Iraq accuses Iran of seizing well at border
BAGHDAD -- Iranian forces crossed into Iraq and seized an oil well just over the two countries' disputed border, Iraq's government said Friday, prompting a protest from Baghdad and providing a dramatic display of the sometimes tenuous relations between the wary allies.
The incident could trouble Iraq's drive to attract the international investment needed to develop its beleaguered oil sector, analysts said, and it raised questions about the two countries' ties, which had improved greatly after the fall of Saddam Hussein.
According to Iraq's deputy foreign minister, Mohammed Haj Mahmoud, Iranian troops crossed into Iraqi territory on Thursday and seized oil well No. 4 in the al-Fakkah oil field. The oil field is one of Iraq's largest.
Thieves steal Auschwitz sign
OSWIECIM, Poland -- Thieves stole the notorious sign bearing the cynical Nazi slogan ''Work Sets You Free'' from the entrance to the former Auschwitz death camp on Friday, cutting through rows of barbed wire and metal bars before making their escape.
The brazen seizure of one of the Holocaust's most chilling symbols brought worldwide condemnation.
''The theft of such a symbolic object is an attack on the memory of the Holocaust, and an escalation from those elements that would like to return us to darker days,'' Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev said.
''I call on all enlightened forces in the world who fight against anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and the hatred of the other, to join together to combat these trends.''
The 16-foot sign bearing the German words ''Arbeit Macht Frei'' -- ''Work Sets You Free'' -- spanned the main entrance to the Auschwitz death camp, where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed during World War II.
Doctors extract needles from Brazilian boy
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Doctors began emergency surgery Friday to remove sewing needles lodged in a Brazilian toddler's heart and in one lung that were allegedly inserted by his stepfather during a series of bizarre rituals.
Surgeons were removing only four of the dozens of needles -- the ones posing the biggest threats to the boy.