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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Qaeda source confirms Islamist leader dead in Mali
+ Vote counting under way in Kenya
+ Netanyahu says Iran 'closer' to nuclear red line
An Al-Qaeda source confirms the death of one of the leaders of the organisation's north African wing, in the most significant success yet for the French-led operation against Islamist fighters in Mali.
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Armed men kill 48 Syrians and nine Iraqis as they ambush a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers to the border, the prime minister's spokesman says, vowing to resist attempts to spread Syria's conflict to its neighbour.
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Partial results are trickling in from crucial polls in Kenya, where the turnout topped 70 percent, the conduct of this key ballot tarnished only by a deadly police ambush at the coast and isolated blasts in the northeast.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says diplomacy has so far failed to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program, warning the Islamic republic was getting closer to crossing a crucial "red line."
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-- AMERICAS --
US President Barack Obama tries to ensure his ambitious second-term agenda is not consumed in the poisoned political aftermath of $85 billion budget cuts that threaten to prune economic growth.
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Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and Zara fashion house boss Amancio Ortega top the Forbes billionaires list, but missing Mexican druglord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is dropped and Saudi Prince Alwaleed complains over his ranking.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
US Secretary of State John Kerry says in Riyadh that Washington will work to "empower" Syria's opposition, while warning arch-foe Iran that time for talks on Tehran's nuclear ambitions could run out.
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PORT SAID, Egypt
The main security building in Egypt's Port Said is set ablaze as fighting which cost six lives erupts anew between police and protesters in the restive Suez Canal city, an AFP correspondent said.
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Syrian rebels overrun the northern city of Raqa, scoring their biggest victory since the outbreak of a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad almost two years ago.
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-- EUROPE --
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles after leaving a London hospital following a 24-hour stay, having been assessed for gastroenteritis symptoms.
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All eyes are on designer Hedi Slimane's keenly anticipated second women's collection for Saint Laurent after a debut that ruffled feathers, divided the fashion world and apparently exposed a debate about who was first to show the skinny suit.
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AIDS experts caution against hype of a cure after doctors in the United States suppress HIV in a child born with the virus by administering a potent drug cocktail shortly after birth.
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Catholic cardinals press for more information about the "Vatileaks" scandal at the start of a series of Vatican meetings to prepare for a conclave to elect a new pope after Benedict XVI's sudden resignation.
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-- ASIA --
Thousands of Pakistanis attend funerals for victims of a bombing that killed 48 people in a Shiite Muslim area of Karachi, the latest in a series of devastating attacks ahead of elections.
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A petrol bomb explodes outside the hotel where India's president is staying in Bangladesh as four more protesters die in a wave of violence sparked by the prosecution of local Islamist leaders.
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