International News Archive - July 20, 2008

By The Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia - Pope Benedict XVI apologized Saturday to victims of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy, describing their acts as "evil" and a grave betrayal of trust."I would like to pause to acknowledge the shame which we have all felt as a result of the sexual abuse of minors by some clergy and religious in this country," Benedict said during an address at a Mass in Australia."I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering the victims have endured," the pope said.

Arab League foreign ministers issued a statement after an emergency meeting Saturday opposing war crimes charges against the president of Sudan.

By Liz Sly, Chicago Tribune Jul.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Foreign Officials Invited To Study Cambodian-Thai Military standoff"] Phnom Penh, July 19 (Xinhua) - Under the arrangement of the Cambodian government, deputies from Chinese, US, French and Vietnamese embassies Saturday flew to Preah Vihear province by helicopter to watch the five-day-long Cambodian-Thai military standoff over the land dispute.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency); subheadings as received [Xinhua "Analysis": "Prospects of Iranian Nuclear Issue's Resolution remain Dim After Geneva Talks" - Xinhua headline] GENEVA, July 19 (Xinhua) - A solution to Iran's nuclear issue remains elusive after the high-level talks in Geneva on Saturday between six major powers and Iran achieved only "insufficient" progress.

Excerpt from report by Palestinian news agency Wafa website ["His Excellency in Joint Press Conference with British Prime Minister: Deeply Concerned Over the Fact That Israel Does Not Abide by Principles, Spirit of the Annapolis Conference" - WAFA headline] Bethlehem, 20 Jul (WAFA) - [Passage omitted] For his part, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged to present additional $60 million to the PNA: $30 million for the PNA budget, thus raising the overall sum his country transferred to the PNA budge to $175 million, and $30 million for building housing units and creating approximately 50,000 jobs in the Palestinian territories.

By George Jahn Associated Press GENEVA -- A U.S. decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks fizzled Saturday, with Iran stonewalling Washington and five other world powers on their call to freeze uranium enrichment.

By Robert Burns Associated Press BAGHDAD -- After intense U.S. assaults, al-Qaida may be considering shifting focus to its original home base in Afghanistan, where American casualties are running higher than in Iraq, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday.

By Peter Nicholas and M. Karim Faiez Los Angeles Times KABUL, Afghanistan -- Barack Obama met with U.S.

DETROIT _ For years, worshippers at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Livonia, Mich., patiently put up with their diocese as it adopted a series of liberal changes that clashed with biblical tradition.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]