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The Daily Fix: Monday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.

Women reads the extra edition of a Japanese newspaper in Tokyo Monday, May 2, 2011, reporting the death of Osama bin Laden.
Women reads the extra edition of a Japanese newspaper in Tokyo Monday, May 2, 2011, reporting the death of Osama bin Laden.
Image: Shizuo Kambayashi/AP/Press Association Images

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of the latest news stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed during the day.

  • Today, people across the world are reacting to the news of the death of one of the infamous men on the planet. A decade on from the 11 September attacks against the United States, US officials say that Bin Laden was tracked down and killed in the city of Abbottabad, near the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. US forces say that they have buried his body at sea as, according to Islamic tradition, a person must be buried within 24 hours of death. Americans streamed to the site of the World Trade Centre and the gates of the White House to celebrate Bin Laden’s death – however, leaders also voiced warnings that the threat from extremist terrorists had not come to an end. A travel alert has been issued for American citizens following the fatal attack.
  • While many people – particularly relatives of 11 September victims – are speaking of a sense of closure at the news of Bin Laden’s death, the bloody history of America’s ‘War on Terror’ remains. We took a look at the grim conflict in numbers: 3,520 days between the September 11 attacks and bin Laden’s death – with up to a million civilian deaths in between.
  • Three people have been killed in two separate traffic collisions today. Two teenagers, both aged 17, died in a single vehicle collision in Wexford in the early hours of this morning. Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man also lost his life in a road crash in Co Kerry at around 3.30am.
  • According to the Leinster House schedule for this week, the Dáil is to establish an ad hoc committee (Standing Order 103 Select Committee), which will meet on Wednesday to decide whether the EU actually has the power to create a common, Europe-wide corporate tax base.
  • The beatification ceremony of John Paul II has drawn 1.5 million people from across the globe to Rome – one of the largest Vatican celebrations ever.
  • The Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has made his latest appearance in court to face corruption charges. The premier dismissed the charges against him as “pure invention” – and, outside the court, attacked prosecutors for “humiliating” him when he had more important things to do, the BBC reports.
  • As the shelling of the Libyan rebel stronghold of Misrata continues, fears grow that Col Gaddafi’s forces are preparing to use chemical weapons in their fight to defeat the rebels.
  • Caught on Twitter: One user living in Abbottabad, Pakistan, inadvertently live-blogged the fatal raid on Osama Bin Laden, after being disturbed by the noise of helicopters hovering over the city. It wasn’t until later that Sohaib Athar realised what he had been tweeting about – the moments leading to the death of one of the most-wanted men on the planet.
  • This Sky News headline was only up for a few moments before it was changed – but it still gave us a giggle… Oopsy.

(Thanks to Killian Maher for sending this in).

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