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-- TOP STORIES --

+ British PM admits mishandling Panama Papers revelations

+ Former US speaker allegedly molested boys

+ Brussels attack arrest highlights IS links

+ North Korea claims successful missile engine test

+ US embassy in Turkey warns of 'credible threats' to tourists

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LONDON

British Prime Minister David Cameron admits mishandling the controversy over his father's offshore business interests, as demonstrators rally outside his office calling for him to resign.

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BRUSSELS

The arrest of Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini in raids linked to the deadly Brussels bombings highlights links between Islamic State jihadists behind the French and Belgian attacks

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WASHINGTON

Stunning new details emerge about ex-House speaker Dennis Hastert's alleged molestation of boys as young as 14, in a precipitous fall from grace for a man once second in line to the US presidency.

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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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ISTANBUL

The US embassy in Turkey warns of "credible threats" to tourist areas in Istanbul and Antalya, further raising the alarm in a country which has experienced four bloody attacks this year.

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-- MIDDLE EAST --

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PALMYRA, Syria

Residents of Syria's Palmyra return on buses to check on their homes after the Russian-backed army recaptures the ancient city from the grip of Islamic State group jihadists.

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MARIB, Yemen

Al-Qaeda militants kill at least 20 Yemeni soldiers when they ambush their convoy in the south of the war-torn country.

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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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PARIS

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets in dozens of French cities in the latest of a relentless series of protests against France's controversial labour reforms.

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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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-- AFRICA --

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DJIBOUTI

Djibouti's opposition lashes out at President Ismail Omar Guelleh after he claimed a landslide victory in the strategic African nation's election, accusing him of an "electoral hold-up".

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-- AMERICAS --

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WASHINGTON

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has canceled a planned visit to China this month as Washington and Beijing clash over disputed waters in the South China Sea.

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WASHINGTON

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

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-- ASIA --

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KABUL

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kabul on an unannounced visit to encourage the revival of peace talks with the Taliban and to show support for Afghanistan's beleaguered unity government which he helped create 18 months ago.

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YANGON

Myanmar authorities have dropped charges against nearly 200 political activists since Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to fight for their freedom.

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-- ENTERTAINMENT --

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NEW YORK

Gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. called their success a lesson for youth as they entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the institution came 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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