Dutch man held in Peru killing

LIMA, Peru - A Dutch man long suspected in the disappearance of an Alabama teen in Aruba was arrested Thursday in the murder of a young woman in Peru. Stephany Flores, 21, was killed in a Lima hotel Sunday, five years to the day after Natalee Holloway disappeared.

The suspect, Joran van der Sloot, 22, was arrested in neighboring Chile, where he traveled the day after Flores died. Van der Sloot was detained while traveling in a taxi, said Fernando Ovalle, deputy spokesman of Chile's national investigative police.

Flores, who had been seen with van der Sloot early Sunday, was found Wednesday lying face down on the floor of the suspect's hotel room in Lima, with her neck broken, Peruvian Police Gen. Cesar Guardia said. She was fully clothed, with no signs of having been sexually abused.

Holloway disappeared May 30, 2005, during a high school trip in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean island. In Alabama on Thursday, van der Sloot was charged with trying to extort $250,000 in return for giving the location of Holloway's body and the circumstances of her death. - AP

German nominee for president

BERLIN - Germany's government Thursday nominated the 50-year-old governor of Lower Saxony for the nation's presidency, days after the previous head of state's surprise resignation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel tapped Christian Wulff as her party's candidate to replace President Horst Koehler, who stepped down Monday after appearing to link military deployments abroad with the country's economic interests.

Wulff is a deputy leader of Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and is widely expected to be elected June 30 by an assembly of 1,244 state and federal lawmakers, where Merkel's coalition has a majority. The opposition Social Democrats and Green Party said they would nominate a candidate Friday.

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Dolphin film not airing in Tokyo

TOKYO - A movie theater in Tokyo decided against showing the dolphin-hunt documentary

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after nationalist pressure and warnings of protests, the distributor said Thursday.

In recent months, activists have protested and screamed slogans outside the Tokyo office of the Japanese distributor, Unplugged, alleging that support for the film signals betrayal of Japanese pride. Theater N Shibuya was scheduled to start showing the film June 26.

The American movie that won the Academy Award for documentary this year shows undercover footage of the dolphin hunt in a Japanese village and documents efforts by Ric O'Barry, a former trainer for the Flipper TV series, to stop the slaughter of dolphins for food.

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A devastating fire raced through several apartment complexes in the Bangladeshi capital, killing more than 100 people, local media reported Friday. Fire official Nazrul Islam said the blaze started when a transformer exploded late Thursday, igniting a three-story apartment building in old Dhaka. He said the victims included many guests of a wedding party on the roof of a building.