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BC-AP--AP European News Digest at 1200 GMT, AP

December 5, 2014



PRIJEPOLJE, Serbia — Atifa Memovic last saw her husband two decades ago, but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. It was snowing, and Fikret, a railway worker, was wearing a jeans jacket with winter lining, a gray sweater over a checkered shirt, and on his wrist a Seiko watch. He kissed her and promised to be back on the afternoon train. He never made it. Police in Serbia and Bosnia arrested 15 people Friday over the wartime massacre that traumatized the Balkans and came to symbolize a culture of impunity. SENT: 1,400 words, photos. Abridged version also available. By Jovana Gec and Dusan Stojanovic.


LONDON — The British Museum has loaned one of the Parthenon Marbles to Russia’s Hermitage Museum — the first time in 200 years that any of the ancient sculptures, whose return has been strongly demanded by Greece, has left Britain. The marble sculpture of the river god Ilissos —a reclining male figure from the west pediment of the Parthenon — will be part of a major exhibition on Greek art being held as the Hermitage marks its 250th anniversary. The museum in St. Petersburg is Russia’s most renowned. SENT: 400 words, photos. By Danica Kirka.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has dropped all crimes against humanity charges against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, highlighting the court’s problems in bringing to justice the high-ranking officials it has accused of atrocities. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1230 GMT. By Mike Corder.


PARIS — The U.S. and French governments announce a deal on compensating certain victims of the Holocaust 70 years later, after tens of thousands of Jews were deported from France under Nazi occupation. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 1600 GMT.


MOSCOW — A court in Volgograd on Friday convicted four men for their roles in the twin suicide bombings that killed 34 people in the southern Russian city a year ago and heightened security fears ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. All four men are from Dagestan, a republic in Russia’s North Caucasus that is the center of an Islamic insurgency. SENT: 300 words, photos.


MAGDEBURG, Germany — Huge machines hum smoothly at the Vakoma company’s modern factory in eastern Germany, overseen by blue-suited workers. But politics are making the ride bumpy for the family-owned firm, which does a lot of business in Russia. Germany is a political and business crossroads between eastern and western Europe, and some of its high-value exporters are suffering from the Western sanctions imposed on Russia. SENT: 900 words, photos. By Geir Moulson and Kerstin Sopke.


BERLIN — German factory orders rose strongly in October in a development that’s likely to ease concerns over the state of Europe’s largest economy. The Federal Statistical Office said Friday that October orders were up 2.5 percent over September. Domestic orders provided the main impetus behind the rise, spiking 5.3 percent. Foreign orders swelled only 0.6 percent.

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