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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Russian jets home from Syria in boost for peace

+ Americans vote on 'Super Tuesday 2'

+ Brussels manhunt after terror raid shootout

+ Close Suu Kyi ally elected to lead Myanmar

+ Supercomputer gets last word vs Go master

Syria-conflict,WRAP

MOSCOW

The first of Russia's warplanes to leave Syria receives a hero's welcome back home, starting a surprise withdrawal the West hopes could boost peace talks by pressuring Damascus.

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US-vote,WRAP

CANTON, Ohio

Americans in five states vote in presidential primaries crucial to the White House hopes of frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton but that have also showcased the deep-seated discontent of a downtrodden working class.

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France-attacks-Belgium,WRAP

BRUSSELS

Police shoot dead one suspect during a major Belgian-French anti-terror operation in Brussels linked to the Paris attacks, after gunmen open fire and wounded four officers.

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Myanmar-politics,WRAP

NAYPYIDAW

Myanmar gets its first civilian president in decades after lawmakers elect a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is expected to hold the real reins of power in the formerly junta-run nation.

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SEOUL

A Google-developed computer programme has the last word in its machine vs human challenge with South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol, winning the final game for a sweeping 4-1 series victory.

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-- AMERICAS --

Brazil-politics-corruption,WRAP

BRASILIA

Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is about to join the government of his embattled protegee Dilma Rousseff, administration sources say, as both seek to save their political lives.

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OTTAWA

A Canadian man claims to have acted on orders from Allah when he stabbed soldiers at a recruiting center in Toronto, authorities say.

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US-Cuba-trade-travel-diplomacy,WRAP

WASHINGTON

The White House opens the door wide for Americans to visit Cuba, even as tourism remains officially banned on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to the communist island.

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WASHINGTON

Encouraged by US job gains but nervous about global volatility, Federal Reserve policymakers begin two-day meeting that is expected to point to higher interest rates in the near future.

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-- EUROPE --

Europe-migrants,WRAP

NICOSIA

Tiny Cyprus threatens to derail a proposed EU deal with Turkey to end Europe's migration crisis, warning ahead of a summit starting Thursday that it will not be pressured into dropping longstanding disagreements with Ankara.

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Norway-attacks-Breivik-rights-trial,WRAP

SKIEN PRISON, Norway

Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute at the opening of his lawsuit against Norway over his prison conditions, confirming fears he would use the opportunity to grandstand his extremist views.

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France-religion-abuse-crime,WRAP

LOURDES, France

A French cardinal denies accusations he covered up the sexual abuse of children amid a growing scandal that has deeply embarrassed the Catholic Church in France.

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Vatican-religion-pope-saints,WRAP

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis approves sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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ADEN

At least 41 Yemeni civilians are killed when Saudi-led coalition warplanes hit a market in the rebel-held northern Hajja province, sources say.

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BAGHDAD

Terrified residents are fleeing the Iraqi town of Hit as security forces close in and jihadist fighters hunker down to defend one of their main bastions in Anbar province.

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Syria-conflict-Russia-Assad,ANALYSIS

BEIRUT

Russia's surprise withdrawal from Syria came after Moscow helped President Bashar al-Assad's regime gain the upper hand in the conflict, analysts say, but the war is far from over.

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-- ASIA --

Bangladesh-bank-US-Philippines-hacking-theft,WRAP

DHAKA

Bangladesh's central bank chief resigns after hackers stole $81 million from the nation's foreign reserves in one of the biggest bank heists in history.

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-- SPORTS --

Cricket-WT20-2016,WRAP

NAGPUR, India

Red-hot favourites India get the group stages of cricket's World Twenty20 under way against bogey team New Zealand as they begin their quest to become the first side to win the trophy twice.

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