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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1445 GMT

May 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 1445 GMT:

-- THAILAND-POLITICS (sent; developing)

-- THAILAND-JUNTA ON FACEBOOK (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA (sent; developing)









PHOTOS: NEW NEW YORK (sent; with video and text);

VIDEO: DETROIT_CARJACK_CITY (sent; with photos and text); US_NY_TRANSFORMING MIDTOWN (sent; with photos and text); US_VIRTUAL_SPACE (sent; with photo and text);

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:


THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand’s ruling military summons the entire ousted government and members of the politically influential family at the heart of the country’s long-running conflict, a day after it seized control of this volatile Southeast Asian nation in a non-violent coup. SENT: 880 words, photos.

THAILAND-COUP LEADER - The general who led the military takeover of Thailand is known as an ardent defender of the monarchy, an adversary of the former prime minister at the center of the nation’s political crisis, and a prickly personality prone to snap at unwanted questions. In orchestrating the coup, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha was exercising what is almost a traditional prerogative of Thai army commanders. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

THAILAND-JUNTA ON FACEBOOK - Thailand’s junta has commandeered every TV channel for round-the-clock broadcasts of dour announcements and patriotic hymns. The public’s verdict: DJ, please change the soundtrack. In this day and age, it’s not surprising that the generals who launched Thailand’s coup have set up a Facebook page. SENT: 550 words, photos.

- THAILAND-POLITICS-NEWS GUIDE — A summary of events and a guide to understanding what is happening. SENT: 780 words, photos.

- THAILAND-WORLD VIEW — Thailand’s coup draws criticism from many world leaders. SENT: 780 words, photos.

THAILAND-ECONOMY - Thailand’s economy was already struggling before the country’s military seized power in a bloodless coup, and analysts fear the army’s intervention will result in Thailand’s political divide becoming even sharper, holding back the economy. SENT: 730 words, photos.

- WORLD MARKETS - Thai stock market falls after coup, other world benchmarks mostly higher. SENT: 530 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine’s presidential vote this weekend, President Vladimir Putin promises, voicing hope that Ukraine’s new leader will halt the military operation against separatists in the east. SENT: 960 words, photos, interactive. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1500 GMT, photos, interactive.

AFGHANISTAN - Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attack the Indian Consulate in western Afghanistan’s Herat province Friday, an assault that injured no diplomatic staff, police say. SENT: 740 words, photos.

CHINA-XIANJIANG-EXPLOSION - Survivors tell of terror after deadly China market attack in violence-plagued western region. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SYRIA - A mortar shell strike a large tent in southern Syria where supporters of President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning, killing at least 21 people and wounding scores, opposition activists say. Assad was not at gathering. SENT: 860 words, photos.

POPE-MIDEAST - Pope Francis insists his weekend pilgrimage to the Middle East is a “strictly religious” commemoration of a key turning point in Catholic-Orthodox relations. But the three-day mission is the most delicate of his papacy and will test his diplomatic skills. SENT: 990 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-VATICAN ABUSE - A United Nations committee says the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a U.N. anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of clerical sex abuse. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1800 GMT.

EGYPT - Egyptian security officials say a police officer has died from wounds sustained in a firefight with militants in the restive Sinai Peninsula. SENT: 130 words.

BALKANS-FLOODS - Civilians banned from two Bosnian villages as cleanup begins after historic Balkan floods. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-EICHMANN - With the words of the Kaddish and a sprinkle of earth over his remains, the Israeli official who interrogated Adolf Eichmann was reburied Friday in Berlin’s Wannsee neighborhood, not far from the house where the senior Nazi who helped organize the Holocaust outlined his genocidal plans in 1942. SENT: 570 words.

BOLIVIA-MINI-MANSIONS - Loud, baroque and redolent in native symbols, the newfangled mini-mansions rising up in Bolivia’s sprawling El Alto attest to a new class of indigenous nouveau riche. SENT: 700 words, photos.

KENYA-POLICE KILLINGS - Tears well up in Marion Wanjiru’s eyes as she grabs the family photo album away from her husband. Pictures of her son stir painful memories of his murder. What’s worse, the family believes the killing was carried out by Kenyan police. Rights groups say such extra-judicial killings are on the rise. SENT: 700 words, photos.

ZIMBABWE-FARM ATTACK - Zimbabwe farmers’ group laments new killings of white farmers, criticizes land seizure program. SENT: 380 words.

BRITAIN-RICHARD III — Britain’s High Court rules for Leicester in battle royal over remains of King Richard III. SENT: 320 words, photo.

IRAN-INSTAGRAM — Report: Iranian court orders photo-sharing app Instagram blocked over privacy lawsuit. SENT: 410 words, photos.

IRAN-DIVORCE PARTY - Iranian cleric condemns ‘satanic’ divorce parties, a new phenomenon borrowed from the West. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

OBAMA-CABINET - President Barack Obama is preparing to boost the profile of an up-and-coming young Hispanic Democrat by nominating San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become the nation’s housing secretary.. SENT: 540 words. Announcement expected 1930 GMT.

OBAMA-FOREIGN POLICY —White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan, and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. SENT: 670 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-CHINA-ANALYSIS - The Obama administration is playing down an increasingly warm relationship between its main global rivals, China and Russia, that it may have inadvertently encouraged. Yet, many believe Russia and China may now or may soon represent a powerful new alliance. SENT: 1,020 words, photo.

