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Israel wants new name for Hitler clothing shop

NEW DELHI — Israel has complained to the Indian state of Gujarat about a menswear shop there named “Hitler.”

Israel’s consul general to the city of Mumbai, Orna Sagiv, says she asked state officials Monday to intervene to help get the store’s name changed.

She said she tried to explain to them “how grave and serious the issue is.”

The shop opened last month with a huge sign reading “Hitler” and a Nazi swastika inside the dot in the letter “i.”

The owner said he didn’t know about Hitler’s history when the name was suggested by his partner, whose stern grandfather was nicknamed Hitler.

The Nazi dictator who led the extermination of Jews in World War II Europe is a subject of routine fascination in India.

TURKEY

Kurdish rebels kill 10 in attack on border

ISTANBUL — Kurdish militants have killed 10 police and soldiers in an assault near the Iraqi border, Turkish officials said Monday, amid concern that rebels are seeking to capitalize on regional tensions caused by Syria’s civil war with a more intense campaign of attacks in Turkey.

The attack happened late Sunday in southeastern Sirnak province, a traditional area for militants who have bases in northern Iraq. An undetermined number of Kurdish guerrillas also were killed.

The rebel Kurdistan Workers’ Party has benefited from past upheaval and power vacuums in the region, notably after the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in a U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Iraqi Kurds consolidated their own ministate in northern Iraq, inspiring those Kurds in Turkey who want self-rule.

IVORY COAST

Universities reopen for first time since conflict

ABIDJAN — Ivory Coast’s universities reopened on Monday for the first time since postelection violence rocked the West African nation last year, a milestone officials described as a testament to the country’s recovery.

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