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Duty Editor: John Weaver

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ US report says N. Korea could have nuclear missile

+ 'Gangnam Style' star Psy releases new single

+ EU ministers meet to finalise Cyprus bailout

+ US Senate to debate ambitious gun safety bill

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WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama urges North Korea to end its "belligerent approach," as US officials seek to play down a leaked intelligence report suggesting Pyongyang could fire a nuclear-tipped missile.

800 words 0230 GMT by Dan De Luce. Picture. Graphic. Video

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SEOUL

"Gangnam Style" star Psy unveils the follow-up to his global hit with another catchy dance tune infused with his signature self-mocking humour -- but fans are still waiting for the all-important video.

750 words 0300 GMT by Jung Hawon. File picture

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DUBLIN

Eurozone and EU finance ministers meet in Dublin to finalise the Cyprus bailout and consider extending debt repayment dates for Portugal and Ireland, while also tackling how to stamp out tax fraud.

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WASHINGTON

The US Senate is to debate the nation's most ambitious gun safety legislation in almost two decades, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed on expanding background checks.

700 words 0200 GMT by Michael Mathes. Picture. Graphic. Video

-- AMERICAS --

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CARACAS

Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro releases birds in front of a red sea of supporters while his opponent Henrique Capriles dances in the last rallies of a bitter race to succeed Hugo Chavez.

700 words 0200 GMT by Laurent Thomet. Picture. Graphic. Video

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NEW YORK

Four months after President Obama's inaugural address pledged to lead the US on a path to sustainable energy, the administration faces a turning point on electricity generated from coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels.

650 words 0300 GMT by John Biers

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LOS ANGELES

Veteran filmmaker David Lynch says US authorities should use more transcendental meditation to help soldiers returning from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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WASHINGTON

Cherry blossoms aren't the only things in bloom in the US capital these days. Bipartisanship is, if not in full flower, at least pushing up through the cracks of Washington's notorious political gridlock.

650 words 0300 GMT by Michael Mathes. Picture

-- EUROPE --

 

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LONDON

Britain begins to send out 2,000 invitations for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, with recipients ranging from all of the surviving US presidents and British prime ministers to celebrities including "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson.

800 words 0130 GMT by James Pheby. Picture. Video

Also moving: Britain-politics-Thatcher-royals,FOCUS

   

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PARIS

The controversial auction of 70 ceremonial masks originating from the Hopi tribe of Arizona, due on Friday, has drawn condemnation from the US as well as actor Robert Redford who called the proposed sale "sacrilege".

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

 

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DAMASCUS

Syria demands that the UN slap sanctions on a jihadist rebel group after it pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, as the opposition accuses regime forces of "savage" killings in the country's south.

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RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories

The United States reacts warily to speculation Palestinian premier Salam Fayyad is poised to offer his resignation to president Mahmud Abbas after a dispute between the two.

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-- ASIA --

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TOKYO

Dark-suited salarymen interrupt their morning commute in Japan to buy Haruki Murakami's new novel, as newspapers and broadcasters race to give the first review of one of the year's most eagerly awaited books.

600 words 0400 GMT by Harumi Ozawa. Picture. Video

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BELAWAN, Indonesia

With tears running down his cheeks, a Buddhist fisherman from Myanmar told how he was living in fear after his friends were beaten to death by Muslim Rohingya in a brutal attack at an Indonesian detention centre.

750 words 0300 GMT by Angela Dewan. Picture. Video

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan

On a parade ground in Afghanistan, Dutch soldiers stand to attention at a graduation ceremony for local police officers, one of many such scenes which will soon fade into the past.

750 words 0230 GMT by Ben Sheppard. Picture. Video

-- AFRICA --

 

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BLANTYRE

US pop icon Madonna deepens a war of words with Malawi's government, accusing it of peddling lies about her charity work.

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Also moving: Mali-France-conflict-Qaeda,FOCUS

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