The world at a glance . . . Europe
Frankfurt, GermanySinger arrested over HIV: A singer in Germany’s most successful girl band was arrested this week on suspicion of “causing grievous bodily harm” by infecting a man with HIV. Nadja Benaissa, who has a string of No. 1 hits with the group No Angels, allegedly had unprotected sex with three men without telling any of them that she was HIV-positive, authorities said. One of them reportedly contracted HIV. The singer was arrested just before she was to give a solo concert. She is being detained because a judge ruled that she might repeat the offense if allowed out on bail. Her lawyer said there is “no proof” that she infected anyone with HIV. If found guilty, Benaissa faces up to 10 years in prison.
Vatican CityKennedy not welcome: Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s top choice to serve as ambassador to the Holy See, has been summarily rejected by the Vatican, Milan’s Il Giornale reported this week. Kennedy was deemed unacceptable because of her support for abortion rights, Vatican sources said. Two other potential nominees floated by the administration also were rejected on similar grounds. Officially, the Vatican says that it has not formally rejected any candidate because no nominee has been officially put forward. The Obama administration declined comment. Since the U.S. established formal relations with the Vatican in 1984, the ambassadorial post has always been held by pro-life Catholics, under both Republican and Democratic administrations.