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AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

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Duty Editor: Jitendra Joshi

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Sharif triumphs in historic Pakistan vote

+ Turkey blames pro-Syria groups for blasts

+ ISS astronauts finish emergency spacewalk

+ Man U's Ferguson oversees final home game

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LAHORE, Pakistan

Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif appeals for cross-party support to help rebuild the nuclear-armed but economically crippled nation after securing victory in historic elections which defied Taliban violence.

800 words 0600 GMT by Damon Wake. Graphic. Picture. Video

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REYHANLI, Turkey

Turkey reels from twin car bomb attacks which left at least 43 people dead in a town near the Syrian border, with Ankara blaming pro-Damascus groups and vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.

800 words 0830 GMT by Nicolas Cheviron. Picture. Video

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WASHINGTON

NASA astronauts perform an emergency spacewalk to halt an ammonia leak on the International Space Station, but it will take weeks or months to determine whether the problem has been permanently fixed.

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LONDON

The eyes of the football world will be on Old Trafford when Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson oversees his final home game before retirement after 26 years in charge of the English champions.

700 words 0900 GMT by Julian Guyer

-- ASIA --

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LAHORE, Pakistan

"The Tiger Roars Again," runs one of the headlines acclaiming Nawaz Sharif, but Pakistan's incoming prime minister faces a host of challenges as he completes a remarkable political comeback 14 years after being cast into exile in a coup.

750 words 0830 GMT by Damon Wake

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ISLAMABAD

Imran Khan's party might not have achieved the electoral "tsunami" the cricket star promised, but its strong showing in Pakistan's landmark elections still promises to shake up a political landscape dominated by powerful clans.

700 words 0830 GMT by Issam Ahmed

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-- MIDDLE EAST -- 

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TEHRAN

The race for Iran's highest elected office is revitalised as former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili officially register for the June 14 election.

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CAIRO

Egypt's interior minister says police have arrested three members of an Al-Qaeda-linked cell in an alleged transnational plot to bomb a Western embassy and other targets in the country.

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-- EUROPE --

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SOFIA

Bulgarians begin voting in a tight and tense snap election marked by accusations of cheating and expected to result in political stalemate and fresh protests in the EU's poorest member.

650 words 0800 GMT by Diana Simeonova. Picture. Video

 

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AYLESBURY, United Kingdom

The Group of Seven advanced economies smooth over US-European differences at a weekend meeting on how to balance deep austerity measures with ways to support fragile growth.

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-- AFRICA --

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JOHANNESBURG

The launch of South Africa's latest political party is evidence both of the unease at the ruling ANC and of just how much it will take to unseat the party of Nelson Mandela.

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-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

The US Supreme Court is preparing to hand down one of the most significant sequences of judgments in US history, with upcoming rulings expected to have far-reaching consequences for millions of Americans.

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