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U.S. flies bombers over Korean peninsula after North Korea missile test

SEOUL/NEW YORK – The United States flies two supersonic B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force and the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says China, Japan and South Korea need to do more after Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by James Pearson and Michelle Nichols, 792 words)

Pakistan set to elect new prime minister Tuesday

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s lawmakers will elect a new prime minister on Tuesday to replace ousted leader Nawaz Sharif, with ruling party stalwart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expected to become interim leader until Sharif’s own brother is eligible. (PAKISTAN-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), by Drazen Jorgic and Asif Shahzad, 731 words)

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– PAKISTAN-POLITICS/KHAN (INTERVIEW, PIX, TV), moved, by Kay Johnson, 898 words

Protests mar Venezuela ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly

CARACAS/PUERTO ORDAZ – Protestors block roads and clash with security forces as Venezuelans trickle to the polls to elect a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a “new era of combat” in the crisis-stricken nation. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Alexandra Ulmer and Maria Ramirez, 963 words)

Australia thwarts ‘Islamic-inspired’ plane attack plot

SYDNEY – Security has been tightened at Australian airports after police foiled “Islamic-inspired” plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested, the Australian Federal Police say. (AUSTRALIA-SECURITY/RAIDS (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Benjamin Cooper, 470 words)

ASIA

After campaign to oust Pakistan PM, Imran Khan looks to take the job

ISLAMABAD – As Pakistani cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan prepares for a victory rally to celebrate the success of his campaign to remove Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office, he says his aim is to take the job himself next year. (PAKISTAN-POLITICS/KHAN (INTERVIEW, PIX, TV), moved, by Kay Johnson, 898 words)

China’s Xi calls for building elite forces during massive military parade

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping tells the military to transform itself into an elite force, as he oversees a parade with flybys of advanced jets and a mass rally of troops to mark 90 years since the founding of the People’s Liberation Army. (CHINA-DEFENCE/ (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Michael Martina and Ben Blanchard, 600 words)

UNITED STATES

Republicans urge new Trump chief of staff to tame White House chaos

WASHINGTON – Republicans urge President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff to rein in the chaos within the undisciplined White House but say the former Marine Corps general, John Kelly, will face challenges to assert control. (USA-TRUMP/, expect by 1430 ET, by Roberta Rampton, 600 words)

Trump tells senators not to give up on overhauling Obamacare

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration urge Republican senators not to give up trying to pass a healthcare bill, after lawmakers failed spectacularly last week to muster the votes to keep the party’s promise to gut Obamacare. (USA-HEALTHCARE, UPDATE 2, by Susan Cornwell, expect by 1930 GMT/1430 ET).

EUROPE

British government divided on free movement after Brexit

LONDON – Allowing free movement of people after Britain leaves the European Union would not “keep faith” with the Brexit vote, the international trade secretary said, underling divisions in the government over the issue. (BRITAIN-EU/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, 470 words)

Beleaguered Rome faces transport meltdown, puts 5-Star in difficulty

ROME – Rome’s transport system is suffocating under debts and should declare bankruptcy, the outgoing head of the public company said at the weekend, piling pressure on the 5-Star Movement which runs city hall. (ITALY-ROME/ (PIX), moved, by Crispian Balmer, 490 words)

German police rule out terrorism after fatal disco shooting

BERLIN – An Iraqi gunman dies in a shootout with German police early on Sunday after killing one person in a nightclub in the southern city of Konstanz, police say, ruling out terrorism as a motive. (GERMANY-SECURITY/KONSTANZ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, 230 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Lost children are legacy of battle for Iraq’s Mosul

MOSUL – Thousands of children have been separated from their parents in the nine-month battle for Mosul and the preceding years of Islamic State rule in northern Iraq – some found wandering alone and afraid among the rubble, others joining the refugee exodus from the pulverized city. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-CHILDREN (FEATURE, PIX, TV), moved, by Angus MacSwan, 880 words)

At historic Aleppo hotel, nostalgia for a Syria lost

ALEPPO – On the terrace of the Baron Hotel in Aleppo, the owner’s widow, Roubina Tashjian, sorted through old photographs of its happier past in a more peaceful Syria. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/ALEPPO-HOTEL (PIX, TV), moved, by Angus McDowall, 950 words)

AFRICA

Gunman, police officer killed in attack on Kenya deputy president’s home

ELDORET – A gunman and a police officer aere killed in an attack on the home of Kenya’s deputy president in the western town of Eldoret, a senior administrator says, just over a week before a national election. (KENYA-ATTACKS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, 350 words)

African Union troops ambushed in Somalia, official says 24 dead

MOGADISHU – Fighting between al Shabaab militants and Somali government and African peacekeeping troops kills 24, a senior regional official says. (SOMALIA-ATTACKS/ (UPDATE 1), moving shortly by Feisal Omar, 200 words)

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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