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The Vatican has been rocked by yet another scandal.
gay orgy at
Vatican police have raided
a cardinal’s apartment
taking place. Police entered
an apartment at the former
palace of the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the
Faith (or Holy Office) last
month, not far from the
The occupant of the
apartment is alleged to
be a priest who ser ves
as a secretary to cardinal
Francesco Coccopalmerio, the head of
the Pontifical Council for Legislative
Texts and a personal adviser to the Pope.
The allegations of the orgy were
first published by newspaper Il Fatto
According to the paper, neighbours
became suspicious before complaining
about irregular behaviour of those
coming and going at
the apartment. When
police showed up at the
apartment, they reportedly
found drugs and a group
of men engaged in sexual
activity. The priest was
then arrested and taken for
Il Fatto Q uotidiano
suggested Pope Francis
was infuriated and may
force Coccopalmerio into
The alleged orgy is
symptomatic of a difficult
period for the Pope. Four years into his
papacy the Catholic Church appears
racked by conflict and scandal.
Critics blame the Pope’s choice
of personnel: Cardinal George Pell,
appointed to clean up the Vatican’s
murky finances, has taken a leave of
absence to defend himself against sex
abuse charges in Australia.
G20 leaders warm to clean coal
Clean coal projects such as
those proposed by the Australian
government are expected to be
endorsed by G20 leaders this week.
There has been much debate in the
lead-up to the Hamburg summit,
which starts tomorrow, surrounding
the final wording of the leaders’
communique when it comes to
tackling climate change.
United States President Donald
Trump had announced his nation
would pull out of the Paris climate
pact and renegotiate terms, deeming
it unfair and job-destroying.
He is vastly at odds with host leader
German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
who wants a bold and ambitious
statement on climate as well as a
reaffirmation of the Paris targets.
It is understood a working draft of
the communique includes a climate
action plan with room for clean coal
if G20 members so desire.
The text refers to
efficiency, renewable energy, natural
gas and nuclear power, for those
countries that opt to use it, and
advanced and cleaner fossil fuel
technologies”, the respected Climate
Home website has reported.
This could include carbon capture
and storage as well as gasified coal.
Germany ’s earlier calls for a
deadline to set deadlines to end
fossil fuel subsidies and reach zero
global emissions have been deleted
from the most recent communique
draft, which will sit well with the US,
Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The final leaders communique will
be released on Saturday.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull, who arrives in Hamburg
this afternoon, has flagged possible
government support for a clean coal
power station if the technology and
cost proved viable.
He wants Australia’s climate policy
to be technologically neutral, and
efficiently priced as well as cutting
emissions to meet the nation’s Paris
commitments. — A AP
The United Nations’ cultural body
UNESCO has called on Poland to halt
logging in its ancient Bialowieza Forest,
saying it could other wise decide to place it
on its list of world heritage sites in danger.
Bialowieza Forest, which straddles
Poland’s border with Belarus, is one
of the last and largest remaining tracts
of primeval forest that once stretched
across the European Plain.
In Krakow, southern Poland, UNESCO
delegates called for a halt to logging in
the oldest parts of the forest.
“Let ’s hope this fresh warning will
stop the illegal logging before Europe’s
oldest forest is irreversibly damaged,”
Agata Szafranska, a lawyer at Client
Earth non-government organisation was
quoted as saying in a statement.
Poland’s environment minister argues
beetles pose a threat to the forest and
logging will help protect the trees. The
conser vative government has tripled the
quota of wood that can be har vested.
The decision has prompted protests
from environmentalists and divided
Polish society. It has also raised concerns
in the European Commission, which
stepped up legal action over the logging
earlier this year. — Reuters
Erdogan backs Qatar in feud
Germany has stepped up its
campaign against organised crime
by spending five million euros ($7.78
million) to buy the so-called Panama
papers, which contain a list of those
exploiting secret offshore tax havens.
Berlin officials confirmed that
Police Office (BKA) had bought
the papers, which were published
last year, as part of its bid to track
down on possible German-based tax
“These data are being looked into
and evaluated with Hesse State’s tax
authorities to pursue criminal and
fiscal offences,” the BKA said in a
joint statement with Hesse’s finance
ministry and the public prosecutor’s
office in Frankfurt.
