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Sleeping passenger awakes to find himself locked inside dark, empty plane at Houston airport

HOUSTON - As the captain of an oil platform supply boat in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Wagner is no stranger to bumps and other movement while he sleeps. So when he nodded off on a flight from Louisiana to Houston, it was no surprise that the landing bounce didn't wake him. "That's the norm for me," Wagner said. "A little jolt wouldn't bother me." He awoke to a traveller's nightmare. He opened his eyes to a dark and locked plane parked at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Germany probes unsolved killings for far-right links

BERLIN, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Germany is investigating whether hundreds of unsolved killings since the country's reunification could be linked to far-right neo-Nazi extremists, officials said Wednesday. The Interior Ministry said an initial review of 3,300 unsolved crimes committed from 1990 to 2011 indicated that 746 of them, with 849 victims, might be linked to neo-Nazi motives.

Greece's ultra-right party holds rally in survival struggle

ATHENS (Reuters) - About 1,000 supporters of Greece's Golden Dawn party gathered outside parliament on Saturday to protest against the pre-trial detention of their leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos on charges of forming a criminal organization. Clad in black clothes, carrying torches and Greek flags, the ultra-right party's supporters shouted slogans such as "hands off Golden Dawn, don't jail nationalists" to the sound of Greek folk and marching songs.

Greeks put on major protests in Athens

by Alexia Vlachou ATHENS, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The centre of Athens was inaccessible on Saturday evening due to scheduled rallies held by far- Right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avgi) party members. To avert potential violent clashes between demonstrators, Greek police took high security measures and banned marches. Golden Dawn supporters gathered in Syntagma square in front of the Greek parliament, demanding the release from pre-trial custody of the party's leader Nikos Michaloliakos and another two MPs two months ago.

New "Parsifal" is "powerful journey" for all: director

LONDON (Reuters) - Director Stephen Langridge knows MTV video clips tend to have mass appeal and Wagner operas do not, but he thinks anyone can be moved by his new production of "Parsifal", opening at London's Covent Garden on Saturday night. In the second act, New Zealand tenor Simon O'Neill as Wagner's "pure fool" of the title must resist the seductive lures of German soprano Angela Denoke's witch and temptress Kundry. She wraps herself around him and pleads that uniting with her for just one hour "would raise you to a godhead".

US Holocaust survivor meets Polish savior 70 years on

A Jewish boy who hid from the Nazis in a hayloft reunited after 70 years in New York on Wednesday with the Polish son whose parents risked everything to save him. Beaming American Holocaust survivor Leon Gersten, 79, embraced and clasped the hand of a visibly moved Czeslaw Polziec, 81, whose Polish parents saved five Jews during World War II. Gersten welcomed Polziec after his exhausting trans-Atlantic flight before a battery of cameras at New York's JFK airport, supported by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Greek neo-Nazis see rise in voter support

Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn has seen a jump in its approval rating despite the indictment of several of its members following the murder of an anti-fascist rapper, a poll showed Sunday. In the survey by Metron Analysis for the Ethnos daily, 6.7 percent of respondents said they would vote for Golden Dawn were elections to be held. After taking into account the 32.5 percent of respondents whose vote intentions are currently unclear, Metron Analysis said Golden Dawn would probably pick up 10 percent of the vote.

France fighting anti-Semitism 'with all its might'

France is using "all its might" to battle anti-Semitism, French President Francois Hollande said on Monday in a special address to the Israeli parliament. "France is fighting with all its might against anti-Semitism in all its forms," he said. "I confirm in this house the French Republic's commitment to watch over at all times the security and safety of the Jews of France." ha-agr-hmw/srm

UN chief honours Holocaust victims at Auschwitz

UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Monday paid homage to Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, pledging to "build a world of equality and dignity for all". Ban was joined by a former Polish prisoner, 87-year-old Marian Turski, and Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau as he walked through the gate with the infamous "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the World War II camp in southern Poland.

Greek militant group claims Golden Dawn killings

ATHENS (Reuters) - A Greek anti-establishment group has claimed responsibility for a drive-by shooting this month that killed two supporters of the far-right Golden Dawn party and raised fears of an escalation of political violence. The previously unknown group "Militant People's Revolutionary Forces" said the attack had been carried out in retaliation for the fatal stabbing of anti-fascism rapper Pavlos Fissas, to which a Golden Dawn sympathizer has confessed.
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