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Saturday 23 September 2017

Dictator faces torture charges

A former dictator of Argentina was charged with an additional 49 cases of kidnapping, torture and murder.

Jorge Rafael Videla already is serving life in prison for crimes against humanity, and is among over 100 suspects awaiting trial in the killings of hundreds of political dissidents allegedly made to disappear by Argentina's army while Videla was in charge.

Videla was de facto president from 1976 to 1981, and chief of the army before that.



Putin goes on media blacklist

Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders put Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Hu Jintao on its annual list of press freedom "predators".

The Paris-based group said its list is made up of "40 politicians, government officials, religious leaders, militias and criminal organisations that cannot stand the press, treat it as an enemy and directly attack journalists".



Oz and Norway mums are best

Mothers in Norway and Australia are in the best nations in the world to bring up their children while mothers in Afghanistan and many African nations fare worst, according to an annual Mothers' Index.

The 11th annual Save The Children index, which ranks the best and worst places to be a mother, looks at the well-being of women and children in 160 countries.

The list last year was headed by Sweden but for 2010 Norway came first followed by Australia, Iceland and Sweden.



Brady kicks off on Apprentice

Karren Brady will make her screen debut as Alan Sugar's new adviser when the junior version of The Apprentice starts next week.

The soccer high-flyer joined the panel last year after Margaret Mountford left the show to pursue studies.

Ms Brady, who was appointed West Ham United's vice chairman in January, will get her first chance to impress BBC1 viewers on May 12.

She will join Sugar to assess 10 teenagers competing to be named his first Junior Apprentice.

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