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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Boston bomb suspect charged, could face death
+ More than 180 dead in Nigeria clashes
+ EU eases oil embargo to help Syria rebels
+ Taliban capture foreigners in Afghanistan
Boston bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in last week's deadly marathon attack and could face the death penalty if convicted, officials say.
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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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The European Union offers fresh aid to Syria's opposition, easing an EU oil embargo in favour of the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, but stopping short of supplying offensive weapons.
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PULI ALAM, Afghanistan
Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents seize 11 civilians including eight Turks after their helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing, officials say
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-- BOSTON BOMBINGS --
Church bells ring out across the state of Massachusetts as Boston pauses to honor the victims of last week's deadly bomb attacks at the city's prestigious marathon.
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At first glance, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared to be just a teenager lining the route of the Boston Marathon moments before the carnage of last week's bombings. Court documents suggest otherwise.
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Russian security services monitored Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev during a months-long visit he made to the North Caucasus region of Dagestan in 2011-2012, but found no reason to arrest him, a security source says.
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Their grandparents were deported by Stalin's police in the mass expulsion of Chechens in World War II. Their parents went to the US from Dagestan in search of a better life. The family history of the Boston bombing suspects shows how the turbulence of the Caucasus region reverberates beyond Russia's borders.
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-- AMERICAS --
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro launches a "government of the streets" with new finance and interior ministers, even as his election to replace the late Hugo Chavez remains in dispute.
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-- EUROPE --
An armed former convict kills six people, including a 14-year-old girl, in a broad daylight shooting at a hunting shop in the Russian city of Belgorod, police say.
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The European Union unlocks its door to Serbia and Kosovo in reward for striking a landmark agreement to normalise ties and turn the page on the last searing trouble-spot in the Balkans.
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Dutch police arrest a former pupil at a British school in the Netherlands in connection with a threat to go on a shooting spree that saw armed police deployed and schools closed.
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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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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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-- MIDDLE EAST --
Syria's opposition warns that Hezbollah's role in fighting in Homs province amounts to a "declaration of war," but the militant group says it is merely protecting Lebanese people.
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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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-- ASIA --
Clogged roads, debris and landslides impede rescuers as they battle to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China that has left at least 192 dead.
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Indian police arrest a second man over the kidnap and rape of a five-year-old girl, as officers face further protests and a hail of accusations that they botched their handling of the case.
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The UN atomic agency calls on the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant to beef up improvements of critical systems at the tsunami-struck plant as company officials struggle to deal with leaks and power cuts.
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