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Documents from Argentina's dictatorship found in military basement

A trove of documents dating to the start of Argentina's last dictatorship shows the names of activists who went missing and citizens blacklisted under the regime, officials announced Monday. Authorities said the documents were found stashed in a basement of the Air Force headquarters in Buenos Aires. "They found 280 original documents dealing with military juntas," said Defense Minister Agustin Rossi at a press conference. The cache was found in two safes and in two closets, during a cleaning of the building's basement, Rossi said.

Court seems skeptical of allowing foreign company to be sued in US over alleged foreign abuses

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday didn't seem to like the idea of U.S. courts being allowed to hear lawsuits that accuse foreign companies of committing atrocities on foreign soil. The high court listened somewhat skeptically to arguments that it should uphold a lower court decision that would allow survivors and victims of Argentina's "dirty war" sue the former DaimlerChrysler Corp. of Stuttgart, Germany, for alleged abuses in Argentina in California court.

Argentina identifies remains of Cuban 'Dirty War' victim

The remains of a Cuban diplomat kidnapped during Argentina's "Dirty War" in the 1970s have been found in a cement-filled metal drum in a field outside the capital, authorities said Friday. Forensic anthropologists identified the remains as belonging to Jesus Cejas Arias, who was kidnapped with another Cuban diplomat on August 9, 1976 as they left the Cuban embassy.

Argentine wanted for "dirty-war" crimes arrested in Uruguay

Montevideo, May 24 (EFE).- A retired Argentine military officer wanted for crimes committed during the 1976-1983 "dirty war" against the left has been arrested in the Uruguayan capital, a police source told Efe Friday. Col. Alberto Julio Candiotti, 68, was arrested Thursday at the Montevideo apartment building where he lived with his wife. Uruguay's National Police acted on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice issued at the request of an Argentine federal court, the source said.

Ex-Ford execs in Argentina charged over regime abuse

Three former executives of US automaker Ford's Argentina unit were charged Tuesday with helping officials abduct 24 workers during the country's "dirty war" of the 1970s and 1980s. The three men were indicted on charges of providing regime military officials with personal data including photographs and addresses of the workers. The order was issued by Judge Alicia Vence in the town of San Martin, just outside Buenos Aires, the Supreme Court press office said.

Argentine junta casts shadow over new Dutch queen

The Argentine junta her father served has cast a shadow over the future queen of the Netherlands, Maxima, but since becoming Dutch she has tried to escape the bubble she grew up in and learn the truth. Princess Maxima, the wife of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander -- who on Tuesday becomes Dutch king -- even secretly met with relatives of victims of the brutal regime of the 1970s and 80s in her quest for the truth.

Pope expresses support for Argentine rights group

Vatican City, Apr 24 (EFE).- Pope Francis on Wednesday told the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo that they can "count on him" in seeking the whereabouts of the children of people disappeared during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship and who were illegally placed with other families to raise. The president of the organization, Estela de Carloto, said that the pontiff had relayed this message to them after she met with Francis at the Vatican at the end of his traditional Wednesday public audience.

Priest says saved by pope during Argentina 'Dirty War'

A Spanish priest said Friday that Pope Francis saved his life and that another priest threatened by a right wing death squad in Argentina during the mid 1970s. Father Jose Caravias, currently based in Paraguay, said the pope -- then known as Jorge Bergoglio -- warned him and a fellow priest that a rightwing militia called Triple A intended to kill them. "I had been expelled from Paraguay in 1972. I knew the ferocity of the dictatorship" and left the country, he told AFP. At the time of the threat, he was working with other priests in the slums of Buenos Aires.

Judge in 'Dirty War' case slams 'false' claims against pope

An Argentinian judge in charge of the "Dirty War" case concerning two priests who were arrested and tortured has rejected claims that Pope Francis had played a role in the crime, according to remarks published Saturday. Judge German Castelli told La Nacion that it was "totally false" to suggest that Jorge Bergoglio, as the pontiff was then known, had been complicit in turning over the priests to Argentina's military rulers in 1976.

Argentine grandmothers attack Pope over 'Dirty War' era

An Argentinian human rights group set up to find babies stolen during the country's "Dirty War" on Friday accused newly elected Pope Francis of failing to speak out against the country's former military rulers. The famous Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo organization, founded in 1977 to help locate children kidnapped during the military era, said Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, had not done enough to help victims of rights abuses.
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