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-- TOP STORIES --

+ US to go to 'ends of the Earth' to find Boston bombers

+ N. Korea threatens South over 'monstrous' act

+ Seven dead, dozens hurt in Venezuela vote violence

+ Syria's Assad issues new general amnesty

US-attacks,update-WRAP

BOSTON, Massachusetts

US investigators pledge to go "to the ends of the Earth" to find those behind the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, deemed by President Barack Obama to be an "act of terror."

850 words 2000 GMT by Tim Witcher. Picture. Graphic. Video

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SEOUL

North Korea threatens the South with "sledge-hammer" military action over anti-Pyongyang protests in Seoul and rejects the idea of entering into a "humiliating" dialogue with the United States.

700 words moved by Park Chan-Kyong. Graphic. Picture. Video

Venezuela-vote,update-WRAP

CARACAS

Violent protests over Venezuela's disputed presidential election have so far left seven people dead and dozens injured, as president-elect Nicolas Maduro and his opposition rival trade accusations over who is to blame.

750 words 2130 GMT by Maria Isabel Sanchez. Picture

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DAMASCUS

President Bashar al-Assad declares a "general amnesty" full of exemptions and sniffed at by Washington, as the conflict ravaging Syria shows no signs of abating.

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-- BOSTON BOMBINGS --

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BOSTON, Massachusetts

Troubling anniversaries linked to US extremists have cast a shadow over the Boston marathon bombings even though investigators are not publicly blaming any group for the attacks.

550 words 1930 GMT by Tim Witcher

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WASHINGTON

America awakes to images of carnage and the foreboding reality of terrorism in the homeland, ending a run of luck and a largely peaceful 11 years since the September 11 attacks.

750 words 2130 GMT by Stephen Collinson

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BOSTON, Massachusetts

Eight-year-old Martin Richard died near the 26-mile marker of the Boston marathon -- the one dedicated to the young victims of the Newtown massacre.

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WASHINGTON

The explosives used in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings were likely homemade devices full of nails and metal fragments designed to cause widespread injury, according to initial reports.

600 words 2030 GMT by Mathieu Rabechault. File Picture

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NEW YORK

Vigilant but calm, New Yorkers are unfazed by heightened security measures imposed after the Boston marathon bombing even as it revives memories of the devastating terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

650 words 2030 GMT by Prune Perromat. Picture. Video.

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LONDON

The London Marathon will go ahead this weekend after security arrangements were reviewed in the wake of the bombings that caused carnage at the Boston Marathon, organisers and police say.

750 words moved by Tom Williams. Video. File picture

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BOSTON

A pacifist from Costa Rica who lost a son in the war in Iraq emerges as a hero for his bravery and selflessness in coming to the aid of victims of the devastating bombings at the Boston marathon.

600 words 2230 GMT by Mariano Andrade. Picture

-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

The IMF cuts its world growth forecast for 2013 as the eurozone recession drags on and US expansion is hit by spending cuts, but growth overall is expected to pick up in the second half of the year.

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HAVANA

Venezuela's disputed election result is bad news for the communist regime in Cuba, heavily dependent on oil and cash from Caracas under its late leader Hugo Chavez, analysts say.

600 words 2100 GMT by Jean-Herve Deiller

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WASHINGTON

It is "indisputable" that the United States engaged in torture after the September 11, 2001 attacks and top officials are ultimately to blame, an independent review says.

650 words 2130 GMT by Dan De Luce. File Picture

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WASHINGTON

The US Senate faces a showdown over gun rights, but even supporters of a contentious compromise on background checks concede they are still short of the votes needed to ensure approval of the landmark legislation.

650 words 2100 GMT by Michael Mathes. Picture

-- ASIA --

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QUETTA, Pakistan

A powerful earthquake strikes southeastern Iran, killing at least 34 people across the border in Pakistan and shaking buildings as far away as the Gulf and New Delhi.

800 words 1930 GMT by Maaz Khan. Animated graphics. Picture

Pakistan-unrest-vote,update-WRAP

PESHAWAR, Pakistan

Bombers kill 20 people and wound dozens more in Pakistan in the bloodiest day of violence yet on the campaign trail for next month's historic general election.

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-- EUROPE --

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LONDON

Margaret Thatcher's coffin is taken to a chapel at the Houses of Parliament, allowing lawmakers to pay their respects to the former British prime minister ahead of her funeral.

700 words 2100 GMT by Robin Millard. Picture. Video. Graphic

 

Finance-economy-Germany-politics-vote,FOCUS

BERLIN

A new anti-euro party in Germany is emerging as an election-year wild card and a potential threat to Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose coalition government is ruling with a narrow margin.

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-- AFRICA --

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BANGUI

A mob in Bangui kills seven ex-rebels, prompting Central Africa's new strongman to beef up security in a bid to stem civilian anger over looting blamed on his Seleka group.

500 words 2000 GMT by Christian Panika

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KHARTOUM

Four civilians are killed as Sudanese forces recapture a strategic rebel-held town in southern Darfur, peacekeepers say after the UN calls for access to help thousands of affected residents.

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