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-- TOP STORIES --

+ More than 120 dead in Bangladesh building collapse

+ Deadly clashes in China's Xinjiang region

+ Two days of Iraq violence leave 125 dead

Bangladesh-building-disaster,update-WRAP

SAVAR, Bangladesh

Rescue workers desperately search for survivors after a building containing five garment factories collapses in Bangladesh, killing 124 people and injuring more than 1,000.

800 words 1930 GMT by Kamrul Hasan Khan. Graphic. Picture. Video

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BEIJING

Twenty-one people, including police officers and social workers, are killed in violent clashes in China's ethnically-divided western region of Xinjiang, officials say.

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Iraq-politics-unrest-demonstration,WRAP

BAGHDAD

Two days of violence in Iraq kill 125 people, 99 of them in clashes and attacks involving security forces, protesters and their supporters, officials say.

700 words 1930 GMT by W.G. Dunlop. Graphic. Picture. Video.

-- AMERICAS --

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NEW YORK

Boeing plans to resume deliveries of its grounded 787 aircraft by early May and expects its battery fix for the high-tech plane will be done by mid-month, the company's chief Jim McNerney says.

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CARACAS

With one of the world's highest murder rates, Venezuela's daily Russian roulette with violent crime has been given an added spin: the threat of political violence arising from the country's election impasse.

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LOS ANGELES

Three decades after "Midnight's Children" catapulted Salman Rushdie to literary glory, a film of the novel feels like "closing the circle" after his dark years in hiding, he says.

800 words moved by Michael Thurston. Picture. Video

-- EUROPE --

Italy-politics,update-WRAP

ROME

Italian leftist Enrico Letta is nominated to be the new prime minister, bringing to an end a bitter two-month deadlock on forming a new government with the imminent launch of a coalition between right, centre and left.

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MAKHACHKALA, Russia

A US delegation including FBI agents interviews the parents of the Boston marathon bombing suspects in the Russian North Caucasus region of Dagestan but are told the two brothers had not contacted local Islamist groups.

650 words moved by Mairbek Agaev

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NANTERRE, France

The head of a big publishing group and a photographer are charged over the publication of intimate photos of Prince William's wife Catherine sunbathing that sparked a global furore.

600 words 1930 GMT by Ludovic Luppino. File Picture

 

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MOSCOW

An unmanned Progress spaceship racing to the ISS with 2.5 tonnes of cargo on board fails to deploy a key antenna that helps it dock with the orbiting lab, in the latest hitch in Russia's space programme.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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TRIPOLI

The bombing of the French embassy in Tripoli is another blow to the Libyan authorities, who are trying to show the world they are able to keep extremists in check despite the political upheavals that accompanied the revolution that toppled dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

700 words moved by Imed Lamloum. Graphic. Video. Picture

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ALEPPO, Syria

Aleppo's ancient Umayyad mosque, whose minaret has been destroyed in fighting, offers a chilling window into the intractability of Syria's civil war, now in its third year.

800 words moved by Anuj Chopra.  Picture. Video

-- ASIA --

China-Taiwan-health-flu,WRAP

BEIJING

International experts probing China's deadly H7N9 bird flu virus say it is "one of the most lethal influenza viruses" seen so far, as Taiwan reports the first case outside the mainland.

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BRUSSELS

US Secretary of State John Kerry tries to get Afghanistan and Pakistan on the same page, needing them to shed their mistrust and work together as NATO prepares for its Afghan withdrawal next year.

500 words moved by Nicolas Revise

ASEAN-summit,update-WRAP

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Southeast Asian leaders meet in Brunei for talks aimed at easing tensions over the South China Sea and building momentum towards groundbreaking economic partnerships.

700 words moved by Karl Malakunas. Graphic. Picture. Video

-- AFRICA --

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CAPE TOWN

Peace icon Desmond Tutu is admitted into a South African hospital for non-surgical treatment and tests related to an ongoing infection.

600 words 1930 GMT by Justine Gerardy. File Picture

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