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BERLIN---A German court says a 93-
year-old man has been charged with
170,000 counts of accessory to mur-
der on allegations he served as an SS
guard at the Nazis Auschwitz death
camp in occupied Poland.
The defendant, whose name wasn t
disclosed in line with privacy laws, al-
legedly served in Auschwitz from Jan-
uary 1942 to June 1944, the Detmold
state court said in a statement yester-
He s alleged to have been assigned
to the Auschwitz I camp, but also to
have helped supervise new prisoners,
largely Jews, as they arrived in
Auschwitz-Birkenau, the part of the
camp complex where most of its 1.1
million victims were killed.
Defence attorney Johannes Salmen
says his client has acknowledged
being at Auschwitz I, but denies being
assigned to Birkenau or being in-
volved in killings. (AP)
93-year-old charged in Germany with serving as Nazi guard
CAIRO---Egyptian warplanes struck
Islamic State targets in Libya yesterday in
swift retribution for the extremists
beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian
hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly
online video released hours earlier.
At the same time, Egypt called for inter-
national intervention in Libya against the
Islamic State group. Loyalists of the Syria
and Iraq-based group have risen to dominate
several cities in the chaos-riven North
Italy, just across the Mediterranean Sea,
says it is prepared to lead international
action in Libya.
After the release of the beheading video
Sunday night, the tiny Christian-majority
home village of more than half of the 21
Egyptians believed killed by the extremists
was gutted by grief. Inside the village church,
relatives wept and shouted the names of
the dead in shock.
"What will be a relief to me is to take a
hold of his murderer, tear him apart, eat up
his flesh and liver," said Bushra Fawzi in el-
Aour village, as he wept over the loss of his
22-year-old son Shenouda. "I want his body
back. If they dumped it in the sea, I want
it back. If they set fire to it, I want its dust."
The 21---mainly young men from impov-
erished families---had travelled to Libya for
work and were kidnapped in two groups in
December and January from the coastal city
of Sirte. In the video, the group is marched
onto what is purported to be a Libyan beach
before masked militants with knives carve
off the head of each. The killing of at least
a dozen of them is clearly visible, though
it was not clear from the video whether all
21 hostages were killed.
Two rounds of Egyptian airstrikes, several
hours apart yesterday, struck targets in the
eastern Libyan city of Darna, according to
Egyptian and Libyan security officials, who
spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to talk the press.
Egypt s military announced the strikes
on state radio, marking the first time Cairo
has publicly acknowledged military action
in Libya. It said the strikes hit weapons
caches and training camps "to avenge the
bloodshed and to seek retribution from the
"Let those far and near know that Egyp-
tians have a shield to protect and safeguard
the security of the country and a sword
that cuts off terrorism," it said. (AP)
Egypt avenges bloodshed
COPENHAGEN, Denmark---A Danish court yesterday
jailed two suspected accomplices of the slain gunman
behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen while the
prime minister said there were no signs of links to
a wider terror network.
Danes mourned the two victims of the country s
first fatal terror attacks in 30 years, while some also
put flowers at the spot where police killed the gun-
The suspects arraigned yesterday were accused of
helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of
a weapon during the manhunt that ended early yes-
terday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with
a SWAT team, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defence
attorney for one of the two suspects.
Prosecutors had asked a judge to place them in four
weeks of solitary confinement and the relatively short
period of detention---ten days in custody---suggests
the case against the men is "thin," added Juul Eriksen s
assistant, Anders Rohde.
Rohde was speaking to reporters after a four-hour
custody hearing held behind closed doors for the men,
who were not named.
Two people were killed in the weekend attacks,
including a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech
event and a Jewish security guard shot in the head
outside a synagogue in Copenhagen. Five police officers
were wounded in the attacks. Police said yesterday
they are in good condition and are expected to be
released from hospital this week.
Authorities have not identified the gunman, but
have described him as a 22-year-old Dane with a
history of violence and gang connections. Denmark s
security service said he may have been inspired by the
terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris that killed
17 people. (AP)
Terrorist attack isolated
says Danish PM
After mass Isis killings
A performer from the Salgueiro samba school parades during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone---Sierra Leone s government
promised a full investigation yesterday after an internal
audit found that nearly one-third of the money received
to fight Ebola was spent without saving the necessary
receipts and invoices to justify the spending.
The audit report first emerged in Sierra Leone s par-
liament last week, detailing how some US$5.75 million
in funds either had no or insufficient documentation.
That represents about a third of the total US$19.32
million under review.
In a statement released yesterday, the government
pledged a full investigation, and said the matter also
would be debated in parliament.
"The Government wishes to make it abundantly clear
that those who are found guilty of misusing Ebola funds
will face the full force of the law," it said.
The report by Sierra Leone s Auditor General covered
the months of May through October 2014, and looked
at donations received directly by the government to
"It is clear from our audit conducted that there con-
tinue to be lapses in the financial management system
in Sierra Leone and these have ultimately resulted in
the loss of funds and a reduction in the quality of service
delivery in the health sector," the report stated. (AP)
Sierra Leone to
audit Ebola funds
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