- - Tuesday, January 31, 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Irish ex-priest jailed for child porn

LONDON — A defrocked Roman Catholic priest who admitted molesting more than 20 children in California has been sentenced to three years in prison in Ireland for possessing child pornography, court officials said Tuesday.

Oliver O'Grady, 66, was arrested in Dublin in December 2010 after leaving a computer containing pornographic images of children on a flight from Amsterdam.

O’Grady worked in Northern California from 1971 until 1993, when he was arrested for abusing two brothers. He served seven years in prison and was deported to his native Ireland in 2000. He later moved to the Netherlands for several years.

O'Grady was the subject of the Academy Award-nominated 2006 documentary “Deliver Us From Evil.” In the film, he spoke openly of abusing more than 20 children as he was shuffled from one parish to another in California through the 1970s and ‘80s.

PAKISTAN

Fighting over mountaintop kills over 60

PARACHINAR — Fighting between soldiers and Taliban militants over a strategic mountaintop in northwestern Pakistan has killed more than 60 people, a government official said Tuesday.

The battle started a week ago when government troops seized the top of Jogi mountain in the Kurram tribal area from militants, sparking clashes that killed six soldiers and 20 insurgents, said Wajid Khan, a local government administrator.

The militants retaliated Tuesday by attacking the soldiers who were trying to hold the location, touching off another round of fighting that killed 10 troops and more than 30 insurgents, Mr. Khan said.

The area is home to militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud.

IRAQ

Sunni-backed lawmakers return to parliament

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament reconvened Tuesday after Sunni-backed lawmakers ended their boycott to protest alleged persecution of Sunni officials, a development that could restore some stability in the war-ravaged country.

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