BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1130 GMT
BRUSSELS — President Barack Obama and the leaders of two of the United States’ main European allies — Britain and France — are trying to navigate shifting conditions in the Ukraine crisis now that a new government is coming to power. By Nedra Pickler. SENT: 570 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: urgent updates from 9:50 a.m. news conference, then 1,000 words by 2 p.m., photos.
— ECONOMY — Stepping away from Russia relations, G-7 leaders center second day on economic growth, jobs. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— FRANCE-US-BANK — French president says he will raise U.S. investigation of BNP Paribas bank with Obama during dinner. SENT: 140 words, photo.
AMSTERDAM — European interior affairs ministers are meeting to discuss ways to prevent radical Muslims in their countries from traveling to fight in Syria’s civil war and then returning home to commit acts of terrorism. The meeting was by a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels last month and the subsequent arrest of a suspected French jihadi whom officials say had been in Syria. SENT: 130 words.
VERSAILLES, France — A Frenchman suspected in the shooting deaths of three people at the Brussels Jewish Museum is formally opposing extradition to Belgium. Masked, armed police special forces guarded Mehdi Nemmouche as he appeared in a Versailles court Thursday. The 29-year-old is believed to have had contact with Islamic extremists in Syria. He was arrested last week in the probe into the May 24 killings. SENT: 130 words.
BERLIN — Armed men killed a 42-year-old Red Cross staffer in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte, firing at his car after he left a meeting, the organization said. Michael Greub, a Swiss national, died in the attack midday Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement on its website Thursday. By David Rising. SENT: 300 words, photos.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day are drawing thousands of visitors to the cemeteries, beaches and stone-walled villages of Normandy this week, including some of the few remaining survivors of the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted. World leaders and dignitaries including President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II will gather to honor the more than 150,000 American, British, Canadian and other Allied D-Day veterans who risked and gave their lives in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. By Greg Keller. SENT: 690 words, photos.
ATHENS, Greece — Google has launched its Street View map service in Greece after winning approval from the privacy authority that blocked the ground-level map application five years ago. Company officials said the service went live Thursday after “extensive and detailed” negotiations with the country’s Data Protection Authority, which last year lifted objections made to the project in 2009. SENT: 130 words.
BERLIN — German factory orders rebounded in April, rising by a stronger-than-expected 3.1 percent compared with the previous month with help from a surge in demand from other countries in the eurozone. The increase reported Thursday by the Federal Statistical Office was more than double the 1.4 percent rise economists had forecast. It followed a surprise 2.8 percent fall in March. SENT: 130 words.
BRUSSELS — Leaders of the G-7 group of major economies are turning their attention during the concluding day of their summit to spurring growth and jobs in an attempt to reinforce a rebound from the global financial crisis. And after President Barack Obama’s new effort to curb greenhouse gas pollution, the seven leaders are set to show their determination to find a global deal on climate change in Paris next year. They will also seek ways to increase energy security, which has become especially touchy for the European Union because of its dependence on Russian gas. SENT: 130 words, photos.