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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: James Hossack Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Obama issues new warning to Syria on chemical weapons

+ Two factory bosses arrested over Bangladeshi disaster

+ South Koreans returning from industrial zone in North

+ American citizen to go on trial in North Korean court

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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

Police arrest two textile bosses over a Bangladeshi factory disaster as the death toll climbs to 326 and distraught relatives lash out at rescuers struggling to detect signs of life.

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PAJU, South Korea

South Korean workers are set to begin returning from a jointly run industrial park in North Korea after Seoul announces a complete withdrawal following months of military tensions.

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SEOUL

North Korea says it will put a US citizen on trial for trying to overthrow the communist regime, in the face of soaring tensions between Pyongyang and the West.

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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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-- AMERICAS --

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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

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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WASHINGTON

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

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-- EUROPE --

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ROME

Italian leftist Enrico Letta reveals 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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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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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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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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