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GERMANY: Ex-Nazi hit man gets life

A court in Aachen convicted a former Waffen SS man Tuesday of murdering three Dutch civilians as part of a Nazi hit squad during World War II, capping six decades of efforts to bring Heinrich Boere to justice. Boere, number six on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most-wanted, was given the maximum of life in prison for the 1944 killings. Boere, now 88, sat in his wheelchair, staring at the floor. For Dolf Bicknese, 73, it was the first time he had seen the man who killed his father in 1944. "The person hardly interests me any more," he said. "My interest is justice." Boere admitted killing Bicknese's father, a pharmacist, and two other civilians as a member of the "Silbertanne" squad, a unit of largely Dutch SS volunteers responsible for reprisal killings of countrymen deemed anti-German.


MEXICO: U.S. vows aid in drug war

A cast of senior U.S. officials pledged long-term support for Mexico's drug war Tuesday while acknowledging that an insatiable U.S. appetite for illegal narcotics, coupled with a flow of U.S. arms into Mexico, is at the core of the problem. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton led the delegation at a daylong meeting with Mexican government officials. She said the Obama administration would make public shortly a new drug policy and that it would include strategies for reducing drug demand. The delegation included Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Mike Mullen, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and John Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism and homeland security adviser.


QATAR: Protecting sharks denied

China and Japan on Tuesday torpedoed proposals to protect hammerhead and oceanic whitetip sharks, heavily sought for their prized fins, in the latest victory of fishing interests over global conservation efforts. The defeat of the U.S.-backed measures was part of an aggressive campaign by the Asian nations to oppose all marine proposals at the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in Doha.

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