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Bolsonaro sparks anger with call to celebrate Brazil coup

Rio De Janeiro - Born soon after Brazil's 1964 coup, Sueli Alves is too young to recall the horrors of a military takeover that led to the murder and disappearance of hundreds.

Franco great-grandson leads fight over Spanish dictator's remains

Madrid - The great-grandson of Francisco Franco is leading opposition to Spain's bid to remove the dictator's remains from an opulent mausoleum where they have lain for more than four decades, calling it an attack on over half the country.

Chile jails six Pinochet agents for ex-president's murder

Santiago - A court on Wednesday jailed six former agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime for involvement in the 1982 murder of ex-president Eduardo Frei.

Argentina jails ex-Ford directors for 'dirty war' collaboration

Buenos Aires - An Argentine court on Tuesday handed jail sentences to two former directors of automaker Ford for participating in the military dictatorship's "dirty war" against leftist opponents.

Ex-Ford directors jailed for 'dirty war' collaboration: Argentine court

Buenos Aires - An Argentine court on Tuesday handed jail sentences to two former directors of automaker Ford for participating in the military dictatorship's "dirty war" against leftist opponents.

Topless Femen activists disrupt rally of Franco fans in Madrid

Madrid - Bare-breasted protestors from the feminist activist group Femen on Sunday disrupted a rally of some 200 people in Madrid to mark the anniversary of the death of the country's former dictator Francisco Franco.

Founding member of Argentina's 'grandmothers' dies

Buenos Aires - Chicha Mariani, a founding member of Argentina's campaigning Grandmothers who fought to identify hundreds of children stolen by the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, has died at age 95, the organization said Tuesday.

Right-wing candidate rejects Brazil's guilt over slavery

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian presidential frontrunner, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro, says the country should not feel guilty about having been the world's biggest slave importer.

Doctor in the dock in Spain's first Franco-era 'stolen babies' trial

Madrid - An 85-year-old doctor appeared in the dock on Tuesday in the first trial in Spain over thousands of suspected cases of babies stolen from their mothers during the Franco era amid emotional protests outside the Madrid court.

Spain's first Franco-era 'stolen babies' trial begins

Madrid - An 85-year-old Spanish doctor will appear in a Madrid court on Tuesday, the first person to go on trial over thousands of suspected cases of babies stolen from their mothers during the Franco era.

Spain's first 'stolen babies' case comes to trial

Madrid - A former doctor will go on trial on Tuesday in Madrid for allegedly stealing a newborn baby from her mother and giving her to another woman, a practice thought to have affected thousands of families during Spain's dictatorship.

Spain starts work to exhume bodies from Franco-era monument

Madrid - Experts on Monday began inspections of a vast mausoleum where dictator Francisco Franco is buried along with thousands of victims of Spain's civil war, in preparation for the first exhumations of some of the bodies.

Former Guatemala dictator Rios Montt, accused of genocide, dead at 91

Guatemala City - Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled Guatemala with an iron fist in the 1980s and was accused of genocide at the peak of its long civil war, died on Sunday at the age of 91.

Haiti: Report calls for prosecution of rights abusers under Duvalier

Port-au-prince - Human rights organizations called Tuesday for the prosecution of human rights abusers during Haiti's brutal Duvalier dictatorship, saying time was running out to bring them to justice.

Argentina's Grandmothers still searching 40 years on

Olavarria - Argentina's campaigning Grandmothers mark their 40th anniversary Sunday vowing that age will not deter them from their struggle to identify hundreds of children stolen by the dictatorship and reunite them with their families.

Six Argentinians given life sentences for crimes against humanity

Tucuman - Six Argentinians were handed life sentences Friday, convicted of committing crimes against humanity during rightwing military rule from 1976-1983.

Advocate for missing Argentines, 88, charged in graft case

Buenos Aires - The 88-year-old leader of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo group and an ex-aide were charged Monday with alleged misappropriation of funds meant for building homes for the poor, a court source said.

Argentina says no to early release of dictatorship-era criminals

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Congress on Wednesday passed a law preventing the early release of inmates convicted of human rights crimes committed during their country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship, an issue that drew hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to the s...

Argentina shoots down early release of dictatorship-era criminals

Buenos Aires - Argentina's Congress on Wednesday passed a law preventing the early release of inmates convicted of human rights crimes committed during their country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

Argentina court defies ruling cutting dictatorship-era sentences

Buenos Aires - A court in Argentina on Tuesday deepened a fierce legal and social debate in the country by going against a Supreme Court ruling that cuts prison sentences of those convicted of dictatorship-era crimes.

Argentina roiled by cut to sentences of dictatorship-era criminals

Buenos Aires - Argentina's government on Saturday publicly rejected a Supreme Court ruling that trims the sentences of those convicted for crimes committed during the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship.

Mothers in Argentina march to remember, four decades on

Buenos Aires - The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo marked four decades Sunday of marching for accountability in the abductions of their kin by Argentina's last dictatorship."Stay alert, Stay alert; they're alive ...

Four decades on, Argentina's 'Mothers' still marching

Buenos Aires - Just as she does every Thursday, Taty Almeida ties her white scarf around her head, grabs her cane and joins her fellow octogenarian protesters to march around the square outside Argentina's pink presidential palace.

Chile charges 16 military officials in Caravan of Death

Santiago - Sixteen retired Chilean military officers were charged Wednesday with involvement in the 1973 murders of 15 opponents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship, officials said.

Fascist salutes as Franco minister is buried

Madrid - Mourners raised their arms in a fascist salute as one of the last ministers to serve under former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, Jose Utrera Molina, was buried Saturday.

Argentine ex-army chief held over dictatorship crimes

Buenos Aires - The commander of Argentina's armed forces from 2013 to 2015, Cesar Milani, was arrested Friday over his alleged involvement in two kidnappings during the country's brutal military dictatorship.

Uruguay's last dictator, Gregorio Alvarez, dies at 91

Montevideo - Uruguay's last military dictator, General Gregorio "El Goyo" Alvarez, died Wednesday at age 91 of heart failure, a defense ministry official said.

Pinochet agents apologize for Chile crimes

Santiago - Nine former agents of late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime asked forgiveness for their crimes Friday -- a first for Chile -- but victims' families rejected the gesture as a ploy.

Brazilian archbishop who opposed dictatorship is buried

S - Hundreds of Brazilians packed the Sao Paulo cathedral Friday for the funeral of Evaristo Arns, a much-loved former archbishop who won fame for resisting Brazil's military dictatorship.

Chile judge quizzes Pinochet's widow in graft probe

Santiago - A judge in Chile questioned the 94-year-old widow of the late dictator Augusto Pinochet on Wednesday over charges she embezzled public funds through a women's non-profit group she ran.
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