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Former Nazi labor camp guard arrested, deported by ICE, officials say

A former guard for a labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II has been arrested and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials said early Tuesday.

Jakiw Palij, 95, of Queens, New York, was believed to be "the last known Nazi collaborator living in the U.S." before he was deported to Germany, ABC News reported.

According to an overnight White House news release, Palij worked as an armed guard at the Trawniki labor camp, where 6,000 Jewish prisoners were killed in November 1943.

Palij, who came to the U.S. in 1949 and gained citizenship eight years later, lied to immigration officials during the naturalization process, hiding his Nazi service by saying he had been a factory and farm worker during the war, the news release said.

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Decades later, U.S. authorities discovered Palij's past and revoked his citizenship in 2003, the release said

"Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij," the press release said. "To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany and advanced the United States’ collaborative efforts with a key European ally."

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New Zealand politician rides bicycle to give birth

New Zealand’s minister for women rode her bicycle “mostly downhill” to a hospital Sunday to give birth, The New York Times reported.

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Julie Anne Genter, 38, who is also associate minister for health and transport, posted pictures on social media of herself and her partner, Peter Nunns, enjoying a “beautiful Sunday morning” ride to the hospital, the Times reported.

“There wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew. ... but it also put me in the best possible mood!” Genter wrote on Instagram.

Genter, who is 42 weeks pregnant, will become the second government official in New Zealand to give birth this year. Prime Minister Jacinda Aldern gave birth in June, the Times reported. Genter, who was expecting her first child, was scheduled to be induced at an Auckland hospital, the newspaper reported.

Genter, who grew up in Los Angeles, emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. She has had two miscarriages, the NZ Herald reported. She is expected to take three months off from Parliament before returning to her post in November, the newspaper reported.

Woman treads water for 10 hours after falling off cruise ship

A passenger on a cruise ship sailing the Adriatic Sea survived falling off the Norwegian Cruise Line ship and treading water for 10 hours.

Kay Longstaff, was a passenger from Britain and was taken to Croatia for medical treatment, the BBC reported

She is listed in stable condition, according to the cruise company, NBC News reported.

Longstaff, who is 46 years old, fell from the Norwegian Star about 59 miles from the Croatian coast just before midnight Saturday morning. She was pulled from the water Sunday morning, not far from where it was believed she fell overboard, CBS News reported.

She spoke to the country’s state television, HRT.

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“I fell off the back of the Norwegian Star and I was in the water for 10 hours, so these wonderful guys rescued me,” Longstaff told HRT.

Longstaff told The Sun that she was able to survive because she is fit from doing yoga and she sang to stop feeling the cold. 

The ship was on its way to Venice, the BBC reported.

Photos: Woman falls overboard, survives by treading water for 10 hours

A British woman fell overboard from a cruise ship, but was rescued. 

Pope Francis condemns sexual abuse in letter to Catholics

Pope Francis has written a letter to Catholics condemning sexual abuse by priests.

>> On WPXI.com: Report names 300 alleged ‘predator priests’

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“Looking back to the past, no effort to beg pardon and to seek to repair the harm done will ever be sufficient,” said the letter, which the Vatican released Monday. “Looking ahead to the future, no effort must be spared to create a culture able to prevent such situations from happening, but also to prevent the possibility of their being covered up and perpetuated.”

>> On WPXI.com: Report: Ring of 'predatory priests' shared, photographed victims

He added: “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

>> Read the full letter here

The letter came less than a week after a grand jury report identified more than 300 priests accused of abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania. According to WPXI, a ring of predatory priests with the Pittsburgh Diocese allegedly shared information on victims and exchanged the victims among themselves, as well as made child pornography on Diocesan property.

>> On WPXI.com: Cardinal Wuerl moves monthly meeting with council of priests

In his letter, Pope Francis said Catholics must “acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for those most vulnerable.”

He wrote: “Let us beg forgiveness for our own sins and the sins of others. An awareness of sin helps us to acknowledge the errors, the crimes and the wounds caused in the past and allows us, in the present, to be more open and committed along a journey of renewed conversion.”

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Eric Clapton announces first full-length Christmas album

Eric Clapton on Friday announced the release of his first full-length Christmas album, Billboard reported. 

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Set for an Oct. 12 release, “Happy Xmas” will have a blues edge to it and will contain 14 tracks and is the 24th studio album of Clapton’s career and his first since 2016 when he released “I Still Do,” Billboard reported.

The album will contain Christmas favorites such as “White Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Away in a Manger,” Rolling Stone reported. Clapton’s version of “Jingle Bells” is sung “In Memory of Avicii,” a dedication to the late disc jockey.

"I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” Clapton told Billboard. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.’”

“Happy Xmas” is available for preorder, Billboard reported.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dead at 80

Kofi Annan, a diplomat from Ghana who served as UN Secretary-General for nine years and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, died early Saturday, CNN reported. He was 80.

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Annan died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland. Reuters reported.

Annan was the seventh Secretary-General, serving from 1997 to 2006. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 with the United Nations for “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world," CNN reported.

Annan was born in Kumasi, Ghana, on April 8, 1938. He was a member of The Elders, a group of global leaders working for human rights that was founded in 2007, CNN reported. He became the organization’s chairman in 2013.

In a tweet, the UN Migration Agency noted that "Today we mourn the loss of a great man, a leader, and a visionary."

Annan was the first black African to fill the role of the world's top diplomat, the BBC reported. He later served as the UN’s special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the volatile area of the Middle East.

