BC-EU--Europe News Digest, EU
TOP STORIES IN EUROPE AT 1200 GMT:
MOSCOW — One by one, thousands of mourners and dignitaries filed past the white-lined coffin of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many offering flowers as they paid their last respects to one of the most prominent figures of Russia’s beleaguered opposition. By Laura Mills. SENT: 650 words, photos. UPCOMING: More developments, analysis.
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Football in the sun-drenched Mediterranean island of Cyprus is riddled with match-fixing by referees, an operation designed to line the pockets of some of the nation’s soccer officials and politicians, a senior Cypriot referee is charging. Marios Panayi outlined a web of corruption allegations that he says has besmirched Cypriot soccer and damaged the credibility of its referee. By Menelaos Hadjicostis. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1700 GMT, photos.
LONDON — Audio tapes have surfaced in which a man identified as “Jihadi John” complains about scrutiny from British intelligence services. The tapes contained a man identified as Mohammed Emwazi describing to the Muslim advocacy group CAGE his encounters with British agents in 2009. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 275 words by 1300 GMT.
GILZE-RIJEN, Netherlands — Families of passengers and crew who were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are getting their first chance to see the plane’s wreckage at a Dutch military air base where it is being examined as part of investigations into the cause of the disaster that claimed the lives of all 298 people on board. By Mike Corder. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT.
NORWAY-NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
STAVANGER, Norway — The Norwegian Nobel Committee is expected to appoint a new chairman and announce the number of nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. By Mark Lewis. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1500 GMT.
PARIS — Designers present ready-to-wear collections for the fall-winter 2015-2016 season in Paris. UPCOMING: Developing through the day.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey says a recent notice seeking to reserve a large swath of airspace over the Aegean Sea for military maneuvers was issued by mistake and then canceled. SENT: 130 words.
BRUSSELS — Liberia’s president called for an international aid plan to help rebuild economies in West Africa once Ebola is under control. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says “we need our international partners to remain committed to us,” as the number of deaths from the disease approaches 10,000. By Lorne Cook. SENT: 350 words.
BERLIN — Scientists say ancient DNA samples indicate massive migration to Europe from the east took place some 4,500 years ago. The findings support the theory that some Indo-European languages, such as Germanic and Slavic, were introduced by people from the steppe. SENT: 130 words.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
Barely a year after officially emerging from a savage recession comparable in its intensity to the Great Depression in the U.S., Greece’s economy is shrinking again. The uncertainty generated by January’s general election and the ensuing drama to extend Greece’s financial lifeline is weighing on the economy and expected to push it back into recession. By Pan Pylas. UPCOMING: 900 words by 1400 GMT, photos.
GENEVA AUTO SHOW
GENEVA — Top automakers are vowing to press ahead with weak-selling electric vehicles and zero-emissions technology — even as they unveil powerful, expensive luxury cars aimed at a growing global auto market. By David McHugh and Greg Keller. SENT: 200 words, photos.