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June 26, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT

UKRAINE

MOSCOW — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on Russia to support his peace plan “with deeds, not words.” More than 300 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine in the past weeks as pro-Russian insurgents were fighting with government forces. Ukraine last Friday announced a unilateral cease-fire with the rebels. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 210 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1230 GMT.

EUROPE-GOOGLE

AMSTERDAM — Google has begun deleting some search results at the request of users, following a May court ruling that European Union citizens have a right to ask for the removal of irrelevant or embarrassing personal information that pops up on a search of their names. Several weeks after the ruling by the European Court of Justice on the so-called “right to be forgotten,” the company set up an online interface for users to register complaints. By Toby Sterling. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 1200 GMT.

EUROPE-ISOLATED BRITAIN

BRUSSELS — Many political battles are ugly — but toss in 28 nations, high unemployment, angry voters and a skeptical Britain and the fight over who will be the European Union’s next chief executive may have profound consequences. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has set himself up for a stinging defeat as his vocal campaign to block the front-runner for the top EU job, former Luxembourg prime minister and longtime Brussels insider Jean-Claude Juncker, fails to gain traction. By Juergen Baetz and Geir Moulson. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

NETHERLANDS-AIR-SAFETY

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch Safety Board, which investigates disasters and potential disasters in the Netherlands, says it has detected a glitch that can cause airplane autopilot systems to respond in a dangerous way when a plane is attempting a steeper than normal landing approach. In a report, the agency said the glitch can cause the autopilot to pull up plane’s nose at the wrong moment during a steep approach, potentially leading to a stall. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1300 GMT.

UNITED-NATIONS-EL-NINO

GENEVA — There’s a strong chance an El Nino weather event will reappear before the end of the year and shake up climate patterns worldwide, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The El Nino, a flow of unusually warm surface waters from the Pacific Ocean toward and along the western coast of South America, changes rain and temperature patterns around the world and usually raises global temperatures. By John Heilprin. SENT: 290 words.

FRANCE-JEWISH MUSEUM SHOOTING

VERSAILLES, France — A French court has ordered the man suspected of killing four people at the Brussels Jewish Museum to be extradited to Belgium. The Versailles court decided Thursday that Mehdi Nemmouche should be handed over to Belgian authorities who are investigating last month’s museum attack. SENT: 130 words.

ALBANIA-EXECUTIVE-KILLED

TIRANA, Albania — The head and co-founder of one of Albania’s biggest private banks was shot dead Thursday in the capital, police said. Banka Credins CEO Artan Santo, 58, was gunned down when entering his downtown Tirana office, according to police spokeswoman Alma Katragjini. SENT: 220 words, photos.

TUNISIA-DRUG POLICY

Tunisia is revamping its draconian drug laws, which have been condemned for having minimum sentences of at least a year and not distinguishing between hard and soft drugs. The changes are part of Tunisia’s efforts to democratize after its 2011 revolution that ousted former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked a string of anti-government movements across North Africa known as the Arab Spring. By Bouazza Ben Bouazza and Ben Wiacek. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1500 GMT.

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