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AFP 0100 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: Mike Patterson Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Venezuela sets date for post-Chavez poll

+ Egypt riot sentences spark deadly unrest

+ Kenyan president vows to work with rivals

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CARACAS

Venezuela calls snap elections to succeed Hugo Chavez on April 14, setting the stage for a tough campaign between the late leader's political heir and the opposition in the divided oil-rich nation.

800 words 0130 GMT by Laurent Thomet. Graphic. Picture. Video

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CAIRO

A court verdict over deadly football violence sparks fresh unrest in Egypt, with two people killed and buildings torched in Cairo, as Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces growing civil unrest.

850 words moved by Samer al-Atrush Zayan. Picture. Video

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NAIROBI

Uhuru Kenyatta narrowly wins Kenya's presidential election, urging calm and pledging to work with rivals and cooperate with the international community.

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-- ASIA --

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YANGON

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition wraps up its historic first congress, finalising its leadership line-up as it faces infighting that has overshadowed the launch of its bid to rule Myanmar after 2015 polls.

600 words at 0400 GMT by Kelly Macnamara

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GOA, India

India's Catholics may account for less than two percent of the country's population but they will be Asia's most powerful voice in the election to choose a new pope.

650 words 0300 GMT by Lita Barretto. Picture

Also moving: Vatican-SriLanka-religion-pope-Ranjith,PROFILE

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SEOUL

The Korean peninsula will become a practice battlefield next week, with both North and South staging large-scale military drills as escalating tensions keep their armies on a hair trigger.

650 words 0200 GMT by Park Chan-Kyong

-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama's pledge to raise the minimum wage by 24 percent has divided economists and businesses who warn it could threaten recent improvements in jobless numbers.

800 words 0130 GMT by Jeremy Tordjman

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WASHINGTON

A decision to scrap a post-9/11 ban on pocket knives being carried by passengers on US aircraft has triggered an angry backlash from pilots, flight attendants and airline chiefs.

700 words 0130 GMT by Chantal Valery

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SAN FRANCISCO

Powerful Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg is out to make herself less of an anomaly with her book "Lean In" and a campaign to inspire women to pursue their passions at work and at home.

700 words 0130 GMT by Glenn Chapman

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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BEIRUT

As the Arab Spring blossomed two years ago, a heady breeze brought hopes of democracy, human rights and a better life to countries across the Middle East and North Africa, including Syria.

800 words 0200 GMT by Rita Daou. File Picture. Video

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-- EUROPE --

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LONDON

Falkland Islanders hold a referendum to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, although Argentina has already dismissed the vote as illegal.

800 words 0200 GMT by Danny Kemp. Picture. Video

Also moving: Britain-Falklands-Argentina-referendum-energy-oil

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VATICAN CITY

Catholic cardinals from around the world gather in the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to begin a conclave to elect a new pope in an unprecedented papal transition after Benedict XVI's historic resignation.

900 words 0230 GMT by Dario Thuburn. Graphic. Picture. Video

Also moving: Vatican-religion-pope-state,FACTS

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-- AFRICA --

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JOHANNESBURG

Global peace icon and former statesman Nelson Mandela is hospitalised for a "scheduled medical check-up" months after he underwent treatment for lung infection and gallstones.

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LAGOS

Nigerian Islamist group Ansaru claims to have killed seven foreign hostages abducted from a construction site last month in the country's restive north, SITE Intelligence Group says, but there is no immediate confirmation from Nigerian authorities or the countries the hostages are said to be from.

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