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Lori Berenson returns to US on parole

Berenson, 42, was arrested as a young woman in 1995 and convicted of being an accomplice to terrorism, the Associated Press reported. She was given a life sentence by a military court, but US pressure led her to be retried by a civilian one.

Shining Path defeated, leader says

The tireless rebel group has finally given up
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Remains from a mass grave in Peru's region of Ayacucho. A truth and reconciliation report said 123 people were massacred and buried in the town of Putis. Victims' relatives said men, women and children were murdered by the Peruvian Army in December 1984 under false accusations of being sympathetic to the Shining Path. (Hugo Ned/AFP/Getty Images)

Peru's Shining Path rebel group has been defeated, according to an interview with one of its leaders.

Once one of the most powerful groups in Latin America, the Shining Path murdered tens of thousands in its quest to found a communist state.

In all, an estimated 70,000 people were killed in the rebellion and the government's resulting anti-insurgency campaign.

The group was seriously diminished after the capture of Abimael Guzman, its leader. Thousands of fighters surrendered. 


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