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Osama bin Laden is getting the giant red X treatment on the next cover of Time magazine.

The cover of Time magazine

The cover of Time magazine.

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COVERING BIN LADEN: Osama bin Laden is getting the giant red X treatment on the next cover of Time magazine. The former Al Qaeda leader is only the fourth person in the magazine’s history to appear on the cover in this manner, following Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The new issue, the third that Time has published in a week, had editors pulling an all-nighter to push its newsstand date to Thursday. Time is increasing its print run for the 68-page issue, with pieces from Fareed Zakaria, Joe Klein, David Von Drehle, Peter Bergen and others.

The New York Times Magazine doesn’t plan to run anything in print about the killing of bin Laden, but editors will post an online-only story about his presence in the weekly over the years. The forthcoming issue will have a story about Tina Brown, written by Peter Stevenson. In the U.S., the Times published an extra 165,000 copies at newsstand on Monday and, today, a special section will run inside the paper. The Wall Street Journal will run extra copies in select markets today, but no figures were released.

The New Yorker isn’t ready to talk about its next issue, but readers can probably expect four or five of the title’s top writers on the subject, including Dexter Filkins, Steve Coll, Lawrence Wright, Jon Lee Anderson and perhaps David Remnick to have contributions. A Newsweek spokesman didn’t comment on the upcoming issue, but said it will be on newsstands Friday.

— Amy Wicks

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