BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 1100 GMT, AP
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has temporarily expelled a German bishop from his diocese because of a scandal over a 31-million-euro project to build a new residence and related renovations. 300 words by 1100 GMT.
LONDON — Prince William and his wife Kate have asked seven people to be godparents to their son, Prince George, who will be christened at a major royal family gathering, palace officials say. By Gregory Katz. Event expected to begin 1400 GMT. 400 words.
LONDON TB VAN
LONDON — London may be famed for its historic sites, double-decker buses and West End shows, but it now has a more dubious distinction: It has become the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe. In response, health officials are taking to the streets in an effort to stop the spread of the infectious lung disease, with a high-tech white van equipped with an X-ray machine that drives around London offering free check-ups. Similar vans were once commonly used in Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s but most disappeared about two decades later when TB rates dropped. But in recent years, the disease has surged in the U.K. By Maria Cheng. Moved: 750 words.
WARSAW, Poland — The leader of Poland’s Catholic Church has come under a wave of condemnation by appearing to suggest that children are partly to blame for being sexually abused by priests. Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland’s influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, “seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too.” By Monika Scislowska. Moved: 600 words.
OSLO, Norway — AP Interview with Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Norwegian security service PST, about Norwegian links to al-Shabab and other Islamist militants. A Norwegian of Somali origin is believed to have participated in the terror attack on a mall in Kenya. By Karl Ritter. 130 words by 1700 GMT. 500 words by 1900 GMT. Photos, video.
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Tens of thousands of government supporters are expected to attend a commemoration of the 1956 anti-Soviet revolution. Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s speech will close the event which starts at 1400 GMT. By Pablo Gorondi, 400 words by 1700 GMT (photos, video) .
LONDON — An infestation of venomous spiders has forced a school in Britain to close. Moved: 130 words.
BERLIN — A rights group has accused the European Union of doing more to secure its borders than to help people fleeing war and dire poverty. Moved: 130 words.
BUSINESS & FINANCIAL:
FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank has launched a yearlong review of 130 of Europe’s biggest banks, a huge exercise that is meant to get to the bottom of the problems plaguing the continent’s financial system. By David McHugh. 380 words sent, to be updated to 500 by 1200 GMT
PARIS — PSA Peugeot Citroen warns that its headline alliance with U.S. carmaker General Motors may produce smaller savings than originally forecast, even as it posted lower third quarter revenue. By Greg Keller. 340 words, sent.
LONDON — Worries over the Chinese banking sector weigh on markets, a day after weak U.S. jobs data reinforced expectations that the Federal Reserve won’t be reducing its monetary stimulus anytime soon. By Pan Pylas. 450 words sent, to be updated at 1350 GMT
AMSTERDAM — Dutch brewer Heineken NV issues a profit warning, saying business was worse than expected in developing markets and the economic recovery in industrial nations has been weak. By Toby Sterling. 320 words, sent
BRUSSELS — Official figures show the eurozone’s debt burden rose further in the second quarter despite years of austerity and a return to growth. 130 words, sent
LONDON — Bank of England policymakers appear more optimistic over the British economy but are showing few signs of wanting to tighten monetary policy soon. By Danica Kirka. 335 words, sent
ATHENS, Greece — Foreign arrivals in financially struggling Greece increased 12.3 percent in the first half of 2012, official data show, backing government hopes of a bumper year for the key tourism industry. 130 words, sent.