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Duty Editor: Jitendra Joshi

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ India gang-rape suspect hangs himself in jail

+ US, South Korea hold drills as Pyongyang rages

+ Venezuela opposition leader to run in election

+ Japan marks 2nd anniversary of tsunami-quake

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NEW DELHI

The main accused in the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi is found hanged in prison while in solitary confinement, prompting outrage from the victim's family who say they were cheated of justice.

650 words 0630 GMT by Rupam Jain Nair. Graphic. Picture. Video

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SEOUL

South Korean and US troops launch a joint military exercise as an infuriated North Korea, which has threatened both countries with nuclear attack, severs its hotline with Seoul.

650 words 0630 GMT by Jung Ha-Won. Graphic. Picture. File Video

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CARACAS

Venezuela enters a bitter election race to succeed Hugo Chavez, with his chosen successor branding his challenger a "fascist" after the opposition candidate accused him of lying about the late leader's death.

750 words 0530 GMT by Laurent Thomet. Graphic. Picture. Video

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ISHINOMAKI, Japan

Japan marks the second anniversary of a ferocious tsunami that claimed nearly 19,000 lives and sparked the worst nuclear accident in a generation, with tens of thousands still living in temporary housing to this day.

750 words 0600 GMT by Antoine Bouthier. Graphic. Picture. Video

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-- ASIA --

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KABUL

President Hamid Karzai accuses the United States of colluding with the Taliban to justify its presence in Afghanistan, dumbfounding US officials during a problematic visit by the new Pentagon chief.

700 words 0830 GMT by Mathieu Rabechault. Graphic. Picture. Video

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SYDNEY

Computer networks at the Reserve Bank of Australia have been hacked, some reportedly by Chinese-developed malware searching for sensitive information, although officials insist no data was lost.

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-- AFRICA --

 

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LAGOS

Britain, Italy and Greece say that a claim by a Nigerian Islamist group that it had killed seven foreign hostages appears to be true, while London denies it sought to stage a rescue.

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NAIROBI

Far from having been a handicap, Uhuru Kenyatta's indictment for crimes against humanity galvanised his supporters, giving the already formidable machinery of his coalition the edge, analysts say.

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  -- MIDDLE EAST --

 

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DAMASCUS

Syrian insurgents launch a surprise dawn raid to retake a key district of the central city of Homs, as Islamists set up a religious council to administer rebel-held areas of the oil-rich east.

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            Syria-conflict-anniversary-refugees,SCENE

            Syria-conflict-anniversary-military,FACTS

 

   -- EUROPE --

 

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VATICAN CITY

Cardinals will hold a final set of meetings on Monday before they are locked away to choose a new pope to lead the Catholic Church through troubled times.

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LONDON

Falkland Islanders vote in a referendum intended to send a message to the world that they want to stay British, in defiance of increasingly bellicose claims to the territory by Argentina.

600 words 0830 GMT by Alice Ritchie. Picture. Video. Graphic

 

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PARIS

Scans of mummies from as long ago as 2,000 BC have revealed that ancient people also had clogged arteries, a condition blamed on modern vices like smoking, overeating and inactivity, a study says.

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-- AMERICAS --

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MONTREAL

The most high-profile Canadian criminal case in years lands in a Montreal court on Monday as a former porn actor faces charges of slaying and dismembering a Chinese student.

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AUSTIN, Texas

With his Hollywood career in high gear and his new film "Mud" out soon in US theaters, Matthew McConaughey says he feels no pressing need to put acting aside for a turn behind the cameras.

600 words 0545 GMT by Robert MacPherson

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