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A package containing "a suspicious white substance" on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a Madrid post office, with 23 people undergoing decontamination as a safety precaution, the emergency services said.

San Francisco, tech companies, boycott Indiana over anti-gay law

The city of San Francisco has joined with a growing number of tech companies in boycotting Indiana over the conservative Midwestern state's new anti-gay 'religious freedom' law.

Ukraine leader says he will not let oligarchs sow 'chaos'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday pledged to stop oligarchs from sowing "chaos" after the governor of a key industrial region quit following a row over a state oil firm.

Op-Ed: Inside the problems for scientists in Argentina

Scientists in Argentina are struggling with budgets due to government tariffs which mean that most tools and reagents cost more than double their normal retail value.

Frenchwoman dies of injuries from Tunisia museum attack

A Frenchwoman has succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's national museum, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from the shooting to 22.

'Another tragedy': Rescued Chile miner loses home in floods

One of the Chilean miners who captured worldwide attention in 2010 after spending more than two months in a collapsed mine has lost everything after torrential rains struck northern Chile.

Chilean president describes 'bleak' scene in flood-hit north

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet pointed to a "bleak" situation in the country's flood-hit north Saturday, after deadly rains swept through the normally arid area last week.

French Alps faithful pray for crash vicitms

Before the altar of a French Alps cathedral, 150 candles on Saturday burned brightly for all those who perished in this week's Germanwings crash and their families.

Medicine for psychological illness found at co-pilot's home: Report

German police have found medical treatments for psychological illness at the home of the co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a jet into the French Alps, killing 149 people and himself, a German newspaper said Saturday.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz said: 'I will be remembered forever'

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot accused of deliberately crashing Germanwings flight 4U 9525, is reported to have shared with former girlfriend his plans to "go down in history."

23 'beheaded' in NE Nigeria on eve of election: Lawmaker, nurse

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen beheaded 23 people and set fire to homes in Buratai, northeast Nigeria, on the eve of Saturday's general elections, a federal lawmaker representing the area told AFP.

EU-Ukraine summit to take place on April 27: Poroshenko

A summit between top European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders will take place in Kiev at the end of April, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Guarded optimism as Iran nuclear talks enter 'endgame'

World powers appeared Saturday to be narrowing in on a deal to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb, with marathon talks stretching into the evening as Iran's foreign minister voiced confidence the final hurdles can be overcome.

Pope under pressure to roll back on abuse case bishop

Pope Francis's decision to appoint a Chilean bishop suspected of protecting a paedophile priest has alarmed the Vatican's own child protection watchdog, its members told AFP.

Turkey PM denies rift with Erdogan, calls for presidential system

Turkey should adopt a presidential system, the country's Prime Minister has declared, refuting claims that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were at loggerheads over the idea.

Who killed Kercher? Knox acquittal leaves murder mystery unsolved

Who killed Meredith Kercher? While Amanda Knox and her ex-lover celebrate their shock acquittal, the grisly case of the British student's murder is far from solved.

Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA

Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.

Qaeda, allies seize Syria's Idlib city in blow to regime

Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and its allies seized on Saturday the city of Idlib, only the second provincial capital to be lost by the regime in more than four years of war.

UN staff flee war-torn Yemen, Russia voices concern

The United Nations evacuated staff from war-torn Yemen on Saturday as Russia warned Saudi-led air strikes on Iranian-backed rebels were affecting crunch nuclear talks between world powers and Tehran.

Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

The personality of a co-pilot suspected of deliberately flying a Germanwings passenger jet into a mountainside in the Alps is a "serious lead" in the inquiry but not the only one, a French investigator said Saturday.

Yemen's Hadi will not return to Aden 'for now': FM

Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi left an Arab summit in Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Saturday, but will not return to his country "for now," his foreign minister told AFP.

Vandals destroy memorial to murdered Russian opposition leader

Vandals Saturday destroyed an improvised memorial created by supporters of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot a month ago, the Echo of Moscow radio station reported Saturday.

Nigerian president quits voting station after tech glitch

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan turned up Saturday to accredit himself and his wife Patience for his re-election bid but problems with new voting technology forced to him to temporarily abandon his plans.

Two Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 freed

Two young Czech women kidnapped in Pakistan in 2013 have been freed and have returned home, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Saturday.

Judge looks to build 'new society' in Ukraine rebel bastion

Even as he breaks down in tears, judge Alexander Klyanoshkin admits no regrets about ending a decade on the bench in his government-held hometown in eastern Ukraine to serve in the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Donetsk.

What rising gay support means for France's far-right National Front

Sebastien Chenu, a former gay activist, does not seem a typical member of France's far-right National Front (FN), a party accused of deeply reactionary views with a history of homophobia.

Soyuz spacecraft docks at ISS for year-long mission

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked at the International Space Station Saturday after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said, launching a year-long mission on the orbiting outpost.

Joint military action, Yemen to dominate Arab summit

Egypt is hosting a weekend Arab summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a joint military force against the backdrop of Saudi-led strikes on rebels in Yemen.

Syria trio's London school linked to more girls trying to join IS

A group of London teenage girls barred from travelling abroad attend the same school as three others who are thought to have gone to Syria, the High Court has heard.

Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

The co-pilot who investigators believe crashed a passenger jet into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, worried "health problems" would dash his dreams and vowed one day to do something to "change the whole system", an ex-girlfriend told a German ...

Islamists enter flashpoint city in northwest Syria: Monitor

Islamist rebels entered neighbourhoods in the regime-held city of Idlib in northwest Syria for the first time in four days of fierce clashes with government forces, a monitor reported.

Nigeria votes in tight presidential election

Nigerians headed to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president in a knife-edge vote against a backdrop of security fears but new technology delayed the process, affecting even the outgoing president.

Iran talks reach fever pitch amid calls for compromise

Tough negotiations to end a decade-long standoff over Iran's suspect nuclear programme move into top gear Saturday, seeking to overcome stubborn hurdles as both sides urged painful compromises.

Op-Ed: Greek's creditors press government for acceptable reforms

Deposits in Greek banks fell by more than $8.2 billion in February to $154.2 billion. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government is under extreme pressure to reach an agreement with creditors so that more bailout funds will be released.

Soyuz spacecraft with Russian, U.S. astronauts docks at ISS

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three crew on board successfully docked with the International Space Station after blasting off from Kazakhstan, NASA said.

Clinton wiped email server 'clean': Republican chairman

Hillary Clinton wiped "clean" her private server that hosted her emails while secretary of state, permanently deleting all correspondence, and did not turn over more of the messages, lawmakers said Friday.

Timeline of Meredith Kercher murder probe and trial

Italy's top court on Friday quashed the convictions of American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Ravaged east Ukraine village reveals cost of war

A stuffed toy horse hanging from a gate reminds visitors that the war-ravaged eastern Ukraine village of Logvinove, now held by pro-Russian separatists, was once bustling with life.

Italy clears Knox of murder that gripped the world

Italy's top court has thrown out Amanda Knox's conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal drama that has gripped a global audience.

Swedish MPs meet Snowden, talk mass surveillance

Three Swedish members of parliament met with fugitive US intelligence agent Edward Snowden at a secret location in Moscow on Friday to discuss mass surveillance, Swedish media reported.

Saudi Arabia and allies poised to invade Yemen

Latest reports are that up to 150,000 Saudi troops have massed at the border with Yemen together with heavy artillery. There are a number of allies supporting the Saudis including members of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Egypt.
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