Twelve people who stripped naked in front of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and killed a sheep have been convicted of profaning the site.
A court in the Polish city of Oswiecim jailed two of the group for more than a year and fined the rest.
The incident took place last March beneath the site`s main gate, which bears the infamous slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work sets you free").
1 million people were murdered by the Nazis at the camp.
At the time of the incident, officials said the motive was unclear but the group later said they were protesting against the war in Ukraine.
The director of the Auschwitz museum, Piotr Cywinski, said they had hurt the millions of people whose relatives died in the camp.
"These people desecrated one of the most tragic places in the world… by shamelessly trying to use it to propagate vague ideas that never really were explained", he told Polish news agency PAP.
The individuals involved, aged between 20 and 27, include six Poles, four Belarusians and one German, police said at the time of the incident.
They launched a firecracker in the car park and chained themselves to the gates before museum guards intervened.
Local media reported that the group used a drone to film the disturbance, and draped a white banner with the red text "love" over the gate.
In a statement, the Auschwitz museum said: "Using the symbol of Auschwitz for any kind of manifestations or happenings is outrageous and unacceptable.
3 billion) a year servicing public-private contracts of the the type it awarded to Carillion Plc, which went into liquidation Monday.
In a report prepared before Carillion collapsed, the National Audit Office, which scrutinizes government spending, said Thursday there is insufficient data to determine whether so-called private finance initiative deals offer value for taxpayers.
“After 25 years of PFI, there is still little evidence that it delivers enough benefit to offset the additional costs of borrowing money privately,” Meg Hillier, chair of Parliament’s Committee of Public Accounts, said in a statement emailed alongside the report.
“Many local bodies are now shackled to inflexible PFI contracts that are exorbitantly expensive to change.
” Under PFI contracts, companies finance, build and operate public projects such as hospitals, schools and roads, with the government returning the money over 25 to 30 years.
‘Deeply Negligent’ PFI deals were introduced by the Conservatives in 1992 and flourished under the subsequent Labour government in the belief they would result in cheaper and higher-quality construction and limit the risk to taxpayers.
But critics say they lack flexibility and financing costs are high relative to government bonds.
The opposition Labour Party has pledged to bring the contracts back under public control if it wins power.
The Treasury estimates PFIs have financed more than 700 projects with a capital value of 60 billion pounds.
Future charges amount to 200 billion pounds, even if no new deals are entered into.
Carillion was a major recipient of such contracts, which ranged from military housing to high-speed rail.
While ministers stepped in swiftly to guarantee the projects, Labour has questioned why ministers signed 2 billion pounds of deals with Carillion after its financial struggles had become apparent.
“It looks like the government were either handing Carillion public contracts to keep the company afloat, which clearly has not worked, or were just deeply negligent of the crisis that was coming down the line,” Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn told lawmakers in Parliament on Wednesday.
Over the past 20 years, capital investment using PFI projects has averaged around 3 billion pounds a year, compared with publicly financed capital investment that currently stands at an annual 50 billion pounds, according to the NAO report.
Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington told lawmakers Monday that “no PFI faces an immediate crisis as a result of the liquidation” of Carillion.
He used the collapse as a demonstration that PFI contracts are “not an easy ticket to riches,” noting that “there are very real risks.
(AP) -- A surprising Democratic upset in a conservative Wisconsin Senate district where voters overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump just 14 months ago has raised liberal hopes of more election success coming this fall.
Patty Schachtner`s victory over an incumbent Republican state representative in Wisconsin`s 10th Senate District follows a series of Democratic wins across the country.
Scott Walker, who is up for re-election to a third term in November, took note, posting on Twitter minutes after Schachtner`s win calling it a "wake up call for Republicans in Wisconsin.
" Schachtner took 55 percent of the vote to Jarchow`s 44 percent in unofficial returns.
Schachtner, who entered the race in northwestern Wisconsin as the clear underdog, attributed her stunning victory over Rep.
