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What's happening around the world on Friday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus faces Monday deadline for new bailout plan

+ Obama ends Israel, West Bank visits, heads to Jordan

+ China's Xi begins first visit abroad in Russia

NICOSIA/BRUSSELS/MOSCOW: Cyprus faces a Monday deadline to clinch a bailout deal with the eurozone or face a choking of liquidity by the European Central Bank, which would trigger the collapse of the island's banking sector. Picture. Video. Graphic (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

-- In Moscow, Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris holds a third day of talks aimed at winning Russian investment. From 0600 GMT (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE-RUSSIA)

-- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso meets President Vladimir Putin at 0600 GMT on the second day of talks in Moscow focused on bilateral relations and the Cyprus banking crisis. Press conference at 0830 GMT. Picture (RUSSIA-EU-ECONOMY-FINANCE)

JERUSALEM/BETHLEHEM, Palestinian territories: US President Barack Obama winds up trip to Israel and the West Bank with a visit to the Jewish state's national cemetery at Mount Herzl (0700 GMT) and the nearby Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial before visiting the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (0900 GMT). At 1300 GMT, he flies out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport to Jordan. Picture. Video. Graphic (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-US-DIPLOMACY-OBAMA)

-- Obama visits Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II. Palace says arrival after 1300 GMT, news conference between 1500 GMT and 1600 GMT. (JORDAN-US-DIPLOMACY-OBAMA)

MOSCOW: China's new leader Xi Jinping meets Russian President Vladimir Putin at 1000 GMT at the start of his first presidential trip abroad, highlighting the two giant neighbours' desire to more closely coordinate their diplomatic efforts and trade. Arrival around 0800 GMT. Picture. Video (RUSSIA-CHINA-POLITICS)

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

DUBLIN: European foreign ministers open at 1200 GMT a two-day meeting to consider calls to open up weapons deliveries to Syrian rebels. Picture. Video (SYRIA-CONFLICT-EU-DIPLOMACY)

NEW DELHI: Italy says two marines on trial for murder in India will return to the country in a stunning turnaround after Rome earlier unleashed a diplomatic furore by saying they would not go back (INDIA-ITALY-COURT-DIPLOMACY)

FRANKFURT: The widely watched Ifo business climate index, which has risen strongly in recent months, could stall this month as weak economic data, political gridlock in Italy and the Cyprus crisis begin to sour business confidence in Europe's top economy. Data scheduled for release at 0900 GMT. (GERMANY-ECONOMY-BUSINESS-CONFIDENCE-INDEX-IFO)

GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council wraps up its month-long sitting, with votes expected on resolutions, including on the extension of a UN probe into rights abuses in Syria and on the appointment of an independent expert on Mali. Session starts at 0800 GMT. (UN-RIGHTS)

KIGALI: Congo warlord Bosco Ntaganda, who surrendered to the US embassy in Rwanda, awaits transfer for trial in The Hague where he faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. (DRCONGO-UNREST-RWANDA-ICC)

MEIKTILA, Myanmar: Tensions remain high in central Myanmar where 10 people are reported to have been killed in two days of communal clashes that have prompted international concern (MYANMAR-UNREST-RELIGION)

ROME: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano is expected to give a formal mandate to a political leader to form a new government following inconclusive elections. (ITALY-POLITICS)

TAMPA, Florida: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks at ceremony marking change of command at the military's powerful US Central Command, which oversees forces in the Middle East and Afghanistan. General James Mattis is retiring and handing over to General Lloyd Austin. 1400 GMT. Picture. (US-MILITARY)

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