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Ukraine puts head of Russian church on “wanted” list

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia take part in a flower-laying ceremony at the monument to Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky while marking Russia's Day of National Unity in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, on 4th November, 2023.

Reuters Ukraine’s Interior Ministry on Friday placed the head of Russia’s Orthodox Church, a backer of the Kremlin’s 21-month-old war against Kyiv, on a wanted list after security services accused him of abetting the conflict. The measure is purely symbolic as Patriarch Kirill is in Russia and under no threat of arrest. It was the […]

Senior cardinal convicted in Vatican corruption trial

Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who has been caught up in a real estate scandal, speaks to the media a day after he resigned suddenly and gave up his right to take part in an eventual conclave to elect a pope, near the Vatican, in Rome, Italy, on 25th September, 2020.

Vatican CityReuters Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the most senior Catholic Church official ever to stand trial before a Vatican criminal court, was convicted on Saturday of embezzlement and fraud and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail. The Italian prelate’s lawyer, Fabio Viglione, told reporters in the courtroom he would appeal, saying his client was innocent. Becciu, […]

Israeli hostages killed in Gaza were holding white flag, official says

People hold signs as they protest following an announcement by Israel's military that they had mistakenly killed three Israeli hostages being held in Gaza by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 15th December, 2023.

JerusalemReuters Three Israeli hostages killed mistakenly in Gaza by Israeli forces had been holding up a white flag, a military official said on Saturday, citing an initial inquiry into the incident that has shaken the country.  A soldier saw the hostages emerging tens of metres from Israeli forces on Friday in Shejaiya, an area of […]

Netanyahu hints new negotiations under way to recover Gaza hostages

A man uses a bullhorn as people protest following an announcement by Israel's military that they had mistakenly killed three Israeli hostages being held in Gaza by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, at a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 15th December, 2023

Cairo, Egypt/Gaza/Jerusalem Reuters Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Saturday to hint that new negotiations were under way to recover hostages held by Hamas, after his chief of Mossad intelligence met the Prime Minister of Qatar, a country mediating in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a televised press conference a day after Israeli forces mistakenly […]

Albania returns 20 stolen icons to neighbouring North Macedonia

A museum worker displays an icon returned from Albania at the National museum in Skopje, North Macedonia, late on Friday, 15th December, 2023

Tirana, Albania AP Albania on Friday returned 20 icons to neighbouring North Macedonia that were stolen a decade ago, Albania’s Culture Ministry said. The return marked the final stretch on a long, 10-year road with “much inter-institutional and international cooperation,” said Albania’s Culture Minister Elva Margariti. It also showed Albania’s commitment to “the fight against […]

Cardinal, nine other defendants, await verdicts at Vatican trial

Cardinal Angelo Becciu arrives at a consistory ceremony to elevate Roman Catholic prelates to the rank of cardinal, at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 27th August, 2022

Vatican CityReuters A two-and-a-half year corruption trial that exposed infighting and intrigue in the highest echelons of the Vatican closes on Saturday with the key defendant, an Italian cardinal, praying that the court will believe his innocent plea. Cardinal Angelo Becciu, 75, a one-time Vatican power broker, is charged with embezzlement, abuse of office and […]

China clampdown on Hong Kong in spotlight as leading democrat goes on trial

Media mogul Jimmy Lai, founder of Apple Daily, leaves the Court of Final Appeal by prison van in Hong Kong, China, on 9th February, 2021

Hong Kong, ChinaReuters A long-awaited national security trial opens in Hong Kong on Monday for leading China critic and media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who faces possible life imprisonment on charges he colluded with foreign forces, including the United States. Foreign envoys, business people and legal scholars will be watching the trial closely, saying it looms […]

Pakistan media ban on Imran Khan trial raises transparency concerns

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan pauses as he speaks with Reuters during an interview, in Lahore, Pakistan, on 17th March, 2023

Islamabad, PakistanReuters A Pakistan court has banned media from reporting on proceedings in a closed-door trial of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan on charges of leaking state secrets, raising concerns about transparency ahead of national elections in February.  The 71-year-old former cricket star has been at the centre of a political crisis since his […]

Giuliani ordered to pay $US148 million to Georgia election workers in defamation trial

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani departs the US District Courthouse after he was ordered to pay $US148 million in his defamation case in Washington, US, on 15th December, 2023

Washington DC, USReuters Rudy Giuliani must pay more than $US148 million in damages to two former Georgia election workers he defamed through false accusations that they helped rig the 2020 election against Donald Trump, a jury decided on Friday. The jury in federal court in Washington found that Giuliani owes the workers, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss […]