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McCann’s parents leave Portugal

FARO, Portugal — A British couple named as suspects in the disappearance of their 4-year-old daughter left Portugal on Sunday, days after being grilled by Portuguese police about new forensic evidence authorities believe ties them to the case.

Kate and Gerry McCann left aboard an easyJet flight from Faro airport, en route to an airport in Central England near their home.

As the plane took off, a family spokeswoman, Justine McGuinness, read out a brief statement, saying the McCanns were “returning to Britain after careful thought” and in order to give their twins a more normal life.

Pakistan rounds up ex-PM’s supporters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Police manned roadblocks and rounded up supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who left London on Sunday after seven years in exile to return to Pakistan and lead a campaign to topple the country’s U.S.-allied military ruler.

Before leaving London, Sharif warned that President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s government might try to arrest or deport him. At the last minute, he asked his brother Shahbaz Sharif to remain in Britain so that he can lead the party in case anything happens to the former prime minister.

The Pakistani government has hinted it may arrest or deport Sharif when he arrives, and an arrest warrant was issued against his brother last week in connection with a murder case.

Al-Qaida claims Algeria car bomb

ALGIERS, Algeria — Al-Qaida’s North African affiliate claimed responsibility Sunday for a car bombing that killed 30 coast guard officers and another recent blast that ripped through a crowd waiting for the president.

In Saturday’s blast, explosives planted in a van ripped through barracks in the northern coastal town of Dellys, about 30 miles from the capital, Algiers. The bombing appeared timed to kill as many officers as possible when they were grouped together to raise the flag.

Pope ends pilgrimage with small turnout

VIENNA, Austria — Pope Benedict XVI, beset by drab weather and relatively small crowds, ended a pilgrimage to Austria on Sunday by reminding Europeans of their Christian heritage as they grapple with immigration and Islam.

Bereft of huge throngs of adoring pilgrims such as the 1 million Brazilians who turned out to see him in May, the German-born pontiff appealed to far smaller gatherings of believers in mostly Catholic Austria not to discard their faith.

In a farewell speech, he urged Austrians “to bring the traditional values of the continent — values shaped by the Christian faith — to European institutions.”

The Associated Press

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