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BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1130 GMT, AP

July 25, 2013



SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain — Spanish investigators try to determine why a passenger train jumped the tracks and sent eight cars crashing into each other just before arriving in this northwestern shrine city on the eve of a major Christian religious festival, killing at least 77 people. At least 141 people were injured — some of them critically — after the eight-carriage train carrying 218 passengers derailed about an hour before sunset Wednesday night. By Alan Clendenning and Hernan Munoz.

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MOSCOW — Europe’s top human rights court on Thursday dismissed claims that Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky was prosecuted for political reasons, but said that some procedures during a trial against him were unfair. The Strasboug-based European Court of Human Rights also said in its ruling that Russia unfairly charged Khodorkovsky huge tax arrears, and that Russian authorities unfairly sent him and business partner Platon Lebedev to far-away penal colonies in eastern Siberia to serve their sentences, thousands of miles from their families in Moscow. Nataliya Vasilyeva.

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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s deputy prime minister says talks between Israel and Turkey on compensation for the victims of a deadly Israel raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla have stalled over disagreement on the legal definition of the damages. Bulent Arinc said that Israel wanted to make a voluntary payment, while Turkey insists that Israel accept liability for a “wrongful act.” His comments were reported Thursday by Today’s Zaman and Hurriyet newspapers.


BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia — French President Francois Hollande has joined a meeting of Balkan leaders focusing on the volatile region’s integration into the European Union and unresolved issues from the conflict of the 1990s’. Hollande attended the meeting Thursday during an official visit to Slovenia, a sign of support for the Balkan countries’ efforts to join the EU. Admission to the bloc is considered key to lasting stability in the region.

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STOCKHOLM — A Swedish politician who wanted to show his new tattoo to followers on a social media site accidentally revealed far more than he intended. Lars Ohly, former leader of Sweden’s Left Party, posted a picture of the English soccer club Liverpool’s liver bird tattooed on his leg. What he failed to notice was that his genitals were visible in the background.


BERLIN — Axel Springer AG, one of Germany’s most prominent publishers, is selling two regional newspapers as well as its television and women’s magazines in a 920 million-euro ($1.2 billion) deal that will allow it to focus on its main titles. Springer said Thursday that it plans to sell the daily Berliner Morgenpost and Hamburger Abendblatt along with the magazines to Funke Mediengruppe, which owns several newspapers in western and central Germany.



LONDON — The British economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three month period, official figures showed Thursday in what the government hopes will be the start of a broad-based economic recovery in the run-up to the next general election. The increase in the country’s annual gross domestic product, as reported by the Office for National Statistics, was double the previous quarter’s rate but in line with market expectations. Services, agriculture, manufacturing and construction industries all contributed to the quarterly rise. By Danica Kirka.

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LONDON — Markets drifted lower Thursday as Wall Street failed to make new all-time highs, giving some investors pause for thought as the traditional summer lull begins in earnest

By Pan Pylas.

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FRANKFURT, Germany — German business optimism rose slightly more than expected in July, a closely watched survey revealed Thursday, the latest in a series of signals indicating moderate growth ahead for Europe’s biggest economy.


MADRID — Spain’s National Statistics Institute says the country’s jobless rate dropped by 0.9 percentage points to 26.26 percent in the second quarter of 2013, sorely needed good news for an economy mired in recession for most of the past four years.


BERLIN — Axel Springer AG, one of Germany’s most prominent publishers, is selling two regional newspapers as well as its television and women’s magazines in a 920 million-euro ($1.2 billion) deal that will allow it to focus on its main titles



BUDAPEST, Hungary — Without a race win in his last four races, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso needs to find his best form at the Hungarian Grand Prix to stop championship leader Sebastian Vettel from extending his lead. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is trying to kickstart his season on a track he was won three times on in the past, and the spotlight at the notoriously slow Hungaroring will also be on the reliability of the Pirelli tires following a series of embarrassing blowouts. By 1400 GMT. By Jerome Pugmire.


BARCELONA, Spain — Two-time Olympic champion Chen Ruolin of China goes for gold in the women’s 10-meter platform diving competition at the swimming world championships. Down at the harbor, three-person squads are competing in the 5-kilometer open water swimming team event. And inside the Palau Sant Jordi, Russia’s synchronized swimmers aim for their fifth consecutive gold of the competition in the duet free. By 1900 GMT. By Paul Newberry.

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