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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.