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French gendarme who took place of hostage dies of gunshot wounds

PARIS France was in mourning on Saturday for a French security officer who died from gunshot wounds after voluntarily taking the place of a female hostage during a supermarket siege by an Islamist militant. | Video

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Exiled rights activist accuses Bahrain of persecuting kin

DUBAI Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei, a prominent Bahraini rights campaigner exiled in Britain, said on Saturday a Bahraini court had sentenced his wife to two months in jail in absentia this week and that his mother-in-law had begun a hunger strike in jail.

Bahrain, Middle East 12:27pm GMT

Hundreds of thousands set to march for tighter U.S. gun controls

WASHINGTON Hundreds of thousands of Americans are expected to rally nationwide on Saturday for tighter gun laws in "March For Our Lives" protests led by survivors of the Florida school massacre, which reiginited public anger over mass shootings. | Video

12:47pm GMT

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits near Papua New Guinea - USGS

LONDON A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck on Saturday around 180 kilometres (112 miles) southwest of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

12:05pm GMT

Former Catalan leader facing arrest in Finland

HELSINKI/BARCELONA Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont faces arrest in Finland after authorities there received an international warrant for his detention issued by Spain, the latest legal action against separatist politicians from the wealthy northeastern region.

Spain 10:57am GMT

South Korea says North agrees to hold summit preparation talks on March 29

SEOUL North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29 at the border truce village of Panmunjom to prepare for a summit of their leaders planned for April, the South said on Saturday.

3:41am GMT