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Duty Editor: Jitendra Joshi

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ North Korea preparing fourth atomic test: South

+ WHO vies to tamp down bird flu jitters in China

+ Cairo clashes after Egyptian Christian funerals

+ Chile to exhume poet's remains for poison tests

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SEOUL

North Korea appears to be preparing for a fourth nuclear test as well as a provocative missile launch, according to South Korean intelligence reports, despite an unusually blunt call from China for restraint.

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BEIJING

The WHO says there is no evidence China's deadly bird flu strain is spreading among humans after the number of confirmed H7N9 cases rises to 21, but jitters over the outbreak see airline and tourism shares slump.

600 words 0600 GMT by Neil Connor. Graphic. Picture. Video

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CAIRO

One person is killed in clashes at Cairo's Coptic cathedral following funeral prayers for four Christians during which Copts were pelted with stones and bottles after angrily chanting against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

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ISLA NEGRA, Chile

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed Monday in a bid by the government to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned by the Pinochet dictatorship he strongly opposed.

550 words 0530 GMT by Miguel Sanchez. Picture. Video

-- ASIA --

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ISLAMABAD

Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf's troubled return to Pakistan meets its latest test as the Supreme Court decides whether to make him stand trial for treason.

500 words 0700 GMT by Sajjad Tarakzai. Picture. Video

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DHAKA

Bangladesh's prime minister rejects Islamists' fiery demands for a new anti-blasphemy law to punish bloggers accused of insulting the Prophet Mohammed, as the country faces another mass strike.

550 words 0730 GMT by Shafiq Alam. Picture. Video

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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RAMALLAH, Palestinian territories

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Palestinian leaders on a fresh mission to forge a new path forward after a years-long impasse in Middle East peace negotiations.

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ALEPPO, Syria

In the majority-Kurdish Sheikh Makqsud district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, Arab rebels and Kurd fighters say they are fighting together against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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-- EUROPE --

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LISBON

Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho announces severe cuts in public spending following a decision by the constitutional court rejecting a number of austerity measures, as the EU warns that Lisbon must respect the aims of its aid programme.

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LONDON

British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Madrid, Paris and Berlin this week to press his case for reform of the European Union ahead of a referendum on his own country's membership of the bloc.

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-- AMERICAS --

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CARACAS

Hundreds of thousands of supporters cram Caracas's streets in what opposition presidential hopeful Henrique Capriles, trailing in the polls, calls a fast-changing tide.

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WASHINGTON

The looming Paris auction of some 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona has cast light on the failure to prevent sacred American artifacts from being sold overseas.

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-- AFRICA --

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KHARTOUM

Thousands of civilians in Sudan's troubled Darfur region have sought protection around peacekeeping bases after rebel attacks and "possible" air strikes, as international donors seek support to rebuild the conflict-torn region.

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