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Appeals court rules bin Laden death photos can stay secret


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. government had properly classified more than 50 images of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden taken after his death, and that the government did not need to release them.

The unanimous ruling by three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a request for the images by a conservative nonprofit watchdog group.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Doina Chiacu)