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Vatican arrests ex-members of Francis' reform body over alleged leaks

Vatican leaksA monsignor and a woman who had served on a financial reform commission set up by Pope Francis have been arrested in the probe of yet another leak of confidential information and documents, the Vatican said Monday.

A statement from the Holy See's press office said that Vatican prosecutors on Monday upheld the arrests of the two, who had been interrogated over the weekend. It identified the woman as Francesca Chaouqui and the monsignor as the Rev. Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda. The monsignor is still a Vatican employee while Chaouqui had served on a commission that had been set up by Pope Francis in 2013 as part of his drive to reform the Holy See's finances. Vallejo Balda had also served on the commission, now defunct.


Six infants drown as migrant boat capsizes off Greek island

infants drown in AgaenEleven migrants including six infants drowned when their boat capsized off the Greek island of Samos, trapping most of them in the cabin, the coast guard said on Sunday.

Fifteen others were rescued when the six-meter boat sank in the early hours near the coast of the Aegean island.


Somali hotel attack kills over a dozen, including government official

Somalia hotel attackAt least 13 people were killed and dozens wounded in a dawn attack Sunday at a hotel in the Somalian capital of Mogadishu, a police official said.

Al-Shabab, a group fighting against Somalia's weak U.N.- backed government, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement that was delivered by their spokesman, Sheikh Abdiaziz Abu-Musab, on the group's radio station, Andulus.

By midday, Somali security forces had ended the siege at the Sahafi Hotel, said police commander Ali Ahmed.


Publisher of slain blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Faysal ArefinA publisher of a slain online critic of religious militancy was hacked to death on Saturday in the Bangladesh capital, police said, hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country.

Faysal Arefin published books by Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin who was killed by Islamists militants in the same way in February.


Romanian nightclub fire and stampede kills dozens

Romanian night club fireSurvivors of a deadly nightclub fire and stampede in Romania say a free concert by a metal band drew hundreds of young people to an event that ended in horror.

The quick-moving fire on Friday night caused a panic; 27 people died and another 180 were injured.

More than 140 people remained hospitalized Saturday, some in critical condition suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Officials expect the death toll to rise in what is the worst disaster of its kind ever in Romania.


Egypt says Russian aircraft crashes in Sinai, no survivors

Russian plane crashes in SinaiA Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said.

There were no survivors, the Russian Embassy in Cairo said on its Twitter account.

Adel Mahgoub, chairman of the state company that runs Egypt's civilian airports, said that, except for three Ukrainian passengers, everyone on board was Russian. An Egyptian Cabinet statement said the passengers were 138 women, 62 men and 17 children. It said the aircraft, an Airbus 321, was 18 years old. There were seven crew members.


Iraq Inquiry publication date criticized

Iraq war inquiryThe author of the inquiry into the Iraq War is facing criticism after announcing his report would not be published until June or July 2016.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "immensely frustrated" at how long Sir John Chilcot's inquiry, which began in 2009, was taking.

The mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq said it was "another let-down".


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