Ex-Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa despite Congress invitation | World news

An outspoken former detainee in China’s internment camps for Muslims has said that his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected even though he had been invited to speak at Congress about his ordeal. Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the chairs of the …

Indian supreme court upholds women’s right to enter Kerala temple | World news

India’s supreme court has ruled against a ban on girls and women of menstruating age from entering a prominent Hindu temple in southern Kerala state, upholding rights to equality of worship. The authorities at the Sabarimala temple, which attracts tens of millions of pilgrims every year, have said the ban on women and girls aged …

‘Shocking’ sexual abuse of children by German clergy detailed in report | World news

A “shocking” report into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Germany is “probably only the tip of the iceberg”, the country’s justice minister has said. The German Catholic church presented the results of an investigation into decades of sexual abuse of children on Tuesday afternoon. The report details the cases of 3,677 …

Bali to bring in new rules for visiting temples after decline in ‘quality of tourists’ | World news

Authorities in Bali have vowed to stop westerners in bikinis posing in front of sacred temples as they lament a decline in the “quality of tourists” visiting the island. Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Sukawati, known as Cok Ace, said the authorities had been concerned by a recent rise in disrespectful behaviour by tourists …

Pope begs forgiveness and vows to pursue justice in abuse scandal | World news

Pope Francis has said the church must be “firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice” as the issue of sexual and institutional abuse continued to dominate his fraught two-day trip to Ireland. Speaking at the Marian shrine in Knock in the west of Ireland, the pope begged for forgiveness for the “scandal …

‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’: Belfast politician decries ‘anti-Protestant’ poster | UK news

A poster of a brain which features slogans such as “Save Ulster from Sodomy” and “Fuck the Pope” has outraged a Belfast politician. Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) councillor Graham Craig said the poster, which has been erected in Belfast city centre, is “anti-Protestant … offensive and derogatory”. The poster features slogans which are used pejoratively …

Tory chief tells Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa remarks | Politics

Boris Johnson has been told by Conservative party chiefs to apologise for his claim that Muslim women in burqas resemble letter boxes and bank robbers. The Tory chairman, Brandon Lewis, said he had asked the former foreign secretary to say sorry for his controversial remarks in an attempt to draw a line under the Islamophobia …

Pope changes teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases | World news

Pope Francis has said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Catholic church would work for its abolition across the world. Capital punishment was “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, Francis said in a change to Catholic teaching which leaves the Vatican at odds with countries, such as the US …

Patricia Fox: Australian nun who angered Duterte ordered to leave Philippines | World news

The Philippines immigration bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move “persecution” and said they would appeal. The Bureau of Immigration also wants to prohibit Sister Patricia Anne Fox from returning to the country for violating the terms …

Malcolm Turnbull says pope must sack disgraced Australian archbishop Philip Wilson | Australia news

Malcolm Turnbull has called on the pope to step in and sack Philip Wilson, after the Adelaide archbishop said he would not step down until after his appeals process has been exhausted. The prime minister called on the pope to intervene and force Wilson from his position, after the 67-year-old became the most senior Catholic …