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+ Hugo Chavez lies in state with open casket
+ Syrian rebels seize 21 UN peacekeepers in Golan
+ EU slaps Microsoft with fine over web browser
+ Frustration grows over Kenya vote count delays
The body of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lies in state in a half-open casket at a Caracas military academy after throngs of weeping supporters swarm the streets of the capital to bid farewell.
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Syrian rebels seize 21 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights between Syria and Israel as the frontiers of their war against President Bashar al-Assad spread further as they take total control of the key northern city of Raqa.
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The EU fines Microsoft 561 million euros ($730 million) for failing to provide customers with a choice of Internet browser as promised but runs into criticism for allowing the US giant to monitor its own commitments.
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The party of Kenyan presidential frontrunner Uhuru Kenyatta describes as suspect the inclusion of a mountain of spoiled ballots in results of elections two days ago, as frustrations grow over the slow pace of the count.
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The death of Hugo Chavez leaves a void in Latin America's leftist leadership and raises questions about the future of the "petro-diplomacy" which helped put Venezuela on the geopolitical map.
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A top Republican delays President Barack Obama's pick for CIA director, drawing support from fellow senators concerned about the administration's refusal to rule out drone strikes on US soil.
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US President Barack Obama meets rival Republican senators for a rare dinner, as he seeks to end an ugly budget stalemate that is clouding his infant second term.
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The trial of New York's so-called "cannibal cop" ends Thursday, leaving the jury with lots of gruesome testimony to digest and one troubling question: at what point does fantasy become real?
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A leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist confesses to ordering the acid attack on the artistic director of the world famous dance company in a hate crime for which he could face up to 12 years in jail.
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With no pope and no government, Rome residents could be forgiven for feeling a little apocalyptic after the first papal resignation in 700 years and an Italian election that could bring down the eurozone.
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The economic crisis in Europe has a silver lining for Asian carmakers which are gaining sales and market share on the continent at the expense of ailing European competitors.
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Egypt's administrative court orders the cancellation of controversial parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22, throwing the country deeper into political crisis.
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In the months after a catastrophic tsunami smashed into Japan, killing 19,000 and sparking a nuclear disaster, optimists said it could mark some kind of much-needed turning point. Now, after two years of political paralysis, some dare to hope an energised new government might actually make a difference.
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When Bangladesh set up a war crimes court in 2010 its stated aim was to heal the wounds from the nation's traumatic birth, but three years on its first verdicts have plunged the country into one of its most turbulent chapters since it broke free from Pakistan four decades ago.
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Asia's best hope for the papacy, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of the Philippines, is a young, electric orator who has been outspoken about the need for Catholic Church leaders to be more open and humble.
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