• Venezuela's opposition and electoral authority expressed on Saturday widely differing expectations for an audit of the contested April 14 presidential election, a day after Nicolas Maduro was sworn in to succeed the late Hugo Chavez.


  • Syria's opposition outlined its vision for an era after President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday, rejecting "all forms of terrorism" and vowing to keep weapons out of the "wrong hands" in a nod to the demands of its Western backers.


  • Global finance officials on Saturday endorsed a new World Bank goal to end extreme global poverty by 2030 and emphasized that its focus should be on ensuring that the poorest benefit from strong growth and rising prosperity in developing nations.


  • Syria's main opposition National Coalition said on Sunday it firmly rejected "all forms of terrorism" and vowed that weapons it attains would not fall into the wrong hands.


  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would provide opposition forces in Syria with an additional $123 million in non-lethal assistance.


  • The European Union will discuss the question of easing an arms embargo preventing weapons supplies to Syrian rebels in the coming weeks, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday.


  • Global finance officials on Saturday said monetary policy alone was not enough to restore confidence in the shaky global economy as they urged countries to take other steps to reinvigorate growth and create jobs.


  • General Motors' troubled Opel division is returning to China's main auto show after a five-year absence, with three new cars at the center of a long-promised push into the world's largest market.


  • Lewis Hamilton's hopes of winning the Bahrain Grand Prix took a heavy knock on Saturday when he was given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change that dropped him to ninth on the starting grid for Sunday's race.


  • Syrian opposition figures voiced frustration with their international backers on Saturday in the face of reluctance from some to supply the rebels with weapons and a call for them to distance themselves from extremist forces.


  • A Syrian rebel leader said on Saturday only force could end the country's two-year conflict and ruled out the possibility of any negotiation with President Bashar al-Assad's administration other than over its exit.


  • One trail in the search for clues about why two ethnic Chechen brothers may have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings leads to a sleepy town in Kyrgyzstan where former neighbours recall a quiet family that was never in trouble.


  • China reported another death and four new infections from a new strain of bird flu on Saturday, raising the death toll to 18, the official Xinhua News Agency said.


  • Several dozen Chinese soldiers have set up a remote camp some 10 km (6 miles) inside territory claimed by India in the high altitude Himalayan desert of Ladakh, Indian police sources said, in a possible return to border tension between the Asian giants.


  • General Motors Co will add four new plants in the next three years in China to bring its production capacity to 5 million vehicles a year, the head of GM China said on Saturday at the Shanghai auto show.


  • Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a second successive pole position disappeared on Saturday when he was handed a five-place penalty on the Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid for an unscheduled gearbox change.


  • BMW , the world's biggest luxury carmaker, said it is targeting "upper single-digit" sales growth in China this year, a senior company official said on Saturday.


  • Germany's Audi is bracing for long stagnation in Europe, though trusts that continued growth in China will help offset slumping auto demand in its core region, its CEO said on Saturday.


  • China's worst earthquake in three years on Saturday killed at least 157 people and injured more than 5,700, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.


  • Hyundai Motor Co unveiled a new concept car it made only for China at the Shanghai auto show on Saturday, and plans to launch the model late this year into a market that is replacing the United States and Europe as a major growth driver for the South Korean firm and its affiliate Kia Motors.


  • At least 28 people have been killed in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Saturday, the official China News Service reported.(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; editing by Jonathan Standing).


  • About 100 people could have died or been injured in a 6.6 magnitude earthquake which struck near Ya'an city in China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, close to where a massive temblor struck in 2008, killing almost 70,000.


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