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+ US sends destroyer to S. Korea coast
+ Death penalty sought in US cinema shooting
+ Apple apologises to China customers
The United States positions a destroyer off the coast of South Korea to defend against a possible missile strike, the latest in a series of high-profile deployments to counter North Korean threats.
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Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing 12 people in a shooting at a crowded US cinema last year, as the trial is delayed until next year.
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Apple's chief executive Tim Cook apologises to Chinese consumers after the US technology giant was subjected to a barrage of negative publicity in state-run media over alleged "arrogance" and double standards.
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Thirteen people, including children, are killed after a fire breaks out at a Muslim school in Myanmar's main city Yangon, stirring tensions after recent sectarian clashes despite police assurances that the blaze was accidental.
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US President Barack Obama is close to naming Caroline Kennedy, daughter of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, to the high-profile post of ambassador to Japan, an official says.
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As the one-year countdown to Afghan elections begins, the man who lost out last time in a corrupt and chaotic poll is weighing up whether to risk another shot at the presidency.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
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Veteran Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is elected for a new term as head of the Palestinian Islamist movement, a party official say.
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A suicide truck bomber kills 11 people at a police headquarters as data show March was Iraq's deadliest month since August, raising fears of a surge in violence leading up to elections.
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On a Sunday evening in March, gunmen walked into the offices of a prominent lawyer in the Iraqi capital, opened fire and left him for dead -- one of 11 candidates to have been killed so far in the lead-up to April 20 polls.
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A Jordan-Palestinian deal entrusting King Abdullah II with the defence of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem appears to be aimed at engaging Amman in future peace talks with Israel, experts say.
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-- AFRICA --
Nelson Mandela spends part of the day with family at his hospital bedside but there is no significant change in the condition of the frail anti-apartheid hero since the previous night, according to the South African government.
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The Central African Republic's new post-coup government begins work, as anger rises in South Africa over its military mission in the restive country.
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Omar Razzouki gazes intently at the wooden box, marvelling at what might be the solution to the perennial water woes that he and other nomads like him across the Sahara desert face daily.
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-- AMERICAS --
Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles accuses acting president Nicolas Maduro of unfairly using state media and money in his campaign to succeed the late Hugo Chavez.
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Jury selection begins Tuesday for a long-awaited trial in which Michael Jackson's mother is seeking billions of dollars from tour promoters she blames for her son's 2009 death.
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The UN General Assembly is expected to adopt the first global treaty on the conventional arms trade Tuesday after the 193 member states failed to reach consensus on it last week, diplomats say.
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