2014-06-04 11:01 PM
Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today.
Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 1430 GMT:
-- CAPTURED SOLDIER-AFGHANISTAN (sent; developing)
-- OBAMA (sent; developing)
-- TIANANMEN ANNIVERSARY (sent; developing)
-- PRIMARY ROUNDUP (sent; developing)
-- ISRAEL-FORCE FEEDING (sent)
-- SOUTH AFRICA-BOTCHED CIRCUMCISIONS (upcoming)
-- NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM-VILLAGES SEIZED (upcoming)
-- GERMANY-NSA SURVEILLANCE (sent)
-- SUGARY DRINKS (upcoming)
-- WARM STATES (upcoming)
PHOTOS: CHINA-TIANANMEN ANNIVERSARY (sent; note aerial shots); AFGHANISTAN-CAPTURED SOLDIER (sent);
VIDEO: AFGHANISTAN_TALIBAN_BERGDAHL (sent); Wealth_Gap_Hotels
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:
CAPTURED SOLDIER-AFGHANISTAN - The Taliban release a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. The video shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck surrounded by more than a dozen Taliban fighters. SENT: 710 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developing in Afghanistan and in Washington, details TBD.
CAPTURED SOLDIER-QATAR'S ROLE - Qatar's behind-the-scenes role in securing the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban operatives was a classic move by a tiny but natural gas-rich Gulf state with outsize ambitions that extend to hosting soccer's World Cup in eight years' time.
OBAMA - He cites 25 years of Polish democracy as a beacon for neighboring Ukraine, warning Russia that the free world is united against its "dark tactics" to violate Ukraine's sovereignty. He announces new U.S. assistance for Ukraine's armed forces, including body armor and night vision goggles -- the first such delivery of tools that would directly help Ukrainian troops in their battle against pro-Russian separatists. SENT: 880 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Updates from 1835 GMT G-7 foreign policy dinner in Belgium. 800 words by 2000 GMT, photos, video, audio.
AP WAS THERE-POLAND ELECTION - Poland's first partly free election as reported by The Associated Press in 1989. SENT: 940 words, photos.
UNITED STATES-LEBANON - Kerry is on an unannounced trip to Lebanon to bring Obama administration support to the country's government as it confronts severe difficulties with an influx of refugees from Syria and a political stalemate at home. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing.
NORTH KOREA-PUTIN'S PIVOT - Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the U.S.-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
G-7-WITHOUT PUTIN - He's been disinvited and the meeting location abruptly switched out of his country. But Putin will be the topic of conversation anyway. SENT: 540 words, photos. UPCOMING: New version of 750 words updated from developments after 1835 GMT.
CHINA-TIANANMEN ANNIVERSARY - Yin Min held the ashes of her son and wept as she marked 25 years since he was killed in the crackdown by Chinese tanks and troops on protests at Tiananmen Square. Outside, guards kept a close eye on her home while police blanketed central Beijing to block any public commemoration of one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history. SENT: 940 words, photos.
SYRIA - This week's presidential elections in Syria were democratic, transparent, and will pave the way for "stability and national agreement," a delegation of officials from more than 30 countries, led by allies of President Bashar Assad, said in a statement. SENT: 400 words. UPCOMING: Developing with interviews of citizens, details TBD.
UKRAINE - Ukraine's National Guard says its forces abandoned a military outpost in the eastern city of Luhansk after running out of ammunition in a 10-hour battle with pro-Russian militants. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1500 GMT.
ISRAEL-FORCED FEEDING - Proposed legislation to permit the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike is pitting Israel's government against the country's main doctors' association, which says the practice amounts to torture. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
SOUTH AFRICA-BOTCHED CIRCUMCISIONS - The young South African thought he was going to the hills to become a man. He came back with a horrifying injury that made him an outcast. Nearly 500 young men have died in circumcision rituals in Eastern Cape province since 2006. UPCOMING: 740 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
NIGERIA-BOKO HARAM-VILLAGES SEIZED - Gunmen from Boko Haram are taking over villages in remote northeastern Nigeria where they are killing and terrorizing civilians, witnesses say. UPCOMING: 670 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
GERMANY-NSA SURVEILLANCE - German prosecutors open an investigation into the alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the NSA in a move that could again complicate diplomatic relations between the two allies. SENT: 530 words, photo.
SPAIN-KING ABDICATES - The future King Felipe VI is expected to be a discreet ruler whose institutional blandness will be offset by his extensive training for the job, aversion to scandal and the people power allure of the glamorous Princess Leticia. SENT: 330 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1800 GMT, photos.
ITALY-CORRUPTION - The mayor of Venice and more than 30 others are arrested in a sweeping corruption invetigation. SENT: 430 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT.
IRAN-NARCOTICS - In the face of Afghanistan's unprecedented boom in opium production, Iran is trying to batten down its border to slow smuggling, building moats, putting up walls and stringing barbed wire. SENT: 720 words, photos.
