World News Briefs -- May 7, 2013



Kerry In Moscow To Bridge Gap With Russia On Syria -- BBC

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Russia to try to bridge the divide with Washington over the Syria conflict.

He is to have talks with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow but the two disagree on the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia, which supports Mr Assad, refuses to back US pressure designed to force him to step down.

The US recently said it does not rule out providing arms for the Syrian opposition.

"Arming the rebels - that's an option," US Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel said last week.

Mr Kerry's visit comes days after Israel launched air strikes in southern Syria.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria crisis: Kerry and Putin hold talks - live updates.

Palestinian group says Syria OKs attacks on Israel.

Iraqi death hints of Iran's role in Syrian crisis.

Bombs, mosque attack kill 17 in Iraqi capital: police.

Iraq election results indicate growing polarization.

Kurdish rebels say Turkish army is endangering peaceful pullout.

Australian Mossad spy interfered in Israeli operation: TV report.

Netanyahu quietly curbs settlement expansion: reports.

ASIA

Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes 700.

North Korea missiles moved away from launch site: U.S. officials.

U.N. names team to investigate torture, camps in North Korea.

Bank of China cuts off North Korea Trade Bank.

China and India to discuss Kashmir issues.

Police ban rallies in Dhaka after violence.

Malaysia election challenger calls for protests.

China reports four more bird flu deaths, toll rises to 31.

Australia attracts Chinese multimillionaires.

AFRICA

Mali military gains control of Ber in north.

Tunisia hunts al Qaeda-linked militants near Algeria.

Failure to support Somalia 'will lead to terrorism'.

Egypt's Mursi brings more Islamists into cabinet.

South Sudan set to resume oil exports.

Zambia reassures South Africa over diplomatic relations.

Save the Children mothers' index: 10 worst countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

EUROPE

France says taking AQIM threat seriously after video.

Russian military parade makes Kerry wait at airport. Kerry heads to Russia with Syria, terror on agenda.

Irish soldiers branded deserters for leaving their neutral army to fight for the Allies in WWII are finally pardoned.

Analysis: Vladimir Putin's crackdown guts Russia's opposition movement.

Russian media magnate Lebedev goes on trial.

Spanish court drops subpoena of king's daughter.

AMERICAS

White House tries to deflect criticism from Benghazi whistle-blowers.

U.S. buyer beware: Days of tax-free online shopping may end.

Frantic 911 call ends ordeal for 3 long-missing women.

Colombia's Santos opts for diplomacy in Uribe, Maduro spat.

Family of American held in Venezuela says experience ‘a nightmare;’ embassy has had no access.

More Haitians using Puerto Rico as migrant route.

Finding a place to bury the suspected Boston bomber is turning into a giant mess.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Five myths about Guant√°namo Bay.

Lawmakers again push for Fort Hood shootings to be labeled terrorism.

Tracking new threats from Al Qaeda.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

IMF's Lagarde criticizes US spending cuts.

Japanese stock market soars to five-year high.

Carlsberg profits boosted by Asian sales.

Dow hits all-time high above 15000, S&P pushes to new record.

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