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March 31, 2015

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue negotiations in a new phase aimed at reaching a comprehensive accord by the end of June, officials tell The Associated Press on Tuesday. By George Jahn and Matthew Lee. SENT: 590 words, photos. Developing.

FRANCE-PLANE CRASH

PARIS — French aviation investigators said Tuesday they will examine “systemic weaknesses” like cockpit entry rules and psychological screening procedures that could have led to the Germanwings crash, while Lufthansa said its insurers set aside $300 million to deal with possible fallout from the disaster. By Geir Moulson and Jamey Keaten. SENT: 670 words, photos. Developing.

EUROPE-ECONOMY

LONDON — The 19-country eurozone isn’t going to be the driving force of the global economy anytime soon, but it’s increasingly evident that its numbers are heading the right way. Official figures Tuesday raised hopes that the current bout of deflation across the region could be over much sooner than anticipated while unemployment has fallen to a near three-year low — the latest in a string of indicators to suggest that the eurozone recovery has pushed up a gear in the wake of lower oil prices and a falling euro. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 750 words.

BRITAIN-UNEASY ABOUT IMMIGRATION

BOSTON, England — Boston is a typical English town — ancient church, traditional shops, Polish supermarkets, Baltic bakeries. Amid the bargain-hunting crowds on market day, eastern European languages are almost as common as the local east-of-England accent. Immigration has transformed Boston in the last decade. At least one in eight residents comes from eastern Europe, and the population is growing at double the national rate. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 1,250 words, photos.

TURKEY-POWER OUTAGE

ANKARA, Turkey — Dozens of Turkish cities and provinces on Tuesday were hit by a massive power outage that brought transportation to a standstill and disrupted services and businesses which had no backup power. SENT: 150 words. Developing.

NETHERLANDS-ANNE FRANK

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — New research by the Anne Frank House museum shows that the Jewish girl whose World War II diary about her life hiding made her a symbol for all Holocaust victims likely died earlier than previously thought. The conclusion was published Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the official date of the deaths of Anne and her sister Margot that was set by Dutch authorities after the war. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1230 GMT.

SPAIN-TERROR ARRESTS

MADRID — Police on Tuesday arrested four members of a family, including 16-year-old twin boys who were allegedly about to travel to Syria to become jihadi fighters, the Interior Ministry said. A ministry statement said the parents and their sons were arrested in the northeastern city of Badalona, near Barcelona. The ministry said the four were Moroccan nationals. By Ciaran Giles. SENT: 270 words.

POLAND-UKRAINE-NATO

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s Defense Ministry says it plans to train about 50 Ukrainian army instructors this year, joining a NATO effort to improve Ukraine’s defense capabilities as it struggles with a pro-Russia insurgency in its east. The ministry said Tuesday that training sessions would take place in Poland in June, September and October. SENT: 130 words.

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