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+ N. Korea severs Seoul hotline after new sanctions
+ Bin Laden son-in-law faces terror charges in US
+ Venezuela says will embalm Chavez 'like Lenin'
North Korea announces it is voiding non-aggression pacts with South Korea and severing a hotline with Seoul, hours after the UN Security Council adopted tough new sanctions on Pyongyang.
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Osama bin Laden's son-in-law has been captured and is due to appear in court in New York on Friday on charges he plotted with the Al-Qaeda leader to stage attacks on Americans.
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Venezuelans flock to see president Hugo Chavez lying in state, as his political heir reveals that his body will be embalmed "like Lenin" and displayed in the barracks where he plotted a failed coup.
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-- AMERICAS --
The US Senate confirms counterterrorism expert John Brennan as CIA director after the White House douses a fierce debate over the potential domestic use of armed drones, which could have delayed filling the crucial post.
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John Kerry, who has just returned from his first overseas trip as secretary of state, wowed his European hosts with his deep knowledge of the continent and his insistence on the strength of transatlantic ties.
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Nearly 75 years after "The Wizard of Oz," Disney has crafted a new story about the magical kingdom by going back to its creator, in what is tipped to be a blockbuster movie opening this weekend.
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The UN presses on with negotiations to secure the release of 21 peacekeepers abducted in Syria as regime warplanes pound the northern city of Raqa after it fell into rebel hands.
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-- EUROPE --
Catholic cardinals from around the world put off a decision on when to begin a conclave to elect the next pope, instead debating Vatican finances and a reform of the bureaucracy.
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An Italian court sentences former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to a year in prison over the publication of leaked transcripts from a police wiretap in a newspaper in his media empire.
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The Falkland Islands will vote in a referendum on Sunday and Monday which residents hope will send a crystal-clear message to Argentina and the world about their strong desire to stay British.
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-- AFRICA --
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visits French troops in northern Mali, where the military says they have killed 150 Islamist rebels over the past month.
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The vote in Kenya's close election race has been "doctored", presidential hopeful and current runner-up Raila Odinga's camp says, calling for calm as counting continues.
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-- ASIA --
Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition holds its first ever party conference, as it sets its sights on the challenges of power in Myanmar after long years in the political wilderness.
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The tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011 created the biggest single dumping of rubbish, sweeping some five million tonnes of shattered buildings, cars, household goods and other rubble into the sea.
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When Vietnam's communist leaders asked for public comment on their plan to amend the country's constitution they did not anticipate unleashing an unprecedented debate on the party's monopoly on power.
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