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SWITZERLAND-OBIT-ANNAN — Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80. By Francis Kokutse and John Heilprin. SENT: 1,900 words, photos.

INSTITUTIONS AND ABUSE — When sex-abuse cases dominate headlines, a familiar pattern often emerges. If it took place at a large organization — be it a church, a large state university or a group — misconduct is often covered up in hopes of saving the institution's reputation, and the money that accompanies it. Why is the role of institutions so powerful? By Tamara Lush. SENT: 1,100 words, photos. This story is this week's Sunday Spotlight.

RUSSIA PROBE-SENATE — In an interview with the Associated Press, Sen. Richard Burr opens up about the Russia investigation that has now consumed 19 months of his life. He says it has been "frustrating as hell" and much more difficult than he originally envisioned. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

REPUBLICANS LEFT BEHIND — The ranks of the forgotten Republicans are growing. They are members of Congress, governors and state party leaders who have been left behind by President Donald Trump's Republican Party. Some were forced out. Some chose to leave. Still others continue to serve but do so with a muted voice. The castaways include people like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,080 words.

HAJJ — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 1.6 million Muslim faithful from abroad have arrived in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. SENT: 890 words, photos.




MANAFORT-ANOTHER TRIAL — As jurors in Virginia weigh Paul Manafort's fate in a sprawling financial fraud case, the former Trump campaign chairman still has another trial looming in the nation's capital — and prosecutors there have a whole new set of charges and a huge volume of evidence. SENT: 750 words, photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-PAPADOPOULOS — A former Trump campaign adviser should spend at least some time in prison for lying to the FBI during the Russia probe, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing that also revealed several new details about the early days of the investigation. By Chad Day. SENT: 700 words, photo.




ITALY BRIDGE COLLAPSE — Italy's president demands guarantees that all the nation's roads are safe after comforting mourners at a state funeral for many of those killed in Genoa highway bridge collapse. Hours earlier, the toll from Tuesday's collapse rose unofficially to 42. SENT: 970 words, photos.




LAWSUIT LIMITS-CHURCHES — A so-called tort reform proposal on Arkansas' ballot that expected little trouble winning passage in deeply red Arkansas is running into a surprising obstacle from a reliable conservative ally. SENT: 840 words, photos.




ARETHA FRANKLIN MEMORIES — Global Entertainment Editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody recalls Aretha Franklin, who talked to her about much more than music over more than a decade. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.




FBN--GORDON RETURNS — Browns receiver Josh Gordon has "humbly" returned to the team after an extended absence to deal with his health. The former Pro Bowler has missed most of the past five seasons for numerous violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.