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Muth Found Guilty In Killing Of Georgetown Socialite

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A German man who pretended to be a well-connected Iraqi army general has been convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of his 91-year-old socialite wife.

The jury deliberated for about half a day before reaching a verdict in the case against 49-year-old Albrecht Muth.

Authorities say Muth beat and strangled his wife, German journalist and socialite Viola Drath in 2011.

Muth's lawyers argued there was no evidence connecting him to the killing ...but prosecutors said Muth was violent, abusive and motivated by money.

Before the trial, Muth had been starving himself on and off for what he called religious reasons and doctors said he was too weak to appear in court. Muth took part in the trial by videoconference, but didn't testify.

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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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