St Peter’s Basilica reopens to the public | AFP

Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican reopens to visitors after being closed for over two months under Italy’s lockdown orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Italy was the first country to go into a full lockdown over two months ago, bringing the economy to its knees. The official death toll from the virus now stands at around 32,000. IMAGES

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Pope Francis delivers his first livestreamed prayer from the Vatican | AFP

Christians gather on Saint Peter’s Square to watch the first livestreamed prayer delivered by Pope Francis. The pontiff is breaking with centuries of tradition and reverting to the use of streaming technology at the request of the Italian authorities, a move designed to keep down the number of people turning out to watch the traditional Angelus Prayer. The pope did take the time to wave at the crowd from his window at the end of the livestream. IMAGES

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‘You can’t miss with this’: Putin fires HOWITZER in St. Pete

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has visited the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, firing the traditional daily howitzer shot, which marks noon. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9lv0

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Harry Potter wand installation lights up London

Launched by the Grenadier Guards performing a live rendition of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, nine giant wands lit up Peter’s Hill in London for the first time as Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos opens to the public. The new installation, part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, was created to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity Lumos.

Live interview Peter Muyshondt (adjunct-korpschef en Directeur Operaties bij de Belgische politie)

Peter is deputy chief of police and Director of Operations at the Belgian police in Brecht. For years he fought in the front line of the war on drugs and believed he was serving society doing so. Meanwhile, his brother Tom was struggling with an addiction to hard drugs. In 2006 he died of an overdose of heroin, cocaine and medicines. Muyshondt wrote a moving book about his relationship with Tom, ‘We were brothers’ (2015), and increasingly doubted the validity of the drug war. In his second book ‘Policy on speed – How the drug war stifles all sense of reason’ (2017), he argues in favor of legalizing all drugs. In doing so, he does what no Dutch colleague dares, in a country where the taboos around drugs are much stronger than in the Netherlands.
Peter is adjunct-korpschef en Directeur Operaties bij de Belgische politie in Brecht. Jarenlang streed hij in de frontlinie van de war on drugs en geloofde dat hij de maatschappij daarmee een dienst bewees. Ondertussen kampte zijn broer Tom met een verslaving aan hard drugs. In 2006 overleed hij aan een overdosis heroïne, cocaïne en medicijnen. Muyshondt schreef het aangrijpende boek ‘Broers waren we’ (2015) en ging steeds meer twijfelen aan het nut van de drugsoorlog. In zijn tweede boek ‘Beleid op speed – Hoe de drugsoorlog alle zin voor rede versmoort’ (2017) pleit hij voluit voor legalisering van alle drugs. Daarmee doet hij wat geen enkele Nederlandse collega durft, in een land waar de taboes rond drugs veel groter zijn dan hier.

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New tactic? FEMEN activist holds a baby, asks police to leave them alone

A topless FEMEN activist tried to breastfeed a baby in Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican City on Sunday. She was swiftly detained by security and taken away from the area despite her protests.

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Muslims in Rome protest mosque closures, promise to pray to Allah in Vatican

Italian Muslims say they will pray at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican if officials continue to shut down mosques in Rome. That was reported after protests were held in the country’s capital on Friday against the closure of a sixth mosque in just a few months.

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