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Anglican leaders set to discuss gays

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Newry, Northern Ireland Leaders of the global Anglican Communion are set to meet in Northern Ireland this week to continue a debate on gay bishops, a dispute in which no one yet discerns a solution.

Conservative bishops are angry with the Episcopal Church for consecrating an openly gay bishop – the first in the church’s history – and are upset about the blessing of gay unions in parts of the United States and Canada.

Factions in the Episcopal Church also are divided, and leaders of the U.S. church are incensed with some bishops from other countries who have offered to act as shepherds for dissident U.S. congregations.

Pro-reunification party takes lead in election

Nicosia, Cyprus The pro-EU governing party of Mehmet Ali Talat was leading in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in the Turkish Cypriot state, and Talat said he’d form a new government for the war-divided island.

With 93 percent of ballots counted, Talat’s Republican Turkish Party had 44 percent of the vote while the National Unity Party of Dervis Eroglu, which opposes a U.N. plan for reunifying the island, had 32 percent, according to NTV television.

Many Haitian prisoners escape following attack

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Haitian police on Sunday were hunting for nearly 500 prisoners who escaped after an attack on the national penitentiary that sparked a riot and left one guard dead.

Two prominent allies of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who had been rushed to a secure location during the attack Saturday night, were returned to the prison, authorities said.

Guards rushed former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune and former Interior Minister Jocelerme Privert to a secret location. They later were turned over to U.N. soldiers.

Authorities were investigating if the attack was aimed at freeing Neptune and Privert.

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