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Tears flow as Argentina's 'stolen babies' trial comes to an end

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Members of the public and human rights organizations watch on a giant screen outside court as sentences are handed down to two former Argentine dictators for their involvement in the kidnapping of babies from leftist activists killed during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, in Buenos Aires on July 5, 2012.

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A woman holds a sign outside court. It reads in Spanish "Give the children back".

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A woman waits for the verdict.

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People react after hearing the verdict.

Msnbc.com news services report from Buenos Aires, Argentina — Three key figures from Argentina's "Dirty War" got hefty jail terms for the systematic theft of babies from political prisoners during the 1976-1983 dictatorship, an Argentine court ruled on Thursday.

The trial featured gut-wrenching testimony from grandmothers and other relatives who searched inconsolably for their missing relatives, and from people who learned as young adults that they were raised by the very people involved in the disappearance of their birth parents. Read the full story.

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