Life sentence for Argentine ‘Blond Angel of Death’


BUENOS AIRES: Alfredo Astiz, Argentina’s infamous “Blond Angel of Death,” and 11 other death squad members from the 1970s were jailed for life on Wednesday in one of the country’s biggest human rights cases. Astiz, nicknamed for his cherubic looks, stood trial with other former officials accused of horrific crimes at the ESMA Naval Mechanics School, where about 5,000 dissidents were held and tortured during the 1976-1983 “Dirty War” dictatorship. Few of the captives survived. Marking the end of a 22-month trial in which 79 survivors…

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Adele’s "21" regains top spot on Billboard chart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British singer Adele regained the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart on Wednesday, marking her 13th week at No. 1 with “21″ and making it the first album since the “Titanic” film soundtrack to claim as many weeks atop the chart.