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Peruvian army rescues Shining Path kidnap victims after 25 years’ captivity

Thirteen adults and 26 children – many of whom were born to raped captives – evacuated by helicopter from Andes valley

A Peruvian military operation has secured the release of more than a dozen people who were kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group up to 25 years ago.

After being used as slaves in remote mountain communities, the 13 adults and 26 children were evacuated by helicopters, an army spokesman said.

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Peru’s government brings in sweeping police access to mobile phone metadata

Congress bypassed to enact new laws that force telecommunications companies to hand over years of records without any warrant being required

Related: NSA will destroy millions of American calling records ‘as soon as possible’

Peru’s government has ordered telecommunications companies to grant police access without a warrant to mobile phone users’ locations and other call data in real time and store that data for three years – a sweeping decree that civil libertarians called an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

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Climate change: world’s wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat

In every South American country, along with Mexico, India, Tanzania and Morocco, concern over climate change is above 90%

People living in the world’s wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.

The analysis of perceptions in 119 countries found living standards and relative wealth are “poor predictors” of whether someone considers climate change to be a severe risk.

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Chile president Michelle Bachelet says pacts of silence on dirty war must end

  • President praises example of former soldier who gave evidence about attack
  • Seven ex-soldiers charged with burning dissidents alive in 1986

Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet, has called for citizens to break the pacts of silence that have covered up human rights violations during the 1973-1990 military dictatorship, praising a former soldier who helped the investigation intoan incident in which two activists were burned alive.

A Chilean judge last week charged seven former members of the military over the 1986 attack in which one pro-democracy activist died and another was left with disfiguring burns. Four other ex-soldiers are still being questioned over the case.

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Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson in Brazil hospital after stroke, facility says

Patriarch of the musical Jackson family placed in São Paulo intensive care unit with irregular heartbeat during visit to country

A Brazilian hospital says Joe Jackson – the father of the late Michael Jackson and the patriarch of the musical family – has suffered a stroke while visiting the South American nation.

An emailed statement early Monday from the Albert Einstein hospital in São Paulo says only that Jackson was admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon. He is in the intensive care unit. The statement also said he was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.

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Former Chilean military officers face murder charges for 1986 burning attack

Six former officers were charged with premeditated murder in the burning death of Rodrigo Rojas and attempted homicide in the case of Carmen QuintanaA Chilean judge has charged seven former members of the military with murder and attempted murder over …
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Canadian officer gets jail time for perjury in Taser death of immigrant

Supreme court sentences Benjamin Robinson to two years, after previously ruling he made up testimony in inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death in 2007

A former Canadian law enforcement officer who was in charge when police used a taser on a Polish immigrant, causing his death, was sentenced Friday to a two-year jail term for perjury during a public inquiry into the incident.

Former corporal Benjamin Robinson was found guilty of perjury in March, with a court ruling that he colluded with four fellow officers to make up testimony during an inquiry into Robert Dziekanski’s death in 2007. The British Columbia supreme court ruled Friday to send Robinson to prison for two years.

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One wave of migration from Siberia populated the Americas, DNA shows

Study also reveals some groups in South America have closer genetic ties to indigenous peoples of Australia, New Guinea and the Andaman Islands than to present-day Native Americans

Native American ancestors reached the new world in a single, initial migration from Siberia at most 23,000 years ago, only later differentiating into today’s distinct groups, DNA research revealed Tuesday.

Most scientists agree the Americas were peopled by forefathers who crossed the Bering land and ice bridge which connected modern-day Russia and Alaska in Earth’s last glacial period.

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