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-- TOP STORIES --

+ N.Korea blocks access to industrial zone

+ Cyprus to swear in new finance minister

+ Palestinians strike after prisoner death

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SEOUL

North Korea blocks South Korean access to a key joint industrial zone, matching its angry rhetoric with action after Washington condemns Pyongyang's "dangerous, reckless" behaviour.

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NICOSIA

Cyprus's new finance minister is to be sworn in following his predecessor's resignation hours after a probe was launched into how the island was pushed to the verge of bankruptcy.

600 words 0900 GMT by Charlie Charalambous. Picture. Video. Graphic

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RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories

Palestinians hold a general strike and day of mourning after a prisoner dies in an Israeli jail, sparking rocket fire from Gaza and retaliatory strikes by Israel's air force.

650 words 0830 GMT by Nasser Abu Bakr. Picture. Video

-- ASIA --

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KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolves parliament in preparation for a general election seen as the toughest challenge yet for the ruling coalition after 56 years in power.

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MELBOURNE

Australia opens a national probe into child sex abuse, with premier Julia Gillard warning of "uncomfortable truths" as institutions including schools and churches come under scrutiny.

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WASHINGTON

Singapore's prime minister warns that miscalculations in Asia could set back the fast-growing region for years as President Barack Obama hails the city-state for military cooperation.

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-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON:

Supporters of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton lay the groundwork for a possible 2016 White House bid, officially launching a website that features photos of the would-be candidate and plenty of praise.

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UNITED NATIONS

The UN General Assembly passes the first treaty regulating the global conventional weapons trade in an attempt to bring transparency and protection of human rights to the often murky industry.

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RIO DE JANEIRO

The brutal gang-rape of a US student in a Rio bus revives concern about public safety ahead of the World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics, despite an overall drop in violence.

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LOS ANGELES

Michael Jackson's jailed former doctor refuses to testify at a trial in which the singer's mother is seeking massive damages from tour promoters she blames for hiring the medic.

650 words moved by Michael Thurston. Picture. File video

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MARACAIBO, Venezuela

The presidential campaign to replace Venezuela's Hugo Chavez formally kicks off, with his chosen successor vowing to carry on the deceased leader's socialist "revolution."

650 words moved by Ramon Sahmkow. Graphic. Picture. Video

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TENOSIQUE, Mexico

The morning mist cloaks the small boat as it carries 14 migrants across a river from Guatemala to Mexico at the start of a long and uncertain journey towards the United States -- if gangs don't get them first.

850 words 0530 GMT by Yemeli Ortega Luyando. Picture, Video

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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ALEPPO, Syria

A newborn baby abandoned on the street in the battleground Syrian city of Aleppo has been named "Gift from God" by the family who adopted her even at the cost of an extra mouth to feed.

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-- EUROPE --

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BRUSSELS

Serbia and Kosovo fail to find common ground on how to defuse longstanding tensions at EU-sponsored talks, but the door appears still open for further discussions, officials say.

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PARIS

France's ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac is charged in a tax fraud probe after he admits having a foreign bank account, dealing a fresh blow to President Francois Hollande's embattled government.

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-- AFRICA --

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LUSAKA

Zambia's ex-president Rupiah Banda is set to go on trial, charged with abusing his power over a Nigerian oil deal struck while he was in office.

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MBAIKI, Central African Republic

Some people in the Central African Republic line the roads to applaud a convoy of the Seleka rebels who ousted president Francois Bozize, but others remain distrustful after looting by both sides in the conflict.

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