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The resignation last week of Environment Minister Marina Silva, widely seen as a guardian of the world’s largest rain forest, has spurred concerns that Brazil’s government will accelerate roads, pipelines and power plants in the region to fuel its fast-growing economy.

The Belo Monte dam, under the auspices of state power company Eletrobras, would be one of the world’s largest hydroelectric power plants, after China’s Three Gorges and the Itaipu dam shared by Brazil and Paraguay.


Nazi suspect not to be tried

WARSAW — Polish war-crimes prosecutors yesterday announced that they have dropped a probe against John Demjanjuk, 88, an ethnic Ukrainian living in the United States dogged by allegations of Nazi war crimes.

“The investigation was dropped December 19, 2007, due lack of evidence to incriminate Demjanjuk for murder,” prosecutor Anna Galkiewicz of Poland’s Institute for National Remembrance (IPN) told Agence France-Presse. The IPN is charged with investigating and prosecuting Nazi and communist-era crimes.

Twenty years ago, eyewitnesses identified Mr. Demjanjuk, a retired U.S. autoworker, as “Ivan the Terrible,” one of the infamous torturers at the Treblinka Nazi German concentration camp, located in what is now eastern Poland.

From wire dispatches and staff reports