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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Venezuela's Chavez dies, early elections loom
+ Bolshoi soloist among confessions on acid attack
+ Dow Jones Index spikes to all-time record high
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez loses his battle with cancer, his death silencing the leading voice of the Latin American left and putting the oil-rich nation on a path to early elections.
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All three suspects detained over the acid attack on the Bolshoi ballet's artistic director, including leading soloist and the suspected mastermind Pavel Dmitrichenko, have confessed their guilt, Moscow police say.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average powers to an all-time record high exactly four years after hitting bottom in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
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-- DEATH OF HUGO CHAVEZ --
Latin America mourns the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as the United States expresses hope his passing will lead to improved relations with the oil-rich state.
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The United States has long hoped that a post-Chavez era could herald a new era in ties with Venezuela, but allegations of a US plot to kill the leftist leader show any rapprochement is still far off.
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-- ASIA --
FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia
Malaysian authorities escalate their search for violent Filipino invaders who apparently dodged a military assault designed to crush their armed incursion, as a Philippine guerrilla warns more fighters are joining the fray.
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Shares in Sharp soar as the company's board reportedly approves a tie up that would make South Korean rival Samsung its biggest foreign shareholder, highlighting the fading fortunes of Japan's hard-hit electronics giants.
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-- EUROPE --
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
Cristiano Ronaldo scores the decisive goal as Real Madrid controversially come from behind to win 2-1 at Manchester United and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
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The Bank of England must decide this week whether to pump out more cash stimulus to boost a British economy at risk of its third recession since the 2008 global financial crisis
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-- AMERICAS --
The UN Security Council will on Thursday ban racing cars for North Korea and order an international hunt for its diplomats carrying suitcases of cash, but no one expects Pyongyang to halt its nuclear shock tactics.
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The US Senate Intelligence Committee endorses John Brennan to be the next CIA director, after the White House turned over secret memos on the targeted killing of Americans.
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The founder of an extreme fetish website used by New York's "cannibal cop" testifies that online chats about women being eaten were a typical fantasy and compares the forum to Facebook.
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-- AFRICA --
Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces an international crimes against humanity trial, holds a strong lead in the second day in tallying votes cast in Kenya's presidential election, the first since disputed polls five years ago sparked a wave of violence.
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France says that dozens of Islamist militants have been killed in the bloodiest phase of the Mali conflict to date, but it remains unclear if key commander Mokhtar Belmokhtar was among them.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
President Bashar al-Assad says his regime has defeated the "conspiracy" against Syria, even as rebels overrun a provincial capital and capture its governor in the biggest coup of their revolt.
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