BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
Jun. 25, 2014
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT
MOSCOW — On Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand, the upper house of Russian parliament on Wednesday canceled a resolution allowing the use of military in Ukraine, a move intended to show Moscow's eagerness to de-escalate tensions and avoid a new round of Western sanctions. The vote came as NATO foreign ministers gathered in Brussels, warning that more sanctions were possible and considering ways to bolster Ukraine's military. By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 780 words, photos.
KIEV, Ukraine — On Friday, Ukraine will sign a sweeping economic and trade agreement with the European Union, a 1,200-page telephone book of a document crammed with rules on everything from turkeys to tulips, cheese to machinery. Yet the agreement is far more than just fine print for experts — it was the catalyst of a revolution that killed scores of Ukrainians and toppled a president. The hope now is it that it will spark another kind of revolution, this one in Ukraine's corrupt, underperforming economy. By David Mchugh. Sent: 1,000 words, photos.
PARIS — A French doctor has been acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to help seven terminally ill patients die. The ruling came in the case of Nicolas Bonnemaison, who had faced up to life in prison. His lawyer expressed hope it would weigh on growing debate in France on legalizing euthanasia. By Lori Hinnant. Sent 110 words, photos. UPCOMING: 460 words by 1130 GMT.
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MADRID — A Spanish judge moved closer Wednesday to indicting Princess Cristina, the sister of newly proclaimed King Felipe VI, in a corruption and embezzlement investigation centering on her husband. Wrapping up a four-year pre-trial investigation, Palma de Mallorca investigative magistrate Jose Castro kept her on a list of suspects he thinks should stand trial. By Ciaran Giles. SENT: 310 words, photos.
PARIS — A European court ordered French doctors to continue treatment for a comatose patient while Britain's Supreme Court on Wednesday said that a ban on assisted suicide was incompatible with human rights, raising new questions about who decides a person is beyond treatment. The British decision was unexpectedly far-reaching. Although it dismissed the appeal from two severely disabled men who argued the law should be changed to allow doctors to legally kill them, the ruling suggested that Parliament change the law to be in line with human rights guarantees. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 480 words, photos.
BRUSSELS — It's not just ordinary people whose ancestors fought in World War I. It's a shared chapter in the genealogies of President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. For British Prime Minister David Cameron, it evokes proud family memories of valor tempered by sorrow. For German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it involves a grandparent whose actions are tinged with mystery. By John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 1,260 words, photos.
LONDON — The trial is not over yet, but tremors from the phone-hacking case are shaking Britain's political establishment — and Rupert Murdoch's media business. Jurors are still considering bribery counts against former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and ex-royal editor Clive Goodman. On Tuesday they convicted Coulson of conspiring to hack phones, but cleared former editor Rebekah Brooks and four others.
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WASHINGTON — Sanctions aimed at key economic sectors in Russia because of its threatening moves in Ukraine might be delayed because of positive signals from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Obama administration officials. The United States and its European allies were finalizing a package of sanctions with the goal of putting them in place as early as this week, the officials and others close to the process said Tuesday. Penalizing large swaths of the Russian economy, including its lucrative energy industry, would ratchet up the West's punishments against Moscow. By Julie Pace, Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper.
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