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Influential Australian ultra-Catholics may be caught between a Pope and a hard place by the latest literary offering of His Holiness.
The Red Cross reports that life overall in almost all parts of Iraq is "steadily worsening" despite improvements in security in a few select zones of Baghdad.
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Having dealt with the rank politics of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, we have to at least applaud the deranged ultramontane for giving attention to minority languages. But Mayan has millions of speakers. We're looking forward to Gibson productions in some really hardcore linguistic collectors' items.
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Mel Gibson, out on the road stumping for his new movie Apocalypto – a bid to capture the all-important Mayan-language demographic over the holiday season – has told critics of his recent kerbside contribution to the Holocaust debate to "get over it". Guy Rundle couldn't agree more.