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AFP 0100 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: Mike Patterson Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ North Korea moves missiles from launch sites

+ Fears of Syria escalation after Israeli strikes

+ Thousands hold protest against Putin in Moscow

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SEOUL

North Korea moves two missiles from launch sites on its east coast, signalling a lowering of tensions even as Pyongyang and Seoul exchange fresh warnings of swift and severe military retaliation to any sign of provocation.

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DAMASCUS

Israeli air raids on Syria over the weekend killed at least 42 soldiers, a watchdog says, fuelling international concern over a spillover of the conflict, as Damascus warns it will strike back.

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MOSCOW

Thousands of protestors fill a Moscow square to denounce President Vladimir Putin a year into his new term and try to rekindle a momentum that was brutally quashed when a protest last year led to mass arrests.

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-- ASIA --

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WASHINGTON

China has engaged in widespread cyber espionage in a bid to extract information about the US government's foreign policy and military plans, says a new Pentagon report.

750 words 0130 GMT by Dan De Luce

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KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysia's Chinese minority has for decades gone about its business and left leadership to the Muslim Malay majority, but in weekend polls they deserted the ruling regime in what the concerned premier described as a "Chinese tsunami".

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QUETTA, Pakistan

In the city that has become the epicentre of sectarian bloodshed in Pakistan, Shiite Muslim candidates are braving death threats to make themselves heard in Saturday's election.

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-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

Plans to expand the American naval presence in the Pacific with new ships and hi-tech weaponry will go ahead despite steep budget cuts, the US Navy chief says before a trip to the region.

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ASHINGTON

Setting foot on Mars by the 2030s is human destiny and a US priority, and every dollar available must be spent on bridging gaps in knowledge on how to get there, NASA's chief says.

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WASHINGTON

A US political battle rages over the cost of Senate-proposed immigration reform, with a conservative think-tank warning the plan to legalize 11 million undocumented workers will soar to $6.3 trillion.

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-- EUROPE --

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ROME

Giulio Andreotti, a Machiavellian seven-time Italian prime minister who dominated the political scene for decades, dies at the age of 94.

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BERLIN

German authorities arrest a 93-year-old alleged former guard at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz on charges of complicity in the mass murder of prisoners.

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MUNICH, Germany

A woman accused of being at the heart of a neo-Nazi killer cell goes on trial in a case that has shocked and shamed Germany, as victims' relatives demand answers over the state's failure to prevent the murders.

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SOFIA

A winter of discontent in Bulgaria, when mass protests forced out the government, could give way to a spring of political deadlock and instability after elections Sunday in the EU's poorest country.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

 

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BEIRUT

Regional players are intervening more and more openly in Syria, some emboldened by the chaos created by the conflict, others desperate to prevent the fall of the regime, experts say.

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TEHRAN  

A five-day registration period for candidates in Iran's June 14 presidential election begins, with a string of conservative hopefuls in the running but with key reformists yet to come forward.

500 words 0130 GMT by Farhad Pouladi

-- AFRICA --

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LONDON

Fifty countries and organisations gather in London for an international conference aimed at preventing Somalia from slipping back into abject lawlessness.

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