- - Sunday, November 13, 2011

GERMANY

Germany sees new form of far-right terrorism

BERLIN — Germany’s interior minister said the country is witnessing “a new form of far-right terrorism” following the discovery of a group suspected of killing 10 people.

Hans-Peter Friedrich told reporters in Berlin that investigators must focus on determining whether the group was isolated or part of a wider network.

He said the killings represent a new form of terrorism because the group did not publicly claim responsibility or vaunt its actions within the far-right scene.

Federal prosecutors said a fourth member suspected of belonging to the terrorist group calling itself the National Socialist Underground was arrested early Sunday.

Prosecutors suspect the group of having murdered a German policewoman, eight people of Turkish origin and one Greek national over the past decade.

RUSSIA

Spacecraft set to launch on delayed mission

MOSCOW — A Russian cosmonaut said the three-man U.S.-Russian crew was thinking positively as they prepared to blast off for the International Space Station.

The mission had been delayed for two months after a failed launch of an unmanned cargo ship in August. The upper stage of the Soyuz booster rocket that carries the cargo ships into orbit is similar to that used to launch astronauts.

Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov said Saturday that the crew “has no black thoughts and full confidence in our technology.”

Their Soyuz craft is to lift off from the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early Monday.

They will arrive at the orbiting station just in time to prevent it from being abandoned temporarily when the three men currently there return to Earth.

FRANCE

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