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Russia puts dead whistleblower on trial

* First ever posthumous trial in Russia * Labelled "absurd" by relatives * Magnitsky's death became symbol of rights abuses * Case has dented U.S.-Russian relations By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW, March 10 (Reuters) - A whistleblowing Russian lawyer whose death in custody became a symbol of rights abuses and strained relations with the United States will go on posthumous trial on Monday in what relatives say is revenge by the Kremlin.

UPDATE 3-Soccer-Lyon, OM stalemate leaves PSG in the clear

(Add quotes, details) By Gregory Blachier PARIS, March 10 (Reuters) - Olympique Lyon were held to a goalless home draw by Olympique Marseille which left them four points behind leaders Paris St Germain at the top of Ligue 1 on Sunday. The uninspired hosts dominated possession but never really threatened OM goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, waiting more than an hour to record their first attempt on target.

UPDATE 1-Soccer-Hayatou re-elected, Diakite back on CAF committee

(Recasts with election results) MARRAKECH, Morocco, March 10 (Reuters) - Previously banned FIFA executive member Amadou Diakite returned to football administration in a resounding poll triumph at Sunday's Confederation of African Football Congress less than three years after being found guilty of bribery.

Jeb Bush says he is not thinking about presidential bid - yet

* Bush says he will consider White House bid at 'proper time' * Rejects suggestions he has backtracked on immigration By John Whitesides WASHINGTON, March 10 (Reuters) - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush appeared on five morning talk shows on Sunday to plug his new book on immigration, but said his heightened visibility does not mean he is re-entering politics or planning a White House run - not yet, anyway.

UPDATE 6-Afghanistan's Karzai blasts U.S., marring Hagel visit

* Hagel on first trip to Afghanistan as defense chief * Karzai says Taliban bombs "in service of America" * U.S. denies Karzai's allegations of Taliban peace talks (Recasts with Hagel reaction) By Mirwais Harooni and Phil Stewart

UPDATE 3-Egypt rejects any suggestion of stop-gap IMF funding

* Egypt doesn't want IMF quick fixes - minister * Turmoil pushes down currency which accelerates inflation * Food and drink prices up 9.3 percent * Economist says inflation may rise yet further (Releads with minister's comments) By Alexander Dziadosz and Yasmine Saleh

Troubles mount up on Hagel's first Afghan visit

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's first trip to Afghanistan was overshadowed on Sunday by a contentious speech by President Hamid Karzai and a security scare that forced their press conference to be cancelled. Karzai and Hagel's appearance in front of the cameras was to be a key part of the Pentagon chief's visit to Afghanistan as strained US-Afghan ties focus on the withdrawal of NATO-led foreign troops by the end of 2014.

Britain, Italy, Greece say hostages killed in Nigeria

Britain, Italy and Greece on Sunday admitted that a claim by a Nigerian Islamist group it had killed seven foreign hostages appeared to be true and condemned the act as barbaric and cold-blooded. The Ansaru group on Saturday announced the deaths of all the expatriates abducted from a construction site of Lebanese company Setraco on February 16 in Bauchi state in Nigeria's restive north.

Iran repeats offer to help US find missing ex-FBI agent

Iran on Sunday repeated its offer to help the United States in finding an ex-FBI agent who went missing while on a trip to the Islamic republic to probe cigarette counterfeiting in the region. On Friday the United States, arch-foe of Iran, asked again for Tehran's help in finding Robert Levinson who disappeared six years ago from the Gulf island of Kish. "We have said many times that we do not have any information in this regard," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the ISNA and IRNA news agencies.

UPDATE 6-Venezuela's Capriles joins race, tussles with Chavez heir

* New presidential election set for April 14 * Acting president Maduro hopes to succeed Chavez * Candidates trade insults (Adds comments from Maduro) By Andrew Cawthorne and Marianna Parraga CARACAS, March 10 (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition leader vowed on Sunday to fight late Hugo Chavez's preferred successor for the presidency next month and the pair quickly locked horns in an angry war of words. Henrique Capriles, a 40-year-old state governor, will face election favorite and acting President Nicolas Maduro.
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