During Annan’s tenure as Secretary-General, the Berlin Wall was dismantled, al-Qaeda conducted terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2011, and the United States invaded Iraq, The New York Times reported.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Annan “was the United Nations,” The Guardian reported.

“He rose through the ranks to lead the organisation into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” Guterres said.

Annan joined the United Nations in 1962 as an administrative officer with the World Health Organization, The Guardian reported. Annan later served with the Economic Commission for Africa, the UN Emergency Force in Ismailia and the UN high commissioner for refugees in Geneva, the newspaper reported.

Before becoming secretary general, Annan was under-secretary general for peacekeeping. He also served as a special representative of the secretary general to the former country of Yugoslavia in 1995 and 1996, according to The Guardian.

Parliament car crash: Salih Khater named as suspect in possible terror attack, reports say

A man arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses in connection with a Tuesday morning car crash outside the Houses of Parliament in London has been identified as Salih Khater, British media outlets are reporting.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 5:45 a.m. EDT Aug. 15: More details are emerging about the man accused of driving a car through security barriers and injuring pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Tuesday.

According to The Associated Press, British media outlets have identified the terror suspect as Salih Khater, 29. 

Khater is a “British citizen of Sudanese origin,” the AP reported. A Facebook page that appeared to be his said he is a shop manager who lives in Birmingham and attended the Sudan University of Science and Technology, the report said.

Investigators searched three properties tied to Khater, including two in Birmingham and one in Nottingham, the AP reported.

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Update 3:50 a.m. EDT Aug. 15: According to British media, the man arrested in connection with a possible terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London has been identified as Salih Khater, The Associated Press is reporting.

Update 9:10 a.m. EDT Aug. 14: President Donald Trump responded to Tuesday’s attack in a tweet.

“Another terrorist attack in London,” the president wrote. “These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!”

Authorities said three people suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening on Tuesday morning after a man in his late 20s slammed a silver Ford Fiesta into cyclists and pedestrians in front of the Houses of Parliament. The car stopped when it hit a barrier, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses.

“Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident and the investigation is being led by officers from the Counter Terrorism Command,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said.

Authorities do not believe any other suspects were involved in the incident.

Update 7:08 a.m. EDT Aug. 14: Three people were injured when a man drove through security barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament, the London Ambulance Service tweeted Tuesday.

“Two patients were treated at the scene and taken to hospital, and a third patient with minor injuries was assessed at the scene,” the tweet read.

Prime Minister Theresa May thanked first responders and expressed sympathy for the victims.

“My thoughts are with those injured in the incident in Westminster and my thanks to the emergency services for their immediate and courageous response,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, Britain’s emergency COBRA committee announced it would be meeting in response to the suspected terrorist attack, The Associated Press reported.

Update 5:46 a.m. EDT Aug. 14: A man in his late 20s has been arrested “on suspicion of terrorist offenses” in connection with the crash that left “a number of people” injured, London police said in a news release. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The man, who was driving a silver Ford Fiesta, struck cyclists and pedestrians before hitting security barriers in the area, police said.

The car was not carrying any passengers, police said.

“At this stage, we are treating this as a terrorist incident and the Met's Counter Terrorism Command is now leading the investigation,” the news release said.

Authorities are requesting anyone with photos, videos or information about the incident to contact police.

Read more here.

Original report: London’s Counter-Terrorism Command is leading the probe into a Tuesday morning crash outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament, The Associated Press is reporting.

Police said a man driving a car slammed into security barriers in the area about 7:37 a.m., hurting pedestrians. None of the injured “are in life-threatening condition,” the AP reported. Police arrested the man.

Metropolitan police tweeted that authorities are “keeping an open mind” about the investigation.

In March 2017, four people were killed in a terror attack in the same area, the AP reported.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hippo kills Taiwanese tourist in Kenya

A hippopotamus attacked and killed a tourist from Taiwan in Kenya over the weekend, the BBC reported.

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Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was following the animal at a wildlife resort at Lake Naivahsa in northwest Kenya on Saturday and attempted to take a photograph when the hippopotamus bit him in the chest, the BBC reported.

David Kilo, the chairman of the Lake Naivahsa Boat Owners Association, told The Star newspaper of Kenya that rising waters have contributed to recent hippo attacks because it reduces the amount of pasture available to graze.

"The hippo that attacked the (tourist) was looking for pasture near the hotel. This is not the first time,” Kilo told The Star.

A second tourist, Wu Peng Te, 62, also from Taiwan, was injured in the incident, CNN reported.

According to National Geographic, hippos kill about 500 people in Africa each year.

Perseid meteor shower 2018: 13 stunning photos of nature's light show

The Perseid meteor shower, which occurs every August due to debris left behind from Comet Swift-Tuttle, peaked this weekend, offering stunning light displays in the night sky.

>> On AJC.com: Perseid meteor shower 2018: How and when to watch the sky’s best show of the year

According to Space.com, the shower peaked overnight Aug. 11-12 and again Aug. 12-13.

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Social media lit up with images of the celestial phenomenon. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan 2. Firth of Lorn, Scotland 3. Loch Etive, Scotland 4. Lac d'Ilay, France 5. Jura Mountains, France 6. Oxford Island, Northern Ireland 7. Independence Pass, Colorado 8. Virginia 9. Eccles Pass, Colorado 10. Groesbeck, Texas 11. Sunset Crater, Arizona 12. Addingham, England 13. Stonehenge, England

– Fiza Pirani of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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