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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

July 24, 2014

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.


Among today’s coverage highlights as we see them at 1630 GMT:

-- ALGERIA-PLANE (sent; developing)


-- ARIZONA EXECUTION-DRUGS (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE-PLANE (sent; developing)

-- ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS (sent; developing)


-- EGYPT-GAZA (upcoming)

-- OBAMA (sent; developing)

-- ITALY-SUDAN (sent)




Here are details of those stories, plus others we have in the works for today and notable pieces that we sent in the past 10 hours (all times GMT):


ALGERIA-PLANE - An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria’s capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali after heavy rains were reported, according to the plane’s owner and government officials in France and Burkina Faso. SENT: 580 words, photos UPCOMING: Developing on many fronts, including the delay in notification. Staffing with text, photos, video.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. SENT: 480 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

PALESTINIANS-DRESSING THE DEAD - In the morgue of a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who have just lost a loved one quickly fall silent when 75-year-old Ahmed Jadallah begins attending to the corpse on a wooden table. Despite his strong faith, he says the current round of fighting is harder to cope with, especially when young children end up on his table. UPCOMING, with photos.

EGYPT-GAZA - Egypt has put itself at the center of mediation efforts for a cease-fire in Gaza but it has an eye on a bigger prize than just stopping the fighting: It aims to tame the power of Hamas, which it depicts as a threat on its border. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

ISRAEL-ON GAZA’S DOORSTEP - With deadly fighting raging next door in the Gaza Strip, southern Israeli towns along the border have turned into mini army bases as most residents have fled. SENT: 650 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-MIDEAST— Secretary of State John Kerry presses on with peacemaking efforts in the Mideast despite nonstop violence in the latest war between Israel and Hamas on the Gaza Strip. Developing

UKRAINE-PLANE -Two military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster departed for the Netherlands Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash scene which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE-PLANE-JUSTICE - Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

UKRAINE-DONETSK JUSTICE - War literally came to Alexander Litvinenko’s living room, when a missile punched a gaping hole into the wall of his ninth-floor apartment. SENT: 440 words.

ITALY-SUDAN - Pope Francis has met privately with a Sudanese woman who arrived in Italy after escaping a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith. SENT: 400 words, photos.

TAIWAN-PLANE CRASH - Stormy weather on the trailing edge of Typhoon Matmo is the likely cause of a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people, the airline says. SENT: 750 words, photos, videos.

CHINA-STORM - Tropical storm Matmo brought heavy rains and winds to parts of eastern China on Thursday following another typhoon that killed at least 56 people in the country’s south. SENT: 240 words.

IRAQ - Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum was named Iraq’s new president on Thursday hours after an attack on a prison convoy killed dozens of people, brutally underscoring the challenges faced by the country’s leaders as they struggle to form a new government. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HONG KONG SHUTDOWN -As activists vow to shut down Hong Kong’s financial district in protest at China’s attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. SENT: 940 words, photos.

UN-HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest, the United Nations says in its annual human development report. SENT: 690 words, photos.

UN-HUMAN DEVELOPMENT-RANKINGS. U.N. agency’s rankings of global worst, best in human development. SENT: 240 words.

CUBA-SAVING MANGROVES - Worried by forecasts of rising seas from climate change, the effects of hurricanes and the salinization of farmlands, Cuba’s government is beginning a forced march to repair the first line of defense against advancing waters - its mangrove thickets. SENT: 850 words, photos.

CHINA-LEFTOVER MONOLOGUES - Chinese women talk about love, dating and pressure to get married in “Leftover Monologues.” SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

SYRIA - The Islamic State group attacks a besieged northern Syrian army base. SENT: 300 words.

NORWAY-TERROR THREAT - Norway has information about a terror threat from people with ties to Syria’s foreign fighters. SENT: 300 words.

EUROPE-POLAND-CIA PRISON - Europe’s top human rights court rules that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two alleged terrorists on Polish soil. SENT: 540 words.

MYANMAR-HUMANITARIAN CRISIS - Authorities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have said international aid organizations are welcome to return to the area they left in April after Buddhist mobs disrupted their work helping displaced Rohingya Muslims. SENT: 440 words, photos.

