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AFP World News Agenda

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What's happening around the world on Tuesday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus to vote on unpopular bailout bank levy

+ World leaders attend Pope's inauguration mass

+ Syria opposition meet to choose prime minister

+ DR Congo rebel surrenders to US embassy in Kigali

NICOSIA: Cyprus's parliament is to hold a vote on a controversial 10-billion-euro ($13 billion) EU bailout that imposes a deeply unpopular levy of up to 9.9 percent on all deposits in the island's banks. Parliament due to meet at 1600 GMT after its planned session on Monday was held over. Banks to remain shut until Thursday. Picture. Graphic. Video. (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis prays over St Peter's tomb and receives the symbols of papal power at the pontiff's inauguration mass in St Peter's Square, with world leaders and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims attending. Ceremonies begin at around 0745 GMT. Picture. Graphic. Video. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE)

ISTANBUL: Syrian National Coalition holds a second day of talks from 0730 GMT as part of efforts to appoint a prime minister to administer parts of Syria freed from the regime forces. Picture. Video. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-OPPOSITION)

KIGALI: Reporting after Democratic Republic of Congo rebel Bosco Ntaganda, wanted by the International Criminal Court for a string of alleged atrocities, surrenders to the US embassy in Kigali (DRCONGO-UNREST-RWANDA-ICC-US)

----- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS -----

GUATEMALA CITY: Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt is expected to stand trial on genocide charges linked to deaths of thousands of indigenous people during his regime in the 1980s. (GUATEMALA-RIGHTS-NATIVES-JUSTICE)

HARARE: Zimbabwe awaits the results of a referendum vote on a new constitution that would clip President Robert Mugabe's powers, after initial results showed strong backing of the law. Picture. Video. (ZIMBABWE-POLITICS)

LONDON: Ten dresses belonging to Britain's late Princess Diana, including a gown she famously wore while dancing with actor John Travolta, go under the hammer at auction at 1500 GMT. File picture. File video. (BRITAIN-ROYALS-FASHION-AUCTION)

LUSAKA: Zambian investigators question ex-president Rupiah Banda on graft allegations during his term in office, after he was stripped of his presidential immunity last week. (ZAMBIA-POLITICS-CORRUPTION)

NEW DELHI: Reporting on an escalating row between India and Italy over two Italian marines who skipped bail while on trial for murder, as Rome accuses New Delhi of violating diplomatic norms by preventing the Italian ambassador from leaving the country. (INDIA-ITALY-COURT-DIPLOMACY)

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama hosts Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at the White House before departing on a trip to the Middle East. (US-IRELAND)

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