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BC-EU--Europe News Digest, EU

September 17, 2014



EDINBURGH, Scotland — Excitement and anxiety are mounting in Scotland on the final day of campaigning before an independence referendum. Supporters of separation feel they are within touching distance of victory, but wonder whether their surge in the polls will be enough. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1200 GMT.



DONETSK, Ukraine — Shelling in the rebel-held eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk kills two people and wounds three others, municipal authorities say. The city council of Donetsk confirms that shells hit a neighborhood in the north of the city, where fighting centered on the government-controlled airport has caught many residential neighborhoods in the crossfire. By Mstyslav Chernov. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1500 GMT.


PARIS — France’s top security official says five people have been arrested suspected of belonging to a ring that recruits young women to join Islamic militants in Syria. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says the arrests were made Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the Lyon area, in central France. SENT: 130 words.


STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s royal palace says King Carl XVI Gustaf has been involved in a car crash on his way to an airport in Stockholm but has not been injured. Palace spokeswoman Annika Sonnerberg says the 68-year-old king was in the back seat Wednesday when his car collided with an oncoming vehicle making a left turn. SENT: 130 words, photo.



MOSCOW — Investigators’ decision to put one of Russia’s richest men on house arrest on money-laundering charges sends a shock wave across the nation’s business community, with some drawing parallels to Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s jailing more than a decade ago. Some observers claim that President Vladimir Putin’s energy czar, who was widely seen as the mastermind of Khodorkovsky’s arrest, could be involved in this new case. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 190 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words.


FRANKFURT — A Chinese shoe manufacturer says two of its top executives have vanished, along with most of the company’s cash. Germany-listed Ultrasonic AG says it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since the weekend. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — Bank of England policymakers remain divided on whether to raise interest rates, voting 7-2 at their last meeting in favor of keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent. Minutes from the Sept. 3-4 meeting show Wednesday that policymakers retained the status quo even as Europe’s third-largest economy recovers at a brisk pace. With inflation at 1.5 percent, below the 2 percent target, pressure to raise rates remains muted. SENT: 130 words.


BRUSSELS — The inflation rate in August for the 18 countries using the euro has been revised up slightly. The European Union’s statistics office, Eurostat, says the eurozone’s annual inflation rate was 0.4 percent, up from its initial estimate of 0.3 percent published late last month. SENT: 130 words.


MADRID — Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, which owns Zara stores, says net profit fell by 2.4 percent in the first half of 2014 despite robust sales, mainly because of the impact of a strong euro. The company says profit for February to July was 928 million euros ($1.2 billion) compared with 951 million euros for the same period in 2013. SENT: 130 words.


BERLIN — A website aiming to shake up the self-storage market says it is expanding to Paris to take advantage of the French capital’s notoriously small apartments. SpaceWays says it plans to offer the same home pickup and delivery service, booked online, that’s already available in London. The company launched its first site in Britain in July. SENT: 130 words.

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