TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT
STOCKHOLM -- Sweden's prime minister says that President Barack Obama will meet with Nordic leaders in Stockholm next month en route to the Group of 20 economic summit in Russia. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt told reporters on Thursday that he will host discussions with Obama on Sept. 4, followed by a joint meeting with the prime ministers of neighboring Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Finnish President Sauli Niinisto also will attend, his office said.
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United Nations Security Council to meet urgently to discuss the situation in Egypt where nearly 300 people were reported killed as police smashed two protest camps of supporters of the deposed Islamist president. Erdogan on Thursday also said Egypt's leaders should stand trial "in a fair and transparent way" for the police action he said amounted to a "massacre."
GENEVA -- The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit.
BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL
LONDON -- Mounting expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to reduce its monetary stimulus next month weighed on markets Thursday, though trading was fairly muted during what is a traditionally quiet period for investors. By Pan Pylas.
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian politicians are accusing Russia of waging a trade war as a way to pressure the country against signing a cooperation pact with the European Union. Late last month Russia banned popular Ukrainian confectionary products from its stores, citing safety concerns. This week, it imposed tough restrictions on scores of other products. Ukraine's government has so far shied from openly criticizing Russia, but a business group says the restrictions amounted to a "complete halt of Ukrainian exports." By Maria Danilova
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BARCELONA, Spain -- There are three reasons why Barcelona is favored to defend its Spanish league title. They are as concise as they are convincing: Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and new arrival Neymar. Moved. 650 words. By Joseph Wilson.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Metalist Kharkiv has asked sports' highest court to issue an emergency ruling that would freeze its expulsion from the Champions League for match-fixing in 2008. NewsNow has moved.
MOSCOW -- A Swedish high jumper at the world championships has competed with her fingernails painted in the colors of the rainbow, showing support for gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law recently passed in Russia. Moved. 300 words. By Chris Lehourites.
MOSCOW -- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is in the running to match Usain Bolt at the world championships, easily advancing to the 200-meter semifinals. Moved. 500 words. By Raf Casert.