- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 11, 2011

AFGHANISTAN

Five U.S. soldiers killed in bomb blast

KABUL | Five American soldiers were killed by a bomb in Afghanistan on Thursday.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said only that those killed in the blast in southern Afghanistan were the latest victims of the Taliban insurgency’s increasing use of crude, homemade bombs.

A Pentagon spokesman in Washington confirmed that all five dead were American troops.

The deaths come a week after the Taliban shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter, killing 38 people, including 30 Americans, in the biggest loss of U.S. life in a single incident since the 2001 invasion.

ESTONIA

Police kill gunman who stormed Defense Ministry

TALLINN | Police killed a gunman armed with explosives after he entered the Defense Ministry and opened fire, officials said. No one else was hurt.

Many employees were seen escaping from first-floor windows as the gunman detonated a smoke bomb and fired shots in the central Tallinn building.

Defense Minister Mart Laar said authorities should investigate whether the assailant had been partially motivated by the terrorist who carried out last month’s massacre in Norway that killed 77 people.

GERMANY

No jail for ailing Nazi war criminal

BERLIN | Josef Scheungraber, a Nazi commander sentenced to life in prison in 2009 for killing 10 Italians in 1944, will not have to go to jail because of his deteriorating mental health, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Scheungraber was found guilty of ordering the murder of the civilians in Falzano di Cortona near Tuscan Arezzo and attempting to kill another as a reprisal for attacks by Italian partisans after an 11-month trial by a Munich court.

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