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Judge removes obstacles in dam project

BRASILIA, Brazil — A judge on Friday overturned a decision that could have delayed construction of a huge Amazon dam opposed by environmentalists and Indians.

The judge in the capital of Brasilia reversed a decision to suspend contract bidding scheduled for next week and also overturned the suspension of the environmental license for the 11,000-megawatt Belo Monte dam, according to a statement from Brazil's solicitor general.

Federal prosecutor Renato Brill de Goes, acting on behalf of dam opponents, said an appeal would be filed, but he did not say when. He also questioned why the dam was put back on track so quickly, just a day after the suspensions were appealed by Brazil's government.

Mexico ed secretary defends sex education

MEXICO CITY — Mexico's top education official defended public school sex education Friday from criticism by a Roman Catholic bishop who said such teachings make celibacy vows more difficult for priests to keep.

Education Secretary Alonso Lujambio told reporters that public-school sexual education texts "seek to make our boys and girls responsible, to take responsibility for their actions, and for that they need information."

Lujambio said the programs are careful to avoid "hurting any social sensitivities."

On Thursday, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi said that "when there is generalized sexual licentiousness, it is more common to have pederasty."

"In the midst of the invasion of so much eroticism, it is not easy to remain faithful in celibacy, or in respecting children," Arizmendi, the bishop of the San Cristobal de las Casas diocese in Chiapas state, said at a meeting of Mexican bishops.

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