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Duty Editor: Laura Mannering Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Venezuela candidates register for post-Chavez poll

+ Falkland Islands vote in referendum on status

+ Kenya's new president vows to work with rivals

+ Suu Kyi re-elected as Myanmar opposition leader

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CARACAS

Venezuelan political parties begin registering candidates after a snap election is called for April 14, setting the stage for a tough campaign to succeed the late president Hugo Chavez.

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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.

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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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YANGON

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, re-elected as head of Myanmar's long-silenced opposition, urges her party to overcome divisions and "seize the moment" to sweep to power in elections in 2015.

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-- ASIA --

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BEIJING

China is to effectively abolish its scandal-plagued railways ministry as part of a sweep of government reforms intended to tackle inefficiency and corruption, a top official tells parliament, but analysts express doubts.

600 words 0530 GMT by Carol Huang

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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.

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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.

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-- AMERICAS --

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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.

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WASHINGTON

How important were Twitter, Facebook and other social media in toppling regimes in the Arab Spring uprisings? An upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference.

800 words 0545 GMT by Rob Lever

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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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.

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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.

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-- EUROPE --

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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.

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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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