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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Boston in lockdown amid hunt for bombing suspect

+ Pakistan's Musharraf in police custody

+ Five-year-old raped in India battles for life

+ Venezuela's Maduro takes presidential oath

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WATERTOWN, Massachusetts

Thousands of heavily armed police stage an intense manhunt for a Chechen teenager suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings after his accomplice brother is killed in a shootout.

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ISLAMABAD

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is moved into police custody after being arrested, in an unprecedented move against a former army chief of staff ahead of key elections.

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NEW DELHI

A five-year-old Indian girl is battling for her life after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests.

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CARACAS

Nicolas Maduro succeeds the late Hugo Chavez as Venezuela's new president, hosting a lavish inauguration after defusing opposition demands for a vote recount and winning the approval of fellow Latin American leaders.

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-- AMERICAS --

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NEW YORK

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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WEST, Texas

Rescuers in Texas sifting through the rubble of homes destroyed when a fertilizer factory exploded in a massive fireball have so far recovered 12 bodies but 60 people are still missing, officials say.

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WASHINGTON

The Group of 20 economic powers pledge "ambitious" steps to boost economic growth and jobs growth as the global economy suffers from a bumpy and slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis.

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LOS ANGELES

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) agree to admit gay youth members, while maintaining a ban on adult leaders in the movement, long seen as symbolizing traditional US values.

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-- EUROPE --

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ROME

Italy's centre-left suffers a bitter blow after its candidate for presidency, former premier Romano Prodi, fails by a long shot to get the necessary votes in a secret ballot which ends in a fierce rebellion among bickering parties.

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NICOSIA

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades unveils a package of measures aimed at keeping Cypriots in employment as the massive costs of a eurozone bailout deliver a huge blow to the Mediterranean island's economy.

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BRUSSELS

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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WARSAW

Sirens ring out and church bells toll as Poland marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising that saw young Jews rise up against Nazi German forces.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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BAGHDAD

Iraq ramps up security on the eve of its first election since US troops left, as attacks, including a bombing at a Baghdad cafe, kill 37 people in a spike in unrest before polling day.

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DUBAI

Bahraini opposition protesters seeking to highlight pro-reform demands clash with police as Formula One Grand Prix practice sessions pass unhindered by the unrest away from the circuit.

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CAIRO

At least 82 people are hurt after Egyptian opposition activists march on thousands of Islamists rallying outside the Supreme Court in central Cairo demanding reform to judiciary they regard as loyal to .

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WASHINGTON

Global hopes that democracy could replace dictatorships in Arab Spring nations risk being crushed by repressive regimes, the United States warns in its annual human rights report.

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UNITED NATIONS

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi urges the Security Council to come together to address the conflict in Syria, expressing frustration with all sides but angrily brushing aside rumors he plans to resign.

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-- AFRICA --

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YAOUNDE

A French family abducted while holidaying in Cameroon emerge unscathed from their ordeal after two months in the hands of Islamic extremists.

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KHARTOUM

A peacekeeper is shot dead in an attack on an African Union-UN base in Sudan's Darfur, the mission says, two days after the government announced it regained control of the area from rebels.

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-- ASIA --

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BEIJING

Experts from the UN's health agency examine whether the H7N9 bird flu virus is spreading among humans, after a cluster of cases among relatives, but downplay fears of a pandemic.

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