Adam Jarchow to what she called a "kind campaign.
" "People sent a message tonight: We don`t want to be negative anymore," she said Tuesday.
"Change it up.
My message has always been be kind, be considerate and we need to help people when they`re down.
" The flip is particularly notable in Wisconsin, where Democratic numbers are at their lowest since 1971 in the state Senate and 1957 in the Assembly.
As to whether her victory could be a harbinger of more Democratic wins, Schachtner said simply: "It certainly could be.
" Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Martha Laning was more effusive, posting on Facebook following Schachtner`s win that a "change is coming!!!" Democrats have already made big gains elsewhere, including picking up 15 seats in the Virginia state House in November, and in Alabama, where Doug Jones captured a U.
Senate seat last month.
In the past two weeks, high-profile Republicans have passed up Senate races in North Dakota and Minnesota that were thought to be winnable seats.
Former Minnesota Gov.
Tim Pawlenty cited the tough outlook as one reason for skipping a run to replace former Democratic Sen.
Democrats still have a long way to go in Wisconsin.
Even with Schachtner`s win, Republicans hold an 18-14 majority in the state Senate with one open seat.
Walker has refused to call a special election for that seat, currently held by a Republican, meaning it will remain unfilled all year until a replacement is selected in the fall.
The November election will determine control of the state Legislature.
The state Senate district Schachtner won has trended red for years.
Mitt Romney won it by 6 points in 2012 and Trump won it by 17 points in 2016.
Former Republican Rep.
Sheila Harsdorf held the seat from 2001 until November when she resigned to become Walker`s agriculture secretary.
But Democrats banked that an anti-Trump backlash could even the playing field.
Republicans sensed it, too.
Conservative groups Americans for Prosperity and the Republican State Leadership Committee both ran ads supporting Jarchow and Republican state Sen.
Leah Vukmir, who is running for U.
Senate, traveled to the district to campaign for him.
Schachtner, the St.
Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset school board member who appeared in a 2006 episode of "Wife Swap," didn`t appear to want to focus on what her win could mean for Democrats across Wisconsin and the country, saying "right now I`m just focused on District 10.
" Associated Press writer Scott Bauer contributed to this report.
The Bayeux Tapestry is set to be displayed in the UK after France agreed it could leave its shores for the first time in 950 years, the BBC understands.
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan during his visit to the UK on Thursday.
He has said the tapestry - which depicts the Norman Conquest of England - would not be transferred before 2020.
The Times said the loan was subject to the outcome of tests to make sure the 11th Century artwork was safe to move.
The tapestry tells the story of the future William I`s conquest of England, culminating in the Battle of Hastings and the defeat of Harold in 1066.
It is on permanent display at a museum in the town of Bayeux, in Normandy, and has very rarely been moved.
However, President Macron is expected to announce the proposed loan at a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May in the UK this week.
The Times said the agreement was made after "months of talks between culture department officials in London and Paris" but it has not yet been decided where in the UK the tapestry will be displayed.
What are the origins of the tapestry? Historians have long debated the origins of the tapestry, which is 70m (230ft) long and 50cm high.
The earliest written reference to it is an inventory from Bayeux Cathedral in 1476, but little is known about how or why it was created.
According to Reading Museum, which houses a replica of the tapestry, it was "probably commissioned" in the 1070s by the half-brother of William the Conqueror - the Bishop Odo of Bayeux.
Some say it was created by teams of nuns across England - not France - possibly in Canterbury, Kent.
In 2012, a PhD researcher at the University of Manchester said the artwork`s needlework was "consistent throughout", suggesting one group of specialist embroiderers worked on it, in the same place at the same time.
What does it depict? The tapestry shows the events leading up to the Norman takeover of England.
It starts with Edward the Confessor, who became king in 1042, on the throne and tells the story of his death and the questions over who was the rightful heir.