NSA SURVEILLANCE - House votes to end NSA bulk collection of Americans’ phone records — but restraints limited. SENT: 830 words, photos.

UNITED NATIONS-BOKO HARAM-SANCTIONS - The U.S. says the U.N. approves sanctions against al-Qaida-linked terrorist group Boko Haram. SENT: 640 words, photos, interactive.

GAY MARRIAGE-POLITICS - As public opinion has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 850 words, photos.

- GAY MARRIAGE-POLLING - Americans increasingly apt to favor legal gay marriage, yet differences persist by region, age. SENT: 390 words.

ELECTRIC CHAIR-TENNESSEE - As the rest of the nation debates the feasibility and humanity of lethal injections against the backdrop of scarce drugs and botched executions, Tennessee has come up with an alternative: the electric chair. SENT: 1,000 words, photo.

DETROIT-CARJACK CITY - The armed auto thieves have become so common here that parts of the bankrupt metropolis are referred to as “Carjack City.” So police are taking extra steps — including billboards featuring convicted carjackers. SENT: 850 words, photos, video.

THE NEW NEW YORK - A Manhattan neighborhood once dubbed the Wild, Wild West for its gritty desolation is now New York’s biggest private development since Rockefeller Center rose in the 1930s - all built on platforms covering active railroad tracks. SENT: 780 words, photos, video.

KIDNAPPING VICTIM FOUND - Police say the woman who reported being kidnapped by a man a decade ago had shared what appeared to be a normal life with her alleged captor, but until recently was too scared to go to authorities. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

SCHOOLING PIGEON — Missing pet pigeon flies to Montana school of its young owner, sits on head of teacher. SENT: 240 words, photos.

BEAR CUB-POLICE — Police in southern Oregon hold unlikely suspect: adorable 12-pound black bear cub. SENT: 340 words, photo, video.

SHIELD ACTOR-WIFE KILLING — “Shield” actor charged with murder in shooting of wife in Los Angeles, arraignment delayed. SENT: 330 words, photos.


BABY DIALYSIS MACHINE — Doctors make mini dialysis machine for tiny babies to avoid problems of adult-sized machines. SENT: 430 words, photo.



CREDIT CARDS-SECURITY - In the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, including this week’s revelation that hackers stole consumer data from eBay’s computer systems, Visa and MasterCard are renewing a push to speed the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards. Card processing companies argue that a move away from the black magnetic strips on the backs of credit cards would eliminate a substantial amount of U.S. credit card fraud. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1700 GMT.

FUTURE OF SHOPPING - One of America’s favorite pastimes is changing rapidly. When it comes to shopping, more Americans are skipping the stores and pulling out their smartphones and tablets. No one thinks this will lead to physical stores going away permanently, but the ones in the future will have a number of amenities and services that will completely change how Americans shop today. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon, photos.

FRENCH-RUSSIA-OIL -French energy company Total SA is hooking up with Russia’s largest private oil company to explore and develop a huge Siberian shale oil field, despite Western sanctions and anger over the Kremlin’s role in Ukraine’s crisis. SENT: 330 words.

WALL STREET - U.S. stock futures are little changed ahead of a new report on the housing market. Major indexes look ready to close out the week with solid gains. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2100 GMT.

OIL PRICES - Oil prices move up to around $104 a barrel ahead of U.S. home sales data and the Memorial Day holiday weekend. SENT: 320 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1930 GMT.

BRITAIN-BARCLAYS FINE - Barclays Bank is fined by British regulators for management failings that allowed an employee to make inappropriate trades in the gold market. SENT: 120 words.

INDIA-AIRASIA - The head of AirAsia says Asia’s leading budget carrier is hoping to begin operations in India in two to three months. SENT: 200 words.

SUZUKI-RECALL - Suzuki is recalling more than 184,000 small cars in the U.S. because the steering columns can catch fire. SENT: 140 words.


CUBAN-BIGOTRY COMMENTS — Outspoken NBA owner Mark Cuban apologizes to Trayvon Martin family for choice of words. SENT: 560 words, photo.

SENATE-REDSKINS — Citing racism, 50 senators tell NFL commissioner it’s time to change Redskins’ name. SENT: 520 words.


FRANCE-CANNES-KRISTEN STEWART - Playing an assistant to a famous actress, Kristen Stewart gave the Cannes Film Festival a self-referential and immediately acclaimed performance on the festival’s final day. SENT: 425 words, photos.


MUSIC-LIONEL RICHIE - For Lionel Richie, part of parenthood has been payback. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon, photos.

MUSIC-BRANTLEY GILBERT - If you want to congratulate country rocker Brantley Gilbert on his No. 1 hit, “Bottoms Up,” don’t buy him a beer. The Georgia-born singer with the bad-boy image is more than two years sober, but he’s still the life of the party. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.

WORLD’S UGLIEST WOMAN-ANTI-BULLYING - In December 2013, she inspired millions with her TED Talk. Now Lizzie Velasquez, once called “the world’s ugliest woman,” hopes to reach an even-wider audience through an anti-bullying documentary about her story. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.

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