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Chile: Soldier Who Killed Victor Jara On Trial

After 36 years of silence, Jose Paredes, one of the soldiers who executed the theater director, poet and songwriter Victor Jara in September 1973, confessed his involvement and was arrested and brought to trial by order of Judge Juan Fuentes, who is investigating the case.

Paredes was a member of the squad that killed Victor Jara with 44 shots. Jara was arrested the day after the September 11, 1973 military coup along with 600 other students and academics from the University of the State who, disarmed, wanted to resist the military.

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North Korea Threatens To Attack South Korea

North Korea has launched the sixth short-range missile in three days and declared not being bound anymore by the ceasefire agreement signed in 1953.

According to the South Korean agency Yonhap, Pyongyang has indicated that North Korea does no longer consider itself bound by the ceasefire signed in 1953 by both nations after the Korean War and does not exclude military actions against South Korea.

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Bolivia And Venezuela Linked To Iran Nuclear Plan

A secret information from the Israel Foreign Ministry that has "leaked" in the press shows evidence that Bolivia and Venezuela supply uranium for the nuclear program of Tehran

Igal Palmor, the spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said that the Government of Israel will not comment on the content of the report, and that such a "leak" should never have happened.

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Kim Jong-il Seeking An Heir For The Throne Of The Communist Dynasty

Little is known about what happens in the most secret country of the world, but since Kim Jong-il suffered a stroke in last August, there have been some movements that were quickly interpreted by observers as a succession race.

According to South Korean experts, this could explain why North Korea has hardened its stance towards the international community by making an underground nuclear test and launching low-range missiles yesterday, in violation of the United Nations' resolutions: Kim Jong-il might be tightening further the iron fist with which he governed the country in order to gain the support of the army and strengthen the legitimacy of his dynasty before naming a successor.

Potential candidates to the throne are his three sons and his brother in law Jang Seong-taek.

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North Korea Defying The International Community

North Korea has launched three short-range missiles this morning, just after an underground nuclear test.

Pyongyang announced this morning having conducted a successful underground nuclear test, more powerful than the previous 2006 test which had led to international sanctions.

The test was immediately followed by the launch of three short-range missiles in less than 12 hours, leading the Security Council of United Nations to call for an emergency meeting today.

The first reports from Seoul suggest that the test was conducted about 15 kilometers from the first North Korean test center in the town of Kilju (North Hamgyong province), in the northwest of the country.

The previous nuclear test in 2006 had a power estimated between 5 and 15 kilotons, while the test made today has reached 20 kilotons which, according to Russian experts, exceeds the North Korean capacity of technical control.

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Iranian Emad Baghi Received The "Nobel" Human Rights Prize

Madrid (Spain): the Iranian Islamic theologian Emad Baghi was awarded with the 2009 Martin Ennals Award, considered the Nobel Prize for Human Rights, from a jury which includes representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other NGOs.

At a press conference today, the president of the jury and also president of the Martin Ennals Foundation), Hans Thoolen, underlined the enormous courage and tenacity of Baghi, who during the last ten years has spent 4 years in prison, has been arrested 67 times and has been threatened with death for his writings, which condemns the death penalty as contrary to the precepts of the Koran.

Emad Baghi, the second Iranian citizen to receive the Martin Ennals in recent years, use arguments based on Islamic precepts to promote has promoted gender equality and to combate torture in his country.

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Israel Starts Building Its First New Colony In 26 Years

Although Netanyahu had promised not to build new settlements, his government gave its approval yesterday for a new colony (the first in 26 years) to be built near the bank of the Jordan river.

Sounds like a slap in the face of the U.S. president, in answer to his call for a Palestinian state.

According to Yariv Oppenheimer, secretary general of the Jewish Peace Now NGO , this action from the Netanyahu Government is intended to make impossible the "two states" solution promoted by Barack Obama.

This is a new serious obstacle on the road toward a peace agreement, but it is not the only one.

The fifth round of talks between Hamas and Fatah in Cairo yesterday ended without results. For more than a year, Egypt has pressed the two sides to reach an agreement to allow the formation of a unity government.

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Obama Calls For A Palestinian State

As expected, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, who met yesterday at the White House, proved to have opposite visions on two crucial issues: the U.S. president refused to set a precise deadline for Iran to renounce nuclear weapons and emphasized the need for a Palestinian state, and the Israeli prime minister stongly disagreed on both points. The four hours reunion ended with no more success than the rhetoric of mutual commitment to pursue peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

As the two leaders reminded it, United States and Israel share a long tradition of special relationship in which Washington takes the security of the Jewish state as a responsibility.

Both states have had and still have common enemies and common goals in the most turbulent region of the planet. Their alliance is not in danger because it can not be. But Obama and Netanyahu were unable yesterday to to reach an agreement in order to address the current problems.

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Sri Lanka: The Army Claims "Final Victory" Against The Tigers

The Sri Lankan Army has proclaimed the final victory in the bloody war against the Tamil Tigers, after announcing the death of the LTTE leader.

A military source has informed the Reuters news agency that the leader of the Liberation Front Earth Tamil (LTTE), Vellupillai Prabahakaran, has died in the combat zone while trying to flee the military offensive.

"It is confirmed that Prabahakaran was killed while trying to escape in an ambulance before dawn. We are waiting for the official announcement by the president," said a military spokesman who wished to remain anonymous.

The same military sources have reported that hundreds of Tigers have been killed in the fighting. Along with the Tamil leader, Portu Rabbah, number two of the separatist group, and Charles Anthony, son of Prabahakaran are also reported dead.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Trial Opens Today

The Burmese military junta accuses the leader of the National League for Democracy of having broken her house arrest conditions.

The trial against the leader of the movement for democracy and Burmese Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, for allegedly violating conditions of her house arrest, has begun today in the maximum security prison Insein 5rangoon), as reported by sources from the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The trial which will last approximately 2 weeks, is conducted by 2 military judges, and the prosecution is expected to call 22 witnesses during the trial.

Outside the prison, the Burmese Police has strengthened security to prevent any demonstration by dissident groups, fearing a movement similar to the September 2007 events.

Police equipped with riot equipment are deployed in various parts of the city and especially in Insein district in northern Rangoon, where they control all access.

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