Pope to seek healing from clergy sex abuse scandal
The Vatican's No. 2 official said Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI recognizes the damage and pain caused by the clergy sex abuse crisis and will seek healing during his U.S. trip next week. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state, said Benedict will deliver a message of "trust and hope." The pope turns 81 during the trip. Bertone said Benedict is fit but could not meet all the invitations from U.S. cities and had to limit himself to Washington and New York.
Rights group: CIA sent 14 suspects for interrogations
Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that the CIA transferred at least 14 terror suspects to Jordan for interrogation after the Sept. 11 attacks and that the U.S. ally served as a proxy jailer for the CIA until at least 2004. Joanne Mariner, the group's terrorism and counterterrorism director, said its report was based on information from former Jordanian prisoners detained with non-Jordanian terrorism suspects. The CIA declined to comment.
Washington: Al-Qaida operative Abu Ubaida al-Masri, involved in the 2005 London subway and bus bombings and a 2006 plot to blow up commercial airliners over the Atlantic Ocean, died of hepatitis in Pakistan's tribal region, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.
Washington: The United States on Tuesday designated its offices in Kosovo's capital Pristina as an embassy. The designation follows U.S. recognition in February of Kosovo's independence from Serbia, which has vowed to regain sovereignty over Kosovo.
Paris: The French Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that a humanitarian mission dispatched to Colombia for hostage Ingrid Betancourt will soon leave Colombia, after the rebels' rejection of their efforts.
Gaza City, Gaza Strip: The ruling Hamas militant group on Tuesday threatened to storm the Egyptian and Israeli borders if the two countries don't lift their blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Mexico City: At least 70 police officers were hospitalized after so-called Africanized bees swarmed a police shooting range in Tapachula, Chiapas, authorities said Tuesday.
Islamabad, Pakistan: An explosion and fire Tuesday at a nuclear plant killed two workers, Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission said.