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CHINA-SMOG -- Schools closed and rush-hour roads were much quieter than normal as Beijing invoked its first-ever red alert for smog Tuesday, closing many factories and imposing restrictions to keep half the city's vehicles off the roads. SENT: 730 words, photos.

CHINA-SMOG-REACTIONS -- Beijingers react to smog with alarm, nonchalance: 'This is modern life for Beijing people.' SENT: 230 words, photos.

CHINA-BEIJING SMOG ALERTS -- Explainer of how Beijing's system of red alerts works. SENT: 130 words.

CHINA-FACE MASK FASHION -- Masks with patterns, textures, logos, messages and cutesy animals are bringing some color to the grey haze. UPCOMING by 0700GMT: 300 words, photos.

CHINA-SMOG-BUSINESS -- Demand for air filters in smog-shrouded Beijing surged and travel agencies promoted trips to escape the haze as the impact of a pollution emergency rippled through the Chinese capital's economy. UPCOMING by 0800GMT: 400 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-MYANMAR-SANCTIONS -- The United States announces a work-around in its Myanmar sanctions regime to allow trade through ports and other infrastructure run by cronies of the former ruling junta, drawing sharp criticism from a leading Republican lawmaker. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 660 words.

UNITED STATES-SINGAPORE -- The United States has deployed a P-8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore for the first time, amid heightened tensions in the region over China's expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea. By Matthew Pennington. SENT: 300 words.

AUSTRALIA-ACTRESS CLEARED -- Actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, famous for her role as a sadistic prison warden nicknamed "The Freak" in an Australian soap opera, broke down in tears on Tuesday after a judge overturned her convictions for molesting a 14-year-old devoted fan of the series more than 30 years ago. SENT: 300 words.

AUSTRALIA-US -- A former senior government colleague of Australia's recently ousted prime minister was named on Tuesday as the next Australian ambassador to the United States. Joe Hockey was treasurer during Prime Minister Tony Abbott's two years in office. SENT: 250 words.

INDIA-TRAIN ACCIDENT -- A speeding train rammed into an SUV at an unmanned railroad crossing in eastern India killing all 13 people in the vehicle. SENT.

JAPAN-ECONOMY -- Japan's not in a recession after all. In revised data, Japan says its economy grew at an annual 1.0 percent pace in July to September, instead of shrinking 0.8 percent. SENT: 100 words.

CHINA-TRADE -- China's imports and exports shrank again in November but there were signs a decline in domestic demand might be turning around. SENT: 100 words.

US & INTERNATIONAL

GOP 2016-TRUMP-MUSLIMS -- Donald Trump calls for a "total and complete shutdown" on Muslims entering the United States. By Jill Colvin. SENT: 750 words, photos.

WITH: GOP 2016-TRUMP-MUSLIMS RESPOND -- Muslims decry Trump's proposal to keep them out of US. SENT.

CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS -- The couple who carried out the San Bernardino massacre had been radicalized and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one case within days of the attack that killed 14 people, the FBI says. By Amanda Lee Myers and Justin Pritchard. SENT: 700 words, video, photos, audio.

SYRIAN REFUGEES-TEXAS -- Twelve Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive in Texas on Monday after the state eased up in its legal fight against resettlement agencies and the federal government. SENT: 530 words.

CLIMATE COUNTDOWN -- The U.N. secretary-general calls for a clean energy revolution to avoid a "climate catastrophe" as talks on global warming pact enter the final week with crunch issues on money and burden-sharing yet to be resolved. By Karl Ritter and Angela Charlton. SENT: 930 words, photos. With CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-THE LATEST; CLIMATE COUNTDOWN-POLLUTION PEAK -- Surprising study says heat-trapping gases worldwide may have gone down in 2015 thanks to China. SENT: 920 words, photos.

VENEZUELA-ELECTIONS -- The opposition rejoices after taking control of the National Assembly in a landslide, and waits anxiously for the final tally to learn if it secured a two-third supermajority that would dramatically enhance its ability to wrest power from President Nicolas Maduro. By Joshua Goodman and Hannah Dreier. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 p.m. With video VEN ELECTION.

ISLAMIC STATE -- Syria accuses the U.S.-led coalition of bombing an army camp in the eastern part of the country, killing three Syrian soldiers and wounding 13, but a senior U.S. military official says the Pentagon is "certain" the strike was from a Russian warplane. By Zeina Karam. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, audio.

CHEAP OIL-WHAT TO KNOW-- Cheap oil means low pump prices for U.S. drivers and a bonanza for fuel-dependent industries such as airlines. But oil-producing states and countries that base their budgets on high prices are feeling a pinch, and some small companies are staring down bankruptcy. By Business Writer David Koenig. SENT: 920 words.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS -- Kendrick Lamar is the king of the Grammys: The rapper is the leading nominee for the 2016 awards with 11, including album of the year for "To Pimp a Butterfly" and song of the year for "Alright." Lamar is followed by Taylor Swift and the Weeknd, who each earned seven nominations, including album of the year. By Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

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Updated : 2021-09-28 07:09 GMT+08:00