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BC-AP--Europe News Digest, AP

May 13, 2014



KIEV, Ukraine — Germany’s foreign minister flew to Ukraine Tuesday to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes following the declaration of independence by two eastern regions. Speaking at the Kiev Boryspil airport Tuesday morning, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany supports Ukraine’s efforts to arrange for a dialogue between the central government and its opponents in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions that form the nation’s industrial heartland. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 760 words, photos.


AMSTERDAM — A European court, in an important test of the “right to be forgotten,” ruled Tuesday that Google must amend some of its search results at the request of ordinary people when they show links to outdated, irrelevant information. In an advisory judgment stemming from a Spanish case, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google and other search engines do have control of individuals’ private information, given that they sometimes compile and present links to it in a systematic way. By Toby Sterling. SENT: 430 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 1300 GMT.


ABOARD CARGO SHIP ARK FUTURA — Denmark’s foreign minister is urging Syria to give up the last of its chemical weapons agents within days to meet a June 30 deadline for completely ridding the war-torn country of its lethal stockpile. Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard says there are “serious security problems” concerning the last 16 containers, some of which have agents used to create deadly VX and Sarin nerve gases. SENT: 130 words.


LONDON — How do you rebuild a Rothko? Slowly and with great care. London’s Tate Modern is putting Mark Rothko’s mural “Black on Maroon” back on display Tuesday, more than a year and a half after it was defaced with black ink by a vandal trying to draw attention to an obscure artistic movement. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 470 words, photos by 1200 GMT.


BERLIN — Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic “Alien,” has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday. Sandra Mivelaz, administrator of the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, western Switzerland, told The Associated Press that Giger died in a hospital on Monday. By Frank Jordans. SENT: 550 words, photos.


PARIS — Airbus Group said Tuesday that orders for its jets slumped in the first quarter, but profits rose and it hopes to put its A350 long-range jet into service by the end of the year. The European plane maker, Boeing’s chief rival, said in a statement that it took in 103 orders in the quarter, worth 21.1 billion euros (US$28.9 billion). That is down from 410 orders in the first quarter of 2013.


PARIS — French police arrested six people Tuesday in northeastern France in a roundup of suspected jihadists who recently traveled to fight in Syria’s civil war, the interior ministry said. The sweep around dawn in Strasbourg came weeks after authorities announced a new push to prevent French militants from traveling to Syria, part of measures by many European governments to reduce the appeal of jihad. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 380 words.


LONDON — British lawmakers are expected to pressure the chief executive of Pfizer to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca, when they question him on Tuesday. Ian Read faces Parliament’s Business Innovation and Skills Committee to defend his company’s $106 billion cash and stock offer. The U.S. drugmaker has sought in writing to ease worries that British jobs will be lost — but has so far failed to convince skeptical lawmakers. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 330 words, photos.


FRANKFURT, Germany — A German survey of investment professionals has found that optimism fell in May for the fifth month in a row, a sign that growth in Europe’s biggest economy may be slowing. The ZEW indicator fell to 33.1 from 43.2 in April. The decline was bigger than anticipated — the consensus in the markets was for a more modest drop to 40.0. SENT: 130 words.


PARIS — Paris proudly hosted Picasso for decades, but two controversies around the artist’s legacy are now haunting French officials. One centers on the Paris Picasso Museum, where renovations have dragged for five years amid accusations of mismanagement, labor problems and clashes between the artist’s family and the French government. The re-opening has now been pushed back until September — after the summer tourist season. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 700 words, photos.


WARSAW, Poland — A hospital spokesman says that Poland’s last communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has suffered a stroke and is in serious but stable condition. Col. Grzegorz Kade, spokesman for Warsaw’s Military Medical Institute, said Tuesday that the 90-year-old Jaruzelski was already hospitalized when he was diagnosed with stroke symptoms on Sunday. Kade said Jaruzelski has been moved to the intensive care unit and is conscious. SENT: 130 words.

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