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LISBON, Portugal — Angola's UNITA rebels will fight on despite the latest overtures to end the African nation's long-running civil war, a senior UNITA official said in a radio interview transcript sent to Reuters.


BUENOS AIRES — Thousands of Argentines, from middle class businessmen to the unemployed, took to streets to bang pots and pans in the biggest protest yet against a new government as it struggles to end a massive financial crisis.


SYDNEY — Hunger strikes and attempted suicides by asylum seekers have spread to a third Australian detention center after four detainees at a camp in the far northwest were taken to hospital after swallowing disinfectant.


SARAJEVO — About 100 supporters of six Algerian terrorism suspects in U.S. custody protested in Bosnia, kneeling in the snow to pray for the men and demanding to know where they had been taken.


RIO DE JANEIRO — At least five people have died in Rio de Janeiro of hemorrhagic dengue fever amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease, and the number of infected has more than doubled since last week to 2,338, authorities said.

BRASILIA — The kidnapping and murder of a Brazilian mayor just as the country's presidential race was warming up could push public safety up the electoral agenda, political analysts say.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canada's provincial premiers agreed the country's publicly funded health-care system needs major changes to survive but sidestepped debate over the private sector's role in an institution many Canadians say helps define this nation.


BOGOTA — Colombia's ruling Conservative Party appointed former Finance Minister Juan Camilo Restrepo Friday as its candidate for presidential elections on May 26.


QUITO — Ecuador could face up to 11,000 refugees in a six-month period if Colombia's 38-year-old war intensifies, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said.


LIBREVILLE — Ebola has claimed five more victims in Gabon, news reports said, bringing the death toll from the disease in two Central African countries to 34.

LIBREVILLE — Gabon's government resigned, as it was required to after the release of parliamentary election results, to make way for a Cabinet expected to include opposition members.


BAGHDAD — A team from the global nuclear watchdog team arrived in Baghdad to carry out a routine annual inspection at a time when Iraq is under close scrutiny by the United States.


ROME — In a strike against Italy's top Mafia boss, police have arrested 28 people in Sicily accused of sheltering the elusive Bernardo Provenzano, a name on the country's wanted list for nearly four decades.

ROME — Italian police said they had broken up an airline parts counterfeit ring, arresting six people accused of selling irregular equipment to major airlines including unspecified U.S. carriers.


MEXICO CITY — A baby, who became a cause celebre after she was snatched from her mother's arms in a Mexico City hospital last month, may have been found, police said. Officials said they have hopes the 1-month-old child belongs to Veronica Flores, who has staged a hospital sit-in and granted daily television interviews in a bid to pressure police to solve the case.


THE HAGUE — Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has been called to appear at The Hague war crimes tribunal next week for a hearing to resolve a wrangle over whether to split proceedings against him into two trials.


ABUJA — Nigerian police fired tear gas and live ammunition Friday to quell rioting around the main market of the capital Abuja that left several people wounded, witnesses said.

Northern Ireland

BELFAST — Police said they discovered a cache of dissident Irish Republican Army weaponry and arrested four people after using sledgehammers to break through the front door of a home.


CARACAS — A collision between a bus and a pickup truck in southwestern Venezuela killed 11 people and left 30 others injured, a Civil Defense official said.