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BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP

August 28, 2013



LONDON — Britain says it will put forward a resolution Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council condemning the Syrian government for the alleged chemical attack that has killed hundreds of civilians. Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking a measure “authorizing necessary measures to protect civilians” in Syria — possibly including force — under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter. The move comes as U.N.’s special envoy to Syria says evidence suggests that some kind of chemical “substance” was used in an attack that killed hundreds of people and momentum appears to be building for Western military action against Syria. By Greg Katz. By Gregory Katz. 300 words moved; developing.


PEACE-PALACE — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded Wednesday for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict. 300 words moved.

UN-SYRIA-ENVOY — Envoy to Syria says evidence suggests a chemical substance which was used in attack in Syria. 250 words moved.


VIENNA — Iran and the U.N. nuclear agency have agreed to restart talks focused on the agency’s attempts to probe suspicions that Tehran worked on atomic weapons, diplomats said Wednesday, in the first such meeting since Iran’s hard-line president was replaced by a more moderate successor. The diplomats told The Associated Press that the negotiations will resume Sept. 27, with the main focus on gaining access to a section of a military site that the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency has long tried to access. By George Jahn. 850 words moved, may stand.


VENICE, Italy — Sandra Bullock and George Clooney kick off the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival with “Gravity,” a 3-D techno-drama set in outer space. Bullock and Clooney play astronauts adrift in space after debris from a destroyed space station takes out their shuttle in the Alfonso Cuaron film, which opens the festival out of competition on Thursday. The stars arrived by motorboat convoy Wednesday a day ahead of their red-carpet global premier.


BERLIN — Authorities say a small plane crashed in western Germany, killing four adults and one child and injuring three other children. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that the single-engine Piper crashed Tuesday evening in a field in the Dortmund area.



LONDON - New Bank of England Governor gives his first public speech to business leaders in the Midlands. Following on from his “forward guidance” last month, this is an opportunity to persuade companies and the public that interest rates will stay low for some time in the hope that they can be encouraged to spend and invest. By Danica Kirka. Final story: 700 words. Speech not until 12:45 GMT.


Growing fears of a U.S.-led military strike against Syria weighed on stocks once again on Wednesday but sent the price of oil soaring to its highest level since May 2011.

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BERLIN — A survey is showing that German consumer confidence is down slightly despite signs that the economy is growing solidly. The forward-looking GFK consumer climate index released Wednesday fell to 6.9 points for September from 7.0 points in August. The indicator had been rising since February but the research institute says the slight decline should not be seen yet as the start of a downturn.

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DUBLIN — British competition authorities have ordered Ryanair to sell its stake in Aer Lingus, a ruling that could deal a fatal blow to Ryanair’s 7-year campaign to acquire its main Irish rival. Ryanair vowed to appeal Wednesday’s judgment by the United Kingdom Competition Commission. Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary called it “bizarre.”

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BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania’s government is making a renewed push to get a Canadian gold mine project under way in Transylvania amid protests from historians and environmentalists. Canada’s Rosia Montana Gold Corp. has been waiting for permits for 14 years for the mine, which is estimated to contain 300 tons of gold and 1,600 tons of silver.

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