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Europe News Digest

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • June 30, 2014 - 6:35 AM

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT

UKRAINE

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko will decide Monday whether to extend his forces' unilateral ceasefire in the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the country's east. Poroshenko has already extended it once as he presses for the fulfillment of conditions to move forward with a peace plan to end the conflict that has killed more than 400 people. European leaders have also pressed Russia to help de-escalate the situation by Monday or face the possibility of additional economic sanctions. By David McHugh. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1400 GMT.

UKRAINE-JOURNALIST KILLED

MOSCOW — A veteran cameraman working for Russia's Channel One has been killed in eastern Ukraine when a bus carrying journalists and soldiers' mothers was hit by gunfire. Anatoly Klyan, 68, who had worked for the state channel for 40 years, was the fifth journalist to be killed since the fighting began in April between Ukrainian government troops and armed pro-Russia separatists. By Lynn Berry. SENT: 500 words. UPCOMING: Photos.

BRITAIN-PHONE HACKING

LONDON — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and the paper's former royal reporter Clive Goodman will face a retrial on charges stemming from the phone hacking case. British prosecutors have accused them of paying police officers to obtain royal phone directories so they could hack into the mobile phones of royal aides for stories. The retrial came at the start of a sentencing hearing for Coulson, who was convicted last week of a single charge of conspiring to hack phones. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 280 words, photos. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1200 GMT.

FRANCE-RUSSIA-WARSHIPS

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France — Russian officers and experts are training on a warship in western France built by the French and slated for delivery to Russia in a few months. The warship sale is under new scrutiny as the EU considers new sanctions against Russia, and as Russia and the West are at odds in hot spots from Syria to Ukraine. By Laetitia Notarianni. SENT: 230 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1400 GMT.

BUSINESS

AMSTERDAM — Royal Philips NV plans to spin off its fast-growing LED parts business into a separate company, to win new customers and to capitalize as manufacturers integrate LED lights into an ever-widening array of products. Philips, the world's largest lighting producer, says the separation will be complete by early 2015 but it is not clear yet whether the division will seek a separate listing, or if it will remain within Philips for a time before it is sold. By Toby Sterling. SENT: 300 words.

SPORTS

OLY--UKRAINE-2022 BID

LONDON — The Ukrainian city of Lviv is withdrawing its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, becoming the third contender to drop out of the race for the games that no one seems to want. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 619 words, photos.

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON — Alize Cornet, who knocked out five-time champion Serena Williams in the third round, opens play on Centre Court against 20-year-old Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard. Defending men's champion Andy Murray faces Kevin Anderson of South Africa and top-seeded Novak Djokovic plays No. 14 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the quarterfinals. 750 words. By Stephen Wilson. Play on Centre Court and Court 1 starts at 1200 GMT; matches on other courts started at 1030 GMT.

With: LONDON — BC-TEN--WIMBLEDON WATCH. 400 words. By 1600 GMT.

LONDON — BC-TEN--WIMBLEWDON-GLANCE. By 2000 GMT.

LONDON — BC-TEN--WIMBLEDON-5 THINGS. 500 words. By 2100 GMT.

LONDON — BC-TEN--WIMBLEDON-KEYS WITHDRAWS. SENT: 82 words.

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