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-- TOP STORIES --
+ US police detain Boston bomb suspect
+ Iraq stages first polls since departure of US troops
+ 6.6-magnitude quake strikes southwest China
+ Venezuela's Maduro takes presidential oath
Police detain a teenaged suspect in the deadly Boston marathon bombings after an hours-long manhunt that kept the city on edge and a wild shootout in which his accomplice brother was killed.
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Iraqis cast their votes in the country's first polls since US troops departed, a key test of its stability in the face of a spike in attacks that has claimed more than 100 lives.
550 words 0200 GMT by Prashant Rao. Graphic. Picture.
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes China's southwestern Sichuan province, with the US Geological Survey saying significant casualties are likely, five years after a massive quake devastated the same region.
400 words 0130 GMT by Carol Huang
Nicolas Maduro is sworn in as president of Venezuela, replacing the late Hugo Chavez and calling for dialogue with the opposition to build a better country "for everyone, by everyone".
850 words 0130 GMT by Jim Mannion. Picture. Video
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-- AMERICAS --
US aviation authorities approve Boeing's fix for the 787 battery after two incidents grounded the global fleet of its newest long-distance aircraft and raised questions about the safety approval process.
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Rescuers in Texas sifting through the rubble of homes destroyed when a fertilizer factory exploded earlier this week have recovered 12 bodies but 60 people remain missing, officials say.
550 words 0300 GMT by Mira Oberman. Picture. Video
The Group of 20 economic powers pledges "ambitious" steps to spur growth and job creation to get the crisis-scarred global economy back on track.
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RIO DE JANEIRO
Much like football, played on beaches with passion and flamboyance, the Brazilian bikini captures the essence of the country, with its colorful designs, cheeky cut and undoubtedly sexy style.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
At least 82 people are hurt in clashes after opposition activists march on thousands of Islamists rallying outside a central Cairo court demanding judicial reform, an official says.
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The main international backers of Syria's opposition gather in Istanbul on with the rebels hoping Western and Arab countries will step up their support, including with arms.
650 words 0130 GMT by Michael Mainville
-- EUROPE --
Italy's centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani tells members of his party he will step down after failing to push through his preferred candidate for president.
700 words 0400 GMT by Ella Ide. Picture. Video. Graphic
Serbia and its former province of Kosovo initial a historic deal to normalise ties, a move key to the future of the Western Balkans and destined also to bring both closer to the European Union.
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France's bitter debate over gay marriage is set to reach a potentially explosive climax on Sunday, two days before a bill legalising same-sex unions is due to be finally approved.
550 words 0300 GMT by Marianne Barriaux
-- ASIA --
PERMATANG PAUH, Malaysia
Malaysian premier Najib Razak and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim kick off their campaigns for tight May 5 general elections that have raised the spectre of the first change of government in the country's history.
500 words 0400 GMT by Julia Zappei
The focus of weeks of hostile rhetoric on the Korean peninsula has shifted from nuclear war to dialogue, but analysts warn the road to formal talks is longer and more challenging than it has ever been.
900 words 0230 GMT by Giles Hewitt
-- AFRICA --
French President Francois Hollande will be waiting to welcome a family of seven released after being held by an Islamist group in Nigeria for two months, when they fly into Paris early Saturday.
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Ivorians vote Sunday in local elections seen as a trial run for a 2015 presidential poll, but tension is high as the party of ousted president Laurent Gbagbo boycotts the poll.
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