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Duty editor: Susan Stumme

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Hunt goes on for Boston bomb suspects

+ Syria's Assad warns West over Qaeda

+ Britain bids farewell to Thatcher

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BOSTON, Massachusetts

US investigators believe they have images of a man who placed the Boston marathon bombs that killed three people and injured scores in a hail of metal fragments.

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DAMASCUS

President Bashar al-Assad warns Western states they will pay a heavy price at home for their alleged support of Islamists in the Syrian conflict and says defeat of his regime is not an option.

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LONDON

Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is laid to rest in a funeral full of military pageantry which attracts applause and some protests against the woman who transformed her country and helped end the Cold War.

850 words 2100 GMT by Alice Ritchie. Picture. Video. Graphic. Live report

-- BOSTON BOMBINGS --

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BOSTON, Massachusetts

Doctors carried out at least 13 leg amputations after the Boston marathon bombings, and for the surgeons, it was an agonizing decision.

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WASHINGTON

The death of a Chinese student in the Boston bombings presents not just an individual tragedy but a public relations nightmare for US universities, which have struggled to counter perceptions the United States is unsafe.

650 words 2145 GMT by Shaun Tandon

-- AMERICAS --

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CARACAS

Tensions run high in Venezuela in the wake of deadly demonstrations sparked by a disputed weekend election in which Hugo Chavez's hand-picked leftist heir Nicolas Maduro won by a razor-thin margin.

650 words 2100 GMT by Maria Isabel Sanchez. Picture

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WASHINGTON

Barring a last-minute change of heart by wavering lawmakers, the chance for historic US gun legislation appears to slip away as most Republicans balked at supporting an expansion of background checks.

500 words 1930 GMT by Michael Mathes

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WASHINGTON

The Federal Reserve slightly upgrades its view of the US economy, its Beige Book report on regional activity saying that manufacturing and construction continues to grow.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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EILAT, Israel

Militants fire two rockets from Egypt's Sinai Peninsula at the southern resort city of Eilat, Israel says, in an attack claimed by Jihadists to coincide with Palestinian Prisoners' Day.

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DUBAI

Protesters in Bahrain plan to step up demands for reform ahead of this weekend's Formula One Grand Prix, setting the scene for a showdown with authorities determined to stage an incident-free race.

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-- ASIA --

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MASHKAIL, Pakistan

Thousands of Pakistanis are affected by a huge earthquake in Iran that damaged hundreds of homes and killed at least 41 people, sparking a military rescue effort in the remote region.

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WELLINGTON

New Zealand becomes the first Asia-Pacific country to legalise same-sex marriage after a decades-long campaign, a historic decision celebrated with parties across the gay community.

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BANGALORE

A top Indian official says a blast in the city of Bangalore that wounded 16 people, including 11 policemen, is "an act of terror" designed to disrupt upcoming state elections.

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-- EUROPE --

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ROME

Italian lawmakers are locked in frenetic negotiations before they begin voting for a new president in a key step that could end a two-month impasse between the parties on forming a new government.

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-- AFRICA --

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KHARTOUM

Sudan's government and rebels in South Kordofan state say they are ready to talk about ending a two-year-long war, at a planned meeting in Ethiopia next week.

700 words 1930 GMT by Ian Timberlake

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