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December 27, 2013

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1200 GMT

TURKEY-CORRUPTION PROBE

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s military says it will not be dragged into politics amid a deepening corruption scandal that saw Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reshuffle his Cabinet after three ministers, whose sons were detained as part of a probe, resigned. The military’s Friday statement came after one of Erdogan’s advisers raised the possibility in a regular column published in Star newspaper that the scandal may be a plot to trigger a coup. The government has already blamed the probe on a conspiracy to bring down the government. By Suzan Fraser. SENT: 140 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1400 GMT.

BRITAIN-IMMIGRATION FEARS

LONDON — They’re portrayed as pickpockets who will steal British jobs, too. Newspapers and politicians fear a wave of immigrants will come to Britain to beg, the unruly young ones will stir up riots, and some will even try to sell babies. For months, Britain’s tabloids have repeatedly warned of the horrors they believe will ensue after Jan. 1, when work restrictions will be lifted across the European Union for migrants from Romania and Bulgaria — two of the trading bloc’s newest members. Those changes, the papers claim, will surely unleash a mass exodus of the poor and unemployed from the two eastern European countries to Britain. By Sylvia Hui. Sent: 1,160 words, photos.

WORLD MARKETS

AMSTERDAM — Global markets surged Friday following a strong U.S. session and news seen as good for stocks from both Japan and China. Japan’s benchmark index hit a five-year high amid growing signs of inflation. “The simple fact is that the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 23 percent this year while the growth rate of the economy picked up to 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter,” Neil Mellor of BNY Mellon Global Markets said in a note. With U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy “likely to remain accommodative well into 2015, it could be argued that these trends should continue over the course of 2014.” By Toby Sterling. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: update by 1400 GMT.

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