Europe News Digest
LONDON (AP) — TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1230 GMT
LUHANSKE, Ukraine — Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed rebels face a deadline to start pulling back heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine, but Associated Press reporters saw no signs of it on the ground. SENT; 530 words, photos.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark’s domestic intelligence service acknowledges that prison officials alerted the agency last year to the suspected gunman in last weekend’s shooting attacks that killed two people and wounded five in Copenhagen. SENT: 520 words, photos.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Greek shares lead a European retreat as investors react negatively to the breakdown in talks between Greece and its creditors in the 19-nation eurozone over the country’s attempt to renegotiate its financial bailout. SENT: 450 words, photos.
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MOSCOW — Prosecutors at an appeals hearing in Moscow are asking that opposition leader Alexei Navalny be sent to prison for 10 years. SENT: 120 words, photos planned.
Jubilant throngs gathered around gigantic letters spelling “NEWBORN,” when Kosovo declared independence from Serbia seven years ago. Today, there’s a new national symbol: The bus stop where hundreds of people gather every day to flee a country they’ve given up on. High hopes have turned to despair as Kosovars mark the anniversary of their dream of nationhood coming true. SENT: 980 words, photos.
MILAN — Police search the homes of several women who attended ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi’s famed “bunga bunga” parties as part of an investigation into alleged witness tampering during the billionaire’s sex-for-hire trial. SENT: 140 words.
BERLIN — What happened to Germany’s anti-Islam movement PEGIDA? After bursting into the limelight last year with weekly rallies that drew first hundreds, then tens of thousands, the group appears to have lost momentum. SENT: 620 words, photos.
SARRE-UNION, France - French President Francois Hollande says the rise of acts against Jews and Muslims threatens the country’s very foundations. SENT: 140 words.
LONDON — A man from northwest England has appeared in court charged with trying to obtain a chemical weapon, the deadly poison ricin. SENT: 130 words.
MADRID — An American university student who was repeatedly gored and tossed by a fighting bull last weekend is improving but remains shaken after the experience, a medical official says. SENT: 270 words.
BERLIN — A survey shows that investor confidence in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has risen to its highest level in a year though the increase was a little short of expectations amid concerns over Ukraine and Greece. SENT: 130 words, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe’s car market shows more signs of healing as it posts the 17th straight month of sales increases in January. SENT: 130 words.