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3rd April; 23:15

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Pope John Paul II's body, its pale hands clutching rosary beads, was put on display before the world after more than 100,000 people packed St Peter's cobblestoned square for a huge open-air mass in memory of their "father and shepherd".

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He created more saints than all of his predecessors put together, and now the man dubbed "John Paul the Great" the day after his death may be on the path to sainthood himself.

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The death of Pope John Paul II's set in motion a chain of events laid down by centuries of papal tradition, but the face of the next pontiff is a guess no one dares to hazard.

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From Catholic bastions in Latin America, Europe and Africa, to Hindu-majority India, Orthodox Greece and mainly Muslim Indonesia, the world united to mourn the passing of Pope John Paul II, eulogizing him as a towering figure and a messenger of peace and mutual tolerance.

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As eulogies poured in memory of Pope John Paul II, the first sounds of discord emerged from critics of his conservative views with some accusing him of befriending dictatorships and others criticizing his stance on homosexuals, celibacy and contraception.

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Millions of people in Poland mourned the death of their most famous son Pope John Paul II, urging the world never to forget the lessons he taught during his quarter-century papacy.

Iraq

Iraq's new parliament elected a Sunni Muslim speaker, ending two months of bitter sectarian wrangling, as an insurgent assault on a US-run jail wounded 44 US soldiers and 12 detainees.

Lebanon

Syria has pledged to complete its troop withdrawal from Lebanon by the end of this month, bringing to a close almost 30 years of military presence in the country, UN special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen said.

Russia

Kyrgyzstan's ousted leader Askar Akayev announced that he had agreed to resign, ending weeks of political uncertainty that followed the toppling of his Soviet-era regime in the key Central Asian nation.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's neighbours endorsed elections overwhelmingly won by President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, brushing aside opposition complaints of fraud and countering criticism from the United States, Britain and other western governments.

Thailand

Two people were killed and at least 40 wounded when three near-simultaneous bombs exploded at an airport in southern Thailand, outside a Carrefour supermarket and near a hotel, police said.

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