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International News Archive - July 19, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI made a public apology Saturday for clerical sexual abuse in Australia, speaking to an audience that was largely Catholic religious. Benedict echoed a similar apology made during his first visit to the United States as pope this year, The New York Times reported.

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Pope Benedict XVI said today he was "deeply sorry' for the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy in Australia, describing the offenses as evil and a grave betrayal of trust.

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Nelson Mandela sat beaming in a yellow armchair, his legs propped up on a large stool and covered with a pale yellow blanket.

By Claire Soares He may be the world's adopted grandfather, but it was with his actual grandchildren that Nelson Mandela chose to celebrate his 90th birthday yesterday in the rural South African village he calls home.

A 90th birthday bash for anti-apartheid icon and Nobel peace prize-winner Nelson Mandela was held in the small South African village he calls home.

BAGHDAD _ In a shift toward political reconciliation and away from sectarianism, Iraq's largest Sunni bloc ended a nearly yearlong boycott Saturday and rejoined the cabinet, retaking six ministry spots.

Clashes between Taliban militants and members of another rebel group in Pakistan resulted in the deaths of 15 people Saturday, an official said. A Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman, Dr.

Text of report by state-owned Libyan TV on 19 July President of the Republic of Sudan Umar Hasan al-Bashir hold a telephone conversation this afternoon with the brother leader of the revolution [Col Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi].

BAGHDAD _ Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki threw his support behind Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan in an interview published Saturday, ahead of an expected visit by the Illinois senator to a significantly calmer Baghdad than the one he last encountered two years ago. "U.S.

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