BC-AP--AP European News Digest at 1200 GMT, AP
TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
PARIS — French President Francois Hollande is ruling out unilateral military intervention in Libya but says that French forces will strike Islamic extremists leaving the country to bring arms to Africa’s Sahel region. Hollande urged the United Nations to take action to stem growing violence in the country. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words.
ATHENS, Greece — An unidentified warplane has bombed a Greek-owned tanker ship at the eastern Libyan port of Darna, killing two crew members and injuring two more, Greek authorities said Monday. The Liberian-flagged Araevo was chartered by Libya’s state-run National Oil Corporation, Greece’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. SENT: 160 words.
PARIS — A Roma family camped in a Paris suburb buries an infant amid controversy over where the body should be laid to rest. The burial has shined a light anew on discrimination against the 20,000 Roma in France, who largely live in makeshift camps, and revived questions about their rights. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1600 GMT. By Lori Hinnant.
LONDON — Eight crew members are presumed dead after a cargo ship capsized and sank north of Scotland. Rescuers have called off the search for the crew of the Cyprus-registered cement carrier Cemfjord, whose upturned hull was spotted by a passing ferry Saturday in the Pentland Firth. SENT: 130 words.
PARIS — France’s president has raised the possibility of Greece leaving the shared euro currency, but says that’s a decision for “Greece alone” to make. Some in Europe have expressed concern that if the left-wing Syriza party wins this month’s general election in Greece, the new government may renege on terms of a hugely expensive international bailout plan. That has revived questions about Greece’s fitness to stay in the euro. SENT: 130 words, photos.
LONDON — LONDON — One by one and two by two, London Zoo completes its annual census - required by law - of every creature on the premises. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says police have launched a new wave of raids and detained 15 more police officers suspected of conducting illegal wiretaps. The Anadolu Agency said the officers were detained Monday in raids at their homes in eight Turkish cities. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II will make a state visit to Germany in June — the fifth such engagement of her long reign. The monarch will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh in the June 24-26 visit, which comes following an invitation by Joachim Gauck, Germany’s president. SENT: 130 words.