Michael Karkoc, Nazi commander accused of massacres, living in US

People walk past the home in Minneapolis, Minn., where 94-year-old Michael Karkoc lives. Photo: AP

A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after the second world war.

Saturday, 15 June, 2013, 2:48am

British man pleads guilty to threatening massacre at US school

A British man pleaded guilty yesterday to making Facebook threats to kill 200 people at a school in the United States, which sparked a major security alert that saw thousands of pupils kept at home. Reece Elliot, 24, a father-of-one from South Shields in northeastern England, posted the messages on a tribute site for a Tennessee teenager who was killed in a car accident.

27 Apr 2013 - 2:14am

Ex-pupil of British School in the Netherlands held over shooting threat

Secondary schools in Leiden were closed after the threat. Photo: EPA

Dutch police yesterday arrested a former pupil at a British school in the Netherlands in connection with a threat to go on a shooting spree that saw armed police deployed and schools closed. Police in the university city of Leiden, just northeast of The Hague, confirmed that a person had been arrested after the threat to "shoot my Dutch teacher and as many students as I can" was posted online at the weekend.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:19am

Horror of Colorado theatre massacre recalled at hearing

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes. Photo: Reuters

The former graduate student accused of shooting a dozen people to death at a Colorado movie theatre last summer sat impassively in court on Monday as police recounted the nightmarish mix of blood, tear gas, screams and flashing strobe lights they found in the darkened cinema.

8 Jan 2013 - 11:22am

'Shutdowns' marked Newtown mass killer Adam Lanza's school life

Illustration: Craig Stephens

When he was a student at Newtown High School, Adam Lanza would sometimes have what a school employee referred to as "an episode".

23 Dec 2012 - 7:03am

Sandy Hook school massacre rekindles US gun control debate

Adam Lanza

No one yet knows what transformed nerdy, small-town loner Adam Lanza into a black-clad monster who gunned down 26 people, including 20 young children, at an elementary school.

17 Dec 2012 - 8:01am

Parents pay tribute to children killed in Connecticut school massacre

The gunman targeted Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo: Reuters

It is not the way Emilie Parker died that will matter, it is the way she lived. She was only 61/2, but her father said she was an extraordinary force in the lives of loved ones.

"Emilie was bright, creative and very loving," said Robbie Parker, 30, who moved his family to Connecticut eight months ago.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Newtown's name becomes synonymous with bloody infamy

A flag hanging in Newtown's business area awaits the names of the 20 small children and six adults slaughtered by Adam Lanza. Residents have been left reeling in horror. Photo: AFP

Evil, as the governor described it, seems incompatible with a place as quaint as this.

Newtown, Connecticut was founded 300 years ago - its population is 27,000 and everybody knows everybody. The high street is just a few clothing or gift shops and a couple of family style restaurants.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Briefs: US shooting, December 17, 2012

Police arrest school shooting plotter

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Briefs, December 13, 2012

Wang Xianjie (right), one of four arrested Chinese bus drivers. Photo: AFP

 A Japanese woman at the centre of a multiple murder case who reportedly coerced people into starving family members to death has been found dead in her cell. Miyoko Sumida, 64, was the chief suspect in an investigation that has transfixed low-crime Japan since three decaying corpses were discovered in an empty house where she once lived. 

13 Dec 2012 - 4:20am

Ethnic tension in student election may have played a role in massacre at polytechnic in northeast Nigeria

The entrance to the Federal Polytechnic Mubi. Photo: AFP

One by one, the gunmen called out the names of students of a mixed Christian and Muslim polytechnic in northeast Nigeria before shooting them or slitting their throats.

When they were done, 26 people were dead, including 22 students, two guards and a retired soldier.

4 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

Alleged kingpin of Mekong River massacre changes his tune

One of the six foreigners is escorted to the Kunming Intermediate People's Court yesterday. Photo: Xinhua

The accused Myanmese ringleader of a Mekong River hijacking that resulted in the murder of 13 Chinese sailors disputed the charges yesterday as six foreign nationals stood trial in Kunming, Yunnan.

24 Sep 2012 - 10:23am

Families of massacred Malaysian rubber tappers press UK for apology

Relatives of 24 Malaysian rubber tappers killed by British troops in 1948 yesterday pressed their demands for an apology, after a London court ruled that Britain was responsible for their deaths.

However, they expressed anger after the High Court judges on Tuesday upheld a British government decision not to hold a public inquiry into the shootings.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:21am

Syrian regime accused of massacre in town of Daraya, near Damascus

A video image showing a body near tombs in Daraya. Photo: AFP

Several hundred bodies were found in a town near Damascus after a ferocious assault by the Syrian army, a watchdog said yesterday, as activists accused government forces of another gruesome massacre.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:11am

Mine massacre shocks post-apartheid South Africa

A protester licks his spear outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

MARIKANA, South Africa (Reuters) - The killing by police of more than 30 striking platinum miners in the bloodiest security operation since the end of white rule cut to the quick of South Africa's psyche on Friday, with people and the media questioning its post-apartheid soul.

17 Aug 2012 - 5:32pm