Vatican clarifies Anglican policy

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican said yesterday that married Anglican priests will be admitted to the Catholic priesthood on a case-by-case basis as Rome makes it easier for disillusioned conservative Anglicans to convert.

A surprise Vatican decision, announced 10 days earlier to make it easier for Anglicans to become Roman Catholics while retaining aspects of Anglican liturgy and identity, had left some wondering whether Rome would embrace married Anglican clergy in large numbers.

A Holy See statement yesterday quoted Cardinal William Levada, the Holy See's guardian of doctrinal correctness, as saying the Vatican would consider accepting married Anglican priests into the Roman Catholic priesthood as it has in the past - evaluating each case on its own merits. - AP

Another storm hits Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - A typhoon battered the Philippine capital and surrounding provinces still reeling from recent flooding, sending one town's residents clambering onto rooftops yesterday to escape rising waters. Seven people died.

Typhoon Mirinae was the fourth storm to lash the northern Philippines since late September and brought new hardship to areas still struggling in the wake of the previous disasters. Nearly 95,000 people who fled during two prior storms were still living in temporary shelters when Mirinae struck, the national disaster agency said.

Yesterday's storm headed out to sea in the afternoon and weakened into a tropical storm. It appeared to be heading toward Vietnam. - AP

Iran opposition: More challenges

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's opposition leaders vowed yesterday to continue challenging the ruling system despite a harsh security crackdown that killed dozens of protesters in post-election turmoil.

The statements from opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and former President Mohammad Khatami were seen as attempts to reinvigorate the anti-government Green Path of Hope movement just days ahead of an annual state-sponsored Iranian rally against the U.S.

Mousavi suggested that his supporters may take to the streets on Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran by militant students. - AP

Pirates complain of others' plunder

MOGADISHU, Somalia - Pirates who are demanding $7 million in ransom for a British sailing couple said yesterday that boats from other countries are plundering Somalia's fish-rich waters.

Ahmed Gadaf, who described himself as a spokesman for the Somali pirates, said by satellite phone that Western fishing vessels "harass" local fishermen and destroy their nets. He said the British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, were safe and would not be harmed.

The British government yesterday repeated its refusal to pay a ransom. - AP

Elsewhere:

A flamboyant farm workers organizer who called himself a modern day Emiliano Zapata was slain in a brazen ambush that also killed 14 members of his family and staff, officials said yesterday in the Mexican border state of Sonora.

Six people fainted on board a British Airways flight from Newark Liberty Airport to London's Heathrow yesterday, prompting emergency crews to check the plane for hazardous materials. Police in London said nothing was found.