ENGLAND

TV viewers asked to exercise

One of Britain’s leading broadcasters blacked out its programs for an hour in hopes of spurring viewers to get some exercise. ITV shut down broadcasts on several of its channels Saturday morning as part of its effort to entice U.K. citizens to sports clubs, which are being opened for free this weekend as part of a national event called “I Am Team GB.” Many viewers lauded ITV’s challenge to couch potatoes, describing on social media the activities they’d been inspired to do. Others, predictably, stuck to their sofas and poked fun at the gesture, describing the blank screens as the best entertainment they’d ever seen on ITV. One viewer said his remote-control thumb had a good workout.

COLOMBIA

Final peace talks announced

Top commanders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are preparing to gather one final time in mid-September to ratify a peace accord reached this week with government negotiators and map out the group’s political strategy without weapons. “The historic importance of this event merits that the people of Colombia and the world see firsthand the development and conclusions of what will be the last conference of our armed organization,” the FARC said in a statement Saturday inviting media to cover the 10th conference. The summit will take place Sept. 13-19 in jungled surroundings of San Vicente del Caguan, an area where the rebels have long been dominant.

BRAZIL

Witnesses testify for leader

Brazilian senators on Saturday questioned the last two witnesses summoned by the defense for President Dilma Rousseff in her impeachment trial for allegedly breaking fiscal rules in the management of the federal budget. In the third day of deliberations, senators questioned former Finance Minister Nelson Henrique Barbosa and Rio de Janeiro State University law professor Ricardo Lodi. Several days of debate, including an address by Rousseff on Monday, will culminate in a vote on whether to permanently remove her from office.

SPAIN

Immigration ring targeted

Spanish police said Saturday they arrested 57 people and dismantled an illegal immigration ring giving Chinese citizens Spanish residency permits through fake job contracts as domestic staff. The Spanish National police said Chinese citizens paid the smuggling ring about $8,960 for each fake contract.

Compiled from wire reports