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Duty Editor: John Weaver Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus making 'superhuman' efforts to reopen banks

+ US Supreme Court cautious as it mulls gay marriage

+ BRICS emerging powers to announce development bank

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NICOSIA

Cyprus warns that "superhuman" efforts are needed to reopen its banks by Thursday as protests and uncertainty about the island's top lender shows that its huge bailout has not ended its troubles.

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WASHINGTON

The US Supreme Court treads cautiously as it considers gay marriage, with justices appearing hesitant to deliver a sweeping historic verdict on the emotionally charged issue.

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DURBAN, South Africa

Leaders from the BRICS group of emerging powers are to announce a scaled-back plan to establish a development bank seen as a potential rival to Western-backed institutions.

700 words 0200 GMT by Andrew Beatty. Picture. Graphic. Video

-- EUROPE --

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ROME

In an astonishing legal about-turn, Italy's highest appeal court quashes the acquittal of US student Amanda Knox over the sexual assault and brutal murder of her British housemate in 2007 and orders a retrial.

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ROME  

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigns in protest after two Italian marines were ordered to return to India to face murder charges.

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LONDON

An inquest will be opened in Britain on Thursday into the death of Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky after a post-mortem found he had been hanged, police say.

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BRUSSELS

Belgian police shoot dead a man of Algerian origin suspected of terrorist links in a shoot-out on a motorway, after an investigation that started with a tip-off from French investigators.

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LONDON

Like many British teenagers, Nick D'Aloisio has a hole in the knee of his jeans and gets in trouble when his bedroom is untidy. Unlike most, the 17-year-old has just sold an app to Yahoo! for tens of millions of pounds.

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-- AFRICA --

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BANGUI

Rebel leaders in the Central African Republic crack down on looters roaming the streets of the capital following the latest coup in the unstable nation.

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AHENTIA, Ghana

The freckled man with the rectangular glasses instantly recognisable to much of the world stands in the West African heat, staring at data that had nothing to do with selling software. But this is exactly where Bill Gates says he wants to be.

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-- ASIA --

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SYDNEY

Australia's competition watchdog gives final approval for Qantas and Emirates to launch a "game-changing" global alliance, saying the tie-up will benefit the public.

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ISLAMABAD

Pakistani politicians may be bitter rivals who exploit the tiniest chance to score points off one another, but one thing unites them as they campaign for May elections: fear of attack.

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BANGKOK

Thailand and a key rebel group operating in the insurgency-wracked south are set to begin landmark peace talks Thursday aimed at curbing violence that has killed more than 5,500 people in nine years.

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-- AMERICAS --

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CHICAGO

The largely rural but newly oil-rich US state of North Dakota outlaws most abortions in a move to challenge federal laws protecting a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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DOHA

Opposition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib takes Syria's seat at the Arab League for the first time as leaders gathered for the annual summit in Doha give member states the "right" to arm rebels in the war-torn country.

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