Camp visits set record
The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site in southern Poland registered 1.43 million visitors last year, a record number in its 65-year history as a place of Holocaust remembrance, officials said Friday. For several years now, the grounds of the former Nazi death camp have registered record numbers of visitors. In 2011, there were 1.4 million visitors from across the world, triple the number of a decade before. The growing tourism is straining the site’s barracks and other structures, many of which were built of wood and never intended to last so long. Massive efforts are under way to preserve the site.
Crews battle wildfires
Australian officials battled a series of wildfires amid scorching temperatures across the country on Saturday, with one blaze destroying dozens of homes in the island state of Tasmania. Tasmania police said Saturday that around 80 buildings were destroyed in and around the small town of Dunalley, east of the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, including the town’s school, police station and bakery.
Landholders die in attack
An elderly couple whose family’s vast landholdings have long been targeted by Mapuche Indians in southern Chile were killed in an arson attack early Friday while trying to defend their home. The president flew to the scene and announced new security measures, including the application of Chile’s tough anti-terrorism law and the creation of a special police anti-terror unit backed by the military. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, which some Mapuche Indians repudiated Friday as senseless and abhorrent.
Puerto Rico’s new governor is calling out at least 50 National Guard troops to help prevent drug and weapons smuggling. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said late Thursday that soldiers will be stationed in ports and airports across the U.S. territory to help bolster security. It was his first executive order as governor.
Compiled from wire reports.