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Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

World
Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the "exceptional amount of damage" the priest's crimes had caused. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was originally sanctioned in 2011 to live a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for having sexually abused minors in the upscale Santiago parish he ran. The Vatican said Francis was doing so for "the good of the church." "It is without doubt an exceptional measure, but Karadima's grave crimes have caused exceptional damage in Chile," Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said. The "penance and prayer" sanction has been the Vatican's punish...
15 detained in China rabies vaccine scandal

15 detained in China rabies vaccine scandal

Health
Chinese state media say a total of 15 people have been detained in a growing scandal over the faking of records by a rabies vaccine maker. Those detained include the CEO of Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd., which has been accused of fabricating production and inspection records following a surprise visit to company offices by inspectors last week. The other 14 were also executives at the company, state broadcaster CCTV said on Wednesday. Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have demanded urgent attention to the matter, underscoring the government's concern over public outrage about a series of public health scandals, especially ones concerning children. The World Health Organization applauded the government's action, saying it shows "when regulatory oversight works wel...
Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Business
Offering handy parenting tips and £200 worth of vouchers, Emma's Diary may have seemed like the perfect website for new parents to sign up to.But in exchange for free nappies, they also gave consent for their data to be used for a mix of advertising purposes.It has now emerged that the data was sold to the Labour Party in 2017, even though the consent did not extend to political parties.The site now faces a fine for misuse of personal data.The case is part of the Information Commissioner's inquiry into political digital marketing, following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.What began with a look at the misuse of Facebook data has now has opened a window on the complex ecosystem of online advertising, and thrown light on...
Audi boss arrested over 'dieselgate' scandal

Audi boss arrested over 'dieselgate' scandal

Business
The chief executive of Audi has been detained by German authorities investigating the "dieselgate" scandal at parent firm Volkswagen. Prosecutors in Munich said Rupert Stadler - the most senior group official to be held since the emissions saga began almost three years ago - was arrested at home in the early hours following a search of the property last week.They said his detention was linked to fears he might obstruct their continuing investigation, adding that he had been remanded in custody by a judge.Audi responded by insisting there was a presumption of innocence in the case involving Mr Stadler, who has led the Audi division since 2007. Image: Mr Stadler is a German national who has held senior positions within VW since 199...
VW fined €1.2bn over diesel emissions scandal

VW fined €1.2bn over diesel emissions scandal

Business
The emissions scandal that engulfed Volkswagen three years ago continues to dog the carmaking giant, as German authorities hit the group with a €1.2bn fine. Volkswagen has said that prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig levied the £880m fine, saying the carmaker failed to properly oversee its engine development department's activities, resulting in about 10.7m diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide.The firm said it hoped that paying the fine would have "positive effects on other official proceedings being conducted in Europe against Volkswagen" and its subsidiaries.:: VW Group set to 'recall up to 28,000' Volkswagens and Seats over seatbelt issue Image: Reacquired Volks...