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WORLD IN BRIEF: Vatican to issue sex abuse document

Vatican to issue sex abuse document

VATICAN CITY -- Vatican officials say Pope Benedict XVI will soon issue a document outlining the church's procedures for handling clerical sex abuse cases that will gather together and make permanent and legally binding the ad hoc norms currently in use.

The ''instruction'' from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has been in the works for some time. But its impending publication has taken on new relevance amid the abuse scandal which has roiled the Vatican for months, with hundreds of new cases coming to light of priests who raped and sodomized children, bishops who covered up for them and Vatican officials who turned a blind eye.

The norms concern the canonical procedures for dealing with abusive priests, not necessarily civil reporting requirements.

US soldier linked to attack video charged

BAGHDAD -- An American soldier suspected of leaking a military video of an attack on unarmed men in Iraq was charged with multiple counts of mishandling and leaking classified data and putting national security at risk, the U.S. Army said in a statement Tuesday.

Army Spc. Bradley Manning is suspected of leaking a classified video that shows a group of men walking down the street before being repeatedly shot by the Apache helicopters. The American gunners can be heard laughing and referring to the men as ''dead bastards.''

If convicted on all charges, Manning could be sentenced to a maximum 52 years in prison.

Obama, Netanyahu to focus on peace

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to soothe rocky relations on Tuesday, declaring that any talk of a rift is unfounded. Obama said the U.S.-Israeli bond is ''unbreakable.''

''The United States is committed to Israel's security,'' Obama said as the two leaders addressed reporters in the Oval Office. ''We are committed to that special bond. And we are going to do what's required to back that up, not just with words, but with actions.''

For the Israeli leader's part, Netanyahu said of solving years of strife with Palestinians: ''We're committed to that peace. I'm committed to that peace.'' And he said that reports of the demise of the U.S.-Israel relationship are ''flat wrong.''