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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1700 GMT
Associated Press
2014-01-25 03:01 AM

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change.

HIGHLIGHTING:

Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1700 GMT:

-- EGYPT (sent; developing)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- SYRIA PEACE TALKS (sent; developing)

-- NUCLEAR MISSTEPS (sent; developing)

-- FORMER GOVERNOR INDICTED (upcoming)

-- BRAIN DEAD PREGNANCY (upcoming)

-- UN-NORTH KOREA (upcoming)

PHOTOS: EGYPT (sent; developing); UKRAINE EXOTIC WEAPONS (sent; with text) CANADA-QUEBEC FIRE (sent; with text); BIG WAVE CONTEST (upcoming; with text block)

VIDEO: EGYPT (sent; developing); MARS MYSTERY ROCK (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 GMT):

WORLD

EGYPT - Three bombings hit high-profile areas around Cairo, as the country is on high alert ahead of the third anniversary of the Jan. 25 start of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak. SENT: 900 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: Developing through the day, both spot and a broader perspective on how Cairo has changed.

UKRAINE PROTESTS - Protesters seized a government ministry in the capital and besieged several governors' offices in western regions today, raising the pressure on the country's Russia-leaning government. But President Viktor Yanukovych showed little willingness to negotiate, promoting his hawkish top aide to his chief-of-staff. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.

UKRAINE-EXOTIC WEAPONS - When events turned violent this week, demonstrators' weapons also had an antique aura and clashes resembled a Medieval assault. SENT: 370 words, photos.

SYRIA-PEACE TALKS - Direct talks have been scrapped for today between Assad's government and the Western-backed opposition that wants to overthrow him. Syria's government handed an ultimatum to a U.N. mediator, vowing to leave if "serious talks" do not begin by Saturday. SENT: 710 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.

UN-NORTH KOREA -North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations holds a rare press conference. UPCOMING: Developing from 1600 GMT event.

THAILAND-MIDDLE GROUND - As anti-government protests threaten to set royalist "Yellow Shirts" and populist "Red Shirts" at each other's' throats, some Thais are wearing white and holding candlelight vigils to call for a peaceful resolution to the country's bitter political impasse. SENT: 930 words, photos. With THAILAND-POLITICS (sent).

CANADA-QUEBEC FIRE - Investigators were trying to pick through the icy rubble of a charred seniors' facility today to try to identify more victims of a fire that killed at least five and left about 30 missing. SENT: 450 words, photos.

IVORY COAST-ELEPHANT RESCUE - Conservationists are capturing and relocating elephants in Ivory Coast forced out of their traditional habitat by encroaching humans, in the first such operation attempted in Africa's forests. SENT: 340 words, photos.

AUSTRIA-NAZI GRAVESTONE - Swastika on Austrian gravestone defies ban on Nazi symbols; officials claim their hands are tied. SENT: 900 words, photos.

MEXICO-DRINK THE WATER - Drink the water. It's a phrase not often heard in Mexico, where people have been told to do anything but drink from the tap. SENT: 700 words, photos.

MYANMAR-MUSLIM MASSACRE - The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar, a massacre that has been vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported just over a week ago. SENT: 880 words.

CHINA-REGIONAL TENSION - China says it has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors. SENT: 750 words, photos.

KOREAS-TENSION - North Korea agrees to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the latest in a series of charm offensives from a country that was threatening South Korea and the U.S. with nuclear war almost a year ago. SENT: 330 words.

INDIA-RAPE PUNISHMENT -- India's Supreme Court orders an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman allegedly attacked on the direction of a village council. SENT: 340 words.

VATICAN-FRANCE - French President Francois Hollande met Friday with Pope Francis amid tensions in his private life over a gossip magazine's report about an alleged affair with an actress. SENT: 520 words, photos.

CHINA-SOUTHERN STREET MOVEMENT - A grassroots activist argues in court that he did not disrupt public order as charged when he joined public rallies that went on for days under the watchful eyes of police. SENT: 740 words.

NEPAL-DOCTORS STRIKE - Thousands of doctors in Nepal end a five-day strike after the government assures them there would be changes in the country's medical education system. SENT: 170 words.

AUSTRALIA-GRAFFITI-PROTEST - Activists spray graffiti on the historic home of the 18th century British explorer Capt. James Cook to protest against Australia's national day. SENT: 230 words.

