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Benedict XVI tries to allay rigid papacy fears
Pope Benedict XVI moved swiftly today to allay fears of a rigid papacy that would turn its back on other faiths and cultures, saying he would work for dialogue both within and outside the church. ...  | Read.. 
 
Light on Nazi past
Joseph Ratzinger, elected Roman Catholic Pope yesterday, served in the Hitler Youth during World War II when membership was compulsory, according to his autobiography. ...  | Read.. 
 
Muslim hope
Muslim leaders today urged the new Pope to follow in the path of his predecessor by building bridges between the two religions and helping to avoid religious bloodshed. ...  | Read.. 
 
Enthusiastic Blair admits popularity has waned
Britain's Tony Blair accepted today his popularity had waned since the heady days of 1997 but said his enthusiasm for the premiership had not, vowing again to serve a full th ...  | Read.. 
 
Pope Benedict XVI smiles at the crowd as he leaves his old apartment in Rome. (AFP)
Envoy in linguistic ordeal
US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice tried out her rusty Russian in a Moscow radio interview toda..  | Read.. 
Putin has too much personal power: Rice
US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice renewed her criticism of Russia's democratic record today an..  | Read.. 
 
Italy court for keeping comatose girl alive
Italy's Supreme Court today rejected a man's appeal to remo ...  | Read..