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Vatican finds hundreds of millions of euros 'tucked away': cardinal

George PellThe Vatican's economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found "tucked away" in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state's balance sheets.

In an article for Britain's Catholic Herald Magazine to be published on Friday, Australian Cardinal George Pell wrote that the discovery meant overall Vatican finances were in better shape than previously believed.


Tugce Albayrak funeral: Thousands mourn heroic student in Germany

Albayarak funeralHundreds of mourners paid their last respects today to a young woman hailed as a hero, who suffered fatal injuries after intervening to help two teenage girls being harassed by a group of men.

Tugce Albayrak had been in a coma since mid-November following an early-morning altercation in Offenbach, near Frankfurt. She died on Friday, her 23rd birthday, after her family gave permission to switch off her life support


Accident at largest nuclear power plant in Europe revealed by Ukraine PM

Ukraine power plant accidentThere has been an accident at a nuclear plant in the southeast of Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk has revealed during the first session of his new Cabinet.

A minor accident occurred at Zaporozhskaya nuclear plant, the largest in Europe, last Friday, according to the facility’s website. A reactor was switched off and put to maintenance as a result.


Belgium Set To Recognize 'Palestine' State

Belgium set to recognize palestinian stateThe parties that make up Belgium’s federal government have agreed to recognize Palestinian statehood unilaterally, a Belgian daily reported.

The four parties reached an agreement earlier this week, the Le Soir daily reported Wednesday. They intend to submit a motion to parliament formulating support for recognizing Palestinian statehood, which the parties intend to pass in parliament and which the government is planning to implement.


30 years later, disaster haunts Bhopal survivors

BhopalThree decades after lethal gas swept through Bhopal, the central Indian city remains haunted by memories of the world's worst industrial disaster.

Hundreds of survivors of the gas leak that claimed thousands of lives took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster, chanting slogans and carrying placards demanding harsher punishments for those responsible and more compensation for the victims.


French parliament votes to recognize Palestinian state

French parliamentFrance’s Socialist-led parliament has passed a symbolic vote to recognize Palestinian statehood, despite staunch objections from Israel. MPs in Britain and Spain have already passed similar motions.

The proposal was passed with 339 votes in favor and 151 against, meaning that it was supported by more than two-thirds of French lawmakers.

Israel immediately responded, saying that the motion would “harm the peace process,” AFP reported.


Israel set for elections as Netanyahu fires two ministers

netanyahuIsrael’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has dramatically dismissed two leading members of his cabinet, collapsing his coalition, and firing the starting gun for widely anticipated snap elections.

His decision to dismiss justice minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s lead negotiator in the peace process, and finance minister Yair Lapid, follows weeks of mounting political tensions within Netanyahu’s increasingly dysfunctional coalition.


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