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What's happening around the world on Sunday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Kerry wraps up Egypt visit, heads for Saudi

+ China power transfer meeting opens in Beijing

+ Swiss voters to vote on curbing fat cats pay

CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry wraps up a two-day visit to Egypt, where he is pushing for an end to the country's violence-wracked political impasse, before heading to Riyadh where he is to meet his counterparts from the six member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (EGYPT-US-DIPLOMACY)

BEIJING: A week-long meeting of China's top advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, in which thousands of delegates from across the country are expected to seal a power transfer to new leaders, opens in Beijing (CHINA-CONGRESS-CPPCC)

GENEVA: Switzerland holds a referendum on measures to rein in big salaries and bonuses for business leaders, especially the so-called golden parachutes for executives leaving a company. Results expected around 1300 GMT (SWITZERLAND-REFERENDUM-BUSINESS-WAGE)

----- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS -----

BANGKOK: Conservationists from around the world converge in Bangkok for key endangered species talks, as host Thailand faces pressure to curb rampant ivory smuggling through its territory. From 0400 GMT (ENVIRONMENT-WILDLIFE-CITES)

BEIJING: A week-long meeting of China's top advisory body the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, in which thousands of delegates from across the country are expected to seal power transfer to new leaders, opens in Beijing (CHINA-CONGRESS-CPPCC)

NAIROBI: With official campaigning over, Kenyans get ready for elections on Monday, the first polls since a bloody 2007-2008 post-election conflict. (KENYA-VOTE-POLITICS)

DHAKA: The largest Islamic party in Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami calls a nation-wide strike to protest against the trial of its leaders on war crime charges as the death toll from spiralling violence nears 60 (BANGLADESH-POLITICS-WARCRIMES-UNREST)

GAO/BAMAKO: French and Malian troops seek to flesh out rebels around Gao, the main city in northern Mali, as Algeria tries to confirm the reported killing of Abou Zeid, Al-Qaeda's top commander in Mali (MALI-CONFLICT)

KUALA LUMPUR: Monitoring after Malaysia threatened to take "drastic action" against intruding followers of a self-proclaimed Filipino sultan who have vowed to dig in following a shootout that killed 14 people (MALAYSIA-PHILIPPINES-CRIME-SECURITY-ISLAM)

DAMASCUS: Monitoring as fighting continues to rage in Syria despite a flurry of diplomatic activity aiming to bring an end to the nearly two-year conflict (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

JERUSALEM: Tracking negotiations to form a new coalition government, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a two-week ultimatum to complete the task (ISRAEL-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT)

WASHINGTON: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak addresses the opening day of the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. AT 2200 GMT (US-ISRAEL-DIPLOMACY-POLITICS)

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