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Pope recovering well, has started therapy

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope John Paul II is recovering without complications and has started therapy to improve his breathing and speaking, the Vatican said Monday, a day after the pope surprised the faithful with a brief appearance in a hospital window.

The Holy See said the 84-year-old pope has been eating regularly and spending some time sitting in an armchair. It gave no hint of when he would leave Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic, an indication that doctors see the need for an extended stay.

115 killed in car bombHILLAH, Iraq (AP) – A suicide car bomber blasted a crowd of police and national guard recruits Monday as they gathered for physicals outside a medical clinic south of Baghdad, killing at least 115 people and wounding 132.

Torn limbs and other body parts littered the street outside the clinic in Hillah, a predominantly Shiite area about 60 miles south of Baghdad.

Monday’s blast outside the clinic was so powerful it nearly vaporized the suicide bomber’s car, leaving only its engine partially intact.