- - Thursday, January 27, 2011


Mandela hospitalized for medical tests

JOHANNESBURG | Former South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized for a second straight day Thursday for what his office described as routine tests but which drew concern over the health of the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon.

Mr. Mandela undergoes regular hospital checkups, but his latest visit starting Wednesday stretched into an unusually long stay.

Journalists camped outside the hospital Thursday as Mr. Mandela’s relatives and friends entered for visits.

President Jacob Zuma, attending the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is being updated on developments by the defense minister, whose department is responsible for current and former presidents’ health care, Mr. Zuma’s office said.

The president’s office cautioned reporters not to put pressure on Mr. Mandela’s doctors and to give “a national hero” dignity and respect.


Justice system to probe Allende’s death

SANTIAGO | Chilean judicial officials vowed Thursday to investigate the death of President Salvador Allende for the first time, 37 years after the socialist leader was found shot through the head with a machine gun during a withering attack on the presidential palace.

Mr. Allende died during the Sept. 11, 1973, coup led by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who governed as a dictator until March 11, 1990, and died in 2006. Authorities have never before opened a criminal probe of Allende’s death, which many believe to have been a suicide.

Chile’s truth commission reported in 1991 that the Pinochet dictatorship killed 3,797 people. Most of those cases have been investigated, leading to human rights trials for some 600 military figures and a small number of civilian collaborators. About 150 have been convicted, including feared secret police chief Miguel Contreras, now imprisoned for dozens of crimes against humanity.

But 726 deaths were never investigated, including Mr. Allende’s.


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