A former SS officer known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" and a woman who survived the Nazi death camp delivered wrenching testimony in a German courtroom Wednesday as his historic trial neared a verdict. German national Oskar Groening, 94, stands accused of 300,000 counts of "accessory to murder" in the cases of deported Hungarian Jews sent to the gas chambers between May and July 1944. "In view of the scale of the crimes committed in Auschwitz and in other places, I do not believe I am entitled to make such a request," he said.
By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will decide whether to proceed with a 23 billion pound ($36 billion) plan for a third runway at Heathrow Airport by the end of the year, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, setting up six months of political skirmishes over the issue. Lawmakers broadly agree that the London area needs a new runway to remain economically competitive but its location has been disputed for over 25 years. Proposals to expand Heathrow in densely populated west London are politically divisive and likely to fuel tensions in the ruling Conservative party.