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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory

June 23, 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 1600 GMT:

-- IRAQ (sent, developing)


-- EGYPT-AL-JAZEERA (sent, developing)

-- SYRIA-CHEMICAL WEAPONS (sent, developing)

-- AFGHANISTAN (sent, developing)

-- SUPREME COURT (developing)

-- PRIMARY ELECTION (sent, developing)


PHOTOS: CAI402: Al-Jazeera English journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohammed appear in the defendant’s cage in Cairo; DO109: Spanish bullfighter Jose Tomas stands with his clothing stained with an El Pilar ranch fighting bull’s blood during a bullfight in Leon, Spain; NYCR104: New Yorkers react to a last-minute goal that put Portugal even with United States at the end of their World Cup soccer match.

VIDEO: egypt— al — jazeera: An Egyptian court sentences three Al-Jazeera English journalists. (sent); iraq_latest: Iraqi troops battle ISIL militants. (sent); pig — the — dog: It’s a frog, it’s a gorilla? No, it’s Pig the dog. (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 EDT):


IRAQ — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry personally urged the Shiite-led government to give more power to political opponents before a Sunni insurgency seizes more control across the country and sweeps away hopes for lasting peace. Kerry arrived in Baghdad just a day after the Sunni militants captured two key border posts, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria, deepening al-Maliki’s predicament. SENT: 960 words. UPCOMING: Updates from morning meetings, news conference; 900 words by noon, photos.

IRAQ-HOW WE GOT HERE — Just 2½ years after American troops came home, Iraq is back in crisis. And chaos in Iraq, a diverse nation that stands as a buffer zone between the mostly Sunni Mideast and mostly Shiite Iran, is troubling around the world. There were plenty of warnings. A look at how we got here. SENT: 1450 words, photo.

EGYPT-AL-JAZEERA — An Egyptian court convicts three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentences them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict that sparked quick outrage and was widely denounced as a blow to freedom of expression. Egypt’s president comes under international pressure to intervene and pardon the three. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS — The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons program says the last of the country’s acknowledged stockpile has been handed over. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu says the final eight percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile has been loaded onto ships in the Syrian port of Latakia. Uzumcu was speaking at a press conference in The Hague. SENT: 300 words.

AFGHANISTAN — Afghanistan’s chief electoral officer has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. SENT: 300 words, developing.

SKOREA-BORDER SHOOTING — A South Korean soldier who fled after allegedly killing five colleagues is captured following an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the Defense Ministry said. The 22-year-old sergeant surnamed Yim shot himself on the side of his abdomen but failed to kill himself. He was being taken to a nearby hospital. There has been massive manhunt for Yim since authorities said he killed five and wounded seven Saturday night before fleeing his outpost on the North Korean border. SENT: 570 words, photos.

SUDAN — A Sudanese woman on death row for apostasy had her sentence canceled and was ordered released by a Khartoum court on Monday, the country’s official news agency reported. SUNA said the Court of Cassation canceled the death sentence against 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim after defense lawyers presented their case. The court ordered her release. SENT: 160 words (developing).

EUROPE-UKRAINE — Several European foreign ministers on Monday threatened to impose further sanctions against Russia if it fails to cooperate with Ukraine’s proposed peace plan and doesn’t stop the flow of arms and militants across its border into eastern Ukraine. SENT: 400 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-ALLAH DISPUTE — Malaysia’s top court upholds a government ban forbidding non-Muslims from using “Allah” to refer to God, rejecting an appeal by the Roman Catholic Church that argued that the ban failed to consider the rights of minorities in the mostly Muslim nation. In a 4-3 decision, the Federal Court ruled that the church’s newspaper has no grounds to appeal a lower court decision last year that kept it from using “Allah” in its Malay-language weekly publication. Although the Malaysian constitution guarantees freedom of religion, the ruling is expected to reinforce frequent complaints from Christians, Buddhist and Hindu minorities that non-Muslims do not always get fair treatment from the government and courts — accusations the government denies. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CUBA-BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB — They rocketed into the spotlight in the late 1990s and became nothing less than Cuba’s soundtrack to the world. Nearly two decades later, the remaining members of the Buena Vista Social Club are preparing to disband after one last farewell tour. SENT: 620 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SYRIA — Israeli air raids on several Syrian military facilities overnight killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center, an activist group says. The Syrian government has not commented on the airstrikes, which the Israeli military said hit nine targets inside Syria before dawn. The raids were in response to a cross-border attack the previous day that killed an Israeli civilian. SENT: 600 words, photos.

