Five indicted over leaked documents
A Vatican judge on Saturday indicted five people, including two journalists and a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, in the latest scandal involving leaked documents that informed two books alleging financial malfeasance in the Roman Catholic Church bureaucracy.
Two members of the pope's reforms commission and a newly identified assistant were indicted on charges of disclosing confidential Vatican information and documents, while two journalists were indicted on a charge of soliciting and exerting pressure to obtain the information, according to the indictments released by the Vatican on Saturday.
Msgr. Lucio Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui were arrested by the Vatican earlier this month. The indictment also identifies for first time an assistant to Balda, Nicola Maio, as under suspicion. - AP
Put out to pasture
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has banished one of his most senior aides to a remote farm to be "revolutionized" after a spat over policy. Choe Ryong Hae, 65, was punished for disagreeing with Kim's policy of promoting the role of young people in society, South Korean lawmaker Shin Kyoung Min said, citing a briefing by his country's intelligence service. Choe was also blamed for a landslide and water leaks at an unfinished power plant near the border with China, Shin said. - Bloomberg