Auschwitz probes reopened
The country has reopened investigations into crimes committed at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz during World War II, in an effort to track down any surviving camp employees before they die. Up to 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished at Nazi German hands at Auschwitz, near the city of Krakow, during the war that ended in 1945. In the postwar communist era, Warsaw launched probes into crimes committed at Auschwitz, but closed them in the 1980s because questioning witnesses and perpetrators based abroad was too hard at a time when the country was part of the Soviet bloc. The IPN investigates -communist-era and Nazi-era crimes and can prosecute those it considers to have committed “crimes against the nation.”
Aspirin could prevent cancer
People with a genetic condition that puts them at increased risk of colon cancer may lower their chance of developing the disease by taking aspirin daily, a study suggests. The 861 people in the study had Lynch syndrome — a rare, inherited disorder that puts them at high risk for cancers including those of the colon. In the study, people were assigned to take 600mg of aspirin daily — about two regular-strength aspirin — or dummy pills. After more than four years of follow-up, the study did not find a significant difference in how many people in each group developed their first colon cancer. However, they did see one when they looked at long-term participants who regularly took their pills for at least two years. Among the 258 people on aspirin, there were 10 colon cancer cases, compared with 23 in the 250 people on dummy pills.
Charles claims Vlad blood
The truth is out: Prince Charles is related to Vlad the Impaler. The heir to the British throne says he is related to Vlad the Impaler, the cruel 15th-century Romanian warlord who helped inspire Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel Dracula. He makes the comments on an upcoming TV show to promote his interest in protecting the forests of Romania’s Transylvania region. Charles says genealogy shows that he is related to Vlad, giving him a stake in the future of Romania.
Killer guilty of fourth murder
A serial child killer and pedophile already in jail in Northern Ireland for three child murders was convicted of murdering a fourth girl on Thursday, 30 years after she died. A jury in the town of Armagh found Scottish-born Robert Black, 64, guilty of murdering Jennifer Cardy, aged nine. Black denied guilt, but did not take the stand to defend himself. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was already serving a minimum 35 years for three murders — which would have seen him freed in 2029 at the earliest.
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Submarine wreck found
Authorities are trying to determine the nationality of a submarine wreck found off the town of Rabaul, which was a major Japanese military base during World War II. The Australian Defense Department said in a statement that the governments of Japan, the US, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand have been informed of Thursday’s find in Simpson Harbor on the South Pacific island nation’s northeast coast. The statement says the wreck is probably World War II vintage, but identification could take days. The discovery was made by Australian and New Zealand warships involved in an operation to clear the Southwest Pacific of World War II-era explosives.