BERLIN -- Germany's commissioner to the European Union said Saturday that he expects a future aid package for Greece to amount to a little more than $13.36 billion -- which is much smaller than the country's existing two rescue deals.
Guenther Oettinger, the EU's energy commissioner and a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling conservative party, said the third aid package should cover the years 2014-16.
In two bailout packages so far, Greece's European partners and the International Monetary Fund have committed $320 billion in loans. Last week, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said there will have to be another aid program after the current one expires next year.
Activists fight for Amazon
BOGOTA, Colombia -- The fight over a pristine swath of Ecuador's Amazon began taking shape in recent days, as defenders of the area laid the groundwork for a national referendum aimed at keeping oil companies out of the region.
The Yasuni-ITT Initiative, as it is known, is popular in Ecuador, where more than 80 percent of the population backs the plan. On Thursday, a coalition of environmental and indigenous groups took a proposed referendum question to the Constitutional Court.
President Rafael Correa says the country needs the oil resources to fight poverty, and he has bristled at the idea of a referendum.
Third arrested in rape case
MUMBAI, India -- The Mumbai police said Saturday evening that they had arrested a third suspect in the gang rape of a photojournalist who was attacked last week while on assignment.
"The third accused, Siraj Rehman Khan, was arrested a few hours ago and has been taken into police custody," said Madhukar Chaudhury, assistant police inspector at the N.M. Joshi Marg police station.
The photojournalist, a 22-year-old woman, was assaulted by five men Thursday night in Shakti Mills, an abandoned textile mill, where she was taking photographs for an English-language magazine. Her male colleague was tied up and beaten, according to police reports.
Mumbai police said more than 20 teams were searching for the other suspects.
Mandela critical but stable
JOHANNESBURG -- Former President Nelson Mandela's health remains critical but stable, the South African government said Saturday, but doctors are required to make "medical interventions" when his health becomes unstable, according to a statement from the office of President Jacob Zuma.
Mr. Mandela is 95 and has been in the hospital since June. He was first admitted for a recurrence of a lung infection, the government said, but his health has deteriorated and he has been in critical condition for months.
Microsoft enters S. Africa
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa's government, having failed to bring affordable Internet to the continent's largest economy in its almost 20 years of democracy, is giving Microsoft a shot.
The software maker began a trial in the northeastern province of Limpopo last month that taps unused slices of television spectrum to provide online access to remote townships. Potential partners include state-controlled Telkom and MWEB ISP, a unit of Africa's biggest media company Naspers, said two people familiar with the matter.
The ruling African National Congress has pledged to extend broadband access to every citizen by the end of this decade.