{FD} Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel's European founders in the 1950s has reopened old wounds of an ethnic divide within Judaism ahead of the country's 70th anniversary festivities.

{FD} Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal’s sex case

A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis has told an Australian court that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics.

{FD} Rohingya lawyer urges UN to refer Myanmar to ICC for crimes

A lawyer from Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority who focuses on the trauma, mass rape and trafficking of its girls and women urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court for "horrific crimes" against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups.

{FD} Bangladesh rejects Myanmar’s claim of repatriating Rohingya

Bangladesh has rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation has repatriated the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape military-led violence against the minority group.

{FD} Pope ‘deeply disturbed’ by lack of common response to Syria

Pope Francis told the faithful in St. Peter's Square that he is "deeply disturbed" by the international community's failure to come up with a common response to the crisis in Syria and other parts of the world.

{FD} APNewsBreak: Chile victims meet pope April 28-29 at Vatican

The three main protagonists in denouncing Chile's sex abuse scandal will meet with Pope Francis over the weekend of April 28-29 and will stay as his guests at the Vatican hotel where he lives.

{FD} Vatican commission proposes a synod on women

The Vatican's commission of Latin American church leaders is demanding greater opportunities for women in the church and proposing that Pope Francis call a special meeting of the world's bishops to discuss women.

{FD} AP Exclusive: Victims seek compensation in abuse reckoning

Eight victims of the Catholic Church's most notorious pedophile are pressing the Legion of Christ religious order to compensate them for the sexual abuse they suffered and the psychological harm they say resulted from the order's prolonged campaign to discredit them.

{FD} Vatican: Pope Chile letter a “spiritual state of emergency”

The Vatican says Pope Francis' apology to Chilean sex abuse victims and request that the country's bishops come to Rome to figure out reforms amounts to a "spiritual state of emergency" declaration for the Chilean church.