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October 24, 2014

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT

BRITAIN-ECONOMY

BRUSSELS — Britain is protesting a European Union request for an additional 2.1 billion euro ($2.65 billion) contribution to the EU coffers at a time of increasing pressure at home for the country to leave the bloc. British officials on Friday confirmed a report in the Financial Times that his nation had been asked to top up its contribution by some 20 percent. By Raf Casert. SENT: 460 words, photos.

With EUROPE-EBOLA: EU nations pledge $1.25 billion to fight Ebola.

SWEDEN-SUBMARINE HUNT

STOCKHOLM — Swedish authorities say they have called off their weeklong search for a suspected submarine in the Stockholm archipelago. Military authorities said Friday that they have ordered naval and amphibious forces to end their hunt for the submarine, though some ground forces will remain involved. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 360 words, photos.

BRITAIN-GESTAPO IMPOSTOR

LONDON — At the height of World War II, Hans Kohout wanted to give the Nazis advance word of a top-secret British tactic that could neutralize an enemy’s air defenses, leaving major cities exposed to devastating air raids, according to secret intelligence files released Friday. Kohout, a naturalized British citizen, knew about it from his work at a plant doing defense-related work. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 660 words, photos.

POLAND-RUSSIA-UKRAINE

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s former prime minister, Donald Tusk, denied Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that their two nations carve up Ukraine. That claim was made by former Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski in an interview with Politico published Sunday. It sparked a huge outcry in Poland, and Sikorski almost immediately backed away from the allegations, saying his memory had failed him. By Vanessa Gera. SENT: 300 words.

BRITAIN-BRAIN TUMOR

PRAGUE — A clinic in Prague says British boy Ashya King has completed his proton beam therapy treatment for a life-threatening brain tumor. Prague’s Proton Therapy Center says the treatment took place without complications and during his 30 radiation sessions Ashya “was getting better and better.” SENT: 130 words.

FRANCE-ISLAMIC STATE

PARIS — France’s military chief says an overnight air raid has destroyed an arms depot for the Islamic State group in Iraq. Gen. Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio that two French fighter jets dropped a total of 70 bombs, destroying a dozen buildings used for arms production and storage. SENT: 110 words.

GERMANY-ECONOMY

BERLIN — A survey finds that a downward trend in German consumer confidence has come to an end, despite cooler growth prospects for Europe’s biggest economy. The GfK research group said Friday that its forward-looking consumer climate index edged up to 8.5 points for November from 8.4 in October. It found that Germans’ willingness to buy has increased amid low unemployment and that income expectations continue to improve, while consumers’ economic outlook has stabilized. SENT: 130 words.

GERMANY-BASF

BERLIN — Chemical and oil company BASF is warning that its profits will come in below its previous forecast in the wake of slower global economic growth and industrial production. Shares in BASF SE dropped 2.4 percent to 69.34 euros ($87.70) in Frankfurt trading Friday after the company revised its forecast. SENT: 130 words.

SWEDEN-EARNS-ERICSSON

STOCKHOLM — Wireless equipment maker Ericsson says its third-quarter earnings slumped 10 percent despite higher sales due to increased operating costs and negative effects from currency hedging. Ericsson said Friday net profit dropped to 2.65 billion kronor ($365 million), from 2.92 billion kronor in the same period last year. SENT: 140 words.

SWEDEN-EARNS-VOLVO

STOCKHOLM — Swedish truck maker AB Volvo says net profit in the third quarter rose slightly to 1.6 billion kronor ($220 million) in a mixed economic environment. The Goteborg-based company said Friday the figure for July-September was up from 1.4 billion kronor in the same period last year. SENT: 120 words.

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