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Volume:7, Number:37
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Trial of 1970s Extremist ‘Carlos the Jackal’ Opens in Paris

The trial of Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, started in Paris on March 13 for a deadly attack in a Paris’ shopping mall decades ago. The Venezuelan-born Ramirez Sanchez, one of the most notorious political terrorists of the 1970s and ‘80s, is serving a life sentence in France for a series of murders and attacks he perpetrated or organized in the country on behalf of the Palestinian cause or communist revolution. He first was convicted by a French court 20 years ago, and again in 2011 and 2013. If convicted on first-degree murder charges in the latest trial, he could get a third life sentence. At the time of the attack, he was 24 years old and already had joined the organization Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Pop Singer Adam Faith Spied on Fidel Castro for MI6

The late Adam Faith had a versatile career, veering from teen idol, pop star and actor to manager, investor and financial journalist. But according to a former colleague, the 60s star also added espionage to his curriculum vitae. It is claimed in a new book by David Courtney, whom Faith managed, that the singer told of being asked by MI6 to spy on Cuba’s communist leader, Fidel Castro, during a visit there in 1997. Faith, born Terry Nelhams-Wright, died of a heart attack aged 62 in 2003. According to the book, in the years before his death he was developing business interests in the Caribbean island and was ultimately approached by the intelligence agencies.

Thailand Soap Angers Family of Myanmar's Last King

The family of Myanmar's last king hit out at a Thai soap opera inspired by the palace intrigue of their ancestors, accusing Thailand of double standards in how it treats another country's royals. Soe Win, the great grandson of Myanmar's last monarch king Thibaw, said his family was angered by A Lady's Flame, a new hit prime-time soap that recounts a bloody dynastic power struggle. The show is set in a fictional kingdom but almost entirely mimics the final years of the Konbaung dynasty in the 19th century in the country formerly known as Burma. It portrays the scheming among a key queen and princesses who orchestrated the massacre of nearly a hundred people to ensure Thibaw had no rivals to the throne following his father's death in 1878.

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