Gerard Depardieu, the French actor just awarded Russian citizenship, praised his “special relationship” with Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov as he started filming a movie in the mainly Muslim Russian region.
The Rio de Janeiro stadium that will host next year’s soccer World Cup final is at the center of a dispute between a group of spectators who hold lifetime seats and the city that promised to give the sport’s governing body complete control over the facility.
The 115 voting cardinals of the Catholic church began today their secret conclave to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. There is a saying in Rome that “he who enters the conclave a pope exits as a cardinal” and it is notoriously tricky to try to handicap the papal vote.
Electing a successor to Benedict XVI will involve a centuries-old procedure steeped in secrecy that will offer few signals about the identity of the 266th pope until white smoke wafts over St. Peter’s Square.
Pope Benedict XVI met with Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro after the pontiff called for greater freedom for the Roman Catholic Church and warned against fanatics during a three-day visit to the communist island.