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BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP

July 2, 2014



PARIS — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer and a magistrate are facing preliminary charges in a corruption investigation linked to allegations that he took 50 million euros ($67 million) in illegal campaign funds from Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, after a night of questioning by judicial officials. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the judicial investigation is being carried out independently of the Socialist government, which defeated Sarkozy in elections in 2012. SENT: 300 words, photos.


MOSCOW — Ukraine’s border guards service says a serviceman was killed and eight were wounded when a post on the border with Russia came under heavy mortar attack. The service says the attack took place before dawn Wednesday at the Novoazovsk post in the southeastern part of the Donetsk region. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 270 words by 1130 GMT.


LONDON — On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all of her classmates are over 60. By Maria Cheng. SENT: 670 words, photos.


LONDON — DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons. In 2012, researchers at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology issued an open call asking museums, scientists and Bigfoot aficionados to share any samples they thought were from the legendary ape-like creatures. By Maria Cheng. SENT:440 words, photos.


BERLIN — German defense company Kraus-Maffei Wegmann and France’s Nexter Systems have announced plans for an alliance that they say will make it possible to keep jobs and skills in Europe. The two companies, whose products include tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery systems, said late Tuesday that they plan to ally under a joint holding company. The two firms’ current owners each will receive 50 percent of the shares in the holding company. SENT: 130 words.


BRUSSELS — In a deal that creates Germany’s biggest mobile phone company in terms of customers, the European Union’s antitrust authority on Wednesday approved network operator Telefonica’s multibillion bid to buy its competitor E-Plus under certain conditions. The deal hinges on Telefonica selling up to 30 percent of the merged company’s network capacity to service providers to boost competition in Germany’s mobile market, the EU Commission said. By Juergen Baetz. SENT: 330 words.


LONDON — An employment tribunal has found that London’s Metropolitan Police discriminated against a black female officer because of sexism and racism. The tribunal also found that police investigators looking into the matter were asked to delete all references to sex and race discrimination in a file dealing with the case. SENT: 120 words.

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