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What's happening around the world on Monday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Bailout or bust: Cyprus readies for decision

+ Syrian opposition in disarray after leader quits

+ In Tanzania, Xi to speak on China-Africa ties

NICOSIA: Cypriots anxiously wait to hear if their government has been able to raise the funds to unlock a bailout package to save the island nation from bankruptcy and a possible eurozone exit, as an EU-imposed deadline to find a solution expires Monday (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

DAMASCUS: Syrian opposition National Coalition in disarray after its chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib resigns ahead of an Arab summit that was to bring the rebels closer to filling the strife-torn country's seat in the Arab League. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

DAR ES SALAAM: New Chinese president Xi Jinping is to give a keynote speech in the Tanzanian capital covering relations with Africa and sign a number of accords before heading to the next stop of his whirlwind African tour, South Africa (CHINA-TANZANIA-AFRICA-DIPLOMACY)

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

BANGUI: After Seleka rebels seize control of Central African Republic's capital Bangui and President Francois Bozize disappears, looters and armed gangs roamed the city and France called for dialogue on a national unity government (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)

ROME: Italy's highest court of appeal gives its verdict on an appeal lodged by Italian prosecutors against the acquittal of US student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito -- freed from prison in 2011 -- accusing her of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia in 2007 (ITALY-US-BRITAIN-MURDER-TRIAL)

MILAN: Hearing in Silvio Berlusconi's trial for having sex with an underage prostitute -- the then 17-year-old Karima El-Mahroug, dubbed 'Ruby the Heart Stealer' -- at which prosecutors could say what sentence they are seeking for the former prime minister. (ITALY-POLITICS-SEX-TRIAL-BERLUSCONI)

KABUL: The United States is expected to hand full control of Bagram jail to the Afghan government, ending a dispute over suspected militant detainees that highlighted tensions between President Hamid Karzai and his biggest international backers. No timings given (AFGHANISTAN-US-UNREST-PRISON)

YAMETHIN, Myanmar: Monitoring as an uneasy peace holds in a flashpoint central Myanmar town after deadly communal riots lay waste to neighbourhoods and displace thousands of people (MYANMAR-UNREST-RELIGION)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif is to address his first election rally in northwestern town of Mansehra (PAKISTAN-POLITICS)

-- Following activities of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a day after he returned home after more than four years in exile (PAKISTAN-UNREST-POLITICS-VOTE-MUSHARRAF)

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council holds consultations on the Middle East, including the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Meeting begins at 1400 GMT (ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS-PEACE-UN)

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