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U.S. Senate Democrats gang up to delay fast-track trade bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democrats deliver major blow to President Obama's trade agenda, blocking debate on bill that would have smoothed path for Pacific trade pact. (USA-TRADE/ (UPDATE 5, PIX), moved, by Krista Hughes and Richard Cowan, 703 words)

EXCLUSIVE - Czechs stopped potential nuclear tech purchase by Iran -sources

UNITED NATIONS/PRAGUE - Czech Republic blocks attempted sale to Iran of large shipment of sensitive technology useable in nuclear enrichment programs after false documentation raises suspicions, U.N. experts and Western sources say. Incident could add to Western concerns about whether Tehran can be trusted to adhere to nuclear deal being negotiated with world powers. (IRAN-NUCLEAR/CZECH (EXCLUSIVE), expect by 0500 GMT/1 AM ET, by Louise Charbonneau and Robert Muller, 600 words)

Iran diplomacy in view at Obama's summit with Gulf leaders

WASHINGTON - Even as President Obama seeks to placate Gulf leaders' concerns about his Iran diplomacy at summit this week, he appears confident that Washington has enough leverage to fend off pressure from Arab monarchies, underscoring divergence of interests over Middle East conflicts. Obama appears to be gambling that close but often uneasy alliance can weather current storm, especially given Gulf Arabs' long-time reliance on U.S. military umbrella and advanced weapons supplies. (USA-GULF, expect by 0500 GMT/1 AM ET, by Matt Spetalnick and Warren Strobel, 800 words)

Greek PM says time for action from lenders, IMF payment scrapes by

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras calls on lenders to break impasse in cash-for-reform talks after Athens has to resort to temporary expedient to make crucial payment to the IMF. (EUROZONE-GREECE/ (WRAPUP 2, PIX), moved, by Renee Maltezou and Lefteris Papadimas, 747 words)

Fresh earthquake kills scores in Nepal and India

CHAUTARA, Nepal - Second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks spreads panic in Nepal, bringing down buildings weakened by first disaster and killing at least 66 people, including 17 in neighboring India and one in Chinese Tibet. (QUAKE-NEPAL/ (WRAPUP 7, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Krista Mahr and Ross Adkin, 1,065 words)

+ See also:

- QUAKE-NEPAL/MONSOON (PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moving shortly, by Krista Mahr and Gopal Sharma, 800 words)

U.S., Russia speak of cooperation but no breakthroughs

SOCHI, Russia - Top U.S. and Russian officials say they hope to work together on contentious issues such as conflicts in Ukraine and Syria but offer no sign of concrete progress after more than eight hours of talks. (RUSSIA-USA/ (UPDATE 4, TV, PIX), moved, by Arshad Mohammed and Denis Dyomkin, 571 words)

UNITED STATES

Jury to take up Boston bomber's fate after lawyers' last words

BOSTON - Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber are to make their final arguments Wednesday on whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to die or to life in prison without possibility of release for 2013 attack. (BOSTON BOMBINGS-TRIAL/, expect by 0500 GMT/1 AM ET, by Scott Malone, 450 words)

Obama targets hedge funds in personal remarks on poverty, race

WASHINGTON - President Obama addresses U.S. struggles with class and race in personal terms and renews his call to close tax loopholes enjoyed by wealthy hedge fund managers as way to reduce poverty among Americans. (USA-POVERTY/OBAMA, moved, by Jeff Mason, 400 words)

U.S. small business confidence perks up; jobs market solid

WASHINGTON - U.S. small business owners gain confidence and are surprisingly bullish about capital expenditure plans, further supporting views that economic growth is rebounding after dismal first quarter. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 1), moved, Lucia Mutikani, 590 words)

Colorado rule lets massacre trial jurors dig into thorny issues

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Lobbing questions on topics ranging from loading ammo clips to booby-trapping apartments and chemistry of gunshot residue, jurors waded into thick of Colorado movie massacre trial as they weigh fate of James Holmes. (USA-SHOOTING/DENVER-JURORS (FEATURE, PIX), moved, by Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis, 716 words)

Three men facing Brooklyn terrorism trial plead guilty

NEW YORK - Former British and two Swedish citizens about to face trial on U.S. terrorism charges plead guilty to conspiring to provide material support to Islamic militant group al Shabaab in Somalia. (USA-CRIME/ALSHABAAB (UPDATE 2), moved, by Nate Raymond, 372 words)

AMERICAS

Brazil dengue outbreak exposes tough challenge for Rousseff

SAO PAULO - Epidemic of dengue fever fans public anger over what Brazilians say is President Dilma Rousseff's biggest challenge - sad state of national healthcare system. (BRAZIL-DENGUE/ (PIX), moved, by Brian Winter, 730 words)

Hollande promises to help develop better future for Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - French President Francois Hollande arrives promising aid to impoverished Caribbean nation founded by former slaves who expelled their French owners and declared independence in 1804. His visit marks first official visit by French president to hemisphere's poorest country, former colonial jewel still bitter over debt France forced Haiti to pay in 1825 for property lost in slave rebellion. (HAITI-HOLLANDE/ (PIX), expect by 0200 GMT/10 PM ET, 350 words)

EUROPE

Ukraine reproaches creditors after plan that rejects debt writedown

KIEV/LONDON - Ukraine and its bondholders are at loggerheads over debt restructuring plans after creditor group repeats objections to any writedown on principal owed. (UKRAINE-CRISIS/CREDITORS (UPDATE 3), moved, by Alessandra Prentice and Karin Strohecker, 510 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Yemen truce starts after shelling, Iran sends cargo ship

CAIRO/ADEN - Saudi-led air strikes hit rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa hours before five-day humanitarian truce takes effect, and Washington cautions against "provocative actions" after Iran dispatches cargo ship to Yemen. (YEMEN-SECURITY/ (WRAPUP 3), moving shortly, by Mohammed Ghobari and Mohammed Mukhashaf, 700 words)

+ See also:

- YEMEN-SECURITY/IRAN-SHIP (UPDATE 3), moved, by Phil Stewart and Sam Wilkin, 413 words

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

George Miller sweeps viewers back into striking world of 'Mad Max'

LOS ANGELES - When director George Miller returns to his dystopian "Mad Max" franchise after 30 years for "Fury Road," he wants to find visceral way to immerse audience in his surreal, saturated post-apocalyptic world. (FILM-MADMAX/ (PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Piya Sinha-Roy, 400 words)

Director Del Toro says Cannes gives new talent a chance

CANNES - Mexican director Guillermo del Toro says as he arrives to serve on main film festival jury that having received his start here with debut film in 1993, he now wants to give new generations of filmmakers chance. (FILMFESTIVAL-CANNES/JURY (TV, PIX), moved, by Matthew Stock, 323 words)

NY's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art

NEW YORK - Artist Yoko Ono's career has spanned more than five decades and Museum of Modern Art celebrates her achievements with exhibition of her early works showing how her ideas influenced development of art in New York in 1960s. (ART-YOKOONO (PIX, TV), moved, by Patricia Reaney, 400 words)

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