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BC-AP--AP European News Digest, AP

July 15, 2014



MOSCOW — A rush-hour subway train derailed Tuesday in Moscow, killing 15 people and sending at least 150 others to the hospital, many with serious injuries, Russian emergency officials said. Several cars went off the track in the tunnel after a power surge triggered an alarm, which caused the train to stop abruptly. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 450 words by 1130 GMT. By Vitnija Saldava.


BERLIN — Germany’s World Cup-winning team returned home to share the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of cheering fans on Tuesday. The team’s plane touched down at Berlin’s Tegel Airport midmorning after flying low over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1300 GMT. By Geir Moulson.


LONDON — Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will become Britain’s new foreign secretary as Prime Minister David Cameron shakes up his Cabinet ahead of an election next year. Michael Fallon was named to the top defense post, moving up from being a junior minister dealing with energy, business and enterprise. SENT: 300 words, photos.


MOSCOW — Russia has invited foreign military attaches to visit a border town where Moscow claims a Ukrainian shell has killed one person. Pro-Russian rebels and Ukrainian government troops have fought each other for three months in eastern Ukraine, killing more than 400 people and displacing tens of thousands. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1300 GMT. By Peter Leonard in Kiev.


VIENNA — Wrapping up intense negotiations with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday nuclear talks have yielded “tangible progress” but significant gaps remained ahead of a July 20 target date for a deal meant to put firm curbs on Tehran’s atomic activities in exchange for an end to sanctions. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1130 GMT. By George Jahn and Bradley Klapper.


WINDSOR, England — The white, long-necked swan gliding along the River Thames looks serene, but his life is full of danger. If the sharp-toothed mink don’t get him or his brood, then floods, fish hooks or hooligans with air rifles might. Fortunately, he has a powerful ally — Queen Elizabeth II. SENT: 700 words, photos. By Jill Lawless.


LONDON — Inflation in the U.K. increased unexpectedly in June, raising expectations that the Bank of England may start raising interest rates soon, possibly by the end of this year. Figures Tuesday from the Office for National Statistics showed consumer prices rose by an annual rate of 1.9 percent in June, just below the Bank’s ostensible target of 2 percent. Inflation, which rose from May’s 4 1/2-year low of 1.5 percent, is now at its highest level since January. SENT: 400 words. By Pan Pylas.


BERLIN — A survey shows that German investor confidence fell for the seventh consecutive month in July, in another indication that Europe’s biggest economy may be coming off the boil. The ZEW institute said Tuesday that its monthly confidence index, which measures investors’ economic outlook for the next six months, fell to 27.1 points from 29.8 in June. That was a steeper fall than economists predicted. SENT: 130 words.

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