2 female suicide bombers kill at least 58 in Nigerian camp
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday.
A third woman bomber was arrested and gave officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency.
About 80 people were wounded in the Tuesday attack, said officials, who blamed Boko Haram for the bombings. — AP
NATO ministers OK more troops for Eastern Europe
BRUSSELS — NATO defense ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defenses of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced.
Jens Stoltenberg said the plan adopted by the United States and NATO's 27 other members calls for the use of troops from multiple countries who rotate in and out of Eastern European member states rather than being permanently based there.
Getting firm commitments, or even deciding how many NATO troops should be rotated eastward, may take time, officials said. — AP
Former guard at Auschwitz goes on trial at age 94
BERLIN — A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes.
Reinhold Hanning is accused of serving at Auschwitz from January 1943 to June 1944, a time when hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were brought to the camp in cattle cars and were gassed to death.
The trial for the retiree from a town near the western city of Detmold starts today and is one of the latest that follow a precedent set in 2011, when former Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk became the first person to be convicted in Germany solely for serving as a camp guard, with no evidence of involvement in a specific killing. — AP
Ex-employee of Netanyahu's wife wins abuse case
JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife mistreated and abused a former member of her housekeeping staff, a court ruled Wednesday, awarding the man $42,000 in damages in a decision that dealt an embarrassing blow to the country's first family.
The Netanyahus have been widely criticized in Israel for leading a lavish lifestyle while the middle class is struggling. Sara Netanyahu has faced accusations of abusive behavior toward household staff going back to the 1990s.
The judge wrote in her ruling that "numerous testimonies presented to the court point to an atmosphere of harmful work conditions at the residence due to the behavior of Mrs. Netanyahu and her attitude toward the workers. These included irrational demands, insults, humiliation and outbursts of rage."
The ex-employee, Meni Naftali, said he was subjected to abusive language and insults by Sara Netanyahu.
At a press conference after the judge's decision, he thanked his supporters and said that "David has beaten Goliath." — AP