Pope Urges Justice, Unity in Sri Lanka
Pope Francis has highlighted the need for "justice, healing and unity" in Sri Lanka, where he arrived Tuesday for the start of a week-long trip to Asia.
The pope spoke at the international airport in Colombo, saying Sri Lanka needs to pursue the truth of what happened during its long civil war, and rebuilding must include a respect for human rights and "the full inclusion of each member of society."
The pope was greeted by newly inaugurated President Maithripala Sirisena, who has promised an independent domestic inquiry into wartime abuses.
The 78-year-old pontiff postponed a meeting with Sri Lankan bishops after the journey from the airport, in an open top car under hot sun, took longer than expected.
Pope Francis will spend two days in Sri Lanka before heading to the Philippines. On Wednesday, he will hold a seaside mass, in the capital, Colombo, and canonize the country's first saint, 17th century missionary Joseph Vaz.
The visit to Asia is the pope's second to the region since beginning his papacy, and is part of the Church's outreach to developing nations.
穆巴拉克2012年被判处有罪并被判处终身监禁， 但法院后来推翻这一判决， 法院去年11月取消对他的指控。检方对这一决定提出上诉。
Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for Mubarak
An Egyptian appeals court says ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will get a retrial in the embezzlement case that earned them multi-year sentences last year.
The court in Cairo announced its decision Tuesday, a move that rolls back the only remaining conviction against Mr. Mubarak.
Judicial sources say Mr. Mubarak, currently detained at a military hospital, could be freed at some point. But a security official told Egypt's official MENA news agency that will not happen until the judiciary orders his release.
A lower court found the former Egyptian president and his two sons guilty in May, saying they embezzled about $17 million in funds to be used to renovate presidential palaces.
The 86-year-old Mr. Mubarak has been serving a three-year sentence in a military hospital, while sons Alaa and Gamal were each given four-year terms.
The former president is also facing a retrial in another case involving the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his three decades in power.
He was originally convicted in that case and sentenced to life in prison in 2012, but the verdict was later overturned, and a court dropped the charges in November.
Prosecutors have appealed the dismissal.