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Duty Editor: Mike Patterson Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Syrian prime minister escapes bomb attack

+ Willem-Alexander to be enthroned as Dutch king

+ US sends medics for Guantanamo hunger strike

+ NBA player comes out, in US sports milestone

Syria-conflict,WRAP

DAMASCUS

Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi escapes an assassination bid, surviving a blast against his convoy in Damascus, in the latest attack on top members of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

700 words moved by Roueida Mabardi. Graphic. Picture. Video

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THE HAGUE

Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander is set to become Europe's youngest monarch when his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicates and his country hails the avowedly 21st-century king with a massive orange-hued party.

500 words 0130 GMT by Jan Hennop. Graphic. Picture. Video

Also moving: Netherlands-royal-Alexander,PROFILE

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WASHINGTON

Extra medical staff have been sent to the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay to help address a hunger strike that has spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees, authorities say.

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WASHINGTON

Basketball center Jason Collins becomes the first active player in a major American professional team sport to reveal he is gay -- a groundbreaking disclosure greeted with broad support.

800 words 0200 GMT by Jim Slater. File picture

Also moved: Basket-NBA-Collins-gay-sports,update-REAX

-- AMERICAS --

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LOS ANGELES

Michael Jackson's mother accuses the promoter of his doomed final tour of sacrificing the drug-addled star in a "ruthless" pursuit of profit in the months before his 2009 death.

650 words 0300 GMT by Michael Thurston. Picture. Video

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CARACAS

Venezuelan authorities begin a partial audit of the disputed election won by Hugo Chavez's handpicked successor, as the opposition flatly rejects the move as insufficient.

450 words 0200 GMT by Lissy de Abreu

Syria-conflict-US-Russia,FOCUS

WASHINGTON

"The Buck Stops here" -- said the famous sign on Harry S Truman's desk, encapsulating the lonely dilemmas power presents to US presidents, one of which now confronts Barack Obama over Syria.

800 words 0200 GMT by Stephen Collinson. Picture

-- ASIA --

Bangladesh-building-disaster-textile,WRAP

DHAKA

British retailer Primark and Canadian supermarket giant Loblaw offer compensation to the victims of a deadly factory collapse, as the owner of the complex is interrogated after being detained as he attempted to flee to India.

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NKorea-SKorea-US-military,WRAP

SEOUL

The United States and South Korea are due to wrap up joint military drills that infuriated North Korea, raising hopes for an easing of months of cross-border tensions.

600 words 0300 GMT by Jung Ha-Won

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WASHINGTON

China committed more than $75 billion to Africa in the past decade, coming close to the level of US money although the nature of Beijing's support was far different, a study says.

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KUALA LUMPUR

When Malaysian voters cast ballots in Sunday's general election it will be the first time in the country's history that they do so without knowing the eventual winner.

700 words 0200 GMT by Dan Martin. Graphic. Picture

Also moving: Malaysia-politics-vote-party-Najib,PROFILE

Malaysia-politics-vote-opposition-Anwar,PROFILE

Pakistan-vote-unrest-politics-Khan,INTERVIEW

SARGHODA, Pakistan

You can't lead a revolution and hide behind bullet-proof glass -- at least not according to Imran Khan, wildcard contender for power at the ballot box in Pakistan next week.

800 words 0230 GMT by Jennie Matthew. Picture. Video

-- EUROPE --

Italy-politics,WRAP

ROME

Italy's new prime minister is to face an early test of his mission to reverse Europe's austerity course as he meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel a day after vowing to stop a policy he says is killing his country.

600 words 0300 GMT by Ella Ide. Graphic. Picture. Video

Russia-Japan-diplomacy,WRAP

MOSCOW

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledge to renew efforts to find a solution to a decades-long territorial row that has prevented the two sides from signing a World War II peace treaty.

600 words moved by Anna Malpas and Stuart Williams. Picture

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BRUSSELS

The European Commission says it will impose the world's first continent-wide ban on three pesticides which environmentalists say are killing the bees that pollinate Europe's crops.

650 words moved by Christian Spillmann. Picture. Video

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