UPCOMING COVERAGE FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 1:
ATHENS _ A law comes into effect banning smoking indoors in public and private work areas. Covering.
VIENNA _ The head of the U.N. aid agency for Palestinian refugees talks about challenges the organization faces in the Middle East and the current situation in Gaza. 0900 GMT.
GENEVA _ Diplomats from Russia and Georgia hold a day of talks to resolve outstanding issues from their conflict last year. Print covering.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Radovan Karadzic appears at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal for the latest pretrial hearing in his genocide and war crimes case. Hearing starts 0700 GMT. Corder staffing.
STOCKHOLM _ Sweden takes over the rotating EU presidency. Press conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at 1000 GMT. Print staffing.
MORONI, Comoros _ A Yemeni jetliner carrying 153 people crashed into the Indian Ocean as it came in for a landing during howling winds on the island nation of Comoros. There were conflicting reports about whether a child survived. By Tom Maliti and Ahmed Al-Haj. AP Photos. AP Video. AP Graphic.
With: FRANCE-YEMEN-PLANE CRASH.
MOSCOW _ Nearly two decades after the Soviet collapse set Russia's roulette wheels spinning again, Vladimir Putin is calling in the chips on the gambling industry _ a symbol of the glitz and excess of Russia's oil-fueled boom. It's part of a Kremlin crusade to clean up a country that has long had a fascination with games of chance. By Catrina Stewart. AP Photos.
VIAREGGIO, Italy _ Elia Quiroz was about to go to bed in his home near the railroad station in this Tuscan seaside town when the train rumbled by. His kitchen table started shaking. "Then I heard an explosion and I went outside," the 32-year-old Italian recalled. "I saw flames as high as 30, 40 meters, and I ran." A gas-filled train derailed while traveling through a downtown neighborhood, catching residents in their sleep, and setting off a massive explosion that killed at least 13 people and injured dozens of others, most with severe burns. By Marta Falconi. AP Photos. AP video. AP Graphic ITALY TRAIN DERAILED.
LONDON _ Michael Jackson's 50 sold-out shows were supposed to be a boon for troubled airlines, hotels, restaurants and nightspots in London. Some even hoped for cash injections similar to Wimbledon. Now memorabilia vendors stand to make gains but other businesses are scrambling. By Gregory Katz. 750 words. Expected 1700 GMT.
TIRANA, Albania _ Partial results from Albania's weekend parliamentary elections indicate the governing Democrats and opposition Socialists are nearly tied, officials said Tuesday. By Llazar Semini.
MADRID _ A 20-year-old woman in Madrid becomes Spain's first swine flu fatality, dying a day after giving birth via Cesarean section. Moved. By Daniel Woolls. AP Photos.
LONDON _ For men with fertility problems, some doctors are prescribing a very conventional way to have a baby: more sex. Moved. By Maria Cheng.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic files a pretrial brief at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal saying he is not guilty of all 11 charges filed against him. Moved. By Mike Corder.
BERLIN _ Germany's highest court clears the way for the country to complete ratification of the European Union's reform treaty, rejecting complaints that it hands too much power to Brussels. Moved. By Geir Moulson.
STUTTGART, Germany _ Navy Adm. James Stavridis takes over as leader of the U.S. European Command, the first Naval officer to hold a position that oversees all American troops on the continent and is NATO's top military job. He says the U.S. and the alliance will continue to work closely, with fighting the insurgency in Afghanistan a top priority. Developing. By Matt Moore. AP Photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
LONDON _ European and U.S. stock markets fell sharply Tuesday as investors were spooked by an unexpected drop in U.S. consumer confidence and braced for quarter-end trading volatility. By PAN PYLAS.
LONDON _ The U.K. economy shrank by 2.4 percent in the first quarter, worse than the previous estimate of a 1.9 percent drop, the government says. It was the biggest drop in 30 years. Moved.
FRANKFURT _ Germany's jobless rate edges down to 8.1 percent in June, showing a weak seasonal improvement as programs to put workers on shorter hours help to stabilize employment amid a serious recession. Moved. By George Frey.
BERN, Switzerland _ Switzerland will hand over bank documents to French prosecutors investigating Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky for alleged embezzlement, a Swiss court says. Moved. By Balz Bruppacher.
STOCKHOLM _ A small Swedish software firm announces it has purchased The Pirate Bay, the popular filesharing Web site, for 60 million kronor ($7.8 million). Moved.
WIMBLEDON, England _ Venus and Serena Williams are one round away from meeting in another Wimbledon final. Five-time champion Venus overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday, and two-time winner Serena followed her into the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka. Developing. By Stephen Wilson.
MADRID _ Kaka passes his medical examination at Real Madrid and is set to be presented as Florentino Perez's first big signing since returning as president. Developing.
LONDON _ Former England captain Michael Vaughan confirms his retirement from all forms of cricket. Moved.
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