VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' finance czar is coming under intense scrutiny after ruffling feathers at the Vatican as he seeks to impose order on its unruly finances.
Italian weekly L'Espresso reported in its Friday editions that Cardinal George Pell's economy secretariat had run up a half-million euros (dollars) in expenses in the first six months of its existence. The total includes seemingly legitimate expenses, including computers and printers, but also a 2,508...
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — It's a big step toward ending unrest in eastern Ukraine.
The government and the pro-Russia rebels there are saying they're now taking part in a supervised pull-back of heavy weapons from the front line. It was supposed to have started a week ago under a peace deal that was agreed upon earlier this month.
Rebels in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions insist they have been spent the last few days drawing back their heavy weapons — a...
SAO PAULO (AP) — A judge says he has ordered the suspension of the globally popular instant messaging system WhatsApp across Brazil because it has allegedly failed to help in an investigation.
Judge Luiz de Moura Correia ordered the suspension earlier this month, though the service has continued to operate normally. The newspaper Folha de S. Paulo said that is because lawyers appealed the ruling.
The judge would not comment on details of his decision...
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives' former president has denied in court that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three years ago.
The former president, Mohamed Nasheed, also told a Criminal Court hearing Thursday that the charge against him is politically motivated, said lawyer Hisaan Hussain. He objected to two judges on a three-member bench hearing the case because they testified against him at initial inquiries.
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — At least two stolen church paintings are heading back to Bolivia, which has seen hundreds of ecclesiastical artworks looted in recent years.
The country's consul in New York says a couple there contacted Bolivian officials after learning from a museum that the two large paintings had been reported stolen. Jessica Jordan told Caedena A television that the couple bought the works in Brazil.