Europe News Digest
The Associated Press
May. 20, 2014
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1130 GMT
ODESSA, Ukraine — The fleet is in the harbor, though it can be hard to spot. It's tucked behind storage tanks, and overshadowed by immense cargo. There are a couple dozen boats, all painted battleship grey and many in desperate need of repair. The government is begging the public to help pay their bills. This is Ukraine's Navy. Or at least what remains of its fleet since Russia seized control of the Crimean peninsula two months ago, and with it the country's key navy base and most of its ships. By Tim Sullivan. SENT: 995 words, photos.
MOSCOW — Pro-Russian insurgents fighting Ukrainian government forces face a new challenge from the country's richest man, while Russia's Defense Ministry says its units have started dismantling their camps in the border regions in line with President Vladimir Putin's order. Metals tycoon Rinat Akhmetov toughens his stance against the rebellion, saying it has devastated the eastern regions that form the nation's industrial heartland, and called for his thousands of employees to blow sirens "in support of peace and against bloodshed." By Vladimir Isachenkov. SENT: 780 words, photos.
BELGRADE, Serbia — Fed by the highest rainfall ever recorded in the Balkans, water levels in the mighty Danube are rising, but authorities expressed hope Europe's second-largest river will spare the region already devastated by flooding. Instead, they warned of another potential calamity: tons of drowned livestock posing a health hazard. The flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in past days has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least three dozen deaths. In Serbia, the floods have been threatening the country's biggest power plant, while in Bosnia there is danger from the shifting of mine fields left over from the country's war. By Jovana Gec. SENT: 335 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1230 GMT.
TOPCIC POLJE, Bosnia-Herzegovina — It took only a few minutes for a roaring landslide to leave Ramiz Skopljak homeless for the second time in his life. The first time he had been 47, and though his house was a ruin, the Bosnian war at least left him his land in Topcic Polje, central Bosnia, on which to start anew. Now he is 65 and even if he could find the folder with the title deed buried somewhere in the mud covering his village it wouldn't help. The land itself has disappeared, along with a chunk of the hill it stood on. By Aida Cerkez. SENT: 686 words, photos.
At a central Athens Hotel, Golden Dawn is presenting candidates for this week's European Parliament elections who would have looked out of place only a few months ago; lawyers, entrepreneurs and university lecturers. Struggling to form alliances, even the most extreme parts of Europe's far right are softening their image. By Derek Gatopoulos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1130 GMT.
SALSOMAGGIORE TERME, Italy — Sprinters should shine in the 10th stage, an almost entirely flat 173-kilometer (108-mile) route from Modena to Salsomaggiore Terme. Cadel Evans is expected to maintain his 57-second lead over Rigoberto Uran in the overall standings. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 1530 GMT.