TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT
DONETSK, Ukraine — A top commander of the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine says that Ukrainian forces have seized a key town, leaving the rebel region’s largest city of Donetsk surrounded. Ukraine has not confirmed the report, but the rebel commander says Kiev’s force have taken the town of Krasnyi Luch, which lies on one of the two main roads between Donetsk and the rebel-held east’s other main city, Luhansk. By Yuras Karmanau. SENT: 630 words, photos.
ANKARA, Turkey — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the front-runner in Turkey’s first direct presidential election on Sunday, says that if elected he will be an active head of state who “sweats, runs and rushes around” — not just a ceremonial figurehead as presidents have been in the past. It’s the kind of talk that leaves detractors, already alarmed at how much power Erdogan has concentrated in his hands, in a cold sweat. By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 740 words, photos.
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NEW YORK — In the summer of 1914, with the war in Europe just two weeks old, Henry James knew that something had been lost forever. “Black and hideous to me is the tragedy that gathers, and I’m sick beyond cure to have lived on to see it,” the American author, an expatriate in London at the time, wrote to a friend. “You and I, the ornaments of our generation, should have been spared this wreck of our belief that through the long years we had seen civilization grow and the worst become impossible. ... It seems to me to undo everything, everything that was ours, in the most horrible retroactive way.” By Hillel Italie. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s defense minister says it is out of the question for Turkey to launch a military intervention against Islamic State fighters in Iraq, and that his country was not involved in U.S. airstrikes against the extremists near the Kurdish regional capital of Irbil. SENT: 130 words.