POLAND-GOVERNMENT SCANDAL — Organized crime is behind the leaked secret recordings of officials’ private conversations that have plunged the Polish government into a crisis, the foreign minister asserted Monday. Radek Sikorski spoke a day after the magazine Wprost released a transcript of a conversation in which he says Poland’s alliance with the U.S. is worthless and harmful for Poland. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SWITZERLAND-RETOOLED COLLIDER — The world’s largest atom smasher is gearing up for its second three-year run after 16 months of maintenance and upgrades. The world’s top particle physics lab known as CERN says the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider is in a cool-down phase and is on track to resume early next year at double the energy level it used to have. SENT: 130 words.

JAPAN-SEXIST HECKLING — A Tokyo city assemblyman apologized Monday for shouting out a sexist remark at a female counterpart last week — but denied he meant to insult her. SENT: 550 words, photo.

KENYA-ENVIRONMENT SUMMIT — The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly is underway in Nairobi, Kenya, where more than 150 high-level delegations are addressing environmental sustainability challenges. SENT: 130 words (developing).

MONACO-ROYAL BABY — Monaco’s Prince Albert II isn’t holding back the superlatives when he talks about the baby that his wife is expecting later this year — his first royal heir. SENT: 130 words.

AUSTRALIA-CLIMATE CHANGE — Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduces legislation to the Australian Parliament that would repeal a carbon tax that the nation’s worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay. The opposition center-left Labor Party and minor Greens party used their Senate majority in March to block the bills that would remove the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.79) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by a Labor government in July 2012. The bills were defeated 33 votes to 29. SENT: 410 words, photos.

MACAU-DEAD PANDA — The female half of a giant panda couple that the Asian gambling hub of Macau received as a gift from Beijing has died from kidney failure, the city government said. Xin Xin did not show any clinical signs of illness during a routine physical exam in May but was uncooperative during training. SENT: 170 words, photos.

CHINA-RAINSTORMS — Five days of rainstorms in southern China have left 26 people dead and another three missing and led to direct economic losses of 4 billion yuan ($650 million), according to the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. A total of 337,000 people have been evacuated and 115,000 are in urgent need of relief supplies as a result of the rainstorms that started Wednesday, the ministry said. SENT: 130 words.

BANGLADESH-BOMBING — — A court in Bangladesh’s capital sentences eight people, including a leader of a banned Islamist group, to death for their roles in a bombing at a New Year’s celebration concert 13 years ago. Judge Ruhul Amin says six others were sentenced to life in prison for the bombing that killed 10 people and injured dozens of others at a park in downtown Dhaka during the Bengali New Year celebration in 2001. SENT: 230 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CORRUPTION — Chinese authorities say they broke up 32 terror groups and arrested more than 380 suspects in the far west in the first month of a crackdown aimed at demonstrating the Communist Party’s resolve to maintain order in a borderland hit by recent unrest. Many suspects received rapid trials and stiff sentences, including death penalties. SENT: 400 words.

CHINA-TERRORISM CRACKDOWN — Chinese authorities say they broke up 32 terror groups and arrested more than 380 suspects in the far west in the first month of a crackdown aimed at demonstrating the Communist Party’s resolve to maintain order in a borderland hit by recent unrest. Many suspects received rapid trials and stiff sentences, including death penalties. SENT: 400 words.


SUPREME COURT — With just a week left in this year’s term, the Supreme Court meets to issue opinions. DEVELOPING (Slugs will depend on decisions; they’ll all start out SUPREME COURT)

OBAMA — President Barack Obama is encouraging more employers to adopt family-friendly policies by hosting a daylong summit Monday, even though the U.S. government doesn’t always set the best example. The United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns, although Obama says he’d like to see that change. SENT: 700 words.


BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT’S FRIENDS — A friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect plans to ask a judge to release him on bail while he awaits trial on charges of impeding the investigation into the deadly attack; another is due in federal court for a final pretrial conference before his trial on obstruction charges begins. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: 350 words to move by noon following one hearing; 500 words to move by 2100 GMT, following the second hearing.

IRAQI WOMAN BEATEN — An Iraqi immigrant could get life in prison for his wife’s fatal beating, which initially drew international condemnation when authorities believed it was a hate crime. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words after noon sentencing hearing. SENT: 400 words.


