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November 26, 2014

TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014.

GREECE-MIGRANT SHIP

IERAPETRA, Greece — Hampered by gale-force winds and high waves, a Greek navy frigate was slowly towing a crippled freighter crammed with some 700 migrants to safety on the southern island of Crete Wednesday. SENT: 370 words, photos. By Nicholas Paphitis.

EUROPE-INVESTMENT

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s executive is proposing a 315-billion euro ($380 billion) investment plan to boost the bloc’s flagging economy, a scheme whose success will depend on leveraging 21 billion euros in guarantees and seed money to attract private funds. SENT: 470 words, photos. By Raf Casert.

BRITAIN-A LONDON THANKSGIVING

LONDON — Plump turkeys in butcher shop windows. Harvest displays of pumpkin and corn. Sandwich boards describing groaning feasts. Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday in Britain, but you might be forgiven for being fooled. It’s not hard to find someone to talk turkey, never mind sell you one. SENT: 870 words, photos. By Danica Kirka.

EUROPE-PALESTINIAN STATE

BRUSSELS — With many European governments increasingly frustrated by Israel’s actions, the European Union’s foreign policy chief will address the European Parliament on the question of whether it’s time to recognize Palestinian statehood. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT. By John-Thor Dahlburg.

GERMANY-UKRAINE

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says continued sanctions against Russia are “unavoidable” and that it will take “patience and perseverance” to end the crisis in Ukraine. Speaking to Parliament on Wednesday, Merkel said “nothing excuses or justifies Russia’s annexation of Crimea and nothing excuses Russia’s direct or indirect involvement in the fighting in Donetsk and Lugansk.” SENT: 130 words, photos.

GREECE-JOURNALISTS STRIKE

ATHENS, Greece — Greek journalists are on a 24-hour strike, pulling all newscasts off the air a day before a nationwide general strike against austerity measures. Radio and television stations were not broadcasting any news bulletins Wednesday, and current affairs websites were not being updated from 6 a.m. No Thursday newspapers will be published. SENT: 130 words.

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