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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: Sarah Stewart

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Malaysia coalition dismisses fraud charges after vote

+ 22 dead as Bangladesh Islamists clash with police

+ Israeli strikes on Syria draw international concern

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KUALA LUMPUR

Malaysia's prime minister seeks royal approval to extend the ruling coalition's 56-year grip on power after a victory in hard-fought elections, but the opposition maintains the vote was fraudulent and refuses to concede defeat.

650 words 0700 GMT Shannon Teoh. Graphic. Picture. Video

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DHAKA

Street battles between Bangladeshi police and tens of thousands of radical Islamists leave at least 22 people dead in the capital Dhaka, deepening the divide between the secular government and religious hardliners.

600 words 0530 GMT by Shafiq Alam. Picture. Video

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DAMASCUS

UN chief Ban Ki-moon leads international calls for restraint after Israeli air strikes on targets near Damascus prompted a Syrian official to warn the war-torn country is ready to hit back in case of any new "violations".

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-- ASIA --

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NEW DELHI

India and China begin pulling troops back from a disputed area of the Himalayas after resolving a border spat that had threatened to reverse a recent warming in ties.

600 words 0600 GMT by Rupam Jain Nair. Graphic

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LAHORE, Pakistan

For traumatised Christians in a Lahore slum where angry Muslims torched more than 100 homes, Pakistan's two largest parties offer the only hope of protection at this week's general election.

750 words 0600 GMT by Guillaume Lavallee. Picture. Video

-- EUROPE --

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PARIS

Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets of Paris to mark Socialist President Francois Hollande's first year in office by accusing him of turning his back on the left.

600 words moved by Katell Prigent. Picture. Video

 

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MUNICH, Germany

Germany's most high-profile neo-Nazi trial begins after 10 mostly racially motivated murders by a long-hidden far-right gang which Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a "disgrace" for the country.

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MUNICH, Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners kick off their campaign to stay in government at the weekend, brandishing the French economy as a warning against German opposition policies.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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TRIPOLI

Libya's General National Congress, under pressure from militiamen, votes through a controversial law to exclude former regime officials from government posts, a move that could see the premier removed from office.

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ANKARA

Turkey's support for the Syrian rebels in the neighbouring country's civil war has led to a policy of choosing between "bad and worse", say analysts urging Ankara to come up with an impartial approach to the crisis.

700 words moved by Fulya Ozerkan. File picture

-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

Free them or put them on trial. Thus urges a petition to President Barack Obama over the prisoners held at Guantanamo, jailed and in limbo for more than a decade.

700 words moved by Chantal Valery

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SAN FRANCISCO

YouTube is proving to be a powerful launch pad for a new generation of Internet-savvy music stars from Psy to Macklemore and beyond.

750 words moved by Glenn Chapman

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LOS ANGELES

All evacuation orders are lifted in California as firefighters battling a massive wildfire near Los Angeles say they have contained 60 percent of the blaze.

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