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  • Guatemala Dictator to Stand Trial on Genocide Charges

    After a U.S.-backed coup ousted its democratically elected government, Guatemala, a small Central American country, endured a brutal civil war that lasted more than three decades, from 1960 to 1996. Tens of thousands of Guatemalans went missing and 200,000 of its citizens were killed during the conflict, mostly by state security forces.

    Now, relatives of the victims have a symbolic victory all these years later. Just last week, a Guatemalan court ordered a former military dictator, Efrain Rios Montt, to stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

    The charges against the general are a direct result of what filmmakers captured in a 1983 documentary called “When the Mountains Tremble.” During Montt’s 17-month rule in the early 1980s, the dictator allowed a young woman, Pamela Yates, to accompany and film him on a helicopter mission as he led troops on a crackdown against leftist guerrillas in the Mayan highlands. “Granito” is a 2011 documentary about that original

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  • Art and Craft of Diplomacy: Secretary of State John Kerry Faces ‘Complex Agenda’

    In her four years as the 67th Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton traveled nearly a million miles, visited 112 countries and had 1,700 meetings with world leaders. Besides a grueling travel schedule, the president’s chief foreign affairs adviser must wield all the tools of a negotiator: the art and craft of diplomacy.

    This week Clinton steps down from her post. Taking her place is Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The new secretary of state faces plenty of challenges: the crisis in Syria, Iran, North Korea, Israeli-Palestinian relations. And that’s just to name a few. So how does the craft of diplomacy help the U.S. negotiate our increasingly complex geopolitical relationships?

    In this episode of “Around the World,” Christiane speaks with R. Nicholas Burns. He served for 27 years in the U.S. foreign services, including as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008. Burns is now a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy

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  • Al Qaeda Affiliate in Africa Threatens U.S. Interests

    Three Americans were among the more than three dozen foreign workers killed after a four-day hostage crisis at a BP joint-venture gas facility in Algeria. The terrorist attack is yet another sign of growing al Qaeda cells in north and west Africa, specifically al Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM). A Pentagon spokesman said this affiliate of the notorious terrorist group was involved in the Algeria attack. AQIM and other radical Islamist groups pose an increasing threat to U.S. and Western interests.

    In Mali, jihadists are now being countered by French forces fighting alongside soldiers from neighboring West African countries. ABC News’ Bazi Kanani reports from Mali’s capital, Bamako, that the presence of French soldiers is a huge relief to people there. Just two weeks ago Mali’s government knew there was no way its own army could stop the advance of the jihadists who have taken over more than half of the country. But this war is just getting started and now—especially after the attack in

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