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-- TOP STORIES --
+ Diplomats meet in Pyongyang after N. Korea warning
+ Pope urges determined action against sex abuse
+ US court orders wider access for morning-after pill
Foreign diplomats huddle in Pyongyang to discuss a North Korea warning on their safety, as concern grows that North Korea is preparing an imminent missile launch at a time of soaring nuclear tensions.
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Pope Francis gives his first pronouncement on the Catholic Church's pervasive paedophile priest scandal, urging Vatican disciplinarians to act "with determination" against the scourge.
550 words 0200 GMT by Ljubomir Milasin
After a decade-long battle over access to emergency contraception, a federal judge orders US regulators to make the morning-after pill available over the counter without limits on age.
700 words moved by Kerry Sheridan
-- ASIA --
Shanghai's poultry markets are shuttered after authorities culled thousands of birds to curb the spread of the H7N9 flu virus, which has killed six people in China.
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-- AMERICAS --
The former navy chief of Guinea-Bissau is ordered detained in New York after his arrest on charges that he was part of an international cocaine trafficking plot.
700 words moved by Sebastian Smith
Shocked to learn this week that two of their own attacked a desert gas plant in Algeria, Canadians are struggling to understand how kindred boys from a quiet, middle-class neighborhood ended up as jihadists.
650 words 0130 GMT by Michel Viatteau
From the unruly areas of Pakistan to Philippine jungles and the deserts of Iraq, simple matchbooks and posters are proving an effective US tool in the hunt for the world's most wanted men.
750 words 0130 GMT by Jo Biddle. Picture
-- EUROPE --
Iran and world powers meet for the second and final day of a new round of talks aimed at breaking a decade-old deadlock over the Islamic state's disputed nuclear programme with time slowly running out on a solution.
500 words 0200 GMT by Dmitry Zaks and Farhad Pouladi. Picture
With North Korea issuing apocalyptic threats of nuclear war in recent weeks, Western powers have been reminded of what could happen if they fail to find a solution to Iran's disputed nuclear programme, experts say.
650 words 0130 GMT by Sim Sim Wissgott
-- AFRICA --
The French foreign minister reassures Mali that France is not planning an "overnight" withdrawal of the troops it sent to liberate the west African nation from Al-Qaeda-linked rebels.
690 words moved by Cecile Feuillatre. Picture. Video.
-- MIDDLE EAST --
Umm Abed once worked as a nurse at a military hospital in Syria's Lattakia province, treating wounded soldiers, but when army shelling killed her brother and mother she decided to switch sides.
525 words 0200 GMT by Marie Roudani. Picture