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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: James Hossack Tel: +852 2829 6211

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Missing women found alive in US after 10 years

+ North Korea removes missiles from launch sites

+ US accuses China of conducting cyber espionage

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CHICAGO

Three young US women who went missing around a decade ago -- two of whom disappeared as teenagers -- are found alive in a house in Cleveland just miles from where they vanished, with three suspects under arrest.

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SEOUL

North Korea has taken a major step back from a planned missile test, US officials say, even as Pyongyang and Seoul exchange fresh threats of punitive military retaliation to any provocation.

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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.

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-- ASIA --

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DHAKA

Bangladesh's main opposition party calls a two-day nationwide strike from Wednesday to protest what it describes as the "mass killing" of demonstrators in a crackdown against hardline Islamists.

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MANILA

Foreigners are among five people feared dead when one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes spews a giant ash cloud and a barrage of rocks on climbers near the crater, authorities say.

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KUALA LUMPUR

Anwar Ibrahim puts on hold a pre-election plan to step aside as Malaysia's opposition leader over an election loss, saying he wants to spearhead a fight against weekend poll results that he insists were tainted by fraud.

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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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WASHINGTON

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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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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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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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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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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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.

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-- 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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