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Satellite signals bring hope to Argentina's search for missing sub

Buenos Aires - Hopes of finding survivors were revived Saturday after Argentina's navy received what could be distress calls from a missing submarine with 44 crewmembers aboard.

Colombian military seizes more than two tonnes of cocaine

Bogota - Colombian authorities have seized more than two tonnes of cocaine belonging to a splinter group from the now-disarmed FARC guerrilla organization, the military said Saturday.

Hundreds of Haitians protest government corruption

Port-au-prince - Hundreds of Haitian opposition activists took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Saturday to protest the army's remobilization and government corruption.

IS not dead yet but 'caliphate' dream in tatters

Baghdad - Its "caliphate" has imploded, its de facto capitals in Iraq and Syria have fallen, and hundreds of its fighters have either surrendered or fled.

Fashion giant Azzedine Alaia dies at 77

Paris - French-Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaia, whose timeless gowns won an army of devotees around the world, has died at the age of 77, France's fashion federation said Saturday.

Syria troops, allies retake most of last IS-held town: monitor

Birut - Syrian troops and allied fighters advanced Saturday to capture most of Albu Kamal, a monitor said, in a tug-of-war over the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget

Brussels - An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara's commitment to democracy and human rights.

Spain's top prosecutor Maza dies in Argentina

Buenos Aires - Spain's top prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza, fresh off the drama of the Catalonian independence bid, died unexpectedly Saturday during a working visit to Argentina.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy confirmed his passing on Twitter.

Mugabe's ruling party to meet Sunday to discuss his exit

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to discuss removing him as president, a government MP and a party official told AFP.

Tintin and Snowy drawing sells for 500,000 euros

Paris - A colour drawing of Tintin and his faithful canine companion Snowy sold at a Paris auction on Saturday for more than half a million euros.

Argentina's search for missing sub hampered by bad weather

Buenos Aires - Argentina's military pushed forward Saturday with the hunt for a submarine that has been missing with 44 crew aboard for days, but said that bad weather has hampered the search.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64

Paris - AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after suffering for several years with dementia, the band announced Saturday.Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy".

Vatican opens fresh probe into 'sex abuse' at school

Vatican City - The Vatican has opened a new investigation into possible sexual abuse committed before 2013 at a private school in Rome for children destined for the priesthood, the Holy See announced Saturday.

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians: monitor

Birut - At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.

'This is a great day': Zimbabweans revel in Mugabe's ruin

Harare - President Robert Mugabe clings to office, the military is in power and the much-feared ZANU-PF party still rules -- but Zimbabweans put such issues aside Saturday to happily embrace what they hope is a new era for the country.

Elated Zimbabweans celebrate as Mugabe era fades

Harare - Tens of thousands of overjoyed protesters flooded Zimbabwe's streets Saturday celebrating President Robert Mugabe's slipping power on the eve of crunch talks with the military to determine the veteran leader's fate.

Mugabe: Liberation hero turned despot

Harare - Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe once quipped that he'd rule his country until he turned 100.

Ousted Caracas mayor arrives in Madrid after fleeing house arrest

Madrid - The former mayor of Caracas, a staunch opponent of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, arrived in Madrid early Saturday after escaping house arrest and fleeing to Colombia.

The three top hurdles in German coalition talks

Berlin - Thorny issues divide German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and left-leaning Greens as they seek to forge a coalition government in marathon talks.
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