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Global leaders, celebrities honor Chavez at funeral

CARACAS - From Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Oscar-winner Sean Penn, an eclectic mix of mourners bid farewell to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez at a state funeral for the charismatic but divisive leader who changed the face of South American politics. (VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/ (UPDATE 9, PIX, TV), moved, by Daniel Wallis and Mario Naranjo, 1,200 words)

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/GRASSROOTS (PIX, TV), moved, by Terry Wade and Patricia Velez, 970 words

UN hopes to free peacekeepers from Syria rebels on Saturday

BEIRUT/UNITED NATIONS - Unsafe conditions prevented the release of 21 U.N. peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels, but a new attempt to retrieve the men would be made on Saturday, the United Nations and a Syrian opposition group say (SYRIA-CRISIS/PEACEKEEPERS (UPDATE 3), moved, by Dominic Evans and Michelle Nichols, 835 words)

N.Korea rejects U.N. sanctions, declares goal of nuke arms

SEOUL - North Korea formally rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that demands an end to its nuclear arms programme, signalling it would defy international sanctions and pursue its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state. (KOREA-NORTH/), moved, by Jack Kim, 648 words)

- KOREA-NORTH/SANCTIONS (ANALYSIS), moved, by Louis Charbonneau, 1,137 words

Kenyatta wins presidency by slim margin in Kenyan election

NAIROBI - Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, wins the presidential election with a slim margin of 50.03 percent of votes cast, provisional figures show, just enough to avoid a run-off after a race that has divided the nation. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/ (PICTURE, TV), moving shortly, by George Obulutsa and Edmund Blair, 800 words)


Pakistan supply routes open, but gear moves slowly

WASHINGTON - It is the least expensive way to get food and fuel to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. But eight months after Pakistan reopened its ground supply routes for the NATO war effort, hardly any new cargo has taken that path into the landlocked country. (PAKISTAN-USA/AFGHANISTAN, moved, by Phil Stewart and David Alexander, 875 words)

- AFGHANISTAN-USA/HAGEL (UPDATE 1), moved, 722 words

China says Dalai Lama rewarding self-immolators with money

BEIJING - A Chinese official accused exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Friday of providing money to encourage people to set themselves on fire, and said they had evidence to prove the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was instigating the self-immolations. More than 100 Tibetans have set themselves alight in protest against Chinese rule since 2009. (CHINA-PARLIAMENT/TIBET (PIX, TV), moved, by Terril Yue Jones, 450 words)


U.S. tracked bin Laden son-in-law for years before arrest

WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators tracked Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, for about 10 years before he was detained in Jordan and brought by the FBI to New York City in the past few days, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation say. (USA-MILITANT/TRACKING (PIX, TV), moved, by Mark Hosenball, 800 words).

- USA-MILITANT/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Jonathan Allen, 700 words


Conclave to elect new pope to start March 12

VATICAN CITY - Roman Catholic cardinals will enter conclave to elect successor to Pope Benedict on March 12, Vatican says, with no clear favourite emerging so far to take charge of troubled Church. (POPE-SUCCESSION/START (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Crispian Balmer, 707 words)

- POPE-SUCCESSION/CHALLENGES (SPECIAL REPORT, PIX, GRAPHIC, TV), moved, by Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor, 2,593 words


Colombia's ELN guerrillas free two Germans hostages

BOGOTA - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group frees two German men that rebels held since November, International Committee of the Red Cross says. (COLOMBIA-REBELS/GERMANS (UPDATE 3, TV), moved, by Jack Kimball, 362 words)