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Germany’s Merkel voices ‘shame’ during 1st Auschwitz visit

December 6, 2019, 10:35am Nation & World

OSWIECIM, Poland — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of “deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler’s regime murdered more than a million people. Read story

Gas explosion in Slovakia tower block kills 5, injures 40

December 6, 2019, 10:34am Nation & World

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- A gas explosion in an apartment building in eastern Slovakia killed at least five people and injured more than 40 Friday. Firefighters rescued people trapped in the building, which officials said is still in danger of collapse. Read story

Protests at Gaza-Israel fence resume after 3-week pause

December 6, 2019, 10:33am Nation & World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along the Gaza-Israel frontier Friday as the territory's Hamas rulers resumed the regular protests after a three-week pause. Read story

New Ukrainian leader heads to high-stakes meeting with Putin

December 6, 2019, 10:31am Nation & World

MOSCOW — For new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a summit meeting with Russia, France and Germany marks a decisive moment in his push to end more than five years of fighting with Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of his country. While the Kremlin may share that objective, there are fears in Ukraine that Zelenskiy, a political novice, could give up too much. Read story

Indian police fatally shoot 4 suspects in gang-rape case

December 6, 2019, 10:31am Nation & World

SHADNAGAR, India — Police on Friday fatally shot four men being held on suspicion of raping and killing a woman in southern India after investigators took them to the crime scene, drawing both praise and condemnation in a case that has sparked protests across the country. Read story

Abandoned baby giraffe befriended by dog in Africa dies

December 6, 2019, 10:30am Animals in the News

JOHANNESBURG — A baby giraffe that was befriended by a dog after it was abandoned in the wild has died, a South African animal orphanage said Friday. “Our team is heartbroken,” the orphanage said. Read story

A year of protests sparked change around the globe

December 6, 2019, 10:28am Nation & World

Economies on the verge of collapse, a yearning for greater democracy, revulsion against corruption and inequality-the grievances that drove people into the streets in 2019 were consistent across continents. Some marched peacefully, others clashed violently with security forces, and in at least five places the unrest helped topple government leaders. Read story

Clamor as Greta Thunberg joins climate activists in Madrid

December 6, 2019, 10:24am Nation & World

MADRID — Climate activist Greta Thunberg said Friday that calls for real action against climate change are still being “ignored” by political leaders despite their continuous praise of the global environmental youth movement she helped create. Read story

U.N. Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

December 6, 2019, 10:23am Nation & World

TRIPOLI, Libya — The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year later, it looks increasingly like the notorious Libyan lockups it was supposed to replace. Read story

Prosecutors accuse Weinstein of mishandling ankle monitor

December 6, 2019, 10:21am Nation & World

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein violated his bail conditions by mishandling his electronic ankle monitor, which left his whereabouts unrecorded for hours at a time, a New York prosecutor argued Friday. Read story