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Officials tear down second Stalin statue

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Authorities in Georgia on Sunday tore down another monument to Soviet dictator and native son Josef Stalin.

The monument in the town of Tkibuli in western Georgia was taken down two days after authorities tore down a bigger and more famous monument to Stalin in his hometown of Gori.

Both statues were brought down in the middle of the night in an apparent bid to avoid protests and media attention.

The Georgian government says a younger generation who have embraced Western ideals of freedom favor the dismantling of Stalin's monuments.


Parents who defied segregation ban freed

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Supreme Court has freed a group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents who were jailed for violating an order banning segregation in a West Bank girls' school.

A court spokeswoman said on Sunday that under a compromise, the girls will study together until the end of the school year, which falls on Wednesday.

The sides pledged to work out their differences over the summer.

Parents of European, or Ashkenazi, descent at the school in the West Bank settlement of Emanuel don't want their daughters to study with girls of Mideast and North African origin, known as Sephardim. They claim the Sephardic families are not religious enough.

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews turned out to protest against the court when more than two dozen parents were jailed June 17.


Obama pledges to travel to Indonesia

TORONTO (AP) -- President Obama insists he'll make it to Indonesia yet.

He's twice postponed presidential trips to the country where he lived with his mother and Indonesian stepfather between age 6 and 10.

Obama held a meeting Sunday at the global economic summit in Toronto with Indonesia's president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. And while Obama didn't announce a new date for the trip, Obama did say, "I am confident we are going to get there."

Trips were set to Indonesia and Australia this year but pressing domestic matters -- the health care debate in Congress and later the Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- led to the delays.

The United States and Indonesia have a strong relationship, Obama said, and he looked forward to making it even stronger.