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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Cyprus to decide on new plan aimed at securing bailout
+ Obama acknowledges Israel's right of defence on Iran
+ West calls for UN probe into Syria chemical attack reports
+ Senate approves stop-gap funding bill for US government
Cypriot leaders are to decide Thursday on a newly drawn up plan aimed at securing a bailout for the near-bankrupt eurozone member, after parliament rejected a controversial tax on savings.
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President Barack Obama has accepted Israel would not cede its right to confront Iran's nuclear threat to the United States, seeking to assuage anxiety over his commitment to the Jewish state.
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Britain, France and the United States call for a United Nations inquiry into accusations by the Syrian government and the opposition of chemical weapons attacks.
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A divided US Senate comes together to approve legislation that avoids a government shutdown, with the compromise stopgap measure likely headed to the president's desk this week.
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US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking disputed islands in the East China Sea if China moves to seize them, US officials say.
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A rat may have been to blame for a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator says, in an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix.
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Australia formally apologises for the forced adoption of tens of thousands of babies born mostly to unmarried mothers between the 1950s and 1970s, calling them unethical and often illegal.
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Hundreds of relatives and former Khmer Rouge fighters are expected to gather for the cremation of regime co-founder Ieng Sary who died last week while on trial for genocide.
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For years Myanmar's paranoid junta blocked websites such as Gmail and YouTube, but when Google chairman Eric Schmidt visits this week he will find a small but flourishing Internet community.
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New Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Africa this weekend as his resource-hungry country's influence on the continent soars, but its torrents of money are starting to provoke resentment.
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Britain will stick firmly to a barrage of austerity measures, finance minister George Osborne insists in a budget that also slashed economic growth forecasts, while offering plans to boost the weak economy as the eurozone crisis reignites.
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French police raid the Paris home of IMF chief Christine Lagarde in connection with a probe into her handling of a high-profile scandal when she was a government minister.
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Grappling with a spike in violence and a worsening political situation, Iraq marks 10 years since a US-led invasion that sought to establish a stable, democratic ally in the Middle East.
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Mali's sovereignty over almost all of its territory will be restored within "a few days", French President Francois Hollande promises as French troops prepare to pull out.
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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto urges his countrymen to give his anti-crime strategy one year to bear fruit as the wave of violence persists, with gunfights, police killings and terrorized parents pulling kids from school.
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