BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1215 GMT, AP
BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1215 GMT, AP
Feb. 24, 2014
TOP STORIES IN EUROPE ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014:
SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — Ukraine's acting government issues an arrest warrant for President Viktor Yanukovych, last reportedly seen in the pro-Russian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, accusing him of mass crimes against protesters who stood up for months against his rule. Calls are mounting in Ukraine to put Yanukovych on trial, after a tumultuous presidency in which he amassed powers, enriched his allies and cracked down on protesters. By Yuras Karmanau and Maria Danilova. SENT: 1110 words, photos. Developing.
ROME — Italy's new premier, Matteo Renzi, takes his government to Parliament for crucial confidence votes. The Senate vote could be close. Renzi risks some defectors in his own Democratic Party by those angered by his power grab that dislodged Enrico Letta from the premiership after onely 10 months in office. By Frances D'Emilio. 130 words by 1330 GMT. 300 words by 1500 GMT. Renzi to speak to Senate at 1300 GMT, debate and vote to follow.
MOSCOW — A Russian court handed down prison sentences Monday of up to four years for seven people who took part in a 2012 protest against Vladimir Putin. An eighth defendant received a suspended sentence. Hundreds of their supporters gathered outside the courthouse to condemn the trial and the Kremlin's crackdown on opposition. Police detained about 200 of them, accusing them of violating public order. By Laura Mills. SENT: 300 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end. Morgan, who succeeded Larry King three years ago, was drawing lackluster ratings. In contrast, King had a 25-year run on CNN. By Lynn Elber. SENT: 300 words, photos.
MADRID — An Interior Ministry official says some 500 sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones have stormed a barbed-wire border fence in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, with about 100 of them making it across. The spokeswoman for the ministry's office in Melilla said Moroccan guards trying to halt the migrants were attacked during the melee early Monday, and had to take shelter. By Ciaran Giles. SENT: 130 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
SIMIZA, Greece — In the olive groves around Ancient Olympia, the trees were once considered sacred, and in many ways they still are. Carefully looked after, they are described by farmers with a reverence that could match the language used by makers of champagne. So a proposal to blend some olive oils with cheaper vegetable oils has been met with anger and disbelief. The reform would be part of an effort to modernize Greece's battered economy. One pro-government lawmaker called the proposal a "cause of war," while olive producers in the fabled hills of the southern Peloponnese region worry Greece could spoil its signature export. By Derek Gatopoulos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1330 GMT.
WIRELESS SHOW-SAMSUNG'S MARKETING MUSCLE
BARCELONA, Spain — Sony, Nokia and others are announcing new phones at a wireless trade show, yet relatively few people will be paying attention, at least compared with an expected successor to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. It's difficult for companies that aren't named Apple or Samsung to break through. By Anick Jesdanun. UPCOMING: 850 words 1330 GMT, to be updated after Samsung event at 1900 GMT
— WIRELESS SHOW-NOKIA: BARCELONA, Spain — Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft. By Anick Jesdanun and Joseph Wilson. 680 words sent
— WIRELESS SHOW-SONY: BARCELONA, Spain — Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. By Anick Jesdanun. 580 words sent
— WIRELESS SHOW-WHATSAPP: BARCELONA, Spain — WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum says the popular messaging application for smartphones acquired this week by Facebook will soon be offering a voice service. Koum says "we are going to introduce voice in WhatsApp in the second quarter of this year." By Jospeh Wilson. 130 words sent
LONDON — Markets drifted Monday as concerns over the Chinese property market reinforced jitters over the strength of the world's No. 2 economy. By Pan Pylas. UPCOMING: 300 words due 1230 GMT