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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1530 GMT

January 27, 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 1530 GMT:

-- UKRAINE-REBELLIOUS WEST (upcoming; with spot story separate on developments)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)

-- WORLD MARKETS (sent; developing)

-- STATE OF THE UNION (upcoming)

-- WEALTH GAP 101 (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:


UKRAINE-REBELLIOUS WEST - Although Kiev is the epicenter of demonstrations calling for the president to step down and other demands, Lviv is a buzzing engine of support. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1900 GMT, photos.

UKRAINE-PROTESTS - Ukraine’s justice minister is threatening to call for a state of emergency unless protesters leave her ministry building, which they occupied during the night. SENT: 500 words, photos.

- UKRAINE-PRIESTS AND PROTESTS - Priests on the barricades in Kiev bring calm, comfort amid Ukraine’s political crisis. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - The first meeting meant to discuss the contentious issue of a Syrian transitional government broke up less than an hour after it began Monday. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.

- UNITED STATES-SYRIA - The United States has restarted deliveries of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, U.S. officials say. SENT: 600 words, photo.

- SYRIA - After narrow deal in Geneva, Syrian governor, U.N. official meet in Homs to discuss evacuations. SENT: 140 words, photo.

BRAZIL-NIGHTCLUB FIRE - As Brazil marks the anniversary Monday of the blaze that killed 242 at the Kiss nightclub, almost nothing concrete has been to improve fire safety. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SOMALIA-MILITANT KILLED - Masked al-Shabab fighters came in the dead of night to pick up bits of flesh from a burned-out car that had been hit by a U.S. missile and in which a member of the armed Islamic group’s intelligence unit died, a commander in the group said Monday. SENT: 540 words.

EGYPT - The official news agency says that Egypt’s top generals have endorsed a presidential run by the army chief who led the ouster of the Islamist president last summer. SENT: 720 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

IRAN - Former U.N. Secretary-General Koffi Annan, archbishop Desmond Tutu and others part of a group convened by Nelson Mandela called “The Elders” are in Iran’s capital Monday for three days of talks with Iranian leaders. This comes as deal between Iran and world powers over contested nuclear program underway. All formats monitoring.

IVORY COAST-GAY ATTACK - DAKAR, Senegal — An angry mob ransacks the headquarters of Ivory Coast’s most prominent gay rights organization, underscoring the dangers facing sexual minorities in Africa even in places where homosexual acts aren’t criminalized. The move comes after days of anti-gay protests in Ivory Coast, a country generally viewed as moderate on the issue. By Robbie Corey-Boulet. 650 words by 1500 GMT.

PHILIPPINES-MUSLIM REBELS - Philippine troops clash with hardline Muslim rebels opposed to the government’s newly concluded peace deal with a main insurgent group, killing at least two militants. SENT: 410 words.

CAMBODIA-PROTEST - Cambodian police fire smoke canisters to break up an anti-government demonstration calling for a license to be issued for an opposition TV channel. SENT: 310 words, photos.

CHINA-CITIZENS MOVEMENT - Four members of a grassroots movement seeking to curb corruption among Chinese officials and boost fairness in education stand trial on charges of disrupting public order. SENT: 360 words, photos.

AFGHANISTAN - The U.S. military slams a move by Afghanistan’s government to release 37 “dangerous” prisoners who it says pose security threats. SENT: 360 words.

JAPAN-COMFORT WOMEN - Japan’s top government spokesman defends the new head of public broadcaster NHK for his remarks that the use of women as military prostitutes was common worldwide during World War II. SENT: 580 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-ALLAH DISPUTE - A Malaysian church is attacked with firebombs, escalating tensions in a long-running dispute over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims. SENT: 450 words.

KOREAS-TENSION - South Korea proposes that the rival Koreas hold reunions next month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the latest response from a wary Seoul to Pyongyang’s recent charm offensive. By Foster Klug and Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 530 words, photos.

