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News Editor: Carlos Hamann

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Pope Francis inaugurated

+ Cyprus parliament rejects bailout

+ Chemical weapons use claimed in Syria

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VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis dons the symbols of papal power and vows to embrace the "poorest" of humanity at a grand inauguration in the Vatican as leader of a troubled Roman Catholic Church.

750 words 2100 GMT by Dario Thuburn. Graphic. Picture. Video

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NICOSIA

Furious MPs reject the terms of a bailout aimed at saving Cyprus from bankruptcy, decrying the eurozone "blackmail" as a deal hammered out with a troika of lenders at the weekend is left in tatters.

800 words 2000 GMT by Charlie Charalambous. Picture. Video. Graphic.

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DAMASCUS

Troops and insurgents accuse each other of using chemical weapons for the first time in Syria's two-year conflict, as a newly elected rebel prime minister rules out dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

700 words 2030 GMT. Picture. Video

-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama marks the tenth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq by paying tribute to the "sacrifice" of US troops, a date marked with little fanfare in a country keen to move past former mistakes.

600 words 2000 GMT. Pictures.

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GUATEMALA CITY

Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt goes on trial on genocide charges over the killing of almost 1,800 indigenous people during the dark days of his country's civil war.

600 words 2000 GMT by Henry Morales Arana.

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BUENOS AIRES

Two Catholic priests and a layman who were assassinated during Argentina's military regime are being considered for sainthood under a process launched in 2011 by Pope Francis, a church leader says.

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NEW YORK

Ireland's low-cost carrier Ryanair orders 175 Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a major fleet expansion that comes three weeks after the European Commission stymied its takeover bid for rival Aer Lingus.

550 words 2100 GMT. Picture, video.

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CHICAGO

An American teenager mocks the grieving families of three students he had killed in a school shooting, at a court hearing that saw him sentenced to life in prison.

450 words moved.

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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BAGHDAD

Attacks kill 52 in Iraq as some ministers begin a boycott of government and officials delay provincial polls, heightening tensions on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion.

750 words moved by Ammar Karim and Mohamad Ali Harissi. Picture. Graphic. Video

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   -- AFRICA --

 

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KANO, Nigeria

Wounded survivors describe the terrifying scene of a suicide attack at a Nigerian bus station that killed at least 22 people in the latest violence to hit the country's restive north.

650 words moved by Aminu Abubakar. Picture

 

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HARARE

Almost 95 percent of Zimbabweans vote in favour of a new constitution that would trim President Robert Mugabe's powers and pave the way for new elections.

650 words 1500 GMT by Fanuel Jongwe. Picture. Video

Also moved: Zimbabwe-vote-justice,lead  

 

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NAIROBI

Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked insurgents, on the back foot after months of losses, eye a potential withdrawal of arch-foe Ethiopia in the volatile southwest of Somalia, raising security and humanitarian concerns.

700 words moved. File Picture

-- ASIA --

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KABUL

Afghanistan's presidential spokesman describes the NATO-led military operation in the country as "aimless and unwise", in the latest government broadside against the coalition.

600 words 2000 GMT by Ben Sheppard. File picture

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TOKYO

Engineers at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant succeed in restarting three cooling systems after a power cut underlined its still-precarious state, two years after a tsunami struck.

650 words moved by Kyoko Hasegawa. Picture. Graphic. File video

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NEW DELHI

India's lower house passes a bill toughening punishment for sex offenders, including the death penalty if a victim dies, after the fatal gang-rape of a student that sparked national outrage.

650 words moved by Pratap Chakravarty. File picture

   -- EUROPE --

 

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LONDON

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai returns to school for the first time since she was shot in the head by the Taliban in October for campaigning for girls' education.

500 words 2000 GMT. Picture

 

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MOSCOW

Russian investigators drop their probe into the death in custody of a whistleblowing attorney whose case soured relations between Moscow and Washington.

600 words moved by Dmitry Zaks. File Picture. Video

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