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BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1100 GMT, AP

July 21, 2014



HRABOVE, Ukraine — The chaotic Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 recovery effort stumbled again Monday, with more bodies found at the sprawling crash site but a worrisome power outage in the refrigerated train holding over 200 of the dead. The shambolic attempts to investigate by the pro-Russia separatists who control the verdant farmland where pieces of the plane crashed to Earth have fanned widespread international outrage, especially from the nations whose citizens were on the doomed plane. Four days after the jetliner was shot out of the sky, international investigators still had only limited access to the crash site in eastern Ukraine. SENT: 950 words. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1200 GMT. By Dmitry Lovetsky.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands —It is no longer only grief and mourning sweeping across the Netherlands in the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It is now anger. The Dutch have widely condemned the way the bodies of loved ones have been treated in Ukraine and the fact they have not yet been returned home four days after Thursday’s tragedy. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1200 GMT. By Mike Corder.


MOSCOW — Shakhtar Donetsk’s owner says six players have refused to return to Ukraine for the new season as conflict rages around the club’s home city. Five Brazilian and one Argentine player remained in France following a friendly against Olympique Lyon on Saturday. SENT: 340 words.


CHISINAU, Moldova — Moldovan officials say a Russian ban on fresh fruit and some vegetables from Moldova is retaliation for the former Soviet republic’s moving closer to the European Union. Russia’s state sanitary agency Rospotrebnadzor on Monday placed a ban on Moldovan fruits, citing inconsistencies in labeling and weight. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — Tesco says Chief Executive Officer Philip Clarke will be stepping down after the latest earnings figures showed Britain’s largest retailer by revenue struggled at home. Tesco announced Monday that Dave Lewis, currently an executive at Unilever, would become CEO in the fall after the company issued a profit warning describing challenging trading conditions. SENT: 130 words.

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