Pressure is growing on the European Union to formally back Venezuela's opposition, after three EU lawmakers were refused entry to the country — accused of having conspiratorial aims.' The diplomatic snub has triggered calls for Brussels to take a stronger stand against the government of disputed President Nicholas Maduro. The U.S. and many allies have recognized the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as president, after accusations of vote rigging in last year's election. Henry Ridgwell reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the resurgence of anti-Semitism is a central problem for Jewish communities. Netanyahu spoke Monday, a day before the planned summit with leaders of central European countries in Jerusalem. The planned summit of four nations known as the Visegrad Group — Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia — was supposed to take place Tuesday. But Poland withdrew from the meeting. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
Pope Francis will welcome more than 100 Catholic bishops from around the world to Holy See this week for unprecedented four-day summit to discuss clerical sex abuse in a bid to stanch damage being done to Church by a crisis that has roiled it for decades
European allies have offered a muted response to U.S. President Trump’s demand that they take back their own citizens who have been captured fighting for Islamic State in Syria. The president said the terror group is on the verge of defeat – though as Henry Ridgwell reports from the Munich Security Conference in Germany -- many analysts fear IS remains capable of staging attacks.