{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.