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AFP World News Agenda


What's happening around the world Tuesday:


+ Two killed in Boston Marathon blasts

+ Venezuela under pressure for recount

+ N. Korea threatens South over protests

+ Thatcher coffin taken to Westminster

BOSTON, Massachusetts: At least two people are killed and 23 others wounded as two explosions strike near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, sparking scenes of panic (US-ATHLETICS-MARATHON-BLAST)

CARACAS: Venezuela's opposition piles pressure on electoral authorities to recount the tight vote to replace late leader Hugo Chavez, calling for protests if acting President Nicolas Maduro is formally proclaimed the winner (VENEZUELA-VOTE)

SEOUL: North Korea's military threatens retaliation against the South over anti-North Korean protests after US Secretary of State John Kerry ends his Asian tour aimed at trying to defuse tensions (NKOREA-SKOREA-US-JAPAN-MILITARY)

LONDON: The coffin of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is taken to the chapel at the Houses of Parliament on the eve of her ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday. Picture. Video (BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER)


BRUSSELS: The European Commission at around 1000 GMT releases the results of tests carried out to detect the presence of horsemeat in processed meals and of the horse drug phenylbutazone in horse carcasses (EU-FOOD-HEALTH-HORSEMEAT)

ATHENS: Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras holds a news conference at 0800 GMT, a day after Athens and its troika of international creditors reached an agreement opening the way for the disbursement of billions in bailout loans (FINANCE-PUBLIC-DEBT-GREECE)

ROME: Italian presidential aide Aldo Amati holds press conference at 1300 GMT on President Giorgio Napolitano's legacy as lawmakers prepare to begin voting on a new president (ITALY-POLITICS-PRESIDENT).

DAMASCUS: Fighting continues to rage across Syria, with air strikes and clashes reported in the Damascus suburbs (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

ACCRA: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives for the final stop of a three-nation African tour, after visiting Benin and Niger. Picture (GHANA-IRAN-DIPLOMACY)

ABU DHABI: New hearing in the trial of 94 UAE Islamists accused of plotting to seize power (UAE-ISLAMISTS-TRIAL-RIGHTS)

ACCRA: Ghana's Supreme Court hears arguments at 0900 GMT in a case brought by the opposition New Patriotic Party challenging the results of December's presidential election. The NPP claims that 1.3 million votes were improperly cast and are seeking to have President John Dramani Mahama's first round win thrown out (GHANA-POLITICS-OPPOSITION-COURT).

JERUSALEM: Israel celebrates the 65th anniversary of the creation of the Jewish state. Picture (ISRAEL-HISTORY-CELEBRATION-ANNIVERSARY-PALESTINIANS))