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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

AFGHANISTAN

Scores of insurgents killed in operation

Afghan and international troops killed more than 130 insurgents in six days of fighting in a once-stable area of northern Afghanistan that has experienced a recent spike in Taliban attacks, NATO said Monday. It was some of the heaviest fighting in the north this year.

The operation took place last week in the Chahar Dara district of Kunduz province against Taliban fighters who had been threatening NATO supply lines from Russia.

An estimated 700 Afghan troops and 50 international soldiers, mostly Americans, took part in the operation. A NATO statement said 130 Taliban fighters, including eight commanders, were killed.

The statement did not say how NATO arrived at the death figure but said no coalition troops or civilians were injured in the operation.

-- Associated Press

THE VATICAN

Plans will not affect church celibacy rules

The Vatican said on Monday that its plan to allow married Anglican priests to convert to Catholicism does not signal any change to its age-old rule of celibacy for the overwhelming majority of Catholic priests.

"The possibility envisioned by the Apostolic Constitution . . . does not signify any change in the Church's discipline of clerical celibacy," the Vatican said in Pope Benedict's document regulating Anglican converts.

The Vatican announced last month an initiative to make it easier for conservative Anglicans who feel their church has become too liberal to convert to Catholicism.


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