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In brief: Church to pay abused youths

A Colombian court has ordered a diocese of the Roman Catholic Church to pay $220,000 in restitution to two youths who were sexually abused by one of its priests in 2007.

Luis Enrique Duque is already serving an 18-year prison sentence for the crime.

Duque fled after being sentenced three years ago in the case. But he was arrested last year and the lawyer says the priest is currently in prison.



800 compete



for tango title

About 400 couples are competing in this year's World Tango Championships beginning next week in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, organisers said.

More than 500 artists also will participate in the festival that starts next Tuesday and runs through to August 30.

The main draw is the dancing, in the traditional "salon tango" category and the more creative "stage tango" competition. Each winning couple gets a prize of 20,000 pesos, which is about f3,370



US honour for



9/11 Muslims

President Barack Obama has hosted a traditional Ramadan break-the-fast dinner at the White House, using the occasion to recognise Muslim survivors of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and to thank Muslims for their service to the country.

The president said that, with the 10-year anniversary of September 11 coming in a month, it was a good time to remember that people of many backgrounds died in the 2001 attacks, including Muslim Americans.

He noted that Muslim Americans also responded to the attacks on the towers and that they defend the country in the military.



Texas executes



double killer

Texas prison officials have executed convicted killer Martin Robles for gunning down two young men who belonged to a rival street gang almost nine years ago.

Robles (33) had exhausted his appeals and no late court actions to spare him were made as his lethal injection neared.

Robles became the ninth Texas prisoner put to death this year.


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