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■GERMANY

Identical triplet girls born

A 34-year old woman has given birth to three identical girls, an event thought to occur in less than one in 1 million births, doctors in Bonn said on Tuesday. The three girls, Alexandra, Antonia and Adriana, were delivered within seconds of each other in the middle of last month and all three are healthy, the hospital said in a statement. “At first we could not believe it,” said the mother, identified only as Karina P. The triplets were delivered six weeks early.

■POLAND

Protest to target Madonna

An ultra-religious movement said on Tuesday it planned prayer sessions to protest a concert by US superstar Madonna in Warsaw on Aug. 15, which is when Roman Catholics honor the Virgin Mary. “We’re going to continue our crusade with daily prayer sessions outside Warsaw city hall from Aug. 1,” said Marian Brudzynski, head of the Committee for the Defense of the Faith and Tradition. “We’ll start with a group of a few hundred people, but I’m convinced that the square in front of city hall will end up filled with pious Poles,” he said. Madonna has angered Christians in the past with racy shows including on-stage antics such as a mock crucifixion scene.

■POLAND

Nazi tree in the way

An oak tree planted during the Nazi occupation to mark dictator Adolf Hitler’s birthday may soon face the axe. Authorities in Jaslo discovered the origins of the tree when plans were lodged to fell it to make way for a traffic roundabout. “We obtained information that this is no ordinary tree but was put here to mark Adolf Hitler’s birthday,” Jaslo Mayor Maria Kurowska said. “So should I try to improve our town’s communications or should I allow a memorial to that criminal to remain standing? The choice is simple.” Not everybody in the town agreed. Kazimierz Polak, who was present at the planting 67 years ago, said: “[The tree is] a historic curiosity ... It’s not the tree’s fault that it was planted here to honor the biggest criminal and enemy of Poland.”

■GERMANY

Tractor in low-speed chase

A drunk man sparked a slow-speed chase after stealing a tractor, said police, who used pepper spray to try to stop him. “After his girlfriend abandoned him in a night club, the 23-year-old driver, who doesn’t own a license, commandeered the vehicle to make his way home,” a police spokesman said on Monday. Six police cars trailed the tractor at 20kph on Saturday. Officers held up stop signs and directed pepper spray through the window. They then threw nail belts on the road, but the tractor’s tires were too thick. The 40-minute chase ended when officers shot at the tractor’s tires after it rammed into a police car and collided with another vehicle.

■AUSTRALIA

Debate over Uluru landmark

A plan to close a tourism attraction because its Aboriginal owners consider it sacred sparked a fierce debate yesterday. Parks Australia said Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, would likely be off-limits by October 2011. Around 350,000 people visit Uluru each year. A third of them climb the 347m monolith despite the owners urging visitors not to do so. Vince Forrester, a spokesman for the Mutitjulu community, said the traditional owners had wanted Uluru roped off since it was handed back to them in 1985. “You can’t go to the top of the Vatican,” he told national broadcaster ABC. “You have to respect our religious attachment.”

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