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-- TOP STORIES --
+ New PM tells AFP Lebanon to remain neutral on Syria
+ Diplomats stay put in Pyongyang despite warning
+ World powers, Iran 'far apart' in nuclear talks
+ Deadliest day this year for foreign forces in Afghanistan
Lebanon's premier-designate tells AFP he supports the freedom of the Syrian people, but insists his country should remain neutral in the neighbouring country's civil war.
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Foreign diplomats in North Korea appear to be staying put, ignoring a warning by Pyongyang that they should consider evacuating their missions amid soaring nuclear tensions.
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Iran and world powers fail to break the deadlock in the crisis over Tehran's nuclear drive, with the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton saying the positions are still "far apart".
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Six NATO personnel, including a US foreign service officer, are killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan, officials say, in the deadliest day for foreign forces this year.
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-- AFRICA --
Nelson Mandela leaves hospital after a 10-day stay during which the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon was treated for pneumonia and he will receive "high care" at home, the South African president's office says.
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Demonstrations have taken place across Sudan's troubled Darfur region against an international donors' conference that begins in Qatar on Sunday, a civil society activist and other sources say.
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South Sudan restarts oil production, ending a bitter 15-month row with former civil war foe Sudan and marking a major breakthrough in relations after bloody border clashes last year.
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Kenya's government announces plans to bolster current lenient sentences for convicted wildlife poachers or ivory smugglers in a bid to stamp out a spike in elephant killings.
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-- MIDEAST --
A coordinated attack involving a suicide bomber at an open-air election campaign meeting in central Iraq kills 25 people, the latest in a spike in unrest two weeks before provincial polls.
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-- AMERICAS --
US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Turkey on a wide-ranging tour set to be dominated by many of the top world crises -- Syria, the Middle East peace process and North Korea.
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US President Barack Obama says his budget blueprint due to be unveiled next week will aim to reinvigorate America's middle class while introducing reforms to curb the mushrooming deficits.
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Foreign energy firms flock to a narrow region of southern Mexico, known as one of the world's windiest places, to build towering wind turbines, but some projects anger indigenous villagers.
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-- ASIA --
Cities in eastern China, where an H7N9 bird flu outbreak has killed six people, move to prevent the virus from spreading by banning live poultry trade and culling fowl.
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A young British woman holidaying in Indian Kashmir is found dead in a pool of blood on a houseboat, police say after arresting a Dutch man on suspicion of her murder.
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