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  • Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

    NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Militants have freed an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso, a spokesman for the president of neighboring Niger said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • FIFA candidates Prince Ali, Infantino claim votes in Africa

    GENEVA (AP) — Two FIFA voters have defied African soccer leaders by endorsing rival candidates in the presidential election for Sepp Blatter's successor.

    Associated Press
  • Tunisia finishes Libya border fence intended to keep out militants

    By Tarek Amara SABKEHT ALYUN, Tunisia (Reuters) - Tunisia has completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install electronic monitoring systems, Defense Minister Farhat Hachani said on Saturday. Libya's chaos since the…

    Reuters
  • UK-bound Iranian migrants rescued from small boat in Channel

    Four Iranian migrants making a rare attempt to reach Britain by boat from France on Saturday were rescued in the nick of time after their vessel took on water and was close to capsizing, officials said. Rescuers were only alerted after one of the migrants made it back to the beach at Sangatte in…

    AFP
  • Blast on Somalia airplane Tuesday 'was caused by bomb'

    A bomb caused the explosion that ripped a hole in the fuselage of a passenger plane shortly after it took off from Somalia's main airport on Tuesday, killing one person, the government said. The security forces have made several arrests in connection with the attack, Transport and Aviation…

    AFP
  • Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe; clashes in Amsterdam

    DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

    Associated Press
  • England cruises to 5-wicket win & 2-0 series lead over SA

    PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — England chased down South Africa's 262-7 with ease to win the second one-day international by five wickets on Saturday and take a formidable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

    Associated Press
  • S. Africa: Search continues for 3 missing in mine collapse

    BARBERTON, South Africa (AP) — The families of three missing mineworkers sang and prayed at the scene of a collapsed mine in South Africa as rescuers continued their search on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Al-Qaida group claims attack on police station in north Mali

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Al-Qaida's North Africa branch has claimed responsibility for an attack on a U.N. mission police station in northern Mali that killed one Malian soldier, an organization that monitors jihadi sites said Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • England beats South Africa by 5 wickets in 2nd ODI

    PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — England beat South Africa by five wickets in the second one-day international at St. George's Park on Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says

    By Robin Emmott AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Europe needs Turkey to dramatically cut the number of migrants reaching Greece within weeks or the pressure for more border closures and fences will grow, the EU's top official in charge of ties with Ankara warned on Saturday. Frustrated that refugees…

    Reuters
  • Watson bought by Bangalore for $1.4 million at IPL auction

    BANGALORE, India (AP) — Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday after he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

    Associated Press
  • 101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

    A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare-up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic…

    AFP
  • Watson the top draw as stars sold at IPL auction

    Australian all-rounder Shane Watson received the highest bid of $1.4 million while banished England star Kevin Pietersen was sold to a new franchise at a glitzy Indian Premier League auction Saturday. Watson lived up to his billing as one of the most sought-after players, being sold to Royal…

    AFP
  • Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

    PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — Rasul Orwani thought he had faced the worst after braving cold, rough seas in a rickety wooden boat to travel from Turkey to Greece, then came the Balkans.

    Associated Press
  • South Africa bat against England in second ODI

    Port Elizabeth (South Africa) (AFP) - South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in the second one-day international against England at St George’s Park on Saturday.

    AFP
  • First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects. In the first direct statements from government health officials blaming Zika for causing deaths,…

    AFP