EPISCOPAL SPLIT-NEW ARCHBISHOP — A Southern cleric has been picked as the new archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America. The bishops of the conservative church voted Sunday to elevate the Right Rev. Foley Beach to the position at a conclave at St. Vincent College near Latrobe, Pennsylvania. SENT: 130 words.

MORMON EXCOMMUNICATION — The founder of a prominent Mormon women’s group could find out Monday if she will be excommunicated from her church. Kate Kelly’s former church leaders met in Virginia Sunday in a disciplinary hearing, but no decision was announced. SENT: 750 words, photos.


CHINA-CREATING US JOBS — Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs. They’re coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away. Henan’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group opened a plant here last month and will employ more than 300. What’s happening in Pine Hill is starting to happen across America. After decades of siphoning jobs from the U.S., China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year. Collectively, they employ more than 70,000 Americans, up from virtually none a decade ago. Powerful forces — narrowing wage gaps, tumbling U.S. energy prices, the vagaries of currency markets — are pulling Chinese companies across the Pacific. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.

THE ‘NO FEAR’ MARKET — Is the lack of fear on Wall Street something to fear? Sunni extremists are inching closer to Baghdad. A housing bubble in China is deflating. Russia is massing troops on the Ukrainian border again. And the military in Egypt and Thailand have staged coups. In a world suddenly more dangerous, you’d think fund managers and traders would be selling and buying and selling again in a frenzy of second guessing. Instead, they’re the picture of calm and contentment. The lack of fear is spooking some people. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1700 GMT.

JAPAN-AIRBAG RECALL — Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode. No accidents have been reported related to Monday’s recalls. SENT: 275 words.

FRANCE-US-BANK FINE — The French economy minister is urging U.S. authorities to be “fair and proportionate” when deciding on a potential multibillion-dollar fine against France’s largest bank over its activities in countries Iran, Sudan and Cuba. SENT: 130 words.

WISCONSIN ENERGY-ACQUISITION — Wisconsin Energy Corp. is buying Integrys Energy Group Inc. for about $5.7 billion in cash and stock to form a more diverse Midwest electric and natural gas delivery company. The combined company will be called WEC Energy Group Inc. and serve more than 4.3 million total gas and electric customers across Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. SENT: 130 words.

ORACLE-ACQUISITION — Software maker Oracle is Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion. SENT: 130 words.


WCUP-COACH STYLE — Plenty of coaches are setting high standards for style this World Cup, with fitted jackets, gleamingly shined shoes and ties in the national colors. Others — including U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann — look like they want to be comfortable exhorting their players and yelling at referees. “For me, managing Croatia is a matter of great pride,” said Niko Kovac, a style star and a doppelganger of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “It’s a holiday for me every day, and our custom back in Croatia is, when it’s a holiday, you put on your Sunday clothes.” By Janie McCauley. SENT: 760 words, photos.

WCUP-US — American players still were showering off the sweat from the steamy Amazon night when the first questions about a possible conspiracy were asked: Would the United States and Germany try to play to a tie Thursday that would guarantee World Cup advancement to both nations? SENT: 680 words, photos.

SOC-WCUP-US-PORTUGAL-PHOTO GALLERY — US fans see ‘cruel’ side of soccer in draw with Portugal. SENT: 160 words, photos.


ANTHONY-FREE AGENCY — Carmelo Anthony is putting himself on the free agent market. Anthony has informed the New York Knicks of his long-expected plans, two people with knowledge of the details said Sunday. Anthony had a Monday deadline to terminate the final year of his contract. He filed the paperwork on Friday, one of the people told The Associated Press. Anthony has repeatedly said he planned to explore free agency this summer. Team president Phil Jackson told the All-Star forward after the season he may want to delay the decision and play out the final year of his deal, which would have paid him $23.3 million, but Anthony is going ahead with his previous plans. He will be eligible to negotiate with teams starting July 1. SENT: 374 words.

NBA DRAFT-HEAT FUTURE — LeBron James headed to the Bahamas on vacation, Chris Bosh is on a world tour with his family and Dwyane Wade posted a photo of a new backpack suggesting he was ready for some offseason getaways as well. So we know Miami’s “Big 3” are going places. Where those guys will be when training camp opens in September, well, that’s the story of the NBA offseason — and the next chapter could start to be unveiled during Thursday’s night draft. And here’s five things to know as the Heat get ready for the summer that will shape the direction of the franchise. SENT: 700 words, photos.

