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Chavez calls for boycott of OAS

CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez said Thursday that Venezuela should boycott the Organization of American States' human rights body, saying the panel wrongly accused his government of political repression.

Chavez took issue with a report released this week by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which cited widespread human rights violations in Venezuela. The socialist leader called the 300-page report "pure garbage" and described the commission's president, Santiago Canton, as "excrement."

Local rights activists applauded the report, saying it sheds light on widespread rights abuses.

Mexican officer shot dead in front of family

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Mexican authorities said Thursday that gunmen killed a deputy police chief outside an elementary school as the officer's wife and son and other students and parents looked on.

Eduardo Ezparza, the spokesman for prosecutors in northern Chihuahua state, said the shooting occurred Wednesday in the state capital, also named Chihuahua.

City police coordinator Antonio Olague, 39, was dropping his 8-year-old son off at school when assailants in a car opened fire. Olague was hit by eight bullets.

Police had no suspects. Police spokesman Jesus Reyes said Olague had been on the force for almost 20 years and received some training in the United States. He was second-in-command of the city police force.

Chihuahua is the worst-hit region in Mexico's brutal drug gang violence.

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