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April 9, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 0700 GMT

UKRAINE

LUHANSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s Security Service said Wednesday morning that 56 people held inside an agency’s local headquarters in the eastern city of Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists have been allowed to leave the premises. The Luhansk security services building was among several government offices seized by pro-Moscow groups Sunday in an escalation of protests against the interim government in power since the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February. By Peter Leonard. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 0900 GMT.

SPAIN-SCALING THE FENCE

MELILLA, Spain — They perched atop a barbed-wire laced fence for more than seven hours, hands and feet bloodied, buffeted by chill winds whipping the epic cliffs of Africa’s Mediterranean coast. The 27 sub-Saharan African migrants were literally on the edge between Africa’s economic misery and the long-dreamt riches of Europe: On one side of the fence was Morocco, on the other the Spanish enclave of Melilla. By Paul Schemm. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS

ATHENS, Greece — Greek unions have launched an anti-austerity general strike that has halted train and island ferry services while disrupting state hospitals and other public services. Wednesday’s 24-hour strike is also causing public transport disruptions in Athens, where unionists are planning two separate protest marches to Parliament. SENT: 130 words.

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