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For the 14th time, the vote for a new president in Lebanon was postponed Saturday, extending the nation's deepest political crisis since civil war ended in 1990. Parliament will try again Feb. 26, Speaker Nabih Berri said. Pro- and anti-Syrian forces have agreed on Army chief Michel Suleiman as the new head of state but haven't found common ground on the makeup of a new cabinet. The presidency has been vacant since Nov. 23.Skip to next paragraph
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An official apology to Australia's Aboriginal people will be extended Wednesday for generations of children who were forcibly removed from their parents and reared by white families. New Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he'd issue it at a session of Parliament, calling the policy "a blight on the nation's soul." His predecessor, John Howard, refused to apologize, issuing a statement of regret instead.
Incumbent President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic failed by one vote to win reelection in parliament over the weekend. Legislators scheduled another vote for Friday, although rules now allow new candidates to join Klaus and challenger Jan Svejnar in the contest.
Panic ensued as hundreds of teenagers tried to leave an overcrowded punk rock concert in Bandung, Indonesia, at the same time late Saturday night, and at least 10 were trampled to death, police said. Scores of others were hurt. More than 1,500 people were estimated to be inside the hall, which was built to hold 700.
More than 100 letters and postcards describing the plight of Polish insurgents in their battle with Nazi occupiers of Warsaw were acquired at auction by a museum in the city. Its director said two people who'd either sent or received some of the mail also had been located. The uprising was crushed by Nazi forces but remains a source of deep national pride. The insurgents set up their own mail service to send information to other Warsaw residents cut off by 63 days of fighting, often stamping the letters and cards with seals carved from potatoes.