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Court bans video of on-air suicide

BUENOS AIRES | A judge has barred an Argentine cable television station from airing footage of a former police commander shooting himself on camera to avoid arrest on human rights violations.

Judge Martha de Gomez Alsina banned Cronica TV from replaying the image - which it had already aired - after the Federal Broadcasting Committee requested the order, the state news agency Telem reported Sunday.

Mario Ferreyra, 63, killed himself on Friday as police arrived at his home to arrest him on charges arising from the disappearance, torture and death of dissidents during Argentina’s 1976-83 dictatorship.

The suicide was captured by a TV crew that had just finished interviewing Mr. Ferreyra. The images caused initial shock among viewers but little lasting debate in a country where graphic violence is common on television.

But the broadcasting committee said the transmission constituted “serious misconduct” under Argentine laws against disseminating extremely violent or sordid images.

Cronica said it had no comment when contacted by the Associated Press.


Six fatally shot in popular tavern

TIJUANA | Six people are dead after gunmen burst into a Tijuana bar popular with university students and opened fire.

The local Public Safety Department says witnesses reported that three people dressed in black rushed into Bar Utopia and started shooting without saying a word.

The state attorney general’s office says two men and a woman died instantly in Friday night’s attack. The three others died in hospitals Saturday.

The bar is located in a neighborhood with three university campuses and is popular with students. Most of the victims were younger than 30.

Drug turf battles have fueled a wave of violence that has swept through Tijuana and other cities across Mexico.


Opposition parties want vote canceled

MANAGUA | Nicaragua’s opposition is pressing on with a bid to cancel disputed elections despite a presidential decree declaring that effort unconstitutional.

An alliance of opposition parties says President Daniel Ortega abused his power with a decree nullifying a legislative proposal to cancel the results of the Nov. 9 municipal elections.

Saturday’s statement accused Mr. Ortega of “once again violating the constitution.”

The leftist Sandinistas won 105 of 146 races in the elections. They claim the elections were free and fair.


Prison riot leaves seven inmates dead

GUATEMALA CITY | A prison fight in Guatemala has left seven inmates dead, including five who were decapitated.

National prisons systems spokesman Rudy Esquivel says authorities found the five heads after the fight in the Pavoncito prison in Guatemala City. He says two other inmates died in a hospital of gunshot wounds.

Reporters saw a group of prisoners standing behind four heads lined up on piles of rocks in a yard. The fifth head was on a wooden stake. At one point, a prisoner masking his face with a red T-shirt lifted up one of the heads in triumph.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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