Denmark

Engineer convicted of murder

A self-taught Danish engineer was convicted of murder Wednesday for luring a Swedish journalist on to his homemade submarine, then torturing and killing her before dismembering her body and dumping it at sea in a sensational case that has gripped Scandinavia. Peter Madsen, 47, was sentenced in Copenhagen City Court to life in prison for killing Kim Wall, a 30-year-old freelance reporter, after bringing her aboard his submarine with the promise of an interview last summer.

Germany

Protest supports Jews

Germans of various faiths donned Jewish skullcaps and took to the streets Wednesday in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin and express fears about growing hatred of Jews in the country. The kippa protest was triggered by the daytime assault last week of two young men wearing skullcaps in an upscale neighborhood in the German capital. The attack, in which a 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker is a suspect, drew outrage in Germany and sharp condemnation by Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is the latest of several anti-Semitic incidents that have many Jews wondering about their safety in Germany.

Sweden

Nobel Prize delay possible

The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary has indicated that the recent crisis within the body that hands out the coveted Nobel Prize in Literature may mean postponing this year’s prize. Anders Olsson told Swedish Radio on Wednesday that the academy was in the middle of “a discussion,” but declined to give details, adding “clarity on that point will come soon.” Peter Englund, who quit the academy amid sexual misconduct allegations within the body’s ranks, told Swedish radio “it might be best to postpone.”

Italy

Skeleton found in Pompeii

Work at ancient thermal baths in Pompeii’s ruins has revealed the skeleton of a crouching child who perished in Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in A.D. 79. Pompeii’s director Massimo Osanna said in a statement Wednesday that the skeleton, believed to be of a 7- or 8-year-old child, was found during work in February to shore up the main ancient baths in the sprawling archaeological site. The skeleton was removed on Tuesday from the baths’ area for study, including DNA testing to determine the sex. Experts think deadly volcanic gases killed the child.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires