U.S. deportee faces charges of war crimes at Auschwitz

A 93-year-old man deported from the United States for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities Monday on allegations he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, Stuttgart prosecutors said.

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded there was “compelling evidence” he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said.

Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains he only served as a cook and was not involved in any war crimes.

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Police consider charging factory owner with murder

Bangladeshi police are investigating possible murder charges against the owner of a shoddily built factory that collapsed nearly two weeks ago after the wife of a garment worker crushed in the accident filed a complaint.

The development comes as officials said Monday that the death toll from the country’s worst industrial disaster had reached 675.

Sheuli Akter, the wife of Jahangir Alam, filed the complaint with Dhaka magistrate Wasim Sheikh, saying her husband and other workers were “pushed toward death” by building owner Mohammed Sohel Rana and two others.

Alam was employed in New Wave Styles Ltd., one of the five garment factories housed in the eight-story Rana Plaza that collapsed April 24 as workers started their morning shift despite cracks in the building.

QUETTA, Pakistan

Separatists seek to disrupt weekend vote with violence

The graffiti on walls around this Pakistani provincial capital hold a dire warning ahead of this weekend’s national elections: “Voting means death.”

In recent weeks, at least six people have been killed and around 40 wounded in bombings and grenade attacks targeting candidates. Ethnic Baluch separatists who have waged a bloody insurgency trying to win independence for the vast, sparsely populated province of Baluchistan are seeking to derail the vote with a campaign of violence.

–From news service reports


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