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MEXICO

Protesters rush law office

Protesters on Monday stormed the prosecutor’s office of the southern state of Guerrero to protest the handling of the disappearance of 43 students, days before the case’s first anniversary. Students, parents of the young men and other protesters demonstrated at the building in the state capital, Chilpancingo, and placed pictures of the missing on the windows. A group of protesters entered the offices, breaking computers and surveillance cameras and causing damage to four vehicles. Vidulfo Rosales, an attorney for the relatives of the 43 missing students, said the protest was held to press the government to find the young men, “which is the movement’s main demand.”

GERMANY

Auschwitz worker to be tried

A 91-year-old woman who worked at Auschwitz has been accused of complicity in the murders of at least 260,000 Jews during World War II, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) said on Monday. The woman, who worked as a telegraph operator in Auschwitz, is to be tried in a court for minors, because she was under 21 at the time of alleged crimes, the agency said. A court in Kiel is to decide whether to proceed with a trial next year, taking both the charges against her and her health into consideration, DPA said, quoting the city’s chief prosecutor, Heinz Dollel.

CANADA

Celebrities fight wolf cull

Pop star Miley Cyrus and former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson added their voice to opposition to a government plan to shoot wolves to reduce their population and save caribou herds in British Columbia. The provincial government said the killings are needed to save herds of caribou, whose numbers have plummeted to 1,500 and are now at risk of extinction. The province’s wolf population, which is estimated to top 8,500, is not endangered. Cyrus traveled to the Great Bear Rainforest over the weekend to meet a group of conservationists opposed to the cull. “When I first spoke out, I knew in my heart that the wolf cull was wrong, but after this visit, I know science is on my side,” Cyrus said.

ITALY

Samnite tomb unearthed

Archeologists have discovered a pre-Roman era tomb in perfect condition at Pompeii, the team at the archeological site buried in a 79 AD volcanic eruption announced on Monday. “Pompeii continues to be an inexhaustible source of scientific discoveries,” Massimo Osanna, superintendent at the ancient city site, said in a statement. The tomb at the Herculaneum Gate at Pompeii, unearthed by a team from the French Centre Jean Berard in Naples, dates back to the Samnite era. The Samnites were a group of tribes involved in fierce battles with the Romans in the fourth century BC.

UNITED STATES

Poynter unveils new network

Fact-checking has a new global network after the Poynter Institute for Media Studies on Monady announced plans for a new body to support efforts to root out false claims from the media. The project “will support and study the work of 64 fact-checking organizations spanning six continents,” Poynter said in a statement. Funded by grants from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omidyar Network and the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, the International Fact-Checking Network is to be based at Poynter’s headquarters in St Petersburg, Florida.

CHINA

Border stability urged

Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan (常萬全) has urged Myanmar to maintain stability along their common border as the Burmese prepare for elections in November, the ministry said yesterday. Chang on Monday told Myanmar’s deputy commander-in-chief General Soe Win, who was visiting Beijing for talks, that their nations should “jointly maintain stability in the border area.” Ties soured this year over fighting between Myanmar’s military and the ethnic Chinese Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army along part of the shared border.

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