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January 25, 2014

Top stories in sight from Europe at 0800 GMT

UKRAINE-PROTESTS

KIEV, Ukraine — Clashes continue in the Ukrainian capital, as President Viktor Yanukovych refuses to resign and offers only minor concessions to the opposition. Two protesters’ deaths this week and reports of widespread abuses by police have caused riots to spread to nearly half the country. By Yuras Karmanau and Maria Danilova. NewsNow expected by 0900 GMT. Developing through the day.

SYRIA-DIPLOMACY

GENEVA — Syria peace talks are expected to continue over the weekend and around the clock for weeks more in the U.N.‘s European headquarters at the historic Palais des Nations under a timeframe set by the U.N.’s envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, who has said the talks should not be open-ended. UPCOMING: NewsNow by 0900 GMT, 800 words by 1700 GMT.

TUNISIA-CONSTITUTION

TUNIS, Tunisia — After two years of squabbling, debating and negotiating, Tunisia’s constitutional assembly will take a final vote on the new constitution, described as one of the most progressive in the Arab world. The document enshrines a civil state, guarantees freedoms but still forbids attacks on the sacred. By Paul Schemm and Bouazza ben Bouazza. NewNow by 1200 GMT, 900 words by 1500 GMT.

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