Top news: More than 30 world leaders, including Raul Castro and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have arrived in Venezuela for the funeral of Hugo Chavez. The government has announced that Chavez's body will be embalmed for public view. The late president's body is already lying in state and officials say more than 2 million people have viewed it since Wednesday.
Legislature chief Diasdado Cabello announced that Vice President and Chavez's chosen successor Nicolas Maduro will be sworn in as acting president today. He will also be the ruling party's candidate in upcoming elections, which the constitution says must be held within 30 days. The opposition has objected, saying the constitution specifies Cabello should be the acting president.
Maduro appears likely to face Henrique Capriles, the Miranda state governor who lost to Chavez in last year's election.
Terrorism: Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, who was arrested in Turkey last week, will appear in a New York courtroom today. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith will be charged with conspiracy to kill Americans, though officials say he has not played an operational role in Al Qaeda for many years. He was first arrested in Turkey last month and was then detained by American officials during a stopover in Jordan after Turkish authorities deported him to Kuwait.
- North Korea responded to new U.N. sanctions by saying it would nullify all nonaggression agreements with South Korea.
- Five Afghan police were killed by an IED during a poppy eradication campaign in the west of the country.
- Malaysia rejected calls for a ceasefire as the military killed 31 gunmen loyal to a Filipino sultan in Borneo.
- Syrian rebels are claiming they rescued, rather than kidnapped, a group of 20 Filipino U.N. peacekeepers, but are still holding them.
- Israeli police clashed with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque.
- The U.S. State Department has withdrawn an honor from an Egyptian activist over anti-Semitic and anti-American tweets.
- Uhuru Kenyatta's lead over Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Kenya's presidential election is narrowing, raising the possibility of a runoff.
- Nine South African police were charged with murder for dragging a man behind a police van.
- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rejected calls to grant amnesty to the leader of Boko Haram.
- Russian police detained several supporters of Pussy Riot who were demonstrating on International Women's Day.
- The last of the 115 cardinals who will elect the next pope has arrived in Rome.
- Two British police officials admitted to selling information to the Sun tabloid.
- Mexican police detained 34 vigilantes.
- Two men testified about their imprisonment under Jean-Claude Duvalier at his human rights trial.
- Brazil's congress overrode a presidential veto of a law to divide the country's oil revenues.
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