TOP STORIES FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 13:
LONDON -- The 17-country eurozone may be turning a corner. Official figures due Wednesday are expected to show the currency bloc emerged from recession in the second quarter, growing 0.2 percent, after contracting for six consecutive quarters. The bloc still faces huge problems, however, with unemployment at a record high. By Pan Pylas
700 words, due 1630 GMT
PARIS -- An avalanche in the French Alps kills two Italian mountain climbers and injures another. The injured Italian climber was evacuated to a hospital in nearby Annecy, south of Geneva, Switzerland, after the avalanche that occurred at 4 a.m. on Mont Blanc du Tacul, a 14,000-foot (4,248 meter) peak that is one of the most popular routes to the summit of Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest peak at 15,782 feet (4,810 meters).
ANKARA, Turkey -- Prominent Syrian opposition figures are presenting a plan for a political transition should President Bashar Assad's government fall. The report by about 300 activists, including military leaders and members of the main opposition group, calls for disarmament of militias and remaking security services. Under the plan, a new national assembly would draft a constitution based on an earlier one written in 1950. The final document would then go to a referendum.
VATICAN CITY -- Two big-name Argentines have had a VIP meeting at the Vatican -- Pope Francis and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi. The player, his fellow teammates on the Argentine national squad as well as Italy's national team players enjoy a private audience Tuesday with the first Latin American-born pontiff in the Apostolic Palace. The teams meet Wednesday in Rome in a friendly match.
LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey says she's sorry a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. "I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I'm really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I'm sorry that I said it was Switzerland," Winfrey said, speaking at the premier of Lee Daniels' "The Butler." By Nicole Evatt.
RABAT, Morocco -- A passenger on a Royal Air Maroc flight from Casablanca, Morocco, to Bologna, Italy, gives birth to a boy mid-air. The official Moroccan news agency MAP says that the 39-year-old woman went into labor shortly after takeoff on Sunday. The flight was diverted to Barcelona, and the baby was born just before landing. The airline didn't specify the passenger's nationality. It said crew members and a midwife, who happened to be on the plane, helped with the delivery.
LONDON -- Hopes over the European economy coupled with a strong bounce-back in Japan's Nikkei stock index to shore up markets Tuesday, ahead of key U.S. retail sales data that could have a bearing on when the Federal Reserve starts to rein in its monetary stimulus. The Nikkei's 2.6 percent advance buoyed stock markets across Asia and into the European session. European stocks and the euro received a further boost after figures showed industrial production in the eurozone rose by 0.7 percent in June from the month before, meaning output rose by 1.2 percent in the second quarter. By Pan Pylas.
VIENNA -- Wagnerian tenor Spas Wenkoff dies at age 84. A statement from the Vienna State Opera says Wenkoff died Monday in his Upper Austrian home town of Bad Ischl. No cause of death is given.
LONDON -- In international football, few rivalries are greater -- none are older -- than England vs. Scotland. So fierce was the rancor, that a quarter of a century ago, facing a losing battle against rampant hooliganism, their annual matches had to be abandoned. Moved - will be updated. 700 words. By Rob Harris.
NYON, Switzerland -- Champions League contender Metalist Kharkiv should find out Wednesday if it will be expelled over a long-running match-fixing case. Moved.
MOSCOW -- Nobody walks quite like the Russians. After the host nation won the men's 20-kilometer walk at the world championships, Elena Lashmanova and Anisya Kirdyapkina clinched a 1-2 finish in the women's event on Tuesday. Lashmanova, the Olympic champion in London, held off Kirdyapkina with a final burst of speed after she momentarily had stopped walking with one lap of the track to go, thinking she had already won. Moved - will be updated. By Raf Casert.
CHESTER-LE-STREET, England -- Just when it seemed Australia had turned the corner after an abject summer's cricket in England, along came a batting implosion that will rank among the worst and most painful in its recent history. That it came in an Ashes test -- a critical one at that -- made it all the more difficult to stomach for captain Michael Clarke. By Steve Douglas.