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AFP World News Agenda

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What's happening around the world on Sunday:

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Reports of a massacre in Syrian town by regime forces

+ Dozens die in Nigerian religious violence

+ Malaysia goes to the polls in close election

DAMASCUS: Monitoring the situation after reports say that the Syrian army and regime militias killed scores of residents of a Sunni neighbourhood in the coastal city of Banias, causing hundreds more to flee, and provoking fears the conflict is becoming increasingly sectarian (SYRIA-CONFLICT)

KANO, Nigeria: Monitoring situation after 39 people died and 30 were injured in fierce fighting between Christian and Muslim mobs in central Nigeria's Taraba state, prompting a round-the-clock curfew (NIGERIA-UNREST-RELIGION)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians vote in general elections that could see the ruling coalition face defeat for the first time in the country's history. Polling stations open at 0000 GMT (MALAYSIA-POLITICS-VOTE)

----- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS -----

JERUSALEM: Tracking developments after US officials say Israeli fighter jets hit an arms shipment in Syria intended for Lebanon's Hezbollah (SYRIA-CONFLICT-ISRAEL-LEBANON)

MOSCOW: Opposition activists hold a sanctioned march and rally in central Moscow. The "Freedom March" against President Vladimir Putin will go to Bolotnaya Ploshchad square close to the Kremlin. It has permission for 10,000 participants and comes ahead of another sanctioned rally on Monday. March starts 1200 GMT, rally starts 1400 GMT (RUSSIA-POLITICS-PROTEST-OPPOSITION)

ALGIERS: Trial of two Islamists implicated in the killing of more than 500 people, including the rape and murder of more than 60 women, during the country's bloody civil war between 1996 and 2004 (ALGERIA-TRIAL-ISLAMISTS)

PARIS: On the eve of Francois Hollande's first anniversary as president, extreme leftists protest against austerity policies in the capital at 1130 GMT and from 1300 GMT, gay marriage opponents stage marches in several French cities (FRANCE-GAY-MARRIAGE-POLITICS)

BUDAPEST: Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a World Jewish Congress meeting amid fresh accusations that he presides over growing anti-Semitism. At 1600 GMT (HUNGARY-POLITICS-RACISM-JEWS)

COLOMBUS, Ohio: US President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address for the graduation ceremony at Ohio State University (US-POLITICS-EDUCATION)

HOUSTON, Texas: Final day of the annual convention of the National Rifle Association, a powerful US pro-gun lobby, as debate simmers over the country's lax firearms laws in the wake of recent mass shootings (US-POLITICS-GUNS)

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