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AFP 0100 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: Mike Patterson Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Obama issues new warning to Syria on chemical weapons

+ Race to reach survivors in Bangladesh factory collapse

+ South Koreans set to return from joint industrial zone

Syria-conflict,WRAP

WASHINGTON

US President Barack Obama issues a new warning to Syria that using chemical weapons would be a "game changer" as he faces rising pressure at home and abroad to intervene in the civil war.

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SAVAR, Bangladesh

Exhausted rescuers race to dig out 50 people found alive in the rubble of a Bangladesh garment factory complex that caved in three days earlier killing more than 320 workers.

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SEOUL

South Korean workers are due to start returning from a joint factory park in North Korea seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border cooperation, after Seoul announces a pullout following months of tensions.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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BAGHDAD

The United Nations warns that Iraq is at a "crossroads" and appeals for restraint, as four days of violence, including several attacks at mosques, kill more than 200 people.

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-- ASIA --

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KARACHI

At least 10 people are killed and 17 wounded when a car bomb explodes near a secular party's election office in Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi, officials say, the latest violence ahead of historic polls next month.

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-- AMERICAS --

US-attacks,WRAP

NEW YORK

The teenaged Boston bombing suspect has been moved to a prison medical facility, officials say, as a Chinese immigrant carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers offers gripping details of how he helped foil their escape.

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WASHINGTON

The "sequester" spending cuts held back the US economy in the first quarter, the Commerce Department says, with GDP growth coming in at a lower-than-hoped 2.5 percent for the period.

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WASHINGTON

Life in authoritarian states is liable get worse before it gets better as their citizens gain more access to the Internet, Google's globe-trotting executive chairman Eric Schmidt says.

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WASHINGTON

More Guantanamo prisoners have joined a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention at the US-run military jail, with 97 out of 166 detainees refusing food, officials say.

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-- EUROPE --

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MOSCOW

A Russian court rules to keep Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in jail, denying her request for parole from her two-year sentence for the band's performance against President Vladimir Putin last year.

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MOSCOW

President Vladimir Putin warns Russia could change agreements for the adoption of Russian children made with France and other Western states that are legalising gay marriage.

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ROME

Italian leftist Enrico Letta is expected to reveal whether he has succeeded in uniting the eurozone heavyweight's feuding parties or needs more time to end a two-month political stalemate.

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Britain-attacks-court-Pakistan-Yemen,WRAP

LONDON

Eleven British Muslims are jailed for planning what a judge said was a plot with the blessing of Al-Qaeda to carry out a string of suicide bombings to rival 9/11 and the 2005 London attacks.

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Iceland-vote,WRAP

REYKJAVIK

Iceland prepares to go to the polls in a general election expected to return an opposition centre-right coalition to power four years after it was ousted over its handling of the country's dire financial crisis.

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BRUSSELS

Classically elegant but also self-assured and daring, designers familiar with the top-to-toe tastes of the woman about to become the Dutch queen say Maxima could have been born to step into royal shoes.

550 words 0130 GMT by Maria Lorente. Picture. Video

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