Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory.


Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1415 GMT:

— ISLAMIC NATIONS-NIGERIA (sent, developing)

— UKRAINE (sent, developing)

— BENGHAZI ATTACK (sent, developing)

— SYRIA (sent, developing)

— UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA (sent, developing)

— VENEZUELA-PROTESTS (sent, developing.)

— FIRE-FORMER TENNIS STAR (sent, developing)



VIDEO: ALEPPO EXPLOSION (sent, with 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:


ISLAMIC NATIONS-NIGERIA — Religious scholars in largest bloc of Islamic countries condemn kidnapping of Nigerian girls. SENT: 230 words, photo.

SYRIA — A rebel-claimed bombing in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo leveled a once luxurious hotel near the ancient Citadel that government troops used as a military base, causing multiple casualties, activists and militants said. SENT: 940 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

UKRAINE — A pro-Russia insurgency in east Ukraine has decided to go ahead with a referendum on autonomy despite a call from Putin to delay the vote. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— RUSSIA-MILITARY — Putin has overseen a military exercise involving Russia's nuclear forces amid escalating tensions over Ukraine. SENT: 200 words.

— GERMANY-UKRAINE — Germany's foreign minister says Putin's newly "constructive tone" could provide new momentum for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. SENT: 130 words.

UNITED STATES-VENEZUELA — Congress is moving closer to imposing economic penalties against Venezuela's government. SENT: 630 words, photo. UPCOMING: Hearing begins at 10 a.m.

VENEZUELA-PROTESTS — Venezuelan authorities break up protesters' camps, 243 people detained. SENT: 500 words.

BENGHAZI ATTACK — The U.S. House is scheduled to vote on Speaker John Boehner's move to establish an election-year select committee to investigate anew the 2012 Benghazi attack after new revelations about White House involvement in a confused explanation of what happened. SENT: 640 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Vote scheduled 1830 GMT

OBAMA — President Barack Obama will attend two high-dollar Democratic Party fundraisers hosted by Silicon Valley executives, drawing attention to the complicated relationship between the president and the high-tech industry in the aftermath of scandals over government snooping. SENT: 590 words. Obama delivers remarks at 2015 GMT.

AIRFARE TURBULENCE — Airlines tried and failed to block a federal rule making them tell passengers up front the full cost of airfare, including government taxes and fees. So they're trying another route, asking Congress to do what the Obama administration and the courts refused to do: roll back the law. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2100 GMT.

FBI AGENT DETAINED — Pakistan releases FBI agent in move likely to defuse tension. SENT: 420 words.

THAILAND-WHAT NEXT — Thailand gets new leader but stalemate grinds on with a future that looks much like the past. SENT: 900 words, photos.

— THAILAND-POLITICS — Thailand's anti-graft commission has indicted the ousted prime minister over charges of dereliction of duty in overseeing a contentious rice subsidy program. SENT: 630 words, photos.

PISTORIUS TRIAL — Pistorius' defense team called an anesthetist to testify at the double-amputee runner's murder trial in an attempt to counter prosecution claims that Pistorius is lying about the timeline of events on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. SENT: 660 words, photos.

PAKISTAN — A roadside bomb killed nine Pakistani paramilitary soldiers in a tribal region near the Afghan border, authorities said. SENT: 500 words.

INDIA-DANCING FROGS — Scientists have discovered 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs in the jungle mountains of southern India - just in time, they fear, to watch them fade away. SENT: 990 words, photos.

SOUTH AFRICA-ELECTIONS — South Africa's ruling party led its rivals in early election results after a campaign in which the opposition had tried to woo voters unhappy with alleged corruption and a lack of opportunities for the poor. SENT: 280 words, photos.

SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS — South Korean prosecutors on Thursday detained the head of the company that owns the ferry that sank last month over an allegation of cargo overloading. SENT: 560 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-CHINA-FISHERMEN — Philippine authorities are investigating whether 11 detained Chinese fishermen entered the country's waters illegally to catch endangered turtles, police said, despite a Chinese demand for their immediate release. SENT: 450 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON_STARTING OVER — An uncertain future looms for Filipino survivors restarting lives 6 months after Typhoon Haiyan. SENT: 780 words, photos.

NETHERLANDS-ANNE FRANK PLAY — Seeking to engage a new generation with the tragic story of Anne Frank, a major new play based on the Jewish teenager's diary opens Thursday in Amsterdam. SENT: 730 words, photos.

GREECE-CLEANING CARYATIDS — The Caryatid statues, which until the late '70s propped up a section of the Erechtheion Temple on the Acropolis, are being meticulously cleansed of grime inside the museum where they're now housed. SENT: 570 words, photos.

IRAN-US-SOLAR CAR — A team of Iranian students and their teachers is preparing to bring an Iranian solar car to compete in the United States for the first time, in the American Solar Challenge in July. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ISRAEL-DISPLACING BEDOUINS — Israel moving forward with plans to move hundreds of Bedouins out of strategic West Bank areas. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION — North Korea is making final preparations to conduct its fourth nuclear test but may not do so, South Korea's defense minister said. SENT: 560 words.

