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Duty Editor: Stephanie Griffith

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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Turkish protesters claim win as police withdraw

+ Iraq hit by its worst violence since 2008

+ Hagel lambastes China for cyber espionage

+ New Oklahoma tornadoes kill nine

Turkey-politics-demo,WRAP

ISTANBUL

Thousands of protesters in Istanbul celebrate a victory as police withdraw from Taksim square amid one of the largest demonstrations against Turkey's Islamist-rooted government.

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BAGHDAD

Iraq was hit in May by its worst violence in five years, further stoking fears of all-out sectarian strife, as its top two political rivals publicly embrace in a symbolic move aimed at easing tensions.

650 words 2000 GMT by Ammar Karim. Graphic. Picture

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SINGAPORE

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel accuses China of waging cyber espionage against the United States, raising pressure on Beijing over the issue ahead of a key summit between their leaders.

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CHICAGO

Tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma killed nine people, including two children, officials say, as flooding hampers cleanup efforts in the US state recently ravaged by a monster twister.

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-- MIDEAST --

Syria-conflict,WRAP

DAMASCUS

Syrian rebels brace for a new assault on their beleaguered stronghold of Qusayr by the army and its Hezbollah allies, who are bolstering positions north of the town, a watchdog said.

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-- EUROPE --

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MADRID

Thousands protest in major European cities against the "troika" of international powers whose policies in the financial crisis they blame for grinding economic hardships.

600 words 2030 GMT by Roland Lloyd Parry. Picture

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LONDON

British police charge a second Muslim convert with murder over the hacking to death of a soldier on a London street.

650 words 1930 GMT by Katy Lee. File picture

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MOSCOW

Russia's smokers defy an ambitious new ban on public smoking, calling it unfair and expressing doubt that the government will be able to enforce it.

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-- ASIA --

India-cricket-corruption-crime-resign,WRAP

NEW DELHI

A third top Indian cricket official quits, piling more pressure on the beleaguered president of the world's richest cricketing body to resign over a mounting betting scandal.

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ISLAMABAD

Pakistan's new parliament is sworn in, completing the nation's first-ever democratic transition of power in a country ruled for half its history by the military.

550 words moved by Masroor Gilani. Picture. Video

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YOKOHAMA, Japan

Japan says it will give $14 billion in aid to Africa over five years, as Tokyo scrambles to grab resources and market share at a time of increased interest in the region from China.

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