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+ Boston bomb suspect charged, could face death
+ Canada police 'foil Al-Qaeda-backed train plot'
+ Japan vows to expel China from dispute islands
Boston bombing 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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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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Japan's prime minister vows to "expel by force" any Chinese landing on islands at the centre of a bitter territorial row, after eight government vessels from China sailed into the disputed waters.
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The Taliban say that 10 foreigners abducted after their helicopter made an emergency landing are well and have been moved to a "safe area", as Afghan security forces mount a hunt for the group and their captives.
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Tens of thousands of terrified survivors of China's devastating earthquake who are living in makeshift tents or on the streets after their homes were destroyed are facing the future with dread and uncertainty.
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Malaysia's opposition, with hopes for an historic victory in May 5 polls, is promising to replicate nationwide its achievements in the showcase state of Penang, where it has curbed corruption and balanced the books.
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Record-breaking batsman Sachin Tendulkar turns 40 Wednesday with no plans to retire despite media speculation and recent form suggesting that age is finally catching up with the "Little Master".
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US Secretary of State John Kerry attends his first NATO foreign ministers meeting Tuesday, with Syria the main talking point as opposition fighters there come under intense pressure.
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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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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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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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Nigerian authorities are to investigate the army's conduct after clashes between troops and Islamist fighters in the northeast killed nearly 200 people, many of them civilians.
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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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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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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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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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