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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Hackers cause panic with 'Obama injured' tweet
+ Apple profit falls for first time in a decade
+ French parliament adopts landmark gay marriage law
Hackers spook markets after breaking into the Associated Press's Twitter account and falsely reporting President Barack Obama had been injured after two blasts at the White House.
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Apple's quarterly profit dips for the first time in nearly a decade as the iPhone maker squeezes less money from its champions in the competitive smartphone and tablet markets.
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The French parliament defies months of angry protests by approving a bill that will make France the 14th country worldwide to legalise same-sex marriages.
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The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone goes on sale this week, as the South Korean giant seeks to cement its lead over faltering rival Apple and sustain its own growth in an increasingly saturated market.
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Southeast Asian leaders convene in Brunei hoping to heal wounds from damaging infighting over China, while seeking to build momentum towards a giant free-trade pact and other economic partnerships.
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French President Francois Hollande, accompanied by a high-powered business delegation, starts a two-day visit to China Thursday with trade rather than geopolitics at the top of the agenda.
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Sri Lanka had hoped to showcase its post-war revival at this year's Commonwealth summit, but observers say the country's biggest international event in decades is in danger of becoming a major embarrassment.
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-- AMERICAS --
Two foreign nationals arrested on suspicion of what police say was an Al-Qaeda-backed plot to derail a Canadian passenger train reject the charges as they make their first court appearances.
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The Boston bombings have highlighted the practically impossible task US law enforcement faces in preventing terror attacks by determined radicals acting in isolation, security experts say.
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France promises that those behind a devastating car bomb attack on its embassy in Libya that wounded a girl living nearby and two guards, one of them seriously, will pay.
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A wave of clashes and attacks involving Iraqi security forces, protesters and their supporters leaves 54 people dead and prompts two Sunni ministers to quit, sending tensions soaring.
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Fears resurface that Syria has resorted to chemical weapons after comments by a senior Israeli army officer, while inside the country rebels battle regime and Hezbollah forces in Homs province.
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-- EUROPE --
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano prepares to unveil his nomination for prime minister to end a two-month deadlock on forming a new government that has stalled reforms and set off alarm bells around Europe.
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Alexei Navalny, the crowd-rousing Russian protest leader, goes back on trial on embezzlement charges that he claims were ordered by President Vladimir Putin to foil a dangerous political rival.
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Iceland's centre-right opposition looks likely to win general elections Saturday after a leftist coalition failed to meet voters' expectations in the aftermath of a financial crisis that threatened to capsize the country.
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-- AFRICA --
Rescue workers struggle to reach a remote Nigerian town where the military is restricting access after fierce clashes killed 187 people, as a regional governor orders a massive relief effort following the "barbaric" violence.
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