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Brazil Ex-President Lula Makes Political Comeback

Brazil's popular ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva declared on Saturday that he is returning to the bruising political frontlines to defend his successor, the embattled Dilma Rousseff.

"Our opponents talk about me from morning until night... Well, it's harder to kill a bird if he keeps flying. That's why I started flying again," Lula, 69, said at a rally in Sao Paulo state, a day after admitting he could even seek the presidency again in 2018.

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Colombian President Tours Tense Border City

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city Saturday amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.

"I am here to make sure our fellow Colombians get the services they need," Santos said as he began the tour of Cucuta, a far northeastern city of about 700,00 with close business ties to Venezuela and which has been on edge.

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Tropical Storm Erika Drenches Parched Cuba

Tropical storm Erika broke up as it raked across Cuba on Saturday, drenching the drought-parched island in heavy rain after killing at least 20 people on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center later called off all coastal watches and warnings and said the storm had "dissipated" -- a relief for a dozen Caribbean island nations stalked in recent days by Erika.

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17-Year-Old Migrant Killed in Shootout at Sea with Greek Police

A 17-year-old migrant was killed during a shootout at sea between Greek port police and human smugglers, the government said late Saturday.

"A serious incident occurred off the island of Symi when a yacht carrying 70 migrants from Turkey's western shores tried to illegally enter (Greek waters)," the marine ministry said in a statement.

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Two Police, One Youth Killed in Portugal Shooting

Three people, including two police officers, were killed in a shootout in Portugal on Saturday following a row in a town near Lisbon, police said.

Another person was seriously injured when a man opened fire in Quinta do Conde, around 30 kilometers south of the capital, following what television reports called a row between neighbors.

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Iran's Rouhani Urges Patience over Opposition Leaders

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani signaled Saturday there would be no quick resolution to the house arrest of the reformist political leaders who said an election was rigged in 2009.

Though not mentioned by name, the house arrest of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi was raised at a press conference to mark the start of Rouhani's third year in office.

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Europe Rethinks Train Security after Foiled Jihadist Attack

European countries will increase identity checks and baggage controls on trains after American passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris, France's interior minister said Saturday.

Bernard Cazeneuve said the checks would be carried out "everywhere it is necessary" but did not give other details. He spoke after an emergency meeting in Paris with top security and transport officials from nine countries and the European Union in the wake of last week's attack attempt.

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Chad Executes 10 Boko Haram Suspects by Firing Squad

Chad executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group, Boko Haram, by firing squad Saturday, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N'Djamena.

"They were executed this morning on a shooting ground north of N'Djamena," a judicial source told Agence France Presse. The report was confirmed by a security source who asked not to be identified.

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Tajikistan Accuses Islamic Party of IS Ties

Tajikistan on Saturday accused the country's beleaguered Islamic party of ties with the Islamic State group based mainly in Iraq and Syria.

Members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) have been "in active contact with militants in Syria" and have responded to the militants request to "raise the black flag of IS," an interior ministry spokesman said. 

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Hollande, Merkel, Putin Call for Fresh Summit on Ukraine

The leaders of France, Germany and Russia discussed the Ukraine crisis over the phone on Saturday and agreed to hold a new summit in the coming weeks, said the French presidency.

Francois Hollande, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin once again reaffirmed their support for the "Minsk II" peace measures agreed in February. 

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