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  • Relatives embrace former military officer Reyes Collin Gualip, partially covered, after he was sentenced at the end of a trial in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)A Guatemalan court on Wednesday sentenced four former Guatemalan army officers to 12,060-year prison sentences each for their role in the 1982 massacre of 201 people in the village of Dos Erres, during the country's long-running civil war.

    "This court unanimously declared the accused as perpetrators of murder," the court said in its decision, according to a report in Agence France Press. "For this crime, a sentence of 30 years in prison for each victim comes to a total of 6,030 years."

    On top of that sentence, the former officers each were sentenced to another 6,030 years in prison each for "crimes against humanity," meted out on the same 30-years-per-victim calculus.

    In its sentencing pronouncement, the court said the convicts had "erased from the map" the village of Dos Erres, killing women, pregnant women, children and the elderly.

    The four convicted men are Antonio Carlos Carias, Manuel Pop, Reyes Collin and Daniel Martinez.  Guatemala has said it will hold a separate trial for Pedro Pimentel--another alleged member of their unit who was deported from the United States last month to face criminal charges in his home country. 

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  • Stasi disguise photo exhibit goes on display

    Photograph of one of the recommended disguises found in the Stasi archives by Berlin artist Simon Menner. (Simon Menner/via Der Spiegel)Nostalgic for the Cold War?

    A Berlin art gallery has opened an exhibit of photographs from the archives of the Stasi, the dreaded former East German secret police.

    Among the trove is a collection of images from the Stasi's course "the art of disguise," featuring the fur hats, leather jackets, sun glasses, and other accoutrement officers thought suitable to wear to discreetly conduct their secret policing.

    Berlin artist Simon Menner came upon the photos while doing research in the Stasi's archives, Germany's Der Spiegel reports.

    The exhibit runs at Berlin's Morgen Contemporary gallery through August 20.

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  • More U.S. embassy personnel ordered to leave Syria

    A policeman walks in front of the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria after pro-government protesters attacked it on July 11, 2011. (AP)Dozens of diplomatic personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in Syria will return to the United States this week, the Financial Times reported today, citing State Department officials.
    The move comes amid growing U.S. and western condemnation of the Bashar al-Assad regime's brutal crackdown on anti-government unrest. The United Nations Security Council is expected to issue a press statement this afternoon condemning the violence, which is estimated to have killed more than 1,600 people since March.

    While U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford "and other essential staff will remain in Damascus, dozens of other staff will return home this week," the Financial Times reported. State Department officials cited a "deteriorating security situation" for the decision.

    Ford, testifying to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his nomination yesterday, said he has been instructed by President Barack Obama to work to isolate Assad.

    "The President on July 31 laid out my instructions: to stand with the Syrian people, increase our pressure on the Syrian regime, and work with other countries to isolate the Assad government," Ford said in his prepared testimony.

    "It is time for us to start thinking about the day after Assad," he said. "Syria's 23 million citizens already have."

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