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DVBP611 4 N 0737 FRA /AFP-VR49 News-advisory AFP 1400 GMT news advisory PARIS, Aug 21, 2011 (AFP) - Duty Editor: Denis Barnett Tel: + 33 1 4041 4636 -- TOP STORIES -- + Battle for Tripoli underway, say rebels + Gaza rockets hit Israel amid reprisals + Pope celebrates final Madrid mass + Emotional Norway remembers victims Libya-conflict,7thlead-WRAP TRIPOLI Libyan rebels launch the first salvoes in the battle for the Libyan capital after a months-long uprising, as opposition forces surge to join them in a final push to topple Moamer Kadhafi. 1000 words 1500 GMT by Imed Lamloum. Picture. Video We will also move: Libya-conflict-NTC,FACTS Israel-Palestinians-conflict-Gaza-attacks,3rdlead-WRAP BEERSHEVA, Israel More then 20 rockets from Gaza hit Israel and the air force strikes targets across the Palestinian territory, as Israeli officials seek to head off a diplomatic crisis with Egypt. 750 words 1430 GMT by Yoav Lemmer. Picture. Video Vatican-pope-Spain-WYD,3rdlead-WRAP MADRID Pope Benedict XVI, emerging into a dazzling sun after being lashed by a violent storm, celebrates mass for 1.5 million pilgrims at a vast Madrid air base to conclude the Catholic youth festival. 850 words 1530 GMT by Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere. Picture. Video We have also moved: Vatican-pope-Spain-WYD,SCENE Norway-attacks,2ndlead OSLO Norway holds an emotional commemoration for the 77 victims of last month's twin attacks, with survivors, relatives, royals and pop stars all remembering the country's worst peacetime bloodshed. 600 words 1530 GMT by Pierre-Henry Deshayes. Picture. Video. -- EUROPE -- Russia-NKorea-politics-diplomacy,3thlead BUREYA STATION, Russia North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Il visits a major hydro power station in Russia during his long-week tour of the Far East and Siberia ahead of his summit with President Dmitry Medvedev later this week. 650 words by 1600 GMT. Picture -- MIDDLE EAST -- Egypt-Israel-attacks-diplomacy,lead CAIRO Rockets fired from Gaza land across the border in Egypt, where anti-Israeli tensions are running high after the deaths of policemen on the border between the two countries and protests outside Israel's embassy. 650 words 1600 GMT. Picture Syria-politics-unrest,3rdlead-WRAP DAMASCUS Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prepares to address the nation after Western powers crank up pressure on him to stand down over his brutal crackdown on protests, with UN and Red Cross teams planning inspections. 650 words 1600 GMT. Graphic. Picture Iran-US-hikers-trial,3rdlead-WRAP TEHRAN Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi confirms Iran has sentenced two American hikers to eight years in prison, triggering "deep disappointment" in Washington which has insisted on their innocence. 650 words 1500 GMT by Farhad Pouladi. File Picture -- AFRICA -- CapeVerde-vote,2ndlead PRAIA Cape Verdeans vote to elect a new president of the archipelago, which has experienced a decade of economic growth under Pedro Pires but remains vulnerable with meagre natural resources. 600 words 1500 GMT by Allen Yero Embalo. Picture. EAfrica-drought-Somalia-unrest-aid,INTERVIEW NAIROBI Somalia is the world's most challenging terrain for aid workers, says Doctors Without Borders' director, whose group is one of many scrambling to contain the ravages of a historic drought. 600 words 1600 GMT by Boris Bachorz. Picture -- AMERICAS -- US-France-crime-StraussKahn-court NEW YORK Fallen French politician Dominique Strauss Kahn could be freed this week, as prosecutors reportedly prepare to ask a judge to drop sexual assault charges against him. 650 words 1530 GMT by Brigitte Dusseau. File picture. Video. -- ASIA -- China-US-diplomacy-Biden,4thlead-WRAP CHENGDU, China US Vice President Joe Biden says that the world's biggest economy would never default on its debts, during a visit aimed at boosting Chinese confidence in America's beleaguered finances. 700 words moved by Jonathan Landreth. Graphic. Picture afp AFP 211417 GMT AUG 11