TOP STORIES SO FAR IN EUROPE ON MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland — British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering Monday for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country's ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict. Speaking hours ahead of the summit's official opening at a lakeside golf resort, Cameron said he expects formal agreement to launch negotiations on a European-American free trade agreement. He said a pact to slash tariffs on exports would boost employment and growth on both sides of the Atlantic. By Shawn Pogatchnik.
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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — President Barack Obama declared peace in Northern Ireland a "blueprint" for those living amid conflict around the world, while acknowledging that the calm between Catholics and Protestants will face further tests. Summoning young people to take responsibility for their country's future, Obama warned there is "more to lose now than there's ever been." ''The terms of peace may be negotiated by political leaders, but the fate of peace is up to each of us," Obama said Monday during remarks at Belfast's Waterfront Hall. The glass-fronted building would never have been built during the city's long era of car bombs. By Jim Kuhnhenn.
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LONDON — The Guardian newspaper says the British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into foreign diplomats' phones and emails when the U.K. hosted international conferences, even going so far as to set up a bugged Internet café in an effort to get an edge in high-stakes negotiations. The report — the latest in a series of revelations which have ignited a worldwide debate over the scope of Western intelligence gathering — came just hours before Britain was due to open the G-8 summit Monday, a meeting of world's leading economies that include Russia, in Northern Ireland. The allegation that the United Kingdom has previously used its position as host to spy on its allies and other attendees could make for awkward conversation as the delegates arrive for talks. By Raphael Satter.
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ISTANBUL — Turkish trade unions urged their members to walk out of work Monday and join demonstrations in response to a widespread police crackdown against activists following weeks of street protests. However, the interior minister issued a stark warning to organizers of the one-day labor walkout that is aimed at maintaining pressure on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. By Nebi Qena and Jamey Keaten.
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ATHENS, Greece — Party leaders in Greece's ruling coalition are trying to heal the rift over the closure of the country's state TV and radio broadcaster that is threatening to topple the government and compromise the country's bailout program. Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to meet later Monday with the leaders of two center-left parties in the year-old coalition. Both leaders have strongly opposed the prime minister's decision last week to shut down the Hellenic Broadcasting Corp. or ERT.
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ZAGREB, Croatia — There will be festivities and fireworks, but Kata Secic can't muster much enthusiasm for Croatia's historic entry into the European Union. The 53-year-old Croatian textile factory worker has a more immediate worry: The underwear manufacturer she works for went bust and she hasn't received her 300-euro ($400) monthly wage in months. By Darko Bandic and Dusan Stojanovic. AP Photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
LE BOURGET, France — Airbus says aircraft leasing company ILFC made a firm order Monday for 50 short-haul A320neo jets, kicking off the Paris Air Show with a robust start for the European plane maker. According to list prices, the order would be worth $5 billion, but customers often negotiate steep discounts. Los Angeles-based ILFC, or International Lease Finance Corporation, is Airbus' biggest customer. By Lori Hinnant.
ATHENS, Greece — Party leaders in Greece's ruling coalition are trying to heal the rift over the closure of the country's state TV and radio broadcaster that is threatening to topple the government and compromise the country's bailout program. Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to meet later Monday with the leaders of two center-left parties in the year-old coalition.
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Global stock markets edged up Monday amid hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will put off plans to wind down its stimulus program.
LONDON — The Co-operative Group, Britain's biggest mutual business, announced a rescue plan Monday for its troubled banking arm — without involving the British taxpayer. The customer-owned company said it would fill a 1.5 billion pound ($2.3 billion) hole in its balance sheet by converting some of its bonds into shares, which will be listed on the London stock exchange. By Danica Kirka.
BERLIN — Union members at online retailer Amazon's German operations have begun a two-day strike to ratchet up pressure on the company over pay demands. The ver.di union says workers at Amazon's distribution centers in Leipzig and Bad Hersfeld began the strike Monday following three earlier one-day strikes since May.
GLF--US OPEN-ENGLAND'S ROSE
UNDATED — England's 43-year wait for a winner at the US Open is over. Step forward 2013 champion Justin Rose. A generation of fine English talent has come up short in golf's four major championships ever since Greg Norman's memorable final-round implosion let in Nick Faldo to win the Masters in 1996. No longer. By 1400 GMT. By Steve Douglas.
LONDON — Struggling Australia takes on Sri Lanka in the final Group A game of the Champions Trophy at The Oval with a place in the semifinals still up for grabs. By 1700 GMT.
EASTBOURNE, England — Former champion Marion Bartoli, Maria Kirilenko and Ana Ivanovic are among the players competing in the Eastbourne grasscourt championships on Monday. In the men's draw, Alex Dolgopolov, Andreas Seppi and Fabio Fognini are in action. By 1400 GMT.
ROSMALEN, Netherlands — Third-seeded John Isner of the United States takes on Evgeny Donskoy of Russia in the opening round of the Topshelf Open on the grass courts of Rosmalen. By 1700 GMT.