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+ N. Korea puts rockets on standby
+ Mandela 'making steady progress'
+ Cyprus leader vows to stay in euro
+ Dozens feared trapped in Tanzania collapse
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un orders missile units to prepare to strike US mainland and military bases, vowing to "settle accounts" after US stealth bombers flew over South Korea.
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Nelson Mandela is "in good spirits" and making steady progress after a second day in hospital for a lung infection, in the latest health scare for the revered peace icon.
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President Nicos Anastasiades vows to keep Cyprus in the euro but has harsh words for international lenders behind the huge bailout that saved the island from bankruptcy.
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At least three people are confirmed dead and dozens more are feared trapped after a building under construction collapsed in a busy area of Tanzania's economic capital Dar es Salaam.
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A series of car bombs near Shiite mosques targeting worshippers attending weekly prayers kill at least 18 people in the spike in unrest ahead of Iraq's first polls since 2010.
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Italian political leaders hold last-ditch talks after leftist Pier Luigi Bersani fails to form a government following inconclusive elections in the eurozone's third-largest economy.
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Pope Francis presides over a torch-lit procession at Rome's Colosseum and prayers for peace in a Middle East "torn apart by injustice and conflicts" at his first Good Friday.
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British actor Richard Griffiths, best known for his roles as Harry Potter's uncle and in the cult film "Withnail & I", has died aged 65, his agent says.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin restores an honorary Hero of Labour title that was first awarded in the Lenin era to workers who outperformed their Communist work quotas.
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Veselin Vlahovic, a former Bosnian Serb paramilitary dubbed the "Monster of Grbavica", is jailed for 45 years for inflicting a reign of terror on Sarajevo civilians during the 1992-95 war.
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France insists that is making progress on balancing its public finances despite data showing it had missed its 2012 deficit target.
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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests a trader from SAC Capital accused of insider trading, in the latest push by authorities against the controversial hedge fund.
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Iran, North Korea and Syria spark widespread anger by holding up agreement on the first global treaty on the $80 billion a year conventional arms trade.
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No serious US political campaign is complete without digging deep into an opponent's past -- and the shovels are already out for the 2014 and 2016 polls.
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With strictly controlled updates on Nelson Mandela's health, the world's media are forced to juggle the intense interest in the South African icon and respecting his privacy.
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China's new President Xi Jinping signs deals worth several million dollars with his Congolese counterpart in sectors as varied as banking and infrastructure, on the final leg of his three-nation Africa tour.
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The Red Cross in the Central African Republic says it found 78 bodies in the streets of the capital Bangui since it fell to rebels last weekend, as jittery residents waited to hear about a new government.
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A huge landslide comes crashing down a mountainside in Tibet on Friday, burying 83 workers in a gold mining area, Chinese state-run media says.
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Sri Lanka boosts security for Muslim-owned businesses across the country after a clothing store was torched by hundreds of Buddhist hardliners, scaling up religious tensions.
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A suicide bomber targets a senior Pakistani police commander, killing 12 people, including two women, near the US consulate in Peshawar, officials say.
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