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BC-EU--Europe News Digest, EU

September 9, 2014



MOSCOW — Ukraine’s last cease-fire collapsed quickly. This one may last — because it’s in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s interests. Putin’s goal of keeping Ukraine in Russia’s orbit remains the same. But recent battlefield gains by pro-Russia rebels mean that Moscow has the upper hand in peace talks that will help determine Ukraine’s future. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 660 words, photos.


KIEV, Ukraine — Shelling continued overnight in eastern Ukraine despite a cease-fire, injuring one woman, the city council of Donetsk said Tuesday. The council for the rebel-held stronghold said a school and several residential buildings were hit by shelling, imperiling the already shaky cease-fire between pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian forces. SENT: 180 words.


GENEVA — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday. In an annual report, the World Meteorological Organization said that carbon dioxide, the heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming, rose to global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades. By John Heilprin. SENT: 320 words, photos.


PARIS — France’s summer is fast becoming a memory, and so is one of its iconic beach sights: the topless woman. As few as 2 percent of French women under 35 now say they want to bare their breasts, according to an Elle magazine poll this summer. It’s a far cry from the once-ubiquitous scenes of semi-nudity on the French Riviera, epitomized by 1960s blond bombshell Brigitte Bardot. By Thomas Adamson. SENT: 650 words, photos.


BERLIN — Germany’s biggest far-right party, which once fueled fears of a neo-Nazi surge, is now in the doldrums. While some other European countries are seeing a rise in the far right, National Democratic Party was last week booted out of parliament in Saxony, one of only two German states where it had lawmakers. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 830 words, photos.


BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, England — All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England’s border with Scotland to know he’ll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week. There are teddy bears in Campbell clan tartans and shelves of shortbread from Scotland — just above the red jams made in England. After independence, the Scottish goods would be subject to import duties, and customers would likely pay in two different currencies. Business in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England’s northernmost town, could soon be crushed by bank transaction costs. By Martin Benedyk and Danica Kirka. SENT: 950 words, photos.


PARIS — France’s defense minister says he is seeking support from European counterparts for joint action in Libya to stem violence and uproot terrorists who have established a foothold there. Islamist-allied militias have cemented their control over Libya’s capital after the worst bout of violence since an international coalition championed by France helped rebels oust Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. SENT: 130 words.


BERLIN — A union representing Lufthansa’s pilots say they will walk off the job at Munich airport for eight hours on Wednesday, preventing departures by Germany’s biggest airline from its second-busiest airport. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Tuesday that pilots in Munich will walk out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (0800 to 1600 GMT). The work stoppage follows six-hour strikes in the past two weeks at Lufthansa’s Germanwings subsidiary and against Lufthansa’s short-haul fleet at Frankfurt airport, its main hub. SENT: 130 words.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Faeroe Islands court has found six members of the U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society guilty of attempting to hinder a traditional pilot whales drive in the North Atlantic islands, and fined each one 1,000 kroner ($174). Faeroese authorities had given permission for the non-commercial slaughter that dates from the late 16th century and which Sea Shepherd opposes. SENT: 130 words.

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