Ex-dictator sentenced to life in prison
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Former dictator Jorge Videla was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the torture and murder of 31 prisoners in 1976. It was the first conviction for the military junta leader in 25 years of democracy, and prompted loud applause in a courtroom packed with relatives of the victims.
Videla, who led the military coup that installed Argentinas 1976-1983 dictatorship, is considered the architect of a dirty war that eliminated thousands of people in a crackdown on armed leftist guerrillas and their supporters.
The judges found Videla criminally responsible for the torture and deaths of 31 prisoners who were pulled from civilian jail cells and officially shot while trying to escape as the military consolidated its power in the months after the coup.
Spanish lottery hands out $3 billion
MADRID (AP) Spains beloved Christmas lottery sprinkled $3 billion in holiday cheer across the country Wednesday, winnings eagerly welcomed by a nation facing 20 percent unemployment.
The lottery, billed as the worlds richest, has no single jackpot but operates a complex share-the-wealth system in which thousands of five-digit numbers running from 00000 to 84999 win at least something. It is known as El Gordo (The Fat One) and dates back to 1812.
Tax-free winnings range from the face value of a $26.31 ticket in other words, you get your money back to a top prize of $394,650.
The sweepstakes, which goes on for three hours, informally ushers in the Christmas season. Many Spaniards spend the day glued to TV sets, radios and computers, waiting to see if they are among the lucky.
Paris plans to test restrictions on SUVs
PARIS (AP) Paris is planning to test restrictions on gas-guzzling vehicles, likely including sport utility vehicles, as part of attempts to curb pollution.
Denis Baupin, an environmental official in the mayors office, said Wednesday that sport utility vehicles and old diesel cars are likely to be targeted in upcoming test restrictions.
To any Parisian who drives an SUV, Baupins advice is: Sell it and buy a vehicle thats compatible with city life.
Im sorry, but having a sport utility vehicle in a city makes no sense, Baupin told RTL radio.