A summary of what you need to know today, compiled by The Globe’s news desk on Feb. 22, 2013.
Adolf Hitler seeks fourth term in Meghalaya
What do Frankenstein, Adolf Hitler and Billykid Sangma have in common? They’re all candidates in this weekend’s election in the northeast Indian state of Meghalaya, a region with a penchant for oddball and controversial names. Hitler, a 54 year old father of three, was named by his father who developed a fascination with the dictator while working with the British army in the Second World War. He has been elected three times to the state assembly. “I am aware at one point of time Adolf Hitler was the most hated person on earth for the genocide of the Jews. But my father added ‘Lu’ in between, naming me Adolf Lu Hitler, and that’s why I am different,” Hitler told AP.
Euro recession, again
The long slow crawl out of recession will be longer, and slower, than expected in Europe. Despite hopes the Euro zone economies would eke out small growth this year, the European Commission is now predicting a 0.3 per cent contraction. That would mark another year of declines – the 17-member zone’s economy contracted 0.6 per cent last year.
Lam autopsy inconclusive
An autopsy has failed to determine the cause in the mysterious death of a 21-year-old Vancouver student whose body was discovered in a water tank on top of a Los Angeles hotel. More tests – including a pending toxicology screen – are being conducted to find out how Elisa Lam died while on vacation in California. Last week, police released a video of Lam acting erratically in a hotel elevator.
SNC-Lavalin employee allegedly offered bribe to Bangladeshi officials
An official from SNC-Lavalin allegedly offered a bribe to a Bangladeshi communications minister to bolster the Canadian engineering company’s bid to build a bridge in the impoverished country, The Globe’s Greg McArthur reports today. The allegation is contained in a letter written by a World Bank panel of experts.
FBI’s reputation takes a beating
Not a great few days for the FBI, whose reputation has taken a beating amid reports of sexting, illicit photos and unauthorized bugging. The revelations, outlined in a confidential internal disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, include an FBI employee bugging his boss’s office and using company cell phones to send nude photos and sexually explicit messages. The reports weren’t all bad news – the bulk of the FBI’s 36,000 employees act professionally, CNN concluded.
Al-Qaeda advice on avoiding drone strikes
Wondering how to avoid drone strikes? A document left behind by al-Qaeda extremists in Mali last month lists 22 tips. They include stretching mats to form natural carports on top of cars, using dolls and statues to mislead the enemy and hiding under trees, according to The Associated Press.