BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1230 GMT, AP
BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1230 GMT, AP
Jan. 20, 2014
UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 20, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine — After a night of vicious streets battles, clashes between anti-government protesters and police continued in the center of the Ukrainian capital, with hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas, hurling rocks and stun grenades and police responding with tear gas. The violence has seriously escalated Ukraine's political crisis, marked by two months of largely peaceful protests. What caused the situation to get out of control? By Maria Danilova. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1300 GMT, photos.
SOCHI'S DARK SIDE
SOCHI, Russia — A shining new $635 million highway on the outskirts of Sochi stands next to a crumbling apartment block with a red "SOS!" banner on its roof. The residents have lived for years with no running water or sewage system. Construction for the 2014 Winter Games has made their lives more miserable: The new highway has cut them off from the city center. Even their communal outhouse had to be torn down because it was found to be too close to the new road. The slum is one of the many facets of a hidden dark side in the host city of next month's Winter Olympics, which stands side-by-side with the glittering new construction projects that President Vladimir Putin is touting as a symbol of Russia's transformation from a dysfunctional Soviet leviathan to a successful, modern society. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 12,500 words, photos.
DARMSTADT, Germany — Europe's Rosetta probe wakes up from its 2 1/2-year slumber, and scientists hope it is ready to complete the final stage of its mission to rendezvous with a speeding comet and drop a lander on its icy surface. By FRANK JORDANS. SENT: 600 words. UPDATES after 1730 GMT, when signal should reach earth.
VATICAN-POPE'S KOSHER KITCHEN
ROME — For just a day, the kitchen of the Vatican hotel where Pope Francis lives went kosher, with Rabbi Jaakov Spizzichino overseeing the scrupulous cleaning of countertops, boiling of utensils and heating of the oven necessary to render it fit for kosher cooking. The occasion? A four-course luncheon Francis hosted for a dozen Argentine rabbis last week in yet another sign of his friendship with the Jews. By Nicole Winfield. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1600 GMT, photos.
BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers are expected to decide two major issues: whether to lift some economic sanctions on Iran for the next six months, and whether to create a battalion-sized EU force to assist French troops trying to restore order in Central African Republic. SENT: 130 words by 1000 GMT, longer separates on merits.
FLORENCE, Italy — The prosecution and defense make their final rebuttals in the third trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the 2007 murder of a British student. The court is set to deliberate on Jan. 30 on whether to confirm the original guilty verdicts or issue acquittals as had an earlier appeals court. By Colleen Barry. SENT: 130 words.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — East Timor asks the United Nations' highest court to order Australia to turn over documents and data its agents seized from the impoverished nation's lawyer last month ahead of arbitration in a multibillion-dollar treaty dispute. The International Court of Justice opened three days of hearings into East Timor's request for the U.N. panel to order Australia to immediately turn over the seized documents pending the outcome of a case challenging the legality of Australia's raid on the lawyer's office in Canberra. By Mike Corder and Rod Mcguirk. SENT: 440 words.
ROME — Claudio Abbado, a star in the great generation of Italian conductors who was revered by musicians in the world's leading orchestras for developing a strong rapport with them while still allowing them their independence, died Monday. He was 80. Abbado died in Bologna after a long illness, said Raffaella Grimaudo, spokeswoman for the Bologna mayor's office. SENT: 560 words, photos.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
FRANKFURT, Germany — Shares of Deutsche Bank AG fell sharply on Monday after Germany's biggest lender announced an unexpected fourth-quarter loss, largely due to weak investment banking results and the cost of strengthening its finances. Deutsche Bank, which warned the headwinds will continue this year, saw its stock slump 3.9 percent in early trading, making it the worst performer on Frankfurt's DAX index. By David Mchugh. SENT: 380 words.
DAVOS, Switzerland — Cross-format interview with World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab in Davos on eve of the gathering this week of the world's political and financial elite. By John Heilprin. NewsNow by 1500 GMT. 300 words by 1700 GMT.
LONDON — Trust in elected leaders has fallen sharply, a global survey revealed Monday, citing the protracted budget battle in Washington that nearly saw the U.S. default on its debts and Europe's stuttering response to its debt crisis as key reasons for the drop. Ahead of the gathering of political and business leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos, the public relations firm Edelman found that only 44 percent of university-educated people participating in the survey trusted government, down 4 percentage points from the previous year. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 490 words.
AMSTERDAM — Belgium's AB InBev, the maker of Budweiser, says it has agreed to repurchase South Korea's Oriental Breweries from private equity firms for $5.8 billion. InBev never really wanted to part with the leading South Korean brewer, but decided to sell it in 2009 to KKR and Affinity Equity Partners for $1.8 billion, as part of a strategy to reduce debt during the financial crisis. The deal has proved highly lucrative for the private equity firms. SENT: 130 words.
PARIS — Out with General Motors Co., in with China's No. 2 automaker: PSA Peugeot Citroen is moving closer to a partnership with Dongfeng Motor. Spokeswoman Antonia Krpina at the capital-hungry French automaker said Monday its supervisory board has reached "cohesion" in talks announced last month involving Dongfeng. She declined further comment, saying no deal has been signed yet. SENT: 130 words.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has agreed to sell its stakes in an Australian liquefied natural gas project to the Kuwaiti Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company for $1.135 billion (840 million euros). Shell announced Monday it is selling its eight percent stake in the Wheatstone-Iago joint venture and its 6.4 percent interest in the Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project. SENT: 130 words.
PARIS — A trial involving Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was to resume on Monday as they faced charges of soliciting an underage prostitute. The criminal court trial had initially been set for June but was then adjourned for procedural reasons. Ribery and Benzema were not present last time and it was unclear if either would attend Monday's hearing or be represented by their lawayers. By 1500 GMT. By Jerome Pugmire. 400 words.
LONDON — Jerome Champagne, a former adviser to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, is due to announce his intention to run for world football's top job in 2015. Blatter has hinted that he could seek a fifth term, while UEFA President Michel Platini is yet to say if he will stand for election. By Rob Harris. SENT: 600 words.
LONDON — Trying to explain yet another setback, a despondent but determined David Moyes wouldn't take the bait. "Some people might call it a crisis," one reporter said to Moyes after the match at Stamford Bridge. "Who?" the United manager snapped back. By Rob Harris. SENT: 750 words.