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Cardinal Barbarin found guilty

A court in Lyon, France has handed Cardinal Philippe Barbarin a six-month suspended sentence for failing to report sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

The Archbishop of Lyon was convicted on Thursday of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts that took place in his diocese in the 1980s and early 1990s, by a priest who is due to go on trial later this year.

READ MORE: Philippe Barbarin: Suspended prison sentence for cardinal who failed to report abuse allegations

Jewish museum trial

A jury is expected to give its verdict on the trial of a Frenchman accused of murdering four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum. Mehdi Nemmouche is alleged to have shot dead two Israeli tourists, a volunteer worker, and a receptionist in May 2014.

READ MORE: Jewish Museum Brussels reflects on terror attack as trial opens

France targets digital giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook with new tax

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has unveiled plans for France's new tax on digital giants, calling it a "tax of the 21st Century."

Dubbed the GAFA tax, which is an acronym of the US companies it targets: Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, the proposed levy will impose a 3% revenue tax on digital companies with global revenues above €750 million and above €25 million in France.

The French Economy Ministry said it believed the tax would raise €500 million per year.

You can watch Good Morning Europe's report about this in the above video player.

READ MORE: France unveils plans for its GAFA tax, a new taxation on digital companies

People who 'disrespect' the government could be now jailed in Russia

Today the Duma will pass the third reading of two bills — one prohibits the publication of fake news online, another disrespect of the state, its symbols and those who represent it, including the president.

READ MORE: What is Russia's new fake news law all about? Euronews Answers

Venezuela expels German ambassador for meddling

The German Ambassador to Venezuela, Daniel Kriener, has been ordered to leave the country having been declared "persona non grata" by the government.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza posted the news in a press release on Twitter.

Arreaza said the decision was based on Daniel Kriener’s “repeated acts of interference in the country’s internal affairs”.

In the statement, Nicolas Maduro's administration accused him and the German government of "crass" and "unlawful" meddling.

It comes after Germany was among the countries to recognise Maduro's rival, Juan Guaido, as the country's legitimate leader.

READ MORE: Venezuela expels German ambassador Daniel Kriener for meddling

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