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SOMALIA: Hungry refugees beaten

Soldiers beat back desperate families with gun butts Thursday as they fought for food supplies, a day after the UN declared parts of Somalia were in the worst famine in a generation. Kenya expressed concern about security threats posed by the numbers of Somali refugees and suggested food be dropped by plane inside Somalia. Tens of thousands of hungry Somalis have flooded refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia in search of help. Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga urged aid groups to set up feeding camps in areas of Somalia not controlled by the militant group al-Shabab.


BRITAIN: Murdoch's views challenged

James Murdoch's former legal adviser and a former editor contested the testimony he gave to lawmakers, saying Thursday he was told years ago about an email that suggested the rot at his Sunday tabloid was far more widespread than previously claimed. Their statement could deal a blow to the credibility of Rupert Murdoch's son as the family struggles to limit the damage from the phone-hacking scandal. Scotland Yard was asked, meanwhile, to investigate another explosive claim: That journalists bribed officers to locate people by tracking their cellphone signals. The practice is called "pinging" because of the way cellphone signals bounce off relay towers in trying to find reception. The company said Wednesday it would stop paying private investigator Glenn Mulcaire's legal fees. It had supported him in fighting a court ruling that he should reveal the names of people he worked for at the News of the World.


GERMANY: Nazi's remains removed

The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, were removed from a grave in a small Bavarian town that had become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. Before dawn Wednesday, workers exhumed the grave in the Wunsiedel cemetery, cremated the remains and scattered them at sea, cemetery administrator Andreas Fabel told The Associated Press. Hess has come to be seen as a martyr by the far right.

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