BC-AP Europe News Digest at 1130 GMT
Jul. 22, 2013
TOP STORIES IN EUROPE ON MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013
London — Prince William's wife, Kate, is in the early stages of labor in a private wing of a central London hospital, palace officials say. It is a historic moment for the British monarchy — the couple's first child will become third in line for the British throne, after Prince Charles and William, and should eventually become king or queen. By Gregory Katz. AP photos, video, interactive.
—BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY SCENE.
—BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY TIMELINE.
—BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY-10 THINGS.
—BRITAIN-ROYAL BABY-ANNOUNCEMENT PROCEDURE.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis lands on Monday in a Brazil electric with anticipation for the pontiff's first international trip, heading into the open arms of his home continent where mammoth crowds are expected to celebrate Mass on Rio's Copacabana beach. The pope is beginning a weeklong visit visiting legions of young Roman Catholics converging for the church's World Youth Day festival. The faithful waiting for Francis are the exception to the rule in Latin America, where millions have left the church for rival Pentecostal churches or secularism. By Bradley Brooks. AP photos, video, interactive.
BRUSSELS — The European Union places the military wing of Lebanese party Hezbollah on its terror list in a major change of its policy toward the region. The EU's 28 foreign ministers reach the decision unanimously at their monthly meeting, swiftly swaying the last nations that had any doubts. By Raf Casert. AP Photos.
BERLIN — German prosecutors have charged a Lebanese-German dual national with spying on exiled Syrian dissidents for Syrian intelligence.
OSLO, Norway — Norway's prime minister marks the second anniversary of the terror acts that killed 77 people by calling for a continued fight against all forms of extremism.
MADRID — Spain's bitter financial crisis is eating away at the country's high-end restaurant scene, with the owners of another top establishment saying it will have to close at the end of August. By Harold Heckle. AP Photos.
LONDON — Europe's debt dynamics keep getting worse in spite of years of cost-cutting and tax hikes designed to return public finances to health. Official figures showed Monday that the debt burden of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro hit all-time highs at the end of the first quarter even after austerity measures were introduced to rebalance the governments' books. By Pan Pylas. AP Photos AK103-0721131041, AK110-0721131015, AK107-0721131027.
With EUROPE-FINANCIAL CRISIS-GLANCE: Here's a look at public debt levels in the currency bloc.
BERLIN — Germany's central bank says recent data indicate the country's economy, Europe's biggest, "expanded strongly" in the second quarter following a weak start to the year. The Bundesbank said in its monthly report that it believes industry and construction made significant contributions to growth in the April-June period. AP Photos LON103-0601110000.
LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese stocks rise and the country's borrowing costs fall after a governing crisis is defused by a decision to allow the fragile coalition to remain in charge, eliminating for now the prospect of snap elections. By Alan Clendenning and Yesica Fisch. AP Photos XAF102-0721132139.
LONDON — Markets have started the week fairly positively after Japanese election results gave the country's ruling coalition a majority in parliament's upper house and a mandate to push ahead economic reforms. By Pan Pylas. AP Photos XKAN116-0721132310.
GENEVA — The U.S. government has reaches "an agreement in principle" to settle its lawsuit against Swiss banking giant UBS AG that seeks to recoup more than $900 million in losses from mortgage-backed securities. By John Heilprin.
AMSTERDAM — Royal Philips Electronics NV says its net profit in the second quarter soared to €317 million ($416 million) from €102 million in the same period last year partly thanks to stronger sales of consumer products like shavers in emerging economies.
GULLANE, Scotland — One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam. Phil Mickelson never imagined any of this happening at the British Open. No wonder he never took his hand off the base of that silver claret jug as he talked about the best he ever had at a major. Moved. By Doug Ferguson.
— GULLANE, Scotland — BC-GLF--TIM DAHLBERG-072213. Moved.
CYC-TOUR DE FRANCE-FROOME'S FUTURE
PARIS — One down for Tour de France winner Chris Froome, how many more to go? Having crushed the opposition at the 100th Tour, the British rider is looking ahead. And the French may need to get used to hearing the British anthem ring out again and again on the Champs-Elysees. Froome's prowess in time trials and on mountain climbs — vital for any modern winner of cycling's premier race — plus his age, 28, and his hunger for more success give him the makings of a multiple champion. Moved. By John Leicester.
ZURICH — The Palestine Football Association is competing to host FIFA's annual congress in 2017. Moved.
SWM--SWIM WORLDS ROUNDUP
BARCELONA, Spain — Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia attempts to follow up his victory in the 5-kilometer open water race with another gold in the 10K. Also on Day 3 of the world championships, Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia will try to put China back on top of the diving podium in the women's 10-meter synchro, a day after Germany took the men's event. And Russia aims for its third consecutive gold in the team tech event of synchronized swimming. Expected by 1830 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.
— BARCELONA, Spain — BC-SWM--SWIM WORLDS-OPEN WATER. By 1300 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.
— BARCELONA, Spain — BC-SWM--SWIM WORLDS-DIVING. Moved. By Joseph Wilson.