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TOP STORIES FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A court on Wednesday cleared the Netherlands of liability in the deaths of the most of the 8,000 Bosnian Muslims slain in the Srebrenica massacre 19 years ago, but did order the nation to compensate the families of more than 300 men turned over to Bosnian Serb forces and later killed. SENT: 500 words, photos. By Mike Corder.
MOSCOW — Investigators say they have detained two Moscow subway workers in the wake of a deadly rush-hour derailment that killed 22 people and injured 136 others. Russia’s major investigative agency said in a statement Wednesday it had detained a senior Moscow track foreman and his assistant. SENT: 230 words, photos. By Nataliya Vasilyeva.
LONDON — The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday. Officials declared that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible even though they acknowledged the number of new infections — more than 2 million last year — was still very high. UNAIDS estimated there were about 35 million people living with HIV last year and in 2012. SENT: 380 words, photos. By Maria Cheng.
PARIS — Restaurant-goers in France will start seeing a funny little symbol on their menus this week: a skillet with a house on top, indicating your menu choice is made in-house. It’s part of a new law meant to battle against the surprising amount of factory-made, pre-packaged food in French restaurants. France’s chief of consumer affairs, Carole Delga, told The Associated Press that the logo would better inform customers about what they’re getting, and highlight the country’s culinary traditions. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1300 GMT.
BRITAIN-WORLD WAR I
LONDON — Britain’s Imperial War Museum was founded during World War I, so that future generations would not forget the “war to end all wars.” A century on, there’s little chance of that. But how best to commemorate carnage — with a “multi-sensory experience” or quiet reflection? The museum is reopening after a year-long, $70 million overhaul, and tries to do both, taking visitors into trenches and fighter-plane cockpits as well as inside the letters and diaries of combatants and their loved ones. By Jill Lawless. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1500GMT. By Jill Lawless.
STOCKHOLM — A hearing at Stockholm District Court will decide if the arrest warrant for Julian Assange on charges of sexual misconduct can be repealed. Assange’s supporters hope this could open up an opportunity for the WikiLeaks founder to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been staying for more than two years to escape extradition to Sweden. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos, by 1600 GMT. By Karl Ritter.
TBILISI, Georgia — Georgia’s president has called for a murder investigation into the mysterious death of an influential TV tycoon. Erosi Kitsmarishvili, the founder of the Rustavi 2 channel, was found dead in this car with a bullet in his head on Tuesday. His family and friends insist that he was not suicidal. SENT: 130 words.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are meeting to nominate their candidate to become the 28-nation bloc’s new foreign policy chief after incumbent Catherine Ashton’s term expires in October. They may also consider ordering additional Ukraine-related sanctions. UPCOMING: 300 words after 1600 GMT.
ATHENS, Greece — Greek authorities say there has been an exchange of gunfire in the Athens tourist district of Monastiraki, during what appeared to be a robbery attempt on a jewelry shop. At least three people have been wounded. Police say one of the wounded in Wednesday’s shootout has been arrested and his identity is being checked. Local media report it is believed to be Nikos Maziotis, a fugitive convicted of terrorism last year for participation in Revolutionary Struggle, a group active between 2003 and 2009. Police say they will not release any information on his identity until it is confirmed through fingerprint checks. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1130 GMT.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish media and U.S. officials say some 200 protesters denouncing Israel’s military operations in Gaza threw eggs and firecrackers and destroyed chairs and tables that were set for a Muslim fast-breaking dinner sponsored by the U.S. Consulate. The state-run Anadolu Agency said seven people were later injured in fighting between some of the protesters and security officials employed by the municipality, which owned the tables and chairs. The incident occurred late Tuesday in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir as organizers were preparing to host the iftar, or Ramadan meal. SENT: 130 words.
FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says international investors are recovering their appetite to hold euros. The bank said Wednesday that foreign demand for stocks, bonds and other portfolio investments in euros rose to 3.7 percent of eurozone economic output in 2013, up from 3.0 percent the year before. SENT: 130 words.