WIMBLEDON — There they were, spread across the practice courts on the afternoon before Wimbledon begins: past Grand Slam champions or former No. 1s — Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki — and some who aspire to such heights — Eugenie Bouchard, Milos Raonic, Ernests Gulbis. Notably absent was 2013 champion Marion Bartoli, the first woman in 17 years who declined to try to defend her Wimbledon title. Andy Murray, the first British man in 77 years to earn the championship at the All England Club, will have the honor of opening play Monday on Centre Court, facing Belgium’s David Goffin. SENT: 749 words, photos.

WOMEN’S OPEN — Michelle Wie followed Martin Kaymer to victory at Pinehurst No. 2. First literally, then figuratively. When Kaymer made his leisurely stroll up the 18th fairway seven days earlier on his way to sealing the U.S. Open, Wie walked right along with his pairing as a spectator. SENT: 800 words, photos.

KNICKS-FELTON ARRESTED — New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton is expected to plead guilty in a felony gun possession case in exchange for a no-jail sentence, prosecutors say. SENT: 450 words (developing).


MUSIC-ED SHEERAN — Promoting an album kills creativity, says Ed Sheeran, preferring to watch a World Cup game rather than chat about “X,” the anticipated follow-up to his 2011 debut, ”+.” The 23-year-old singer-songwriter is drained and distracted from promoting the new album, out Monday, across the country. “It has to be done,” he shrugs. Sheeran created more than 100 songs to get the 12 tracks on “X,” which he pronounces “multiply.” SENT: 500 words, photos.

TV-NY MED — Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work. That’s a profound point of pride, as well as extra assurance of attentive care. Wrong has established a niche as the maker of rigorous nonfiction TV series that go behind the scenes at institutions, more often than not hospitals, ever since his first on Johns Hopkins Hospital aired in 2000. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10 a.m., photos.

BOOKS-VINCE FLYNN-NEW BOOKS — Best-selling author Vince Flynn died just over a year ago, but his terrorist-fighting protagonist Mitch Rapp will live on in new books written by someone else, Flynn’s publisher says. Simon & Schuster and Flynn’s estate have commissioned thriller writer Kyle Mills to complete Flynn’s unfinished novel, “The Survivor,” and to write two more books in the Rapp series. “The Survivor” is tentatively scheduled to hit shelves next year. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BOOKS-VINCE FLYNN-POSTHUMOUS ADVENTURES GLANCE: Author Vince Flynn’s counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp isn’t the only literary character to have new adventures after his creator’s death. Others include James Bond and Spenser. SENT: 265 words, photos.

TV-DAYTIME EMMYS — Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” were among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” received its eighth trophy as outstanding entertainment talk show at the awards ceremony Sunday in Beverly Hills. SENT: 396 words, photos.

OBIT-STEVE ROSSI — Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, said he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn’t in any pain. SENT: 400 words, photos.

HONG KONG-FILM-TRANSFORMERS CAST — The robots aren’t the only part of the latest “Transformers” film that changed. Led by star Mark Wahlberg, a whole new cast was brought in to give a fresh start to the blockbuster franchise. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” stars Wahlberg as a mechanic who strikes up a friendship with good-guy robot Optimus Prime. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OBIT-DENNIS — Publisher Felix Dennis, who co-edited 1960s underground magazine Oz and went on to build a magazine empire, has died. He was 67 and had cancer. His office said Monday that Dennis died at his home in Dorsington, central England, a day earlier. SENT: 125 words.

JAPAN-TAIWAN — An exhibition of Chinese art from Taiwan has opened as planned after the Tokyo National Museum revised promotional materials that had omitted the word “National” from references to Taipei’s National Palace Museum. Taiwan is sensitive to how other governments portray it, and last week its first lady, Christine Chou, canceled a trip to Tokyo for the exhibition. SENT: 400 words, photos.


ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL-PHOTO ESSAY — For three nights over 130,000 attendees a night will experience dance music at several stages, experience psychedelic light shows and rides, and watch fireworks at one of the largest electronic music festivals in the country. SENT: 330 words, photos.

WEEK THAT WAS IN LATIN AMERICA-PHOTO GALLERY — Photo highlights from Latin America. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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