BC-EU--Europe News Digest, EU
TOP STORIES IN EUROPE AT 1215 GMT:
PARIS — France orders 10,000 troops onto the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that left 17 people and the three gunmen dead. By Lori Hinnant and Sylvie Corbet. SENT: 500 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Developments throughout the day.
MILAN — The killing of four French Jews in last week’s hostage standoff at a Paris kosher market has deepened the fears among European Jewish communities shaken by rising anti-Semitism and feeling vulnerable due to poor security and a large number of potential soft targets. Israeli leaders have called on European Jews to immigrate to the Jewish state. But European Jews are deeply ambivalent about leaving, and their community leaders, along with top politicians, have urged people to stay in their homelands. By Colleen Barry and Aron Heller. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.
GROSSROEHRSDORF, Germany — The 17 North African refugees turned up just before Christmas — and Simon Richter felt nothing to cheer. The electrician and his friends organized a meeting that sent out a message loud and clear: We don’t want the foreigners in our midst. Within days, authorities caved to pressure and moved the young men elsewhere. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 950 words, photos.
BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister is hosting his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France in an attempt to move forward efforts to calm the Ukrainian crisis and perhaps clear the way for a summit of the countries’ leaders. The meeting planned Monday evening in Berlin follows a flurry of diplomacy including a brief weekend encounter in Paris between the German, French and Ukrainian leaders. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1300 GMT, and then developing from a 1645 GMT statement from Germany’s foreign minister before the talks.
WARSAW, Poland — Hundreds of angry coal miners in southern Poland are staging an underground strike to protest a plan to close four mines that, the government says, are losing money. Government talks with the protesting miners broke up Sunday and the protest intensified. SENT: 130 words.
BERLIN — German police say two men detained following an arson attack on a newspaper that reprinted cartoons from French weekly Charlie Hebdo have been released. Hamburg police said Monday the two denied any connection to the weekend attack in which several files at the Hamburger Morgenpost’s archive were destroyed. Forensic tests also produced no evidence against them. Police appealed for witnesses to the attack. SENT: 130 words, photos.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounces the religious fundamentalism that inspired the Paris massacres and ongoing Mideast conflicts, saying the attackers were enslaved by “deviant forms of religion” that used God as a mere ideological pretext to perpetuate mass killings. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
MOSCOW — The Russian ruble is edging further down amid a continuing slump in oil prices. The currency was down about 2 percent in morning trading in Moscow, floating around 62.8 rubles per dollar. SENT: 130 words.
BERLIN — Volkswagen says it sold more than 10 million vehicles last year for the first time as strong performances in China and western Europe pushed deliveries 4.2 percent higher. SENT: 130 words.