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Wanted for crimes against humanity

German Chupina, a former Guatemalan police director wanted in Spain for crimes against humanity, died yesterday. He was 86.

Mr. Chupina suffered from Alzheimer's disease, liver and renal problems, and fractures caused by old age, his son German Armando Chupina said.

His father, police director from 1978 to 1982, was arrested in November 2006 after Guatemalan Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu levied charges of genocide, torture and state terror in a Spanish court against him and seven other former military and government officials.

Human rights groups accused Mr. Chupina of the nation's worst abuses and said he was behind a 1980 fire at the Spanish embassy that killed more than 30 people, including Ms. Menchu's father. But he and other police brass, who reported to Guatemala's interior minister, denied wrongdoing.

After his arrest, Mr. Chupina was held for more than a year at a medical clinic. But he was released after Guatemala's constitutional court ruled in December that Spain had no jurisdiction in the case.

Guatemala's army and police killed nearly 200,000 people in the 1960-1996 civil war, Latin America's bloodiest in the 20th century.


Country music artist, TV host

Bobby Lord, a country music artist and television show host, has died. He was 74.

Mr. Lord died Saturday at a Stuart, Fla., hospital after struggling with illnesses, said his son, Rob Lord.

Bobby Lord had hits such as "Without Your Love," "Life Can Have Meaning" and "You and Me Against the World."

He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and had his own syndicated television show beginning in 1965, the Bobby Lord Show.


Civil rights leader

The Rev. James E. Orange, a lieutenant of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference who worked alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement, has died. He was 65.

Orange died Saturday at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He suffered complications from gallbladder surgery, his daughter, Jamida Orange, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Orange marched in his hometown in 1963 alongside King and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy to help integrate facilities and transportation.

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