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TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1205 GMT
NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine — Separatist fighters in east Ukraine moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops Friday in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire agreed earlier this month. Associated Press journalists in the morning followed four trucks carrying Grad launchers from the rebel stronghold of Donetsk to a cement factory in the village of Novoamvrosiivske, near the Russian border. By Vadim Ghirda. SENT: 270 words. UPCOMING 450 word, photos by 1300 GMT.
MOSCOW — Cash-strapped Ukraine sought to buy time in its effort to ensure continued gas supplies from Russia, making a $15 million payment to Moscow on Friday as it waits for international rescue loans to arrive. But Moscow says the sum will cover only an additional day, leaving a potential cut-off looming Tuesday. SENT: 400 words, photos.
BERLIN — Germany’s Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece’s financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens. Lawmakers voted 542-32 to back the bailout extension. There were 13 abstentions. By Geir Moulson. SENT: 530 words, photos.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — International Criminal Court judges on Friday upheld the acquittal of a Congolese man who was cleared at trial of leading a deadly militia attack in eastern Congo. Mathieu Ngudjolo was acquitted in December 2012 of commanding fighters who destroyed the village of Bogoro in eastern Congo in 2003, raping and hacking to death some 200 people including children. By Mike Corder. SENT: 280 words, photos.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — An Iraqi-born cleric recently released from prison in Norway is facing a custody hearing after praising the slaying of cartoonists at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, was arrested Thursday, a day after telling Norwegian broadcaster NRK that “cartoonist has become a fighting heathen, whom it is permissible to kill.” SENT: 130 words.
PARIS — Airbus says its net profit soared 59 percent last year as a record-high number of jet deliveries helped offset a 551 million euros end-of-year charge against its delayed A400M military transporter program. The European jet maker said Friday it made a 2.34-billion-euros ($2.62 billion) net profit in 2014, up from 1.47 billion euros in 2013. By Greg Keller. SENT: 330 words, photos.
LONDON — London-based Lloyds Banking Group passed a milestone Friday in its recovery from the financial crisis, reporting an annual profit and announcing plans to pay a dividend for the first time since it was rescued by British taxpayers. The bank posted net income of 1.13 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) compared with a loss of 838 million pounds in 2013. The bank plans to pay a dividend of 0.75 pence per share, resulting in a total payout of 535 million pounds. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 340 words.
STOCKHOLM — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement. The Swedish company said Friday it has filed two complaints with the International Trade Commission and seven complaints with a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. SENT: 120 words.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish police say they have arrested a third man suspected of assisting a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen this month. Police in Copenhagen declined to comment further on the Friday arrest, other than saying the “young man” would face a custody hearing Saturday. The suspect was not named. SENT: 130 words.