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BC-EU--Europe Coverage,ADVISORY, EU

BC-EU--Europe Coverage,ADVISORY, EU

Here's a look at stories The Associated Press plans to cover in Europe on Friday, Dec. 23. Questions about coverage plans can be directed to the Europe Desk at

LITHUANIA ELVES VS. TROLLS — Elves against trolls — it sounds like something out of "The Lord of the Rings." But to Ricardas Savukynas, the battle he's fighting is no fantasy. The 43-year-old business consultant and blogger is part of an informal internet army of Lithuanians trying to counter what they describe as hate speech and pro-Russian propaganda. By Liudas Dapkus. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

RUSSIA-WITNESSING TURMOIL-PHOTO GALLERY — A gallery of photos by AP's Alexander Zemlianichenko, who chronicled the fall of the Soviet Union 25 years ago. UPCOMING: Photos, 300 words.

RUSSIA-PUTIN — Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual news conference in Moscow. Developing from 0900 GMT.

SPAIN-CATALONIA — The Catalan regional government hosts a conference of pro-independence political and social forces in a bid to draw the roadmap to a referendum on secession from Spain. By Aritz Parra. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1700 GMT.

Updated : 2021-07-30 16:48 GMT+08:00