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Syria to execute 'terrorists,' state TV warns

Syria will execute anyone who participates in terrorist acts or distributes weapons, state television announced Tuesday, in the latest escalation against an uprising which the United Nations estimates has claimed about 5,000 lives since March.

(CNN) Damascus - The announcement comes as two opposition groups claimed that over 100 people were killed on Monday, which would be the single deadliest known day of the protests against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens of Syrian army defectors were gunned down Monday as they tried to flee their posts in Idlib.

The London-based opposition group put the number of dead between 60 and 70.

Another opposition group, the Local Coordination Committees of Syria, said 48 civilians were killed in eight separate incidents the same day.
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New Revelations Of García Marquez's Ties To Cuba And Nicaragua

Like other intellectuals of his time, the celebrated Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez admired Cuba's Fidel Castro. What's just been revealed, however, is also, as one text reveals, the Sandinista rebels who have stifled Nicaraguan democracy in past years.

The inauguration of the mural in memory of the Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Bogota, Colombia

Mauricio Rubio

BOGOTÁ — Entirely isolated and criticized by the international community, Daniel Ortega was again sworn in earlier this month as president of Nicaragua.

Ortega has now outdone Anastasio Somoza, the despot he helped topple in his youth, with a record 26 years in power and starting a fifth mandate, including a fourth consecutive one and the second with his wife Rosario Murillo as vice-president.

After Cuba's Fidel Castro, he is the regional tyrant most frequently cheered by Colombia's leftist intellectuals, and praised as his people's emancipator from "yankee oppression."

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