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■UNITED KINGDOM

Vets mark Battle of Britain

Nineteen veterans of the Battle of Britain joined on Sunday a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the battle with Germany. About 5,000 people, including Prince Michael of Kent and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, the senior commander of the Royal Air Force (RAF), converged at the Battle of Britain memorial at Capel-le-Ferne near the English Channel port of Dover. “We pay tribute each July to the men of RAF Fighter Command — ‘The Few’ — who were at the forefront of preventing a possible German invasion, as well as to the many men and women who supported them and helped to ensure that we all live in freedom today,” said Group Captain Patrick Tootal, secretary of the Memorial Trust. “The few” recalls the tribute paid by wartime prime minister Winston Churchill: “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”

■UNITED STATES

Srebrenica remembered

US President Barack Obama on Sunday described the Srebrenica massacre as a “stain on our collective conscience” and urged governments to redouble their efforts to track down key suspect Ratko Mladic. “On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the genocide at Srebrenica, and on behalf of the United States, I join my voice with those who are gathered to mourn a great loss and to reflect on an unimaginable tragedy,” Obama said in a statement issued in Washington, but also read out a graveyard ceremony near Srebrenica. “Justice must include a full accounting of the crimes that occurred, full identification and return of all those who were lost, and prosecution and punishment of those who carried out the genocide. This includes Ratko Mladic, who presided over the killings and remains at large.” Mladic is accused of masterminding the 44-month siege of Sarajevo that left 10,000 people dead and the July 1995 massacre of about 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.

■ITALY

Qaddafi son ordered to pay

An Italian judge has ordered Saadi Qaddafi, the third son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, to pay a 392,000 euro (US$494,000) hotel bill he failed to settle. Saadi Qaddafi was taken to court by the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Rapallo, near Portofino, after staying for about 40 days in early 2008, accompanied by secretaries, bodyguards, a personal trainer, a driver and a dog trainer. The party left without paying the bill, but did leave a black sports utility vehicle, which is still parked at the hotel, local media reported. At the time, Qaddafi was winding up his career as a professional soccer play in Italy.

■GERMANY

Fifty-two trapped in trains

A grueling heat wave shut down the air conditioning in three high-tech trains, leaving dozens of passengers near collapse trapped in temperatures of up to 50°C, authorities said on Sunday. At least 52 people needed medical treatment and about 1,000 people had to switch trains, according to the national railway system, Deutsche Bahn. All three modern ICE trains — whose windows do not open — were headed west from Berlin on Saturday, Deutsche Bahn spokesman Juergen Kornmann said. While two lost their air conditioning fairly close to a station and could be emptied quickly, a third heated up some distance before reaching the city of Bielefeld. Kornmann said eight people suffering from heat exhaustion needed to be hospitalized in Bielefeld and another 44 needed medical treatment.

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