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-- TOP STORIES --
+ US kidnap suspect jailed on $8 million bond
+ Syria threatens quick response to Israeli strike
+ Eight dead in new Bangladesh factory disaster
+ Moyes succeeds Ferguson as Man Utd manager
Unemployed US bus driver Ariel Castro is ordered held on an $8 million bond on charges he kidnapped and raped three women and held them in his home for a decade.
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Syria threatens an immediate response to any new Israeli strike, after two reported attacks on military targets, as its Lebanese ally Hezbollah says Damascus would arm it with 'game-changing' weapons despite those strikes.
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A fire at a garment factory kills eight people in the latest disaster to hit Bangladesh's textile industry, still reeling from the death of more than 950 people in a building collapse.
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David Moyes faces the daunting task of following in the footsteps of Alex Ferguson after being officially confirmed as the manager of Manchester United on a six-year contract on Thursday.
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-- AMERICAS --
A baby delivered on Christmas Day by a captive under threat of death, multiple miscarriages, repeated rapes and savage beatings -- all took place over a decade within the walls of an American home.
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Boston's police chief says his department was not briefed on a Russian intelligence warning about suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev ahead of last month's deadly bomb blasts at the city's marathon.
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The US dollar tops 100 yen for the first time in more than four years as Tokyo's aggressive stimulus efforts to reflate the Japanese economy continue to depress its currency.
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-- EUROPE --
British Prime Minister David Cameron faces renewed pressure on Europe after a group of rebels from his own party push for a potentially embarrassing vote over a referendum on EU membership.
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Italian knitwear innovator Ottavio "Tai" Missoni, whose distinctive colourful zigzag dresses became a global fashion empire, dies in his home at the age of 92.
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Slovenia's government adopts an action plan aimed at avoiding a bailout that it hopes will satisfy Brussels with privatisations, tax increases and austerity measures.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
Israel has signed off on plans for nearly 300 new settler homes near Ramallah, angering the Palestinians who accused the Israeli government of trying to "sabotage" US moves to rekindle peace talks.
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-- ASIA --
Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and cricket star Imran Khan make final impassioned appeals for votes, addressing tens of thousands of supporters as campaigning wraps up for Pakistan's landmark elections on Saturday.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai says that he could allow the United States to keep nine military bases in the country as part of negotiations over a long-term security pact with Washington.
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A war crimes court sentences a top Bangladeshi Islamist to death for masterminding the slaughter of at least 120 farmers in one of the bloodiest single episodes of the 1971 independence war.
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-- AFRICA --
Gunmen from a shadowy cult ambush a group of police officers in central Nigeria, killing 23 of them and then setting fire to their bodies, police and officials say.
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Kenya has written to the UN Security Council appealing for the scrapping of international crimes against humanity trials for President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, according to a letter.
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