Pakistan Charges bin Laden Wives

    This April 1998 file photo shows Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Federal authorities dropped terrorism charges against bin Laden in court papers filed Friday, June 17, 2011, formally ending a case against the slain al-Qaida leader that began with hopes of seeing him brought to justice in a civilian court. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan approved a request made by federal prosecutors to dismiss the charges — a procedural move that's routine when defendants under indictment die.

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    Three of Osama bin Laden’s widows, who have been held by Pakistani authorities since the U.S. raid that killed their husband in May, have been charged with illegally entering and living in the country, Pakistan’s interior minister said Thursday. Each woman could face up to five years in jail, though it’s possible that the charges are just part of a process of letting them out of the country. One of the wives is from Yemen, another from Saudi Arabia, and the third’s nationality isn’t known.

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