News Editor: Susan Stumme
Tel: +1 202 414 0541
-- TOP STORIES --
+ Ban warns N. Korea crisis 'gone too far'
+ UN General Assembly adopts arms trade treaty
+ Cyprus finance minister resigns
UN chief Ban Ki-moon warns the Korean crisis has "gone too far" and the United States urges China to rein in the North, after Pyongyang said it would restart a nuclear reactor to feed its atomic weapons programme.
750 words 2230 GMT by Giles Hewitt. Graphic
The United Nations General Assembly passes the first-ever treaty regulating the global conventional weapons trade in an attempt to bring transparency and protection of human rights to the often murky industry.
650 words 1930 GMT by Andre Viollaz. Video
Cypriot Finance Minister Michalis Sarris resigns, hours after a judicial probe is launched into how the island was pushed to the verge of bankruptcy before having to agree a crippling eurozone bailout.
750 words moved by Charlie Charalambous. Picture. Graphic. Video
-- AMERICAS --
Jury selection starts for a long-awaited trial in which Michael Jackson's mother is seeking billions of dollars from tour promoters she says are responsible for her son's 2009 death.
650 words 2130 GMT by Michael Thurston. Picture
Venezuela's presidential campaign to replace Hugo Chavez formally begins with his chosen successor, acting President Nicolas Maduro, vowing to honor his socialist legacy at the late leader's childhood home.
700 words 2100 GMT by Ramon Sahmkow. Picture. Video
America is confronted with dueling visions of how to protect its kids and resolve its perennial gun control debate, with the firearm lobby proposing armed guards for schools and President Barack Obama pushing stricter laws.
650 words 2030 GMT by Fabienne Faur. Picture. Video
World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim calls for a global drive to wipe out extreme poverty by 2030, acknowledging that reaching the goal will require extraordinary efforts.
600 words 1930 GMT by Jeremy Tordjman. Picture. Video
A new strategy for ending polio worldwide aims to boost security for violence-plagued vaccine workers and halt polio outbreaks by the end of next year, global health authorities say.
700 words moved by Kerry Sheridan
-- MIDDLE EAST --
RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories
The Palestinian leadership blames Israel for the death of a long-term prisoner with cancer, sparking street protests and hiking tensions over what is already a tinderbox issue.
800 words 1930 GMT by Nasser Abu Bakr. Picture. Video
-- EUROPE --
Unacceptably high eurozone unemployment ran at a record 12 percent in February, official data shows, with more than 19 million people on the dole a "tragedy" for Europe.
650 words moved by Bryan McManus
The suicide of a doctor on a hit French reality TV show sparks shock, with some blaming media pressure for his death while others urge restrictions on reality programmes.
550 words moved by Marianne Barriaux
Serbia and Kosovo are under pressure to find common ground in the latest round of their EU-sponsored talks to ease longstanding tensions, described as the most difficult so far.
600 words 2000 GMT by Jerome Rivet. Picture
-- AFRICA --
The EU begins a top-to-toe overhaul of Mali's ragtag army to help its soldiers take the place of foreign troops defending the west African nation against an Islamist insurgency.
650 words moved by Serge Daniel
Sudanese authorities release the first seven political prisoners under a presidential amnesty but the opposition says inmates from the country's war zones are still awaiting freedom.
700 words moved by Ian Timberlake. Picture
-- ASIA --
Four more people in China have been infected with a new strain of bird flu, a local government says, bringing the country's total to seven.
500 words moved by Bill Savadove