BAKU, Dec 5 (Bernama) -- Azerbaijan is planning to increase the number of its peacekeeping personnel in Afghanistan next year, Azerbaijan's Azertac news agency reported, quoting the Defence Ministry as saying.

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-Xinhua) -- Efforts to locate an Argentine submarine that went missing in the south Atlantic in mid-November will continue as long as needed, naval spokesman Enrique Balbi said.

SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- Brazil's prosecutor general officially presented money laundering and criminal association charges against six people, including a former federal minister and a congressman, Brazilian media reported.

MEXICO CITY, Dec 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-AGENCIES) -- The United Nations said the Mexican government is struggling to keep journalists safe and prosecute their oppressors, after officials toured regions of the country that are among the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

MEXICO CITY, Dec 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-TELESUR) -- The grim toll of Mexico's ongoing destabilization and crime-related bloodshed has been made all-too-clear by members of social movement Vida Group - Victims for Your Rights in Action, who have located the skeletal remains of what are thought to be about 3,000 people near the community of San Antonio del Alto in the Matamoros municipality of Coahuila state.

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-SA NEWS) -- South African Airways (SAA) has re-assured its Muslim customers that it maintains the the highest halal requirements and standards in food preparation.

HARARE, Dec 5 (BERNAMA-NNN-NEW ZIANA) -- The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has authorised the resumption of hippopotamus sport hunting in Mozambique.