Here's a look at stories The Associated Press plans to cover in Europe on Wednesday, March 8. Questions about coverage plans can be directed to the Europe Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITALY-WOMEN-FIGHTING BACK — Italian women who have survived acid and other atrocious attacks by men they spurned are inspiring other women to fight against domestic violence. By Frances D'Emilio. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos, video by 0900 GMT.
MOROCCO-STRAWBERRIES — Morocco is celebrating the women who pick its strawberries and help make this country one of the leading exporters of the berries, despite dependence on Spain for seeds and irrigation challenges in the arid climate. UPCOMING: 200 words by 1500 GMT. AP Photos.
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CYPRUS-VIOLENCE-WOMEN — Ethnically divided Cyprus' Christian and Muslim leaders issue a first-ever joint statement condemning any and all forms of violence against women and girls. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos by 1100 GMT.
RUSSIA-WOMEN'S DAY — In a throwback to its Communist past Russians celebrate the International Women's Day, largely by giving flowers and chocolate to women, not by rallying for women's rights.
SPAIN-WOMEN'S DAY — Organizations are calling for women to stop working, studying and consuming for half an hour to mark International Women's Day. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1230 GMT.
POLAND-WOMEN'S PROTEST — Women stage a protest against the policies of the conservative government on Women's Day, traditionally dedicated to attention to women. 130 words by 1700 GMT.
FRANCE-ELECTION SUBURBS — Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's platform aims to liberate the country's impoverished suburbs through jobs, encouraging startups and more flexible labor rules — but voters in suburban housing projects are deeply disillusioned with politics, and many are turning instead to far-right leader Marine Le Pen. UPCOMING: 700 words by 1400 GMT.
NETHERLANDS-TURKEY — Anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders stages a demonstration outside the Turkish Embassy to protest plans by the country's foreign minister to visit the Netherlands to campaign for constitutional changes that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1100 GMT.
VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SCANDAL-MERKEL — German Chancellor Angela Merkel testifies before a parliamentary panel investigating the Volkswagen emissions scandal. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1000 GMT; 300 words by 1500 GMT. More on merits.
FRANCE-ARMENIA — France's president hosts Armenian leader Serzh Sargsyan amid diplomatic efforts to settle the long-running conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1600 GMT. AP Photos.
GERMANY-IRAN-SPY TRIAL — A 31-year-old Pakistani man goes on trial in Berlin on charges of spying for Iran. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1200 GMT. More on merits.
POLAND-GERMANY — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel makes official visit to Poland. Text, photos.
ROMANIA-US EXERCISES — Romanian and U.S troops stage joint exercises with US Black Hawk helicopters, part of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade nine-month rotational deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which aims to reassure European allies in light of Russia's invasion in Ukraine. Starts at 1030 GMT. All formats. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merit.
SLOVENIA-MONTENEGRO — Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic to visit Slovenia, meet offiiclals, amid postelection crisis following alleged pro-Russian foiled coup in October. On merit.