Judges in Belgium ﬁned a Roman Catholic care home for refusing to euthanise a 74year-old woman, it emerged in July.
The rest home in Diest was ordered to pay €6,000 (£4,545) after it prevented doctors from giving Mariette Buntjens, a lung cancer sufferer, a lethal injection. She died ‘in peaceful surroundings’ at her home a few days later. Labour MP Robert Flello described the judgment as ‘worrying’ and said there is a ‘risk that care homes will now close across Belgium’.
Uniformed men armed with guns and machetes attacked three Christian communities in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo on 5 July.
They looted homes and stole livestock, killing five women and four men, including a church elder. The attack came only two months after more than 30 Christians were murdered in a similar-style assault in another village. Thousands of people fled the area as a result.
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