PRES OBAMA WILL HEAD TO SC THIS WK, HIS FIRST VISIT AS PRESIDENT *

OBAMA WILL ATTEND AN EVENT AT BENEDICT COLLEGE IN THE CAPITAL, COLUMBIA ON FRI *

SC IS THE 48TH STATE OBAMA WILL HAVE VISITED AS PRES, LEAVING JUST SD AND UT TO SEE BEFORE HE LEAVES OFFICE IN JAN 2017 *

LEFTIST VENEZUELAN PRES NICOLAS MADURO UNVEILS MEASURES AGAINST U.S. DIPLOMATS AND TOURISTS, INCLUDING A LIST OF CONSERVATIVE U.S. OFFICIALS BARRED FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY *

AMONG THOSE ON LIST ARE FMR PRES GEORGE W. BUSH, FMR VP DICK CHENEY AND SEVERAL CONGRESSMEN *

U.S. RECENTLY IMPOSED A TRAVEL BAN ON TOP VENEZUELAN OFFICIALS ACCUSED OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS *

TENSIONS REMAIN HIGH IN VENEZUELA AFTER A POLICEMAN KILLED A 14 YEAR-OLD DURING AN ANTI-GOVT PROTEST AND OFFICIALS ARRESTED THE OPPOSITION MAYOR OF CARACAS *

SOME 30,000 MOURNERS MARCH IN MOSCOW TO HONOR SLAIN OPPOSITION LEADER BORIS NEMTSOV *

NEMTSOV WAS GUNNED DOWN NEAR THE KREMLIN ON FRI, JUST HOURS AFTER A RADIO INTERVIEW IN WHICH HE DENOUNCED PRES VLADIMIR PUTIN'S "MAD, AGGRESSIVE POLICY" IN UKRAINE *

NO ONE HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR THE MURDER *

WILL SMITH CON-MAN CAPER "FOCUS" TOPS BOX OFFICE, EARNING $19.1 MILL IN ITS OPENING WKND *

IN SECOND PLACE IS COLIN FIRTH SPY THRILLER "KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE," WHICH MADE $11.8 MIL *

"THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER" COMES IN THIRD AT $11.2 MIL, WHILE "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY" SLIPPED TO FOURTH PLACE WITH $10.9 MIL AFTER TWO WKS ON TOP *

HORROR MOVIE "THE LAZARUS EFFECT" OPENED IN FIFTH PLACE WITH $10.6 MIL *

BRITAIN'S PRINCE WILLIAM MAKES FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT TO MAINLAND CHINA BY A SR BRITISH ROYAL IN NEARLY 30 YRS *

WILLIAM IS EXPECTED TO MEET IN BEIJING MON WITH CHINESE PRES XI JINPING BEFORE HEADING TO SHANGHAI AND SW CHINA *

IT'S THE HIGHEST-PROFILE TRIP TO CHINA BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY SINCE QUEEN ELIZABETH AND HER HUSBAND PRINCE PHILIP VISITED IN 1986 *

S KOREAN MILITARY SAYS N KOREA HAS FIRED TWO SHORT-RANGE MISSILES INTO THE SEA *

S KOREAN DEFENSE OFFICIAL SAYS MISSILES WERE LAUNCHED FROM N KOREA'S WEST COAST AND LANDED IN WATERS OFF THE EAST COAST *

SUCH TEST-FIRINGS AREN'T UNUSUAL, BUT LAUNCH COMES AS U.S. AND S KOREA BEGIN ANNUAL JOINT MILITARY DRILLS, WHICH PYONGYANG VIEWS AS PREPARATION FOR AN INVASION *

INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY ARE LOOKING INTO SEVERAL POSSIBLE MOTIVES AND HAVE OFFERED NEARLY $50,000 FOR INFO *

ISIS RELEASES 19 SYRIAN CHRISTIANS WHO WERE AMONG THE MORE THAN 220 PEOPLE CAPTURED LAST WEEK IN THE COUNTRY'S NORTHEAST, ACTIVISTS REPORT *

THE CAPTIVES ARRIVED SUNDAY AT A CHURCH IN THE CITY OF HASSAKEH *

IT'S UNCLEAR WHY ISIS RELEASED THEM *

SECY OF STATE JOHN KERRY IS IN GENEVA TO DELIVER A SPEECH TO U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN DEFENSE OF ISRAEL *

KERRY EXPECTED TO HIGHLIGHT UNFAIR TREATMENT OF ISRAEL AND DEMAND MORE BALANCED APPROACH *

KERRY SAID SUN THE OBAMA ADMIN IS COMMITTED TO DEFENDING ISRAEL DESPITE SPLIT OPINIONS ON IRAN NUCLEAR NEGOTIATIONS *

SPEECH COMES ONE DAY BEFORE ISRAELI PM BENJAMIN NETANYAHU IS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ENTERING A NUCLEAR ARMS DEAL WITH IRAN *

NEW DOCTORS' SURVEY FINDS PARENTS INCREASINGLY ASKING TO DELAY VACCINES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN *

PHYSICIANS WORRY DEFERRING VACCINES MAKES THOSE CHILDREN AND OTHERS VULNERABLE TO PREVENTABLE DISEASES *

VACCINATIONS AGAINST 14 DISEASES ARE RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 2 YRS OLD *

U.N. REPORT CALLS FOR TIGHTENING OF LIBYA ARMS EMBARGO, SAYING THE COUNTRY HAS ALMOST NO CONTROL OVER ITS INFLUX OF WEAPONS *

RECOMMENDATION COMES AS LIBYA'S DIVIDED GOVT DEMANDS LOOSENING THE EMBARGO SO IT CAN DEFEND ITSELF AGAINST ISIS *

BUT U.S. AND OTHERS WORRY SENDING WEAPONS COULD EXACERBATE LIBYA'S POLITICAL TURMOIL *

U.N. PANEL ALSO PUSHING FOR THE CREATION OF A MARITIME MONITORING FORCE TO HELP LIBYA'S GOVT STOP ILLEGAL OIL EXPORTS *

IRAQ'S STATE TV SAYS GOVT FORCES BACKED BY SHIITE AND SUNNI FIGHTERS HAVE BEGUN MILITARY OP TO RETAKE SADDAM HUSSEIN'S HOMETOWN OF TIKRIT *

AIRSTRIKES AND ARTILLERY HAVE REPORTEDLY DISLODGED ISIS MILITANTS FROM SOME AREAS OUTSIDE THE CITY *

HOURS AHEAD OF THE OP, IRAQI PM HAIDER AL-ABADI OFFERED SUNNI FIGHTERS A PARDON IF THEY ABANDON ISIS *

TIKRIT, LOCATED 80 MILES NORTH OF BAGHDAD, WAS TAKEN BY ISIS LAST SUMMER ALONG WITH THE COUNTRY'S SECOND-LARGEST CITY OF MOSUL *

SECY OF STATE JOHN KERRY TO MEET WITH RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MIN IN GENEVA TODAY FOR LIKELY CONTENTIOUS TALKS *

MEETING EXPECTED TO DISCUSS CONFLICT IN UKRAINE AND MURDER OF RUSSIAN OPPOSITION FIGURE BORIS NEMTSOV *

TALKS COME LESS THAN ONE WEEK AFTER KERRY SAID RUSSIAN OFFICIALS LIED TO HIM ABOUT MOSCOW'S ROLE IN THE UKRAINE CONFLICT *

MEANTIME, NEW U.N. REPORT SAYS MORE THAN 6,000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN FIGHTING IN EASTERN UKRAINE SINCE APRIL *