In 1066, on the day of Edward`s funeral, his brother-in-law Harold was crowned king.
News of his appointment reached France and William of Normandy, who claimed he should be king as Edward had promised him the throne of England.
On 14 October 1066, William I and King Harold II came to loggerheads at the Battle of Hastings - one of the most famous battles in English history.
It is likely both sides had between 5,000 and 7,000 men each when they met in battle at a hilltop near Hastings.
Thousands of soldiers were killed in a day of a fighting, which ended in King Harold II`s death.
It was a turning point in history as it ended the Anglo-Saxons`s long reign of more than 600 years.
You might also like: Where has it been exhibited? Napoleon put the tapestry on display in Paris in 1804, while he was planning an invasion of England.
It was then exhibited in Paris for the second time in 1944, during World War II, before it was returned to Bayeux.
Mr Macron`s offer comes after previous attempts to bring the tapestry to Britain failed.
One request is thought to have been made ahead of the Queen`s Coronation in 1953, while another was made for the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in 1966.
Some have suggested the tapestry could be relocated to the British Museum if it gets the go ahead to come to the UK.
Dr Michael Lewis of the museum told the Victoria Derbyshire programme 1066 was a date "we all know" from being at school so it would be "amazing" if children could go and see the tapestry.
"For the wider public, people will be amazed about how long it is, and it definitely has a real impact when you see this work of art," he added.
Can it be moved? Tests will decide if the tapestry can be moved safely and get to the UK in one piece.
BBC History magazine`s Dr David Musgrove says its size, age and obvious fragility makes moving it a concern.
But he told the BBC Radio 4`s Today programme moving it would also present an opportunity to conduct some interesting historical research on its dyes and fabrics.
What are the myths and legends of the tapestry? The story that Harold was killed by an arrow in the eye is thought to have come from the tapestry.
However, earlier sources dispute this and claim he was hacked to death by four Norman knights.
Dr Levi Roach, a medieval historian at the University of Exeter, said the tapestry was confiscated for military use, for covering weapons, during the French Revolution, before a lawyer saved it.
Should we give them something in return? Tom Tugenhadt, chair of the foreign affairs select committee, said the UK should "definitely" consider it.
"This is an opportunity for us to cement the relationship," he told BBC Radio 4`s Today.
"One of the interesting items we might perhaps think about lending.
is the Rosetta stone, which was discovered in Egypt.
" According to the British Museum, it is likely that the stone was found by Napoleon Bonaparte`s soldiers while on a mission to threaten Britain`s hold on India.
French police are searching several sites run by dairy group Lactalis as part of an ongoing investigation into a baby milk scare.
More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have already been recalled in 83 countries following a salmonella outbreak.
Lawsuits have been filed by parents who say their children became unwell after drinking the formula.
Sites raided include a factory in Craon, north-western France.
The factory was closed last month after it was thought the contamination started in one of its drying towers.
Lactalis spokesperson Michel Nalet confirmed that police had visited the Craon factory.
"As we have said before, Lactalis is co-operating with justice authorities and will provide everything necessary for a smooth conduct of the investigation," he told AFP news agency.
Dozens of police were also seen entering the company`s offices in nearby Laval, French media report.
Reuters news agency, citing a source close to the investigation, reports that officers are carrying out "technical searches for data and documents" for clues on how the contamination occurred.
At least 37 babies are so far reported to have been affected in France, with one case reported in Spain and a further unconfirmed case in Greece.
What does the company say? The Lactalis group, which is one of the world`s largest producers of dairy products, has said it believes the contamination was caused by renovation work at its Craon factory.
In a recent interview in French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, chief executive Emmanuel Besnier denied the firm had attempted to hide the outbreak.
He also promised the company would compensate any families affected.
Lactalis has annual sales of €17bn ($21bn; £15bn) and has 246 production sites in 47 countries and employs 15,000 people in France alone.
What products are affected? The Picot, Milumel, Celia and Taranis brands have all been recalled.
