Ceremony in Poland marks end of World War II

WARSAW, Poland — Poland's president led international commemorations late Thursday and into today marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a gathering meant as an alternative celebration to Moscow's Red Square parade this weekend.

President Bronislaw Komorowski was joined by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and others for a ceremony that began just before midnight on the Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk. That is the site of some of the first shots fired by Germany against Poland at the start of the war on Sept. 1, 1939.

The ceremony began so late so that it would continue into today, exactly 70 years after Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945.— AP

Former Gitmo inmate is released on bail in Canada

TORONTO — A former Guantanamo Bay inmate convicted of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002 was released on bail Thursday after a judge refused a last-ditch attempt by the Canadian government to keep him imprisoned.

Justice Myra Bielby rejected the government's emergency request to stop Omar Khadr's release while he appeals his U.S. war crimes conviction. Khadr spent a decade in the U.S. prison. Since 2012, he has been held in Canada, serving out an eight-year sentence handed down by a U.S. military commission in 2010.

Khadr was once the youngest detainee at Guantanamo, arriving there at age 15. He is now 28.

Khadr's lawyer and wife offered to take him into their home if he was released.— AP

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