A 19-year-old arrested in the disappearance of a young Alabama woman appeared before a judge in Oranjestad on Tuesday, but authorities declined to reveal the outcome of the closed hearing. Aruban authorities have disclosed only the suspect’s initials, G.V.C. Natalee Holloway, who was 18 when she disappeared, was last seen leaving a bar with a Dutch teenager and two Surinamese brothers May 30.
Germany: Nazi records to be opened
After decades of holding back, Germany agreed Tuesday to work toward opening Nazi records on 17 million Jews, slave laborers and other Holocaust victims to relatives and historians. Eleven nations oversee the 30 million to 50 million documents, housed in the German town of Bad Arolsen, and are to meet in Luxembourg in May to consider amending a treaty that has limited access and copying.
Afghanistan: Soldiers kill militants
U.S. and Afghan soldiers killed five militants in a large-scale operation targeting Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in the eastern Kunar province near Pakistan, the U.S. military said Tuesday.
China: Washing out the dusty air
Beijing will use artificial rain-making equipment to clear the air after a choking dust storm coated China’s capital with yellow grit, state media said Tuesday. The Monday storm dumped 300,000 tons of sand and dust on Beijing, according to a Chinese newspaper. The dust also blanketed South Korea and reached Tokyo.
From Herald news services