Wikinews Shorts: February 17, 2008

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A compilation of brief news reports for Sunday, February 17, 2008.

Italy arrests Nazi war criminal

Nazi war criminal Michael Seifert was arrested today in Naples, after having been extradited from Canada. Seifert (83), known as the "Beast of Bolzano," was convicted in absentia in 2000 in Italy on nine counts of murder committed while he was an SS guard at a prison transit camp in Bolzano, northern Italy.


Kasparov arrested again by Russian police

Russian opposition leader and chess-grandmaster Garry Kasparov is arrested today, says a Russian radio station. In Sochi Kasparov visited people who had to leave their houses, since their property will be demolished, it is needed to build new hotels and sporting accommodations for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Kasparov's van is confiscated by the police, he says. "This is typical to how police and FSB deal with people that are critical to the Kremlin".


Anglo-Dutch Reed Elsevier cuts 1000 jobs

Anglo-Dutch mediagroup Reed Elsevier has announced that in the next few years over 1,000 jobs will be axed to cut costs. Reed (London and Amsterdam) currently employs 37,000 people. Analysts welcome the plans, Morgan Stanley analyst Patrick Wellington says: "Reed will announce a cost-cutting programme with the aim of saving around £100m over two to three years."


Valentine kiss punished with whiplashes in Bangladesh

A Bangladesh man who kissed his sister in law was punished with 5 whiplashes and a 200 taka fine, according to The Daily Ittefaq. The woman's brother filed a complaint with local authorities in a village in Joypurjat district.