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BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 0820 GMT, AP

December 3, 2013



KIEV, Ukraine — Opposition leaders hope to bring down Ukraine’s government through a vote of no-confidence in parliament, as protesters promise to keep blocking access to government buildings in the capital. By Maria Danilova and Yuras Karmanau. Timing uncertain.


LONDON — Lawmakers question Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger over leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. UPCOMING after 1500 GMT appearance. Photos.


MOSCOW — A judge is to rule in the trial of a Bolshoi dancer accused of organizing an acid attack on the company’s artistic director that left him with limited vision. The attack in January and the trial have exposed infighting within the famed Russian theater. By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Lynn Berry. Timing uncertain.

Secret CIA Prisons

STRASBOURG, France — Europe’s human rights court hears case of two Guantanamo Bay prisoners who say they were tortured by the CIA in a secret prison in Poland. UPCOMING: 130 words by 0900 GMT. Hearing begins at 0800 GMT.


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A new wave of Europeans is heading to Syria, their estimated ranks rising dramatically in the past six months as tales of easy living and glorious martyrdom draw them to the rebellion against Bashar Assad. By Lori Hinnant and Jan M. Olsen. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by noon.


BERLIN — The most violent nations in the Middle East are perceived to be the region’s most corrupt and are getting worse as political instability allows abuses to flourish, according to a survey released Tuesday by an international watchdog group. By David Rising. SENT 540 words.


LONDON — Volkswagen turns off some employees’ email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. This surge in corporate beneficence isn’t an indication that employers are becoming gentler: It’s about the bottom line. After years in which the ease of instant communication via e-mail and smartphones allowed bosses to place greater and greater demands on white-collar workers, some companies are beginning to set limits, recognizing that successful employees must be able to escape from work. By Danica Kirka. SENT 1,200 words, photos.


VIENNA — Mideast rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran prepare to sit at the same table but come to a meeting of OPEC oil ministers with differing agendas and both coveting the oil cartel’s top position. By George Jahn. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1100GMT, 400 words by 1400 GMT, photos.

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