Norwegian police raided the offices of Bishop Bernt Eidsvig, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Oslo, after a prosecutor accused the church of defrauding the state of $6.57 million by falsely registering people as Catholics. Eidsvig has formally denied the accusation and said he's "extremely unhappy" with the charges, though he admitted that mistakes were made.
"The fraud happened when they enrolled people in a register without the members actually knowing they were being enrolled in the church," Oslo's police prosecutor, Kristin Rusdal, told Reuters.
"Using this register they applied for funding from the state and municipalities, which is distributed on the basis of how many members the church have," Rusdal said. more >>
Patrick Sookhdeo, the founder and international director of Christian aid group Barnabas Aid International, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a female staff member in an incident that occurred in February 2014.
BBC News reported that 67-year-old Sookhdeo was also found guilty by the Swindon Crown Court's jury in the U.K. of intimidating two employees that were expected to give evidence against him.
He has been ordered to serve a three-month community order for all three charges; has been placed on a three-month curfew, and ordered to pay close to $5,400 in prosecution costs. more >>
Samsung has released information it will be unveiling its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphones in Barcelona, Spain next month, and in other markets soon after.
South Korean electronics multinational, Samsung has disclosed news it will be revealing its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S6, which will be introduced with its curved variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on March 1.
Users will be able to pre-order the phones two weeks before they are officially launched in stores by the middle of March, and sources are saying Samsung's latest offerings will be available in India by April 13. more >>
Harry Styles rumored girlfriend, Nadine Leopold, is planning to join him for some stops of One Direction's world tour, reports have emerged.
Austrian model, Nadine Leopold, whom tabloids have reported to be romantically involved with the One Direction performer, is said to be planning to meet up with him during several stops of One Direction's "On The Road Again" world tour which kicked off Feb. 7 in Sydney, Australia.
Leopold, 21, Victoria's Secret first Austrian model, is currently in Mexico on a shoot. According to Heat Magazine, she will be joining the 21-year-old English pop singer when she is able to free up time from her schedule. more >>
After fans of the "Harry Potter" actress filled the Internet with excited opinions following news she was dating Britian's Prince Harry, Emma Watson set the record straight in a message on social media.
"Harry Potter" star, Emma Watson took to Twitter over the weekend over news emerging she and the fourth-in-line to the British throne, Prince Harry, were seeing each other in a romantic capacity.
The news the two were dating energized Hermione and Prince Harry admirers into sending well-wishes, obsessing about them as the perfect couple and pointing Watson out as ideal princess material. Some even went so far as to merge images of Watson and Prince Harry's features to predict what their offspring would look like. more >>
Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who will go down in history as the oldest Bond Girl, insists she be called "Bond Woman," not "Bond Girl" for her role in "Spectre" that's hitting theaters this winter.
Monica Bellucci, whose smoldering gaze and great figure wowed audiences in "The Matrix" films, will become one of the oldest James Bond leading ladies when she takes over the big screen with co-stars Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux in "Spectre," due out in Nov. 6.
Bellucci has stressed, however, that she be called "Bond Woman" and not "Bond Girl." more >>