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Duty Editor: Preeti Jha Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ China president calls for 'great renaissance'

+ Cyprus president defends painful bailout

+ Pope Francis holds first prayer address

+ Zimbabwe vote count after constitution poll

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BEIJING

China's newly-installed President Xi Jinping says he will fight for a "great renaissance of the Chinese nation", as the world's most populous country finally completes its once-a-decade power transition.

750 words 0630 GMT by Tom Hancock. Picture. Video

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NICOSIA

The Cyprus parliament is to hold an extraordinary session as the government aims to push through legislation on a painful EU bailout to save the island from bankruptcy.

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VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis begins his papacy in earnest ahead of his formal inauguration mass, with a weekly prayer address used by previous pontiffs to comment on international affairs.

700 words 0830 GMT by Gina Doggett. Graphic. Picture. Video

Also moved: Vatican-religion-pope-media,FOCUS

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HARARE

Zimbabwe tallies ballots from a referendum on a new constitution that would slash long entrenched presidential powers and set the country on a path to elections to end a long running crisis.

650 words 0730 GMT by Susan Njanji-Matetakufa. Picture. Video

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-- ASIA --

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ISLAMABAD

Pakistan's parliament has become the first in history to complete a full term in office, but a raft of key achievements have been overshadowed by mismanagement, economic decline and worsening security.

800 words moved by Sami Zubeiri. Picture. Video

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HONG KONG

A conservation victory restricting global trade in more shark species will take a fresh bite at Hong Kong's market in fins, which has already been hit hard by persistent attacks from anti-fin campaigners.

700 words moved by Beh Lih Yi. Graphic. File picture

-- AMERICAS --

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OXON HILL, Maryland

US conservative activists pick Tea Party favorite Senator Rand Paul as their choice to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee as they wrap up a major strategy gathering outside Washington.

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CARACAS

Thousands of emotional supporters wait and weep after making a pilgrimage to the new tomb of former president Hugo Chavez, the face and leader of Latin America's left for over a decade.

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WASHINGTON

US President Barack Obama will effectively begin to build the global legacy he will leave behind on the first foreign trip of his second term next week to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

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WASHINGTON

The US-led invasion of Iraq overthrew a dictator, but 10 years on, the war is seen to have destabilized the Middle East, exposed the limits of military power and left America no stronger than before.

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-- EUROPE --

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DUBLIN

As millions of green-clad revellers raise their glasses across the globe to mark St Patrick's Day, Ireland has high hopes that the festivities will bring a much-needed boost to the economy at home.

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LONDON

British MPs are set to take a crunch vote Monday on press regulation, with Prime Minister David Cameron bringing the issue to a head after cross-party talks broke down.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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JERUSALEM

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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-- AFRICA --

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NAIROBI

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.

600 words moved by Helen Vesperini. Picture. Video

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