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May 17, 2013 9:56 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Argentine ex-dictator Jorge Videla dies in prison

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla has died of natural causes while serving life sentences in prison for crimes against humanity.

Videla took power in a 1976 coup and led a military junta that killed thousands of his fellow citizens in a dirty war to eliminate "subversives."

Federal Prison Service Director Victor Hortel said he died in Friday morning in the Marcos Paz prison.

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