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Spanish judge presses probe of Jesuits' murder in El Salvador

Madrid, Mar 31 (EFE).- A Spanish judge decided Monday to continue the investigation into the murder of five Spanish Jesuits in El Salvador in 1989 despite Spain's recent enactment of a law limiting the application universal jurisdiction. But in a nod to the new standard, National Court Judge Eloy Velasco dropped the crimes-against-humanity charge against a score of Salvadoran military officers, while maintaining the accusation of terrorist murder.

Nine charged in 2000 murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique

By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A judge concluded the investigation into one of Haiti's most notorious political assassinations on Friday, accusing nine people - including several close associates of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide - of having a hand in the killing of radio journalist Jean Dominique.

Nine charged in 2000 murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique

By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A judge concluded the investigation into one of Haiti's most notorious political assassinations on Friday, accusing nine people of having a hand in the killing of radio journalist Jean Dominique, including several close associates of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Aristide goes before Haitian judge to give evidence in murder case

By Susana Ferreira PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide appeared in public for the first time since returning from exile more than two years ago as he arrived at court on Wednesday to testify about the assassination more than a decade ago of a popular radio journalist and human rights activist.

Brazil hopes for younger, more open-minded pope

The Catholic Church needs a younger, more modern and open-minded pope who can halt the exodus of the faithful in Latin America, home to half of the world's Catholics, Brazilians say. Brazil has the world's largest Roman Catholic population -- at 125 million faithful -- but the country's leftist tilt has left many feeling alienated from a church seen as overly wealthy and detached from modern life.

Pope's departure raises hopes among Latin American critics

Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation awakened hopes among Latin American supporters of liberation theology for an easing of Vatican pressure on left-leaning clerics. "We hope that a new pope will create a more open atmosphere, and that Christians can have a dialogue about modern society without so many suspicions and criticisms," Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff said on Venezuela's Telesur.

Pope's departure raises hopes among Latin American critics

Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation awakened hopes among Latin American supporters of liberation theology for an easing of Vatican pressure on left-leaning clerics. "We hope that a new pope will create a more open atmosphere, and that Christians can have a dialogue about modern society without so many suspicions and criticisms," Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff said on Venezuela's Telesur.

UPDATE 1-Prosecutor questions former Haitian President Aristide

* Ex-leader faces probe over homeless children group linked to him * Aristide has not been charged in the investigation (Updates with details of march by Aristide supporters) By Susana Ferreira PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A prosecutor questioned former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Wednesday over accusations he used homeless children to elicit donations that were later used to help fund his political career.

Prosecutor questions former Haitian President Aristide

* Ex-leader faces probe over homeless children group linked to him * Aristide has not been charged in the investigation By Susana Ferreira PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 9 (Reuters) - A prosecutor questioned former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Wednesday over accusations he used homeless children to elicit donations that were later used to help fund his political career.
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