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AFP 1900 GMT news advisory

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News Editor: Olivia Hampton

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ N. Korea warns cannot protect embassies in case of war

+ Iran, world powers fail to progress in nuclear talks

+ Pope urges firm action against sex abuse by priests

NKorea-SKorea-US-military,update-WRAP

SEOUL

North Korea warns foreign embassies in Pyongyang it is unable to guarantee their safety in the event of conflict and that they should consider evacuating missions by next week amid soaring nuclear tensions.

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ALMATY

Iran and world powers fail to reach a breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear crisis during talks that saw Tehran being criticized for failing to give a clear response to a proposal aimed at breaking the deadlock.

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VATICAN CITY

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Pope Francis gives his first pronouncement on the Catholic Church's pervasive pedophile priest scandal, urging Vatican disciplinarians to act "with determination" against the scourge.

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-- AFRICA --

Mali-conflict,update-WRAP

BAMAKO

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.

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BISSAU

US agents have captured the former head of Guinea-Bissau's navy, an alleged kingpin in the west African nation's drugs trade with Latin America, in a sting operation on the high seas, intelligence sources and media say.

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-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

The US economy created far fewer jobs than expected in March, with employers adding only 88,000 new hires, a third fewer than the month before.

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WASHINGTON

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 1530 GMT by Kerry Sheridan

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NEW YORK

Holders of Argentina's defaulted bonds are expected to reject the government's latest offer to settle its long-running dispute with so-called "vulture funds" -- potentially leaving Buenos Aires with a huge bill.

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WASHINGTON

Automatic spending cuts in force since March have hit America's science and research sectors especially hard, with potentially dire implications for the nation's overall competitiveness, according to experts.

650 words 1930 GMT by Jean-Louis Santini

-- ASIA --

Health-flu-China,update-WRAP

SHANGHAI

Shanghai orders all live poultry markets in the city closed after culling more than 20,000 birds to curb the spread of the H7N9 flu virus, which has killed six people in China.

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