Washington, D.C.

Government breach traced to contractor

The head of the government department that suffered two massive cyberattacks said a hacker gained access to the agency’s records with a credential used by a federal contractor. Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, told a Senate hearing that an “adversary” somehow obtained a user credential used by KeyPoint Government Solutions, a contractor based in Colorado. She said her agency has no evidence suggesting KeyPoint was responsible for or directly involved in the cyberattacks.

 

Mexico

At least 15 die in nursing home fire

A fire killed at least 15 elderly residents of a nursing home on the outskirts of the northern border city of Mexicali, across the border from Calexico, Calif., the Mexican city’s mayor said. Mayor Jaime Diaz Ochoa said another five people were being treated at a hospital for burns, and were in serious condition.

 

France

Senate rejects easing of patient sedation

France’s Senate voted against a bill allowing the sedation of terminally ill patients, fearing it would lead to allowing euthanasia, which is illegal. Senators rejected the law by a vote of 196-87. The measure, approved by the lower house of parliament in March, aimed to let doctors keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes. Since the chambers disagree, the bill will make its way again through the legislative process, which could take months. In the end, the lower house has the final say. The bill would also force doctors to follow end-of-life instructions from patients regarding terminal sedation.

Syria

Kurds advance against ISIL fighters

Syrian Kurdish fighters and their allies captured a town once held by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, inching closer to the main ISIL stronghold and the de facto capital of the militants’ self-proclaimed caliphate. The capture of Ein Issa — hours after the Kurdish troops took a nearby military base — further squeezes the extremists, especially after they lost a major supply line when the Kurds captured the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border last week. The advance put the Kurdish fighters within 30 miles of ISIL’s stronghold of Raqqa.

 

Germany

Queen to visit concentration camp

Queen Elizabeth is on a state visit to Germany that will include her first trip to a former Nazi concentration camp. She and her husband Prince Philip planned to visit the Bergen-Belsen camp where diarist Anne Frank died weeks before the British liberated it on April 15, 1945. She will visit a memorial dedicated to Frank and meet with survivors and liberators of the Nazi camp. Elizabeth, 89, will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday.

Poland

Two held in theft of Auschwitz artifacts

Polish police said two British teenagers were detained and questioned on suspicion they stole objects that belonged to the victims of the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp. Regional police spokesman Mateusz Ciarka said a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were seen taking objects from the site of the former camp’s warehouses, where the Nazis kept victims’ belongings. Ciarka said that part of an old haircutting machine, reinforced glass from the warehouses and buttons were found on the teens.

 

Pakistan

Death toll in heat wave exceeds 600

A Pakistani health official said the death toll in the country’s southern Sindh Province, which has been struck by an intense heat wave, has reached 622. Saeed Mangnejo said that he expects the number of fatalities to climb further. Mangnejo said most of the deaths were reported in the province’s largest city, Karachi. Temperatures reaching 113 degrees Fahrenheit struck Karachi over the weekend. Hourslong power outages also have hit the city, leaving fans and air conditioners inoperable.

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