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BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1100 GMT, AP

July 8, 2013



ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s debt inspectors reach an agreement with the cash-strapped country on reforms needed for the release of the next batch of bailout loans despite warning of an “uncertain” economic outlook. Though the country’s international creditors note that progress has been made in some sectors, they say more needs to be done if certain economic targets are to be met. By Elena Becatoros. AP Photos.


LAMPEDUSA, Sicily — Pope Francis denounces the “globalization of indifference” that greets migrants who risk their lives trying to reach Europe, as he travels to the farthest reaches of Italy to draw attention to their plight and to pray for those who never made it. The tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a treeless, strip of rock nine kilometers (four miles) long, is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland and is the main port of entry into Europe for African migrants smuggled by boat from Libya or Tunisia. By Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas.

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BERLIN — German industrial production dropped more than expected in May — adding to disappointing export and orders figures for the month. The Economy Ministry said Monday that production was down 1 percent compared with the previous month — worse than economists’ prediction of a 0.5 percent decline. That followed a 2 percent gain in April, a figure revised upward from the initial reading of 1.8 percent.


LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s president is holding two days of consultations with the country’s political parties before deciding whether to call a snap election. The resignation of two key ministers last week left the center-right coalition government on the verge of collapse, and opposition parties are demanding elections two years ahead of the scheduled ballot.

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BELGRADE, Serbia — Police in Serbia and Kosovo say at least six Kosovo Albanians have been wounded in a shootout with a Serbian special police unit near the border.


PAMPLONA, Spain — Thousands of daredevils raced through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona on Monday in a hair-raising but relatively clean second bull run of the famed annual San Fermin festival. There were no gorings in the run and four people were treated in city hospitals for injuries suffered in falls, Navarra Hospital chief Javier Sesma said. By Carlota Cortes.

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MADRID — Spanish police say a bus has swerved off the road and crashed in central Spain, killing nine people and injuring 21 others. A spokesman for the paramilitary Civil Guard said the accident occurred Monday close to the town of Tornadizos in Avila province when a local bus left the highway as it was coming down from a mountain pass. By Ciaran Giles.


LONDON — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and rugby star Mike Tindall are expecting their first child in the new year. The 32-year-old Phillips, an Olympian, is the daughter of Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips. The child will be Anne’s third grandchild, as her son, Peter Phillips, has two daughters.



LONDON — Wimbledon champion Andy Murray says he is more interested in winning additional Grand Slam titles than reaching No. 1.

Speaking a day after becoming the first British man in 77 years to earn the trophy at the All England Club, Murray says he’d prefer to never top the ATP rankings than never win another major title. Moved. By Howard Fendrich.


LONDON — Britain awoke to a new era on Monday, into a world in which the tennis-loving public finally has its own Wimbledon champion once again. “After 77 years, the wait is over,” headlined the Daily Telegraph, a day after Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the men’s title at the All England Club. By 1200 GMT. By Chris Lehourites.


SAINT-NAZAIRE, France — After nine nervous, crash-filled days in the saddle in blazing temperatures, the Tour de France rest day could not come soon enough for the battered and weary peloton. As widely predicted, Chris Froome has the yellow jersey, and now his rivals like Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck must figure out a way to take it off him. Given that Froome has looked the strongest in the mountains, and that he will be among the favorites to win Wednesday’s time trial, they have a lot of thinking to do. By 1500 GMT. By Jerome Pugmire.

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