Last week a company spokesman told the BBC that all the countries affected had been informed, in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
The UK, US and Australia were not affected, he added.
What are the dangers? Salmonella can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and severe dehydration.
It can be life-threatening, especially in young children.
The illness, caused by intestinal bacteria from farm animals, is dangerous for the very young and elderly because of the risk of dehydration.
The government crackdown France`s agriculture minister said products from the Craon factory will be banned indefinitely while the investigation is still ongoing.
The French government has warned the company it must expect penalties over its handling of the affair.
It also threatened to impose sanctions against retailers last week, after it emerged that several major supermarket chains had continued to sell products that could have been contaminated.
What about the victims? On Monday, a meeting was held between the government and an association of victims` families.
It came after Mr Besnier said that Lactalis had offered to compensate all of the affected families.
The association`s president, Quentin Guillemain, said the company "fell far short of expectations" in dealing with the outbreak and controlling the distribution of contaminated products.
"We still don`t know where they are, we don`t know if they have been destroyed or if they`ve been drunk," Mr Guillemain said.
Following the meeting, Mr Guillemain told reporters that "a certain number of families will file complaints in the coming days" but did not specify how many.
New models soaked up the spotlight at the Detroit auto show this week but policy decisions coming from Washington in 2018 may do more to determine the health of the industry than anything since the industry’s U.
bailout 10 years ago.
Pending federal government actions -- from a possible North American Free Trade Agreement withdrawal to rolling back vehicle efficiency rules and enacting regulations paving the way for driverless cars -- stand to impact the auto industry for years to come.
"I think this is going to be the most important public policy year since 2008," for the auto industry, said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and former General Motors Co.
In that year, President George W.
Bush, a Republican, gave GM and Chrysler emergency loans in to keep them alive long enough for Barack Obama, a Democrat, to craft the $80 billion rescue plan that included the 2009 firing of GM Chief Executive Officer Rick Wagoner and the managed bankruptcy of both carmakers.
A long list of uncertainties comes as U.
automakers are vying to maintain heady sales and profits while demand is beginning to stall following 7 years of sales growth.
Policy outcomes will be a big factor in whether the industry achieves that objective, John Bozzella, CEO of the Association of Global Automakers, a trade group for for mostly Asia-based automakers in the U.
‘Regulatory Shock’ "We have been on a roll," Bozzella said.
"A regulatory shock could certainly set us back, and I’m concerned that a withdrawal from Nafta could be just that kind of shock.
"  Entrenched supply chains carrying billions of dollars in parts, engines and cars freely between the U.
, Canada and Mexico will be disrupted if President Donald Trump follows through on threats to withdraw from Nafta.
The Trump administration has proposed dramatic changes to Nafta’s auto industry rules in a bid to bring more production jobs back to the U.
Canada and Mexico have balked at the proposals, prompting concerns that Trump may withdraw from the agreement.
Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor Corp.
’s CEO for North America, warned the fallout of withdraw could undermine the competitiveness of U.
vehicle exports, noting that since the pact took effect some 14 auto plants have been built in the U.
compared to 11 new factories in Mexico.
Made in China "We export Highlanders to Russia.
If we lose NAFTA, and if my costs go up, Russia is going to say, ‘You’re now much more expensive.
You’re no longer competitive with the Toyota plant in China.
I think I’m going to buy my Highlanders from China,’" Lentz said in an interview at the auto show.
"That’s what I worry about.
regulators also will soon signal the fate of Obama-era vehicle efficiency rules, which hold sway over investments in cleaner cars, trucks and SUVs.
Car and light truck fuel economy standards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationare due by March 30.
The proposal will signal how the Trump administration plans to alter ambitious efficiency targets enacted under Obama.
Automakers pressed Trump and other administration officials to take a second look at the standards, which carmakers say need adjustments in light of surging light-truck sales, low gasoline prices and tepid demand for plug-in vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the show that he expects "some relaxation of the standards," saying "there is a closer alignment of the industry with the administration today than we’ve seen in a long, longtime.
