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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Pope warns Church of dangers of inaction
+ Obama reaches out to China's new leader
+ Netanyahu to unveil coalition government
+ EU leaders wrestle with austerity
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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President Barack Obama wastes no time getting to know China's new president Xi Jinping, pressing him on cyber crime and North Korea in a telephone call, while announcing the dispatch of top cabinet members to Beijing.
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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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European Union leaders wrestle over German demands for strict austerity and a French-led push for growth-friendly spending at a summit targeted by thousands of protesters angry at rampant unemployment.
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-- NEW POPE --
The election of Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis has revived a longstanding controversy over the church's role during the dark days of his homeland's "dirty war".
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Pope Francis could use his mandate as the first pope from the Americas and his reputation as a Vatican outsider to stamp his authority on the scandal-hit Catholic Church, analysts say.
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-- AMERICAS --
With the US election over, soul-searching Republicans gather at a key conservative casting call locked in a struggle over how to broaden their appeal on the long political road to 2016.
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If the European Union can secure a free trade deal with Canada it could serve as a "beach-head" before marathon trans-Atlantic negotiations on a far larger accord with the United States, French and Canadian leaders say.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
US President Barack Obama says ahead of a first visit to Israel that Iran is "over a year or so" from developing a nuclear bomb and that military action remains an option to avoid such a scenario.
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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, in the Iraqi capital's deadliest violence this month.
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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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-- ASIA --
China's parliament names Xi Jinping as president, four months after he took charge of the Communist Party with pledges of reform that have raised hopes but so far yielded little change.
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President Hamid Karzai says he wanted to "correct" rather than damage US-Afghan relations, after a storm of protest over his recent anti-US remarks.
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A major meeting on the plight of endangered species wraps up with a victory for shark conservationists and increased pressure on countries to curb rampant illegal trade in ivory.
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-- AFRICA --
Ali Larayedh becomes Tunisia's new Islamist premier, taking over from his predecessor Hamadi Jebali and facing the task of ending a political and economic crisis gripping the country.
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