MALAYSIA-PLANE - A team of Australian researchers looking into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 releases data about an unusual underwater sound recorded around the time the plane vanished, though the lead scientist acknowledges the chances it is linked to the jet are slim. SENT: 630 words.
PHILIPPINES-CHINA-DISPUTES - A Hague-based tribunal asks China to defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea by submitting evidence within six months despite Beijing's refusal to respond to a Philippine legal challenge to Beijing's vast claims to the strategic waters. SENT: 450 words, photos.
SOUTH KOREA-SHIP SINKS-ELECTIONS - An exit poll says it's too early to predict the outcome of the first South Korean elections since a deadly ferry sinking in April. SENT: 140 words, photos.
BRITAIN-QUEEN'S SPEECH - Queen Elizabeth II is unveiling the government's legislative agenda for its final year in office. SENT: 270 words, photos.
FINLAND-DEAD BABIES - Finnish police have arrested a 35-year-old woman on suspicion of manslaughter after finding five dead babies in an apartment building. SENT: 190 words.
LIBYA - A suicide car bomber targets the home of a rogue Libyan general who has been leading an offensive against Islamists, killing three people and wounding at least four. SENT: 320 words.
IRAQ - Iraqi officials say a suicide attack west of the capital, Baghdad, kills eight people and wounds 14. SENT: 140 words.
PAKISTAN - A suicide bomber blows himself up near a vehicle carrying Pakistani military personnel, killing two officers and three civilians. SENT: 310 words.
GERMANY-ATTRACTIVE ARMY -- Germany's defense minister plans to equip the country's new professional military with better childcare, more attractive barracks and Internet SENT: 420 words, photos.
CHINA-MOVING MOUNTAINS 0 China's campaign to shave off mountaintops and fill in valleys to make way for cities may come at too high a price in the pollution, erosion and flooding unleashed by the unprecedented redistribution of earth, Chinese researchers warn. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CHINA-MINING ACCIDENT - A coal mine accident kills 22 people in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing. SENT: 130 words.
PRIMARY ROUNDUP. - Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel appear headed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw in Tuesday's primary. SENT: 580 words. UPCOMING: Updates with developments throughout the day, 850 words by 2000 GMT, photos.
PRIMARY ELECTION-ANALYSIS - The Republican Party continues its disciplined march toward an impressive lineup of candidates this fall, when it hopes to wrest the Senate majority from Democrats and control both chambers of Congress during Obama's final two years. SENT: 830 words, photos.
SUGARY DRINKS - New York City officials are trying to convince the state's top court to reinstate their ban on big sodas, which was blocked by lower courts. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2100 GMT.
GUN RIGHTS DEMONSTRATIONS - NRA - The NRA has rolled back an earlier statement criticizing "open carry" rallies in Texas in which gun rights advocates have brought military-style assault rifles into public places.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING - A friend of the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon is due in federal court for a detention hearing. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1900 GMT; Developing from 1500 GMT court hearing.
CHICAGO TERRORISM ARREST- Prosecutors and attorneys for a terrorism suspect charged with trying to set off a bomb outside a Chicago bar deliver arguments before a federal appeals court on a trial court's decision to grant the defense unprecedented access to secret intelligence-court records. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2130 GMT.
PORTLAND-CAR BOMB PLOT - Defense attorneys will argue Wednesday morning that a man convicted of terrorism charges should be acquitted or granted a new trial. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
WARMEST STATES - The United States is warming fastest at two of its corners, the Northeast and the Southwest, an analysis of federal temperature records shows. UPCOMING: 650 words by 1900 GMT, graphic, interactive.
BUSINESS / ECONOMY
WEALTH GAP-HOTELS - As the gap between the wealthiest travelers and everyone else has widened, so has the way people are experiencing vacation. And the lodging industry is adapting. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.
WCUP-SEX CUP - It's the eternal World Cup dilemma: sex or abstinence? SENT: 630 words, photos.
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
JOHN LENNON AUCTION - Drawings, poems and prose created by John Lennon for two books go on sale at NYC auction. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates from 1400 GMT.
MUSIC-CMT AWARDS - Miranda Lambert is the top nominee at the CMT Music Awards. UPCOMING: 250 words by noon, photos, video. Will be updated after show begins at 8 p.m.
ONLINE-ORANGE IS NEW BLACK - The women's federal prison of "Orange Is the New Black" is a different world than Piper Chapman had known. SENT: 760 words, photos.
GAMES-E3-ORIGINALITY - The recent success of "Titanfall" and "Watch Dogs" has laid the foundation for several new video games. SENT: 550 words, photos.
FILM-EMILY BLUNT - What's more scary, fighting aliens with Tom Cruise or singing in front of Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp? UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photos.
AUSTRALIA-OBIT-DOC NEESON - Doc Neeson, the charismatic frontman for the seminal Australian rock band the Angels, died from brain cancer Wednesday. He was 67. SENT: 330 words, photos.