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Duty Editor: Peter Hutchison Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Kerry to urge China to rein in defiant North Korea

+ Retrial of Egypt's former president Mubarak starts

+ Chinese schoolboy makes Masters cut and golf history

+ 'Gangnam Style' star Psy to unveil latest dance

NKorea-SKorea-US-China-military,update-WRAP

BEIJING

US Secretary of State John Kerry presses China to rein in a defiant North Korea, as he looks to provide a foundation for Seoul to lower soaring nuclear tensions with Pyongyang.

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CAIRO

The retrial of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak begins in Cairo, with the fate of the ousted strongman largely eclipsed by the deadly turmoil and economic woes gripping the country.

450 words 0130 GMT by Jailan Zayan

Golf-Masters-CHN-Guan,ROUNDUP

AUGUSTA, Georgia

Chinese schoolboy Guan Tianlang rocks the golfing world by making the cut at the 77th Masters despite being penalized one shot for slow play in the second round.

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SEOUL

"Gangnam Style" star Psy plays a sell-out concert in Seoul to unveil the all-important dance and video aimed at moulding his new single "Gentleman" into another global hit.

600 words 0600 GMT by Jung Ha-Won

-- ASIA --

Health-flu-China,update-WRAP

BEIJING

A seven-year-old girl is Beijing's first human case of H7N9 bird flu, local authorities say, as China's outbreak of the disease spreads to the capital.

650 words 0530 GMT by Sebastien Berger. Picture

NKorea-SKorea-US-military-spy,update-FOCUS

WASHINGTON

Conflicting accounts from US intelligence about the status of North Korea's nuclear weapons program underscore just how difficult it is for American spy agencies to penetrate the inscrutable regime in Pyongyang, officials and experts say.

750 words 0530 GMT by Dan De Luce. Picture

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WASHINGTON

The United States gives Japan the green light to enter talks on a Pacific trade agreement, in a key step forward for a pact that would account for nearly 40 percent of the global economy.

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-- AMERICAS --

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NEW YORK

A New York jury awards $12 million in damages to a US billionaire who says he has been defrauded when he paid thousands of dollars for supposedly vintage wine that turned out to be fake.

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Golf-Masters,ROUNDUP

AUGUSTA, Georgia

A Masters second round that tested how top golfers handle adversity Friday saw Tiger Woods stumble, Jason Day take the lead and teen Guan Tianlang make the cut despite a rare slow-play penalty.

850 words moved by Jim Slater. Picture. Graphic

US-Internet-finance-currency-Bitcoin,FOCUS

WASHINGTON

Many saw it coming, but that didn't stop the Bitcoin bubble from bursting: after rising to dizzying heights, the "e-currency" suffered its first true crash this week.

750 words moved by Anne Renaut

Science-US-court-genetics-health

WASHINGTON

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday on whether to allow scientists to patent genes they have isolated and identified, a decision that could have far-reaching implications for genetic research.

650 words moved by Jean-Louis Santini

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CARACAS

The body of Hugo Chavez may not have been embalmed and put on display for eternity but on the arms, legs and breasts of devoted Venezuelans, "el Comandante" will live on forever.

600 words moved by Philippe Zygel. Picture. Video.

-- EUROPE --

Britain-politics-Thatcher

LONDON

Police in London brace for a mass 'party' staged by opponents of Margaret Thatcher in Trafalgar Square to celebrate the former British prime minister's death.

750 words moved by Alice Ritchie. Picture

 

Finance-public-debt-EU-tax

DUBLIN  

European Union finance ministers tackle tax fraud and money-laundering as they wrap up two days of talks in the Irish capital.

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France-US-heritage-art-auction-native,5thlead

PARIS

Some 70 ceremonial masks originating from Arizona's Hopi tribe are sold for more than 900,000 euros ($1.2 million) after a legal challenge fails to prevent an auction decried by opponents as "sacrilege".

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

 

Israel-Palestinians-conflict-US-diplomacy-politics,FOCUS

JERUSALEM

Hopes of a US-sponsored push to resume stalled Middle East peace talks have been scaled back following US Secretary of State John Kerry's latest visit, to securing economic goals for the West Bank.

700 words moved by Selim Saheb Ettaba

 

Libya-politics-unrest-parliament,FOCUS

TRIPOLI

A bill banning associates of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi from politics risks inflaming tensions in Libya and could see top officials including the premier and the assembly chief removed from their posts.

550 words moved by Ibrahim al-Majbari

 

Syria-conflict-Qaeda-rebels,ANALYSIS

BEIRUT

The public pledge of allegiance to Al-Qaeda by Syria's fiercest rebel group, Al-Nusra Front, serves the interests of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, analysts say.

550 words moved by Karim Abou-Merhi

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