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A former bodyguard of Adolf Hitler
who witnessed the Nazi dictator s final
hours has died in Germany aged 96.
Rochus Misch was the last survivor
from Hitler's bunker in Berlin.
The former SS man had operated the
telephones in the bunker and had proud-
ly reminisced about his wartime duties
for the "boss."
He had called Hitler "a very normal
man... he was no brute, he was no mon-
ster," according to the Associated Press
"I knew about Dachau camp and
about concentration camps in general,"
he told the BBC in 2009. But I had no
idea of the scale. It wasn't part of our
With the Allies advancing and the
Nazis on the brink of defeat, Hitler
retreated to his Berlin bunker and Misch
became the final witness of the drama
that took place there on 30 April 1945.
He said he was on the telephone when
Hitler killed himself, so did not hear the
gunshots. But others in the bunker did
hear them and Hitler's private secretary
asked everyone to be silent and ordered
that the door to the Fuehrer's room to
be opened. (BBC)
Last Hitler bodyguard Rochus Misch dies
KENYA---The flagship Twitter account of al-
Shabab, Somalia s al-Qaida-linked terror group,
was closed yesterday for the second time this year,
less than 24 hours after a US-based terrorism expert
reported violations of Twitter s terms of service.
The closure comes only days after al-Shabab
claimed a failed assassination attempt against Soma-
lia's president and tweeted that the next time the
president wouldn't be so lucky.
Al-Shabab uses Twitter mainly to make claims of
enemy kills and to spread its view of events in Somalia
and East Africa. A United Nations report on Somalia
released last month said UN experts believe the
person running the English-language account is a
British member of al-Shabab.
Twitter in January suspended al-Shabab's previous
account two days after the group used the platform
to announce a death threat against Kenyan hostages.
Twitter shuts down
ROME---Italy has given the go-ahead for an ambi-
tious attempt to set upright the Costa Concordia
cruise liner, which went aground near an Italian
island in 2012, killing 32 people.
The national Civil Protection agency said Friday
the operation will be carried out later this month,
once final safety certificates are issued. The exact
date depends on calm seas near Giglio Island.
If engineers and crews succeed in righting the
Concordia, the vessel will be eventually towed to a
port for dismantling.
The manslaughter trial of the Concordia's captain,
Francesco Schettino, resumes on September 23. The
ship struck a reef, took on water and listed badly
before capsizing off Giglio's port. (AP)
Italy gives the ok to right
capsized Costa Concordia
HARARE---Zimbabwean police say they arrested
six men accused of killing 41 elephants with cyanide.
State media reported yesterday that police official
Muyambirwa Muzzah said rangers followed the tracks
in the southwestern Hwange National Park that led
to several elephant carcasses.
Muzzah said a cache of tusks, worth $120,000 on
the illegal ivory market, and other remains were
found near water holes that had been laced with
cyanide. He said the six were arrested when they
returned to collect the ivory and they are suspected
of operating from the western city of Bulawayo.
The police official said hundreds of wild animals
feeding on the dead elephants could also die from
The Bulawayo Chronicle newspaper reported that
poachers arrested in May for poisoning wildlife were
jailed for two years. (AP)
Zimbabwe: 6 arrested for
poisoning 41 elephants
LONDON---Prime Minister David Cameron has
issued a ringing defence of Britain s place in history
after a Russian diplomat reportedly characterised
Britain as a small island no one listens to.
Cameron posted the patriotic comments online
and spoke out in Britain's defense during a news
conference at the Group of 20 summit in St Peters-
He said Britain may be small but that he challenged
anyone to find a country "with a prouder history, a
bigger heart, or greater resilience."
Cameron went on to cite numerous achievements,
starting with having cleared Europe of fascism during
World War II, and asserting that Britons had invented
"most of the things worth inventing."
Kremlin officials denied having made the dis-
paraging comments, reportedly made to a group of
reporters and first reported by BBC. (AP)
UK's Cameron bristles at
'small island' comment
MANAGUA---Authorities and environmentalists
say the number of sea turtles arriving on Nicaragua s
Pacific coast is dropping sharply this year, some-
thing they say could be an effect of climate change.
Environment authorities say 2,000 turtles arrived
on the coast of Rivas state in July and August. They
say that in the same two-month period last year
21,350 turtles made their way to that coast.
Rivas environment delegate Mario Rodriguez said
Thursday that authorities and volunteers had been
expecting to welcome 5,000 turtles Monday but only
92 reached the beach.
He says it is the sharpest drop in sea turtles recorded
by authorities in ten years.
Experts say the drop could be due to climate
change, which is affecting the ocean's temperature
and tides. (AP)
A lot less sea turtles
arriving in Nicaragua
A New York teenager has been killed when the
toy remote control helicopter he was flying struck
him in the head.
Roman Pirozek Jr, 19, was pronounced dead at a
park in New York City's Brooklyn borough where
hobbyists often fly remote control aircraft.
Police said reports suggested Pirozek was killed
when the helicopter's blades struck his head and
His death is thought to be only the second ever
from a toy remote control helicopter in the US.
Police told the New York Daily News that Pirozek
had apparently been attempting a stunt when some-
thing went wrong and the helicopter fell and hit him.
A spokesman for the Academy of Model Aero-
nautics in Indiana said that model was in the larger
range of remote control helicopters and has a blade
span of nearly 4.5ft. (BBC)
Remote control helicopter
kills teenager in New York
US President Barack Obama and
Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
failed yesterday to end their bitter dis-
pute over US plans for military action
in Syria, as half of the G20 called for
a "strong" response to a chemical
weapons attack blamed on the regime.
Obama said that the world could not
"stand idly by" after the Syria chemical
attack but Putin warned that it would
be "outside the law" to attack without
the UN's blessing.
Putin also said Russia would "help
Syria" if the US were to strike, pointing
to existing military, economic and
"Each of us kept with our own opin-
ion," said Putin, who has emerged as
one of the most implacable critics of
military intervention against the regime
of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for
an alleged chemical weapons attack on
The split among leaders of the world's
top emerging and developed countries
over the issue was symbolised in a
statement supported by 11 states at the
G20 calling for a "strong international
response" to the chemical attack.
Without specifying military action,
it said the response would "send a clear
message that this kind of atrocity can
never be repeated".
The signatories included US allies
Britain, France and Saudi Arabia but
conspicuously missing were Russia,
China and also key EU member Ger-
Putin and Obama spoke for about
half an hour on the sidelines of the
summit, but neither managed to change
the other's mind on Syria.
"He (Obama) disagrees with my
arguments, I disagree with his argu-
ments, but we do hear, and we try to
analyse," said Putin.
Yesterday, the United States said it
has come to terms with the fact that
no deal could emerge despite repeated
attempts at persuading Syria's key ally
Russia, and signalled that it would take
punitive action against Assad's regime
without the UN Security Council's
Putin, Obama fail
to ease Syria rift
Performers in elaborate costumes wait for the start of a carnival show at the
International Garden Expo Park in Beijing, China, yesterday. AP PHOTO
CARNIVAL IN CHINA
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