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02:17 GMT +3 hours28 April 2015

Main News of March 17

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours.


* At least 27 people were killed after two explosions rocked security compounds in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Saturday, al Jazeera television reports

* The intelligence chief of late former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been arrested in Mauritania, al Jazeera tevelision reported

* One of the two men accused of organizing a deadly subway bombing in the Belarusian capital Minsk last year, Vladislav Kovalyov, has been executed by shooting, his mother said

* Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, died at the age of 89, the Egyptian TV reported

* President Hugo Chavez has returned to Venezuela nearly three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba, Latin American media reported


* Members of the opposition, headed by activists Sergei Udaltsov and Boris Nemtsov, voted at Saturday's rally in Moscow downtown for staging a protest called "March of the millions" on May 6 before the inauguration of president-elect Vladimir Putin

* A 10-day administrative detention order handed down to Left Front opposition movement leader Sergei Udaltsov was overturned in Moscow on Friday, the RAPSI news agency reported from the courtroom