Al-Maliki calls on Iraqis to boost political process

BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister declared Thursday that national reconciliation was moving forward despite the embarrassing collapse of a deal to hold provincial elections and a warning of possible escalating Shiite feuds over the failure.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is part of the nation's Shiite majority, spoke from one of the sect's holiest sites - the shrine of Imam Hussein, 50 miles south of Baghdad.

A big, supportive crowd greeted al-Maliki. Some waved Iraqi flags as he gave a soaring assessment of national affairs in this war-weary country - tempered with an appeal to Shiites to continue participating in the political process.

Bush says he will address human rights at Olympics

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Thursday that he will raise worries about human rights abuse in China with President Hu Jintao when he attends the Beijing Olympics in August.

Bush told reporters that he is looking forward to watching the athletics at the Olympics. But that will not stop him from pushing China to grant greater freedoms to its citizens, he said.

The secret's out: Prince Harry on combat duty in Afghanistan

LONDON - The secret is out: Prince Harry has been serving on the front line with his British army unit in one of Afghanistan's most lawless and barren provinces.

Harry is the first royal to serve in a combat zone since his uncle Prince Andrew flew helicopters during Britain's war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands in 1982.

British officials had hoped to keep the 23-year-old's deployment secret until he had safely returned, but they released video of Harry serving in Helmand Province after a leak appeared on the U.S. Web site the Drudge Report.

Danes to oppose debt relief over cartoon dispute

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Denmark said Thursday it will oppose any debt relief deal for Sudan in response to the Sudanese president's comments urging the Muslim world to boycott Danish goods over the publication of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon.

Interior Minister Ulla Toernaes said she summoned Sudan's ambassador to Denmark to demand an explanation of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's comments a day earlier.

On Wednesday, Al-Bashir urged tens of thousands of people to boycott Denmark because of a cartoon reprinted recently in Danish newspapers.