AFP World News Agenda

What's happening around the world on Sunday:


+ Cyprus races to reach bailout deal as deadline looms

+ Questions surround death of Russian oligarch Berezovsky

+ Pakistan to name caretaker PM; Musharraf to return

NICOSIA/BRUSSELS: Efforts to rescue a Cyprus bailout go to the wire after talks on the remaining details of a deal acceptable to both sides dragged on, threatening the timetable of a crunch meeting with eurozone ministers in Brussels set for 1700 GMT (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

LONDON/MOSCOW: British police open an investigation into the "unexplained" death of exiled Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky at his home near London with friends of the Kremlin opponent rejecting claims by his lawyer that it was suicide (RUSSIA-BRITAIN-POLITICS-DEATH-BEREZOVSKY)


-- Pakistan is to announce the name of a caretaker prime minister to supervise May 11 election. Chief Election Commissioner's press conference expected around 0800 GMT (PAKISTAN-POLITICS-VOTE-PM)

-- Former military president Pervez Musharraf vows he will end his self-imposed exile in Dubai and return home Sunday to participate in the upcoming elections, despite Taliban death threats (PAKISTAN-UNREST-POLITICS-VOTE-MUSHARRAF)


DAMASCUS: Rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad seize a key air base in the southern Syrian province of Daraa after two weeks of fierce battles with loyalist troops, as Damascus rejects a UN probe into rights abuses (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

MEIKTILA, Myanmar: Thousands of Muslims displaced after religious violence that left 32 dead in a central Myanmar town mull an uncertain future, as troops patrol neighbourhoods left in ashes by rioting (MYANMAR-UNREST-RELIGION)

VATICAN CITY: Procession and mass from St Peter's Square from 0830 GMT to mark the start of the holy week leading up to Easter, followed by the Angelus prayer at 1100 GMT (VATICAN-RELIGION-EASTER)

BANGUI: The crisis in the Central African Republic worsens after rebels advance into the capital Bangui in their bid to oust President Francois Bozize (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)

DAR ES SALAAM: Chinese premier Xi Jinping continues his first trip abroad, arriving in Tanzania from Russia for a two-day visit at the start of a mini-tour of Africa that will take him to Durban for the fifth summit of the BRICS grouping of emerging countries, and then onto Congo-Brazzaville (TANZANIA-CHINA-AFRICA-DIPLOMACY)

PARIS: Protesters against France's gay marriage law gather in the capital in another attempt to block legislation that will allow homosexual couples to marry and adopt children that organisers hope will draw hundreds of thousands of people. From 1300 GMT (FRANCE-GAY)