Ikea admits forced labor
Ikea admitted Friday that political prisoners in the former East Germany provided some of the labor that helped it keep its furniture prices low. A report by auditors at Ernst & Young concluded that Ikea, a Swedish company, knowingly benefited from forced labor in the former East Germany to manufacture some of its products in the 1980s. Ikea had commissioned the report in May.
Work at nuclear site
Iran has finished installing all the critical equipment at a deep underground site where it is producing nuclear fuel that could quickly be converted to use in a nuclear weapon, international inspectors reported Friday. But the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has yet to ramp up production, leaving several months for the U.S. and its allies to work on a diplomatic solution that could avoid a military confrontation.
Generals go home
Tens of thousands of jubilant supporters gave two Croatian generals a hero’s welcome Friday after a U.N. war crimes tribunal overturned their convictions for murdering and expelling Serb civilians during a 1995 military blitz. Croatians viewed the decision to release Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac as vindication that they were the victims in the Balkan wars in the 1990s, but neighboring Serbia denounced the ruling as a scandalous injustice toward tens of thousands of its compatriots who were expelled from Croatia after an offensive led by the two.
Organizers of the annual bullfighting festival in Ecuador’s capital announced its cancellation Friday, blaming it on a killing ban and continued opposition to the spectacle. Ecuador approved a 2011 ballot question banning the killing of animals for entertainment. The Quito festival had run for 52 years; this year’s festival was to have begun Dec. 1. More than 40 bulls were killed during past fights.
Compiled from wire reports.