World News Roundup: Vatican Discloses Uses of Pope Fund, Hoping to Reverse Weakening Trust; European leaders meet Zelenskiy in Kyiv for the first time since the start of the war and more

Here is a summary of current global news briefs.

Vatican reveals uses of pope fund, hoping to reverse slump in trust

The Vatican, in an apparent attempt to bolster faith among the faithful in how their charitable contributions to the pope are used, released the first detailed disclosure of its main fund on Thursday. The Peter’s Pence Fund, the purpose of which is to help the Pope lead the Church, is made up of income from a collection collected from Roman Catholic dioceses around the world once a year, individual contributions and legacies, and legacies .

European leaders meet Zelenskiy in Kyiv for the first time since the start of the war

The leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday in a show of support that Kyiv hopes will be followed by more arms and more action. hard to help in the war with Russia. In the first such visit to the capital since Russia launched its invasion, Frenchman Emmanuel Macron, German Olaf Scholz, Italian Mario Draghi and Romanian Klaus Iohannis shook hands with Zelenskiy, who n hasn’t left Ukraine since the start of the war.

Myanmar junta calls return to executions ‘required action’

Myanmar’s ruling military on Thursday defended the planned execution of two prominent democracy figures as legal and required, defying international criticism for the resumption of capital punishment after a three-decade hiatus. The United Nations, France, the United States and international human rights groups have urged the junta not to follow through on the execution of activist Kyaw Min Yu and former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw, who lost appeals against a terrorism conviction.

EU leaders visit Ukraine to show support after criticism

German, French and Italian leaders – all criticized in the past by Kyiv for support deemed too cautious – made a joint visit on Thursday to show solidarity with Ukraine, where officials have pleaded for more Western weapons. “This is an important moment. This is a message of unity that we are sending to Ukrainians,” French President Emmanuel Macron said after arriving in Kyiv on an overnight train with German Olaf Scholz and Italian Mario Draghi. They were also joined by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

Sri Lanka left with fuel stocks for around five days, minister says

Sri Lanka’s fuel stocks will last about five more days, its power and energy minister said on Thursday, as the island nation awaits official confirmation from the Indian government for a new $500 million line of credit. dollars for fuel. The country of 22 million is caught in its worst financial crisis in seven decades after its foreign exchange reserves hit record highs as dollars run out to pay for essential imports including food, medicine and fuel .

Protests over India’s new military recruitment system turn violent

North Indian police fired gunshots into the air on Thursday to repel crowds of stone-throwers and authorities cut off mobile internet in at least one district to prevent further chaos, as protests were intensifying against a new system of military recruitment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government this week announced a recruitment overhaul for India’s 1.38 million armed forces, seeking to lower the average age of personnel and reduce pension spending.

Lithuanian parliament calls for criminal prosecution of Russian leaders

Lithuania’s parliament on Thursday called for criminal charges against Russian leaders for their invasion of Ukraine and what it said was the large-scale forced deportation of Ukrainians to Russian territory. At least a million Ukrainians have been deported to Russia and Russian-controlled territories, including 200,000 children, parliament said in a motion passed unanimously.

Taiwan presents its latest home-made armored vehicle

Taiwan’s military on Thursday showcased its latest domestically produced armored vehicle, the CM-34 Clouded Leopard, at a remote manufacturing site in the mountains in the central part of the island. Taiwan has been keen to demonstrate its determination to defend itself if ever China, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own territory, were to attack. Those fears have deepened over the past two years or so as Beijing ramps up its military activities near Taiwan.

Netherlands claims Russian spy caught seeking internship at war crimes tribunal

The Dutch intelligence service said on Thursday it discovered a Russian military agent attempting to use a false identity to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC) which is investigating war crimes charges in Ukraine. Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov created an elaborate cover story going back years to try to enter the Netherlands as a Brazilian national for an internship at the Hague-based ICC in April, the agency’s head told Reuters.

UK condemns court’s decision to block deportation from Rwanda, won’t quit convention

Britain does not plan to leave the European Convention on Human Rights, but the Strasbourg court which applies it exceeded its powers by blocking the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda, said Thursday Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab. The government was thwarted in its attempt to send a handful of migrants on a charter plane more than 4,000 miles (6,4000 km) to Rwanda on Tuesday after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) intervened to issue injunctions, canceling the theft. .

(With agency contributions.)