THAILAND-WOMEN TRAINS - Thailand will re-launch women-only train carriages after a rape that killed a 13-year-old girl. SENT: 160 words.

INDIA-DEADLY CRASH - Eighteen children were killed Thursday when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING - A former British tabloid reporter has been given a 10-month suspended prison sentence for hacking the phones of celebrities. SENT: 240 words.

GERMANY-ART TROVE - More art works have been found at the Munich apartment of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt. SENT: 290 words, photo.


ARIZONA EXECUTION-DRUGS - Following today: Arizona governor has called for an investigation re what caused the length but the process is very secretive; taking larger look at whether this third long execution in about six months will push the needle on the death penalty debate; any plans to change the drugs that are used; any plans to halt executions; lawyers’ tactics; effects on court cases, etc.

ARREST STRUGGLE-VIDEO - The New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a video surfaced of another officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest. SENT: 130 words, photos, video.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-CENTRAL AMERICAN GANGS-Q&A - Many of the immigrants who have flooded the nation’s southern border in recent months say they’re fleeing violent gangs in Central America, a byproduct of U.S. policies in the 1990s. A look at the genesis of these criminal organizations. SENT: 800 words, photos.

TEEN PILOT-CRASH — As those who has been cheering for 17-year-old Haris Suleman around-the-world flight turn to mourning, his fatal ocean crash again raises questions about the wisdom of letting young people take on such adventures. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 1900 GMT.

DETROIT WATER SHUTOFFS — A group of Canadians plans to haul 1,000 liters of water over the border to Detroit to protest thousands of residential service shutoffs by a water department seeking to catch up on unpaid bills. UPCOMING: 200 words, photos, video on merits by 2200 GMT. Developing from 2030 GMT event.

JFK COIN - President John F. Kennedy is getting a new look on a new gold coin. The subtle changes in his profile are being made by the U.S. Mint at West Point to mark the 50 years since the slain president debuted on a half-dollar. SENT: 600 words, photos, video.

NAKED HAMBURGER THIEVES - Naked thieves take 60 hamburgers from an eatery in southwest Florida. SENT: 150 words.

AVIATION-WORST WEEK - Aviation suffers one of its worst weeks in many years, with nearly 500 airline passengers killed. The death toll so far this year looks to be more than four times last year’s, and the most deadly in a long while. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2030 GMT, photos.

OBAMA — He is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call in Los Angeles to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies. SENT: 450 words, photo. UPCOMING: Speech at 2025 GMT; 600 words by 2130 GMT.


CONTRACEPTIVES REVIEW - A commonly used morning-after pill is suitable for use by heavier women, the European Medicines Agency said Thursday. SENT: 230 words.


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in more than eight years. SENT: 370 words, photo.

CHINA-SUSPECT MEAT - The chairman of an American meat supplier apologizes for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC. SENT: 450 words, photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING - China’s manufacturing rose in July to its highest level in 18 months, in a sign that mini-stimulus measures to shore up growth in the world’s No. 2 economy have taken hold. SENT: 260 words.

SKOREA-EARNS-LG-ELECTRONICS - LG Electronics Inc. reports a forecast-beating quarterly profit and gives an upbeat outlook for smartphone profitability as its mobile division ends a streak of losses. SENT: 590 words.


COMIC-CON - Comic-Con’s most dedicated fans got an early look at the showroom floor during Wednesday night’s preview, with panels, presentations, exhibits and other events to begin Thursday. SENT: 450 words, photos.

TV-WAITING FOR RATINGS - Leaders at the FX network are no longer talking publicly about how their programs do on opening night. Instead, they’re waiting a few days to see how many people catch up via time shifting. SENT: 670 words, photo.

MUSIC-ERIC CLAPTON — JJ Cale’s music continues to inspire and push Eric Clapton in powerful ways, something Clapton marks with the release of his new album. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 p.m., photos.

BRITAIN-SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE - Will it be love at second sight? Theater producers are gambling on a big-budget state adaptation of “Shakespeare in Love,” hoping the charm of the move romance that seduced audiences and won seven Oscars will translate into stage success. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

ITALY-VENICE FILM FESTIVAL - This year’s Venice Film Festival will tackle topics from the financial crisis to drone warfare, and feature performances from Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino and Ethan Hawke. SENT: 130 words.

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