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BC-AP--AP European News Digest at 1100 GMT, AP

August 18, 2014



Ukraine on Monday claimed that rebels in the insurgent east fired rockets and mortars on civilians trying to flee from the region’s intense fighting. “Many people were killed, among them women and children,” Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council said at a briefing. He did not say how many people or vehicles were in the convoy. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 330 words by 1130 GMT.


LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will be leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London soon — but did not say when or explain his decision. Assange has been holed up in the embassy — a small ground floor apartment near London’s Harrods department store — for more than two years. SENT: 100 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, by 1130 GMT.


LONDON — Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they’re trying to help them, not hurt them. Rumors are rife that Western aid workers are importing Ebola, stealing bodies or even deliberately infecting patients. Winning trust is made harder by a full suit of hood, goggles, mask and gown that hides their faces. SENT: 900 words, photos. By Maria Cheng.


ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Monday summoned Germany’s ambassador and demanded that Berlin provide a “formal and satisfactory explanation” over reports that said Germany’s foreign intelligence agency had eavesdropped on conversations between officials in the U.S. and Turkey, both NATO allies. Ambassador Eberhard Pohl was also told that, if the reports were true, Turkey expected Germany to immediately stop any spying activity targeting Turkey, according to a Foreign Ministry statement after the meeting. SENT: 230 words. By Suzan Fraser.


PARIS — Paris police say that armed robbers ambushed and stole a car belonging to a Saudi prince at a highway interchange on the northern edge of the French capital. A police official said Monday that there were no injuries in the attack Sunday night by multiple assailants. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to police rules. The official would not name the prince or say whether he was in the car. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — Britain’s defense chief says the country’s efforts in Iraq have moved beyond a strictly humanitarian effort and the mission won’t be over any time soon. Michael Fallon’s remarks to Royal Air Force members in Cyprus suggest that reconnaissance actions in Iraq are moving beyond easing the plight of Yazidis and other minority groups fleeing militants. SENT: 130 words.


STOCKHOLM — The Norwegian foreign minister says Norway and Egypt are planning to co-host a donor conference in Cairo for the reconstruction of Gaza. Boerge Brende on Monday said invitations will be sent out once there is an agreement in Egypt-mediated truce talks between Israel and Hamas. SENT: 130 words.

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