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Duty editor: Dave Clark Tel: +1 202 414 0541

-- TOP STORIES --

+ Obama and Putin meet amid Syria tension ahead of G8

+ US and EU launch talks of trans-Atlantic trade pact

+ Iran presdient-elect rules out nuclear halt

+ US leaker Snowden vows to spill more secrets

+ Turkey threatens to deploy army against protests

G8-summit,WRAP

ENNISKILLEN, United Kingdom

Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin sit down for a potentially awkward clash over the Syrian civil war, the thorny issue which has dominated the first day of the G8 summit.

700 words 2030 GMT by Michael Mainville. Picture. Video. Graphic

 

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ENNISKILLEN, United Kingdom

The European Union and the United States launch long-awaited formal negotiations to create what would be the world's biggest ever free trade area, promising it will boost jobs and growth.

650 words 2030 GMT by Danny Kemp. Picture. Video. Graphic

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TEHRAN

Iran's newly-elected president Hassan Rowhani rules out any halt to the nuclear activity that has drawn UN sanctions but says he hopes an early deal can be reached to allay the concerns of major powers.

750 words moved by Mohammad Davari. Graphic. Picture. Video.

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WASHINGTON

Rogue intelligence technician Edward Snowden vows to continue leaking details of America's vast Internet snooping program.

800 words 2100 GMT by Dave Clark.

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ISTANBUL

Turkey warns it may bring in the army to help quell nearly three weeks of nationwide anti-government protests as two major union federations go on strike over police violence against demonstrators.

750 words 1930 GMT by Michelle Fitzpatrick. Picture. Video. Graphic.

-- EUROPE --

 

Czech-politics-corruption,WRAP

PRAGUE

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas resigns over a bribery and spying scandal involving his top aide and alleged lover that has plunged the recession-hit EU state into a fresh political crisis.

750 words 1930 GMT by Jan Flemr. Picture. Video

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ATHENS

Greece's top administrative court overturns Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' shock decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT, which sparked a furore that threatened to bring down his shaky coalition government.

750 words 2030 GMT by Helene Colliopoulou. Picture

-- MIDDLE EAST --

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JERUSALEM

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett says the idea of a Palestinian state is at a "dead end", prompting the Palestinians to accuse him of sounding the death knell of a two-state solution.

600 words moved by Jonah Mandel

-- ASIA --

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BEIJING

China dismisses as "groundless" claims that a former US intelligence contractor who is hiding in Hong Kong spied for Beijing, as state media says extraditing him back home would amount to a "betrayal".

650 words moved by Kelly Olsen

 

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SEOUL

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye warns against engaging North Korea in a token dialogue that would only allow Pyongyang more time to develop its nuclear weapons programme.

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NEW DELHI

India's embattled ruling Congress party gears up for next year's elections with a cabinet reshuffle, boosted by a bitter split in the opposition over the elevation of a Hindu hardliner.

600 words moved by Abhaya Srivastava. Picture

-- AMERICAS --

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MONTREAL

The mayor of Canada's second largest city is arrested on fraud and corruption charges linked to alleged mafia extortion.

650 words 2000 GMT by Clement Sabourin. Picture.

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