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Pinochet Death Sparks Celebrations, Clashes in Chile

News of the death of former military dictator Augusto Pinochet has rocked the South American nation of Chile, prompting widespread celebrations, but also anger in a country still split by the former strongman's 17-year reign.

A Chilean appeals court threw out homicide and kidnapping charges against Augusto Pinochet, but ruled the former dictator could still be tried on charges he covered up the crimes.

An appeals court in Santiago dropped homicide and kidnapping charges today against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The court supported the defense's claim that Judge Juan Guzman acted illegally by indicting Pinochet before questioning him.

Chile's Supreme Court has stripped former dictator Augusto Pinochet of immunity from prosecution. But lawyers say putting the 84-year-old retired general on trial on human rights charges could take years.

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