Paramaribo (Suriname) (AFP) - Desi Bouterse, the colorful dictator-turned-president who has ruled Suriname on and off since 1980, is looking to consolidate power when the small South American country holds general elections on Monday.

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) - Burundian anti-government protesters began a two-day truce Saturday after almost a month of deadly violence triggered by the president's bid for a third term culminating in a deadly grenade attack Friday.

Tanhuato de Guerrero (Mexico) (AFP) - Mexican federal forces killed at least 42 suspected cartel members Friday during a three-hour gunfight on a ranch in a violence-torn western region, marking one of the drug war's bloodiest battles.

San Salvador (AFP) - Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero is set to be beatified Saturday, cementing his legacy among Catholics after decades of controversy over his defense of the poor and repressed, which divided both El Salvador and the Church.

Cannes (France) (AFP) - Cannes' Palme d'Or and other prizes to be handed out at the closing ceremony of the film festival on Sunday will be decided by a jury mostly made up of star actors and directors:

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