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SUICIDE ATTACK, SHOOTING LEAVE AT LEAST 3 DEAD

AFGHANISTAN

British troops opened fire on civilians in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday, after a suicide bomber rammed a minibus into their convoy, wounding three soldiers and setting a vehicle on fire, officials and witnesses said.

At least three people were killed and 15 wounded in the bombing and the shooting afterward, hospital officials said. Reuters reported that as many as eight people had been killed.

The bomber struck on the main road through the city. As crowds and cars started pushing to get past the blocked road, the troops, fearing a second suicide attack, opened fire on at least one civilian vehicle that did not obey hand signals to keep back, a NATO spokesman said. At least one person was killed, he said.

BRAZIL

Cardinal: Reconsider priest marriage ban

An influential Brazilian cardinal says the Roman Catholic Church should reconsider its ban on allowing priests to marry.

Cardinal Claudio Hummes, who was recently named to head the Vatican's office in charge of priests around the world, made the comment about two weeks after the Holy See reaffirmed the requirement of celibacy for priests.

"Celibacy is a discipline, not a dogma of the church," he told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. "Certainly, the majority of the apostles were married."

Elsewhere

SAUDI ARABIA: Doctors successfully separated Iraqi conjoined twins after 20 hours of surgery in Riyadh, the leading surgeon said Sunday. Fatma and Zahra Haidar, the 11-month-old twin girls, had been joined at the chest and abdomen.

MEXICO: President Felipe Calderon decreed Sunday a 10 percent pay cut for himself and his Cabinet, echoing a campaign promise of the leftist rival he beat.

Times wires

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