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Latvian musical on Nazi collaborator stirs anger

Jewish groups protest Latvian musical about aviator turned Nazi death squad member
Rayyan Sabet-Parry, The Associated Press

RIGA, Latvia - A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond.

Critics say the show, touring theatres across Latvia until February, is an attempt to whitewash the legacy of Herbert Cukurs, who was assassinated by Israeli agents in South America for his role in the Holocaust.

Bangladesh Islamist party chief sentenced to death

Bangladesh Islamist party chief sentenced to death for crimes during 1971 war for independence
Julhas Alam, The Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh - A special tribunal sentenced the leader of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party to death on Wednesday for atrocities and multiple killings during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

Motiur Rahman Nizami, 71, sat calmly in the dock as the head of a three-judge panel, M. Enayetur Rahim, read the verdict in the packed courtroom in Dhaka, the capital. The defence said it would appeal.

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