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Thursday, December 13, 2007

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Fujimori Denies Death Squad Allegation

Former president Alberto Fujimori, convicted of abuse of authority, denied Wednesday in a second trial in Lima that he was aware of a military death squad though he lived at army headquarters when the group operated.

"No, never!" Fujimori, 69, said when prosecutor Jos¿ Pel¿ez asked if he ever heard of the Colina death squad during the five months he lived at army headquarters in the early 1990s after rebels fired a mortar at the Government Palace. Fujimori ruled Peru from 1990 to 2000 before fleeing to Japan to avoid a corruption scandal.

Scotland

Council Backs Trump Golfing Development

A Scottish council on Wednesday endorsed plans by Donald Trump to build a $2 billion golfing development, reversing a decision last month by one of its committees to reject the project.

The Aberdeenshire Council also dumped committee chairman Martin Ford, who had used his vote to break a 7 to 7 impasse that threatened to scuttle the plans on environmental grounds. The Scottish government said last week it was intervening because the project was too "important" to be dealt with by the local council.

Mexico

Troops Capture Gulf Drug Cartel Commander

Mexican army troops have captured a top commander of the powerful Gulf drug cartel who ran the group's hitmen, the government said. Soldiers arrested Marco Ramirez del Rio, known as "Tony la Palma," with two other suspected cartel members in Tamaulipas state, a major cocaine shipment point.

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