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BC-AP--AP European News Digest at 1100 GMT, AP

April 14, 2014



DONETSK, Ukraine — A pro-Russian mob on Monday seized a police building in yet another city in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the insurgents. Dozens of angry men hurled rocks, smashed the windows and broke into a police station in the city of Horlivka not far from the border with Russia, while hundreds of onlookers cheered them on. Thick white smoke rose from the entrance to the building, from which the insurgents hoisted the Russian flag. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: further updates. By Peter Leonard.


EUROPE-UKRAINE. LUXEMBOURG — European Union foreign ministers meet Monday as they consider broadening the list of people sanctioned because of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.


PARIS — Male students and staff at a high school in western France — 527 people in total — were asked to give DNA samples beginning Monday as police search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl. The La Rochelle prosecutor’s office said tests were expected to last from Monday through Wednesday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school, where the 16-year-old was sexually assaulted Sept. 30 in a dark bathroom. Police recovered genetic material from the girl’s clothing, but it had no matches in the national DNA database. SENT: 220 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT.


BERLIN — The German Aerospace Center says it was the target of a suspected espionage attack for several months. The research center on Monday confirmed a report by German magazine Der Spiegel and said it had asked the national cyber defense center to investigate the attack. SENT: 130 words.


NEW YORK — A report that revealed the massive U.S. government surveillance effort is among the top finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzers, journalism’s highest honor, will be announced on Monday. Revelations about the spy programs were first published in The Guardian and The Washington Post in June. By Meghan Barr. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2000 GMT.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says Syria has to ratchet up its movement of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents if it is to meet deadlines for destroying the stockpile. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says a 13th consignment of chemicals was shipped out of Latakia port Monday, bringing to just over 65 percent the amount of Syria’s internationally declared stockpile removed from the civil war-torn country. SENT: 130 words.


GENEVA — The U.N.’s top human rights official has condemned the “rampant use of torture” in detention facilities in Syria. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says her office has documented a “broad pattern of torture and ill-treatment” in government facilities and some run by rebel groups. SENT: 130 words.


BERLIN — The World Trade Organization releases its annual report on trade statistics and trends in 2013, and prospects for 2014.UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 1330 GMT.

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