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Tombstone of SS officer stolen from Normandy cemetery

La Cambe - The gravestone of a formidable Nazi SS tank commander has been stolen from a German cemetery in the small Normandy town of La Cambe, municipal sources said Tuesday."The tombstone will be replaced.

Two injured in central Barcelona shooting: Police

Barcelona - A hooded attacker opened fire Tuesday outside a hotel in downtown Barcelona near the Spanish city's popular Las Ramblas boulevard, leaving two people injured, police said.

Rome mayor fights for survival amid eternal city chaos

Rome - It boasts some of the most prized archaeological sites in the world, but modern-day Rome, plagued by the mafia, has descended into a grimy and dishevelled chaos where its beleaguered mayor is fighting for his political life.

Alleged German Hells Angels boss bailed in Spain

Madrid - A Spanish judge freed on bail Monday a German suspected of being a top leader of the Hells Angels biker gang on money-laundering and prostitution-related charges, a judicial source said.

Five more arrested in Chile for Pinochet-era immolation

Santiago - A Chilean judge on Monday ordered the arrest of five more former soldiers for allegedly burning alive a teenage photographer seized at a protest against the late dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1986.

French police seize 6 tonnes of cannabis in drug bust

Paris - French police discovered nearly six tonnes of cannabis resin, known as hashish, in a villa in the southern city of Marseille and arrested three men, the interior ministry said Monday.

Australian woman who had baby with boy is jailed

Melbourne - A woman who had regular sex with her daughter's 12-year-old friend and fathered his baby was Monday jailed for up to six years, with the judge saying she took away his childhood.

Parents of 43 missing Mexican students demand new search

- Parents and relatives of 43 Mexican students missing for 10 months and presumed dead marched Sunday to demand the government resume the search for the young men.

Thieves armed with guns and machetes rob French casino

Toulouse - Three assailants armed with shotguns and machetes held up a casino in the resort village of Castera-Verduzan in southwest France, escaping with around 12,000 euros ($13,168), local police said Sunday.

China sentences 14 'Almighty God' members to jail: Xinhua

Bejing - A total of 14 members of a Chinese religious cult have been jailed for up to three years, state media said Sunday, the latest sentences after two members were executed this year for killing a woman.

Who is committing those crimes? The Japanese elderly

Older people are more settled with a lower predilection to committing crimes, whereas young tearaways will seize the opportunity to rob. Detonate that stereotype. In Japan, older people are now committing more crimes.

Pentagon asks armed 'citizen guards' to stand down

Washington - The Pentagon asked that concerned armed citizens not stand guard at military recruiting offices, saying it can handle security on its own after a shooting rampage.

Chile charges seven in Pinochet-era death of photographer

Santiago - Seven ex-military men were indicted Friday in Chile over the 1986 killing of a photographer reportedly doused with gasoline and set ablaze by soldiers during a protest against then-ruler Augusto Pinochet.

Ex-head of notorious Romania Communist prison given 20-yrs jail

Bucharest - The former commander of one of the most notorious prisons under Romania's ousted Communist regime was given a 20-year jail term Friday.

'Drifter' gunman kills two, himself in cinema rampage

Chicago - A "drifter" with anti-government views randomly killed two women in a Louisiana movie theater and then took his own life as police closed in, authorities said Friday.

Ex-Maldives leader's 13-year term commuted to house arrest

Colombo - Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has had his 13-year prison sentence commuted to a term under house arrest, his international lawyer Jared Genser said Friday.

Russia jails nationalist leader for life over lawyer murder

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday sentenced a nationalist leader to life imprisonment for organising a string of hate killings including the shooting of a prominent rights lawyer in broad daylight.

Romania labour camp commander given 20-year term

Bucharest - Alexandru Visinescu, who ran one of the most notorious labour camps under Romania's ousted Communist regime, was given a 20-year jail term Friday.

Seven 'tortured' bodies found in southern Mexico

Acapulco - Seven corpses, including some with signs of torture and a decapitated body, were discovered in the violence-plagued southern Mexican state of Guerrero, authorities said Thursday.

Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

Bangkok - Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the plight of desperate Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants stranded at sea triggered an international outcry over the grim trade.

Lack of U.S. gun control Obama's 'greatest' frustration

Washington - US President Barack Obama said a "distressing" lack of progress on gun control legislation had been the greatest source of frustration during his time in office.

Mexico rights body sees faults in probe of 43 missing

- Mexico's human rights agency said Thursday it had found shortcomings in the official investigation into last year's disappearance and presumed slaughter of 43 college students.

British teen admits inciting Anzac Day attack

London - A British teenager on Thursday admitted to inciting an Islamic State-inspired attack on police officers during an Anzac Day parade in Melbourne as part of World War I anniversary commemorations this year.

UK police custody deaths probed as numbers hit five-year high

London - Home Secretary Theresa May announced an independent review into deaths in police custody in England and Wales on Thursday as figures showed the number who died had reached a five-year high.

Collector's fury as Chinese antiques returned from Paris

Bejing - More than 30 ancient gold ornaments went on show in a Chinese museum this week after Paris quietly insisted a billionaire collector and France's top antique dealer return them on the grounds they were stolen.

China ire as Myanmar jails scores for illegal logging

Beijing on Thursday hit out at long jail sentences handed to more than 150 Chinese nationals for illegal logging in Myanmar, in the latest tremor to shake relations between the neighbours.

Guatemala mayoral candidate, guards shot dead

Guatemala City - A mayoral candidate and his three body guards were gunned down in San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala, his party said Wednesday, the second member of the group killed in less than a week.

U.S. indicts accused Charleston gunman for hate crimes

Washington - A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted suspected white supremacist Dylann Roof on hate crime and other charges over the June 17 massacre of nine black church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina.

Thirty-seven killed in three days in Brazilian city

S - Thirty-seven people were killed in three days in the Brazilian city of Manaus, and one hypothesis being considered is a coordinated wave of attacks involving police, an official said.

Chattanooga shooter acted alone: FBI

Chicago - The man who killed five US troops in Tennessee was acting alone, the FBI said Wednesday, adding it is too early to tell if he was "radicalized" or motivated by mental illness.
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