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Clashes in Sudan leave more than 50 dead.

Tribes in Darfur claim that 55 of their tribesmen have been killed as a result of an attack by southern Sudanese, the BBC reported.

The killings are making matters more tense in the northern boarders, officials told the New York Times.

"I can't tell you who attacked who first," Muhammad Eissa Aliu, a leader of the Arab Rizeigat tribe in South Darfur, said. "It happened on Friday and those killed from the Rizeigat were 58, and 85 injured."

Aliu told the Times that his tribe fought with the south's Sudan People's Liberation Army.

Southern Sudan accused the northern government of the assault Sunday. The BBC claims it is the worst violence reported since Sudan's poll on 11-15 April.

Clashing are frequent enough over grazing rights and water points, a BBC correspondent said.

Other than the dead, at least 85 tribesmen were wounded, Aliou told the BBC.

Pope pledges to better protect youth in church.

On his visit to Valletta, Malta Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of clerical sex-abuse victims promising them that the Catholic Church would seek justice for pedophile priests and work to protect young people from abuse Sunday, CBC news reported.

The victims, who were in their 30s and 40s met with the pontiff and prayed together and discussed ways in which the church could protect the youth, CBC said.

The vatican has no details on exactly how they plan on implementing security measures into the church, Kare 11 said.

"Everybody was crying," Joseph Magro, 38, told Associated Press, in Kare 11. "I told him my name was Joseph, and he had tears in his eyes."

Airlines urge Europe to re-evaluate flight can in England.

EU transport ministers are urging Europe to ease travel restrictions after flights were cancelled for the fourth day, the BBC said.

"We cannot just wait until this ash cloud dissipates," EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas said in the BBC.

Airlines said that Europe was overacting to the debris in the air caused by the volcano in Iceland, the New York Times reported.

Airlines said that Europe should not be relying on incomplete computer data models but instead on the real-world safety tests in the air above Europe, the Times said.

European transit monitors agreed to meet in Brussels Monday to re-evaluate how and when planes will be allowed to fly again, the BBC said.

A letter obtained by the Associated Press written by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, said that a pedophile priest in California should not be defrocked immediately for his child abuse until further investigation had been done, the BBC said.

Allegations are being held against Pope Benedict based on a letter he wrote in 1985 delaying church action against the Rev. Stephen Kiesle, the BBC said.

In the letter, the pontiff said more time was necessary to investigate the priest's case, and delayed the priest's defrocking, in consideration of the "good of the universal church," the New York Times said.

Attorney Jeffrey Lena said the future pope urged the bishop of the diocese to make sure Kiesle had as much "paternal care" are possible, referring to the bishops responsibility to make sure the priest did not abuse again, the Times said.

To date, there are no known cases of abuse by Kiesle from 1981, when the diocese recommended him to be laicized, to 1987 when Kiesle was defrocked, Lena said in the New York Times.

A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini, said the letter shows no attempt of the pope trying to cover-up abuse, but rather the need to have the cases reviewed more carefully and in detail, the New York Times reported.

On Friday, Catholic dioceses all over the world were urged by the Vatican to comply with police investigations of abuse cases of priests, the BBC said.

In Shanxi, China 13 miners were said to have been rescued of the 150 who have been trapped in a flooded mine for the past week, the BBC said.

Though 13 have been rescued, some 140 miners are still trapped in the shaft. The situation may be the worst mining disaster in two years, the New York Times said.

The miners were trapped after knocking down the wall of an abandoned shaft filled with water, the BBC reported.

Some 3,000 people had been working around the clock to pump water out the shaft, lowering the level by 11 feet. The trapped miners did not drink the water because they were scared it had been contaminated by the shaft floor, the Times said.

The first surviver was said to have been pulled out early Monday morning. The rescued workers had their eyes covered to protect themselves from light after having been in darkness for the last week, the BBC said.

Their vitals were normal, given their condition, the Xinhua news agency told the BBC.

Thousands of people were at the mining shaft keeping vigil for their fellow trapped citizens; lowering glucose, water, pen, paper, and written letters into the mine, the Times reported.

