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Extradition approved for ex-Navy officer

SANTIAGO — Chile’s Supreme Court has approved an extradition request for a former U.S. military officer wanted in the 1973 killings of two Americans, including one whose disappearance was the focus of the movie “Missing,” a lawyer said Wednesday.

Former U.S. Navy Capt. Ray E. Davis was charged last year in the deaths of journalist Charles Horman and student Frank Teruggi, who were killed during the 1973-1990 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Attorney Sergio Corvalan, who represents Horman’s widow, told The Associated Press that the Supreme Court approved by a 4-1 vote a request by Judge Jorge Zepeda to seek Capt. Davis’ extradition to face trial in Chile.

Capt. Davis commanded the U.S. military mission in Chile at the time of the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that ousted the democratically elected government of Marxist President Salvador Allende.


Group: Hunger ‘critical’ in violent area

NAIROBI, Kenya — More than 80 percent of people living in a conflict zone in Sudan’s southern region are eating only one meal a day, compared with 10 percent one year ago, a U.S. advocacy group said Thursday, citing research collected from a region where aid groups aren’t allowed to operate.

The Enough Project warned that hunger is increasing to dangerous levels in the Sudanese state of South Kordofan.

A study carried out by an aid group showed that girls are suffering the worst. Girls in the region have reached a “critical” level of malnutrition, the most serious classification on the World Health Organization’s scale. Boys are just below that level, at “serious.”

The research was conducted by an aid group the Enough Project said didn’t want to be identified. Sudan forbids aid groups from operating in South Kordofan, where anti-government rebels are fighting government troops. Aid workers must sneak into the region by crossing over the border with South Sudan.

Thousands of families fleeing hunger and violence in the Nuba Mountains have streamed into South Sudan over the past year.


U.S. worried about war refugees

COLOMBO — The United States says it is concerned over Sri Lanka resettling some of its war-displaced civilians without basic facilities in its rush to close down a massive refugee camp.

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