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AFP World News Agenda

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What's happening around the world on Friday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus banks open for first full day of business

+ US warns ready for 'any eventuality' on N. Korea

+ Syria Friday prayers protests after deadly mortar attack

+ Pope Francis in first Easter ceremonies

NICOSIA: Banks in bailed-out Cyprus return to normal opening hours following a near two-week lockdown and a day that saw queues form amid strict capital controls to prevent a run and curb the fallout from a 10-billion-euro rescue. (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

WASHINGTON: The United States warns it is prepared for "any eventuality" with regard to North Korea following a drill involving nuclear-capable B-2 stealth bombers which defied apocalyptic threats of retribution from Pyongyang (NKOREA-SKOREA-MILITARY-US)

DAMASCUS: Weekly demonstrations after Friday prayers to demand the departure of President Bashar al-Assad, a day after mortar fire killed at least 15 students in the capital as violence raged across Syria. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

ROME: Pope Francis presides over his first Stations of the Cross Easter ceremony at the Colosseum from 2000 GMT. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE).

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

KARACHI: Former Pakistan military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who recently returned home after four years of self-imposed exile, is due to appear in court as he seeks a bail extension. From 0600 GMT. (PAKISTAN-UNERST-VOTE-POLITICS-COURT)

MIAMI: US President Barack Obama heads to Florida to deliver a speech on the economy. (US-POLITICS-ECONOMY)

ROME: Followup after leftist leader Pier Luigi Bersani meets President Giorgio Napolitano late Thursday to report on his efforts to form a new government. (ITALY-POLITICS).

BRAZZAVILLE: Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Congo Republic, the final leg of his Africa tour. He is due to arrive around 1100 GMT and deliver an address to parliament later in the day. (CHINA-CONGO-DIPLOMACY)

BANGUI: New rebel authorities in the Central African Republic struggle to restore order in the coup-hit capital as the UN warns tens of thousands of people face food shortages after days of looting. Picture. Graphic. (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST)

PRETORIA: Nelson Mandela was set to remain in hospital for treatment of a recurrent lung infection, his second hospital stay this month, raising new fears about the anti-apartheid legend in South Africa. (SAFRICA-POLITICS-HEALTH-MANDELA)

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