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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Pope Francis warns Church of dangers of inaction
+ Obama reaches out to China's new president Xi
+ European Union leaders wrestle with austerity
+ Patients keep HIV at bay despite stopping drugs
Pope Francis warns in his first mass that the troubled Catholic Church risks becoming little more than a charity with no spiritual foundations if it fails to undergo renewal.
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US President Barack Obama wastes no time in courting China's new President Xi Jinping, calling him within hours of his elevation, and then pressing him on cybercrime and North Korea.
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European Union leaders wrestle with German demands for strict austerity and a French-Italian push for growth-friendly spending at a two-day summit coloured by fears that rampant unemployment is destroying the bloc.
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A small French study of 14 HIV patients who have remained healthy for years after stopping drug treatment offers fresh evidence that early medical intervention may lead to a "functional cure" for AIDS, researchers say.
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-- ASIA --
Japan's parliament approves Haruhiko Kuroda as the new central bank governor after he pledged to do "everything possible" to stamp out deflation, in a boost for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his efforts to reinvigorate the economy.
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Li Keqiang is set to be named premier of China by the country's parliament, taking over day-to-day running of the government in the world's second-largest economy in a final step of a once-a-decade power handover.
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Senior Boeing executives are to explain for the first time how they plan to fix the battery system in the grounded Dreamliner, speaking in Japan where a third of the plane is made and where two of its biggest customers are based.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to announce Japan's participation in a huge US-backed free trade deal, reports say, giving the pact much-needed economic weight, but likely angering his own highly protected farmers.
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With its bustling streets, shops and busy restaurants there is little to suggest that ten years ago Amoy Gardens was on the front line of Hong Kong's battle with a virus that killed hundreds and caused a global health crisis.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to formally unveil his long-awaited coalition government that will be sworn in just days before a visit by US President Barack Obama.
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French President Francois Hollande urges Europe's leaders to lift an arms embargo on Syria to help rebels battling for nearly two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
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A coordinated string of bombings and a brazen assault on a ministry near Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone kill 18 people, as a new report says the Iraq war has cost over 120,000 lives.
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-- AMERICAS --
Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's election as Pope Francis has revived a longstanding controversy over his role during the dark days of his homeland's "Dirty War."
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Samsung is fielding a slim, feature-rich Galaxy S4 as its new champion to take on Apple in the fiercely competitive smartphone arena.
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The developing world's rapid growth has sharply cut extreme poverty, created a new middle class and put the economies of Brazil, China and India on a path to overtake the globe's wealthiest nations, the United Nations says.
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Governments and agencies must be wary of flooding Myanmar with well-intentioned but ill-targeted aid, experts warn, admonishing the global community to "first do no harm."
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-- EUROPE --
British Prime Minister David Cameron abandons cross-party talks on press regulation as police for the first time arrest a current national newspaper editor over phone-hacking.
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-- AFRICA --
President Moncef Marzouki swears in a new government to pull Tunisia out of its political and economic crisis, urging patience and saying there is no "magic wand" to solve the country's problems.
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