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-- TOP STORIES --

+ Pakistan Taliban choose new leader

+ Twitter makes Wall Street debut

+ Palestinians demand Arafat death probe

+ Guarded hopes in Iran nuclear talks

+ Olympic torch set for spacewalk

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MIRANSHAH, Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban choose hardline cleric Maulana Fazlullah, suspected of links to the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, as their new chief, throwing mooted peace talks into doubt.

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Also moving: Pakistan-unrest-Taliban-Fazlullah,PROFILE

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NEW YORK

Twitter makes its Wall Street debut with a price tag of $26 per share, bidding to raise up to $2.1 billion in the most eagerly awaited stock offering since Facebook.

700 words 1530 GMT by Sophie Estienne. Picture. Video

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RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories

Palestinian officials demand a global probe into the "killing" of Yasser Arafat, a day after it emerged that Swiss forensic tests showed he probably died from polonium poisoning.

700 words 1530 GMT by Hossam Ezzedine. Picture. Video.

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GENEVA

A fresh round of talks between Iran and world powers kicks off with a push for Tehran to freeze its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for some relief from sanctions.

750 words 1530 GMT by Michael Mainville and Jonathan Fowler. Picture. Video. Graphic. Videographic.

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MOSCOW

Russia launches into space a trio of Russian, Japanese and US astronauts carrying an unlit Olympic torch that will for the first time be taken on a spacewalk to mark the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

650 words 1430 GMT by Anna Malpas. Picture. Graphic. Video.

-- EUROPE --

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BERLIN

Museums and heirs begin to stake claims to a vast trove of priceless paintings long hidden in a German flat, as calls mount for authorities to publish a definitive list of the works.

700 words moved by Deborah Cole. Picture.

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LONDON

The chiefs of Britain's three intelligence agencies face an unprecedented public grilling, amid intense scrutiny of their work following the leaks from US analyst Edward Snowden.

600 words 1500 GMT by Katy Lee. File picture. Video.

Tajikistan-vote,WRAP

DUSHANBE

Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmon secures a fourth term at the helm of the poorest state in the former Soviet Union after crushing his also-ran opponents in polls damned by the OSCE as lacking any real choice.

650 words moved by Akbar Borisov. Picture. Video.

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BRUSSELS

Albert II, the Belgian king who abdicated in July, believes his yearly state allowance of 923,000 euros is too little to live on and wants an increase, press reports say.

500 words 1530 GMT by Philippe Siuberski. File Picture

-- MIDDLE EAST --

Israel-Palestinians-peace-US-diplomacy,WRAP

AMMAN

Secretary of State John Kerry says he has made "significant progress" in talks with Israelis and Palestinians despite the contentious issue of Israeli settlements threatening to derail the peace process.

700 words 1530 GMT by Jo Biddle. Picture. Video. Graphic.

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia

Saudis have begun complaining of surging labour costs following the exodus of a million foreign workers, although economists insist there will be long-term planning benefits from fully regulating the market.

650 words moved by Abdul Hadi Habtor. Picture.

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BEIRUT

Al-Qaeda is targeting citizen journalists in Syria's Raqa with a wave of kidnappings, beatings and assassinations aimed at silencing them, in what activists call a reign of terror.

700 words moved by Serene Assir

-- AFRICA --

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KAMPALA

Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 guerrillas, including rebel chief Sultani Makenga, have surrendered en masse in Uganda, officers say, signalling the end of an 18-month insurgency.

550 words 1500 GMT by Emmanuel Leroux-Nga. File Picture

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RABAT

The diplomatic ruckus between Morocco and Algeria over human rights in Western Sahara has revived the historic animosity of North Africa's arch rivals, as sweeping regional changes challenge a decades-old status quo.

650 words 1730 GMT by Simon Martelli

-- ASIA --

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MANILA

The world's most powerful typhoon of the year gains strength as it swirls towards the Philippines, forcing mass evacuations, flight cancellations and school suspensions across the disaster-weary nation.

550 words moved by Cecil Morella. Picture. Graphic

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FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI, Japan

Nuclear engineers in Japan prepare to move uranium and plutonium fuel rods at Fukushima, in potentially the most difficult and dangerous task since the tsunami-battered plant's runaway reactors were brought under control two years ago.

700 words moved by Shingo Ito. Graphic. File picture

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TOKYO

Pneumatic muscle suits and a walking stick that behaves like a guide dog compete for attention with an industrial robot that can paint fingernails at a huge expo in Tokyo.

550 words moved by Miwa Suzuki. Picture. Video

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