Iranian fuel in Lebanon
The distribution of Iranian Fuel has begun in Lebanon despite objection from the United States. Experts say the move is more than just fuel provisions for the Mediterranean country.
Europe military force row
The NATO chief has criticized support for a parallel military alliance made up of troops from European Union member states. Jens Stoltenberg said the European-only force would risk dividing and weakening the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He described NATO as the cornerstone for the security of the continent. This comes amid growing calls within the EU for a new, coordinated military task force. Support has increased for the idea over the past months, since Brussels was sidelined by Washington as the US ended its military presence in Afghanistan. The recent security arrangement between the United States, Britain and Australia has further added to the chorus of voices calling for a European-only military force.
French church scandal
Victims of sexual abuse by the French clergy ask for action from the Catholic Church, demanding compensation and clear responses to those affected. This comes after an independent commission published a probe that suggests nearly 216,000 children, mostly boys, have been abused by the clergy over the past seven decades. The commission accused the Church of putting children in touch with predators. According to the report, there have been somewhere between 2,900 to 3,200 abusers in France since 1950. Following the revelation, Pope Francis expressed QUOTE- deep sadness for the victims while the French Church has announced a plan to compensate those affected beginning next year.