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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Boston bomb suspect 'serious but stable'
+ China rescuers search for quake survivors
+ US to double aid to Syria opposition
+ Napolitano re-elected Italy president
Accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is under armed guard in hospital "unable to communicate," a top official says, as police release dramatic images of his capture.
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Thousands of rescue workers comb through shattered remains of villages in a race against the clock to find survivors after a strong earthquake hit southwest China, leaving at least 160 people dead and more than 6,000 injured.
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The United States says it will double its aid to Syria's opposition, including new non-lethal military equipment, but pays no heed to calls for arms supplies or a direct intervention.
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Italy's lawmakers re-elect 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano in a bid to break the country's political gridlock, but protestors outside parliament greet the result with jeers.
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-- AMERICAS --
The arrest of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect ignites debate over a "public safety" legal exception that allows police to interrogate individuals without reading them their rights.
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A top election official warns the opposition against raising "false expectations" over an audit of Venezuela's presidential elections, saying it cannot overturn President Nicolas Maduro's victory in the polls.
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Some residents displaced by a huge blast at a Texas fertilizer plant are allowed to return to their homes as officials hold firm on a toll of 14 dead.
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The IMF urges leading powers to step up growth and reforms to generate jobs, warning that confidence in the global economy is in short supply.
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-- ASIA --
Dozens of Chinese soldiers have set up camp in a Himalayan region claimed by India, Indian government sources say, signalling a potential renewal of border tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
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Malaysia's ruling establishment is accused of resorting to "gutter politics" as a bruising election campaign starts amid outrage over sex videos and opposition charges of sabotage.
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Aung San Suu Kyi's refusal to condemn attacks on Myanmar's Muslims has dimmed the opposition leader's lustre among global rights campaigners, but her reticence has also averted a showdown with voters ahead of 2015 polls.
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He may be the opposition frontrunner for next year's Indian elections, but the ghosts of anti-Muslim carnage in his fiefdom a decade ago are haunting Narendra Modi's prime ministerial ambitions.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
Bahrain police are out in force to prevent disruption to the Gulf state's Formula One Grand Prix after days of pro-democracy protests off-circuit stole attention from the flagship event.
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Iraqi election officials are to begin counting votes from the country's first elections since US troops departed, which served as a key test of its stability amid a spike in violence.
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Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi says in an interview that he will "soon" announce a cabinet reshuffle, but analysts say it is unlikely to meet opposition demands for a complete overhaul of the government.
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-- EUROPE --
The London Marathon will take place amid a heightened police presence following the Boston Marathon bomb attacks -- and a silence to remember those killed and wounded.
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Tens of thousands of people are expected to cram the streets of Paris in a last-ditch protest to stop controversial gay marriage legislation from being approved.
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-- AFRICA --
The freeing of a French family kidnapped in West Africa is a huge personal triumph for veteran Cameroon leader Paul Biya and could serve to thaw frosty ties between Paris and its former colony, analysts say.
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