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Two U.N. Drivers Killed as Convoy Attacked in Northern Mali

Two drivers were shot dead in an attack on a peacekeeping supply convoy in northern Mali, authorities said Saturday, the second deadly assault on the United Nations in three days.

The assailants stopped the convoy some 15 kilometres (nine miles) from the main city of Gao and "coldly killed two of the drivers" in the attack Friday, the U.N. Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, said in a statement.

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Sicilian Hotel Offers First Refuge for Migrant Survivors

In the green hills of southeastern Sicily, the Don Bosco Oasis hotel is turning tourists away this season.

Instead, it has taken in 112 African migrants, survivors of the kind of risky, clandestine crossing of the Mediterranean which has cost at least 900 people their lives this year alone.

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Pope Urges Global Response to Italy Boat People Crisis

Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa.

The pontiff's appeal came at the end of a week in which more than 450 people are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean and more than 11,000 other would-be immigrants to Europe have been rescued by Italy's coastguard, merchant ships or vessels involved in a much-criticized European Union maritime border patrol operation.

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Ferry Disaster Protestors, Police Clash in Seoul

Hundreds of protestors clashed with police in Seoul on Saturday after families of the victims of South Korea's ferry disaster were prevented from marching to the president's residence.

An crowd of about 3,000 forced their way through police barricades in their attempt to join a group of some 50 other families who had been staging a 2-day sit-in nearby.

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Lenin Statues Toppled in Government-Held East Ukraine

Masked men have toppled several statues of the Soviet leader Lenin in eastern Ukraine, authorities said Saturday, in a fresh show of anti-Russian sentiment as Kiev battles pro-Moscow separatists.

Two statues were demolished at universities in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv late Friday, shown in videos posted on YouTube, a week after Kiev's parliament approved a law banning Soviet symbols in Ukraine.

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30 Detained as Xenophobic Attacks Simmer in S. Africa

South African police detained more than 30 people overnight as xenophobic violence simmered around the economic hub Johannesburg, officials said on Saturday.

Anti-foreigner violence that erupted in the country's eastern port city of Durban several weeks ago has so far left at least six people dead, spreading to Johannesburg, displacing thousands and sparking alarm at the United Nations and in neighbouring countries.

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Police Shoot Teenage Protester Dead in Indian Kashmir

Indian police shot dead a 16-year-old boy on Saturday during an anti-India demonstration in Kashmir as a separatist strike shut down the Himalayan region on a second day of violent clashes, officials said.

The uncle of the boy said police first detained his nephew before shooting him at point-blank range in front of dozens of other protesters.

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Russian Opposition Parties Link up ahead of 2016 Polls

The marginalized Russian opposition parties of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov and arch Putin foe Alexei Navalny have announced they will form an alliance for legislative polls in 2016.

Nemtsov's RPR-Parnas and Navalny's Party of Progress said Friday they are joining forces to put forward joint candidates at local elections this year and parliamentary polls next year.

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At Least 19 Killed in Tanzanian Mine Collapse

At least 19 Tanzanian gold miners were killed when the pit they were working in collapsed in the northwestern Msalala district, a local government official said Saturday.

"The pit collapsed and buried several people who were working in it, efforts are going on to dig out more bodies," said local district commissioner Benson Mwampesaya, saying 19 bodies had been recovered.

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'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz', 93, Faces Trial in Germany

A former Nazi officer known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" goes on trial in Germany next Tuesday, possibly the last SS member to face punishment after most escaped justice.

Oskar Groening, 93, will be tried on "accessory to murder" charges in 300,000 cases for his role in the deaths of mostly Hungarian Jews deported to the death camp in 1944.

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