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July 7, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT

GERMANY-JIHAD REHAB

BERLIN — Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. By Frank Jordans and Kirsten Grieshaber. UPCOMING 1,200 by 1200 GMT.

GEORGIA-OBIT-SHEVARDNADZE

TBILISI, Georgia — Eduard Shevardnadze, a groundbreaking Soviet foreign minister and later the president of an independent Georgia, died Monday at the age of 86, his spokeswoman said. Marina Davitashvili said Shevardnadze died after a long illness. She did not say where he died. By Misha Dzhindzhikhashviili. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

EU-UKRAINE

NOVOBAKHMUTIVKA, Ukraine — A rail bridge over a main road leading into the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been destroyed by an explosion, blocking a key access route to the rebel-held city. An AP reporter saw the collapsed bridge in the village of Novobakhmutivka, where a rail line crosses over a highway leading out of the city of Donetsk. The road leads toward Slovyansk, a former stronghold of the pro-Russian insurgents that was retaken by Ukrainian troops on Saturday after an intense night of fighting. By Yuras Karmanau. SENT 130 words. UPCOMING 300 words by 1300 GMT.

SPAIN-RUNNING OF THE BULLS

PAMPLONA, Spain — One person was gored as thousands of thrill-seekers tested their bravery and speed Monday by dashing with fighting bulls through the streets of the northern Spanish city of Pamplona. SENT 190 words, photos.

BRITAIN-SPY ARCHIVE

CAMBRIDGE, England — The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage. By Jill Lawless. SENT 725 words, photos.

BRITAIN-TERROR MEMORIAL

LONDON — Vandals have defaced a memorial commemorating victims of the London transit bombings on the ninth anniversary of the rush-hour attacks that killed 52 commuters and injured hundreds. SENT 130 words.

FRANCE-TRAIN CRASH

PARIS — France’s national railway is denying that neglected maintenance on the train tracks led to a fatal derailment last year that left seven people dead. SNCF and RFF — the agency that handles the rail infrastructure — said Monday saying that although they took responsibility for the crash, there was no systematic maintenance failure, as alleged in the court-ordered report. SENT 130 words, photos.

GERMANY-ECONOMY

BERLIN — German industrial production declined significantly in May, a third consecutive drop that suggests slowing growth in China and tensions over Ukraine may be having an impact on Europe’s biggest economy, and reinforces expectations of a weak second quarter. SENT 275 words.

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