Main News of March 9


* Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as acting president despite objections from opposition that the move violates the country’s constitution

* Egypt’s court confirmed the death sentences previously handed down to Port Said football fans for their role in a stadium riot last year, amid continuing tensions over the verdict

* An explosion in a mosque in northwest Pakistan killed at least six and injured another 30 people, local media have reported citing police

* Warships from 13 countries completed an anti-piracy and counter-terror naval exercise in the Indian Ocean, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported

* Iran’s army will test-fire three new types of missiles during an upcoming military drill, a top military commander said


* Two gunmen were shot dead when a group of unidentified attackers opened fire on police in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the Interior Ministry said

* Rescuers have recovered the body of the sixth missing teenager at the site of an avalanche in Russia’s East Siberian republic of Tyva, where a mourning has been declared for the victims

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