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Alonso edges Chelsea past Southampton


Marco Alonso's free-kick on the stroke of half-time gave champions Chelsea their second Premier League win of the week with a 1-0 victory over Southampton Saturday.

US, Canada to begin talks in 2018 on Columbia River deal


Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of the Columbia River Treaty.

Vatican returns shrunken 'warrior' head to Ecuador


The Vatican museum has returned a shrunken head to Ecuador, relinquishing the wizened cranium of an Amazon warrior nearly 100 years after it was taken by a missionary.

Mammoth skeleton sells for $645,000 at French auction


The nearly intact skeleton of a woolly mammoth that lived at least 10,000 years ago was sold at auction for more than a half million euros Saturday in the southeastern French city of Lyon.

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves


Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more than 100 children are buried there.

Anti-Erdogan Turks rescued in Greek waters


Thirty-two Turkish nationals, reportedly opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, were rescued by a patrol boat in the Aegean Sea, the Greek coastguard said Saturday.

Germans Friedrich, Schneider take European bobsled titles


Francesco Friedrich won a two-man bobsled World Cup race Saturday to give Germany its second European title of the day, hours after Stephanie Schneider won the women's race.

Tunisia in new delay of first post-revolt local poll


A new date next May has been set for Tunisia's first post-revolt municipal elections, already long delayed, polling officials said Saturday.

Ouch! Sea lions attack swimmers in San Francisco Bay


Hearty souls that brave the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay for a morning dip have a new reason to shiver: attacks by sea lions, including one that nearly netted a guy's genitals.

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process


The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration.

Argentina fires head of navy after submarine tragedy


Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said Saturday.

Libya's coast guard rescues over 270 migrants


A Libyan official says coast guards have rescued at least 270 migrants off Libya's eastern coast.

Benteke ends goal drought as Palace beats Leicester 3-0


Christian Benteke ended a 13-game goal drought for Crystal Palace in a 3-0 victory at Leicester in the Premier League Saturday.

Romanians join European royals for king's state funeral


Tens of thousands of Romanians joined European royals to pay their respects to late King Michael who was remembered for his dignity and morality, as he was given a state funeral Saturday.

Aoun oversees military examinations


Head of the Lebanese military Gen. Joseph Aoun Saturday dropped by the Rafik Hariri campus of the Lebanese University in Hadath to meet prospective Army cadets about to sit a test for Lebanon’s Military Academy.

Saudi relations not strained says Hariri


Prime Minister Saad Hariri Saturday denied that his relationship with Saudi Arabia had been strained since he announced his now-rescinded resignation on Nov. 4. and said he would be vigilant to ensure parties complied with the policy of dissociation.

Four police hurt in clashes with Saint-Etienne ultras


Four French police officers were hurt during clashes outside Saint-Etienne's stadium after Monaco crushed the home team, police and local government said Saturday.

Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal


Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off


The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader.

Switzerland expels French-Tunisian man over terror fears


Swiss police said Saturday they had expelled a person facing criminal charges in Switzerland for suspected links to a terrorist group, over fears he poses a threat to national security.