South America

QUITO, Ecuador - A lawyer for Ecuadorean police officers under investigation for last week's uprising that led to five deaths said Friday that his clients are being swept up in a "witch hunt." Attorney Patricio Armijos, who is representing more than 50 agents, said the legal process is plagued with imprecisions and based on suspicions.

QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's interior minister says 46 police officers have been detained for alleged participation in the police revolt against President Rafael Correa that claimed five lives.

MADRID - A court official in Spain says a judge wants to question ex-members of Colombia's FARC rebels to investigate that organization's links to the Basque separatist group ETA.

SAO PAULO - The clown who got more votes than any other candidate for Congress will have to convince authorities he can read and write if he wants to take office.

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has dismissed a Spanish judge's account of Basque separatists receiving weapons training in his country, calling it a farce aimed at discrediting his government.
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