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AFP World News Agenda

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What's happening around the world on Sunday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Kenya violence as court upholds election results

+ Afghan leader in Qatar for talks on Taliban office

+ Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday mass

NAIROBI: Violence erupts in western Kenya as supporters of outgoing Prime Minister Raila Odinga protest a Supreme Court ruling upholding Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election-win. Odinga has accepted the ruling. (KENYA-VOTE-COURT-RIOTS)

DOHA: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is set to hold discussions in Qatar on a proposal for Taliban militants to open an office in the Gulf state for peace talks. No schedule announced. (AFGHANISTAN-UNREST-QATAR-DIPLOMACY)

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday mass from 0915 GMT after which he will issue a special blessing from the same balcony of St Peter's Basilica where he appeared on the night of his election. Tens of thousands of people expected. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE-EASTER)

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

DAMASCUS: Iraq says it will step up searches of Iranian flights via its airspace to Syria, where violence continues to claim more lives including a pro-regime Sunni cleric reportedly killed by rebel forces in the city of Aleppo. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

SEOUL: Monitoring after 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. (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-MILITARY)

JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela, South Africa's 94-year-old anti-apartheid hero, spends a fourth day in hospital where he is being treated for a recurrence of pneumonia which required excess fluid to be drained from his chest. (SAFRICA-POLITICS-MANDELA)

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