Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT March 11

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NAIROBI - Kenya's Supreme Court will handle any challenge to the result of last week's presidential election in a fair and speedy manner, the chief justice said on Monday, two days after defeated candidate Raila Odinga threatened legal action over the outcome.

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LAGOS - A Nigerian Islamist group that killed seven foreign hostages it had been holding since February has posted a video of what it said was their bodies on the Internet.

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BEIRUT - President Michel Suleiman called on Monday for international action to help Lebanon cope with a deluge of refugees from the war in neighbouring Syria which he said threatened to set his volatile country ablaze.

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CARACAS - Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles have begun Venezuela's election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners still file past the late Hugo Chavez's corpse.

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VATICAN CITY - Cardinals held final discussions on the troubled state of the Roman Catholic Church on Monday, the day before they seclude themselves from the world to elect a new pontiff, with no clear frontrunner in view.

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KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday it would give eastern rebels amnesty and positions in the army if they agree by the end of this week to lay down their arms, but a rebel leader said more talks were needed.

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NEW DELHI - The man police say was the ringleader in a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in December that outraged India hanged himself in his cell on Monday, prison authorities said, raising questions about jail monitoring and security.

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KABUL - It was a harrowing international debut for Chuck Hagel, whose first trip to Afghanistan as U.S. defense secretary went dramatically off-script and challenged the American narrative about the 11-year-old war.

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MILAN - Dozens of parliamentarians from Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party demonstrated on Monday outside a Milan court against the former Italian prime minister going on trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor.

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JUBA - South Sudan's president has ordered his soldiers to pull out of a buffer zone area on the border with Sudan as agreed at African Union-brokered talks, the army spokesman said on Monday.