" Automakers in 2011 agreed to a trio of coordinated rules overseen by the EPA, NHTSA and the California Air Resources Board that get more stringent each year, ending at a fleet average of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025.
That’s equivalent to about 36 miles per gallon in real-world driving.
Several states that follow California’s clean air rules have said they would sue to prevent a rollback of the auto standards.
Self-Driving Next Steps Automakers devoting substantial resources into autonomous vehicles meanwhile are paying close attention to the Senate, where a self-driving vehicle bill bill is lingering after being derailed by opposition late last year.
House lawmakers passed their own self-driving bill last fall.
The bills seek to establish the first regulatory framework for driverless vehicles and allow companies some workarounds to safety rules holding back the technology until formal rules can be written.
Michigan Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat and co-author of the Senate’s bill, in an interview described the bill as both a boon for road safety and a "moonshot for artificial intelligence" that will power self-driving cars.
"The technology in my mind is just as big as when the first car came off the assembly line," Peters said.
— With assistance by Tommaso Ebhardt, and Keith Naughton.
Author Michael Wolff’s pitch to the White House to win cooperation for his book included a working title that signaled a sympathetic view, a counter-narrative to a slew of negative news stories early in Donald Trump’s presidency.
He called it “The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration.
” And in part due to that title, Wolff was able to exploit an inexperienced White House staff who mistakenly believed they could shape the book to the president’s liking.
Nearly everyone who spoke with Wolff thought someone else in the White House had approved their participation.
And it appears that not a single person in a position of authority to halt cooperation with the book -- including Trump himself -- raised any red flags, despite Wolff’s well documented history.
His previous work included a critical book on Trump confidant Rupert Murdoch, the Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
The published Trump book carries the title “Fire and Fury,” and it paints a portrait of a White House in turmoil, where nearly everyone close to the president believes he is unfit for the job.
Wolff’s work has upended the start of Trump’s second year in office, distracting the president and his staff from following up his first major legislative victory -- the tax overhaul he signed into law at the end of 2017 -- with another big policy push.
The book caused Trump to publicly and dramatically sever his relationship with Steve Bannon, his former strategist, whom Wolff quoted disparaging the president and his family.
Trump’s lawyers issued an ineffectual threat against Wolff’s publisher, seeking to stop the book’s publication; instead, it appeared in stores early and rocketed to the top of bestseller lists.
This account of how Wolff reported his book is based on interviews with multiple current and former Trump aides and advisers.
Most insisted on anonymity to discuss one of the most embarrassing episodes of Trump’s presidency so far.
Wolff didn’t respond to interview requests submitted to him and his publisher.
Trump’s Phone Call Wolff’s entree began with Trump himself, who phoned the author in early February to compliment him on a CNN appearance in which Wolff criticized media coverage of the new president.
Wolff told Trump during the call that he wanted to write a book on the president’s first 100 days in office.
Many people want to write books about me, Trump replied -- talk to my staff.
Aides Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks listened to Wolff’s pitch in a West Wing meeting the next day, but were noncommittal.
  Several aides said Hicks later informally endorsed talking with Wolff as long as they made “positive” comments for the book, which they said Wolff told them would counter the media’s unfair narrative.
It wasn’t until late August that alarm bells were raised in the White House -- when Hicks, Jared Kushner and their allies realized that fellow aides who had spoken with Wolff, especially Bannon, may have provided damaging anecdotes about them.
Blaming Bannon Publicly, White House officials have laid much of the blame for the book’s most controversial revelations on Bannon, who arranged for Wolff to enter the White House grounds at least a handful of times.
“Close to 95 percent” of Wolff’s White House interactions were “done so at the request of Mr.
Bannon,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
But privately, Trump allies say other top aides also allowed Wolff into the building, including Conway on multiple occasions.
