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Europe News Digest

  • Article by: The Associated Press
  • Associated Press
  • May 5, 2014 - 6:30 AM

TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1130 GMT

UKRAINE

ODESSA, Ukraine — Ukrainian troops have engaged in gunbattles with a pro-Russia militia occupying an eastern city — an apparent escalation of a security sweep to bring the region back under government control. Gunfire and multiple explosions have been heard in Slovyansk, a city of 125,000 people that has become the focus of the armed anti-government insurgency. Meanwhile, pro-Russian activists in the Black Sea port city of Odessa vow to take city buildings after attending the funeral of a politician who died in a fire that killed over 40 people last week. By RADUL RADOVANOVIC. SENT: 130 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1300 GMT.

NORTHERN IRELAND-ADAMS

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — A police evidence file documenting Gerry Adams' Irish Republican Army career has been delivered to British state prosecutors in Belfast, but experts say the chances of the Sinn Fein leader being charged are slim on both legal and political grounds. Adams walked free after five days of police interrogation and declared his innocence in the unsolved 1972 abduction, slaying and secret burial of a Belfast mother of 10, Jean McConville. By Shawn Pogatchnik. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1200 GMT.

VATICAN-UN-ABUSE

GENEVA — In its second grilling at the United Nations this year, the Vatican is seeking to limit its responsibility for the global priest sex abuse scandal by undercutting arguments it has violated an international treaty against torture and inhuman treatment. A U.N. committee begins meeting in Geneva to examine whether the Vatican's record on child protection violates the U.N. Convention Against Torture, which it ratified in 2002. By John Heilprin. SENT: 900 words, photos.

GREECE-BOATS SINK

ATHENS — At least three people have drowned and more than 20 others are missing after a yacht and a dinghy crammed with immigrants trying to enter Greece illegally capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea, in the third such fatal accident in the country this year. SENT: 283 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1130 GMT.

SPORTS:

SOC--EXTRA TIME

LONDON — Yet again this season, especially if it fails to win the FA Cup final on May 17, Arsenal's report card will read: "Should have done better." But one could also say that about any of the 20 clubs in the English Premier League, with the exception of the champions. What separates Arsenal from the rest is unfailing consistency: Under manager Arsene Wenger, the north London club has always and without exception competed at the business end of football's toughest league. Manchester United's tumble into mediocrity this season now leaves Arsenal as the only EPL club to have never finished lower than fourth since Wenger took charge there in October 1996. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, by 1600 GMT.

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