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CHINA-POLLUTION -- Schools in the Chinese capital kept students indoors and parents brought their kids to hospitals with breathing ailments Tuesday as Beijing grappled with extremely severe air pollution for the fifth straight day. The heavy smog erased the capital's skylines with a monotonous gray and left buildings just a block or two away barely discernable. Neon signs barely punctured the gloom, and many Beijingers wore masks of various kinds to work and while walking the streets. By Didi Tang. SENT: 560 words.

NEPAL-CHILDREN AT RISK -- Child rights groups are warning that shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies in Nepal due to a border blockade with India is putting millions of children at the risk of disease and even death. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING -- Chinese manufacturing was at its weakest in more than three years in November despite stimulus measures to bolster the world's No. 2 economy while service industries improved, according to an official survey released Tuesday. By Kelvin Chan. SENT: 360 words.

SKOREA-SAMSUNG -- Samsung appointed a new mobile president at Samsung Electronics for the first time in six years after growth stalled at the world's largest smartphone maker. The Samsung Group conglomerate said Tuesday that Koh Dongjin was promoted to president. He will replace Shin Jong-kyun as the head of the mobile business at its flagship company Samsung Electronics starting next year. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 330 words.

CHINA-IMF-CURRENCY-NEWS GUIDE -- The addition of China's yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro. Adding the yuan alongside the dollar, euro, pound and yen is a symbolic victory for Beijing. It reflects the rising importance of the world's second-largest economy and is an endorsement of gradual Chinese moves toward making the currency freely traded. By Joe McDonald. SENT: 750 words.


CLIMATE COUNTDOWN -- With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders begins two weeks of talks aimed at producing a far-reaching pact to bring down greenhouse gas emissions and avert environmental havoc. By Karl Ritter and Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 890 words, video, photos, audio.

AFRICA-POPE -- Under heavy security, Pope Francis ventures into Bangui's volatile Muslim neighborhood to bring his message of reconciliation to the central mosque on his final day in Africa. The visit marks the highlight of Francis' trip to Central African Republic, which has been wracked by two years of Christian-Muslim unrest that has divided the capital and decimated its Muslim population. SENT: 910 words, photos. With AFRICA-POPE-THE LATEST.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS -- A Jerusalem court convicts two Israeli youths in the grisly killing of a 16-year-old Palestinian boy whose slaying was part of a chain of events that led to last year's Gaza war. By Daniella Cheslow. SENT: 910 words, photos.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-SHOOTING -- The man accused of a deadly shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is told that he will be charged with first-degree murder in the killing of three people, including a police officer, during the standoff at the facility. By Sadie Gurman. SENT: 590 words, photos, video.

KILLINGS BY POLICE-CHICAGO -- Federal authorities say an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes Monday targeted whites and was motivated by the police shooting of a black teenager, video of which was released last week and sparked protests. By Michael Tarm, Don Babwin and Sophia Tareen. SENT: 900 words, photos.

CYBER MONDAY -- Shoppers trade bricks for clicks, flocking online to snap up "Cyber Monday" deals on everything from cashmere sweaters to Star Wars toys. It's too early for sales figures, but it's still expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, likely racking up more than $3 billion in sales, according to comScore. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 700 words, photo. UPCOMING: Update around 6 p.m. with latest sales data.

PRESIDENTIAL RACE-TRUMP-MINISTERS -- Donald Trump meets with a group of black pastors, but there is no wide-ranging endorsement from the group. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 530 words, photos.

CLINTON EMAILS -- The latest release of Hillary Clinton's private emails show her, as secretary of state, dealing with the complicated politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and Palestine. SENT.


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Updated : 2021-09-23 15:10 GMT+08:00