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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Pressure mounts on N. Korea to cancel missile launch
+ Cairo clashes after funerals for Egyptian Christians
+ EU warning as Portugal announces severe spending cuts
+ Kerry meets Palestinian leaders in Mideast peace push
Pressure mounts on North Korea to cancel an expected missile launch this week, following a thinly-veiled rebuke from China and a US concession to delay its own planned missile test.
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One person is killed in clashes at Cairo's Coptic cathedral following funeral prayers for four Christians during which Copts were pelted with stones and bottles after angrily chanting against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
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Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announces severe cuts in public spending following a decision by the constitutional court rejecting a number of austerity measures, as the EU warns that Lisbon must respect the aims of its aid programme.
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RAMALLAH, Palestinian territories
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian leaders on a fresh mission to forge a new path forward after a years-long impasse in Middle East peace negotiations.
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-- ASIA --
A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan kills 11 children, officials say, in the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country.
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Former Pakistani military dictator Pervez Musharraf's rocky return to his homeland unfolds as the country's highest court considers an application to have him stand trial for treason.
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-- MIDDLE EAST
In the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Makqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Arab rebels and Kurd fighters say they are fighting together against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
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Ten years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in Firdos Square, symbolising the fall of Baghdad, Ezzedine Said, AFP's chief editor for the Middle East and North Africa, recalls the events of the historic day.
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-- EUROPE --
British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Madrid, Paris and Berlin this week to press his case for reform of the European Union ahead of a referendum on his own country's membership of the bloc.
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Montenegrins wrap up voting in a presidential election tipped to give incumbent Filip Vujanovic a third mandate that would cement the ruling coalition's grip on power in the economically struggling EU hopeful.
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-- AMERICAS --
Hundreds of thousands of supporters cram Caracas' streets in what opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, trailing in the polls, calls a fast-changing tide.
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ISLA NEGRA, Chile
Experts begin work on opening the tomb of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda, to uncover his remains and determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned.
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With 3,000 Japanese cherry trees about to burst into full bloom, Washington is in eager anticipation of its annual cherry blossom celebration marking the start of spring.
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The looming Paris auction of some 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona has cast light on the failure to prevent sacred American artifacts from being sold overseas.
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-- AFRICA --
Thousands of civilians in Sudan's troubled Darfur region have sought protection around peacekeeping bases after rebel attacks and "possible" air strikes, as international donors seek support to rebuild the conflict-torn region.
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