BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1215 GMT
FRANCE-PAYING FOR PINK?
PARIS — Hair salons do it, dry cleaners do it, and so do department stores selling health and beauty products. Now France wants to know why, for some goods and services, women seem to be paying more than men. The question was first taken up by a group of French activists inspired by a study that found American women overpay hundreds of dollars a year for the same products. The activists persuaded the Economy Ministry this month to launch an in-depth study to determine what price differences exist in France, the reasons behind them and which sectors are most affected. Findings are expected early next year. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 880 words, photos.
PARIS — A second French militant has been identified in the video showing a beheaded American aid worker and the deaths of Syrian soldiers, France’s president said Wednesday, calling for vigilance on “how these young people can be indoctrinated.” Speaking in Canberra, Australia, President Francois Hollande said Wednesday that the roles of the two men have yet to be determined precisely. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 300 words, photos.
GENEVA — Scientists at the world’s largest smasher say they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s Large Hadron Collider say the particles are baryons that were predicted to exist and could sharpen the picture of how things work beyond the “Standard Model” physics theory explaining the basic building blocks of matter. SENT: 130 words. UPCMOING: 300 words by 1300 GMT.
TIRANA, Albania — Flooding in Albania has killed three people, after torrential rain caused power and water supply cuts in the western part of the country, authorities said Wednesday. A 60-year-old man and his 26-year old daughter were found dead after their car was swept away by floodwaters in Lac, northwest of the capital, Tirana, late Tuesday. A 21-year-old motorcycle driver was also found dead in Lac, while his teenage passenger was rescued. SENT: 150 words, photos.
MOSCOW — Russia’s foreign policy chief on Wednesday claimed that Ukraine’s decision to freeze budget payments to the eastern rebel-held territories could be a precursor to a military onslaught. Ukrainian officials announced earlier this month that they will freeze the $2.6 billion in state support to the areas now in rebel hands, which could further worsen the deplorable economic situation there. SENT: 220 words, photos.
ROME — More than 170 governments pledged Wednesday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity at the start of a three-day U.N. summit. SENT: 230 words.
LONDON — Divisions remain at the Bank of England on whether to raise interest rates, with policymakers voting 7-2 at their last meeting to keeping the main rate at a record low 0.5 percent. Minutes released Wednesday from the Nov. 5-6 meeting show that policymakers retained the status quo even as Europe’s third-largest economy grows. But with inflation at 1.3 percent, well below the 2 percent target, pressure to raise rates remains muted. SENT: 130 words.
ALFACAR, Spain — A search for unmarked Spanish Civil War graves has begun in southern Spain near where the acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca is believed to have been executed and buried at the start of the conflict in 1936. Andalusia’s regional government said Wednesday work had begun to clear hundreds of forest land over a space of 300 square meters (3,230 square feet) outside the village of Alfacar to bring it back to pre-war levels. Archeologists will then begin soundings to try to detect bone remains. By Iain Sullivan. SENT: 140 words.
ISTANBUL — Cevher and Hesna Kupsi, whose son who went missing in Istanbul more than seven years ago, are pinning their hopes for his return on white plastic grocery bags plastered with a photo of their young Bayram. Onur Supermarkets recently began printing the faces of missing children on 3 million to 4 million bags it hands out each month at its 76 stores in Istanbul and three other cities in western Turkey. By Deb Riechmann. SENT: 300 words.
WARSAW, Poland — Officials in Poland say computer hackers have attacked the website of the country’s electoral commission, which is still unable to publish full returns from local elections because of an unrelated computer glitch. The State Electoral Commission says while the website hacking incident didn’t add further difficulties to the vote counting process, it ordered its officials to change their passwords Wednesday. SENT: 130 words, photos.
LONDON — A British couple says they were charged 100 pounds ($156) by a hotel in northwestern England after they described it as a filthy hovel in an online review. Tony and Jan Jenkinson told the BBC on Wednesday they were charged by the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool after leaving their comments on TripAdvisor. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-INSTITUTE OF SEXOLOGY
LONDON — Curators at London’s Wellcome Collection will not be surprised if lines forward outside their new Institute of Sexology exhibition. Co-curator Kate Ford noted Wednesday “it’s free and it’s got sex in the title.” SENT 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1400 GMT.