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Nato apology over Afghan deaths
28 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A top Nato commander has apologised for the deaths of Afghan civilians in an air raid on Tuesday. General James Jones said Taleban insurgents were to blame for using the villagers as cover. Nato has confirmed that at least 12 civilians were killed in an air strike in Kandahar province, but Afghan officials say the number was about 25. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Friday that he was "hurt and saddened" by the incident. Gen Jones, Nato's supreme commander for Europe, who is in Afgh ...


Iraq's leader to U.S.: I'm not your man
28 Oct 2006 source: cnn.com

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq, "I'm not America's man in Iraq," during a private meeting Friday, a senior aide said. Al-Maliki and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad were talking about the U.S. military's plan for timelines to achieve key political and security goals, including reining in sectarian militias, according to Has ...


Fox orders forces to Mexico's Oaxaca crisis
28 Oct 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Noel Randewich OAXACA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox ordered federal forces to be sent to the conflict-torn city of Oaxaca on Saturday, after gunmen shot dead three people including a U.S. journalist. The president's office said in a statement the forces would arrive in the city during the course of the day. It did not specify whether federal police, soldiers or a mixture of  ...


Irish army disables explosive device
28 Oct 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish army has disabled an explosive device in southern Ireland, the police and defence forces said on Saturday. However, they declined to comment on a report by Irish broadcaster RTE that the discovery had foiled a plot by dissident Irish republicans, the Real IRA, aimed at disrupting a deadline for agreement on self-rule in Northern Ireland. A police spokeswoman said the ...


Rooney hat-trick in Man Utd romp
28 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A Wayne Rooney treble kept Manchester United top of the table as Bolton lost at home for the first time this season. Rooney slammed United into an early lead after receiving a perfect pass from England team-mate Michael Carrick. And he made it two with a cool curling shot from just outside the box as United dominated the early stages. Bolton were unable to hit back and Louis Saha slotted in a third before the brilliant Rooney completed his hat-trick with a fine solo effort. United - with Cri ...


Pope says wounds from sexual abuse "run deep"
28 Oct 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Phil Stewart VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Saturday the wounds from sexual abuse in the Irish Church "run deep", and instructed bishops there to do whatever necessary to prevent repeat offences and rebuild confidence. "In the exercise of your pastoral ministry, you have had to respond in recent years to many heart-rending cases of sexual abuse of minors," the Pope told Irish bi ...


Iraqi PM talks security with Bush, "no strains"
28 Oct 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Mariam Karouny and Claudia Parsons BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister and U.S. President George W. Bush agreed to accelerate efforts to build up Iraqi security forces during talks on Saturday that capped a week of public tensions between the two leaders. "There are no strains in the relationship," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base in the United Stat ...


Campaigners call for gas safety
28 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Campaigners have called for greater public awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning after two British children died in a gas leak in Greece. Labour MP Nigel Griffiths wants more safety checks at holiday hotels. Fifteen years ago he helped launch the campaign group CO-Gas Safety, with survivors of carbon monoxide poisoning, to call for industry-wide change. Stacey Rodgers, whose son Dominic, 10, died after being poisoned by the gas, said every home should have a detector.  ...


Waiting goes on for Shoaib & Asif
28 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Pakistan pace bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif must wait a few more days to find out whether they will be banned for failing a drugs test. A Pakistan Cricket Board tribunal was due to announce a decision on Saturday. But the three-man panel have extended the inquiry until Wednesday to obtain statements from coach Bob Woolmer and two members of his backroom team. Shoaib and Asif were sent home from the Champions Trophy in India after testing positive for a banned steroid. They have bot ...


Pope demands action on sex abuse
28 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

The Catholic Church must take all necessary steps to prevent further occurrences of child sex abuse by clergy, Pope Benedict has said. To do this, the church had to find out what had happened in the past, he said. The Pope made the comments to a group of visiting bishops from Ireland, where abuse scandals dating back decades have damaged the reputation of the church. Trust in the clergy had been damaged, Pope Benedict said, and rebuilding confidence was an urgent task. In March, a report  ...


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