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September 30, 2013



ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a package of proposals that include lifting of some restrictions on the use of the Kurdish language, as well as further steps to liberalize the wearing of Islamic headscarves. The planned reforms announced Monday were anticipated as key to the Kurdish peace process and for Erdogan’s political prospects as he faces local, general and presidential elections in the next two years. By Desmond Butler and Suzan Fraser. 500 words by 1130 GMT.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says that two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII, will be declared saints on April 27, 2014. By Nicole Winfield. 130 words out. 600 words by 1600GMT.


FLORENCE, Italy — U.S. student Amanda Knox’s second appeals trial in her British roommate’s murder opened Monday in the absence of the star defendant. Italy’s highest court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, overturning their acquittals in the gruesome 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher with a harsh assessment of an appeals court acquittal in 2011. The Court of Cassation said the acquittal was full of “deficiencies, contradictions and illogical” conclusions. By Colleen Barry. Moved. 700 words.


AMSTERDAM — Israeli President Shimon Peres says that “all options” should be kept open in forcing Iran to give up its nuclear program, which Iran says is for peaceful purposes but Israel believes is aimed at building nuclear arms. By Toby Sterling. 400 words.


ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s government is submitting legislation to Parliament aimed at cutting state funding to the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party, whose leadership was arrested over the weekend on charges of acting as a criminal organization. 130 words moved.


STOCKHOLM — In his suburban Stockholm apartment, Marcello Demeter sits at the kitchen table with his two daughters, Isabelle and Sandra — and wonders how they got on the list that has sent Sweden into an uproar. About a week ago, the 42-year-old Swede found out that he and his wife, Susanne, their three children and at least three of their grandchildren were on a secret police register purportedly created to help fight violent crime. By Malin Rising. Move 800 words. AP Photos.


LONDON — The composer of “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera” turns to sex and politics for his new musical. “Stephen Ward” is based on a real Cold War sex scandal that rocked the British Establishment. By Jill Lawless. 500 words by 1700GMT.


PARIS — Designer Marco Zanini has been named creative director of the revived fashion house Schiaparelli. The revival of the once legendary fashion house is one of the most anticipated Paris fashion events of recent years. Moved 130 words.


LONDON — A British tour boat company has suspended its boat trips on the River Thames after a dangerous fire onboard one of its vessels forced the rescue of some 30 people. London Duck Boat Tour said Monday its river operations will be halted until the cause of the fire has been established. It will be offering only land-based tours. 130 words. AP Photos.



LONDON — Financial markets were rocked Monday by fears that the U.S. government was heading for a shutdown and renewed political instability in Italy. Despite a raft of economic news due around the world this week, the focus of attention will likely remain on developments in Washington and Rome. By Pan Pylas. AP Photos. 690 words, sent, to be updated 1350 GMT.


ROME — Investors are reacting with concern over the increasing precariousness of Italy’s coalition government. Milan’s stock exchange was down 1.6 percent at 17,368.52 on Monday, the first day of trading since Silvio Berlusconi demanded that his five ministers quit Premier Enrico Letta’s government. AP Photos. 130 words sent, to be updated to 300 words by 1300 GMT


STOCKHOLM — Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide. The company started selling solar panels made by China’s Hanergy in its store in Southampton on Monday and will make them available in the rest of Britain in coming months, it said. By Malin Rising. 290 words, sent


LONDON — Inflation across the 17 countries that use the euro fell further below target in September, official figures showed Monday, news that could encourage the European Central Bank to cut interest rates again if the recovery across the eurozone stalls. Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, said consumer prices were up 1.1 percent in the year to September, down from the 1.3 percent rate recorded the previous month. September’s rate was also the lowest since February 2010 and below expectations — the consensus in the markets was for a more modest decline to 1.2 percent. By Pan Pylas. 340 words, sent



MANCHESTER, England — The Champions League may only be heading into its second round of matches this week, yet Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are already under pressure to claim victories in Europe’s top club competition. Five things to know about matchday two. MOVED, with photos. By Steve Douglas.


LIVERPOOL, England — Everton puts the Premier League’s only unbeaten record on the line in a home match against Newcastle at Goodison Park. The hosts will climb to fourth place with a win. UPCOMING. Match kicks off at 1900 GMT. 300 words.


MADRID — Granada hosts fifth-place Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league. UPCOMING. Expected by 2200 GMT. By Harold Heckle. 200 words.


ANKARA, Turkey — Galatasaray says it is negotiating with former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini to replace Fatih Terim as coach. MOVED.

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