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Rebels shot down a Syrian combat helicopter while it was bombarding the Damascus neighborhood of Jobar.

State television confirmed a chopper crashed near a mosque in the capital, but gave no further details, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it believed it "was hit while it was being used in fighting nearby," AFP reports.

Several amateur videos posted on Youtube show the helicopter engulfed in flames shortly before hitting the ground, while activists can be heard shouting "Allahu Ackbar" (God is Great).

The crash happens as heavy shelling and fighting between the rebel Free Syrian Army and government troops rage in the east of Damascus, a day after the regime was accused of a new massacre: On Sunday, about 320 bodies --including women and children-- were found in houses and basements in the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus. Most of them were killed "execution-style" by troops, Reuters reports.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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