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Los Angeles, U.S., Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The funeral of American singer Aretha Franklin, known worldwide as the queen of soul, will be on August 31, in Detroit, confirmed her spokeswoman and representative, Gwendolyn Quinn.

Accra, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The international community today paid tribute to the former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, who died in a hospital in Switzerland at the age of 80.

La Paz, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia''s President Evo Morales described as a ''covert invasion'' of Latin America the U.S. pretext for humanitarian aid to Venezuelans living in Colombia.

Quito, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Earthquakes of magnitude 2.9 and 4.2 on the Richter scale shook the Andean provinces of Pichincha and the coastal province of Manabi, Ecuador, without reporting victims or material damage, official sources reported.

Beijing, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Chinese Foreign Ministry today expressed strong objections to a Pentagon report on the military development and security of the Asian country.

San Juan Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Governor Ricardo Rossello Nevares declared that the estimated number of working people in Puerto Rico today exceeds one million, an unprecedented figure in the last five years.

New Delhi, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Pakistan''s acting Justice Minister Syed Ali Zafar met with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and extended condolences to Pakistan over the death of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Brasilia, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Brazil faces today the threat of joining the list of ''countries without law and without democracy'', warned the national president of the Workers'' Party (PT), Gleisi Hoffmann.

United Nations, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, lamented today the death of Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan, who was a guiding force for good.

Geneva, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan died in Switzerland at the age of 80, according to the family and the foundation created by the Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Doha, Aug 18 (Prensa Latina) Qatar''s authorities began today to take sanitary measures in order to avoid improper manipulations in animal slaughter during the Eid Al-Adha.