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■VENEZUELA

Qaddafi goes shopping

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi took a break from railing against colonialism at a summit to go window shopping, buy jewelry and mingle with stunned tourists on Margarita Island. Wearing a loose, brown shirt and dark sunglasses, Qaddafi left most of his security guards behind at the Hilton Hotel to duck into luxury stores and stroll by the pool as tourists gawked at the North African leader who has forged strong ties with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. “I felt very nervous, and excited, seeing him in front of me,” said Mariela Cartaya, a 30-year-old tourist from the mainland. Qaddafi returned to the hotel with bags full of clothes and perfumes.

■GERMANY

‘German’ only: politician

Guido Westerwelle, who is widely expected to become foreign minister in the next administration, admonished a reporter who asked him a question in English on Monday, saying: “We’re in Germany here.” The head of the Free Democrats, who are poised to enter government in coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, was giving his first news conference since Sunday’s election when a BBC reporter asked whether he might be willing to respond to a question in English. “Would you please be so kind, this is a press conference in Germany,” Westerwelle replied in German. The reporter then asked Westerwelle if he could respond in German to a question in English, only to be rebuffed again. “In Great Britain people are expected to speak English and it is the same in Germany, people are expected to speak German,” Westerwelle answered.

■UKRAINE

Kiev drops hotel plan

Kiev authorities say they have scrapped a widely criticized plan to build a hotel near what experts say is a killing field in the Babi Yar massacre. Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky’s office said on Monday he had vetoed the decision taken by the Kiev city council earlier this month. Proponents had argued that the city needed more hotels to host the 2012 European soccer championship and develop tourism after the event. Jewish groups have condemned the plan, saying it disrespects the memory of the victims of one of the most tragic chapters of the Holocaust. More than 33,700 Jews were rounded up and shot at the edge of Kiev’s Babi Yar ravine over two days in late September 1941.

■UNITED STATES

Ex-Nazi grateful to captors

A former Nazi SS officer who was imprisoned in Scotland during World War II plans to leave the bulk of his estate, estimated at more than US$640,000, to villagers who befriended him, the Press and Journal in Aberdeen said. The newspaper identified the former prisoner as 84-year-old Heinrich Steinmeyer, who now lives in Delmenhorst, near Bremen in Germany. He was held at the Cultybraggan prisoner-of-war camp near the village of Comrie, about 80km northwest of Edinburgh. The newspaper quoted Steinmeyer as saying his captors were tough but fair, and he decided to stay in Scotland for a time after being released.

■UNITED STATES

Stanford injured in jail fight

Texas financier R. Allen Stanford has been returned to a lockup on Sunday after being hospitalized for treatment of a concussion following a jail fight. Court-appointed attorney Kent Schaffer said on Monday that Stanford was injured in a fight on Thursday with another inmate at the Joe Corley Detention Facility in Conroe, Texas. Stanford had “a concussion, two black eyes, a broken nose,” he said.

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