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Europe News Digest

February 17, 2015

LONDON (AP) — TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1230 GMT

UKRAINE

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.

DENMARK SHOOTINGS

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.

GREECE-BAILOUT

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.

RUSSIA OPPOSITION LEADER

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.

KOSOVO-SOUR ANNIVERSARY

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.

ITALY-BERLUSCONI

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.

GERMANY-ANTI-ISLAM PROTESTS

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.

EUROPE JEWS

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.

BRITAIN-CHEMICAL WEAPON

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.

SPAIN-BULL GORING

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.

GERMANY-ECONOMY

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.

EUROPE-CAR SALES

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.

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