BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT
BRUSSELS — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed up to a trade and economic pact with the European Union, saying it may be the “most important day” for his country since it became independent from the Soviet Union. The European Union signed similar association agreements with two other former Soviet republics, Moldova and Georgia. By John Thor-Dahlburg. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1130 GMT.
With: EU-Trade-Deals-Glance, with details on trade agreement.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are set to nominate former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc’s new chief executive, despite strong British opposition. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1130 GMT; vote expected around 1400 GMT.
FRANCE-WWI-TOUR DE FRANCE
PARIS — Before sunrise on June 28, 1914, a pack of cyclists set off from Paris on the 12th Tour de France. Hours later, an Austrian archduke stepped out in Sarajevo and was assassinated in the street, igniting the carnage of World War I. Now, 100 years later, cycling’s greatest race is paying special tribute to the millions who fought and died in what came to be known as the Great War. Several stages of the famed Tour de France will run this year along the war’s killing fields, trenches and fronts in northern France and Belgium. By Greg Keller. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
LONDON — Before the fast, let there be a shopping feast. From Harrods in Knightsbridge to the glittering diamond stores in Mayfair, London has long attracted big spenders. But every year around the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend, a wave of spectacularly rich Middle Eastern shoppers arrives and takes retail therapy to a whole new level — complete with an entourage of bodyguards, chauffeurs, and Gulf-registered Rolls-Royces and Ferraris flown in just for the occasion. By Sylvia Hui. SENT: 730 words, photos.
BERLIN — A German court has ordered the release of a French woman accused of involvement in a guerrilla group’s murder of a conservative Chilean politician. Chile had asked Germany to extradite Marie Emmanuelle Verhoeven, who was arrested in Hamburg in January while trying to board a flight. SENT: 130 words.