TOP STORIES IN EUROPE AT 1215 GMT:

UKRAINE

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine's military says rebel violations of a cease-fire in the country's east are persisting, but have fallen off in recent days. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1300 GMT, more photos.

CZECH-SHOOTING

PRAGUE — Hundreds of residents of a small town in southeastern Czech Republic have gathered to honor the victims of the worst shooting attack in the country's history. Braving rain, they lit candles in front of the Druzba restaurant in Uhersky Brod a day after a gunman opened fire during lunchtime, killing eight and seriously wounding a woman before he fatally shot himself. SENT: 250 words, photos.

BRITAIN-UNPREDICTABLE ELECTION

ATHERSTONE, England — Posters are being printed and slogans are being polished as Britain's politicians battle it out in the most unpredictable national election in decades. One top election analyst has dubbed it "the lottery election." Voters, though, don't seem very excited about who gets the prize. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

POLAND-POLANSKI

KRAKOW, Poland — Filmmaker Roman Polanski appeared in court in southern Poland for a hearing concerning a U.S. request for his extradition over 1977 charges of sex with a minor. SENT: 320 words, photos.

NSA-SURVEILLANCE

PARIS — A Dutch SIM-maker allegedly targeted by British and U.S. spying agencies says it believes there was a hacking operation, but it didn't result in a massive privacy leak. SENT: 130 words.

VATICAN-MEXICO

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis' casual speaking style has gotten him into diplomatic trouble. The Vatican says it has sent a note to Mexico's ambassador insisting that Francis "absolutely did not intend to hurt the feelings of the Mexican people" by referring to the "Mexicanization" of his native Argentina from drug trafficking. SENT: 130 words.

TURKEY-BEAUTY-QUEEN

ANKARA, Turkey — The lawyer for a model and former Miss Turkey says she could face up to two years in prison for social media posts that prosecutors have deemed to be critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. SENT: 130 words.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

BRITAIN-HSBC

LONDON — First there was money laundering. Then foreign-exchange rigging. Now tax evasion. HSBC, Europe's biggest bank, has endured a string of scandals — and paid millions in penalties to regulators around the world. But recent revelations that its Swiss private bank helped the wealthy evade taxes are raising new questions about HSBC's conduct and shining a spotlight on an industry still reeling from the 2008 financial crisis. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 900 words, photo.

GREECE-BAILOUT

ATHENS, Greece — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is meeting with his radical left party's lawmakers to brief them on the pledges his government has made to European creditors in order to win a four-month extension to the country's international bailout. By Elena Becatoros. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1230 GMT.