Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs

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U.S. student may face new trial

Italy's highest court delayed until today a decision on whether American student Amanda Knox will face a new trial in the murder of her British roommate an unusual but not unprecedented move. The court heard six hours of arguments Monday and spent several hours deliberating that and a handful of other cases before announcing it would issue a decision today on whether the 2011 acquittals of Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito will stand.

Belgian chocolate stamps The Belgian post office released on Monday 538,000 stamps that have pictures of chocolate on the front and the essence of cacao oil in the glue at the back for taste and in the ink for smell. Belgian stamp collector Marie-Claire Verstichel said that although the taste was a bit disappointing, "they smell good."

Guatemalans deny genocide A group of retired soldiers and their relatives have launched a campaign to deny that a genocide happened in Guatemala. About 24 people began collecting 5,000 signatures Monday in support of their campaign outside the Supreme Court's building, where strongman Jose Efrain Rios Montt is being tried on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Eight former senior officials were charged with crimes against humanity for the deaths of more than 200,000 civilians in the country's 36-year civil conflict which began in 1960 and ended with the Peace Accords of 1996.

Haiti slum gets makeover One of Haiti's biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation's capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage. Workers this month began painting the concrete facades of buildings in Jalousie slum a rainbow of purple, peach, lime and cream, inspired by the dazzling "cities in the skies" of well-known

Haitian painter Prefete Duffaut, who died last year. The $1.4 million effort titled "Beauty versus Poverty: Jalousie in Colors" is part of a government project to relocate people from the displacement camps that sprouted up after Haiti's 2010 earthquake. The government is now trying to spruce up these poor neighborhoods and introduce city services. …

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