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Greece to confront controversy over historic sharia law

Atenas - On Greece's rural border with Turkey, a sizeable Muslim minority has lived for decades, regulating their family affairs under Islamic sharia law, a legacy traced back to century-old treaties.

Five major submarine disasters

Paris - With an Argentine submarine missing for five days with 44 people aboard, we recall five of the most deadly submarine disasters over the past few decades.

Search for missing Argentina sub stretches into sixth day

Mar Del Plata - An international search mission for a missing Argentine submarine entered its sixth day Tuesday as uncertainty over the fate of its 44 crew members gave way to rising anguish for families troubled by earlier false hopes.

Ratko Mladic still a 'legend', says Bosnian Serb chief

Sarajevo - The Bosnian Serb political leader Milorad Dodik said he believed Ratko Mladic would remain "a legend" regardless of the verdict at his genocide trial on Wednesday.

Rebel infighting sparks fears in east Ukraine

Lugansk - Hundreds of armed men in military fatigues on Tuesday blocked access to government buildings in eastern Ukraine's rebel-held Lugansk as infighting spiked between rebel factions.

Trump blasted over decision to repatriate 59,000 Haitians

Washington - President Donald Trump on Tuesday faced a backlash over his tough immigration policies after deciding that 59,000 Haitians who took refuge in the United States following the 2010 earthquake must return home.

African leaders driven from power

Paris - Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, who resigned on Tuesday, is the latest in a long list of African leaders forced from power by coups, rebels and popular uprisings since 2010.

'Strategist' Mugabe's refusal to go a classic tactic

Harare - He is 93, in failing health and has enemies on almost every side, but President Robert Mugabe used his TV address Sunday to display the survival skills of one of the world's wiliest politicians.

Joy unleashed on streets of Harare as Mugabe resigns

Harare - Car horns blared and cheering crowds waving the national flag thronged the streets of Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Tuesday after news broke that President Robert Mugabe had resigned after 37 years in power.

Scandal plagued Brazilian politician jailed — again

Rio De Janeiro - A scandal-plagued top politician in Rio de Janeiro was ordered by a court Tuesday to go back to jail, just four days after the state legislature provoked an uproar by letting him out.

Hundreds of migrants held in jail in Spain

Madrid - Spain on Tuesday defended holding in prison nearly 500 migrants who arrived in the country by boat.Following criticism by rights groups, the Spanish government said it was due to a lack of space at immigration detention centres.

Danish divers find arm in search for Kim Wall's remains

Stockholm - Danish police said Tuesday divers had recovered an arm in waters off Copenhagen, where the dismembered head, torso and legs of Swedish journalist Kim Wall were found in October.

Power, whites and gays — Mugabe in quotes

Harare - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, who resigned on Tuesday, has a long history of making colourful or controversial remarks during a reign that has spanned nearly four decades.

Trump, Putin stress ensuring 'stability of a unified Syria'

Washington - US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a lengthy phone call Tuesday, stressing the need to ensure "the stability of a unified Syria," the White House said.

Russia-hosted Syria talks: what to expect

Sochi - The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Wednesday for a summit aimed at bringing peace in Syria.

Lebanon's PM Hariri to return, but what next?

Birut - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose resignation from Saudi Arabia earlier this month caused widespread consternation, is set to return to Beirut this week as part of a deal brokered by France.

New US sanctions on North Korea ships, Chinese traders

Washington - The United States unveiled new economic sanctions Tuesday targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang.

German crisis 'can't stop' euro reforms: commissioner

Brussels - Germany's political crisis "cannot stop our work" and the EU will push ahead with plans to reform the euro after Brexit, the European Commission's euro chief vowed in an interview on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, in key dates

Harare - Here are some key dates in the life of Grace Mugabe, wife of resigned president Robert Mugabe, whose ambitions to succeed him largely led to a military takeover.- July 23, 1965: Grace Marufu is born in South Africa.
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