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-- TOP STORIES --
+ North Korea says at war with South
+ Mandela recovering after lungs drained
+ Kenya court confirms presidential election
+ Big savers in Cyprus bank face major losses
North Korea declares it is in a "state of war" with South Korea and warns Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict.
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Nelson Mandela, 94, is said to be comfortable and breathing without difficulty on his third day in hospital after excess fluid is drained from his chest due to a pneumonia infection.
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Kenya's Supreme Court upholds Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory, throwing out a bid by his rival for a new poll amid fears of violence.
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Big savers in Cyprus's largest bank face losses of up to 60 percent, far greater than originally feared under the island's controversial EU-led bailout plan, officials say.
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-- EUROPE --
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano says Prime Minister Mario Monti will remain in place for now while two working groups come up with a programme of reforms for any future government amid a deadlock between the main parties.
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Pope Francis celebrates his first Easter vigil after praying for peace in the Middle East and stronger Christian-Muslim dialogue at a torch-lit ceremony for Good Friday.
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-- AFRICA --
The Central African Republic's new strongman Michel Djotodia vows to hand over power at the end of the three-year transition he declared after his coup a week ago, and not contest the 2016 elections.
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DAR ES SALAAM
The death toll of a building collapse in Dar es Salaam rises to 19 after rescuers hoping to find survivors among the dozens still feared trapped pull out more bodies.
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China's new President Xi Jinping wraps up his first foreign trip, which has seen him sign energy deals with Russia and scores of accords with countries in resource-rich Africa.
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More than 15,000 people march in central Tunis chanting support for the Palestinian people, as a weeklong anti-globalisation forum wraps up its first-ever meeting in an Arab country.
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-- MIDEAST --
Egypt's public prosecutor orders the arrest of popular satirist Bassem Youssef over alleged insults to Islam and to President Mohamed Morsi, in the latest clampdown on critical media.
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-- AMERICAS --
World No. 1 Serena Williams rallies to defeat world No. 2 Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the WTA Miami final, winning the event for a record sixth time to claim her 48th career tour title.
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Argentina offers to repay its debt to two New York hedge funds with cash and new bonds on conditions similar to those of a 2010 debt swap, but the plan is seen as unlikely to be accepted.
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His body ravaged and weakened by a 50-day hunger strike to protest alleged mistreatment of Korans at Guantanamo military prison, Abd al-Malik Abd al-Wahab has a message for his loved ones.
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-- ASIA --
Afghan President Hamid Karzai holds talks in Qatar on Taliban militants opening an office in the Gulf state for peace negotiations that could end more than a decade of war.
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Rescue teams find the first body almost 36 hours after a giant landslide in Tibet buried 83 mine workers under two million cubic metres of earth, China's state media reports.
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