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BERLIN---A German nurse who
admits to killing more than 30 patients
expressed regret for his actions
yesterday, telling victims' relatives that
he hoped his conviction would help
them come to terms with their loss.
Prosecutors had accused the 38-year-
old defendant of killing three people and
attempting to kill two others by
injecting them with an overdose of
heart medication. They said he was
motivated by the thrill of trying to
resuscitate his victims.
But during his trial in the northern city
of Oldenburg the man, identified only as
Niels H in line with German privacy
rules, told the court that he performed
the procedure on at least 90 patients,
causing over 30 deaths between 2003
A spokesman for the Oldenburg
regional court said the defendant had
become bored after being moved from
the city hospital's busy emergency room
to a quieter post in the nearby town of
The defendant apologised to victims'
relatives, who were in court as co-
plaintiffs, said Herrmann, who added:
"He said he'd understand if they couldn't
A verdict is expected next week. (AP)
Obama yesterday called on the world
to confront efforts to use Islam to
justify violence, saying Muslim com-
munities in particular have a respon-
sibility to push back on "twisted
interpretations of Islam" and the
belief that the West is at war with
With the Islamic State group
spreading and terrorists gaining
strength in the Mideast and Africa,
Obama has sought to use a White
House summit this week on violent
extremism to urge the world to broad-
en its response far beyond military
US airstrikes have managed to blunt
some of the militants gains in Iraq
and Syria, but they don t address the
extreme ideologies that underpin
deadly groups such as Isis, al-Shabab
and Boko Haram.
At the summit s closing session at
the State Department, UN Secretary-
General Ban Ki-moon said the United
Nations system will work on a "com-
prehensive multi-stakeholder plan of
action to prevent violent extremism"
that will be presented to the General
Assembly later this year. He said that
as a first step, he will convene a special
event in the next months "that will
bring together faith leaders from all
around the world to promote mutual
understanding and reconciliation."
In his speech, Obama vowed that
"in Iraq and Syria, our coalition of
some 60 nations, including Arab
nations, will not relent in our mission
to degrade and ultimately destroy
ISIL," referring to the Islamic State
by one of its acronyms.
But he also urged delegates from
65 countries to "confront the warped
ideology" espoused by terror groups.
"These terrorists are desperate for
legitimacy and all of us have a respon-
sibility to refute the notion that groups
like ISIL somehow represent Islam,
because that is a falsehood that
embraces the terrorist narrative,"
He also called the notion that the
West is at war with Islam an "ugly
lie" that extremists use to justify their
"Muslim communities, including
scholars and clerics, therefore have a
responsibility to push back not just
on twisted interpretations of Islam,
but also on the lie that we are some-
how engaged in a clash of civilisa-
tions," Obama said.
Ban touched on similar themes.
The UN chief noted that the vast
majority of victims of Islamic extrem-
ists "are Muslims, including women
and subjected to rape, kidnapping,
sexual slavery and "other unspeakable
"Violent extremism is not a North-
South or East-West issue. It is not
confined to a particular region or reli-
gion. It transcends borders and is
present across the world," Ban said.
assailed former New York City Mayor Rudy
Giuliani for questioning President Barack
Obama s love of country, and urged the
potential field of Republican presidential
candidates to rebuke his comments.
Democratic National Committee chair Deb-
bie Wasserman Schultz said at the start of the
DNC s winter meeting that now is the time
for Republican leaders to "stop this nonsense."
Giuliani, who sought the 2008 GOP pres-
idential nomination, said at a New York City
event on Wednesday night that "I know this
is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe
that the president loves America."
"He doesn t love you. And he doesn t love
me. He wasn t brought up the way you were
brought up and I was brought up through love
of this country," Giuliani said.
The questioning of Obama s patriotism
brought to mind a familiar conservative crit-
icism during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns
that he hasn t been proud enough of the United
States. During his presidency, a smaller seg-
ment falsely claimed that Obama was not
born in the United States but rather in his
father s native Kenya.
The private dinner was attended by Wis-
consin Gov Scott Walker, who is considering
a 2016 campaign. Giuliani said that "with all
our flaws we re the most exceptional country
in the world. I m looking for a presidential
candidate who can express that, do that and
carry it out."
"And if it s you Scott, I ll endorse you," Giu-
liani said, addressing Walker. "And if it s some-
body else, I ll support somebody else."
Walker, asked about the comments in an
interview with CNBC, did not directly address
whether he agreed with the former mayor.
Asked about Obama in an interview with
Fox News yesterday, Giuliani said he wasn t
"questioning his patriotism. He s a patriot,
I m sure. What I m saying is, in his rhetoric,
I very rarely hear him say the things that I
used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things
that I used to hear Bill Clinton say, about how
much he loves America." (AP)
Fighting raged in eastern
Ukraine yesterday despite Euro-
pean efforts to resurrect a still-
born ceasefire, a day after pro-
Russian separatists spurned the
truce by forcing thousands of
government troops out of a
Western nations are refusing to
give up on a peace deal brokered
by France and Germany last week
even though the rebels disavowed
it to seize the important railway
hub of Debaltseve.
Shelling continued near that
town yesterday, and local officials
in government-held territory said
rebels had also fired mortar bombs
at another town further south.
Kiev fears they are massing for an
assault near the major port of Mar-
Thousands of weary and demor-
alised soldiers withdrew from
Debaltseve on Wednesday in one
of the worst defeats suffered by
Kiev during ten months of fighting
in which more than 5,000 people
have been killed.
European and US officials have
expressed hope that the ceasefire
will hold now that the rebels, fight-
ing for territory Russian President
Vladimir Putin has called "New
Russia", have achieved their imme-
diate goal of taking Debaltseve.
But outside the rebel-held town
of Vuhlehirsk artillery shells were
still falling on nearby Debaltseve,
though with less intensity than
earlier this week.
Reporters in the main rebel
stronghold of Donestsk said there
was also shelling in the area.
The Kiev government s biggest
fear is of a rebel assault on Mar-
iupol, a port of 500,000 people
and by far the biggest government-
held city in the two rebellious east-
ern provinces. (AP)
Nurse sorry for killing 30 patients
end to radicals
World must fight 'twisted
interpretations of Islam'
Giuliani under fire for nasty comments against Pres
Ukraine fighters reject
Pro-Russia rebels, one of them holding a flag of the rebel-held
city of Luhansk, pose for a photo in Debaltseve, Ukraine, yester-
day. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian
rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed sepa-
ratists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. AP PHOTO
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