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Duty Editor: John Weaver Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Boston bomb suspect charged, could face death

+ Canada police 'foil Al-Qaeda-backed train plot'

+ 187 killed, 77 injured in fierce Nigeria clashes

+ Dutch TV show seeks one-way astronauts for Mars

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BOSTON, Massachusetts

Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty after being charged for his alleged role in the attacks that left three people dead and 200 wounded.

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OTTAWA

Two foreign nationals have been arrested in Canada in connection with what federal police say was a plot backed by Al-Qaeda to derail a passenger train in the Toronto area.

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KANO, Nigeria

Heavy fighting between Nigerian troops and suspected Islamist insurgents kills 187 people and injures 77 others, with massive blazes that rage after the clashes leaving nearly half the town destroyed, the Red Cross says.

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NEW YORK

Are you crazy enough to sign up for a one-way trip to Mars? Applications are now being accepted by the makers of a Dutch reality show that says it will deliver the first humans to the Red Planet in 10 years.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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LUXEMBOURG

Syrian rebels fighting President President Bashar al-Assad's troops get a fresh boost when the European Union eases its oil embargo to let them exploit the resources they control.

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TEL AVIV

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart hail a major arms deal as a sign of "ironclad" US support for the Jewish state after talks on Iran's nuclear drive and Syria's war.

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-- EUROPE --

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BRUSSELS

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to attend his first NATO foreign ministers meeting, with Syria the main talking point as the opposition there faces intense pressure and President Bashar al-Assad shows no sign of quitting.

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ROME

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano urges political parties to strike a deal on a new government "without delay" and accuses them of being "deaf" to the urgent need for reforms as he is sworn in for an unprecedented second term.

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PARIS

France's parliament will finally approve a bill to legalise gay marriage on Tuesday after months of protests that have shown no sign of abating in the run-up to the historic vote.

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LONDON

The authorised biography of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher hits bookshops on Tuesday, revealing an intimate side to the Iron Lady, including her first unflattering impressions of future husband Denis.

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-- ASIA --

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TOKYO

Nearly 170 Japanese lawmakers visit a controversial war shrine despite Beijing's protests over trips to the symbol of Tokyo's imperial aggression, stoking tensions as eight Chinese vessels sail into disputed waters.

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-- AMERICAS --

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MANAGUA

Police in Nicaragua announce the arrest of Eric Justin Toth, an American on the FBI's most wanted list, who is sought on child pornography charges.

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CARACAS

Venezuela steps up attacks on the United States, threatening retaliatory measures affecting trade and energy if Washington resorts to sanctions in a row over the country's disputed presidential election.

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LOS ANGELES

Veteran US folk musician Richie Havens, whose distinctive guitar and singing style made him a star of the iconic 1969 Woodstock music festival, dies aged 72.

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