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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1545 GMT

November 29, 2013

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 1545 GMT:

-- BLACK FRIDAY (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA-REFUGEE CHILDREN (sent; new version upcoming)

-- GEEK WARS (upcoming)

-- COMICS FOR A CURE (upcoming)



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 EST):

SYRIA-REFUGEE CHILDREN - A growing number of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan are fast becoming primary providers for families, a UN agency says. SENT: 600 words, photo.

UPCOMING: New version:

ZAHLEH, Lebanon — Every morning in northeastern Lebanon, hundreds of Syrian children are picked up from refugee settlements, loaded onto trucks and taken to the fields or shops for a day’s work that earns $4 or less. They are attractive laborers because they do as they’re told for less money to fast becoming primary providers for their families as the adults can’t find work in exile. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 1900 GMT.

THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - U.S. shoppers are on a two-day buying marathon that began when more than a dozen major retailers opened on the Thanksgiving holiday, a break with tradition that has drawn protests from workers. SENT: 570 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.

- BLACK FRIDAY-PHOTO GALLERY - SENT: 330 words, photos.

EU-SUMMIT - The EU misses out on a major opportunity to spread its influence deep into eastern Europe and openly accuses Russia of using unacceptable pressure to keep Ukraine from signing a landmark deal on closer association. SENT: 780 words, photos.

THAILAND-POLITICS - More than 1,000 protesters storm the grounds of the national army headquarters, asking the military to support their campaign to topple the prime minister. SENT: 780 words, photos.

BANGLADESH-VIOLENT POLITICS - In the past month, about 40 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as rival political factions clashed in the streets. Many of the victims were just trying to earn a living in one of the most impoverished countries in the world. SENT: 750 words, photos.

PAKISTAN - A suspected U.S. drone strike kills an alleged militant in Pakistan, the latest indication Washington has no intention of throttling back unmanned aircraft attacks despite increasing tension with Islamabad over them. SENT: 900 words.

CHINA-ASSERTING AIRSPACE - China says it sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace in broadening defiance of rules Beijing says it has imposed over the East China Sea. SENT: 840 words, photos.

— TAIWAN-CHINA-AIRSPACE — Taiwan’s legislature attacks China’s newly declared air defense zone. SENT: 150 words

AFGHANISTAN - The U.S.-led international coalition in Afghanistan said today that it is investigating an airstrike it launched that killed a child and injured two women, leading to a condemnation of the attack by the country’s president. SENT: 450 words.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON - The United Nations says it will seek more funds for the reconstruction of typhoon-devastated areas. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MEXICO-DRUG CARTEL MINING - Not content to stick with illegal drugs, Mexican cartels are now involved in the mining industry, hijacking or extorting shipments of iron ore and then selling them to feed mostly Asian steel mills. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

HONG KONG-FERRY ACCIDENT - Nearly 90 people are injured when a Hong Kong high-speed ferry hits mystery object on way to Macau. SENT: 260 words, photo.

BANGLADESH-FACTORY FIRE - Angry workers set fire to one of Bangladesh’s largest garment factories because of rumors that a fellow worker had been killed in a clash with police, a company official says. No casualties were reported because the factory was closed at the time. SENT: 360 words, photos.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI - An Italian court has accused ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi and his lawyers of tampering with evidence by paying off witnesses in a trial related to his notorious “bunga bunga” parties. SENT: 120 words.

IRAQ - Iraqi police find bodies of 18 men shot near a Sunni town north of Baghdad as bombings kill four. SENT: 340 words.

GERMANY-KILLING - A German policeman has been arrested on suspicion of killing and chopping up a man he met on the Internet who apparently fantasized about being killed and eaten. SENT: 120 words

BRITAIN-SOLDIER KILLED - A prosecutor outlined the chilling tactics used to nearly decapitate an unarmed soldier on a London street, as two men went on trial Friday in connection with the suspected extremist attack. SENT: 220 words.

RUSSIA-GREENPEACE — Russia has freed the last of 30 people detained after a Greenpeace protest in Arctic waters. SENT: 130 words.

MARIJUANA LAWS-LOST CHAMPION — Movement to relax US marijuana laws looks to future after loss of most generous supporter. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1800 GMT, photos.

COMICS FOR A CURE - It could be a plot from one of Steve Landman’s beloved classic comic books. A mild-mannered boy with the good Spidey sense to treat his comics like priceless ancient manuscripts must use the valuable collection to fight his greatest foe: a rare disease threatening to rob him of his ability to walk. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT, photos.


COMET ISON - A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentially grazing the sun. Now, there is a silver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived. SENT: 480 words, photo.


GEEK WARS - Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the NSA’s recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can bog down computers and isn’t likely to keep out spies. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 1600 GMT.

MILE HIGH TWEETS - Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how will it turn a profit. One company thinks it can help by projecting tweets from fans onto the Denver Broncos scoreboard. SENT: 450 words, photos, video.



BRAZIL HOUSING SHORTAGE-PHOTO GALLERY — On some 10,000 people that the “roofless movements” estimate are occupying more than 30 buildings in the city’s center. SENT: photos and 280 words.

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