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May 2, 2011
President Obama: Good evening. Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history. The images of Sept. 11 are seared into our national memory — hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the twin towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction.
April 4, 2009 | Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King
Face down before a crowd, the teenage girl shrieks and writhes, begging for mercy. But the three masked men holding her down merely tighten their grip while a fourth man whips her again and again. The video of a 17-year-old girl being publicly flogged by the Pakistani Taliban in the Swat Valley has galvanized the nation, drawing protests from human rights groups, denunciations from the central government and expressions of revulsion from many Pakistanis.
October 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari won help from ally China as his nation grapples with an ailing economy and chronic electricity shortages. Zardari and Chinese President Hu Jintao signed 11 deals in Beijing, including on economic and technical cooperation, environmental protection, agricultural research, and electricity. There was no mention of a civilian nuclear deal. Pakistani media have speculated that Zardari would seek a nuclear power deal with China after rival India secured such a pact with the U.S.
September 11, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was acquitted of charges that he used political influence to pressure a state bank into granting a huge loan, without sufficient collateral, court officials in Karachi said. The Sindh High Court dismissed the case against Asif Ali Zardari and said it will release its explanation later. Zardari, 39, still faces trial on other charges.
February 7, 1993 | Times Wire Services
A Pakistan anti-terrorist court Saturday freed Asif Ali Zardari, husband of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, after more than two years in jail without a conviction. "It is the people's victory," a delighted Zardari said in an interview. "It shows the cases against me were cooked up. There is no truth in the charges."
October 11, 1990 | From Reuters
Police Wednesday arrested the husband of ousted Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who denounced the move as a "pure witch hunt" to intimidate her during the current election campaign. Businessman Asif Ali Zardari was arrested in Karachi for alleged involvement in an extortion case and two cases of illegal bank loans, state television said.
May 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Asif Ali Zardari, the jailed husband of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was slightly injured when he attempted suicide with a broken drinking glass, police said in Karachi. But critics of the government said that he was tortured and alleged that the suicide report was fabricated by Pakistani police. Zardari has been in jail since Bhutto's government was dismissed in 1996 on corruption charges. Police said he was being interrogated in the 1995 shooting death of a retired judge.
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