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At least 7 die in bombing of Shi'ite procession in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Roadside bomb kills at least seven people near a

Shi'ite procession in Pakistan, and security forces are on high

alert over fears of more attacks on the minority sect across the

country. (PAKISTAN-SHI'ITES/VIOLENCE), (UPDATE 2), moved, pix,

tv, by Mehreen Zahra-Malik, 660 words)

Congo army reinforces positions to halt rebel advance

GOMA - Congo's army bolsters its positions south of the

eastern city of Goma to halt a rebel advance, as authorities in

the capital Kinshasa ban protests, citing the need to keep order

in an "undeclared state of war". (CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/ (TV, PIX),

expect by 1130 GMT/6.30 AM ET, by Jonny Hogg and Richard Lough,

400 words)

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Thai police fire tear gas in clash with protesters

BANGKOK - Thai police fire tear gas in clashes with hundreds

of protesters in Bangkok ahead of a rally seeking to overthrow

the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, in the

largest demonstration yet against her administration.

(THAILAND-PROTEST/ (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), expect by 1200 GMT/7 AM

ET, by Aukkarapon Niyomyat and Amy Sawitta Lefevre, 600 words)

Scientist free after decade in jail for spying under Putin

KRASNOYARSK, Russia - A Russian scientist freed after nearly

a decade in jail for selling state secrets to China says

Vladimir Putin has become a tsar and is using the legal system

to punish opponents. (RUSSIA-SCIENTIST/ (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX),

moving shortly, by Gabriela Baczynska, 600 words)

Hamas polices Gaza border after Israel kills man after truce

GAZA - Hamas security officials move to enforce a fragile

two-day-old truce with Israel by evacuating Palestinians from a

border zone where Israel killed a Gaza man it says had ventured

too close to a "no-go" area. (PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/VIOLENCE

(UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Nidal al-Mughrabi, 680 words)

EU budget summit ends without deal, retry in 2013

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders fail to reach agreement on

a new seven-year budget for their troubled bloc, calling off

talks in less than two days after most countries balked at far

deeper spending cuts demanded by Britain and its allies.

(EU-BUDGET/ (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Charlie Dunmore and

Luke Baker, 1,000 words)

Pope elevates six to group that will elect his successor

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict elevates six prelates from the

United States, India, Nigeria, the Philippines, Lebanon and

Colombia to the rank of cardinal, chipping away at the European

domination of the elite group that will one day elect his

successor (POPE-CARDINALS), moving shortly, pix, tv, by Philip

Pullella, 650 words)

EUROPE

Immigrants and youth drive Catalan independence movement

BARCELONA, Spain - Immigrants from elsewhere in Spain and

youths frustrated over taxes and unemployment are driving a

resurgent Catalan independence movement expected to make

advances in local elections on Sunday (SPAIN-CATALONIA/ expect

by 1200 GMT/7 AM ET, pix, tv, by Nigel Davies, 900 words)

UNITED STATES

U.S. shoppers welcome early start to "Black Friday"

NEW YORK/BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - U.S. retailers declare their

experiment with earlier store openings to kick off the holiday

shopping season a success, with those new hours expected to be a

Thanksgiving night staple for more retailers next year.

(USA-RETAIL/HOLIDAY-BLACKFRIDAY (UPDATE 6, PIX, TV), moved, by

Phil Wahba and Dhanya Skariachan, 1,200 words)

Susan Rice battles critics as abrasive style takes toll

UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON - Susan Rice, close friend of

President Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to the United

Nations, fighting for her political life and possibility of

being next secretary of state. (USA-DIPLOMAT/RICE (NEWSMAKER,

pix), moved, by Lous Charbonneau and Susan Cornwell, 1,800

words, pix)

AFRICA

Debate rages over Sudan's Bashir after "plot" arrests

KHARTOUM - Sudan's information minister had one clear

message after security agents moved in to arrest their former

spy chief - that a plot had been uncovered, the culprits had

been caught and the situation in the country was now "totally

stable". (SUDAN-TURMOIL/, moved, by Ulf Laessing and Khalid

Abdelaziz, 900 words)

MIDEAST

Syria says Turkey's bid for NATO missiles "provocative"

BEIRUT - Syria condemns Turkey's request for NATO to deploy

Patriot defensive missiles near their common border, calling it

"provocative" after a spate of clashes that has raised fear of

the Syrian civil war embroiling the wider region. (SYRIA-CRISIS/

(WRAPUP 2, moved, by Erika Solomon, 1,000 words)

Saudi dynasty faces generational choice

RIYADH - Two royal deaths and two cabinet reshuffles in just

over a year have edged Saudi Arabia's ruling family towards a

tough decision: turning to a new generation after 60 years of

rule by sons of the founding patriarch. (SAUDI-KING/SUCCESSION,

moved, by Angus McDowall, 1,200 words)

TELEVISION

Larry Hagman, famous as "Dallas" villain J.R., dies at 81

Larry Hagman, who created one of American television's most

supreme villains in the conniving, amoral oilman J.R. Ewing of

"Dallas", dies at 81 (PEOPLE-HAGMAN/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Bill

Trott, 900 words)