TOP STORIES FOR TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014

UKRAINE

DONETSK, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government has captured most of a town near Donetsk, tightening the noose around the key rebel-held stronghold, officials said on Tuesday. Government efforts to quell the pro-Russian separatist front have focused lately on gradually encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-controlled city. Fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has forced nearly 344,000 people to flee their homes, according to the United Nations — a number that has only grown as the humanitarian situation in rebel-held cities deteriorates. Upcoming 600 words. By Peter Leonard.

EBOLA

GENEVA — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,200 people since it began in December 2013, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. More than 2,200 have been sickened, according to the U.N. health agency's latest numbers. Sent. 150 words. Upcoming 350 words by 1130 GMT.

BRITAIN-ECONOMY

LONDON — Britain's inflation rate fell more than expected in July, to 1.6 percent from 1.9 percent in June, easing pressure on the Bank of England as it weighs when to raise interest rates. The Office of National Statistics said Tuesday that a fall in clothing prices provided the biggest contribution to the drop in consumer price inflation. A drop in the cost of alcohol, financial services and food also contributed. Sent. 150 words.

— DENMARK-EARNS-MOLLER-MAERSK — A.P. Moller-Maersk, a shipping company that investors monitor as a bellwether for world trade, lifted Tuesday its full-year earnings outlook after reporting that its second-quarter profits nearly tripled. The Danish group said earnings were boosted by higher freight volumes, a positive sign for global growth even as China's economic activity is slowing and Europe's is stagnant. Sent. 200 words.

TURKEY-KURDS

ANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish protesters clashed with security forces over the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person and injured two others, according to media reports. The violence broke out near a cemetery in the southeastern town of Lice, where the statue of Mahsum Korkmaz, a Kurdistan Workers' Party fighter, was raised on Aug. 15 — the 30th anniversary of the start of the group's armed conflict for Kurdish autonomy. The group, known by its acronym PKK, is considered a terrorist organization even though Turkish officials are engaged in talks with the organization's jailed leader for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Sent. 250 words.

— TURKEY-POLICE ARRESTS — Turkey's state-run news agency says 25 more police officers have been detained across Turkey as authorities press ahead with a crackdown on officers suspected of illegally wiretapping Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other officials. Sent 130 words.

GERMANY-LOOTED ART

BERLIN — Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner. Experts said in a release late Monday that Max Liebermann's "Two Riders on the Beach" was "with high probability" seized from businessman David Friedmann and rightfully belongs to his descendants. Sent 130 words.

ROMANIA-OBIT-PATRICIU

BUCHAREST, Romania — Dinu Patriciu, an emblematic politician from Romania's early post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by legal troubles, died Tuesday after a series of illnesses, the country's former prime minister said. He was 64. Patriciu died Tuesday in a London hospital, said former Prime Minister Petre Roman, a family friend. Roman said he had been ill with cancer and liver disease. By Alison Mutler. Sent 230 words.