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Global leaders, celebrities honor Chavez at funeral

CARACAS - Mourners from Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to U.S. Oscar-winner Sean Penn pay emotional farewell to Hugo Chavez at funeral for charismatic but divisive Venezuelan leader who changed face of politics in South America. (VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/ (UPDATE 6, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Daniel Wallis and Mario Naranjo, 1,029 words)

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- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/CHAVISMO (ANALYSIS), moved, by Andrew Cawthorne, 1,250 words

Some U.S. lawmakers fear Pyongyang is still getting off easy

UNITED NATIONS - New U.N. measures against North Korea over its nuclear arms program are designed to bring that sanctions regime more in line with tough restrictions Iran faces, but some lawmakers in Washington fear Pyongyang is still getting off easy. (KOREA-NORTH/SANCTIONS (ANALYSIS), expect by 1945 GMT/2.45 PM ET, by Louis Charbonneau and Paul Eckert, 700 words)

U.S. to step up pressure on North Korea over human rights

WASHINGTON - United States will lead push at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next week to create commission to scrutinize North Korea, adding new form of international pressure on nuclear saber-rattling state. (USA-KOREA/RIGHTS, expect by 2000 GMT/3 PM ET, by Paul Eckert, 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 to take charge of troubled Church. (POPE-SUCCESSION/START (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), expect by 2015/3.15 PM ET, by Crispian Balmer, 698 words)

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- POPE-SUCCESSION/SECURITY, moved, by Naomi O'Leary, 794 words

Kenya says to complete delayed vote count on Friday

NAIROBI - Kenya says it is determined to complete count in a tight presidential race that puts Uhuru Kenyatta ahead of his main rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga and in with chance of outright victory. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Duncan Miriri and Richard Lough, 965 words)


In U.S. court, bin Laden relative denies plot charge

NEW YORK - Son-in-law of Osama bin Laden pleads not guilty to charge of conspiracy to kill Americans, one of higher-ranking al Qaeda figures to stand trial in United States for crimes connected to attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (USA-MILITANT/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Jonathan Allen, 545 words)

Sturdy U.S. job gains offer bright sign for economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers add greater-than-expected 236,000 workers to their payrolls in February and jobless rate falls to four-year low, offering bright signal on economy's health. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 6), moved, by Lucia Mutikani, 810 words)

Film shows how education can change girls' lives

NEW YORK - New feature film that debuts in theaters this week explores link between improving education for girls struggling in poor countries around globe and ending poverty. (FILM-GIRLRISING/, moving shortly, by Patricia Reaney, 401 words)


Colombia's ELN guerrillas free two Germans hostages

BOGOTA - Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, National Liberation Army (ELN), frees two German men that guerrillas held since November, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says. (COLOMBIA-REBELS/GERMANS (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moving shortly, by Jack Kimball, 300 words)


Hagel makes first Afghan trip as U.S. defence chief

KABUL - Chuck Hagel arrives in Afghanistan for his first trip abroad as U.S. defence secretary, seeking to make his own assessment of America's longest war as it enters its final stretch. (AFGHANISTAN-USA/HAGEL (UPDATE 2), moved, by Phil Stewart, 830 words)


Syrian army shells hold up UN retrieval of peacekeepers

BEIRUT - Intense Syrian army bombardment prevents convoy of U.N. vehicles from reaching and retrieving 21 U.N. peacekeepers seized by rebels near Golan Heights two days ago, a rebel spokesman says. (SYRIA-CRISIS/PEACEKEEPERS (UPDATE 2), moved, by Oliver Holmes and Dominic Evans, 829 words)

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- SYRIA-CRISIS/TURKEY, moved, by Andrew Osborn, 525 words

Thousands march in Egypt's Port Said over deaths

PORT SAID, Egypt - Thousands of Egyptians pack streets of Suez Canal city of Port Said in protest at deaths of local people in clashes with police and before court decision in a contentious football riot case. (EGYPT-VIOLENCE/PORTSAID (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Yusri Mohamed, 591 words)


Sudan, South Sudan agree to withdraw forces from buffer zone

ADDIS ABABA - Sudan and South Sudan agree to order their forces out of demilitarised border zone by March 14, mediator says, possibly opening way to the resumption of oil exports from the south. (SUDAN-SOUTH/BORDERS (UPDATE 1), moved, by Aaron Maasho, 423 words)


Can Bowie turn acclaim and hype into record sales?

LONDON - He caught music world napping with first new songs in decade and had critics searching for superlatives in reviews of new album "The Next Day". Next big question for David Bowie is whether critical acclaim turns into record sales. (MUSIC-DAVIDBOWIE/ALBUM, moved, by Mike Collett-White, 705 words)

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- PEOPLE-JUSTINBIEBER/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Mike Collett-White, 619 words