Some of Trump’s senior-most staff believed that Hicks, one of Trump’s longest-serving aides who has acted as a gatekeeper for his interview requests, had authorized their cooperation with Wolff.
They recalled that she encouraged them to engage with the author as long as they made positive comments.
Hicks hadn’t greenlit the book, people familiar with her handling of the matter said -- but nor did she immediately put up a stop sign.
In fact, for the first six months of Trump’s presidency no one in his White House -- including then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer -- stopped Wolff from repeatedly scheduling appointments in the West Wing.
He visited about 17 times, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Nor did they monitor what Trump’s aides were telling the controversial author.
One former aide, Sebastian Gorka, said he was asked to meet Wolff “by an outside mutual contact” he declined to identify.
“The second we met I had a bad feeling about him and his real agenda,” Gorka said.
Wolff conducted himself with assurance on his visits to the West Wing, playing up his relationship with Trump.
Officials recall Wolff telling them he’d known Trump a long time and that the president called him “the best.
” ‘Zero Access’ Trump said on Twitter on Jan.
4 that he “authorized zero access to the White House” for Wolff, and he has denied ever consenting to an interview with the author.
In addition to Bannon and Conway, the author also spoke with son-in-law and senior adviser Kushner, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, then-Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh, Priebus, Spicer and others.
All declined to comment for this story.
Kushner met with Wolff late in the author’s reporting, only in order to push back on anticipated attacks on him, two White House officials said.
 Spicer sat down with Wolff at the author’s request because Wolff wanted his help to arrange an interview with the president.
Mulvaney talked with Wolff on two occasions only because two senior White House aides asked him to speak with the author about the budget.
Conway participated in one public interview with Wolff at an April 12 Newseum event in Washington marking Trump’s first 100 days.
 Wolff said on stage that it was the continuation of a conversation with Conway that had begun “early in the transition.
” He had interviewed her for a Hollywood Reporter article published Jan.
Conway is mentioned dozens of times in Wolff’s book, including in scenes in which he quotes her directly and describes her thoughts.
Neither Spicer or anyone else on the White House communications staff ever raised any alarms about Wolff’s prior work, including the Murdoch biography, or warned the staff to be cautious in conversations with him.
Hicks’s Role Hicks told Wolff in mid-August that he would be granted an interview with Trump in the Oval Office, then four weeks later officially turned him down.
Hicks herself, one of Trump’s closest aides, never agreed to be interviewed by Wolff, several people said.
Trump allies said they sought Hicks’s guidance on whether to speak with Wolff because they consider her to be the aide most familiar with Trump’s media preferences, having served as the White House director for strategic communications before moving into her current role as communications director.
She previously was a top communications staffer for Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and before that worked for the Trump Organization.
Hicks advised at least one Trump ally contacted by Wolff to cooperate with the author if he chose -- and if he thought he could shape a positive narrative about the president.
  In that regard, Hicks’s handling of Wolff’s book didn’t differ much from previous administrations.
One official from former President Barack Obama’s White House said that his administration generally believed in engaging with authors, as long as they were serious journalists and not gadflies or partisan writers.
Engaging With Authors The White House was also working loosely with book author Ron Kessler, and, with the president’s official blessing, with authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
Halperin and Heilemann have previously worked for Bloomberg Politics.
The Obama aide said his communications team kept strict tabs on authors’ work -- micromanaging access to the White House, assigning press aides to mind the authors during interviews or asking staff for summaries afterward, closely tracking lines of questioning and making sure writers were escorted off the grounds after their appointments.
That didn’t happen in Wolff’s case, and the matter of who precisely granted him access to the White House is a touchy subject for Trump’s senior aides.
After Kelly replaced Priebus as chief of staff at the end of July, Wolff was no longer allowed to linger in the West Wing lobby, a doctor’s waiting room-like area where visitors come and go and staff occasionally cut through.
But by then it was too late.