Nazi Propaganda Chief’s Secretary Speaks

SCHWABING, Germany, Aug. 30 (UPI) — A former secretary of German despot Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, said she will never forgive him “for what he brought into the world.”

Brunhilde Pomsel, now 100, broke a 66-year vow of silence in an interview with the German newspaper Bild during which she recounted working for Goebbels from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.

She recalled taking down his dictated orders to rid Berlin of Jews.

“I will never forgive Goebbels for what he brought into this world,” Pomsel told Bild. “He got away lightly with suicide. He knew he would be condemned to death by the Allies.”

She described Goebbels as a cold, distant man.

“Right up until the end, I don’t think he knew my name,” she said.

Pomsel said she was one of the fastest typists at a Berlin radio station and “conscripted” to work for him.

Pomsel said she did not know about the Holocaust until after the war.

“I was a stupid, politically uninterested little sausage of simple means,” she said.

And only after the war, she said, did she learn Goebbels and his wife Magda forced their six children to commit suicide by swallowing cyanide vials and that he fatally shot his wife and himself.

After Hitler killed himself in May 1945, she said, Russians captured her in the cellar where she was working and she spent the next five years in Russian camps.

Nigerian Christians Attack Muslims On Eid

JOS, Nigeria, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Clashes between Muslims and Christians at Christmas in the Nigerian city of Jos resumed on Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, officials said Tuesday.

Choji Gyang, a religious adviser to the government of Plateau state, told CNN the Christians attacked a mosque Monday where Muslims had gathered. The mosque had been burned in previous religious violence.

Jos is on the border between Muslim-majority northern Nigeria and the Christian-majority south. Religious violence has been endemic for months in the city and villages surrounding it, starting Christmas Eve with the bombing of Christian targets.

At least 20 people were killed Monday and Tuesday, Gyang said, most of them after the military fired into crowds of protesters.

A Nigerian newspaper, The Daily Champion, said the trouble started Monday when young men set up road blocks to stop Muslims from getting to prayers. Officials said some Muslims responded by pulling out knives.

Protesters Celebrate Eid In Tahrir Square

CAIRO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — As the holy month of Ramadan came to an end Tuesday, dozens of protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo called for a civilian government.

Activists also denounced the killing of five Egyptian security officers by the Israeli military, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

The Egyptian newspaper put the number of people in the square at dozens. The Egyptian news agency Bikya Masr said thousands of people came to the square for prayers for Eid al-Fitr, the holiday at the end of Ramadan.

Supporters of two presidential candidates, Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Mohamed Selim al-Awa, handed out leaflets in the square. A third, Ayman Nour, came in person and talked to demonstrators, al-Masry al-Youm said.

Members of the April 6 Youth Movement pulled down a billboard that read: “The Egyptian army gave a pledge and honored it.” It was replaced with a sign calling for a firm line on Israel: “The people demand the rights of the martyrs in Sinai.”

Mazhar Shaheen, imam of Omar Makram Mosque, celebrated political upheaval in Egypt and other Arab countries in his sermon, beginning with a chant: “God is great! [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak has fallen, [Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine] Ben Ali has fallen, [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi has fallen.”

He also predicted the success of protesters in Yemen and Syria: “God is great! We have liberated ourselves. [Yemeni President Ali Abdullah] Saleh, [Syrian President Assad] Bashar and all the arrogant titans will fall.”

Mom Not Allowed To See Son She Abandoned

WHEATON, Ill., Aug. 30 (UPI) — An imprisoned Illinois woman was denied a courtroom-supervised visit Tuesday with the son she abandoned under a bush in 2009 shortly after his birth.

Nunu Sung, a 26-year-old Myanmar refugee, had planned to see her son during a morning court session at DuPage County Courthouse but the boy’s foster parents chose not to bring him due to media attention, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Sung hid the infant under a bush near her apartment in June 2009 because she said she feared shame for having a child out of wedlock. She then lied to police about her pregnancy.

Misdemeanor child endangerment charges were dropped when Sung pleaded guilty to the felony and her parental rights were never terminated. She is due to be paroled in January after a three-year prison term for felony obstruction of justice, and says she plans to fight for custody of her son after her release.

The boy has been raised by the foster couple since he was just days old.

Toronto City Bus In Major Collision

TORONTO, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Police said a Toronto Transit Commission bus and a construction crane truck collided Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring 13 others, six seriously.

The crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. in the city’s northeast and completely tore away and crumpled the front right side of the bus. While the bus driver was uninjured, a 43-year-old female passenger was killed, police Constable Wendy Drummond told reporters.

An aerial view of the scene from CTV News showed the crane truck off the road on a grassy area behind where the bus came to rest.

City paramedics rushed a large trauma treatment bus to the scene after 911 emergency operators received a rash of calls from residents of area apartment building who said they all heard a loud crash or explosion, the Toronto Sun said.

Police wouldn’t discuss possible causes for the crash.

The six-lane Lawrence Avenue where the crash happened was closed, causing afternoon rush-hour headaches for thousands trying to reach or exit the nearby north-south Don Valley Parkway, the reports said.

Italy Backs Off Syria Embargo

BRUSSELS, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Italy said Tuesday it wants to delay a European Union embargo on Syria until its oil contracts expire in November.

