International News Archive - July 21, 2008

By The Associated Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan troops clashed with Taliban insurgents attacking a supply convoy for NATO troops, killing nine militants, officials said Saturday. Roadside bombs killed a NATO soldier in a separate convoy and four policemen.

By The Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc returned to the government fold Saturday after calling off a nearly one-year boycott of the Shiite-dominated leadership - another critical stride toward healing sectarian rifts.

BAGHDAD _ No one disputes that Baghdad is calmer, but Iraqi opinions are deeply divided over whether the lull means it is safe to start contemplating a withdrawal of U.S. forces _ a debate that has intensified ahead of Sen. Barack Obama's planned visit to Baghdad.


International talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions ended in deadlock over the weekend, despite the Bush administration's decision to reverse policy and send a senior U.S. official to the table for the first time.

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Text of report by Nepalese Kantipur FM on 21 July Dr Ram Baran Yadav has been elected first president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. An official announcement to this effect will be made in a meeting of the constituent assembly after 4 pm today.

By Victor L. Simpson, The Modesto Bee, Calif. Jul. 21--SYDNEY, Australia -- Pope Benedict XVI saw the future of Catholicism when he looked out over a sea of more than 350,000 young people at the church's World Youth Day on Sunday.

Text of report by state-run Iranian radio external service from Mashhad on 20 July [Presenter] As part of his presidential campaign, US Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday [19 July] and on Sunday had a meeting with the Afghan president in Kabul.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Shim Sun-ah] Seoul, July 21 (Yonhap) - Jay Lefkowitz, the US special envoy on North Korean human rights, has called off his planned trip to an inter-Korean industrial complex in North Korea this week, the South Korean Unification Ministry said Monday.

Pope Benedict XVI finished his Australian pilgrimage Monday by saying a private mass with victims of clergy sexual abuse, officials said.