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July 24, 2013

TOP STORIES IN EUROPE SO FAR ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

BULGARIA-PROTESTS

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Riot police breaks the siege of Bulgaria’s Parliament by protesters seeking to oust the government, and escort out government ministers, lawmakers and their staff, who were trapped inside since Tuesday night.

BRITAIN-ROYAL-BABY

LONDON — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II visits her new great-grandson, who has spent a first night at home with his parents, Prince William and Kate. The 87-year-old monarch made a short trip from Buckingham Palace to Kensington Palace to visit the two-day-old Prince of Cambridge, who is third in line to the throne.

AP Photos LON280-0723131755, XROY141-0723131914, LKW104-0724130920, LA109-0723131706.

NSA SURVEILLANCE-GERMANY

BERLIN — Germany urges fellow European Union member states to support its drive for a new global charter protecting personal privacy online. A letter sent by Germany’s foreign and justice ministers to their EU counterparts cites the debate over U.S. intelligence-gathering on the Internet as a reason to expand a 1966 U.N. treaty guaranteeing privacy

NORWAY-RAPE CASE

OSLO, Norway — A Norwegian woman that was briefly jailed in Dubai after claiming she was raped has returned to Norway. The 24-year-old was held in custody for four days and convicted for extra-marital sex and alcohol consumption.

AP Photos XKJ103-0722131526, XKJ104-0722131526.

MONTENEGRO-GAY PRIDE

BUDVA, Montenegro — First gay pride gathering is held in staunchly conservative Montenegro. Dozens of extremists, shouting “Kill the gays,” attacked the activists, but police pushed them away.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE

GERMANY-EARNS-DAIMLER

FRANKFURT, Germany — Automaker Daimler AG laid out the hope of a recovery in the West European car market later this year as it reported a big jump in its second-quarter net profit following the sale of its stake in aerospace firm EADS. The Stuttgart-based company said Wednesday that net profit rose to €4.58 billion ($6.04 billion) from €1.56 billion in the same quarter a year before. Sales rose 3 percent to €29.7 billion. By David McHugh.

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WORLD MARKETS

LONDON — Surprisingly strong economic figures out of Europe and upbeat earnings from Apple helped shore up markets Wednesday despite earlier concerns over China. Financial information company Markit said its monthly purchasing managers’ index — a broad gauge of economic activity — for the 17-country eurozone rose for the fourth month running, to 50.4 points in July from 48.7 the previous month. By Pan Pylas.

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PORTUGAL-FINANCIAL CRISIS

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva has accepted new cabinet members proposed by the prime minister, ending the rift in the country’s coalition government that threatened its financial bailout. The new cabinet, which will be sworn in later Wednesday, will give a more prominent role to the foreign minister who threatened to resign over how Portugal should deal with austerity. Paulo Portas will become the deputy to Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho.

BRITAIN-RBS

LONDON — British regulators have fined the Royal Bank of Scotland 5.6 million pounds ($8.6 million) for incorrectly reporting nearly 45 million transactions it made on financial markets. The Financial Conduct Authority revealed Wednesday that taxpayer-owned RBS failed to register properly 44.8 million transactions between November 2007 and February 2013 — 37 percent of all deals made in that period.

SWEDEN-EARNS-VOLVO

STOCKHOLM — Swedish truck and bus maker AB Volvo on Wednesday said sliding sales, weak foreign exchange rates and costs related to the rollout of new products resulted in net profit falling by more than half in the second quarter. The company said net profit for April-June period was 2 billion Swedish kronor ($309 million), compared to 4.9 billion kronor last year.

GREECE-HEALTH STRIKE

ATHENS, Greece — Greek state health services are functioning with emergency staff due to a 24-hour strike by unions angry at planned staff transfers under the country’s harsh austerity program. Though the government says no health jobs will be lost, a few hundred doctors, nurses and other workers were attending a protest outside the Health Ministry in Athens Wednesday.

SPORTS

SOC--ITALY-MATCH-FIXING

ROME — The match-fixing trial of Lazio captain Stefan Mauri, and seven other players, as well as three Italian clubs started Wednesday. The charges against Mauri, Mario Cassano, Carlo Gervasoni, Omar Milanetto, Alessandro Zamperini, Massimiliano Benassi, Antonio Rosati and Stefano Ferrario include rigging games and failing to report match-fixing for two Serie A games — Lazio vs. Genoa and Lecce vs. Lazio in May 2011. Moved.

SWM--SWIM WORLDS-LE CLOS

BARCELONA, Spain — A year ago, Chad le Clos memorably beat his idol Michael Phelps in the 200 butterfly at the London Olympics. Now, with Phelps retired, the South African has to find new inspiration at the world championships, where he’ll be the undisputed favorite in the fly events. Expected by 1500 GMT. By Andrew Dampf.

WITH:

— BARCELONA, Spain — BC-DIV--SWIM WORLDS-DIVING. Expected by 1130 GMT.

— BARCELONA, Spain — BC-SWM--SWIM WORLDS-SYNCHRO. Expected by 1930 GMT.

— BARCELONA, Spain — BC-SWM--SWIM WORLDS-US WOMEN. Moved. By Andrew Dampf.

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