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-- TOP STORIES --
+ US police investigate captured Boston bomb suspect
+ Hundreds killed or hurt in China quake
+ Iraq holds first polls since US withdrawal
Police guard Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in hospital as detectives search for clues to how the Chechen teenager and his brother could have turned to terrorism.
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At least 160 people are killed and 6,700 injured as a strong earthquake hits a mountainous part of southwestern China, destroying thousands of homes and triggering landslides.
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Iraqis vote 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.
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-- EUROPE --
Italy's 87-year-old President Giorgio Napolitano is re-elected by lawmakers to end a deadlock on forming a new government, with cheers in parliament but jeers at a rally outside by a protest party that denounced a "coup d'etat".
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-- AMERICAS --
The two brothers suspected of the Boston bombings, Chechens who grew up in America, fit the profile of a new generation of jihadists who are radicalized online and strike in their home countries.
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Venezuela's opposition accuses the government of President Nicolas Maduro of engaging in mass arrests of protesters, in a contentious start to his new administration.
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Pressure mounts on the US, Europe and Japan to boost growth and reform to avoid pulling the global economy backward as finance chiefs wind up the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
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Global warming, a new offensive against poverty -- the World Bank has overhauled its agenda to prove its relevance in the face of competition from rich emerging nations, notably China.
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-- MIDEAST --
The United States is set to boost its support for Syria's rebels at a meeting of the opposition's main foreign backers and could for the first time agree to supply non-lethal military gear.
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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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Bahrain's crown prince admits there are "issues" affecting the Gulf kingdom on the eve of a Formula One Grand Prix that has been dogged by sometimes bloody clashes between police and democracy activists.
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-- ASIA --
A Pakistani court orders former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to be remanded in custody for two weeks but he will be allowed to stay at his plush villa, officials say.
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A five-year-old Indian girl who was abducted, raped and tortured in New Delhi is alert and stable, doctors say, as fresh protests erupt over sexual violence in the country.
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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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