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Hundreds dead or injured in China quake

20 April AFP

Hundreds of people were killed or injured when a strong earthquake struck China's southwestern Sichuan province Saturday, local officials said, five years after a massive quake devastated the region. The shallow earthquake struck close to the city of Ya'an on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau just after 8:00 am (0000 GMT), setting off landslides, destroying buildings and triggering a major rescue operation.

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Musharraf appears in Pakistan anti-terrorism court

20 April AFP

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf appeared before an anti-terrorism court on Saturday after spending the night at police headquarters in Islamabad, officials said. Musharraf was moved into police custody after being arrested, an unprecedented move against a former army chief of staff ahead of key elections.

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High drama as new Venezuelan president sworn in

20 April AFP

Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as president of Venezuela, in a ceremony replete with drama as he replaced the late Hugo Chavez and urged dialogue with the opposition to build a better country. To cheers in the National Assembly, Maduro dedicated his oath of office to “the eternal memory of the supreme commander” Chavez,

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