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BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP

June 6, 2014



COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground in what he called a “powerful manifestation of America’s commitment to human freedom” that lives on in a new generation. By Nedra Pickler and Julie Pace. SENT: 610 words, photos.


COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Men who stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years ago joined world leaders Friday in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings in Nazi-occupied France, in a day of international commemorations of history’s biggest amphibious invasion. By Greg Keller and Lori Hinnant. SENT: 880 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1300 GMT.

With D-DAY-The Liberators-Return; seven American veterans toast fallen comrades.


OUISTREHAM, France — A day before his inauguration, Ukraine’s incoming president was attending the same D-Day commemorations as Russian President Vladimir Putin, with all eyes on the possibility that the two men might meet. By Lori Hinnant and Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 480 words, photos.



BERLIN — Germany’s foreign intelligence agency officially lifted the lid on some of its worst-kept secrets Friday, acknowledging that half a dozen facilities around the country are in fact spy stations — as anyone with Internet access could already figure out. The Federal Intelligence Service, known by its German acronym BND, maintained the facade for decades that it had nothing to do with sites bearing cryptic names such as “Ionosphere Institute.” But amateur sleuths long suspected their true identities and posted them on websites such as Wikipedia. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 330 words, photos.


MILAN — A singing nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit has triumphed at Italy’s version of musical competition “The Voice.” Sister Cristina Scuccia clinched the top prize early Friday with five songs, including a choreographed rendition of the 1980s hit “Flashdance — What a Feeling,” winning 62 percent of the votes. SENT: 130 words, photos.


ATHENS, Greece — A strawberry farm owner and three of his foremen have gone on trial in Greece over a shotgun attack on a group of Bangladeshi migrant laborers protesting about unpaid wages. Last year’s shootings near Manolada, 260 kilometers (160 miles) southwest of Athens, wounded 28 and highlighted the plight of foreign workers who form the backbone of Greece’s agricultural industry. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, has revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network. The company outlined the details in a report that is described as the first of its kind, covering 29 countries in which it directly operates. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — The International Monetary Fund has delivered an optimistic assessment of Britain’s economic strategy, a sharp reversal from last year, when it criticized the Conservative-led government’s focus on budget austerity. SENT: 130 words.

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