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Jewish paper: Sorry for deleting Clinton

An Orthodox Jewish newspaper has apologized for digitally deleting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a photo of President Barack Obama and his staff watching the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

The Brooklyn weekly Di Tzeitung published the image last week.

The paper said yesterday that its photo editor had not read the "fine print" accompanying the White House photo that forbade any changes.

The paper says it has sent its "regrets and apologies" to the White House and State Department.

"In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status," the paper said.

Lil Swanson, managing editor of The Forward, another weekly that covers Jewish issues, said some ultra-Orthodox Jews refuse to run photos of women because they believe such images are "immodest."

A second woman was also deleted from the photo: Counterterrorism Director Audrey Tomason. -- AP

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