The Vatican arrested former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, on charges of paying for sex with young children while serving as an ambassador for the pope in the Dominican Republic. This was the first-ever arrest inside the Vatican on pedophilia charges. He is currently on house arrest and could face up to 12 years in prison.
Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, was sentenced to life in prison in New York City on Tuesday following conviction on charges of terrorism. Abu Gaith was charged with conspiracies to kill Americans and to support and provide materials for terrorists. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan explained that Abu Gaith showed no remorse and was even amused by the al Quaeda attacks on September 11, 2001, which killed over 3,000 people.
Recent reports announced that more than half of the world is unable to connect to the internet. As predicted, modern and developed countries are doing incredibly well regarding internet and mobile connectivity, whereas West Africa and other underdeveloped countries have little to no connection rates. As the world becomes more and more tech savvy and reliant, that huge percentage of the world continues to fall behind in the global economy.
At a conference in Tirana on Tuesday, Albania’s Interior Minister, Saimir Tahiri, announced that since March, police have destroyed over 102 tons of marijuana and over 530,000 cannabis plants. Albania has been a major producer of the drug as well as a transition point for other drugs from Asia and Latin American to Europe. The country has pledged “an absolute fight against drugs and dirty money.”
While there is no set plan to strip the country of the 2022 World Cup, FIFA executive committee member, Theo Zwanziger of Germany, has stated that in his opinion, the cup will eventually be held somewhere else due to Qatar’s extreme heat levels in the summer. There are bound to be life-threatening incidents due to fans travelling and sitting in the extreme heat levels and neither the country nor the FIFA executive committee would want to be responsible for those incidents.
In return for for Norway’s $150 million of developmental aid, Liberia has agreed to end deforestation by 2020. With the recent Ebola crisis and a long history of economic underdevelopment there has been widespread fear that the forests of Liberia would see intense logging to generate revenue, but the new partnership is heralded as the first of its kind and hopes to produce a sustainable economy, despite dependence on foreign aid without a strong auditing process for the development handout.
Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith. “The government lifted the ban on hijabs in the public sector workforce and state universities in 2013 after years of pressure from its supporters. The ban was widely seen as an infringement of the women’s human rights, even by some secular Turks. Opponents say President Tayyip Erdogan is trying to make Turks more devout through the school system and undo the secular order enshrined in the constitution.”
Though the Chinese government publicly stands staunchly against any forms of terrorism, their involvement fighting ISIS in recent months has been absent though privately it seems that action might be taken soon. There are also fears that the long oppressed and vilified Muslim Ughyur population of China may be seeding ISIS efforts, encouraging China to take action to defend its interests abroad and domestically.
The alleged kingpin of one of South Africa’s biggest and most violent rhino poaching syndicates, accused of obtaining 84 rhino horns via illegal means, was arrested on Friday morning in front of the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court.
South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows women to lead prayers, has been closed indefinitely, a local official has told the BBC. A City of Cape Town councillor says the newly established Open Mosque had violated municipal by-laws by not having any parking spaces. “The City Council is trying to close the mosque using ridiculous bylaws and I will not be threatened by them or anyone else,” Mr Hargey told the BBC.