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UNITED STATES

Mengele diaries to be sold

A Connecticut auction house has announced it will put under the hammer the journals of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, the so-called “Angel of Death” who decided life or death and directed gruesome medical experiments in concentration camps during World War II. The Connecticut-based Alexander Autographs said tomorrow’s auction would include 3,500 pages of “hidden journals” of the doctor at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. The items are expected to fetch between US$300,000 and US$400,000. The identity of the owner was not indicated. Alexander Autographs, which specializes in historical manuscripts, said the auction would include a “historically important” lot of 31 manuscripts in various forms, including bound journals.

UNITED KINGDOM

Many people skip work

One in three workers admits to skipping work — mainly because they are bored with their jobs, according to research by global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). A third of 1,190 respondents to a survey conducted by PwC said they had taken time off work under false pretenses. That prompted the consultants to conduct a second survey, which received responses from 1,200 people who all said they had skipped work. More than 80 percent of those who said they skipped work said they offered illness as an excuse for their absence and 61 percent said they ditched work because they were bored or depressed.

ITALY

Window models cause stir

Models appearing in shorts and bikinis in the window of a department store in central Milan caused a stir over the weekend, with Italy’s trade unions denouncing the merchandization of the human body. The male and female models first appeared last week in the windows of the Coin department store to promote the summer sale on bathing costumes, prompting the Filcams CGIL trade union to criticize work deemed degrading. On Monday, the models were gone, but Coin chief executive Stefano Beraldo, speaking at the group’s general assembly in Mestre near Venice, congratulated himself on the free publicity the union offered his group and said they had provided an employment opportunity for young people. “We have given these kids a job and we paid their costs. They prefer to work rather than staying idle on the streets. So what? And what about the pin-ups reading the news? Or Big Brother?”

HUNGARY

Alleged Nazi found not guilty

A 97-year-old in Budpest, until recently the world’s most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect, went free from court on Monday after being cleared of ordering the execution of more than 30 Jews and Serbs in 1942. The prosecution had demanded at least a prison sentence for Sandor Kepiro, who until his arrest topped the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of most wanted Nazi criminals. However, the defense said there was no tangible evidence that Kepiro had carried out war crimes. The Wiesenthal Center denounced the court’s decision as a “scandal.” A one-time Hungarian gendarmerie captain, Kepiro faced a life sentence for his alleged participation in a raid by Hungarian forces — then allied to Nazi Germany — in the now Serbian town of Novi Sad from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, 1942, in which more than 1,200 Jews and Serbs were murdered.

NEW ZEALAND

Teen convicted of seal killing

A teenager has admitted bludgeoning to death 25 seals, including newborn pups, because he thought they were “pests,” reports said yesterday. Jason Trevor Godsiff pleaded guilty on Monday to charges arising from the seal killings in November last year at Ohau Point, a popular tourist spot near the South Island town of Kaikoura, the Marlborough Express reported. When questioned by police about why he clubbed the seals with a metal pipe, the 19-year-old would only say he believed they were pests, the newspaper reported.

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