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First Vatican child sex abuse trial delayed

Vatican abuse trialA former Roman Catholic archbishop accused of sexually abusing boys was hospitalized in intensive care Saturday, the day his trial was to start.

Jozef Wesolowski, 66, the highest-ranking former Vatican official arrested on child sexual abuse allegations, was admitted for an "unexpected illness." It is unclear when the trial will resume. He has already been found guilty by a church tribunal and defrocked.

Wesolowski is the first to be tried at the Vatican on such charges. If found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison.


Remembering Srebrenica, two decades on

remembering SrebrenicaTens of thousands of people poured into Srebrenica 20 years after more than 8,000 people were killed in the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

The remains of 136 newly-identified victims will be laid to rest on Saturday along with thousands of others already buried at a memorial centre just outside the Bosnian town.

Thousands of Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serb forces after they captured Srebrenica in July 1995 near the end of Bosnia's inter-ethnic war.


The Latest: US Embassy condemns blast at Italian Consulate

Italian Embassiy blastThe latest news on the blast outside the Italian Consulate in Cairo early Saturday morning (all times local): 3:40 p.m.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has condemned the car bombing at the Italian Consulate in Cairo that killed one person, saying: "We extend our condolences to the family of the victim of this attack and wish the injured a speedy recovery."


Netanyahu Admits Aide Bullied Family of Israeli Held in Gaza

Ethiopian Israel in GazaPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Friday comments made by a senior aide to the family of an Israeli of Ethiopian descent who has been missing in Gaza for the past 10 months and said the official spoke with the family and apologized for comments the prime minister said were inappropriate.

The official, Lior Lotan, who serves as Netanyahu’s coordinator for hostages and missing persons, met with the family of Avera Mengistu last Wednesday, and threatened them not to criticize the way the government is handling the affair, which was only cleared for publication Thursday morning, Channel 10 News reported.


U.S. spy agency tapped German chancellery for decades: WikiLeaks

Gernman chandelloryThe U.S. National Security Agency tapped phone calls involving German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her closest advisers for years and spied on the staff of her predecessors, WikiLeaks said on Wednesday.

A report released by the group suggested NSA spying on Merkel and her staff had gone on far longer and more widely than previously realized. WikiLeaks said the NSA targeted for long-term surveillance 125 phone numbers of top German officials.


#BlockTheFactory: One Year After Gaza War, Protesters Shut Down Drone Plants

Elbit protestMarking the one-year anniversary of the 2014 attack on Gaza, protesters in the United Kingdom and Australia on Monday shut down four drone factories owned by the biggest arms company in Israel, Elbit Systems.

The factories produce military drones that were used in Israel's 51-day offensive last summer, which saw the deaths of more than 2,200 people—including 1,400 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children.


Eurozone tells Greece not to expect debt relief in near future

Greek crisisThe Greek government has been told by its eurozone partners not to expect debt relief any time soon, amid fading hopes of decisive action to stop the country tumbling out of the currency union.

Arriving at an emergency summit of eurozone leaders, Angela Merkel said there was no clear basis to negotiate with Athens after Greek voters rejected an EU bailout plan in a referendum on Sunday. The German chancellor warned that time was running out. “It is not a matter of weeks anymore, it is a matter of days.”


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