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March 10, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1300 GMT

UKRAINE

KIEV, Ukraine — The man who was once Russia’s most famous prisoner says Russia is ruining its longstanding friendship with Ukraine by its aggressive and pro-separatist actions in Crimea. Mikhail Khodorkovsky made the remarks in a lecture to students at Kiev Polytechnic University on Monday. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 210 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words by 1330 GMT.

Crimea-Tatars story, listed on 1230 digest, will move on Tuesday

FRANCE-SECRET RECORDINGS

PARIS — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his singer-songwriter wife are asking a judge for an emergency injunction Monday barring any publication of private conversations secretly recorded by a former aide. The recordings also included discussions between Sarkozy and his inner circle while he was in office in 2011, and were revealed last week in a French newspaper and website. The website has since taken down the recordings in which Carla Bruni — Sarkozy’s glamorous wife — teases him about being a kept man. SENT: 130 words.

UN-CENTRAL-AFRICAN-REPUBLIC

GENEVA — A U.N. investigation of human rights abuses in Central African Republic launched Monday in a bid to head off possible genocide. The chair of the investigation, Bernard Acho Muna, a lawyer from Cameroon who was deputy chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, said he and former Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jorge Castaneda and Mauritanian human rights lawyer Fatimata M’Baye will fly to the capital Bangui later Monday and begin the investigation Tuesday. By John Heilprin. SENT: 270 words, photos.

VATICAN-KOREA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says Pope Francis will travel to South Korea from Aug. 14-18 to participate in an Asian Catholic youth festival. The trip announced Monday will be Francis’ second foreign visit this year after his brief visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories in May. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 300 words, photos.

SPAIN-MIGRANTS

MADRID — Spain’s interior minister acknowledged Monday that police should not have fired rubber bullets to try to deter migrants trying to enter Spain’s northwest African enclave of Ceuta by sea last month, when at least 15 people drowned. Jorge Fernandez Diaz told Onda Cero radio that in retrospect rubber bullets were unlikely to deter the dozens of sub-Saharan migrants trying to swim around a border pier from Morocco to Spain on Feb. 6. SENT: 200 words.

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