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-- TOP STORIES --

+ British PM to face party over offshore fund

+ Leader of world's Anglicans learns father's identity

+ Brussels attack arrest highlights IS links

+ Former US speaker allegedly molested boys

+ North Korea claims successful missile engine test

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LONDON

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to his party as demonstrators rally outside his office calling for him to resign over his having had shares in his late father's offshore fund.

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LONDON

The leader of the world's Anglicans, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, reveals his shock at discovering he is the illegitimate son of Winston Churchill's last private secretary.

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BRUSSELS

The arrest of Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini in raids linked to the deadly Brussels airport and metro bombings highlights the close ties between the Islamic State-inspired jihadis behind Belgium and France's worst ever terror outrages.

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WASHINGTON

Former US House speaker Dennis Hastert molested five boys as young as 14 while serving as a high school wrestling coach four decades ago, federal prosecutors say in revealing details of the alleged sexual abuse.

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SEOUL

North Korea says it has successfully tested an engine designed for an inter-continental ballistic missile that would "guarantee" an eventual nuclear strike on the US mainland.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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AL-QARYATAIN, Syria

Bassam Dabbas did not think he would survive to see his hometown of Al-Qaryatain retaken when Islamic State group jihadists seized control and captured him and hundreds of other Christians.

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KHARTOUM

Sudan's conflict-hit Darfur region starts voting Monday on whether to unify its five states, a long-standing demand of rebels seeking greater autonomy, but ongoing instability means insurgents are boycotting the referendum.

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-- EUROPE --

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REYKJAVIK

Iceland gears up for a major anti-government rally in a test of the opposition's ability to mobilise support following the Panama Papers scandal whose revelations toppled the premier.

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-- AFRICA --

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DJIBOUTI

Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh, in power since 1999, claims victory following a landslide win in an election boycotted by some opposition parties in this strategic African nation.

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-- AMERICAS --

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MIAMI

After four failed bids SpaceX finally sticks the landing, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space.

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WASHINGTON

Donald Trump may have a difficult but not improbable route to the Republican presidential nomination. The real estate tycoon path to ultimate victory in November's general election, however, is far more forbidding.

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-- ASIA --

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ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

A retired Italian priest held hostage for six months by suspected Islamic militants has left a Philippine hospital a day after his ordeal ended, looking frail though officials say he is in good health.

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-- SPORT --

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AUGUSTA, Georgia

Defending champion Jordan Spieth clings to a one-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy after the second round of the Masters, setting up a showcase third-round pairing of history-seeking golf superstars.

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada

Manny Pacquiao promises to deliver an action-packed finale to his 21-year boxing career as he prepares to climb into the ring for the last time.

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-- ENTERTAINMENT --

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NEW YORK

Gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. call their success a lesson for youth as they enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the institution comes under blistering criticism from fellow honoree Steve Miller.

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LOS ANGELES

First-person live-action shooter "Hardcore Henry" hits theaters this weekend in a blaze of buzz hailing the movie as a new cinematic genre for "Generation Xbox" -- but sharply dividing critics.

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