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Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT March 1

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WASHINGTON - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner ruled out tax increases as a way to address the nation's deficit after talks with President Barack Obama on budget cuts set to start taking effect later on Friday.

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NAIROBI - Kenyans choose a new president on Monday in a closely fought election that has divided the east African nation and raised fears of a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the tightly contested race five years ago.

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ROME/BERLIN - President Giorgio Napolitano ruled out an early return to the polls on Friday as Italy's parties wrangled over how to form a government after this week's deadlocked election.

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VATICAN CITY - A relaxed and rested Pope Emeritus Benedict read messages from well-wishers and strolled in his retirement palace gardens on Friday as cardinals due to elect his successor planned pre-vote meetings for next week.

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ANKARA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States found a comment by Turkey's prime minister, likening Zionism to crimes against humanity, "objectionable", overshadowing their talks on the crisis in neighbouring Syria.

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EASTLEIGH, England - Prime Minister David Cameron's ruling Conservative Party has been beaten into third place in an election for a parliamentary seat, by a party that wants Britain to leave the European Union.

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WUKAN, China - Zhuang Liehong, a 28-year-old cigarette and liquor salesman, was fed up. Businessmen were seizing land here in Wukan, his hometown fishing village in southern China. Village officials not only didn't help - they had secretly sold the land. Outside authorities did nothing.

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MEXICO CITY - She was Mexico's most powerful woman, feared by presidents and held the future of millions of school children in her hands, but the head of one of Latin America's biggest trade unions now languishes behind bars on corruption charges.

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MIAMI - A Florida man was missing on Friday after a sinkhole suddenly opened up beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, police and fire officials said.

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