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Former Guatemala dictator faces war crimes charges

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Guatemala's former strongman Efrain Rios Montt, who faces genocide charges, stands amid policemen during a break at a courtroom in Guatemala City on Jan. 26, 2012.

Reuters reports from GUATEMALA CITY

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will face trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity as the Central American nation seeks to close files on a brutal 36-year civil war.

A judge found sufficient evidence that linked Rios Montt, who ruled during a particularly bloody period in 1982 and 1983, to the killing of more than 1,700 indigenous people in one counterinsurgency effort. Read the full story.

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Relatives of genocide victims watch Efrain Rios Montt in the courtroom during a hearing related to the accusations of genocide.

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A banner with portraits of people who disappeared during Montt's reign.