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Reuters World News Highlights at 2200 GMT, Mar 08

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CARACAS - Mourners ranging from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to U.S. Oscar-winner Sean Penn paid an emotional farewell to Hugo Chavez at the funeral for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America.

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NEW YORK - A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleaded not guilty in a New York court to conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes connected to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

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NAIROBI - The Kenyan authorities said they would announce a final result on Saturday in a tightly fought election that seemed to put the son of Kenya's founding president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on course for outright victory.

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WASHINGTON - U.S. employers added a greater-than-expected 236,000 workers to their payrolls in February and the jobless rate fell to a four-year low, offering a bright signal on the economy's health.

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VATICAN CITY - Roman Catholic cardinals will enter a conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict on March 12, the Vatican said, with no clear favourite emerging so far to take charge of the troubled church.

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BEIRUT - Intense Syrian army bombardment prevented a convoy of United Nations vehicles from reaching and retrieving 21 U.N. peacekeepers seized by rebels near the Golan Heights two days ago, a rebel spokesman said.

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JERUSALEM - Clashes broke out between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank and at a holy site in Jerusalem as tensions rose weeks before a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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PARIS - French forces searching for al Qaeda-linked militants in the hidden valleys of the remote north of Mali are now deep in the Islamists' sanctuary, France's defence minister said.

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