, a Press TV correspondent reported. Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty’s over-40-year rule. On March 13, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed police and military forces in the kingdom upon Manama’s request to quell the nationwide protests. Read article
Reuters – The U.S. is not doing enough to protect kids from exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals, pediatricians said in a new statement released today. The policy paper from the American Academy of Pediatrics explains that a law meant to inform the public about the risks of different chemicals, and to give the government the right to intervene to keep dangerous chemicals off the market, has largely failed to achieve those goals. And, writes Dr. Jerome Paulson, part of the AAP’s Council on Environmental Health, the consequences of that may hit kids the hardest, and in unpredictable ways. Read article
LA Times – In a new court filing, the man who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 said he was controlled by a mystery woman at the time of the killing. In the papers, which were reviewed by the Associated Press, Sirhan Sirhan says he was led to the Ambassador Hotel with a gun by an unidentified woman in a polka-dot dress. Last month, Sirhan’s lawyer tried to convince a parole board that his client was a rainwashed hit man when he gunned down Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. The board refused to release Sirhan. Read Article
NPR – Photographer Jonas Bendiksen made three separate trips to Bangladesh last year to document the wet season and the ways that rising waters are altering Bangladeshi life. National Geographic‘s May issue shows the impact of flooding in a densely-populated, low-lying country barraged by seasonal monsoons and cyclones, and situated in the Ganges Delta — the world’s largest delta.? Read Article
Daily Mail – Patients have lost access to hundreds of herbal medicines today, after European regulations came into force. Sales of all herbal remedies, except for a small number of popular products for ‘mild’ illness such as echinacea for colds and St John’s Wort for depression have been banned. For the first time traditional products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner. Read article