BERLIN — A German federal court has rejected a former Auschwitz death camp guard’s appeal against his conviction for being an accessory to murder, a decision greeted Monday as setting an important precedent for future prosecutions of Holocaust perpetrators.
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HAVANA — Thousands of Cubans began lining up early near Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution Monday carrying portraits of Fidel Castro, flowers and Cuban flags for the start of week-long services bidding farewell to the man who ruled the country for nearly half a century.
One of the first in line was Tania Jimenez, 53, a mathematician who arrived at 4 a.m. carrying a rose.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Attorney Andres Gil Dominguez may have had bigger cases, but he’s never had bigger clients.
A city prosecutor’s office has authorized Gil Dominguez to represent three elephants in captivity at a former zoo in Argentina’s capital. He’s demanding that Mara, Kuki and Pupi be transferred to a reserve abroad where they can have a better quality of life.
HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese authorities have seized 619 kilograms (1,362 pounds) of ivory smuggled from Africa after finding 4 tons at the same port over the past two months, state media and an official said Friday.
The ivory seized Thursday had been hidden in two containers arriving at Cat Lai port in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, the Customs newspaper said.
Singapore’s army is sending a team to Hong Kong to secure nine of its armoured personnel carriers that were seized by customs authorities while in transit through the southern Chinese territory, the Defence Ministry said Friday.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Three patients remained critically ill on Thursday, three days after a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma killed four people and sent hundreds to hospitals in Australia’s second-largest city, an official said.
BOSTON — The Great Molasses Flood of 1919 ‚Äî one of Boston’s most peculiar disasters ‚Äî killed 21 people, injured 150 others and flattened buildings when a giant storage tank ruptured.
BEIJING — At least 40 people were killed in a scaffolding collapse Thursday morning at a construction site in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi, state media reported.
A work platform at a power plant cooling tower being built in the city of Fengcheng came tumbling down at about 7:30 a.m., an official with the local Work Safety Administration said by telephone.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Turkey and football will be the main Thanksgiving headliners up on the International Space Station.
NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough, the station’s commander, is serving as Thanksgiving chef for the six-person crew. He showed off the specialties he’ll be preparing in a video this week.
MADISON, Wis. — Federal judges struck down Wisconsin’s Republican-drawn legislative districts as unconstitutional on Monday, marking a victory for minority Democrats that could force the Legislature to redraw the maps.