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Google Earth helps tax man

BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s tax authorities are using satellite images generated on the Internet by Google Earth to track down fraud, the local press said Friday.

Buenos Aires province tax official Santiago Montoya said images of properties from the sky can help square the actual sizes of properties with those declared by taxpayers to make sure the proper amount of taxes is being paid, the reports said.

The online Google Earth service, which assembles detailed satellite pictures together with maps so that users can view specific locations and buildings, is also used by the Buenos Aires authorities to check whether taxpayers have expanded their homes in ways that would increase their value for taxation.


Beatification sought for slain archbishop

SAN SALVADOR — The Salvadoran government said Friday that it will ask the Vatican to beatify slain Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, but it will not accept responsibility in his 1980 killing.

Security and Justice Vice Minister Astor Escalante announced the decision during a meeting with supporters of the archbishop at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights’ offices in Washington late Wednesday.

The U.N. truth commission on El Salvador reported in 1993 that Maj. Roberto D’Aubuisson, a notorious death squad leader, ordered Archbishop Romero killed. D’Aubuisson, who died in 1992, denied that.

From wire dispatches and staff reports