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UN slaps sanctions on North Korea, Kim visits frontline

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL - The United Nations imposes new sanctions on North Korea aimed at curtailing its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and China, the isolated regime's only major ally, says it wants the measures fully implemented. (KOREA-NORTH/ (WRAPUP 1, PICTURE), moved, by Louis Charbonneau and Jack Kim, 840 words)

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- USA-KOREA/THREAT (ANALYSIS), moved, by Paul Eckert, 730 words

Kenyan presidential election edges to nail-biting end

NAIROBI - Kenya's presidential race tightens with frontrunner Uhuru Kenyatta gaining just under half of the ballots counted four days after the vote, raising the prospect of a tense run-off against his main rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga. (KENYA-ELECTION/ (UPDATE 4), expect by 1200 GMT/7 AM ET, by Duncan Miriri and Richard Lough, 900 words)

Leaders from Cuba to Iran attending Chavez's funeral

CARACAS - At least two dozen heads of state are to attend Hugo Chavez's funeral during an outpouring of grief for the charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed the face of politics in South America. (VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/ (PICTURE, TV), moved, by Daniel Wallis and Andrew Cawthorne, 900 words)

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- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/CUBA (PICTURE, TV), moved, by Jeff Franks, 650 words

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/OPPONENTS (PICTURE), moved, by Simon Gardner and Girish Gupta, 750 words

The impossible job: God's CEO on earth

VATICAN CITY - The man who would be pope must take on a 2,000-year-old institution whose reputation is tarnished, be a spiritual guide for millions, an inspiration for the oppressed and the manager of a malfunctioning bureaucracy. Like Jesus Christ, but with an MBA. (POPE-SUCCESSION/CHALLENGES (SPECIAL REPORT, PICTURE, GRAPHIC, TV), moved for subscribers to Special Reports, by Tom Heneghan, 2,500 words)

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- POPE-SUCCESSION/AFRICA, moved, by Elias Biryabarema, 420 words


After Grillo, Florence mayor was big winner in Italy's vote

ROME - The big winner in Italy's election was populist leader Beppe Grillo but young Florence mayor Matteo Renzi is emerging as a less obvious beneficiary of a huge protest vote that threatens to destroy the old political system. (ITALY-VOTE/RENZI (ANALYSIS, PICTURE), moved, by Barry Moody, 1,200 words)

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- ITALY-VOTE/RENZI-POLL, expect by 1130 GMT/6.30 AM ET, 500 words

German reform angst sets in a decade after "Agenda 2010"

BERLIN - With its record low unemployment, thriving "Mittelstand" companies and consensus-seeking unions, Germany has been held up as a model of economic management at a time when many of its European partners are mired in crisis. But critics are sounding the alarm bell. (GERMANY-REFORMS/ (ANALYSIS, PICTURE), moved, by Noah Barkin, 1,300 words)


Rebels say no negotiations underway to free UN peacekeepers

BEIRUT - Rebels holding 21 U.N. peacekeepers near the Golan Heights in southern Syria say no negotiations are under way to free the men and give no indication that they will be released soon. (SYRIA-CRISIS/PEACEKEEPERS, expect by 1130 GMT/6.30 AM ET, by Oliver Holmes, 500 words)

Egypt's opposition scents chance in election debacle

CAIRO - To Egypt's opposition, a court ruling throwing the electoral process into limbo offers an opportunity to force Islamist President Mohamed Mursi into compromise as the country heads towards economic and security chaos. (EGYPT-OPPOSITION/ (ANALYSIS), expect by 1300 GMT/8 AM ET, by Yasmine Saleh, 1,500 words)


Bin Laden son-in-law to face conspiracy charges in New York court

NEW YORK - A son-in-law of Osama bin Laden faces arraignment in a federal court in New York, where he is charged with conspiracy to kill Americans. (USA-MILITANT/, expect by 1215 GMT/7.15 AM ET, 280 words)


Two years after Fukushima, Japan's nuclear lobby bounces back

TOKYO - The crowds of anti-nuclear protesters have dwindled since Japan's "Summer of Discontent" last year, and a new government is keen to revive the country's atomic energy industry, but Morishi Izumita says he is not about to throw in the towel. (JAPAN-NUCLEAR/DISCONTENT (PICTURE), moved, by Mari Saito and Linda Sieg, 830 words)

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- FUKUSHIMA-DISASTER/DELAYS (INTERVIEW, PICTURE), moved, by James Topham and Mari Saito, 600 words

China exports surge, supports recovery hopes

BEIJING - China's exports soar past forecasts to jump by a fifth in February from a year ago, a sign the country's modest economic revival is intact and suggesting global demand may also be on the mend. (CHINA-ECONOMY/TRADE (UPDATE 2), moved, by Koh Gui Qing and Xiaoyi Shao, 700 words)