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Peru's Fujimori goes back to trial for death squad killings

Peru's Fujimori goes back to trial for death squad killings

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Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Former Peru President Alberto Fujimori, age 79, will go back to trial on charges related to death squad killings in 1992.A court ruled Monday that Fujimori could be tried despite a medical pardon months ago.At issue is the death squad killings of six farmers in Pativilca, a central town in Peru, in January of 1992. Fujimori is now charged with authorizing the kidnapping, torture and killings of the six farmers.Fujimori had been serving a 25-year prison sentence since 2014 for human rights abuses before a medical pardon was granted in December. These abuses involved authorizing the six farmers' killings as part of a larger conflict with left-wing rebels. Nearly 70,000 people died in the conflict.President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted the pardon in December, sparking two ni...
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

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While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign. His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press. "I believe that that's how it was and that it was them," he said. The federal indictment issued Friday names a businessman linked to President Vladimir Putin and a dozen other Russians. It allege...
Rescuers reach plane crash site in Iran mountains

Rescuers reach plane crash site in Iran mountains

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Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Rescue teams reached the snow-capped mountains of southern Iran on Monday, where a plane carrying 65 people crashed the day before.The 59 passengers, two flight attendants, two pilots and two members of security forces aboard the commercial Aseman Airlines flight are presumed dead.Press TV reported that rescue teams reached the 14,400-foot high crash site before dawn on Monday, with improving weather conditions allowing helicopters to fly over the mountainous area.The ATR-72 plane, a twin-engine turboprop, was traveling from the capital Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj.Up to 26 teams of mountain climbers scoured the area on Monday looking for debris.The aircraft was brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years. It had been barred f...
Oxfam Haiti scandal: Suspects 'physically threatened' witnesses

Oxfam Haiti scandal: Suspects 'physically threatened' witnesses

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Oxfam has revealed that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation.The charity has published its internal report on alleged abuse by some of its staff following public pressure.In the 2011 report, Oxfam said "more needed" to be done to prevent "problem staff" working for other charities.Despite the warning, several men linked to the alleged abuse subsequently took up roles at other charities.Oxfam - which has almost 10,000 staff working in more than 90 countries - has released a redacted version of the report, saying it wants to be "as transparent as possible" about the decisions it made.Oxfam UK boss: Attacks 'out of proportion'How much UK money goes to Oxfam?'Sex between locals and employees'Parts of the 11-page docu...
Man and daughter, 11, die in avalanche

Man and daughter, 11, die in avalanche

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A 44-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter have died after being swept away by an avalanche in the French Alps, according to local media.BFMTV reports that the two skiers, who were from Paris, died after an avalanche in the Val d'Isere area, at an altitude of 3,000 metres.Cecile Ferrando, a spokeswoman for the tourist centre at the ski station, said they were part of a larger group.The ski runway had reportedly been closed due to the risk of an avalanche.Image:Another avalanche happened in the Valais region of Switzerland on Sunday. File picPolice in the Swiss canton of Valais also responded to an avalanche on Sunday, with two skiers rescued with minor injuries after being reported missing.That avalanche occurred at an altitude of 2,500 metres in Col de Fenestral, which borders France ...