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President leaves hospital

President Cristina Fernandez, who has faced recurring medical problems, was released from hospital on Sunday after a new health crisis that forced her to cancel a trip to this week’s G20 summit. The Argentine leader, 61, who was hospitalized the previous week with fever and stomach pains, was diagnosed as having an intestinal infection. Doctors allowed her to leave hospital, but have ordered her to rest for 10 days, her office said. Fernandez had to cancel her attendance at the G20 summit later this week in Brisbane, Australia. The nation is to be represented instead by Economy Minister Axel Kicillof and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman. It is the third time in less than a year that Fernandez, who is in her last year in office, has been sidelined by health issues. She was waylaid for several days last month by pharyngitis and in July Fernandez was sidelined for several days by laryngitis, forcing her to cancel a trip to Paraguay.


Seven guerrillas jailed

An indigenous court convicted seven Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas of murdering two leaders of the Nasa tribe in western Colombia on Sunday, sentencing them to between 40 and 60 years in jail, and 20 lashes. The harshest sentence — 60 years in prison — was handed down to Carlos Ivan Silva, who confessed to killing two native leaders on Wednesday. The victims were removing billboards praising late FARC leader Guillermo Leon Saenz, also known as Alfonso Cano, when they were murdered. Four other defendants were sentenced to 40 years each for having “fired indiscriminately on other members of the community” alongside Silva. Two teenagers also arrested were sentenced to 20 lashes and will be held at a rehabilitation center until they are 18, at which point a new assembly will reconsider their cases. When crimes are committed in Aboriginal territory, the punishment for the accused is decided by the community and not the justice system.


Bomb attacks kill 10 cops

Bombs struck three cities, including the capital Kabul, on Monday, killing at least 10 police officers, officials said, a day after a Taliban suicide bomber penetrated police headquarters in Kabul killing at least one person. In Kabul, a magnetic bomb planted in a flower bed near a university wounded three people, while seven police were killed in Logar Province when a suicide bomber blew himself up at police headquarters, echoing Sunday’s attack in the capital. In Nangarhar Province, three policemen were killed by a bomb planted in a rickshaw, officials said.


Group pledges IS allegiance

The nation’s deadliest militant group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), in a recording posted on its Twitter account on Monday. “We announce our pledge of allegiance to the caliph Ibrahim Ibn Awad... to listen and obey,” the audio recording said, referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The group has waged a campaign of violence from its Sinai Peninsula stronghold that has killed scores of police officers and soldiers since the Egyptian army ousted former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in July last year. Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said the announcement would make no difference to the fight against the militants. “They are just different names for the same terrorists,” he said.

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