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Duty Editor: Laura Mannering Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ North Korea says at war with South

+ No survivors found in China landslide

+ Cyprus eases some bank restrictions

+ Pope to celebrate Easter vigil mass

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SEOUL

North Korea declares it has entered into a "state of war" with South Korea and warns Seoul and Washington that any provocation could swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict.

700 words moved by Lim Chang-Won. Picture. Graphic

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BEIJING

A huge search and rescue operation fails to locate any survivors, more than a day after a giant landslide in Tibet buried 83 workers under two million cubic metres of earth.

600 words 0730 GMT by Neil Connor

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NICOSIA

Cypriots hope for further relaxation of the first capital controls in the eurozone after authorities on the bailed-out island dropped domestic restrictions on credit card payments.

600 words moved by Charlie Charalambous. Picture. Video. Graphic

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VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis is to celebrate his first Easter vigil mass after praying for peace in a Middle East "torn apart by injustice and conflicts" during Good Friday's ceremonies.

550 words 0800 GMT by Dario Thuburn. Picture

-- AFRICA --

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JOHANNESBURG

Doctors report Nelson Mandela is doing well and making steady progress after he spends a third night in hospital being treated for a recurrent lung infection.

750 words 0800 GMT by Jean Liou. Picture. Video

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NAIROBI

Kenya's Supreme Court is to hand down a ruling on whether to uphold President Uhuru Kenyatta's election victory or call for fresh polls in the country, still traumatised by violence that exploded five years ago.

550 words 0700 GMT by Helen Vesperini. Picture

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KINSHASA

For many families it was an ordinary working day when M23 rebels in November moved into the provincial capital of Goma in the volatile east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

500 words 0530 GMT by Pierre Briand

-- AMERICAS --

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NEW YORK

Argentina offers two New York hedge funds to repay its debt to them with cash and new bonds on conditions similar to those used in a 2010 debt swap.

500 words 0600 GMT by Mariano Andrade

-- EUROPE --

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ROME

Italy is in suspense ahead of President Giorgio Napolitano's expected proposal for who should lead the eurozone's third-largest economy after elections that left no clear winner.

450 words moved by Dario Thuburn

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PARIS

Mass muggings and attacks on Chinese tourists in Paris have spawned alarm and warnings of a decline in the number of free-spending visitors from the Asian giant who swarm to France.

600 words 0530 GMT by Audrey Kauffmann. Picture

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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ALEPPO, Syria

The latest affliction to hit weary residents of Aleppo is written on their faces. Some call it the "Aleppo button", a welt caused by leishmaniasis, an illness that is sweeping the Syrian city.

550 words 0530 GMT by Marie Roudani. Picture. Video

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