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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Deal reached in Cyprus bailout talks
+ Central African rebels seize capital
+ US to hand over prison to Afghans
+ Head of Syrian opposition resigns
EU and IMF officials strike a tentative agreement with Cyprus to resurrect a bailout for the island -- but one banking chain goes to the wall and major clients, who include many Russians, will take a giant hit.
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Central African rebels take control of the capital Bangui as the president flees, but promise to respect an existing peace deal that provides for elections within three years.
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Afghanistan is set to take control of Bagram military prison from the United States, drawing a line under one running sore in their relationship as US-led combat forces wind down more than a decade of war.
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Opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib announces his resignation from the National Coalition, throwing Syria's divided opposition into disarray ahead of an Arab summit.
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-- ASIA --
Hong Kong's top court is to rule on whether hundreds of thousands of domestic workers who have settled in the Chinese financial hub are eligible to seek permanent residency, a step bitterly opposed by the government.
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-- EUROPE --
British police say they had found no evidence so far of outside involvement in the death of exiled Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky at his mansion outside London.
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Tens of thousands opposed to French legislation allowing gay marriage protest on a route leading to the Champs Elysees after police banned them marching on the famed Paris avenue.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
US Secretary of State John Kerry presses Iraq to stop allowing Iranian flights, apparently carrying military equipment, through its airspace headed to Syria, on a surprise visit to Baghdad.
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Syria's conflict was the key factor that pushed Israel and Turkey, with a little help from US President Barack Obama, to end a bitter rift -- but restoring trust will take time, pundits say.
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-- AFRICA --
DAR ES SALAAM
China's new President Xi Jinping jets into Tanzania on a three-nation Africa tour that underscores Beijing's growing presence in the resource-rich continent.
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Clashes between the Malian army and Islamists kill seven people including a soldier and two civilians in the north's largest city, as Al-Qaeda's north African branch threatens to kill its French hostages.
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-- AMERICAS --
Sixty years after the first successful polio vaccine trial, the disease has been wiped out in much of the world, but violence, conspiracy theories and lack of cash keep it from disappearing.
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Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg waited decades for someone like Bradley Manning to follow in his footsteps, and now hails the US Army private accused of spilling secrets to WikiLeaks as a champion of truth and not a betrayer of his country.
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