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Pope Francis has left the Vatican on a bus with 82 cardinals and bishops for a week of prayer and meditation for Lent.
Officials in Michoacan, Mexico say that they have shot dead drug lord Nazario Moreno - The Craziest One - who was reported killed in 2010.
Teams searching for a Malaysia Airlines jet are investigating a possible debris sighting, nearly two days after the plane vanished carrying 239 people.
Voting ends in a run-off election in El Salvador, where ex-guerrilla commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren could become president.
Shares in Malaysia Airlines plunge 18% to a record low as the search for a missing jet continues for a third day.
Japan's current account deficit hits a record 1.5tn yen ($15bn; £8.7bn) in January, as economic growth figures are revised downwards.
A group of Greek Orthodox nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula in December have been released.
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Harry Hook's portraits of rural Africa
The story behind Rio's Christ the Redeemer
The refugee who fled genocide and built a business empire
Starvation of civilians is being used as a weapon of war by Syria, Amnesty says, with 128 dying as a result in Yarmouk camp in Damascus.
What has gone wrong with Italian football?
Labour commits to fund a "jobs guarantee" for the long-term unemployed for the whole of the next parliament, if it wins power.
The size of the UK's overall economy will surpass its pre-recession peak by this summer, says the British Chambers of Commerce.
What's hidden inside the Queen's Baton?
The Iranian foreign minister has told the visiting EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, that a nuclear deal could come in the next four months.
Forty-two African migrants have drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Yemen, according to officials.
England captain Stuart Broad will miss his side's two remaining Twenty20 matches in West Indies with a knee injury.
North Koreans have been electing new members of the country's rubber-stamp parliament, with only one candidate standing in each district.