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Published on 02 May 2011 | over 6 years ago

Osama bin Laden is dead and the US has a body, a U.S official has told media.

US President Barack Obama is to make an emergency announcement at an abruptly called late-night press conference.

A US intelligence official has confirmed he is set to announce bin Laden's death, US media are reporting.

A White House official declined to divulge the subject matter of the statement, but the decision to address the nation at such short notice and on a Sunday evening was highly unusual.

Labour leader Phil Goff, who was giving a press conference when the news came through of bin Laden's death, said the world was a better place.

"Osama bin Laden is responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians," said Goff.

"I have absolutely zero tolerance for terrorists who kill innocent people in pursuit of their ideological goals.

"The world is a better place."

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