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-- TOP STORIES --
+ 'Soldier' killed in Britain in suspected Islamist attack
+ FBI kills man during questioning over Boston bomber ties
+ US formally admits killing Awlaki in Yemeni drone strike
Two men wielding knives and a gun murder a man believed to be a British soldier near a London barracks, before delivering an Islamist tirade to passers-by.
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A friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev implicates himself and the Boston bombing suspect in an unsolved triple homicide before FBI agents kill him in a violent altercation, local media report.
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The United States formally says for the first time that it killed radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and three other US citizens in anti-terror strikes abroad.
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-- AMERICAS --
Two babies are among the 24 people killed by a tornado that tore through this US community, officials say, as residents begin the daunting task of rebuilding their lives.
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President Barack Obama will renew his failed vow to close Guantanamo Bay and address the murky legality of his secret drone war in a major speech framing second term anti-terror policy.
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US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warns that tightening monetary policy now could stall the US recovery, but adds that another few months of positive data could lead the Fed to start reining in stimulus.
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The head of the IRS office that oversees non-profit groups refuses to testify at a congressional panel probing abuse at the US tax agency but defiantly declares she had done nothing wrong.
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The United States should consider curbs on Chinese investment or even offensive operations against hackers to address the growing toll from intellectual property theft, a report by former top US officials says.
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Twitter says it is stepping up security measures for the popular messaging service following a series of high-profile breaches by hackers hitting media organizations and others.
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-- ASIA --
From seasoned investors to recent graduates armed with little more than hastily-made business cards and dreams of striking it rich, foreigners are pouring into Myanmar to stake a claim as it opens.
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A handful of marines living on a World War II-era ship that is grounded on a remote, tiny reef is the Philippines' last line of defence against China's efforts to control most of the South China Sea.
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-- EUROPE --
Prosecutors will grill IMF chief Christine Lagarde as they investigate whether she should be charged in connection with a state payout to a disgraced tycoon during her time as French finance minister.
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European leaders target a year-end deadline to undo banking secrecy, ultimately hoping to recoup a trillion euros in lost tax each year to help beat recession and unemployment.
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Blockbuster features that cost $100 million or more may grab the headlines, but the area of filmmaking that is growing fastest is documentaries, say industry sources at the Cannes Film Festival.
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-- MIDDLE EAST --
World powers urge Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to commit to peace, warning that if he fails to negotiate a political transition they will boost their backing of the opposition.
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Iran is making significant progress in expanding its nuclear programme, including in opening up a potential second route to developing the bomb, a new UN atomic agency report shows.
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-- AFRICA --
Revered Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, author of the widely praised novel "Things Fall Apart," will be buried in his small hometown in a ceremony expected to draw crowds of mourners.
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