President Obama, in a secret visit to Afghanistan meet with Afghan President Karazai to express his frustration with the Afghani president, as U.S. commitment to defeat the Taliban deepens, the New York Times said.

This trip to Afghanistan was the president's first trip as president, the Times said.

Obama wanted to speak with President Karazai about his dedication to addressing and correcting the corruption and drug-trafficking that is predominant in Afghanistan, the BBC said.

The president also used this opportunity to address U.S. soldiers in Bagram, an air base near Kabul, thanking them for their service to the Afghani people, the BBC said.

Encouraging soldiers to help Afghanistan forge peace, Obama reminded the troops of the decades of conflict Afghanistan has faced, according to the BBC.

Bomb blasts kill many in south-eastern Afghanistan.

Bombs in the central city of Kandahar killed 27 people Saturday and injured 52 more, the New York Times said.

Kandahar is set in the heartland of Taliban forces. Of the multiple bombs that exploded, the heaviest bombings were near Kandahar's prison. The prison holds 400 Taliban warriors, the New York Times said.

The prison, that has already been attacked to release Taliban insurgents in 2008, was not breached Saturday but many of the surrounding buildings have been destroyed, the BBC reported.

In Kabul, BBC's Quentin Sommerville said Kandahar is the Taliban's "spiritual home."
U.S. officials have also hinted that Kandahar could become a target against Taliban forces, the BBC said.

Icelanders held a referendum Saturday to vote on the reimbursement plan set up to repay Britain and the Netherlands the 3.8 bn. euros they gave Iceland to bail-out their country, the BBC reported.

If Iceland votes "No" to the reimbursement plan, set up by Icesave, an online retail branch of the Icelandic bank Landsbanki, it could put billions of dollars of loans in the International Monetary Fund at risk, the BBC said.

The refusal of Iceland's president, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, to sign into law the latest Icesave agreement, after months of bad-tempered negotiations with Britain and the Netherlands prompted the referendum, the New York Times said.

Mr. Grimsson's move, though unexpected, was widely popular to a people that feels bullied and ill treated by their lenders, the New York Times said.

Talks between Iceland, the UK, and the Netherlands ended without agreement Friday.

Provisional results from just 18,000 voters showed 98% voters said "No" to the referendum, the BBC reported.

The referendum is bring into question the reliability of the small country, whose economy and reputation is under criticism during this time, the New York Times reported.

The Turkish government released its top military leaders Thursday after questioning their involvement in an alleged military 'coup' code named "Sledgehammer", Reuters UK reported.

The military leaders have not been charged, but are still under investigation, the BBC reported.

The release of retired air force head Ibrahim Firtina, former navy chief Ozden Ornek and former deputy army chief Ergin Saygun has eased rising tensions between the secular armed forces and the Islamic-rooted AK government party, Reuters UK said.

The three leaders were among the more than 40 officers arrested Monday, of which 20 have been charged and are still in custody.

The Turkish military holds a lot of respect in Turkey. "We were shocked to see that the generals are not as untouchable as they thought they were," Mehmet Sirdik, 20, said to Reuters UK.

President Abdullah Gül assured Turkey that the coup plot will be resolved within the Turkish law, the BBC said.

EU meets to discuss Greece's national deficit.

Leaders of the European Union met in Brussels to discuss solutions for Greece's national deficit.
Leaders are ready to stand behind Greece to find a way to reduce their 12.7% deficit (which is four times EU regulations), reports the BBC. ( http://tiny.cc/BBC180)

Eurozone finance ministers may discuss financial support package for Greece in a meeting on Monday an EU source told Reuters ( http://tiny.cc/Reuters ), but they will not release details in order to keep the market guessing, the source said.

In the summit's statement, they required that Greece reduce its national debt by 4% in 2010, reported the BBC.

EU leaders said that they are willing to help Greece but did not give details as to how, reported the BBC.
Greece is willing to take extra action to reduce its deficit, Greek Prime Miniester George Papandreou said in a report from the BBC.

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