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March 24, 2015

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1230 GMT

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH

PARIS — A passenger jet carrying at least 147 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. As search-and-rescue teams raced to the remote region, France’s president warned that no survivors were expected. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 670 words, photos. Developing.

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GERMANY-COLD WAR CASUALTY

BERLIN — U.S. Col. Roland Lajoie had just arrived home in West Berlin on a cool March day in 1985 when he got the call from his headquarters: the Soviets were demanding to see him immediately in East Germany. As chief of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission, Lajoie regularly sent intelligence-gathering patrols into communist East Germany and confrontations were not unusual. But he’d never gotten a call to respond personally to an incident. By David Rising. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

GERMANY-GREECE

BERLIN — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in Germany for a second day following lengthy meetings with Chancellor Angela Merkel where both leaders sought to mend fences and looked for ways to help Athens reach a deal with bailout creditors. SENT: 130 words.

RUSSIA-SPACE-TOURISM

MOSCOW — Russia officials say they will resume space tourism in 2018 after years of sending into space only professional cosmonauts and astronauts. Russia had sent seven paying guests to the International Space Station since 2001 before curtailing the program in 2009. SENT: 130 words.

EUROPE-ECONOMY

LONDON — The economy across the 19-country eurozone appears to be gaining momentum as a closely-watched survey Tuesday found business activity hit a near four-year high in March. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 370 words, photos.

BRITAIN-POUND-SWINGS

LONDON — The British pound is getting caught between the dollar’s surge and the euro’s slump, and its swings are shaking things up for business just as uncertainty grows over a potentially tight general election. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 760 words, photos.

SUPER SALAMANDER

LONDON — Researchers have found fossil remains of a previously unknown species of crocodile-like “super salamander” that roamed the Earth more than 200 million years ago. University of Edinburgh researchers say the species discovered in Portugal was among the Earth’s top predators. SENT: 130 words.

POLAND-US-CONVOY

BIALYSTOK, Poland — Hundreds of residents have turned out in eastern Poland for a meeting with a convoy of U.S. troops that is driving through eastern Europe, a region concerned that the armed conflict in Ukraine threatens its security. SENT: 130 words, photos.

UEFA-BLATTER

VIENNA — FIFA President Sepp Blatter hit out at unnamed lawmakers for wanting boycotts of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar. “Football should be united, sport should be united when it comes to boycotts,” Blatter said at the UEFA congress on Tuesday. “Boycotts have never had any results.” By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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