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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory. REFILES

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Musharraf due back in Pakistan despite Taliban threat

+ Cyprus set for crunch talks with EU as deadline looms

+ Police investigate as Kremlin critic found dead in UK

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DUBAI

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is expected to fly home after more than four years in exile, defying a Taliban death threat to contest historic general elections.

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NICOSIA

Cypriot leaders head to Brussels in a last bid to clinch a deal with international lenders to save their economy from ruin, as the EU's economics chief warns they face "only hard choices".

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LONDON

Police seal off the British home of exiled Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky and send in hazardous material experts following the discovery of his body at the house.

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-- ASIA --

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ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

Islamic militants in the lawless southern Philippines were paid just under $100,000 for the release of Warren Rodwell, a negotiator says after the Australian survived 15 months in captivity before finally rowing to safety.

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BANGKOK

The recent explosion of religious violence in central Myanmar is part of a wider communal fracture that threatens further destabilising anti-Muslim unrest in the fast-changing nation, experts warn.

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-- AMERICAS --

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LOS ANGELES

The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Kremlin -- along with a slew of other landmarks around the world -- go dark to draw attention to climate change.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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AMMAN

US President Barack Obama strolls among the ancient Jordanian ruins at Petra before heading home after a four-day Middle East tour dominated by his embrace of Israel.

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BEIRUT

Rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad seize a key air base in the southern Syrian province of Daraa after two weeks of fierce battles with loyalist troops, a watchdog said.

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-- AFRICA --

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BANGUI

Rebels in the Central African Republic said they have advanced into the capital Bangui, ignoring a call by the country's prime minister for talks to avoid a "bloodbath".

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PARIS

French President Francois Hollande's office confirms one of the key leaders of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, has been killed in fighting with French-led forces in northern Mali.

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-- EUROPE --

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy

Pope Francis flies in to a papal residence near Rome for a meeting with "pope emeritus" Benedict XVI -- an unprecedented encounter in the history of the Catholic Church.

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