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News Editor: Olivia Hampton

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus leader in EU talks to avert imminent financial disaster

+ Rebels storm Central Africa capital as president flees

+ Syrian opposition in political disarray

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BRUSSELS

President Nicos Anastasiades vows to do his utmost for Cyprus in emergency talks with Brussels bailout bosses, as the clock ticks on a deadline to avert bankruptcy and exit from the euro.

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BANGUI

Looters and armed gangs roam the streets of the Central African Republic's capital after rebels capture Bangui and the country's president disappears.

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BEIRUT

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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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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BAGHDAD

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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JERUSALEM

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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-- EUROPE --

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NICOSIA

Cypriots flock to Sunday mass hoping that the island's Orthodox Church, with assets worth hundreds of millions of euros, can help pull it out of its worst economic crisis in decades.

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LONDON

British police say they had found no evidence so far that anyone else was involved in the death of exiled Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky at his mansion outside London.

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PARIS

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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-- AFRICA --

 

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DAR ES SALAAM

China's new President Xi Jinping jets into Tanzania on his three-nation Africa tour that underscores Beijing's growing presence in the resource-rich continent.

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 -- ASIA --

 

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KARACHI

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf returns home after more than four years in exile, defying a Taliban death threat and vowing to risk his life to "save" the country.

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YAMETHIN, Myanmar

Dozens of houses and a mosque have been torched as communal violence spread in central Myanmar, officials say, defying authorities' efforts to quell deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims.

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ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

The family of an Australian held hostage for 15 months in the southern Philippines paid Islamic militants almost $100,000 in ransom, a negotiator says, after Warren Rodwell waded to freedom.

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