Some of the approximately 11.5
million documents from Panamanian
law firm Mossack Fonseca were
leaked initially to Germany ’s
Suddeutsche Zeitung and then to
other news organisations in co-
operation with the International
The documents leaked last year
exposed rich and powerful people,
who had used tax havens to hide
The list of names included
politicians, their families and close
associates from around the world.
In September 2016, Denmark
agreed to pay an anonymous source
for information about hundreds of
Danish nationals mentioned in the
data leak. The Danish opposition
parties attacked the decision as
“deeply reprehensible”. — D PA
Germany buys Panama papers
South Africa’s ruling African National
Congress has proposed at its policy
conference that land expropriation
without compensation should be allowed
where it is “necessary and unavoidable”,
President Jacob Zuma said overnight.
Land will be a key issue ahead of a
December conference where a successor
to Zuma will be chosen. The two current
front-runners are Deputy President
Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, former African Union
chair woman and Zuma’s ex-wife.
redistribution from whites to blacks
without compensation one of her main
policies. — Reuters
Joaquin Navarro-Valls, a suave, silver-
haired Spaniard who was a close
confidant of Pope John Paul II, ser ving
for more than two decades as chief
Vatican spokesman, has died at 80.
Manuel Sanchez, spokesman for
the Opus Dei movement in Rome of
which Navarro-Valls was a member, said
Navarro-Valls died yesterday after a long
Navarro-Valls was fiercely loyal to John
Paul, accompanying the Polish Pope
on most of his 104 international trips.
He also performed delicate diplomatic
missions, such as helping to prepare the
Pope’s historic pilgrimage to Cuba.
languages, was a foreign correspondent
for the Spanish newspaper ABC when
John Paul offered him the job as director
of the Vatican press office.
He was the first journalist to hold the
post. — AP
ancient forest Par is
reaffirmed Turkey’s support for
Qatar in its dispute with four other
Arab States, saying their demands
against the tiny Gulf nation were
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accuse
Qatar of supporting terrorism
and allying with regional foe Iran,
charges Doha denies, and have cut
diplomatic and commercial ties.
At a meeting in Cairo yesterday
the four nations’ foreign ministers
refrained from slapping further
sanctions on Qatar but voiced
disappointment at Doha’s failure to
comply with their 13 demands after
the expiry of the deadline.
“ When it comes to this list of 13
items . . . it ’s not acceptable under
any circumstances,” Erdogan said
on France 24 television.
Some of the terms were
tantamount to “stripping” Qatar of
its statehood, he added.
Among the demands is for Qatar
to end an accord under which
Turkey maintains a military base in
the Gulf State.
“ We remain loyal to our agreement
with Qatar. If it requests us to leave,
we will not stay where we are not
wanted,” he said, adding there had
been no such request.
Turkey, the most powerful
regional country to stand by Qatar,
has sent 100 cargo planes with
supplies since its neighbours cut
air and sea links. It has also rushed
through legislation to send more
troops to the military base in Doha.
Two contingents of Turkish
troops with columns of armoured
vehicles have arrived since the crisis
erupted on June 5.
Erdogan, who was speaking ahead
of the G20 leaders summit in
Hamburg, also took a swipe at the
United Staates saying its arming of
“terrorist ” Kurdish groups would
backfire and it would be impossible
for Washington to recover heavy
weapons as it has promised to do so.
He also said Ankara was ready
to carry out ground operations in
northern Syria against Kurdish
forces if it felt threatened.
The head of the Syrian Kurdish
YPG militia said Turkish military
deployments near Kurdish-held
areas of north-western Syria
amounted to a “declaration of war”
which could trigger clashes within
days. — Reuters
Egypt said overnight the demands
that it and three other Arab States
have made on Qatar are not
“The matter from the beginning
was not up for negotiations . . . there
is no middle ground,” Egyptian
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
told the On television channel.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain have
cut diplomatic and transport ties
with Qatar, which they accuse of
supporting terrorism and allying
with regional foe Iran.
Doha denies the charges.
The four States put to Qatar a
list of 13 demands and said they
received a negative response.
Demands not negotiable — Egypt
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