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  • BEIRUT-- An American freelance journalist who has been missing in Syria since mid-August has been shown in a video clip posted online, blindfolded and saying "Oh, Jesus" in a frightened voice in the custody of armed men. Tice, a 31- year-old former Marine, had been reporting on Syria's civil war for The Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers and others.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent on Tuesday to their highest close in five months after the central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent to their highest close in five months after Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 2- Australian shares advanced 0.5 percent on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 2- Australian shares opened 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares are set to open higher on Tuesday, with resources stocks likely to underpin gains after data showed a surprising expansion in U.S. manufacturing in September.

  • LAHORE, Pakistan, Oct 2- Twenty-three years of military service come in handy when Masood Haider gets a call from a suspicious spouse. "What was taken as taboo 20 to 25 years ago is no more taken that way," said Haider, 53, a former army pilot who founded FactFinders, Pakistan's first licensed private detective agency.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian shares ended flat on Monday, giving up early gains after data showing China's manufacturing sector remained in contraction in September fuelled investor worries about weak global growth. Mining and steel maker Arrium.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 1- Australian shares finished flat on Monday, after data showing that while China's manufacturing sector had improved somewhat in September, it remained in contraction, heightening investors' worries about weak global economic growth.

  • Thousands of anti-American protesters tear down the U.S. flag at the American Embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11, 2012, during a demonstration.

    Click to see some of the fallout from this clash between the West’s cherished freedom of expression and the Muslim world’s insistence on respect for its traditions.

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    A firsthand description of the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts accounts by administration officials, raising questions as to whether the terror mastermind presented a clear threat when SEALs first fired upon him.

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    Washington is sending contradictory signals about two proposed natural gas pipelines that could begin to alleviate Pakistan's chronic energy shortages.

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    Emerging market investors looking to reduce volatility on their returns should combine stocks, bonds and currencies, according to a report by asset management firm Alliance Bernstein, called "An all-encompassing approach to emerging markets".

  • A crashed military helicopter is seen near the hideout of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after a ground operation by US Special Forces in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011. Pakistan said that the killing of Osama bin Laden in a US operation was a "major setback" for terrorist organisations and a "major victory" in the country's fight against militancy.

    Pakistan allowed Chinese military engineers to photograph and take samples from the top secret stealth helicopter that U.S. special forces left behind when they killed Osama bin Laden, the Financial Times has learnt.

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    Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier, the two French journalists that had been held hostage in Afghanistan for 547 days, landed on French soil on Thursday morning. Sources talk about the unusual path taken by the ransom.

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    Al-Qaeda's plans to recruit terrorists via a new English-language magazine have been disrupted by the British intelligence agency MI6, which replaced bomb-making instructions on the website with recipes for cupcakes, UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

  • Libyans shout slogans against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi while holding a cartoon depicting Kadhafi being hit with a hammer symbolising 'the people's will'.

    The lack of world peace affects the economy by trapping productivity and removing vital resources, according to an international research institute which also put the cost of global violence at $8.1 trillion last year.

  • President Barack Obama

    It has almost been two years since US President Barack Obama took the stage at Cairo University, reaching out to a mesmerized audience and seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world".

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    In a CNBC exclusive, President Clinton broke his silence speaks to Maria Bartiromo for the first time about what he knew about the operation, what it means for the war on terrorism, and what's next for the relationship between the US and Pakistan.

  • Osama bin Laden

    It will forever be known as the place where the United States finally caught up with Osama Bin Laden but the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad has been described as the country’s ‘Terrorism Central,’ according to the executive director of the Asia-Pacific Foundation.