HUNGARY: Acquittal in Holocaust case
Jewish groups expressed shock Monday after a 97-year-old Hungarian was cleared in Budapest of war crimes charges for his role in raids by Hungarian forces that killed hundreds of civilians in Serbia during World War II. Many considered the case of Sandor Kepiro one of the last major trials of Holocaust-era war criminal suspects. "It's an absolutely outrageous decision," Efraim Zuroff, the chief Nazi hunter with the Wiesenthal Center's Jerusalem office, told The Associated Press. Kepiro was charged with involvement in the killing of 36 people, mostly Jews and Serbs, during an anti-partisan raid in Novi Sad, then under Hungarian control, on Jan. 23, 1942. He returned to Hungary in 1996 after decades in Argentina. Elan Steinberg, of the New York-based American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, condemned the verdict as "a betrayal by Hungarian judicial authorities."
INDIA: Clinton on diplomatic tour
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in New Delhi late Monday for security and counterterrorism discussions. In her talks Tuesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Clinton will also call for shared efforts in education, culture and commerce. Wednesday she moves on to the southeastern port of Chennai. Her 12-day diplomatic tour has already taken her to Turkey and Greece. She will next visit Indonesia, Hong Kong and southern mainland China.
CHINA: Police fire on rioters
Police shot rioters in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, scene of clashes two years ago involving ethnic Uighurs, the state-owned People's Daily said. Unidentified attackers set fire to a police station in Hotan, taking eight people hostage, two of whom were killed, the newspaper said. Two policemen and a security guard were killed, along with an unknown number of assailants, it said. The violence comes as Vice President Xi Jinping is in Tibet for the 60th anniversary of that region's "peaceful liberation" by China.