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Pope Francis has made a surprise public
apology for recent scandals "either in
Rome or in the Vatican."
He made the apology at his weekly
general audience in St Peter's Square, but
did not specify which scandals.
He is thought to be referring to a senior
Polish priest who was dismissed from his
Vatican post after announcing he was in a
To thousands of people who had gath-
ered for his weekly address, Pope Francis
said: "Before I begin the Catechism, in the
name of the Church, I want to ask you for
forgiveness for the scandals that have oc-
curred recently either in Rome or in the
Vatican. I ask you for forgiveness."
He also said: "The word of Jesus is
strong today, woe to the world because
of scandals. Jesus is a realist. He says it is
inevitable that there will be scandals. But
woe to the man who causes scandals."
His words left Vatican observers
scratching their heads in deciding exactly
which scandals he meant.
He was most likely referring to the an-
nouncement from Monsignor Krzysztof
Charamsa---a theologian who had worked
in the Vatican's doctrinal office since
2003---earlier this month that he was a
practising homosexual, our correspondent
Pope Francis apologises for Vatican 'scandals'
Top Iranian council approves
TEHRAN---A senior council of Iranian
clerics and lawyers yesterday approved im-
plementing the landmark nuclear deal with
world powers, sealing the final required step
in the process despite hard-liners' efforts to
The Guardian Council's vote, while appar-
ently not unanimous, marks a major victory
for the administration of moderate Presi-
dent Hassan Rouhani, which has cam-
paigned on easing tensions with the West.
But it comes as Iran's powerful Revolu-
tionary Guard publicised images of an un-
derground missile base and also has fired
off a new long-range surface-to-surface
rocket, showing hard-liners will remain a po-
tent force within the Islamic Republic.
Iranian state television announced the de-
cision by the Guardian Council, one of the
top leadership bodies in Iran's cleric-ruled
system. The 12-member council, half ap-
pointed by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei and half by the country's judi-
cial chief with parliament's approval, must
sign off on all bills before they become law.
Nejatollah Ebrahimian, the council's
spokesman, said the body approved the par-
liamentary bill implementing the deal "by an
absolute majority of the votes."
Hard-liners had hoped to stall the deal in
order to weaken Rouhani's administration
ahead of February's parliamentary elections.
But many in Iran applauded the final nuclear
deal, struck July 14 in Vienna, as it lifts crip-
pling economic sanctions in exchange for
limits on the nuclear program.
On Tuesday, hard-line lawmakers
shouted, scuffled and wept during a final
parliamentary hearing on the bill. (AP)
New tally shows 1,621
killed in Hajj tragedy
DUBAI---The toll in the deadliest tragedy
to ever strike the annual hajj pilgrimage
rose yesterday to at least 1,621 people killed,
a new tally showed, as hundreds still report-
edly remain missing.
The Associated Press count is more than
double Saudi Arabia's official tally of 769
killed and 934 injured in the September 24
disaster in Mina, a few miles from the holy
city of Mecca. Saudi officials have not up-
dated their tally since September 26.
The AP figure comes from state media
reports and officials' comments from 19 of
the over 180 countries that sent citizens to
the five-day annual pilgrimage.
Iran says it had 465 pilgrims killed, while
Egypt lost 182, Nigeria 168 and Indonesia
A Saudi human rights activist, who spoke
on condition of anonymity for fear of
reprisals, said he believed the government
was nervous over the sharp criticism it has
"The way I see it is success goes to those
in authority, and mistakes go to God's will,"
the activist said.
Israel s government began deploying hun-
dreds of troops to Israeli cities yesterday to
help police foil a wave of Palestinian stabbing
and shooting attacks that have sown fear
across the country.
Additional soldiers were being sent to the
West Bank and Israel s border with the Gaza
Strip, Israeli military spokesman Peter Lerner
said, as the government of Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu struggled to counter the
worst surge of violence since the country s
war last year with Hamas, the Palestinian
Islamist movement that rules Gaza.
Israeli authorities also started erecting check-
points on roads leading to the mainly Arab
eastern half of Jerusalem. Under the measures
approved by the security cabinet, police are
now allowed to seal off Arab neighbourhoods
that contain potential attackers. Such a closure
would be the most severe restriction imposed
in Jerusalem in a decade.
As Israeli authorities began implementing
tougher security measures, knife-wielding
attackers again struck in Jerusalem.
An man described by police only as a terrorist
stabbed a 70-year-old woman near the central
bus station then attempted to board a bus. A
police officer arrived at the scene, identified
the man as the attacker and shot him dead.
The woman was hospitalised in moderate to
Earlier yesterday, police shot dead a man,
whose name wasn t disclosed, when he drew
a knife and attempted to stab them as they
drew near. It was the third stabbing attack at
Damascus Gate since the current surge of vio-
lence flared in mid-September.
The steps by Israeli authorities to quell the
bloodshed, which also include beefing up secu-
rity on public transport and revoking the res-
idency rights of those Palestinians accused of
serious crimes, followed an emergency meeting
of Netanyahu s security cabinet.
At least 30 Palestinians have died, including
13 identified by Israel as assailants and the rest
in violent clashes between Palestinian protesters
and Israeli security forces.
The attacks by Palestinians so far appear
unco-ordinated and the work of lone assailants.
But Israeli officials have accused Palestinian
leaders of inciting young Palestinians to vio-
lence and of not doing enough to calm the
Palestinian officials have said anger at the
continued Israeli occupation of the West Bank
and Gaza Strip is the main cause of the
attacks.---Wall Street Journal
Israel deploys troops to
quell Palestinian attacks
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