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Photographer of Auschwitz experiments dies aged 95

WARSAW — Wilhelm Brasse, who as a prisoner at Auschwitz was forced to photograph the experiments of Doctor Josef Mengele, died on Tuesday aged 95. Brasse’s work at the concentration camp also included taking photographs of his fellow inmates for identity cards, resulting in a collection of 39,000 images that…

Okinawa leader says U.S. quick to act on rape case

WASHINGTON — The leader of Japan’s southern island chain of Okinawa on Tuesday welcomed the “quick” US response to an alleged rape by servicemen of a local woman, saying Washington was taking the case seriously. Governor Hirokazu Nakaima was visiting Washington for a previously planned symposium on Okinawa’s heavy US…

Thousands in Madrid protest against austerity cuts

MADRID — Thousands of Spaniards massed outside parliament in Madrid Tuesday yelling in anger at government austerity cuts that they say are punishing the poor. Surrounded by police in fleets of riot vans, the crowd gathered in front of police barriers blocking the road to the Congress where lawmakers were…

Jamaica and Cuba issue hurricane warnings

MIAMI — Hurricane warnings were issued Tuesday for Jamaica and parts of Cuba as Tropical Storm Sandy gained strength in the southern Caribbean. Forecasters predicted that Sandy will hit Jamaica as a hurricane Wednesday before crossing eastern Cuba that night en route to the Bahamas by the weekend. A tropical…

Catholic bishops reconsider Muslim conversion after Arab Spring

Catholic bishops meeting for a global synod in the Vatican have been raising in public the delicate topic of converting Muslims to Christianity on the back of the Arab Spring revolutions. “Something’s happening that is linked to the Arab Spring. People are asking questions, no longer satisfied by the common…

Poland to open long-delayed museum on country’s near-vanished Jewish culture

Poland is on course to open a long-delayed museum dedicated to its near vanished Jewish minority next year, Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski said Tuesday, lauding the project’s global impact. “It will be an important institution not only in Europe, but in the world,” Zdrojewski said at a presentation for the…

WHO: Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo stabilizes

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has stabilised, with no new deaths or cases in more than a week, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday. For the past 10 days, the death toll from the haemorraghic fever has remained at 36 and no new cases have…

Greenpeace: Japan’s radiation monitoring unreliable

TOKYO — Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. The environmental group said authorities were wasting time cleaning up evacuated areas and should prioritise decontamination efforts in places where…

Prostitution kingpin linked to Kadhafi son sentenced to 8 years

A French court Tuesday sentenced a Lebanese businessman in absentia to eight years in prison over a high-end prostitution ring operating at the Cannes Film Festival that had ties to a slain son of Moamer Kadhafi. The judge also slapped a 50,000 euro ($64,000) fine on Elie Nahas, a Lebanese…

Netherlands considers heated bike paths

Researchers in bicycle-mad Netherlands have come up with a novel way to get more cyclists out during the harsh winter months while also lowering the number of injuries: heated bike paths. “The idea is to install a system under bike paths to prevent ice forming in winter,” engineer Marcel Boerefijn…

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