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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Venezuela mourns firebrand Chavez
+ EU fines Microsoft over browsers
+ Egypt court cancels elections
+ One million Syrians flee conflict
+ Bolshoi dancer admits acid attack
Venezuelans begin to bid farewell to late President Hugo Chavez, whose body will lie in state for three days to honor the firebrand leftist who ruled the oil-rich nation for 14 years.
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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 Brussels runs into criticism for allowing the US giant to monitor its own commitments.
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Egypt's administrative court orders the cancellation of controversial parliamentary elections scheduled for April 22, which the opposition had vowed to boycott.
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One million Syrians have fled their homeland since a revolt erupted two years ago, the UN says, as fighting between rebels and loyalists rages across central and northern battlefields.
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A leading Bolshoi Ballet soloist confesses to ordering the acid attack on the artistic director of world famous dance company Sergei Filin, in a hate crime for which he could face up to 12 years in jail.
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-- AFRICA --
Kenyans await presidential results with growing frustration at controversial delays and mountains of spoiled ballots, five years after violence sparked by a disputed tallying process.
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DAVEYTON, South Africa
Friends, family and supporters hold a memorial service for a Mozambican man who died in custody after being dragged behind a South African police van, throwing the spotlight again on the country's much-maligned force.
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-- EUROPE --
US cardinals in Rome abruptly cancel their media briefings in a victory for pre-conclave secrecy as workers ready the Sistine Chapel for the historic ceremony to elect the next pope.
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It's an election but there are no campaign posters, no official candidates and even the people who might get voted in to the Vatican's top job protest they absolutely do not want it.
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A rare bright comet shows up in the northern hemisphere this week, cruising past Earth with promise of spectacular naked-eye viewings of the iceball streaking across the twilight sky with a blazing tail.
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Their 2-1 Champions League victory over Manchester United may have been controversial but it topped a fantastic eight days for Real Madrid that have potentially saved their season.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
Residents of the restive Egyptian city of Port Said, plagued by weeks of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces, say they want the reviled police force out their city as calls grow for the army to take control.
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The ill-treatment of Palestinian minors held within the Israeli military detention system is "widespread, systematic and institutionalised," a report by UN children's fund finds.
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Ten years after the US-led invasion on Iraq, ex-UN inspector Hans Blix urges world powers to avoid committing the same error by going to war against Iran based on fears it is developing nuclear weapons.
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-- ASIA --
FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia
Malaysia expands its hunt for armed Filipino invaders who dodged a military assault meant to crush them, as a Philippine guerrilla says more Islamic fighters have arrived.
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Taliban militants have killed 17 captured Afghan soldiers in the far northeast in one of the deadliest single attacks on local forces in recent years, officials say.
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Chinese couples flock to divorce to avoid a new property sales tax imposed by the government, after it left open a loophole for those who end their marriages.
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Australia admits for the first time that a man found hanged in a Tel Aviv jail worked for the Israeli government, but stopped short of confirming he was a Mossad spy.
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-- AMERICAS --
Once held up as a model global citizen, Canada faces growing criticism from aid groups over moves to tie foreign assistance to trade through partnerships with mining and other firms.
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