BC-Europe News Digest
Top stories in Europe on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
PARIS — France suspended the planned delivery of a warship to Russia on Tuesday, after months of growing speculation about what would be the biggest arms sale ever by a NATO country to the Kremlin. France is suspending the planned delivery of a warship to Russia, citing the “current situation” in eastern Ukraine. By Sylvie Corbet and Lori Hinnant.
STRASBOURG, France — Pope Francis demanded Tuesday that Europe craft a unified and fair immigration policy, saying the thousands of refugees coming ashore need acceptance and assistance, not self-interested policies that risk lives and fuel social conflict. By Nicole Winfield and Jamey Keaton. AP Photos.
IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS-ANALYSIS
VIENNA — The United States and Iran hope a new deadline in nuclear talks will allow them to finally reach a deal. But Tehran’s apparent reluctance to compromise may soon leave U.S. negotiators running out of ideas on how to reduce Iran’s capacity to make nuclear arms. Negotiators have spoken of progress, despite failing to meet their goal of an agreement by Monday’s deadline in Vienna. But Western diplomats familiar with the talks said Tuesday they have agreed on little more than to keep talking until June 21, after failing to substantially narrow differences. An AP News Analysis by George Jahn.
LONDON — British lawmakers said Tuesday that two al-Qaida-inspired extremists who murdered a British soldier in a London street had been under scrutiny by the intelligence services, and one had expressed his intention of killing a soldier in an online exchange months before the attack. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee said that if British spies had known of Michael Adebowale’s declaration, “there is a significant possibility” they could have prevented the May 2013 murder. By Jill Lawless.
ATHENS, Greece — A freighter crammed with hundreds of migrants trying to enter Europe illegally was drifting in high winds off the Mediterranean Sea island of Crete Tuesday, and Greek authorities launched a rescue mission with five ships. A coast guard statement said the 77-meter-long (250-foot) Baris cargo ship suffered engine failure some 30 nautical miles southeast of Crete.
PORTUGAL-FORMER PREMIER DETAINED
LISBON, Portugal — After he left office three years ago, former Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates’ home address was a smart apartment in Paris’ classy 16th arrondissement. On Tuesday, he spent his first day in prison after a Lisbon judge ordered him detained while the ex-leader fights accusations of corruption, money-laundering and tax fraud.
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NICOSIA, Cyprus — Egypt is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries, the Egyptian petroleum minister said Tuesday. Sherif Ismail said gas can be piped directly to Egypt from the field off Cyprus’ southern coast that is estimated to hold 3.6 trillion to 6 trillion cubic feet of the fossil fuel. By Menelaos Hadjicostis.
AMSTERDAM — ING Group NV, the Dutch bank, says it will cut 1,700 jobs, or 2.7 percent of its workforce, to cut costs. An additional thousand jobs will be lost at external suppliers, the bank said in a statement Tuesday.
MADRID — Spain’s Banco Santander, the eurozone’s largest bank, has named Jose Antonio Alvarez as its new chief executive officer. The move comes just over a month after Ana Botin took over as chair of the bank after the death of her father, former chairman Emilio Botin.