BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
Jul. 23, 2014
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1111 GMT
KHARKIV, Ukraine — Two military aircraft carrying the first bodies of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash left the embattled plains of eastern Ukraine Wednesday, while British investigators began work on a pair of "black boxes" to retrieve data on the flight's last minutes. By Jona Kallgren. SENT: 630 words, photos. UPCOMING: update with combat developments by 1200 GMT.
LONDON — Britain is still authorizing the export of arms and military equipment to Russia despite the government's call for tough sanctions over Moscow's arming of separatist rebels in Ukraine, a group of lawmakers said Wednesday. A group of legislative committees that oversee arms export controls said there are 251 export licenses in place for sale of goods worth at least 132 million pounds ($225 million) to Russia. The report did not detail actual exports, simply the licenses. SENT: 270 words.
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy— The Costa Concordia cruise liner began its final voyage Wednesday, slowly being towed away from the tiny Italian island where it capsized more than two years ago, killing 32 people. By Paolo Santalucia. SENT: 480 words, photos.
BERLIN — Automaker Daimler AG reported a 6 percent increase in second-quarter revenue and confirmed its full-year targets on Wednesday as new models and cost-cutting efforts helped its performance, though net profit declined sharply after a big one-time gain last year. The maker of Mercedes cars said net earnings for the April-June period were 2.2 billion euros ($3 billion), down from 4.58 billion euros a year earlier — a figure that was boosted by the sale of its stake in Airbus' parent company. SENT: 220 words.
MADRID — The Bank of Spain says the country's economy continues to show signs of recovery, growing by 0.5 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months. In provisional estimates released Wednesday, the bank raised its predictions for economic growth in 2014 from 1.2 percent to 1.3 percent, and from 1.8 percent to 2 percent for 2015. SENT: 130 words.
BERLIN — Authorities in the German state of Bavaria say they have banned a neo-Nazi group that operated in the region. The state interior ministry said it banned the Free Network South group on Wednesday and accused it of pursuing the "anti-constitutional endeavors" of an organization that was banned a decade ago, the Franconian Action Front. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON — A British coroner has concluded that model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Coroner Roger Hatch said Wednesday that Geldof had taken a fatal dose after a period of trying to come off the drug. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-BANK OF ENGLAND
LONDON — Bank of England policymakers are signaling that interest rates are likely to go up only gradually — though debate on the matter seems to be getting hotter. Minutes released Wednesday from their July meeting show the members disagree on whether rates should stay low to support the recovery or edge higher while the economy was growing strongly to "facilitate a more gradual path thereafter." SENT: 130 words.
LONDON — British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments. Adele's lawyer Jenny Afia said Wednesday that the Grammy-winning performer was adamant her son Angelo must never become "public property." SENT: 130 words