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Photographer Moore (79) dies

Charles Moore, a photographer who chronicled the US civil rights movement, died at 79.

John Edgley of Edgley Cremation Services in West Palm Beach, Florida, confirmed that Moore died on Thursday.

The Times Daily of Florence, Alabama, reported that Moore began covering the movement as the lone photographer at the scene when the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior was arrested in Montgomery in 1958.

Officer killed in shootout

Police in Belgium said an officer was killed as a patrol confronted a gunman who had killed his son.

The gunman also died in the shootout in the town of Bilzen, about 50 miles east of Brussels.

The officer was fatally wounded when he entered the home where the gunman had just shot his teenage son, police said.

The gunman's girlfriend escaped from the house unhurt.

Website rejects Chavez claims

A website that came under criticism from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for allegedly spreading false information denied responsibility for comments posted by its guests and accused the government of seeking to restrict criticism over the internet.

Mr Chavez accuses Noticiero Digital of falsely reporting that two of his close political allies were assassinated.

The president called for regulation of the internet while urging prosecutors to take immediate action against the website.

Machu Picchu train services

Peruvian officials said they expect train services to historic Inca ruins will be restored on March 29.

Fierce rains in January washed out the rail link to Machu Picchu, the only terrestrial means of arrival other than by foot.

Transport minister Enrique Cornejo told Congress that while rail services from Cuzco to Peru's famed tourist site won't be restored until June at the earliest, the last 28 kilometres will be ready by month's end.