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BC-AP News Coverage Advisory 1415 GMT
Associated Press
2014-05-20 11:01 PM

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 1415 GMT:

-- THAILAND-POLITICS (sent; developing)

-- JACE-WIFE'S DEATH (sent; developing)

-- US-PRIMARY RDP (sent; developing)

-- CHINA-US-CYBERSPYING (sent; developing)

-- NKOREA-SPINNING THE NEWS (sent)

-- UKRAINE (sent; developing)

-- CUBA-BLOGGER'S NEWSPAPER (upcoming)

PHOTOS: THAILAND (sent; developing); JORDAN-REFUGEE CHILDREN-PHOTO ESSAY

VIDEO: THAILAND (sent; developing)

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:

WORLD

THAILAND-POLITICS - Thailand's powerful military chief intervenes for the first time in the country's political crisis, declaring martial law and dispatching gun-mounted jeeps into the heart of the capital with a vow to resolve the deepening conflict as quickly as possible. The move stopped short of a coup and life continued normally with residents unfazed by the news, which follows six months of crippling protests. SENT: 1,260 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing, looking ahead to what's next and more on the Army chief.

-- THAILAND-POLITICS-NEWS GUIDE -- A guide to understanding what martial law means for Thailand and the country's tumultuous political crisis. By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

-- THAILAND-WORLD VIEW -- Comments from other nations about martial law in Thailand. SENT: 350 words, photos.

-- THAILAND-POLITICS-SELFIES -- Sometimes you never know when the opportunity for an interesting selfie will present itself. SENT: 110 words, photos.

CHINA-US-CYBERSPYING - China warns that the United States was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tries to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace." SENT: 830 words, photos.

- CHINA-CYBERSPYING-Q&A - Why is the latest China-spy case so significant? SENT: 1,150 words, photo.

- UNITED STATES-CHINA-TROUBLED TIES - Cyber-theft charges put more strain US-China relations. SENT: 850 words, photos.

UKRAINE - Pro-Russian insurgents fighting Ukrainian government forces face a new challenge from the country's richest man, while Russia's Defense Ministry says its units have started dismantling their camps in the border regions in line with Putin's order. SENT: 840 words, photos.

UKRAINE-CRIPPLED NAVY - Ukraine faces Russia with a crippled navy, crowd-funded budget: "Times are not the best." SENT: 990 words, photos

ROMANIA-US-BIDEN - Joe Biden arrives in Romania to reassure ally of US commitment amid unrest in Ukraine. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-MAJDANEK INVESTIGATION - Around 20 former guards at the death camp Majdanek could face charges in Germany, following a widespread probe of the Nazi SS men and women who served there during World War II, war crimes investigators said Tuesday. SENT: 340 words, photo.

BALKANS-FLOODS - A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans even as emergency workers battled overflowing rivers and evacuated thousands: tons of drowned livestock were posing a health hazard. SENT: 590 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS - An Israeli rights group says Israeli troops fired live bullets without justification during a West Bank clash last week, killing two Palestinian teenagers. SENT: 450 words.

CUBA-BLOGGER'S NEWSPAPER - Cuba's best-known blogger says she will start publishing a general-interest newspaper online Wednesday in what observers are calling an important test of both the government's openness to free expression and the dissident's ability to build a following inside her country. UPCOMING.

INDIA-ELECTIONS-- India's president invites opposition Hindu nationalist party leader Narendra Modi to form a new government and sets next Monday as his swearing-in date. SENT: 410 words, photos.

RUSSIA-TRAIN COLLISION - A collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow killed at least six people Tuesday and left up to 45 others injured, Russian officials said. SENT: 200 words, photos.

BOSNIA-HOMELESS AGAIN - It took only a few minutes for a roaring landslide to leave Ramiz Skopljak homeless for the second time in his life. SENT: 670 words, photos.

NKOREA-SPINNING THE NEWS - When a South Korean ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside last month, the whole world knew about it. But in North Korea, there was utter silence about the collapse of a 23-story apartment building for five days, until state media issued a rare apology. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SPAIN-DISCARDED CORPSES - A Spanish university says it is investigating how dozens of bodies donated to medical science came to be piled up in a campus basement. SENT: 130 words.

SYRIA - A missile crashed into a rebel-held Syrian town while most people were at home sleeping, killing at least 23 people, including an entire family, activists said Tuesday. SENT: 200 words.

EUROPE-FAR RIGHT - As anti-establishment parties across the EU seek gains in this month's European Parliament elections, even groups considered the most radical and xenophobic have been attempting to soften their image. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PISTORIUS-TRIAL - He is to start psychiatric evaluation next week, trial postponed to June 30. SENT: 560 words, photos.

