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Cardinals head to conclave to elect pope for troubled Church

VATICAN CITY - Roman Catholic cardinals pray for divine help hours before a conclave to elect a new pope to tackle the daunting problems facing the Church at one of the most difficult periods in its history. (POPE-SUCCESSION/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURES, TV), expect by 1230 GMT/8.30 AM ET, by Crispian Balmer and Philip Pullella, 800 words)

+ See also:

- POPE-SUCCESSION/SISTINE, moving shortly, by Naomi O'Leary, 600 words

- POPE-SUCCESSION/CANDIDATES, moving shortly, 900 words

- POPE-SUCCESSION/CONCLAVE, moving shortly, 600 words


Odinga ally seeks evidence for Kenyan election suit

NAIROBI - Defeated Kenyan presidential contender Raila Odinga's allies file a petition seeking documents they need to lodge a legal suit to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta's victory. (KENYA-ELECTIONS/, expect by 1200 GMT/8 AM ET, by James Macharia and Humphrey Malalo, 500 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, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Andrew Cawthorne and Mario Naranjo, 1,100 words)

+ See also:

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

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

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


Bulgarian president taps diplomat as interim PM - sources

SOFIA - Bulgaria's president will name diplomat Marin Raikov as interim prime minister, two sources with direct knowledge of the process say, as he seeks to shore up confidence after protests felled the previous administration. (BULGARIA-GOVERNMENT/ (UPDATE 2), expect by 1230 GMT/8.30 AM ET, by Tsvetelia Tsolova, 450 words)

Ten years on, slain reformer's legacy seen in pro-EU Serbia

BELGRADE - Laying flowers where a sniper struck, the political heirs of Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic pays tribute to the murdered reformer who led his ouster and plotted the pro-Western path that they now follow. (SERBIA-DJINDJIC/ (TV, PICTURE), expect by 1200 GMT/8 AM ET, by Matt Robinson, 800 words)


Two Sudans agree to order oil restart within two weeks

ADDIS ABABA - Sudan and South Sudan agree to order a restart to southern oil exports through Sudan within two weeks, more than a year after Juba shut down its entire petroleum industry. (SUDAN-SOUTH/OIL (UPDATE 2), moved, by Aaron Maasho, 500 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 vice president this week instead of a more senior and conservative official best known for keeping the media in check, sources say. (CHINA-PARLIAMENT/LI (PICTURE), moved, by Benjamin Kang Lim and John Ruwitch, 800 words)

+ See also:

- CHINA-PARLIAMENT/GRIPES (PICTURE), moved, by Terril Yue Jones and Fang Yan, 600 words

- CHINA-ECONOMY/POLICY, moved, by Kevin Yao, 1,070 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. (FALKLANDS-REFERENDUM/ (UPDATE 1, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Marcos Brindicci and Juan Bastamante, 780 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, 300 words

- IMF-USA/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Lesley Wroughton and David Lawder, 680 words