HONG KONG-IVORY STOCKPILE - Hong Kong will destroy most of its huge stockpile of confiscated illegal ivory in a process that could take up to two years, officials say. SENT: 310 words.

PHILIPPINES-DRUGS - Philippine police arrest four men and seize 1.3 billion pesos ($30 million) worth of methamphetamine in the second large drug bust in Manila in 10 days. SENT: 330 words.

PAKISTAN-BLASPHEMY - A mentally ill British man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy charges, defense lawyers said Friday. SENT: 300 words.

WASHINGTON AND POLITICS

NUCLEAR MISSTEPS - Hagel orders immediate actions to define the depth of trouble inside the nation's nuclear force, which has been rocked by disclosures about security lapses, poor discipline, weak morale and other problems that raise questions about nuclear security. SENT: 980 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

KERRY - He is pushing back on suggestions that the Obama administration's Middle East policy is in disarray. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 p.m.

REPUBLICANS-PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY - Seeking to shorten the Republican presidential selection process, the GOP moves to hold its national convention in late June or early July in 2016, roughly two months sooner than usual. Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their coveted spots atop the presidential primary calendar. SENT: 510 words.

OIL TRAINS-KEYSTONE - A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. SENT: 770 words, photo.

- OIL TRAINS-KEYSTONE-GLANCE - Recent accidents involving trains transporting crude oil in the US, Canada. SENT: 300 words.

US

BRAIN DEAD-PREGNANCY - The case of a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman being kept on life support at a Fort Worth hospital over her family's protests is set to go before a judge. SENT: 300 words. UPCOMING: Court hearing begins at 4:15 p.m., photos.

SEPT 11-MUSEUM -- National Sept 11 Memorial & Museum officials give a progress report on the construction of the museum, which is slated to open this spring. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photos, video

STUMPING SHARKS - A surge in shark attacks on Maui over this past year has spurred sales of devices that claim to deter sharks by emitting an electric pulse. SENT: 570 words, photos, video.

OCTOMOM-8 THINGS TO KNOW -- As the octuplets turn 5, here are 8 things to know about 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HEALTH

CONTRACEPTIVE PILL REVIEW - The European Medicines Agency says it has started a review of emergency contraceptives to see if they work less well in heavy women. SENT: 270 words.

SCIENCE

EARTHQUAKES-NEW MADRID - Far from being dead, study suggests New Madrid fault zone still alive and active. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TECH

COMIC SENSATION - Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that its vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup's success has been a drawn-out process. UPCOMING: 800 words by noon.

GERMANY-MOSELY VS GOOGLE - Google says it will appeal a German court's decision that it must block search results linking to images of an orgy involving ex-Formula One chief Max Mosley. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS

TEN--AUSTRALIAN OPEN-WRAPUP -- Rafael Nadal's mastery of Roger Federer carries him into the Australian Open final. The Spaniard wins 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-3 and next faces Stan Wawrinka. Nadal is bidding to become the first man to win all four majors at least twice in the Open era. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SUPER BOWL 2014-SECURITY - When fans fill Manhattan's streets next week, police will be watching closely. They have installed about 200 temporary cameras to help spot trouble along "Super Bowl Boulevard," a 13-block street fair on Broadway. The vast security effort extends to both sides of the Hudson River. SENT: 850 words, photos.

BABE RUTH WATCH-AUCTION - Babe Ruth's 1923 World Series championship pocket watch, for decades thought to be lost to history, is coming to a New York City auction, where it's expected to fetch at least $750,000. SENT: 520 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

JUSTIN BIEBER-CAREER - For more than a year, Justin Bieber has had more tabloid hits than Billboard hits. SENT: 940 words, photos.

FILM-SUNDANCE-ACQUISITIONS - Distributors pick up independent films at Sundance to bring them to a theater near you. SENT: 410 words, photos.

TV-ELIZABETH VARGAS - ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas is publicly acknowledging that she's an alcoholic, and says it took her years to admit it. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.

PEOPLE-THE BACHELOR-BASS - If Juan Pablo Galavis is looking for forgiveness after his anti-gay comments, he need look no further than Lance Bass. SENT: 300 words, photos.

PHOTOGRAPHY

AP PHOTOS: BIG WAVE CONTEST -- A storm creating huge waves provides the backdrop for the Maverick surf contest. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos by Eric Risberg (from a boat).

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