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CONGO-FACES OF ORPHANS — More than 4 million children have lost at least one parent in Congo over the past two decades, the silent victims of continuous cycles of violence. Here are profiles of five of them. By Carley Petesch. SENT: 1,610 words. With 27 photos, highlighted by XJD516. TOP VIDEO: — Congo Orphans — Inside a Congolese orphanage.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — With his return to New York, President-elect Donald Trump faces a pressing need to set more of the foundation blocks of his presidency in place by filling vacancies for secretary of state and other top posts. Distraction looms, however, much of it created by Trump himself, whose extraordinary claims of widespread voter fraud during a 12-hour Twitter offensive cast a shadow over the legitimacy of an election that he actually won. By Steve Peoples and Calvin Woodward. SENT: 860 words, photos. Also see TRUMP-VOICE below.

CUBA-CASTRO — Million-man rallies. Hours of speeches. An entire island mobilized for a single purpose. After 10 years of leadership by the relatively low-key and camera-shy Raul Castro, Cuba finds itself riveted one final time by Fidel Castro, whose funeral rites are dominating the island like no event in decades. By Michael Weissenstein. SENT: 550 words, photos, video. With NKOREA-MOURNING-CASTRO — North Korea calls three-day mourning period for Castro. Also see FIDEL CASTRO-FLORIDA-YOUTH below.

SYRIA — Syrian government forces and their allies capture another major eastern Aleppo neighborhood and several smaller areas, putting much of the northern part of Aleppo's besieged rebel-held areas under government control for the first time in four years, state media reports. By Bassem Mroue. SENT: 560 words, photos, graphic. TOP VIDEO: — SYRIA Aleppo — Raw: Residents evacuate from eastern Aleppo. With ISRAEL-SYRIA — Israel bombs alleged IS militant hideout in Syria; SYRIA-THE LATEST.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING-CYBER MONDAY — Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title. The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, but stores are releasing internet deals earlier than ever this year as well as making them available in stores. By Technology Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 680 words, photo.

INDIA-PAKISTAN-BRINKSMANSHIP — There are signs that this year's violence in the disputed Kashmir region is not the usual tit for tat between longtime rivals India and Pakistan. They have started using heavy artillery and targeting each other's infrastructure instead of just military outposts and convoys. And for the first time in years, the nuclear-armed neighbors have made almost no diplomatic efforts to resolve their standoff. By Nirmala George and Aijaz Hussain. UPCOMING: 900 words by 8 a.m., photos.

GERMANY-FLIRTING FOR REFUGEES — Germany's "Mr Flirt" is teaching workshops for young refugees on how to pick up women. The idea is to help some of the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have arrived over the past two years to better integrate. Cultural gaps make for awkward moments. By Kirsten Grieshaber. SENT: 1,040 words, photos. With GERMANY-FLIRTING FOR REFUGEES-TIPS. This is the Tuesday Spotlight.

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RUSSIA-HOLOCAUST — Controversy in Russia over Holocaust ice dance. SENT: 420 words, photo.

HAMILTON-THEFTS — Woman accused of stealing from "Hamilton" theatergoers. SENT: 120 words, photo.

JAPAN-FISH IN ICE — 5,000 fish in ice at Japan skating rink sparks uproar. SENT: 230 words.

INDIA-CURRENCY PROTEST — Thousands protest across India against currency policy. SENT: 130 words, photos.

NATIONAL MONUMENT-MAINE-TRUMP — Backers of monument in Maine don't think Trump will undo Obama's move. SENT: 120 words, photo.

ASIA PHOTO SHOWCASE-CANDLELIGHT VIGILS —South Korean capital glows with anti-presidential fervor. SENT: 160 words.

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INTERNATIONAL

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IRAQ — The main hospital treating trauma victims from the battle for Mosul is overflowing with civilian and military casualties, according to a doctor there. SENT: 170 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — Iraq Hospital (CR) — Raw: Medics struggle with flow of injured.

PHILIPPINES-RESILIENT REBELS — Young communist guerrillas interviewed by The Associated Press in the Philippine wilderness frame their militancy in Marxist principles, but all appeared to have been drawn to this path by crushing poverty, despair and the stark inequality that has long plagued Philippine society. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

SURINAME-MINING TOWN — A new gold mine run by a U.S. company brings radical change to a remote corner of the Amazon — hundreds have formal jobs for the first time, but a frontier town founded by runaway slaves has been emptied as the government chased off wildcat miners. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

KENYA-RAILWAY WILDLIFE CONTROVERSY — A controversial Chinese-designed railway that would go over a beloved protected wildlife park in Kenya's capital divides conservationists in this East African country known for its safari tourism. SENT: 930 words, photos.

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WASHINGTON & POLITICS

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TRUMP-VOICE — Washington is teeming with interest groups, corporate lobbyists and big-money super PACs, which will have some different goals than Trump and wide swaths of his voters, particularly on matters of government ethics and trade deals. SENT: 870 words, photos.

DISMANTLING POT-REALITY CHECK — With an incoming Republican president and an attorney general with a track record of opposition to pot, the federal government has an array of powerful tools that could stymie the burgeoning marijuana industry. SENT: 930 words. UPCOMING: photos. With MARIJUANA-WHAT'S NEXT? — Next steps in states where pot is newly legal.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-TALIBAN — A former Russian army officer, who defected to fight alongside Taliban-affiliated forces, contends he is entitled to be treated as a prisoner of war and immune from the American court system. SENT: 810 words, photos.

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NATIONAL

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FIDEL CASTRO-FLORIDA-YOUTH — For the hundreds of thousands of children born of Cuban exiles, Castro's death potentially opens a door to a world long off-limits. SENT: 1,050 words, photos. TOP VIDEO: — US FL Castro Youth (CR) — Young Cuban-Americans wonder what role to play.

OIL PIPELINE-NEWS GUIDE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sets a Dec. 5 deadline for American Indians and others to leave an encampment in North Dakota where they've been protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. SENT: 880 words, photos.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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STREAMING TV ONLINE-DIRECTV — There's already a few online services that aim to replace cable, but they don't have many users yet. AT&T's DirecTV hopes to change that. By Technology Writer Tali Arbel. SENT: 1,000 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will update after announcement.

CARIBOU DECLINE — The size of an Arctic caribou herd in Alaska has been cut in half over the past three years, and researchers are trying to understand why. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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CHINA-PEOPLE-ZHANG MO — Zhang Mo, the daughter of Chinese cinematic great Zhang Yimou, is about to release her directorial debut. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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HOW TO REACH US

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