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Sunday 19 August 2018

In brief: Dad is fighting -- Gaddafi's girl

Muammar Gaddafi's firebrand daughter has said in an audio recording that her father is in high spirits and fighting alongside his supporters against the revolutionary forces who swept his regime from power.

In her first public remarks since the fall of Tripoli a month ago, Aisha Gaddafi accused the country's new leaders of being traitors, noting that some of them were members of Gaddafi's regime before defecting in the civil war.

"Those who have betrayed the pledge they offered (to Gaddafi), how come they won't betray you?" she said in a warning to Libyans.



McCartney's ballet flops

Paul McCartney's ballet debut, an orchestral score and tale of love about an ocean-dwelling princess, has received poor early reviews.

The New York Times said McCartney's score contained "plenty of colour and melody" and was "never less than agreeable", but "in no way an important addition to the corpus of ballet music", and the show ultimately deserved better staging.

"Ocean's Kingdom isn't offensive: it's just harmless, forgettable, bland, thin and occasionally incompetent," the review said.



Pope meets sex abuse victims

Pope Benedict XVI has met with German victims of sexual abuse by priests and expressed "deep compassion and regret" at the suffering of those abused by members of the clergy, the Vatican said.

The pope met for half an hour yesterday with five victims on the second day of his four-day state visit to his native Germany, following a service with members of the country's Lutheran church and an evening vesper held in a small chapel nestled deep in the former East Germany.

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