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+ Cyprus president defends EU bail-out amid bank run fears
+ Pope adopts man-of-the-people tone in first Sunday prayer
+ India arrests alleged rape gang after Swiss tourist attacked
Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades addresses the nation to defend a controversial EU bailout deal which he admitted was "painful" but said would rescue the banking sector from collapse.
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Pope Francis underscores his man-of-the-people approach with his first Angelus prayer as pontiff since his surprise election, taking a folksy tone in front of 150,000 enthusiastic pilgrims in St Peter's Square.
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Police in India say they have arrested a group of farmers in their twenties who had confessed to gang-raping a Swiss cyclist, the latest in a series of shocking sex crimes in the country.
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Surprise victories for Italy's centre-left in securing the posts of speaker in both houses of parliament have done little to unblock a political impasse which threatens to create renewed instability in the eurozone.
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Heinz Kounio was aboard the first train to transfer Jews from the Greek city of Thessaloniki to Auschwitz on March 15, 1943. Seventy years later he recalls "the red sky" over the death camp, lit by flames from crematoria chimneys.
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Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt is due to stand trial Tuesday on genocide charges for the alleged execution of more than 1,700 indigenous people during his 1982-1983 regime.
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A French corporal is killed tracking down jihadist fighters in their northern Mali mountain bastions, bringing to five the number of French dead since Paris launched a military offensive in the country two months ago.
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Somalia's Supreme Court frees a reporter imprisoned for interviewing a woman who alleged she had been raped by soldiers, in a case that has sparked widespread international criticism.
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A military trial begins in Sudan for hardcore Islamist officers who allegedly plotted to destabilise the regime late last year, a lawyer says.
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Early results from Zimbabwe's constitutional referendum signal landslide backing for laws to curb President Robert Mugabe's powers, but the vote count is marred by fresh arrests of the prime minister's aides and a top lawyer.
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Bosco Ntaganda, a leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 rebel group who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, has fled to neighbouring Rwanda, the Congolese government says.
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