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+ Israel's Netanyahu officially forms government
+ Pope Francis wants 'poor Church for the poor'
+ Swiss tourist gang-raped in India
+ Defeated Kenyan PM challenges election results
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu formally notifies President Shimon Peres that after 40 days of tortuous negotiations he has formed a new government and ensured himself a third term as prime minister.
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Pope Francis calls for "a poor Church for the poor" at an audience with the world's press, part of the new pontiff's outreach charaterized by an informal style unusual in the Vatican halls of power.
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A Swiss tourist was gang-raped in central India in front of her husband, police say, renewing the focus on the issue of sexual violence against women in the South Asian nation.
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Outgoing Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga lodges a formal legal challenge over the outcome of presidential elections that saw him defeated by his rival Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Barack Obama is a closet Marxist; liberty, freedom and the American way are under attack; and the federal government is waging a campaign to indoctrinate families. Welcome to CPAC.
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The United States is ready to abandon the final phase of its European missile defense system, a US official says, in a move that could revive arms control talks with Russia.
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US Lieutenant Timothy McLaughlin's Iraq diary is not an introspective journal, but 10 years after the invasion its terse, staccato account of a young man's war holds a powerful charge.
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-- AFRICA --
Zimbabweans vote on a new constitution that would curb President Robert Mugabe's powers and pave the way for crucial elections in a country plagued by political violence.
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The African Union's Peace and Security Council arrives in Sudan on Sunday to meet African peacekeepers serving in the troubled Darfur region, official media says, after fresh government-rebel clashes.
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Hundreds of fighters from Congolese rebel group M23 take refuge in Rwanda after fighting with a rival faction led by Sultani Makenga.
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Hundreds of Iraqis commemorate 25 years since Saddam Hussein's forces gassed to death an estimated 5,000 Kurds in the town of Halabja, in what is thought to have been the worst ever chemical attack on civilians.
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Ten years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and smashed Iraq's military, the country has become a major buyer of military equipment, spending billions to rebuild its armed forces.
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President Nicos Anastasiades tries to appease Cypriots angry at having to pay from their bank deposits for a chunk of an EU bailout deal that his government signed to rescue the island's banks.
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Italy warns its nationals in India to be "vigilant and cautious" amid a deepening diplomatic row over two Italian marines who skipped bail while facing trial for murder.
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President Benigno Aquino opens a giant $1.2-billion casino to kick off the Philippines' high-stakes bid to join the likes of Macau and Las Vegas in an elite group of gaming destinations.
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