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Aid agencies may stop Yemen work, Houthis say raids kill 43

CAIRO - Planes from a Saudi-led coalition strike Yemeni provinces near the Saudi border, killing at least 43 civilians, Houthi sources say, as 22 aid agencies warn that fuel shortages could halt their work. (YEMEN-SECURITY/ (WRAPUP 2, PICTURE, TV), expect by 1200 GMT/8 AM ET, by Mohammed Ghobari, 600 words)

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- YEMEN-SECURITY/EUROPE, moved, 320 words

Netanyahu's efforts to form new government go down to the wire

JERUSALEM - Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a new government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel's prime minister. (ISRAEL-POLITICS/ (TV, PICTURE), moving shortly, by Jeffrey Heller, 520 words)

Last chance for Cameron and Miliband to break British poll deadlock

LONDON - Campaigning in Britain's most unpredictable election in a generation enters its final day with the two main parties level in most polls and neither on track for a majority in the parliament of the world's fifth largest economy. (BRITAIN-ELECTION/ (PICTURES), moved, by Andrew Osborn, 590 words)

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- BRITAIN-ELECTION/POLL-TNS, moved, 105 words

- BRITAIN-ELECTION/EUROPE-MOGHERINI (TV), moved, by Ben Blanchard, 420 words

Afghan judge sentences four to death for mob killing of woman

KABUL - An Afghan judge sentences four men to death for the mob killing of 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran in Kabul, a case that sparked outrage and rare street protests against religious extremism in the capital. (AFGHANISTAN-KILLING/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURE, TV), moved, by Mirwanis Harooni and Kay Johnson, 290 words)


Germanwings co-pilot practised before crash -Bild

BERLIN - The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board, practised a descent on the previous flight, German newspaper Bild reported. (FRANCE-CRASH/GERMANWINGS (UPDATE 1), moved, 230 words)

Watch what you say about us, Rolex warns Italy's prime minister

ROME - Luxury watchmaker Rolex demands an apology Italy's prime minister and interior minister for saying that violent demonstrators who devastated parts of Milan last week were "rich, spoiled brats with Rolexes". (ITALY-ROLEX/RENZI, moved, by Philip Pullella, 251 words)


Iran's Khamenei: no place for military threats in nuclear talks -state TV

ANKARA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that Tehran will not take part in nuclear talks if threatened with military force, state television says, as Iran and world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal. (IRAN-NUCLEAR/KHAMENEI (UPDATE 1), moved, 246 words)

King's changes make Saudi policy less predictable

RIYADH - Changes in Saudi Arabia's leadership have concentrated power in an inner circle of the Al Saud dynasty, removing constraints on the monarch and making the conservative kingdom's strategic positions less predictable. (SAUDI-POLITICS/ (ANALYSIS), moved, by Angus McDowall, 785 words)


Somali Islamist militants shoot government official dead in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU - Al Shabaab Islamist militants shot dead a government official in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and a spokesman for the group says. (SOMALIA-ATTACK/ (UPDATE 1), moving shortly, by Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh, 315 words)

Almost 40,000 flee Burundi amid political crisis - U.N.

BUJUMBURA - Nearly 40,000 refugees have fled Burundi to neighbouring Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last month, amid protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, the United Nations say. (BURUNDI-POLITICS/ (PICTURE, TV), moved, 380 words)

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- BURUNDI-POLITICS/EGELAND, moved, 200 words

Kerry visits Djibouti, U.S. military base as Yemen conflict drags on

DJIBOUTI - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Djibouti for talks with the government and to visit a key U.S. military base from where pilots fly missions over Yemen and Somalia. (DJIBOUTI-USA/KERRY, moved, 315 words)


Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any nuclear deal with Tehran, according to U.S. sources. (USA-GULF/IRAN, moved, by Matt Spetalnick and Andrea Shalal, 790 words)


Bollywood star Salman Khan convicted of hit-and-run

MUMBAI - An Indian court convicts Bollywood star Salman Khan of culpable homicide for the death of a homeless man in a hit-and-run, a verdict that could derail several big-ticket movie projects. (INDIA-BOLLYWOOD/SENTENCING (UPDATE 1, PICTURE, TV), moving shortly, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, 420 words)

Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

ABOARD BRP BATANGAS - Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams stage an anti-piracy drill, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters. (PHILIPPINES-JAPAN/ (PICTURE), moved, by Manuel Mogato, 430 words)

Pakistan army accuses India of backing terrorism in rare rebuke

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's military accuses India's main intelligence agency of whipping up terrorism in rare public criticism that could stoke tension between the nuclear-armed rivals. (PAKISTAN-INDIA/, moved, by Mehreen Zahra-Malik, 410 words)

Thai army finds six more bodies near suspected human trafficking camp

PADANG BESAR - Authorities in Thailand dig up the bodies of six suspected Rohingya migrants from Myanmar at a rubber plantation near a mountain where a mass grave was found at the weekend. (THAILAND-ROHINGYA/TRAFFICKING (UPDATE 1, PICTURE), moved, by Surapan Boonthanom, 420 words)


Israeli FA to meet Blatter in effort to avert suspension

JERUSALEM - Israel's top soccer administrators will meet FIFA President Sepp Blatter in Zurich on Wednesday in a late bid to avert a vote called by the Palestinians to suspend Israel from the world body. (SOCCER-FIFA/ISRAEL, moved, by Ori Lewis, 585 words)

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