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AFP World News Agenda


What's happening around the world on Thursday:


+ Cyprus braces for banks reopening

+ Pistorius appeals bail conditions

+ Pope Francis holds Holy Thursday mass at prison

+ Arms trade treaty talks go to wire at UN

+ Thailand, rebel group to open peace talks

NICOSIA: Banks in Cyprus shuttered for 12 days are due to reopen at 0630 GMT after reports of unprecedented money controls being imposed to avert a run in the wake of a controversial international bailout. (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

PRETORIA: South Africa's star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day, appeals his bail conditions at the High Court in Pretoria at 0800 GMT. (SAFRICA-CRIME-SPORT). Video. Picture

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis celebrates Holy Thursday mass at 0830 GMT in St. Peter's Basilica, before holding another mass in a youth prison at 1630 GMT, during which he will wash the feet of the prisoners. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE) Picture. Video.

UNITED NATIONS: The 193 UN member states have until midnight (0400 GMT Friday) to reach an accord on a treaty regulating trade in conventional arms. Picture. (UN-WEAPONS-TREATY)

KUALA LUMPUR: Thailand and a key rebel group in the country's Muslim south are set to open landmark peace talks in Malaysia to try and end a bloody insurgency. At 0100 GMT. (MALAYSIA-THAILAND-SOUTH-UNREST)


DAMASCUS: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets a committee tasked with forging a political solution to the conflict as the opposition chief says he is "surprised" by a US decision to reject NATO missile protection for rebels. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

ROME: Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani is likely to meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to outline his plans to form a government. No timing announced. (ITALY-POLITICS)

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin's human rights envoy Mikhail Fedotov meets reporters at 0600 GMT to discuss the Russian authorities' wave of checks into Western-funded pro-democracy groups. (RUSSIA-POLITICS-RIGHTS)

BANGUI: Central African Republic's new rulers vow to restore order after a coup that forced president Francois Bozize to flee and sparked widespread looting. (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)