MALAYSIA-PLANE - Malaysia to release satellite data on missing jet amid pressure from passengers' families. SENT: 350 words.

MALAWI ELECTION - Africa's second female president Joyce Banda is facing stiff challenges from a field of 12 candidates in Malawi's elections Tuesday. SENT: 400 words, photo.

ASIA-DRUGS - Asia's robust economy and strong demand for drugs drove global production and trafficking of methamphetamine to record levels last year, with Japan one of the most lucrative markets, the United Nations says. SENT: 410 words, photos.

CHINA-RUSSIA - Putin meets with China's president in a diplomatic boost for the isolated Russian leader but the two sides have yet to agree on a widely anticipated multibillion-dollar natural gas sale. SENT: 810 words, photos.

CHINA-SCHOOL ATTACK - A Chinese man with a kitchen knife attacks first- and second-graders at a school in central China, injuring eight children, local authorities say. SENT: 160 words.

PAKISTAN -- A Chinese tourist traveling through northwestern Pakistan is abducted by gunmen, Pakistani police say. A militant commander says his Taliban-allied group was behind the kidnapping. SENT: 320 words.

US PRIMARY ROUND UP - Voters in six states pick their party's candidates in congressional races. Among them are high-profile U.S. Senate contests in Georgia and Kentucky, which could help determine which party controls the Senate for the final two years of Obama's tenure. SENT: 670 words words. UPCOMING: Updates throughout the day and after poll closings. Polls close in Georgia at 2300 GMT; in Kentucky at 2200 GMT.

OBAMA INVESTMENTS - Obama hosts executives from 11 foreign and U.S.-based companies that have chosen to open new plants or relocate overseas operations in the United States. SENT: 390 words. UPCOMING: Updates from 1445 GMT meeting, photo.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Authorities say "The Shield" actor Michael Jace has been arrested on suspicion of homicide after his wife was found shot to death in their Los Angeles home. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updating as details become available. Planning photo and video coverage.

PEOPLE-MACKLEMORE - Rapper Macklemore apologizes for costume deemed offensive, anti-Semitic. SENT: 370 words, photos

FRANCE-CANNES-RED ARMY - Viacheslav "Slava" Fetisov has had a storied hockey career, but he was initially reluctant to see it documented with a movie. SENT: 500 words, photos.

TV-MARC MARON - Marc Maron is one of the best interviewers you are likely to hear. SENT: 790 words, photos.

TV-I WANNA MARRY HARRY - Matt Hicks doesn't exactly say that he's Prince Harry and he doesn't exactly say that he's not in the new Fox reality series, "I Want to Marry Harry." SENT: 300 words, photos.

JAPAN-PAUL MCCARTNEY - Paul McCartney is canceling his entire Japan tour because of illness. SENT: 200 words, photos.

THEATER-HAMLET-THE NOVEL - Audible Inc., the world's largest seller of downloadable audiobooks, has a new thriller starring the moody prince of Elsinore UPCOMING: 600 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

FASHION-RACHEL ZOE ON WHITE-Q&A - It may require a tad more attention to detail, but with care just about anybody can wear white at just about any time of the day or year. SENT: 510 words, photos.

BRITAIN-JOSS STONE -- Two men convicted of plotting to kill soul singer Joss Stone have had their prison sentences reduced on appeal. SENT: 120 words, photos.

BOOKS-BEST-READ CITIES - For the third straight year, Alexandria, Virginia, has topped Amazon.com's list of the best-read cities. SENT: 130 words.

POP CULTURE/LIFESTYLES

ONLINE DATING-NEW WORLD - As the rise of smartphones has made people more comfortable with disclosing their locations, a new class of mobile dating applications has emerged. SENT: 900 words, photos.

BUSINESS

AT&T-DIRECTV-REGULATORS - Antitrust experts say AT&T's bid for DirecTV will have immediate regulatory benefits. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon.

TARGET-CANADA - Target fires the president of its troubled Canadian operations, Tony Fisher, and is replacing him with a 15-year U.S. company veteran. SENT: 580 words.

CREDIT SUISSE- Credit Suisse AG's guilty plea and $2.6 billion payment in a high-profile case are being held out as a warning to foreign banks believed to be helping U.S. taxpayers conceal assets. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PHOTOGRAPHY

JORDAN-REFUGEE CHILDREN-PHOTO ESSAY - A selection of photos of refugee children. SENT: 360 words, photos.

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