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Kenyatta wins Kenya presidency

NAIROBI - Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for crimes against humanity, wins Kenya's presidential election by a tiny margin, avoiding a run-off after a race that has divided the nation along tribal lines. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/ (UPDATE 5, TV, PIX), moved, by Richard Lough and Duncan Miriri, 1000 words)

- (KENYA-ELECTIONS/KENYATTA (NEWSMAKER), moved, by James Macharia, 930 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 4, PIX, TV), expect by 1530 GMT/10.30 am ET, By Yousri Mohamed and Marwa Awad, 800 words)

Maduro seeks snap election as Venezuela mourns Chavez

CARACAS - Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro calls for quick election while mourning his charismatic mentor Hugo Chavez and electoral court could say Saturday when vote will be held. (VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), expect by 1500 GMT/10 a.m ET, by Simon Gardner and Ana Isabel Martinez, 650 words)

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

U.N. peacekeepers at Syria-Jordan border for handover

BEIRUT - Group of 21 U.N. peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels three days ago has been taken to the border with Jordan and was being handed over to Jordanian authorities, rebel activists and a violence monitoring group say (SYRIA-CRISIS/PEACEKEEPERS (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, by Dominic Evans, 500 words)


N.Korea rejects U.N. sanctions, China calls for calm

SEOUL - North Korea formally rejects a U.N. Security Council resolution that demands an end to its nuclear arms programme and China calls for calm, saying sanctions will not resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula. (KOREA-NORTH/ (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX), moved, by Jack Kim Terril Yue Jones, 700 words)

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

Suicide bomber kills nine Afghans during Hagel visit

KABUL - A suicide bomber blows himself up at a Defence Ministry gate in Kabul killing nine civilians during a visit to Afghanistan by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, underlining the insurgent threat as NATO troops prepare to leave. (AFGHANISTAN-BLAST/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Mirwais Harooni, 600 words)

China's Xi to visit Africa, US frets over Beijing influence

BEIJING - Incoming Chinese president Xi Jinping's first trip as head of state will take him to Africa, where China is seeking to cement a growing trade and energy relationship that has alarmed Washington. (CHINA-PARLIAMENT/AFRICA), moved, 400 words)


Obama looks for compromise in deficit fight

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said 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)

South Dakota allows armed teachers

WASHINGTON- South Dakota school districts could arm teachers under a bill introduced after the Connecticut school shooting rampage and signed into law on Friday, a day after Georgia lawmakers advanced legislation to end a ban on firearms in bars, churches and college classrooms. (USA-GEORGIA/GUNS (UPDATE 1), moved, by David Beasley and David Bailey, 800 words)


Saudi passes harsh jail sentence on two rights activists

RIYADH - A Saudi court sentences two prominent rights activists to 10 years in prison on charges that included speaking to foreign press and breaking allegiance to King Abdullah. (SAUDI-ACTIVISTS/PRISON UPDATE 1), moving shortly, by Angus McDowall, 500 words)