- - Thursday, September 27, 2012

PERSIAN GULF

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The admiral in charge of the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet says a prototype mine-detecting drone was put through more tests during military exercises in and around the Persian Gulf this month.

The advanced sonar-equipped Kingfish sub is being evaluated by the Pentagon. Vice Adm. John W. Miller says the sub was used for the first time internationally during the maneuvers of more than 30 nations that wrapped up this week.

The Navy says drills were not designed to specifically confront a threat from Iran.

Tehran has warned it would try to close the Gulf’s strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for sanctions over its nuclear program.

Adm. Miller told reporters Thursday that the Kingfish eventually could be deployed with the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet and other places around the world.

Germany

Mother admits killing five of her babies

BERLIN — A 28-year-old woman killed her five infants shortly after giving birth to them in secret and hid their bodies because she worried her husband would leave her if she had any more children, authorities said Thursday.

The woman, who has been arrested on five counts of manslaughter, made a “comprehensive confession” to the killings after turning herself in as a six-year investigation closed in on her, said Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt, the head prosecutor in Flensburg, on Germany’s border with Denmark.

The woman, whose name was not released in accordance with German privacy laws, has two living children, ages 8 and 10. But then in 2006 she began hiding her pregnancies, staying away from doctors and hospitals and killing the infants after giving birth to two at home and three in the woods, she said.

The husband has told police that he knew nothing about the pregnancies, and it is not clear how the woman managed to keep them secret, the prosecutor said.

Police found the first infant’s body dumped in a paper-sorting station in 2006 about nine miles away from the town of Husum, where the woman lived. The second was found in a parking area off a regional highway, also about the same distance from Husum but in a different direction, in 2007.

She hid the next three babies in boxes in the basement of the building where she lived.

The bodies have been recovered, and autopsies have been performed. But forensic experts have not yet been able to determine the cause or dates of their deaths.

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