BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
Oct. 23, 2014
TOP STORIES IN EUROPE AT 1115 GMT:
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders open a two-day summit to discuss Ebola, their stuttering economies, IS and Russia. By Mike Corder and Raf Casert. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1600 GMT.
GENEVA/LONDON — The World Health Organization lays out its strategy against the Ebola virus after an emergency meeting, following criticism of its handling of the epidemic that is continuing to spread in West Africa. UPCOMING: 130 words after 1400GMT news conference, photos.
RUSSIA-TOTAL CEO KILLED
MOSCOW — Russian investigators announced they have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members. As an additional indication that responsibility for the crash was being widened well beyond the driver of the snowplow that the private jet hit as it was taking off, the airport announced that its longtime general director and his deputy had resigned. SENT: 300 words, photos.
NICOSIA, Cyprus — The chief of Cyprus' aircraft accidents board says search crews have found wreckage belonging to a small aircraft that vanished while en route to Beirut, Lebanon, from the east Mediterranean island. Yiannakis Loizou told The Associated Press that the fate of two people aboard the plane remains unknown and that search efforts continue.
PARIS — A French physician who treated Michael Schumacher for nearly six months after the Formula One champion struck his head in a ski accident says he is no longer in a coma and predicted a possible recovery within three years. Jean-Francois Payen, a doctor at the Grenoble hospital that treated Schumacher after his injury in December 2013, said he has visited the Schumacher family at home in Switzerland to track his patient's progress.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances. It's a step that comes none too soon for the struggling economy of the 18-country eurozone. The results due Sunday will seek to identify banks that are too weak to lend to businesses or make it through another recession — and force them to strengthen their finances. By David McHugh. SENT: 800 words, photos.
WARSAW — European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to stamp their new, ambitious greenhouse gas emissions plan should prepare for unyielding opposition from coal-reliant Poland and some other East European countries who say their developing economies and electricity bills would suffer too much from the new target. By Monika Scislowska. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos.
LONDON — The chairman of Tesco, the world's second-biggest retailer behind Walmart, announced his resignation amid an accounting scandal in which the company admitted it had overstated its projected profits. Richard Broadbent said he will step down once a successor is found while the company confirmed its financial troubles continued, with a 99 percent drop in first-half net income to 6 million pounds ($9.6 million). Shares in the supermarket chain slumped over 5 percent in morning trading in London. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 580 words.
LONDON — A stronger than anticipated economic survey helped shore up European markets following a run of disappointing news that raised the specter of another recession across the 18-country eurozone. Financial information company Markit said its composite purchasing managers' index for the eurozone — a gauge of business activity across the manufacturing and services sectors — rose to 52.2 points in October from 52.0 in September. Anything above 50 indicates expansion. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 320 words.
RUSSIA-TOTAL CEO KILLED
MOSCOW — Russian investigators announced that they have detained four more employees of Moscow's Vnukovo Airport following a plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil company Total and three crew members. As an additional indication that responsibility for the crash was being widened well beyond the driver of the snowplow that the private jet hit as it was taking off, the airport announced that its longtime general director and his deputy had resigned. SENT: 300 words, photos.
BERLIN — An anti-corruption watchdog says that several of the Group of 20 global economic powers are making little or no effort to enforce rules barring multinational companies from paying bribes abroad, and only Canada has improved significantly in the past year. Transparency International annually assesses compliance with an anti-bribery convention signed by 41 countries that prohibits bribes to win contracts, or dodge taxes and local laws. SENT: 130 words.