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German police arrest man suspected of being Auschwitz death camp guard

Germany is investigating an alleged former Auschwitz death camp guard, prosecutors said Wednesday, who according to media reports is listed among the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most-wanted Nazis. Prosecutors in the southwestern city of Stuttgart confirmed to AFP they had “started investigating an alleged concentration camp guard in autumn of 2012″…

Bulgarian soccer fans fined $24,900 for displaying pro-Hitler banners

Top Bulgarian football club Levski Sofia has been fined almost 20,000 euros after fans displayed banners with swastikas and praise of Adolf Hitler during a recent game, the country’s football federation said on Wednesday. “The Bulgarian football union’s disciplinary committee has imposed a fine of 37,500 leva (19,200 euros, $24,900)…

Topless pro-LGBT protesters beat breasts and squirt water at Catholic archbishop

The Catholic Church in Belgium on Wednesday angrily denounced Femen topless protesters who targeted its primate at a conference though the archbishop himself remained composed and apparently at prayer throughout. The four protesters leapt out of their seats at a debate on blasphemy and freedom of expression held at the…

Dutch chemical trader ordered to pay victims of Saddam Hussein’s gas attacks

A Dutch businessman who sold Iraq’s former regime chemicals that were used in deadly gas attacks against Kurds in Iraq and in Iran was ordered on Wednesday to pay 400,000 euros ($520,000) in compensation to some of the victims. The court ruled that Frans van Anraat must pay 25,000 euros…

U.S. embassy staff interviews Boston bombing suspects’ parents

A delegation from the US embassy in Moscow interviewed the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects in the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan, but were told the two brothers had not contacted local Islamist groups, officials said Wednesday. The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are currently living…

Australia originally settled by 1,000-3,000 people 50,000 years ago

Australia was first settled by between 1,000 and 3,000 humans around 50,000 years ago, but the population crashed during the Ice Age before recovering to a peak of some 1.2 million people around five centuries ago, a study said on Wednesday. Estimating the early population of Australia is a source…

Mother and daughter hurt in Christopher Dorner manhunt awarded $4.2 million

Two women hurt during a manhunt for a gunman who staged a deadly revenge plot against Los Angeles police have reached a $4.2 million settlement, authorities said. On February 7, as the hunt was on for former police officer Christopher Dorner in California, Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother Emma…

Experts warn cheetahs could disappear from the wild by 2030

The cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, survived mass extinction during the last ice age 10,000 years ago. But it has taken just the last few decades for man to place the hunter on the endangered species list, with experts warning it could disappear from the wild by 2030. Unlike…

Indian man held for selling baby grandson on Facebook

Police in northern India said Wednesday they had arrested a 47-year-old man for selling his newborn grandson to a local businessman in a deal that was struck on Facebook. Feroz Khan, a resident of Ludhiana city in the northern state of Punjab 300 kilometres (200 miles) from New Delhi, had…

More people arrested in Yosemite for pot possession than any other activity

You might expect to find drug users on Bay Area streets or satisfying their munchies in the Haight’s coffee shops. Yosemite, though, seems like an unlikely place to find prolific drug use. However, Yosemite’s Annual Law Enforcement Reports reveals a dark cloud of marijuana smoke hanging over paradise…  …

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