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Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinches deal to form new government just before deadline expires, but his coalition will rule by slimmest of majorities in Israel's turbulent parliament. (ISRAEL-POLITICS/ (PICTURES, TV, UPDATE 2), moved, by Jeffrey Heller, 675 words)

United Kingdom to vote in most unpredictable election in decades

LONDON - British voters get to decide on Thursday who they want to run the world's fifth-largest economy in a tight election that could yield weak government, propel the United Kingdom toward a vote on EU membership and stoke Scottish desire for secession. (BRITAIN-ELECTION/ (PICTURES, TV), moved, by Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn, 730 words)

Bad weather disrupts links with avalanche-hit Nepal village

KATHMANDU - Bad weather cuts links with a remote village in Nepal where dozens of villagers and trekkers are believed to be buried under an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake, officials said on Tuesday. (QUAKE-NEPAL/ (WRAPUP 2, PICTURES, TV, GRAPHICS), moved, By Gopal Sharma, 583 words)

- QUAKE-NEPAL/CUBA (UPDATE 1), moved, 190 words)

- EARTHQUAKE-NEPAL/JAGGER (TV), moved, 163 words)

European lenders dash Greek hopes for quick aid deal

ATHENS/FRANKFURT - European lenders dash Greece's hopes for quick cash-for-reforms deal in coming days, leaving Athens in increasingly desperate financial position ahead of major debt payment next week. (EUROZONE-GREECE/ (WRAPUP 3, PICTURES, TV), moved, by George Georgiopoulos and John O'Donnell, 864 words)

ASIA

Thai army finds six more bodies near suspected human trafficking camp

PADANG BESAR - Authorities in Thailand dig up bodies of six more suspected Rohingya migrants from Myanmar at a rubber plantation near a mountain where a mass grave containing 26 bodies was found at the weekend, the military said. (THAILAND-ROHINGYA/TRAFFICKING (UPDATE 2, PICTURES), moved, by Surapan Boonthanom, 416 words)

Thailand's new weapon to beat deep-south insurgency: DNA swabs

YALA - Thailand's military government introduces new strategy to curb an insurgency that has rumbled on in the country's jungle-blanketed deep south for more than a decade: DNA swabbing. (THAILAND-SOUTH/DNA (PICTURES), moved, by Amy Sawitta Lefevre, 599 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Kerry pushes for pause in Yemen fighting in Saudi meetings

RIYADH - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Riyadh to press for pause in Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, so food and medicine can be delivered to people caught in fighting. (YEMEN-SECURITY/KERRY (UPDATE 2), moved, by Lesley Wroughton, 562 words)

- YEMEN-SECURITY/UN (UPDATE 1), moved, by Michelle Nichols, 277 words

AMERICAS

Cuba insists it has oil; U.S. companies still uninterested

HAVANA - Cuba issues new data claiming there is oil in its Gulf of Mexico waters, but oil companies remain wary over previous drilling that came up dry, low prices and more attractive alternative in Mexico. (CUBA-USA/OIL, moved, by Marc Frank, 400 words)

AFRICA

Nigerians fleeing Lake Chad in Niger say some have died from lack of food, water

GEIDAM, Nigeria/NIAMEY, Niger - Some of thousands of Nigerians told to leave neighbouring Niger in the past week because of threats from Boko Haram militants have died en route from lack of food and water, evacuees say. (NIGERIA-REFUGEES/, moved, by Joe Hemba and Abdoulaye Massalaki, 560 words)

UNITED STATES

Texas attack represents evolution of 'lone wolf' militants -U.S. officials

WASHINGTON/AUSTIN - U.S. investigators believe two men killed after opening fire on Texas event that offered prize for cartoons of Prophet Mohammad represent evolving model of "lone wolf" militants who are radicalized partly by themselves and partly through long-distance engagement with organized militants. (USA-SHOOTING/TEXAS (UPDATE 1, PICTURES, TV), moved, by Mark Hosenball and Jon Herskovitz, 479 words)

INSIGHT-Safety switches may redeem potent CAR T cancer therapies

NEW YORK - New therapies that clinical data show can eliminate blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma in 40 percent to 90 percent of patients may have to be genetically modified to include a switch that shields healthy cells from attack. (CANCER-SWITCHES/ (INSIGHT, GRAPHIC, VIDEO), expect at 0500 GMT/1 AM ET, by Ransdell Pierson, 1,130 words)

- CANCER-SWITCHES/ (FACTBOX), expect at 0500 GMT/1 AM ET, by Ransdell Pierson, 330 words

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