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  • Controversy in death: Seven questions about Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea

    Controversy in death: Seven questions about Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea

    Just as his life had been a flashpoint of contention, Osama bin Laden’s death has incited fresh disputes about whether his burial at sea was done in accordance with Islamic law. Critics, from Islamic scholars to 9/11 survivors, have censured the Obama administration’s decision to swiftly bury Mr. bin Laden's body at sea. The White House insisted Monday that the burial was performed with respect to Islamic custom and that the administration had consulted with Islamic experts and decided beforehand how to handle bin Laden’s body. Here’s a closer look at Islamic burial practices and whether bin Laden’s body was handled in accordance with Islamic law.

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  • Saving seeds: Gardening on the cheap

    Diggin' It Saving seeds: Gardening on the cheap

    Want to save money in the garden? Save seeds from your garden instead of buying them, or buying plants.

  • When the public quits paying for public schools

    Economist Mom When the public quits paying for public schools

    Facing budget shortfalls, public schools are starting to ask families to cover some expenses, including academic classes in some cases

  • Female Saudi doctor appeals to top court for right to choose a husband

    Female Saudi doctor appeals to top court for right to choose a husband

    Samia fled to a women's shelter rather than be forced by her male relatives to marry a less educated cousin. Her case illustrates women's growing fight against Saudi Arabia's guardianship system.

  • Global Viewpoint Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Will Muslim Brotherhood succeed where Osama bin Laden failed?

    Osama bin Laden is dead. Al Qaeda may soon follow him to the grave. But the doctrine of jihad – exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood – lives on.

  • Controversy in death: Seven questions about Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea

    Controversy in death: Seven questions about Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea

    Just as his life had been a flashpoint of contention, Osama bin Laden’s death has incited fresh disputes about whether his burial at sea was done in accordance with Islamic law. Critics, from Islamic scholars to 9/11 survivors, have censured the Obama administration’s decision to swiftly bury Mr. bin Laden's body at sea. The White House insisted Monday that the burial was performed with respect to Islamic custom and that the administration had consulted with Islamic experts and decided beforehand how to handle bin Laden’s body. Here’s a closer look at Islamic burial practices and whether bin Laden’s body was handled in accordance with Islamic law.

  • Libyan rebel says Osama bin Laden's death won't stop jihadist flow

    Libyan rebel says Osama bin Laden's death won't stop jihadist flow

    'Al Qaeda [is] getting more and more organized and bringing people [to Libya] from abroad,' says the rebel, who has been contacted by militants wanting to fight against Col. Muammar Qaddafi.

  • Top 5 on Forbes rich list? Bill, Warren ... and Carlos!

    Top 5 on Forbes rich list? Bill, Warren ... and Carlos!

    Forbes came out with its annual ranking of the world's richest people Thursday. This year's Top 5 billionaires made their money in software, luxury goods, investments, and telecommunications. But the No. 1 has pulled far ahead of his rivals. Here's how the Top 5 stack up:

  • In Pictures Taking office 2011

    Rick Scott (l.) takes the oath of office as Florida's 45th governor with wife Ann (c.) during inauguration ceremonies in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 4.

  • Five key members of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP)

    Five key members of Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP)

    Less than two years ago, Yemeni and Saudi militants formed a new franchise called Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The January 2009 merger of existing operations in Saudi Arabia and Yemen was acknowledged by Osama bin Laden's deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri. Since then, AQAP has hatched a series of attacks against the West and is suspected of being behind the recent UPS and FedEx cargo bombing attempts. Though foiled, the incidents underscore the Al Qaeda offshoot's potential threat beyond the Arabian Peninsula. Here are five of its leaders and key members.

  • Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri heads home amid propaganda war

    Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri heads home amid propaganda war

    The saga of Iran nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who reportedly defected to the US last year, is a special case in the 31-year propaganda war between the US and Iran.