A EU meeting on Syria was to resume Wednesday, and some officials said they were optimistic about resolving the dispute, the Financial Times reported. About 95 percent of Syria’s oil goes to Europe so an embargo would be a major blow to the regime of President Bashir Assad.

Also Tuesday, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations called Monday for changes in the U.N. draft resolution calling for sanctions against Syria, which he said is “one-sided,” RIA Novosti reported. Vitaly Churkin said the document supported by the United States, which stiffed its sanctions Tuesday, and EU members on the Security Council is “totally non-objective and only envisages pressure on the Syrian leadership.”

Churkin said the Security Council should adopt a resolution aimed at a “positive” role in the conflict.

In Iran, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry said EU reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard is supporting Assad are untrue. Ramin Mehmanparast called the EU charges “unfounded,” the Iranian Student News Agency reported Monday.

“As we have repeatedly stressed, the Syrian regime and nation enjoy enough political and social maturity and are capable of resolving their own problems,” he said. “The Islamic Republic of Iran respects sovereignty of all countries and denies any claim on its interference in Syrian internal affairs.”

Poll: GOP Likes Perry; Mitt Fades

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) — Republicans seem to like Herman Cain and Rick Perry, but the luster may be wearing off other members of the GOP presidential field, a Gallup Poll indicates.

The results of Gallup’s Positive Intensity Score for the latter half of August found strongly favorable impressions of Cain and Perry among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, but less enthusiasm for Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

Cain leads in positive image at 27 percent, slightly ahead of Perry at 25 percent. Still, those two are well ahead of Bachmann (13), Romney (11), Rick Santorum (10), Newt Gingrich (7), Paul (6) and Jon Huntsman (1).

The scores were the lowest of the campaign for Romney, Bachmann and Paul, Gallup said Tuesday.

“Now, Perry enjoys some separation between himself and his most likely challengers in both positive intensity and support for the nomination, marking him as the clear front-runner at this point in the campaign,” Gallup said in a written statement.

Cain’s lead in favorable impression was offset by a woeful 4 percent of Republicans who said they wanted to see him nominated. But Perry’s popularity has held up even as he becomes more well-known to the electorate, Gallup noted.

Undeclared candidates Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani scored 16 and 17 respectively.

Gallup’s Positive Intensity Score was compiled through a random survey of 1,200 voters nationwide Aug. 15-28. The margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Wis. Nurse Reused Insulin Materials

MADISON, Wis., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A clinic in Madison, Wis., says it is notifying 2,000 patients they may have been exposed to dangerous diseases because of mistakes by a nurse.

The nurse at the Dean Clinic improperly used insulin demonstration pens and finger stick devices, the clinic said. The demonstration pens were not supposed to be used on people and the finger stick devices were supposed to be used only once.

Radio station WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee reported Monday the clinic is calling every patient at risk and will pick up the tab for blood tests.

The nurse responsible no longer works for the clinic but there has been no word on whether any legal action will be taken, WTMJ said.

Dr. Craig Samitt, who runs the clinic, apologized.

“This upsets us all,” he said.

Security Officer Killed In Ingushetia

NAZAN, Russia, Aug. 30 (UPI) — An officer with the Russian Federal Security Service died Tuesday in a car bombing as violence continued in the North Caucasus.

The killing occurred in Nazran, the largest city in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, RIA Novosti reported. A police officer was killed Saturday in Ingushetia and a police station in neighboring Dagestan was attacked Friday.

Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, all between the Black and Caspian seas and bordered on the south by Georgia and Azerbaijan, have large Muslim populations.

While Russia plays up violence perpetrated by nationalists and extremist Muslims in the North Caucasus, peaceful opposition leaders and human rights advocates have also been killed. In June, Maksud Sadikov, the rector of Dagestan’s Institute of Theology, was shot in his car in Makhachkala, and last year Maksharip Aushev, an Ingush opposition leader, was found dead in his bullet-riddled car, a Foreign Policy blogger reported.

Judge Denies Delay In Facebook Claim

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 30 (UPI) — A businessman missed a court deadline to provide information to support his claim he helped create Facebook, and a judge denied his request for a delay.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara rejected the request of Paul Ceglia, of Wellsville, N.Y., that he be given more time to present the information due by the Monday deadline set by another federal judge, The Buffalo News reported.

Ceglia had been given until late Monday to provide five computer thumb drives in support of his claim he helped start the social network.

The News reported he had implied for more than a year he would prove he helped start Facebook.

“Ceglia brought a fraudulent lawsuit that is now crashing down around him,” Facebook lawyer Orin S. Snyder said in court documents that challenged the delay.

Ceglia’s attorney, Jeffrey A. Lake, told the court this month his client couldn’t find the computer thumb drives and other storage devices, the News reported. Lake told U.S. Magistrate Leslie G. Foschio he had asked Ceglia several times what had happened to them.

Lake could not be reached for comment Monday, the News said.

Ceglia claims he and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder, president and chief executive officer, had entered a partnership in 2003 under which he is a 50 percent owner of the social network.

“He claimed ownership of a substantial share in Facebook Inc. based on an alleged contract that has now been revealed as a forgery and purported ‘e-mails’ with Mark Zuckerberg that Ceglia created out of whole cloth,” Snyder said in court papers.