ITALY-MAFIA ARREST — A former minister in several of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right governments has been arrested in a luxury Rome hotel for allegedly helping a prominent businessman convicted of Mafia association flee abroad. SENT: 350 words, photo.

SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE — Amnesty International documents in a new report the horrific, ethnically motivated attacks of physical and sexual violence seen in South Sudan. SENT: 560 words.

UNITED NATIONS-NUCLEAR TALKS — Nuclear experts from Iran and six world powers had "a useful meeting" in New York ahead of political talks next week aimed at reaching an agreement to limit Iran's ability to produce nuclear weapons, the European Union said. SENT: 390 words.

HONG KONG-BILLIONAIRES' TRIAL — Hong Kong's billionaire Kwok brothers plead not guilty as high-profile graft case opens. SENT: 290 words, photos.

CARIBBEAN HIV PREVENTION — There's a growing momentum to give out condoms and guidance to gay, bisexual and transgender sex workers in the Caribbean, where homophobia and laws criminalizing gay sex have long driven people underground. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CHINA-TIANANMEN — A veteran journalist who was among prominent intellectuals jailed during China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has been detained just weeks ahead of the 25th anniversary of the bloodshed on accusations of leaking state secrets. SENT: 880 words, photos.

CHINA-TRADE — China's trade rebounded in April from the previous month's surprise contraction but imports were subdued in another sign of the country's economic slowdown. SENT: 500 words, photos.

YEMEN — Yemeni armed forces have swept al-Qaida fighters out of a district in the country's south, one of the main goals of the major offensive waged by the military the past two weeks, the Defense Ministry said. SENT: 440 words, photos.

EGYPT-ANTIQUITIES — Tomb of royal messenger and guard of army archives dating back to 1100 B.C. found in Egypt. SENT: 200 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SEVERE WEATHER — Israeli rescue services evacuated dozens of American tourists who were stranded overnight in a parking lot in the Negev desert due to rare heavy rains, police said. SENT: 120 words.

VIETNAM-CHINA-OIL RIG — China insisted it had every right to drill for oil off Vietnam's coast and warned its neighbor to immediately leave the area around the deep-sea rig where Chinese and Vietnamese ships are engaged in a tense standoff. SENT: 730 words, photos.

— CHINA'S OIL RIG — Why China is setting up an oil rig off in disputed waters off Vietnam's coast. SENT: 630 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BARCLAYS CUTS — Barclays to slash around 14,000 jobs this year as it reduces size of investment banking arm. SENT: 330 words, photos.

GERMANY NSA SURVEILLANCE — German lawmakers have agreed to ask NSA leaker Edward Snowden to testify in their inquiry into surveillance of Chancellor Merkel by the U.S. National Security Agency. SENT: 340 words.

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING — Marathon bombing suspect wants statements made at hospital without lawyer to be thrown out. SENT: 720 words, photo.

US-FIRE-FORMER TENNIS STAR — Investigators were continuing to process the scene of a fire at a million dollar home owned by former tennis star James Blake where the bodies of two adults and two teenagers were found. SENT: 450 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing.

MILITARY THERAPY DOG — Therapy dogs are being used as a slowly evolving form of treatment for soldiers with post-traumatic stress. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving. SENT: 380 words, photo.

CHINA-ALIBABA-MOBILE INTERNET — Alibaba, the e-commerce giant planning a blockbuster share sale in the U.S., shook up China's vast but sleepy retailing industry by popularizing online shopping. Now it and China's other Internet companies are mounting challenges in areas from banking to broadcasting. SENT: 990 words, photos.


MUSIC-PAUL SIMON — Paul Simon performs at New York University event, makes 1st public appearance since arrest. SENT: 360 words, photos.

LEROY NEIMAN-BASEBALL ART — Original LeRoy Neiman baseball art coming to online auction; highlights include Mantle, Ruth. SENT: 510 words, photos.

PEOPLE-OBAMA-CELEBRITIES — Obama shared a table with Steven Spielberg and Bruce Springsteen at a benefit dinner, but broke away to chat with Barbra Streisand and Samuel L. Jackson. SENT: 430 words, photos.

TV-JOSH HARTNETT — Josh Hartnett has jumped into "Penny Dreadful," an eight-part series debuting Sunday on Showtime as part of a free preview weekend. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon, photos.

THEATER-Q&A-CHRISTOPHER SIEBER — It turns out that, at 6-foot-3, with matinee idol looks and an ability to absorb a script quickly, Christopher Sieber's phone number is a must-have for theater producers. SENT: 920 words, photos.

SWEDEN-MUSIC PRIZE — Rock legend Chuck Berry and opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious award for musicians. SENT: 125 words.


NFL DRAFT — The NFL begins restocking its workforce with the start of its three-day draft at Radio City Music Hall. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 0100 GMT.