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Great Lakes leaders call on east Congo rebels to halt war

GOMA/KAMPALA - Regional African leaders urge M23 rebels to

abandon their ambition to take over the Democratic Republic of

Congo and withdraw from a captured city, as the Congolese army

reinforces to try to block the rebel advance. (CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/

(UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Jonny Hogg and Elias

Biryabarema, 700 words)

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CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/GOMA, TV, PIX, moving shortly.

CONGO-DEMOCRATIC/TALKS (UPDATE 1), moved.

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 stay on high

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

country. (PAKISTAN-SHI'ITES/VIOLENCE), (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), by

Mehreen Zahra-Malik, 660 words)

Crisis over president's powers exposes Egypt divisions

CAIRO - Youths clash with police in Cairo as protests

against President Mohamed Mursi's assumption of new powers

stretch into a second day, confronting Egypt with a crisis that

exposes the split between Islamists and their opponents.

(EGYPT-PRESIDENT (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), expect by 1700, by Tom

Perry, 800 words)

With truce taking hold, Israel eases restrictions in Gaza

GAZA - Israel eases restrictions on Gaza fishermen, further

implementing a three-day-old truce brokered by Egypt after a

week of fierce fighting, Palestinian officials say.

(ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS, moved, by Nidal al-Mughrabi, 400 words)

Thai police fire tear gas in clash with royalist protesters

BANGKOK - Thai police fire tear gas at stone-throwing

demonstrators and made dozens of arrests as thousands demand the

overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the biggest

protest yet against her 16-month-old government.

(THAILAND-PROTEST/ (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Aukkarapon

Niyomyat and Amy Sawitta Lefevre, 700 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)

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), pix, tv, moved, by Philip Pullella,

650 words)

Arafat's body to be exhumed on Tuesday in murder inquiry

RAMALLAH - The body of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

will be exhumed on Tuesday, eight years after his death, in an

investigation to establish if he was murdered, a Palestinian

official says. (PALESTINIANS-ARAFAT/ by Jihan Abdalla, moved)

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/, pix,

tv, moved, by Nigel Davies, 900 words)

LONDON - Aston Martin stands at the centre of an

international takeover battle after Indian motors group Mahindra

trumps an Italian bid for half of the British luxury carmaker

(ASTONMARTIN (UPDATE 2), by Danilo Masoni, expect by 1600, 500

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)

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USA-DIPLOMAT/RICE (NEWSMAKER), moved

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 that

the Syrian civil war could embroil 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)