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The population of Zamosc, an exquisite Renaissance town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, was 40 percent Jewish on the eve of World War II. Today, there could be a handful of Jews in the town of 65,000, but nobody really knows for sure, since people here often still hide their Jewish roots, scarred by the trauma of the war and the anti-Semitism of the communist era that followed.


Osprey delights birders on return to Scotland

LONDON | Birders are waxing poetic over a female osprey named Lady: She has lived three times longer than average and has returned faithfully to the same Scottish loch for more than two decades.

More than 130,000 people watched the imposing bird of prey on a webcam the day after she returned last week to the banks of the Loch of the Lowes, a lake in Perthshire, Scotland. Lady had completed an annual 3,000-mile migration from West Africa to the banks of the same Scottish lake for the 21st consecutive year.

Most ospreys have an average life span of around eight years, but Lady is estimated to be 26. The raptor dines on fish and can reach nearly 2 feet tall with a wingspan up to 6 feet.

On Sunday, Lady’s most recent mate — an 11-year-old male who first appeared at the Loch of the Lowes last year — came back and settled himself into her nest. Ospreys usually mate for life, but Lady’s long life span means she has outlived most of her partners.

From wire dispatches and staff reports