Italy and Belarus are in a diplomatic spat because an Italian couple refuses to return a 10-year-old Belarusian girl to her home country. The girl, known only as Maria, is one of many Belarusian orphans who spend their summers in Italian foster care. At the end of this summer, foster parents Maria and Alessandro Giusti put Maria into hiding, saying she had been raped at her orphanage and would not return. Belarusian officials say that if the girl is not handed over, all pending Italian adoptions of Belarusian children will be canceled and the summer foster program abolished.
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.
Sign up to our 10 Things You Need to Know Today newsletter
A free daily digest of the biggest news stories of the day - and the best features from our website
Ex-US diplomat confessed spying for Cuba to undercover agent, FBI says
Speed Read DOJ says former US ambassador Manuel Rocha perpetrated 'one of the highest-reaching and longest-lasting infiltrations of the United States government by a foreign agent'
By Peter Weber, The Week US Published
World's 'smelliest cheese' hits shelves
Tall Tales And other stories from the stranger side of life
By Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week UK Published
Crossword: December 5, 2023
The Week's daily crossword
By The Week Staff Published