Beyond Baltimore: Feb. 16

By: Sam Shelton, News Editor

Stories compiled by The Daily Beast


In Germany:

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 accounts of accessory to murder after allegedly serving as a Nazi guard at the Auschwitz prison camp in Poland from 1942 to 1944.

The defendant, whose name has not been released in accordance with privacy restrictions allegedly supervised incoming prisoners to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the area of the complex where most of the victims were killed.

The man admitted his presence at Auschwitz, but has denied involvement with that part of the complex and the killings. 

In France:

French police have been investigating the desecration of 300 Jewish graves that occurred Sunday. According to NBC News, some graves were knocked over and others were marked with swastikas and other anti-semitic and Nazi slogans.

Police questioned five male teenagers, all 15 to 17 years old, after one of the boys confessed. They could potentially face in prison for up to seven years for “desecration of graves” and “degradation committed as a group.”


On Mars:

Mars One, a Dutch nonprofit, has narrowed its pool of possible space travelers from 200,000 to 100 finalists. From here, 24 people will be trained for the one-way trip to Mars and only four will actually make it in 2024.

Of these 100, 38 finalists reside in the U.S., making it the most-represented country. After that, Canada and Australia tie for second with seven finalists each.

According to Mars One representatives, “the following selection rounds will focus on composing teams that can endure all the hardships of a permanent settlement on Mars.”


In Liberia:

Schools reopened in Liberia Monday, after closing six months ago in response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. despite this move forward, the country remains cautious of the illness.

Students were made to get their temperatures taken before they could enter the school. Precautions are also being taken to prevent overcrowding.

Deputy Education Minister Remses Kumbuyah said that the government is “asking all the school administrators to ensure that a classroom should not have more than 45 or 50 students.”

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