International News in Brief

British police arrest London bomb suspect

LONDON — On Saturday, British police arrested an 18 year-old man who they believe was involved in the bombing of a London train a day earlier. Officers reportedly found the man on a ferry port in Dover and then proceeded to evacuate the area before recovering a number of items. Hours later, officers were seen raiding a house in a commuter town southwest of London. They also evacuated nearby premises as a precaution.

Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” on Friday after the attacks, indicating that another attack could be possible. Police are also keeping an open mind about multiple other individuals being involved in the attack that injured over 30 people on the London commuter train.

“This is a very significant arrest,” said interior minister Amber Rudd. “The police have made very good progress but the operation is ongoing."

Source: Reuters

Tunisians march against corruption amnesty

TUNIS — Hundreds of Tunisians gathered together this weekend to protest a new law that grants officials from the former regime amnesty from prosecution. These officials are accused of political corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Around 1,500 people were seen marching through the capital, waving flags saying "No to forgiveness" and "Resisting against mafia rule."

Critics of the law say it is a step back from the motivation behind Tunisia’s 2011 revolution to oust Ben Ali against corruption and inequality. Government officials, however, say the new law will help the country move on from the past.

Source: Reuters

Vatican recalls priest from Washington Embassy

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has recalled a high-ranking priest working as a diplomat in the Holy See’s embassy in Washington on Friday after American authorities sought to charge him with possession of child pornography. The Vatican said the priest would face an investigation and potential trial in Vatican City.

Although the cleric has not been identified and specific details of the case have not been disclosed, Italian news media and an American official familiar with the investigation said it was Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who was ordained in Milan in 1993 and entered the diplomatic corps in 2004.

If convicted, the priest could be charged under a 2013 law signed by Pope Francis regarding crimes related to child pornography which carries a prison sentence of up to 12 years and a fine of up to 250,000 euros.

In response to criticisms about protecting one of their own, the Vatican said it was exercising standard diplomatic practice as a sovereign state.

“Not only are we seeing no action, we are seeing actions that are taking us backwards,” said Barbara Dorris, the managing director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Source: The New York Times