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Venezuelans mourn Chavez, prepare for election

CARACAS - Shattered supporters of Hugo Chavez mourn his death in a flood of emotion that allies of the socialist leader hope will help ensure the survival of his self-styled revolution when voters elect a successor. (VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/ (UPDATE 3, TV, PICTURE), expect by 1530 GMT/1030 AM ET, by Daniel Wallis and Andrew Cawthorne, 1,150 words)

+ See also:

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/MADURO (NEWSMAKER, PICTURE), moved, by Daniel Wallis, 1,300 words

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/UN, moved, by Stephanie Nebehay, 500 words

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/CUBA (UPDATE 1, TV), moved, by Marc Frank, 875 words

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/EXILES (PICTURE), moved, by Kevin Gray, 440 words

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/USA, moved, by Matt Spetalnick, 950 words

South Korea says to strike back at North if attacked

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS - South Korea's military says it will strike back at North Korea and target its top leadership if Pyongyang launches a threatened attack in response to what it says are hostile drills between U.S. and South Korean forces. (KOREA-NORTH/ (WRAPUP 3, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Jack Kim and Louis Charbonneau, 930 words)

+ See also:

- KOREA-NORTH/UN (UPDATE 8, TV), moved, by Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols, 1,100 words)

- KOREA-NORTH/GENERAL, moved, by Jack Kim, 700 words

Kenyans await outcome of tight presidential vote

NAIROBI - Kenyan authorities are racing to gather final election results after a partial count gives the lead to a politician who faces charges in The Hague for ethnic killings following the 2007 vote. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURE, TV), expect by 1530 GMT/1030 AM ET, by Yara Bayoumy and Duncan Miriri, 1,060 words)

Italy's Bersani seeks way forward after vote impasse

ROME - Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani, under fire for falling short in last week's election, seeks to rally his party behind a plan to form a minority government backed by populist leader Beppe Grillo. (ITALY-VOTE/ (PICTURE, TV), moved, by James Mackenzie, 700 words)


Egypt court orders cancellation of elections decree

CAIRO - Egypt's administrative court orders the cancellation of a decree issued by President Mohamed Mursi that has called parliamentary elections starting April 22. (EGYPT-ELECTIONS/COURT (UPDATE 1), expect by 1530 GMT/1030 AM ET, by Marwa Awad, 200 words)

+ See also:

- EGYPT-PROTEST/ expect by 1530 GMT/1030 AM ET, by Yusri Mohamed, 300 words

- IMF-EGYPT/ (ANALYSIS), moved, by Lesley Wroughton, 600 words

U.S. warns Iran of more "isolation" in nuclear dispute

VIENNA - The United States warns Iran that it faces further international isolation if it fails to address the U.N. nuclear watchdog's concerns about its atomic activities, which the West suspects may have military purposes. (IRAN-NUCLEAR/USA (UPDATE 3, TV), moved, by Fredrik Dahl, 600 words)

Syria's refugee tide passes one-million mark

TRIPOLI, Lebanon - A 19-year-old mother of two registers as the millionth refugee to flee Syria, part of an accelerating exodus that is piling pressure on neighbouring host countries. (SYRIA-CRISIS/ (WRAPUP 1), expect by 1700 GMT/12 PM ET, 650 words)


Bulgarian mayor resigns after man sets himself on fire

SOFIA - Bulgaria's president warns there will be little easing in spending controles to soothe protesters' anger, though a new government would aim to create jobs and improve living standards in the EU's poorest country. (BULGARIA-GOVERNMENT/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURE), expect by 1630 GMT/1130 AM ET, 700 words)

+ See also:

- BULGARIA-GOVERNMENT/(INSIGHT, PICTURE, GRAPHIC), moved, by Sam Cage, 1,000 words

Vatican imposes media blackout on cardinals

VATICAN CITY - Vatican officials order cardinals gathered to prepare for the election of the next pope not to speak to the media as more indications emerge that a conclave will not start early next week as had been expected. (POPE-SUCCESSION/ (PICTURE, TV), moving shortly, by Philip Pullella, 700 words)

Moldovan pro-Europe parties in crisis talks after govt falls

CHISINAU - The leaders of Moldova's three main pro-European parties hold talks on reviving their struggling alliance to avert an early election, after the collapse of Prime Minister Vlad Filat's coalition government. (MOLDOVA-GOVERNMENT/, moved, by Alexander Tanas, 560 words)

Bolshoi dancer confesses to acid attack

MOSCOW - A dancer at Russia's Bolshoi ballet who made his name playing villains has confessed to ordering the acid attack that nearly blinded its director, angry that his lover was being kept out of leading roles. (RUSSIA-BOLSHOI/ (UPDATE 4, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova, 850 words)

EU fines Microsoft $731 mln for failed promise, warns others

BRUSSELS - The European Union fines Microsoft Corp 561 million euros ($731 million) for failing to offer users a choice of web browser, an unprecedented sanction that will act as a warning to other firms involved in EU antitrust disputes. (EU-MICROSOFT/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Foo Yun Chee, 760 words)


US House may pass legislation to avoid government shutdown

NEW YORK - The U.S. House of Representatives, weather permitting, is expected to pass legislation funding the federal government through Sept. 30, avoiding a government shutdown but keeping in place the $85 billion worth of controversial, across-the-board spending cuts triggered last Friday. (USA-FISCAL/SPENDING, expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by David Lawder, 800 words)

+ See also:

- USA-FISCAL/ENTITLEMENTS (ANALYSIS), moved, by Andy Sullivan, 650 words


Mending Mali poses political and ethnic puzzle

BAMAKO - When former colonial power France sent warplanes and troops to Mali on January 11 in a historic intervention, it did not just halt a menacing advance on the capital Bamako by Islamist rebels allied to al Qaeda. (MALI-RECONSTRUCTION/ (INSIGHT, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Pascal Fletcher, 1,900 words)

+ See also:

- MALI-REBELS/FRANCE (UPDATE 1), moving shortly, 450 words


Malaysia troops kill 13, hunt gunmen after Sabah assault

FELDA SAHABAT, Malaysia - Malaysian security forces say they have killed 13 suspected Philippine militants as they expand their hunt for an elusive armed group on Borneo island, a day after an assault with fighter jets, mortars and hundreds of troops. (MALAYSIA-PHILIPPINES/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Bazuki Muhammad, 560 words)