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'Explosion' dashes San Juan submarine crew survival hopes.

Hopes that the 44 crew of a missing Argentine submarine might still be alive have been dashed after the navy said an event consistent with an explosion had been detected. The "abnormal, singular, short, violent, non-nuclear event" was recorded in the south Atlantic by a nuclear test watchdog last week. Relatives of the missing crew reacted with grief and anger at the news. It follows a US report of a loud noise in the same area.

Deal signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar for the repatriation of Rohingya

Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. Myanmar said it was ready to receive the Rohingyas "as soon as possible". However, aid agencies have raised concerns about a forcible return of the Rohingyas, unless their safety can be guaranteed. The Rohingya are a stateless minority who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar. More than 600,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in the Rakhine state late in August.

Papuva New Guinea police enter Manus asylum centre, Australia confirms

Police in Papua New Guinea have entered a former Australian-run detention centre in a bid to get asylum seekers who remain there to leave, the Australian government has confirmed.


NASA unveils stunning ‘farewell image’ of Saturn

NASA has released a stunning view of the Saturn and its splendid rings and moons, captured by the spacecraft “Cassini” during the final leg of its 20-year-long epic journey in space. Launched in 1997, Cassini orbited Saturn from 2004 to 2017.


Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year rule

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has resigned, bringing an end to 37 years of rule and sparking jubilant celebrations in the nation's streets. A letter from Mr Mugabe read out by the speaker of parliament said the decision was voluntary and he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power. The news abruptly halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him. The ruling Zanu-PF party says former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa will succeed Mr Mugabe, in power since 1980.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi hopes to strike a deal with Bangladesh this week on Rohingya repatriation

After addressing the 13th Asia Europe Meeting yesterday, Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi today hoped to strike a deal with Bangladesh by the end of this week with regard to the “safe and voluntary return” of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the past three months. She hopes that the discussions would result in a Memorandum of Understanding which would enable Myanmar to start the Rohingya repatriation process. Her less than two-year old civilian government has faced heavy international criticism for its response to the crisis, although in reality it has no control over the military generals with whom it had to share power since Myanmar's transition to power after decades of military rule.

Zimbabwe's ruling party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party is set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on charges that include allowing his wife "to usurp constitutional power". The motion is now due to be presented to parliament on Tuesday.


Rare Tintin art fetches 500,000 dollars at Paris auction

A rare Indian-ink drawing of the cartoon character Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy has been sold for almost 500,000 US dollars at an auction in Paris. The picture from the 1939 comic album “King Ottokar's Sceptre” was among the many items sketched by Hergé, the Belgian artist who created The Adventures of Tintin.


Zimbabwe's Mugabe 'resists calls to resign'

Zimbabwe's long-time President Robert Mugabe is reportedly refusing to step down immediately, despite growing calls for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Wednesday, amid a power struggle over who would succeed him.


Da Vinci artwork sells for a record price of 450 million dollars

A 500-year-old painting of Jesus Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record price of 450 million dollars.


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