World Briefs: Cardinal grilled over sex assault claims

Cardinal grilled over sex assault claims

SYDNEY • Vatican finance chief George Pell has been interviewed by Australian police in Rome over sexual assault claims, the authorities said, but no charges have been filed yet.

Victoria state police, in a statement yesterday, said three officers went to Rome last week, and Cardinal George Pell voluntarily took part in an interview to answer questions involving allegations of sexual assault. The cardinal has denied the allegations.


Ex-nurse charged with killing 8 seniors

OTTAWA • A former nurse has been arrested and charged with murdering eight elderly residents in retirement homes in Canada's Ontario province.

The alleged murders occurred between 2007 and 2014 at the two private facilities where Elizabeth Wettlaufer, 49, worked.

She faces eight counts of first-degree murder, and remains in custody after a court hearing on Tuesday.


Iran develops 'suicide drone'

TEHERAN • Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said they have developed a "suicide drone" that can deliver explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land.

The new drone is mainly for maritime surveillance and "has not been designed to be armed with missiles", Tasnim news agency - which has strong links to the Guards - reported yesterday.


Migrants flee fires in 'Jungle' camp

CALAIS (France) • Fresh fires broke out in the "Jungle" migrant camp on the second day of operations to tear down the squalid settlement in northern France.

Migrants fled with whatever little they had with them as huge clouds of black smoke yesterday billowed over the sprawling settlement near the port city of Calais.

The flames destroyed many of the tents and makeshift shelters that housed the migrants.

The authorities are expected to finish clearing the camp by the end of the day.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe