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Obama apologises for Afghan hospital bombing

President Obama telephoned the head of Médecins sans Frontières and apologized for a deadly air strike on the aid group's hospital in Kunduz Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

US President Barack Obama has apologised to medical charity Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) following the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan.

President Obama also called Afghanistan's president to express his condolences after the US air strike killed 22 people.

The White House said the President spoke with MSF International President Dr. Joanne Liu.

"During the call, President Obama expressed regret over the tragic incident and offered his thoughts and prayers on behalf of the American people to the victims, their families, and loved ones," a White House spokesman said.

"The President assured Dr. Liu of his expectation that the Department of Defense investigation currently underway would provide a transparent, thorough, and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident and pledged full cooperation with the joint investigations being conducted with NATO and the Afghan Government."

Prince of Wales made no intervention in Peter Ball case

The Prince of Wales made no intervention in the case against former bishop Peter Ball, Clarence House said after comments made in court today that "ministers and a royal family member" had "supported" Ball.

The Prince of Wales made no intervention in the judicial process on behalf of Peter Ball

– Clarence House
Police told the court that they had received calls of support for Peter Ball from MPs and a Lord Chief Justice when he was accused of sex offences in 1993 Credit: PA

Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, was jailed for 32 months today after being found guilty of a string of historic sexual offences against young aspiring priests.

The crimes were committed over the space of 15 years and date back to the time period covering 1977 to 1992.

Prince Charles' Highgrove home is located in Ball's former Gloucester diocese.


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