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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: James Hossack Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ US hunts down Boston 'pressure cooker' bombers

+ Funeral of former British PM Margaret Thatcher

+ Pakistani troops scramble to aid quake victims

US-attacks,update-WRAP

BOSTON, Massachusetts

US investigators describe how two suspected pressure cooker bombs sprayed nails and metal pellets into Boston marathon crowds, killing three people and injuring more than 180.

800 words 0530 GMT by Tim Witcher. Graphic. Picture. Video

Britain-politics-Thatcher,update-WRAP

LONDON

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place, with Queen Elizabeth II leading mourners from around the world in bidding farewell to one of Britain's most influential and divisive prime ministers.

750 words 0800 GMT by Alice Ritchie. Picture. Video. Graphic

Pakistan-quake-Iran,update-WRAP

DALBANDIN, Pakistan

Pakistani troops scramble to aid the remote victims of an earthquake centred in nearby Iran, as the United States offers assistance as the death toll climbs to 40.

750 words 0700 GMT by Maaz Khan. Picture. Graphic. Animated Graphic. Video

-- BOSTON BOMBINGS/SECURITY CONCERNS --

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WASHINGTON

US federal authorities intercept a letter that contains the deadly poison ricin and was bound for the Washington office of Senator Roger Wicker, triggering new security concerns one day after the Boston terror attacks.

550 words 0600 GMT by Michael Mathes.

US-attacks-marathon-extremists,lead

BOSTON, Massachusetts

Troubling anniversaries linked to US extremists have fueled speculation about who is behind the Boston bombings even though investigators have yet to publicly cast blame on any culprits.

600 words moved by Tim Witcher

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US-attacks-politics,update-FOCUS

WASHINGTON

America suddenly faces terror in the homeland after carnage in Boston and a ricin scare jolt a largely peaceful run of luck since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

750 words moved by Stephen Collinson

Also moved: US-attacks-bombs,lead

US-attacks-police-technology,lead

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US-attacks-Muslims,FOCUS

LOS ANGELES

US Muslims are watching closely as the probe into the Boston bombings unfolds, fearing a backlash like after 9/11 if an Islamist link is confirmed to the deadly attack.

600 words moved by Michael Thurston

-- ASIA --

NKorea-SKorea-US-military,WRAP

SEOUL

North Korea bars the delivery of food and supplies to South Koreans in the closed Kaesong joint industrial zone, as the South's president says it is time to stop rewarding the North's provocative behaviour.

650 words 0600 GMT by Jung Ha-Won. Picture. Graphic

NZealand-politics-gay-marriage,lead

WELLINGTON

New Zealand's gay community gears up to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage, which would make the country the first in the Asia-Pacific region to approve the measure.

550 words 0700 GMT by Neil Sands. Picture. Video. Graphic

Taiwan-China-politics-military-drill,lead

PENGHU, Taiwan

Taiwan stages its biggest live-fire drill since 2008, in an operation involving more than 7,000 troops that simulates a Chinese attack as its leader warns of Beijing's arms build-up.

550 words 0600 GMT by Benjamin Yeh. Picture. Graphic. Video

-- AMERICAS --

Venezuela-vote,update-WRAP

CARACAS

Venezuelan presidential election loser Henrique Capriles urges the government to open a dialogue with him as he calls off a protest rally after the disputed vote sparked deadly violence.

600 words moved by Maria Isabel Sanchez. Picture

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SAN FRANCISCO

The quest by Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer to reverse the struggling Internet pioneer's fortunes stumbles as the company reports that profit rose modestly but revenue slipped, sending the stock price into a dive.

700 words moved by Glenn Chapman

US-politics-guns,lead

WASHINGTON

The US Senate faces a showdown Wednesday over gun rights, but even supporters of a contentious compromise on background checks concede they might still be short of the necessary votes.

700 words moved by Michael Mathes. Picture

-- EUROPE --

Russia-politics-trial-rights,lead

KIROV, Russia

Charismatic Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny goes on trial on charges that he said were ordered by President Vladimir Putin in revenge for him daring to oppose the Kremlin.

650 words 0600 GMT by Laetitia Peron. Picture. Video

-- MIDDLE EAST --

Iraq-vote-provincial,ADVANCER

BAGHDAD

Iraqis vote on Saturday in a key test of political stability and security in the country's first elections since US troops withdrew at the end of 2011.

600 words moved by Prashant Rao. Picture. Graphic

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