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April 11, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT

UKRAINE

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s prime minister has told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers, but left it unclear how his ideas differed from the demands of protesters now occupying government buildings or Russia’s advocacy of federalization. The officials whom Arseniy Yatsenyuk met in Donetsk did not include representatives of the protesters. By Peter Leonard. SENT: 530 words, photos.

LAB-MADE ORGANS

LONDON — Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient’s own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs. By Maria Cheng and Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 570 words, photos.

BRITAIN-OBIT-TOWNSEND

LONDON — British comic author Sue Townsend, who created angst-ridden teenage diarist Adrian Mole and sent Queen Elizabeth II into exile on a public housing estate, has died after suffering a stroke. She was 68. Her publisher, Penguin Books said Friday that Townsend died in Leicester, central England, a day earlier. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 430 words, photos.

CLIMATE-EMISSIONS

Who is responsible for the CO2 emissions, historically, right now and in the future? A look at total emissions and on a per capita basis, and explaining the difference between territorial emissions — produced inside a country — and consumption emissions, which includes emissions linked to consumption of imported products produced elsewhere. By Karl Ritter. UPCOMING: Expected by 1500 GMT.

POLAND-SWEDEN-BUS CRASH

WARSAW, Poland — A Swedish bus drove into a ditch in southwestern Poland Friday, injuring seven people including four Swedes and an American teenager. Slawomir Masojc, spokesman for the police in Legnica, told The Associated Press that two people — the American and a driver — were taken by helicopter to a hospital in the city of Wroclaw. Five others were taken by ambulances to a hospital in Legnica. SENT: 150 words.

NETHERLANDS-PRISON-UNDERCROWDING

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government is facing an unusual crisis: Prison undercrowding. There are now more guards and other prison staff than prisoners in the Netherlands for the first time, according to data released by the Justice Ministry on Friday. SENT: 140 words.

GREECE-MERKEL

ATHENS, Greece — Police banned protests across most of central Athens on Friday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to pay a brief visit, a day after the crisis-hit country returned to international bond markets. Unions and the left-wing main opposition party, Syriza, are backing protests planned outside the cordon, to be manned by some 5,000 police officers. Merkel has been among the most vocal supporters of the austerity measures that have helped heal Greece’s public finances but proved painful for Greeks. SENT: 290 words, photos. UPCOMING: will be updated with her appearances.

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