Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Pennsylvania priests ‘abused thousands of children’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Archbishop Donald Wuerl sent a letter to Pennsylvania priests warning them of “profoundly disturbing” details in the report The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has released a grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church, naming over 300 accused clergymen. The landmark grand jury investigation found more than 1,000 […]

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

South Africa rhino poaching: ‘Bribes paid to court syndicate’

Media captionThe BBC’s Alastair Leithead says de-horning a rhino, akin to cutting fingernails, protects it from poachers A whistle-blower has told the BBC he was the middleman between rhino-horn smugglers and a court syndicate in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. He alleges he took money given to a lawyer from rhino-horn kingpins and paid it to […]

Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm

Israel reopens Gaza cargo crossing after calm

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kerem Shalom is the main lifeline for the two million people living in Gaza Israel has fully reopened its cargo crossing with Gaza, saying it is in response to a period of relative calm. Lorries carrying fuel and commercial goods passed through Kerem Shalom on Wednesday after weeks of restrictions. […]

Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Palestinian mail blocked by Israel arrives eight years late

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hundreds of sacks of mail have finally reached the West Bank Packages, letters and even a wheelchair intended for Palestinians have arrived in the occupied West Bank after Israel released years of undelivered mail. The post, which includes internet orders that never arrived, had been held in Jordan since 2010 […]

Italy bridge: Grief and anger over collapse in Genoa

Italy bridge: Grief and anger over collapse in Genoa

Image copyright EPA Image caption Work is still going on to try to find survivors Grief in Italy for the 39 victims of a collapsed motorway bridge in Genoa has been mixed with anger that such a vital structure could have simply given way. Rescuers have little hope of finding more survivors underneath the Morandi […]

Lira rallies after Turkey raises tariffs on US imports

Lira rallies after Turkey raises tariffs on US imports

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Erdogan has accused the US of seeking to “stab [Turkey] in the back” Turkey’s move to increase tariffs on US imports has helped boost its weakened currency. A decree signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the tariffs on cars to 120%, on alcoholic drinks to 140% and on […]

Omagh anniversary: Bomb ‘could have been prevented’

Omagh anniversary: Bomb ‘could have been prevented’

Image copyright PA Image caption The Omagh bombing was carried out by dissident republicans several months after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement The Omagh bomb could have been prevented if the security forces had acted differently, a former police ombudsman has claimed. Baroness Nuala O’Loan made the comments on the 20th anniversary of […]

UK police raids after Westminster ‘attack’

UK police raids after Westminster ‘attack’

Media captionThe car can be seen crashing into a barrier Police are searching three addresses in the Midlands after a man was arrested on suspicion of terrorism following a car crash outside Parliament. The 29-year-old British suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police. A vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians […]

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Fraser Anning: Australia MPs condemn ‘final solution’ speech

Image copyright EPA Image caption Senator Fraser Anning says he will not apologise for his speech An Australian senator has been widely condemned for a speech that invoked the term “final solution” in a call for immigration restrictions based on race. Fraser Anning, from the conservative Katter’s Australian Party, called for migration bans on Muslims […]

Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Afghanistan Taliban withdraws protection for Red Cross

Image copyright AFP Image caption The ICRC provided more than 21,000 prostheses and orthoses in 2017 The Taliban says it will no longer allow safe passage to Red Cross staff working in Afghanistan. The militants accuse the neutral humanitarian group of failing to meet its obligations to help Taliban prisoners in a jail in Kabul. […]