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Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president 12:25pm GMT

ROME - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran centre-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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AirAsia captain left seat before jet lost control - sources

11:58am GMT

SINGAPORE/JAKARTA/PARIS - The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unusual procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control, and by the time he returned it was too late to save the plane, two people familiar with the investigation said.

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Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'

10:01am GMT

TOKYO - Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said.

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Egyptian court bans Hamas' armed wing, lists as terrorist organisation

1:10pm GMT

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organisation.

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UK asset managers weak on disclosing environmental, social investing - survey

12:07am GMT

LONDON - UK asset managers are often failing to show they consider environmental and social factors when they invest, despite signing up to codes of conduct on responsible investing, an investment watchdog said on Saturday.

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Britain marks 50 years since wartime leader Churchill's funeral

12:55pm GMT

LONDON - Britain marked 50 years on Friday since the state funeral of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with the boat which carried his coffin under the dipping dockside cranes in 1965 retracing its journey along London's River Thames. | Video

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China's "Great Firewall" frustrates internet users

The Chinese government moves to tighten regulations for virtual private network (VPN) services that are used to access websites and services normally blocked in China. That's affected many internet users in the country. Yiming Woo reports.