BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1230 GMT
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian government troops moved against pro-Russia forces in the east of the country on Thursday and killed at least two of them in clashes at checkpoints manned by the insurgents, the government and insurgents said. Russian President Vladimir Putin decried what he described as a “punitive operation.” By Yuras Karmanau. SENT: 740 words, photos.
NUCLEAR WEAPONS LAWSUIT
NEW YORK — The tiny Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands is taking on the United States and the world’s eight other nuclear-armed nations with an unprecedented lawsuit demanding that they meet their obligations toward disarmament and accusing them of “flagrant violations” of international law. The island group that was used for dozens of U.S. nuclear tests after World War II was filing suit Thursday against each of the nine countries in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. It also was filing a federal lawsuit against the United States in San Francisco, naming President Barack Obama, the departments and secretaries of defense and energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration. By Cara Anna. SENT: 900 words, photos.
ROME — Inside a chapel on the edge of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter’s Square. The short-sleeved garment bears the initials “JP,” sewn in red cotton thread on the label by nuns who did his laundry. Jagged rips run down from the neck and sides, made when emergency room staff tore open John Paul’s shirt as they raced to save the 60-year-old pontiff’s life. By Frances D’emilio. SENT: 1,300 words, photos.
With Vatyican-Relics in History
BRUSSELS — An independent report says official complacency, complex rules and spotty oversight have left the European Union’s leading institutions vulnerable to corruption. The report, from the watchdog organization Transparency International, claims to be the first comprehensive survey of how the European Commission, European Parliament and other EU institutions are acting to ensure standards of integrity, transparency and accountability. The 244-page document was made public Thursday. SENT: 130 words.
FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says the bank’s rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations — without names. Draghi said Thursday that a “more detailed explanation of the reasoning” behind bank’s decisions would help its monetary policy work its way through to the economy by making clear why the bank was acting — and how it might react to future trouble. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON — British police are launching a nationwide bid to prevent young people from traveling to Syria to take part in the fighting there. Metropolitan Police officials said Thursday they are increasingly concerned about the number of young people intending to go to Syria to join the conflict. SENT: 130 words.
ATHENS, Greece — Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. A Merchant Marine Ministry statement says four other crew members were rescued by a merchant vessel in the area, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Crete. SENT: 130 words.