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KOREAS-TENSION -- North Korea has scrapped plans to attend next month's University Games in South Korea to protest the planned opening of a U.N. human rights office in Seoul, South Korean officials say. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics, both held in Seoul, but has since attended several other events in the South, including last year's Asian Games in Incheon. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 300 words.

INDONESIA-FRANCE-EXECUTION -- An Indonesian court denied the final appeal of a French national facing execution for drug offenses. The administrative court in Jakarta said it could not overturn a presidential rejection of clemency for Serge Atlaoui, citing a lack of judicial authority. SENT: 270 words.

MALAYSIA-TRANSGENDER -- Human Rights Watch criticizes a Malaysian Islamic court for fining nine Muslim transgender women for cross-dressing and jailing two of them for a month. SENT: 380 words.

AUSTRALIA-MALAYSIAN PLANE -- Australia's prime minister says the Australian, Malaysian and Dutch governments will hold services on July 17 to mark the first anniversary of the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine with the loss of 298 lives. SENT: 250 words.

VIETNAM-MALAYSIA-PIRACY -- Eight Indonesians apprehended last week have confessed to hijacking a Malaysian oil tanker, a Vietnamese official said.

PITCAIRN-GAY MARRIAGE-- Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that's home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage -- but has no gay couples wanting to wed. SENT: 130 words.


CHARLESTON SHOOTING -- Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opens its doors to the world, embracing strangers who walk in from the street for the first worship service since a white gunman is accused of killing nine black church members. By Phillip Lucas. SENT: 670 words.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. and NATO need to have a "strong but balanced" approach to Russia, and questions whether Moscow's "backward-looking" aggressive behavior will change while President Vladimir Putin remains at the helm. By Lolita C. Baldor. SENT: 650 words, photos.

ITALY-POPE-HOLOCAUST -- The pope denounces the "great powers" who did noting as Jews, Christians, homosexuals and others were taken to death camps in Europe during World War II. SENT: 310 words, photos.

GREECE BAILOUT-- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras heads to Brussels for a crucial emergency eurozone summit aimed at reaching a deal between Athens and its international creditors. By Demetris Nellas and Raf Casert. SENT: 620 words. With GREECE BAILOUT-ANALYSIS -- The game of chicken between Greece and its creditors is nearing its end and politicians on both sides are now flirting with disaster. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ISRAEL-HAMAS -- Nearly a year after a bitter war, Israel and Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers appear to have formed an unspoken alliance in a common battle against the shared threat of jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group. By Fares Akram. SENT: 950 words, photos.

ATTACKS-DETAINEES -- It has been nearly 14 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but a lawsuit on behalf of Muslims rounded up in the aftermath has barely moved forward as lawyers try to show how frightening it was for hundreds of men with no ties to terrorism to be treated like terrorists, locked up and abused for months at a time. By Larry Neumeister. SENT. 830 words.

GLIMPSES OF THE BRAIN -- With weak lasers and powerful magnetic fields, scientists are getting glimpses of brains at work. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 2,300 words moved in advance, photos, video. An abridged version also has moved.

MUSIC-TAYLOR SWIFT-APPLE -- In open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift criticizes 'shocking, terrible' free Apple Music trial. SENT: 140 words.

SUPREME COURT-ABORTION -- Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 820 words, photo.

OFFICER KILLED -- Orleans police arrest a man who's believed to have shot and killed a police officer while being transported to jail. By Rebecca Santana and Janet McConnaughey. SENT: 120 words, photos. SENT: 730 words by 2 p.m.

GAY MARRIAGE-GETTING READY -- With a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage expected any day now, gay couples in states with bans are making wedding plans, courthouse officials are getting ready for different scenarios and steadfast foes are working on their strategies to keep up the opposition. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 900 words, photos.

STAR WARS ACTOR-ARREST -- Former child actor who starred in one of the "Star Wars" movie sequels faces charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase. SENT: 270 words

BOX OFFICE -- 'Jurassic World' holds the box office lead, but Pixar's 'Inside Out' shows bite with $91 million. SENT: 500 words, photos.


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