FRANCE-PRESIDENT - In her first public appearance since the French president broke up with her, Valerie Trierweiler bristled Monday when asked about her future. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-MARCOS PAINTINGS - The Philippine government is attempting to locate and seize more than 150 paintings that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos. SENT: 410 words.

BANGLADESH-WORKER’S SUICIDE - A 27-year-old seamstress who was among those pulled alive last year from the rubble of a horrific Bangladesh factory collapse has died, officials say. Police are investigating the case as a possible suicide. SENT: 160 words.

ISRAEL-NETANYAHU’S SON - The love life of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son is setting off sparks — in Israeli politics. SENT: 120 words.

BRITAIN-NIGELLA LAWSON - British police have decided not to investigate celebrity cook and author Nigella Lawson for admitting illegal drug use in a recent court case. SENT: 120 words.


STATE OF THE UNION - Obama will push a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans, plus express themes that Democrats hope will carry them to victory in Congress. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2230 GMT, photos, video.

STATE OF THE UNION-POLITICS - The speech will frame an economic argument Democrats hope will resonate with voters for the 2014 elections. SENT: 500 words, photos.

-- STATE OF THE UNION-GUESTS: Boston Marathon bombing survivors, gay NBA player are among Obama guests at State of the Union. SENT: 200 words.

NSA SURVEILLANCE-POLL - Since Snowden disclosed the government’s secret mass collection of U.S. phone and internet records, Americans say they’re unimpressed with Obama’s efforts to restore trust in government, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2130 GMT.


EXECUTION ALTERNATIVES - With lethal injection drugs in short supply and new questions surfacing about their effectiveness and safety, lawmakers around the country are raising the possibility that some death-penalty states might return to firing squads, electrocutions or gas chambers. UPCOMING: 500 words, photo.

WEAPONS PLANT INTRUSION — An octogenarian nun who broke into the nuclear weapons complex in Tennessee, exposing deep problems at the plant, is about to find out whether she’ll spend several more years in prison. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1900 GMT, photos.


SPACE STATION - Two spacewalking Russian astronauts make another attempt to install a camera ouside the International Space Station. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing; space walk scheduled to last until 2000 GMT.

CHINA-SPACE - China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program. SENT: 480 words.


SKOREA-SAMSUNG-GOOGLE - Samsung Electronics Co. signs an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents. SENT: 300 words.

BRITAIN-GOOGLE — Google says that it has purchased the British startup DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company. SENT: 150 words.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING — Jude Law has told Britain’s phone hacking trial the media had an “unhealthy” amount of information about his private life. SENT: 350 words, photos.


WORLD MARKETS - Global stocks continued to fall on Monday, extending a rout begun last week. SENT: 740 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing; TBD. With GLANCE on hotspots in some specific countries.

FEDERAL RESERVE - The tumultuous Ben Bernanke era at the Federal Reserve moves this week toward its close with the final policy meeting of his eight-year tenure. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1630 GMT.

WEALTH GAP 101 - One issue keeps seizing the agenda: the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. So what is the wealth gap, why does it exist and why does it matter? SENT: 500 words, photos.


OLY--SOCHI-STAGE IS SET - Putin’s prestige and his country’s reputation are at stake. No other Winter Games has faced such an acute terror threat. No other Winter Olympics has been so engulfed in politics. No other recent Olympics has been so closely associated with one man. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

OLY--SOCHI-CORRUPTION - An interactive website is launched by an anti-corruption activist looking at the Sochi Olympics. At $51 billion, these are the most expensive Olympics ever — winter or summer. SENT: 850 words, photos.


FRANCE-DAFT PUNK - They’re helmeted, mute and mysterious, and they’re suddenly the pride of France. Duo Daft Punk is doing something no other French music group has ever done: Bringing home four Grammy Awards. Congratulations poured in Monday from French media, tweeters and bloggers — and the U.S. Embassy in Paris. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1900 GMT.

THEATER-THE SOAP MYTH - The Holocaust play “The Soap Myth” will become available for streaming and download across the globe on Monday, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. SENT: 490 words, photos.

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