93-year-old accused of Auschwitz crimes

A 93-year-old man who was deported from the United States for lying about his Nazi past was arrested by German authorities Monday on allegations that he served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, Stuttgart prosecutors said.

Hans Lipschis was taken into custody after authorities concluded that there was “compelling evidence” he was involved in crimes at Auschwitz while there from 1941 to 1945, prosecutor Claudia Krauth said.

Lipschis has acknowledged being assigned to an SS guard unit at Auschwitz but maintains that he served only as a cook and was not involved in war crimes.

Krauth said, however, that a judge upheld her office’s request for an arrest warrant after concluding that there was enough evidence to hold him before charges on accessory to murder are brought. Bringing formal charges, a process similar to a U.S. grand jury indictment, would take two months, she said.

In the meantime, Krauth said a doctor has confirmed that Lipschis’s health is good enough for him to be kept in detention.

Lipschis was deported from the United States in 1983 for lying about his Nazi past when he immigrated to Chicago in the 1950s after the war.

— Associated Press

Rallies banned after at least 27 are killed

Police banned all rallies in Bangladesh’s capital through midnight Monday after at least 27 people died in clashes between police and Islamic hard-liners demanding that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law, officials said.

The protesters blocked roads with burning tires and logs during more than five hours of clashes. They also attacked a police station and set fire to at least 30 vehicles, including police trucks, private Ekattor TV reported.

The Islamic activists have been holding protests to demand that the government implement an anti-blasphemy law. They say some Internet users have recently used their blogs to spread atheism and lies about Islam.

— Associated Press

Border standoff with China ends

India’s foreign minister will visit China this week as the two Asian giants confirm that they have ended a three-week standoff on their disputed Himalayan border.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will hold discussions in Beijing on Thursday, an Indian Foreign Ministry statement said. The trip comes ahead of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s scheduled visit to India this month.

New Delhi says Chinese troops crossed the de facto border and infiltrated Indian territory on April 15. About 50 Chinese soldiers pitched tents and camped in the Depsang valley in the Ladakh region of eastern Kashmir, according to India. China denied any incursion, saying its troops stayed on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control. As tensions rose, India moved soldiers into a position facing the Chinese just 300 yards away across the barren terrain.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman confirmed late Monday that the two countries had ended their standoff.

— Associated Press

Militias refuse to leave Libya ministries: A number of Libyan militias refused to back down Monday from their protests outside government buildings, despite passage of a sweeping law that bans anyone who served as
a senior official under Moammar Gaddafi from working in government. The militiamen, some manning machine guns mounted on trucks, raised signs demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

Iranians sentenced in Kenya plot: A Kenyan court on Monday sentenced two Iranian nationals convicted of plotting attacks against Western targets to life in prison. Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 33-pound stash of the explosive RDX. Officials in Kenya say the two men may have been planning attacks on Israeli, American, British or Saudi Arabian
interests in Kenya.

Bomb kills 16 at Pakistan rally: A bomb blast tore through a political rally held by an Islamist party in northwest Pakistan on Monday, in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed 16 people and underscored an increase in violence ahead of Saturday’s national election. Much of the violence is believed to have been carried out by the Taliban against three liberal and secular parties. But Monday’s blast in the northwest Kurram tribal area targeted a gathering of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, which generally has a more favorable relationship with the militant group.

— From news services