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Cardinals head to conclave, Church beset by woes

VATICAN CITY - Roman Catholic cardinals gather under the gaze of Michelangelo's "Last Judgment" on Tuesday to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the 1.2-billion-member Church. (POPE-SUCCESSION/ (PIX, TV, GRAPHICS), moved, by Crispian Balmer, 654 words)



Capriles, Maduro at each other's throats in Venezuela poll

CARACAS - Presidential candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles begin Venezuela's election race with scathing personal attacks even as mourners still file past Hugo Chavez's coffin. (VENEZUELA-ELECTION/, (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Andrew Cawthorne and Mario Naranjo, 1,127 words)

- VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ/REGION (PIX), moved, by Terry Wade, 1,000 words)

- VENEZUELA-ELECTION/MADURO (NEWSMAKER, PIX), moved, by Daniel Wallis, 1,350 words)

- VENEZUELA-ELECTION/CAPRILES (NEWSMAKER, PIX), moved, by Andrew Cawthorne, 1,050 words)

Deadly abuses in Syria intensify as war worsens - UN

GENEVA - Syrian government intensifies its shelling of cities and deploys more local militia, while rebels executing prisoners condemned in their own makeshift courts without due process, U.N. investigators say. (SYRIA-CRISIS/WARCRIMES (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by Stephanie Nebehay, 783 words)

- SYRIA-CRISIS/EU, moved, by Adrian Croft and Justyna Pawlak, 557 words

Kenya chief justice pledges fair election challenge hearing

NAIROBI - Kenya's Supreme Court will handle any challenge to result of last week's presidential election in fair and speedy manner, chief justice says two days after defeated candidate Raila Odinga threatened legal action over outcome. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/ (UPDATE 1, TV), moved, by James Macharia and Humphrey Malalo, 784 words)


China's Xi flexes muscle, chooses reformist VP - sources

BEIJING - A reformist member of China's decision-making Politburo, Li Yuanchao, is set to become the country's vice president this week instead of a more senior and conservative official best known for keeping the media in check, sources said. (CHINA-PARLIAMENT/LI (PIX), moved, by Benjamin Kang Lim and John Ruwitch, 797 words)

- CHINA-PARLIAMENT/GRIPES (PIX), moved, by Terril Yue Jones and Fang Yan, 583 words

- CHINA-ECONOMY/POLICY, moved, by Kevin Yao, 1,066 words


Sudan, S. Sudan agree to oil flow restart within 2 weeks -mediator

ADDIS ABABA - Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to order the resumption of the flow of southern oil exports through pipelines in Sudan within two weeks, more than a year after Juba shut down its entire output, a mediator says. (SUDAN-SOUTH/OIL (UPDATE 1), moved, 302 words)


German anti-euro party makes public debut, buoyed by poll

OBERURSAL, Germany - New German party that considers euro "fatal mistake" makes its public debut, buoyed by opinion poll suggesting one in four Germans shares its concerns, but its prospects in September's national election remain dim. (GERMANY-EUROSCEPTICS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Ludwig Burger, 844 words)

Italy centre-right lawmakers denounce Berlusconi trial

MILAN - Dozens of parliamentarians from Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party demonstrate outside the Milan court hearing the former Italian prime minister's trial on charges of paying for sex with a minor. (ITALY-BERLUSCONI/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Sara Rossi, 609 words)


U.S. Senate bill aims to avert shutdown, lacks budget powers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats unveil legislation to prevent a government shutdown this month, but the measure stops short of giving agencies broad new powers to rearrange their budgets to limit pain from automatic spending cuts. (USA-FISCAL/, moved, 481 words)

- USA-FISCAL/RYAN, moved, 280 words

- IMF-USA/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Lesley Wroughton and David Lawder, 677 words

Obama meets Arab American leaders ahead of Middle East trip

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama meets Arab American leaders who urged him to deliver a message of hope to Palestinians on his Middle East trip this month, even though he has made clear he will not use the visit to launch a new peace initiative. (OBAMA-MIDEAST/, moved, 450 words)

Judge blocks NY large-soda ban, Mayor Bloomberg to fight

NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg vows to appeal a judge's ruling that struck down his pioneering ban on large sugary drinks sold by the city's restaurants, movie theaters and other food service businesses. (SODABAN-LAWSUIT/ (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, by Joseph Ax, 900 words)


Falkland Islanders vote overwhelmingly to keep British rule

STANLEY, Falkland Islands - Residents of the Falkland Islands vote almost unanimously to stay under British rule in a referendum aimed at winning global sympathy as Argentina intensifies its sovereignty claim, results show. (FALKLANDS-REFERENDUM/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Marcos Brindicci and Juan Bastamante, 675 words)