AUSTRIA: Graves hidden from Nazis found
It was 1943 when Vienna's Nazi overlords gave the order to destroy the city's oldest Jewish cemetery. Desperate to save their heritage, the city's shrinking Jewish community buried the gravestones, defying the possibility of prison, deportation or execution. Some 70 years later, Jewish leaders in the Austrian capital say the long-lost stones have been rediscovered. The cemetery has no name and is hard to find, with the only entrance through a city home for the elderly. Weathered but restored gravestones poke through weedy, uncut grass, with faded Hebrew inscriptions. Beneath the ground, Jewish leaders say, are other tombstones piled layer upon layer. The cemetery dates to the 16th century and had about 900 tombstones until 1938, when the Nazis gave vandals free rein to deface and destroy them.
JAPAN: Radiation leaking into sea, agency says
Japan's nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant's operator. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain. The Fukushima Dai-ichi plant was ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and TEPCO has used massive amounts of water to cool the damaged reactors since then.
SOUTH AFRICA: Mandela's condition still critical
Nelson Mandela is responding to treatment and his condition remains critical but stable, President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday. Mandela was hospitalized June 8 for a lung infection. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate's 95th birthday is on July 18.