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Ulster: Setback

BELFAST — Northern Ireland's major Protestant party unexpectedly withheld support Monday for a painstakingly negotiated deal with its Catholic partners to save their 2-year-old administration.

The surprise setback upset plans by the British and Irish prime ministers, Gordon Brown and Brian Cowen, to travel to Northern Ireland to unveil what would have been a breakthrough in their efforts to sustain power-sharing, the central goal of the territory's 1998 peace accord.

Israel: EU membership

JERUSALEM — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Monday he hopes to bring Israel into the European Union, at the start of a three-day visit to the Jewish state.

Berlusconi brought eight top ministers for a joint Cabinet meeting with their Israeli counterparts. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Cabinet ministers and a military honor guard welcomed the Italian delegation.

Under Berlusconi's leadership, Italy has become one of Israel's strongest allies in Europe.

Mexico: Slayings

CIUDAD JUAREZ — The mayor of a violent Mexican border city said Monday he fears a shooting that killed 16 people in a working class neighborhood may have been random because many of the victims were "good kids" with no apparent ties to drug gangs.

The dead included at least eight teenagers, the youngest a 13-year-old girl.

Mayor Jose Reyes Ferriz said police were pursuing all lines of investigation. But he said none of the victims of the attack Saturday night had criminal records, and the teenagers were "good kids, students, athletes."

India: Protesters

SRINAGAR — Rock-throwing protesters clashed with government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, a day after a police-fired tear gas shell struck and killed a boy.

At least 17 protesters and eight troops were injured in Monday's clashes, said a police officer on condition of anonymity in keeping with department policy.

Germany: Sex abuse

BERLIN — Germany's top Jesuit apologized Monday for serial sexual abuse apparently committed by two priests at one of the country's most prestigious high schools, saying there was evidence of it for years but Jesuit officials did not "react the way it would have been necessary."

At least 20 students were sexually abused by the two priests at Berlin's private Catholic Canisius Kolleg in the 1970s and 1980s, the school's director Father Klaus Mertes said at a joint press conference with Father Stefan Dartmann, the head of the Jesuit order of Germany, on Monday evening at Canisius Kolleg.

Greece: Ship freed

ATHENS — Somali pirates freed a Greek-owned cargo ship Monday and its 22-member crew held since November after receiving a ransom payment, officials in Greece said.

A coast guard statement said the Filitsa was heading for the Kenyan port of Mombasa along with its crew— three Greeks, 18 Filipinos and a Romanian. Officials said the crew members were all in good health.

The ship's owner, Order Shipping, confirmed that a ransom had been paid but refused to declare the sum.

Vatican: Pope visit

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI confirmed Monday he would visit Britain later this year, a trip that has grown fraught following his move to welcome into the Roman Catholic Church groups of Anglicans upset over the ordination of gays and women.

No dates were announced. Officials at both the Vatican and in Britain say the visit is planned for September.