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Duty Editor: Jitendra Joshi

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Boston suspect writes answers to interrogators

+ Myanmar accused of Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

+ Syria rebel chief vows to quit over 'inaction'

+ Indian police attacked over rape of 5-year-old

US-attacks,update-WRAP

BOSTON, Massachusetts

Police seek answers from the seriously wounded surviving Boston bombing suspect, amid reports he is responding in writing to questions after throat injuries left him unable to speak.

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BANGKOK

Myanmar has waged "a campaign of ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslims, Human Rights Watch says, citing evidence of mass graves and forced displacement affecting tens of thousands in a violence-hit western state.

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DAMASCUS

Syrian opposition chief Ahmad Moaz al-Khatib is determined to step down in the face of what he sees as world "inaction", colleagues say as government forces recapture territory from the rebels.

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NEW DELHI

Indian police arrest a second suspect over the abduction and rape of a five-year-old girl in New Delhi but investigators faces a hail of criticism over their insensitive handling of the shocking case.

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-- ASIA --

China-quake,WRAP

LUSHAN, China

Clogged roads, debris and sudden landslides impede rescuers as they fight to find survivors of a powerful earthquake in mountainous southwest China that has left at least 188 people dead.

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THIMPHU

The remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan begins electing a new parliament on Tuesday for only the second time in its history, five years after the Buddhist monarchy gave up its absolute power.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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ANKARA

Israeli and Turkish officials meet on Monday for talks on compensation over a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, a crucial step towards restoring the once-solid ties between the two countries.

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ISTANBUL

US Secretary of State John Kerry urges Turkey's prime minister to delay a visit to Gaza in talks aimed at getting Israeli-Turkish relations back on track as part of Washington's efforts to revive the Middle East peace process.

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LUXEMBOURG

The European Union is set to ease its oil embargo against Syria in favour of rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad's regime in its latest signal of support to the opposition.

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-- AMERICAS --

Paraguay-vote,update-WRAP

ASUNCION

Millionaire businessman and political neophyte Horacio Cartes of the opposition Colorado Party wins Paraguay's presidential race, paving the way for his nation to rejoin the Mercosur trade bloc.

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Venezuela-politics,WRAP

CARACAS

The Roman Catholic Church weighs in on Venezuela's political crisis, with Pope Francis expressing deep concern and calling for dialogue in the wake of a disputed presidential election.

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WASHINGTON

US manufacturer Orbital Sciences launches its first Antares rocket, paving the way for a demonstration flight to the International Space Station within months.

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-- EUROPE --

France-gay-marriage-politics,update-WRAP

PARIS

Tens of thousands of opponents of government plans to legalise gay marriage march in Paris days before a final vote on the bill, which has provoked fierce and sometimes violent protests.

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-- AFRICA --

Sudan-Darfur-unrest,WRAP

KHARTOUM

Paramilitary forces in Sudan's Darfur have mutinied, the interior ministry says, as a US diplomat expresses concern that security in the western region is worsening.

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