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As Venezuelans mourn Chavez, election set for mid-April

CARACAS - Venezuela will hold a presidential election on April 14, officials say, as acting President Nicolas Maduro tries to benefit from an emotional outpouring for his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, and win his own term in office. (VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/ (UPDATE 7, PIX, TV), moved, by Simon Gardner and Terry Wade, 700 words)

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/DEATH (PIX, TV), moved, by Marianna Parraga, 600 words

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

Kenyatta declared winner of Kenya's presidential vote

NAIROBI - Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for crimes against humanity, is declared winner of Kenya's presidential election, but rival Raila Odinga says he would challenge the outcome in court and asks supporters to avoid violence. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/ (UPDATE 6, TV, PIX), moved, by Richard Lough and Duncan Miriri, 1000 words)

- KENYA-ELECTIONS/KENYATTA (NEWSMAKER), moved, by James Macharia, 930 words

- KENYA-ELECTIONS/ODINGA (NEWSMAKER), moved, by James Macharia, 950 words

Egypt protesters torch buildings, try to target Suez Canal

PORT SAID, Egypt/CAIRO - Egyptian protesters torch buildings in Cairo and try to disrupt the Suez Canal as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stokes rage in a country struggling with deepening security problems. (EGYPT-RIOT/ (UPDATE 7, PIX, TV), moved, by Yousri Mohamed and Marwa Awad, 950 words)

Freed U.N. peacekeepers cross into Jordan from Syria

BEIRUT - Twenty-one United Nations peacekeepers held by rebels for three days in southern Syria cross into Jordan, after an ordeal which highlighted how Syria's civil war is ratcheting up tensions on its volatile borders. (SYRIA-CRISIS/PEACEKEEPERS (UPDATE 4), moved, by Dominic Evans, 650 words)


China unveils government restructuring plans

BEIJING - China unveils biggest government restructuring since 1998, reducing cabinet-level entities by two and dissolving the powerful Railways Ministry, as China's new leaders look to larger but fewer ministries to boost efficiency. (CHINA-PARLIAMENT/MINISTRIES (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, by Michael Martina, 500 words)

Hagel's reintroduction to Afghan war begins with bombing

KABUL - Chuck Hagel's first full day in Afghanistan as U.S. defense secretary begins with the sound of a suicide bombing about a mile (kilometre) away from one of his morning briefings. (AFGHANISTAN-USA/HAGEL), moved, by Phil Stewart, 600 words)


Obama dials down budget blame in new tack on deficit fight

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he is looking for compromise in the coming months to end a two-year fight with Congress over how to reduce the deficit, promising Americans in his weekly radio address that he will try to find common ground with lawmakers. (USA-FISCAL/OBAMA, moved, by Roberta Rampton, 400 words)

- USA-FISCAL/WHITEHOUSETOURS, moved, by Deborah Zabarenko, 600 words

USA-FISCAL/UNIVERSITYRESEARCH, moved, by Gabriel Debenedetti and Peter Rudegeair, 900 words


Vienna Philharmonic lifts lid on Nazi history

VIENNA - The world-famous Vienna Philharmonic orchestra will publish details of its history during the Nazi era on Sunday, responding to years of accusations of a cover-up. (AUSTRIA-ORCHESTRA/NAZIS, moved shortly, by Georgina Prodhan, 700 words)

- AUSTRIA-JEWS/, moved, by Georgina Prodhan, 1,400 words


Nigerian Islamists say executed seven foreign hostages

RIYADH/LAGOS - A Nigerian Islamist group says it has killed seven foreign hostages seized last month from a construction firm's compound in northern Nigeria, where Islamist insurgents have killed hundreds over the past two years. (NIGERIA-HOSTAGES/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 600 words)

- NIGERIA VIOLENCE/, moved, 300 words

S.Africa's Mandela back in hospital for "routine test"

JOHANNESBURG - Former South African president Nelson Mandela hospitalized for a "routine test", his second period of hospital treatment in less than three months, the government says. (SAFRICA-MANDELA/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 250 words)


Falklands votes in sovereignty referendum

STANLEY, Falkland Islands - Residents of the remote Falkland Islands vote in a sovereignty referendum aimed at challenging Argentina's increasingly aggressive claim over the British-ruled territory. (FALKLANDS-REFERENDUM/ (PIX, TV), expect by 0300, by Juan Bustamante, 700 words)