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TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1200 GMT
MONTABAUR, Germany — Prosecutors say the Germanwings co-pilot alleged to have intentionally crashed his aircraft appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day of the incident. The torn-up sick notes were found in searches of the homes of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in two German cities for an explanation of why he apparently the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. By Frank Jordans and David McHugh. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: 650 words.
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ROME — Lawyers for Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend made a final appeal to Italy’s top criminal court Friday to overturn the pair’s murder conviction for the 2007 slaying of Knox’s roommate, saying there were errors of “colossal proportions” in the guilty verdict. Judges began deliberating shortly after noon. By Colleen Barry and Frances D’emilio. SENT: 600 words, photos.
AMSTERDAM — Trains, trams and planes ground to a temporary halt Friday in and around Amsterdam as a huge power outage hit the Dutch capital and surrounding towns. Dutch electricity network administrator TenneT said that a large part of North Holland province, which is home to some 2.7 million people, was hit by the outage. TenneT said the cause was an outage at a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen, just outside Amsterdam. By Peter Dejong. SENT: 250 words, photos.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s parliament has approved a contentious security bill giving police heightened powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill, passed early on Friday, was criticized by opposition parties who say the government is leading Turkey toward authoritarianism. SENT: 130 words.
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country could provide logistical support to the Saudi Arabia-led operation in Yemen. Separately, Erdogan has lashed out at Iran, accusing it of trying to “dominate the region.” SENT: 130 words.
MOSCOW — A senior Russian government official says Moscow hasn’t held negotiations on leasing a dozen of supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider it. Alexander Fomin, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation,, denied media reports claiming that Russia was in talks on leasing a batch of 12 Su-24 bombers to Argentina. SENT: 130 words.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government is delaying a decision on the sale of nationalized bank ABN Amro amid anger at pay rises recently given to the bank’s directors. Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem says in a brief letter to lawmakers Friday that the decision on selling ABN Amro, which was to have been taken by the end of March, has been postponed. He does not say when the decision will be taken. SENT: 120 words.
WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s military prosecutors say that they have charged two Russian flight controllers with contributing to the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other state officials and individuals. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON — The masterful acoustic guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of the Pentangle in the 1960s, has died at his home in Scotland. He was 70. His manager, Dave Smith, called Renbourn “a huge character.” He said he believes Renbourn suffered a fatal heart attack. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 220 words.