Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 3rd 2015 Contents VATICAN CITY---The Vatican said yes-
terday it has arrested a monsignor and a
woman in the latest probe of leaks of con-
fidential documents at the Holy See.
It said in a statement that the two had
been interrogated over the weekend, and
that Holy See prosecutors upheld the ar-
The woman was identified as Francesca
Chaouqui and the monsignor as the Rev
Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda. The monsignor
is a Vatican employee while Chaouqui had
served on a commission set up by Pope
Francis in 2013 as part of his drive to re-
form the Holy See's finances.
A Vatican spokesman said Vallejo Balda
was being held in a jail cell in Vatican City,
and that Chaouqui was allowed to go free
because she co-operated in the probe.
Yesterday's announcement was the lat-
est confirmation that scandal and intrigue
still swirl in the largely closed world of the
Vatican's administrative bureaucracy.
Leaks of confidential documents from
retired Pope Benedict XVI's papers in 2012
led to the arrest and trial of a papal butler
and a Vatican computer technician.
A 2013 Vatican law made it a crime to
leak confidential documents and informa-
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Monsignor arrested as Vatican probes leaked documents
A child's shoe is seen in front of debris from a Russian airliner which crashed at the Hassana area in Arish city, north
Egypt, Sunday. Russia has grounded Airbus A321 jets flown by the Kogalymavia airline, Interfax news agency reported on
Sunday, after one of its fleet crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. REUTERS PHOTO
The Russian plane that crashed in
Egypt was not struck from the outside
and the pilot did not make a distress
call before it disappeared from radar,
a source in the committee analysing
the flight recorders said yesterday.
The source declined to give more
details but based his comments on
the preliminary examination of the
black boxes recovered from the Airbus
A321 which crashed in the Sinai
Peninsula on Saturday killing all 224
people on board.
The Egyptian government said the
black boxes were being examined by
Egyptian and Russian experts along
with German and French specialists
from Airbus and from Ireland where
the aircraft was registered. It said the
search was continuing across the 9-
sq-km crash site. Security sources
said intelligence agencies had obtained
a copy of the passenger list.
Russian officials have said the
plane, carrying holidaymakers from
the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh
to St Petersburg, likely broke up in
mid-air but said it was too early to
say what caused it to crash.
Russian President Vladimir Putin,
who had declared Sunday a day of
mourning, said yesterday the crash
was a great tragedy.
When asked if a terrorist attack
could be to blame, Putin's spokesman
Dmitry Peskov said no theory could
yet be ruled out.
An Egyptian militant group affil-
iated with Islamic State said on Sat-
urday it brought down the plane "in
response to Russian air strikes that
killed hundreds of Muslims on Syrian
land." Russian Transport Minister
Maxim Sokolov dismissed the claim,
saying it "can't be considered accu-
The aircraft disappeared from radar
screens 23 minutes after take off at
an altitude of 31,000 feet, Egypt's
Civil Aviation Ministry said. Fligh-
tRadar24, a Sweden-based flight
tracking service, said the aircraft was
descending rapidly when the signal
to air traffic control was lost. (Reuters)
FLORIDA---Federal investigators have positively identified
the wreckage found 15,000 feet deep in the sea as that of
the ill-fated cargo ship El Faro.
The National Transportation Safety Board said yesterday
on Twitter that the survey of the area will continue.
The ship sank in about 15,000 feet of water October 1
during Hurricane Joaquin with 33 people aboard east of the
Bahamas. No survivors were found.
The NTSB says sonar indicates the ship landed upright,
which could help crews recover the ship's data record, or
The agency says the US Navy is continuing to survey the
area around the wreckage. (AP)
Wreckage found on ocean
floor confirmed as El Faro
Iran has begun shutting down uranium enrichment cen-
trifuges under the terms of a deal struck with six world
powers in July on limiting its nuclear programme, Tehran s
atomic energy chief said yesterday during a visit to Tokyo.
"We have already started to take our measures vis-a-vis
the removal of the centrifuge machines---the extra centrifuge
machines. We hope in two months time we are able to
exhaust our commitment," Ali Akbar Salehi told public
NHK's Web site also quoted Salehi as saying it was impor-
tant that there be "balance" in implementing the deal, sig-
naling Tehran's stance that all sanctions against Iran should
be lifted promptly in step with its dismantling of nuclear
Centrifuges spin at supersonic speed to increase the ratio
of the fissile isotope in uranium. Low-enriched uranium is
used to fuel nuclear power plants, Iran's stated goal, but
can also provide material for bombs if refined much further,
which the West has feared may have been Iran's latent goal.
Iran starts taking nuclear
ATHENS---Amnesty International yesterday criticised
Europe s failure to stop migrant deaths in the Aegean Sea as
the death toll from ramshackle boats sinking off Greece rises
"Inertia and the lack of political will cost lives in the
Aegean," the international rights watchdog's Greek branch
said in a statement.
"How many drowned refugees and how many dead children
are required to activate European values'?" asked Amnesty's
Greek branch chief Yiorgos Kosmopoulos.
Amnesty noted that a 12.5-kilometre fence erected on
Greece's border with Turkey in 2012 had exacerbated the
"The fence... has forced refugees and migrants to choose
the more dangerous sea route from Turkey to Greece," it
However, the Greek minister responsible for migration said
that although the leftist government was ideologically opposed
to the fence, tearing it down was not an option for now.
Many of the migrants had in the past fallen victim to sub-
zero temperatures or to border landmines. (AFP)
Amnesty raps EU 'inertia' on
migrant deaths off Greece Flight recorders show
Russian jet crashed
...not struck from outside
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