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LUANDA — Almost half of Angola's children are severely malnourished and at risk from preventable diseases, but a shortage of funds is hindering efforts to expand food deliveries, a U.N. aid agency said Monday. The World Food Program said Angolan children are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition-related diseases such as tuberculosis.


BUJUMBURA — Classrooms and chairs were scarce at crowded Burundian primary schools as 500,000 children — nearly double last year's enrollment — showed up for the first day of classes Monday following the elimination of fees. President Pierre Nkurunziza announced at his inauguration Aug. 19 that he would scrap primary school fees of $4.50 per student, setting off a scramble to accommodate a surge in new applicants.


OTTAWA — Canada and Denmark called a truce Monday in a dispute over Hans Island, but neither is renouncing its claim to the wind-swept patch of Arctic rock. Canada's Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said the two NATO allies would keep each other informed about any activities around the tiny island.


CAIRO — Al-Qaida deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said in a statement broadcast Monday that his terror network carried out the July 7 London bombings, marking the group's first direct claim of responsibility for the attacks that killed 52 people.


PARIS — France will urge other wealthy nations this week to raise the pressure on oil companies and exporting countries to invest in new capacity, Finance Minister Thierry Breton said Monday.


GORAKHPUR — An encephalitis outbreak has killed nearly 1,000 people — almost all of them children — in India and neighboring Nepal, as too few doctors struggle to care for thousands of sick children in outdated hospitals. The death toll in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state stood Monday at 767, after 27 more deaths were reported overnight. Nepal has logged 204 deaths.


JERUSALEM — Israeli forces Monday began burying a synagogue in an evacuated West Bank settlement, a week after a contentious government decision not to destroy the structures in the Gaza settlements following pressure from rabbis. The Sanur synagogue is to be covered intact with dirt after it was determined that it could not be dismantled, the Defense Ministry said.


ROME — A top Italian cardinal said Monday that common-law status might be applied to offer some legal protection to unmarried heterosexual couples — offering a rare exception to the Catholic Church's condemnation of de facto unions. Cardinal Camillo Ruini gave no indication the recognition would be extended to same-sex couples and said any protection should stop short of envisioning "something similar to a marriage."


MEXICO CITY — A special federal prosecutor on Monday sought the arrest of ex-President Luis Echeverria and other former officials for their alleged involvement in the massacre of student protesters in 1968. Prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo first sought Echeverria's arrest in July 2004, also for genocide, in connection with a separate student massacre in 1971. A court rejected that request two months ago, saying there was insufficient evidence.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST — The outlawed Irish Republican Army needs to deliver "real and credible" disarmament soon or more damage will be done to Northern Ireland's peace process, the British government said Monday. Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, the British minister responsible for the province, said he did not know when the IRA would deliver on its July 28 promise to disarm fully in support of Northern Ireland's Good Friday peace accord of 1998.


MANILA — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in an interview broadcast Monday that political turmoil would continue even though Congress threw out impeachment charges against her, predicting it would be "very, very tough" to rule effectively. Arroyo's opponents renewed threats of street protests after the House of Representatives last Tuesday dismissed charges of vote-rigging, corruption and other crimes against her.