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Chilean Government Denies Pinochet State Funeral, Will Give Him Military Honors


Pinochet: Chile's government says it will not hold a state funeral or declare national mourning for former dictator Augusto Pinochet, who died Sunday at age 91 of complications from a heart attack.
Instead, officials say General Pinochet will be given a military funeral Tuesday in Santiago in recognition of his status as a former army chief. Chilean army bases will lower flags to half staff.
The former dictator's body is now lying in a military school chapel in preparation for the funeral.
Chile's center-left President Michelle Bachelet had said it would be against her conscience to attend a state funeral for General Pinochet. Ms. Bachelet's father died after being tortured in prison during General Pinochet's time in power.

Palestinians Violence: Authorities in the Gaza Strip say gunmen have killed three children outside a Gaza City school.
Officials say gunmen today (Monday) fired into a car carrying the children of a senior intelligence officer loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The driver was also killed in the attack.
Tension has been rising over the failure of the ruling militant group Hamas and the once-dominant Fatah party to form a unity government.
On Saturday, Mr. Abbas of Fatah angered supporters of Hamas when he raised the possibility of calling early elections. Hamas leaders say he does not have the authority to dissolve parliament, which is dominated by Hamas lawmakers.

Indoensia – Aceh: The people of Indonesia's Aceh province are choosing their own representatives for the first time in local elections expected to strengthen a peace deal between the government and separatist rebels.
Most of Aceh's nearly three million voters are expected to cast ballots today (Monday) to choose a governor, deputy governor, mayor and other officials.
A peace deal signed last year between the Jakarta government and Free Aceh Movement paved the way for the historic election. Spurred by the 2004 tsunami, both sides agreed to end 29 years of conflict and work together to rebuild Aceh's feeble economy.

Bangladesh: Officials in Bangladesh say four members of the interim government have resigned over differences on the deployment of the military in the run-up to January elections
The officials said the four (a former army chief, a former senior bureaucrat, a former foreign secretary and a top lawyer) submitted their resignation letters to President Iajuddin Ahmed today (Monday).
Mr. Ahmed ordered the deployment of troops in cities across the country Saturday.
The president made a televised speech late Sunday saying he sent soldiers to Dhaka and other cities because of opposition threats to intensify protests and lay siege to the presidential palace.
Opposition Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina says the situation does not warrant the army's deployment.

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