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+ Pope prays for peace in Syria, Korea on first Easter
+ French, Malian troops battle Islamists in Timbuktu
+ N. Korea parliament meets as military tensions soar
Pope Francis prays for a "political solution" in Syria and for "reconciliation" on the Korean peninsula in his first Easter Sunday message in front of a crowd in St Peter's Square.
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Nelson Mandela's condition improves and he continues to receive treatment for a recurrence of pneumonia as he spends a fifth night in hospital.
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North Korea's parliament convenes in Pyongyang, with soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula dominating what is normally an annual exercise in rubber-stamping budget policy and personnel changes.
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A host of daily newspapers hit the streets in Myanmar for the first time in half a decade, under new freedoms that represent a revolution for privately run media which were shackled under military rule.
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India's Supreme Court is set to rule on a patent challenge by Swiss drug giant Novartis that activists say threatens access to cheap generic versions of life-saving drugs in developing nations.
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A quarterly Bank of Japan survey shows confidence among the country's large manufacturers improves in the first quarter, offering up cautious optimism on the economy as premier Shinzo Abe works to boost growth.
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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef is released on bail after nearly five hours of questioning over alleged insults to the president and religion, highlighting concerns over freedom of expression in post-revolt Egypt.
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MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights
The Golan's native Druze have remained fiercely loyal to Damascus through 46 years of Israeli occupation but as the Syrian civil war draws ever closer, it is dividing the tight-knit community.
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Paolo Di Canio is named the new coach of Premier League strugglers Sunderland, a move which sparks the resignation from the club board of a former British foreign minister outraged by the Italian's right-wing views.
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-- AFRICA --
Malian troops sweep the fabled city of Timbuktu for remaining Islamist fighters after a weekend battle that left seven dead and forced France to dispatch reinforcements and fighter jets to help Mali's army.
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The Central African Republic's prime minister names mostly rebels and members of the former opposition to his new post-coup government, as reports emerge of child soldiers killed in the fight for the capital.
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Kenyan police maintain tight security even as calm returns after a court ruling upholding Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election win sparked anger among his rival's supporters, leading to riots that left two people dead.
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-- AMERICAS --
King of Pop Michael Jackson's mother is seeking billions of dollars from tour promoter AEG Live over her son's 2009 death, in a trial that will finally get underway in Los Angeles in days.
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Nicolas Maduro was speechless when Hugo Chavez first told him he may have to carry on the Venezuelan leftist leader's legacy, but he now insists the "revolution is united" behind him.
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