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Europe News Digest

April 28, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1145 GMT

UKRAINE

KIEV, Ukraine —The mayor of Ukraine’s second-largest city has been shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents have seized yet another government building as tensions rise in eastern Ukraine ahead of a new round of U.S. sanctions. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 629 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1200 GMT.

SPAIN-CERVANTES’ BONES

MADRID — Experts use ultra-sensitive radar equipment to try to determine if some of the bones buried in a Madrid convent belong to 16th century master of Spanish letters, Miguel de Cervantes. If they are, authorities may give permission to have them exhumed in the future to give the author of “Don Quixote” a proper burial. By Jorge Sainz. SENT: 661 words, photos.

FRANCE-ROSEMARY’S BABY REMAKE

ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX, France — Wiry Zoe Saldana got a kick out of wearing a huge fake belly as she played a young, pregnant wife on the Paris set of the remake of the classic horror tale “Rosemary’s Baby.” Saldana is Rosemary Woodhouse in the two-episode remake of Ira Levin’s 1967 book, which director Roman Polanski also turned into an unforgettable 1968 film. The four-hour series directed by Agnieszka Holland also stars Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs and Carole Bouquet and will air in prime time on NBC on May 11 - Mother’s Day in the U.S. - and May 15. By Bastien Inzaurralde. UPCOMING: 564 words by 1200 GMT, photos.

MACEDONIA-ELECTIONS

SKOPJE, Macedonia — Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s ruling center-right party has won its fourth consecutive general election victory in Macedonia, but looks likely to fall just short of gaining an outright majority. The main opposition Social Democrats have refused to recognize the result and the Vienna based Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will present its report on the election later Monday. By Konstantin Testorides. SENT: 321 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PFIZER-ASTRAZENECA

LONDON — AstraZeneca shares have jumped 15 percent in early trading after U.S. pharmaceutical firm Pfizer publicly disclosed details of a $100 billion bid approach. SENT: 135 words.

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SOC--BAYERN-REAL MADRID

MUNICH — Bayern Munich seems to be going through a bumpy ride right in the crucial part of the season. Dominant until a few weeks ago, Pep Guardiola’s team has been less-than-convincing in some recent matches. In the Champions League, Real Madrid takes a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the semifinals on Tuesday and will seek to use Bayern’s recent weakness in defending against counterattacks to its advantage. By Nesha Starcevic. SENT: 790 words, photos.

SOC--EXTRA TIME

MADRID — For Spain’s working class suffering through what feels like never-ending economic recession, Atletico Madrid’s stunning season offers an uplifting example of beating the odds, with the Spanish title and Champions League final both within its reach. By Paul Logothetis. SENT: 730 words, photos.

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