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Duty Editor: Mike Patterson Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Cyprus MPs pass first parts of bailout measures

+ Israel apologises to Turkey over flotilla raid

+ Lebanon Prime Minister Mikati, government resign

+ Congolese war crimes suspect Ntaganda in ICC jail

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NICOSIA

Cyprus moves a step closer to meeting a Monday deadline to rescue an EU bailout after parliament, in a late-night session, backs the first three of eight measures advanced by the government.

850 words 0230 GMT by Charlie Charalambous. Picture. Graphic. Video.

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JERUSALEM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologises to Turkey for a deadly 2010 raid on an aid flotilla to Gaza, ending a bitter rift, in a diplomatic coup for President Barack Obama.

750 words moved by Jonah Mandel

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BEIRUT

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announces the resignation of his government, citing divisions on several issues, and calls for the formation of a national unity government.

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THE HAGUE

Congolese war crimes suspect Bosco Ntaganda, dubbed "The Terminator", is behind bars at the International Criminal Court after turning himself in to face charges ranging from murder and rape to using child soldiers.

650 words moved by Charles Onians. File picture

-- ASIA --

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MEIKTILA, Myanmar

Security forces struggle to restore order in a riot-hit town in central Myanmar placed under a state of emergency after at least 20 people die in Buddhist-Muslim violence.

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PAGADIAN, Philippines

An extremely gaunt but smiling Australian Warren Rodwell walks free after being held captive by Islamic militants for 15 months in the lawless southern Philippines.

650 words 0230 GMT by Hirohito Cadion. Picture. Video

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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AMMAN

US President Barack Obama expresses strong concern in Jordan that Syria could become an enclave for extremism, as his policy on the war-torn country comes under scrutiny on the last stop of a Middle East tour.

800 words moved by Stephen Collinson. Picture. Graphic. Video

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DUBAI

Syrian opposition leaders are to address an annual summit of the Arab League for the first time in Qatar on Tuesday, but the bloc's members remain divided over whether to give them Damascus's vacant seat.

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-- EUROPE --

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VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis prepares to go face to face with his predecessor Benedict XVI in a historic meeting between two men with very different styles but important core similarities.

550 words 0200 GMT by Dario Thuburn

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ROME

Italy enters uncharted waters as centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani scrambles to find a parliamentary majority even though his coalition failed to get enough votes in elections that have left the country in deadlock.

700 words 0200 GMT by Dario Thuburn

-- AFRICA --

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BANGUI

Rebels in the Central Africa Republic advance on the capital claiming they are at "the gates of Bangui", as they resume an offensive in the mineral-rich country after the collapse of a two-month-old peace deal with the government.

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LAGOS

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, widely known as the father of modern African literature, dies aged 82 after a brief illness, his family says.

850 words 0230 GMT by M.J. Smith and Ben Simon. File picture

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-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

Debate over reforming Latin America's premier human rights body stalls, as a bloc of leftist nations oppose US-backed reform efforts.

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SALISBURY, Maryland

The small airport in this town near Maryland's Atlantic coast is among 149 about to lose its control tower, but local officials are confident flights can go on safely without it.

650 words moved by Ivan Couronne. Picture

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WASHINGTON

For opponents of same-sex marriage in the United States, it's the welfare of children that is at stake when the US Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the hot button issue next week.

800 words 0130 GMT by Fabienne Faur. Video. File picture

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