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Police probe artist who painted with Holocaust victims STOCKHOLM: Swedish police on Friday said they had launched an investigation into an artist who says he used paint mixed from the ashes of Holocaust victims in a watercolour.   Carl Michael von Hausswolff claims he used ashes he took from a crematorium at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1989, mixing them with water to create the painting entitled "Memory Works".   The blac and white work, featuring vertical brushstrokes in a rectangle representing the suffering of the victims, is on display at the Martin Bryder Gallery in the southern Swedish town of Lund.   A member of the public filed a police complaint against Von Hausswolff on December 5 for "disturbing the peace of the dead", calling the artwork a "desecration of human remains", police inspector Annika Johansson told AFP.   She said the police complaint was "very unusual", noting that Von Hausswolff took the ashes in Poland, not in Sweden. It was unclear if using the ...

Russian police search filmmaker MOSCOW: Russian investigators on Friday searched the home of a film-maker who is working on a documentary about the protest movement, leading a news anchor to complain to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of pressure in a live interview.   Acclaimed cinematographer Pavel Kostomarov is directing The Term (Srok), which chronicles Russia's political life after Vladimir Putin was sworn in for his third Kremlin term in May.   His colleague Alexei Pivovarov, a star news reader on state-controlled NTV channel, ...
Assange doing LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange endured a "difficult" start to his stay at Ecuador's London embassy but is now "fine" after living there for more than five months, the country's ambassador to Britain said Thursday.   The former hacker turned up at the embassy in June in a bid to avoid extradition to Sweden, where authorities want to quiz him over rape and sexual assault allegations.   Ecuador granted him asylum on August 16, but Britain has refused to ...
Italy ROME: Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government won a confidence vote in the Senate on Thursday despite a walkout by former premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right PDL party.   Monti won the vote on economic measures by 127 to 17 votes with 23 abstentions.   The PDL walked out after earlier criticism of Berlusconi by Industry Minister Corrado Passera.   Copyright Reuters, 2012 ...
Merkel roundly backed to steer Germany through rough seas HANOVER: Chancellor Angela Merkel was overwhelmingly re-elected her party's leader on Tuesday as she kicked off her bid for a third term, saying only she could steer Germany through turbulence at home and abroad.   Touting her government as the best in two decades, Merkel, 58, who has led Germany as chancellor since 2005, won record backing among members of her conservative party in her re-election to party head.   "These are turbulent times and sometimes we even find ...
Prince William at pregnant Kate LONDON: Britain's Prince William visited his pregnant wife Kate in hospital on Tuesday where she spent a second day being treated for acute morning sickness, as congratulations poured in from around the world.   The announcement on Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 30, are expecting their first child ended feverish speculation about a new royal heir that began immediately after their lavish wedding in April 2011.   The baby will be third in line to ...
Merkel re-elected party chief by over 97 percent  HANOVER: German Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected head of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) Tuesday by more than 97 percent of delegates' votes at a two-day party congress.   It was Merkel's best result since she took over as chairman of the CDU in 2000 and comes as she gears up for fighting for a third term at the helm of Europe's top economy in elections expected in September.   Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...


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