TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT
FRANCE-OUT FRONT ON SYRIA
CREIL, France -- In a secretive compound north of Paris, colored blips and blotches on a computer-screen map of Damascus depict an armored vehicle at a highway, tanks, a blown-up building in a suburban field. An unusual glimpse at France's military intelligence headquarters demonstrates how closely the French are watching what's happening in Syria -- and how involved the French government is in ending Syria's civil war. As French President Francois Hollande keeps up the threat of military strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, he isn't just acting as President Barack Obama's poodle, as some critics maintain. France, Syria's onetime colonial ruler and a country eager to maintain its place as a military and diplomatic power, has plenty of reasons to be out front on Syria. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy -- Engineers declared success on Tuesday as the Costa Concordia cruise ship was pulled completely upright during an unprecedented, 19-hour operation to wrench it from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany. The remarkable project now allows for a renewed search for the two bodies that were never recovered from the 32 dead, and for the ship to eventually be towed away. The Concordia's submerged side suffered significant damage during the 20 months it bore the weight of the Concordia on the jagged reef, and the daylong operation to right it stressed that flank as well. Exterior balconies were mangled and entire sections looked warped, though officials said the damage probably looks worse than it really is. By Frances D'emilio. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.
MOSCOW -- Moscow is insisting that a new United Nations resolution on Syria not allow the use of force, but Russia's foreign minister appears to suggest the issue could be reconsidered if Syria violates an agreement on abandoning its chemical weapons. Sergey Lavrov made the statement on Tuesday in a news conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius. France and the United States say that a military option remains on the table and is pushing for the U.N. resolution to reflect that. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1200 GMT.
FRANCE-JEWELER SHOOTS ROBBER
PARIS -- Outrage is growing in France after justice officials decided to bring manslaughter charges against a jeweler who shot and killed an escaping robber. Interior Minister Manuel Valls was in the southern city of Nice on Tuesday to reassure jewelers that the government still supports them. His visit came a day after hundreds gathered in a city square to support Stephan Turk, the 67-year-old jeweler who is confined to his home with an electronic bracelet after the shooting last week. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON -- Prince Harry has spent the night in a giant freezer to simulate the conditions he will face when he treks to the South Pole this winter. The 29-year-old royal, who will race with a team of injured British servicemen and women against groups from the United States and the Commonwealth, spent around 20 hours in a cold chamber where he was subjected to temperatures of -35 Celsius (-35 Fahrenheit), with wind speeds of 45 miles per hour. SENT: 130 words, photos.
BERLIN -- With Germany's national election just days away, the latest poll suggests trouble for Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition despite her own personal popularity. A survey released Tuesday by the Forsa Institute for Stern magazine and RTL television show Merkel's Christian Democrats with 39 percent -- unchanged from last week. But her junior coalition Free Democrats dropped a percentage point to 5 percent. SENT: 130 words.
MADRID -- A northern Spanish town has started a search for a person who bought a lottery ticket that won 4.7 million euros ($6.3 million) but left the coupon behind in a lottery office. The ticket for June 30, 2012 was found in a Coruna town lottery office and handed in to authorities. SENT: 130 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Car sales in Europe are still sagging despite the return of modest economic growth. For the first eight months of the year, passenger car sales in the European Union were off 5.2 percent to 7.84 million compared with the same period last year, the European Auto Manufacturers' Association said Tuesday. That's the lowest January-August figure since the group started keeping track in 1990. By David McHugh. SENT: 600 words, photos.
LONDON -- Stocks gave up some of the previous day's gains on Tuesday as investors geared up for one of the biggest economic events of the year -- the likely reduction in the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus. By Pan Pylas.
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AMSTERDAM -- The Dutch Cabinet presents its 2014 budget, including unpopular spending cuts intended to bring the country's deficit under the 3 percent limit mandated by European rules. One question is whether the government will push on with plans to purchase 35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, at a time that pensions and unemployment compensation are being slashed. By Toby Sterling. UPCOMING: 130 words soon after 1315 GMT, to be updated to 500 words by 1530 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany -- A German index of economic optimism among investment professionals rose more than expected in September, underlining stronger growth prospects in Europe's largest economy. The ZEW rose to 49.6 points from 42 in August. Market analysts had expected an increase to 45. SENT: 170 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1330 GMT
LONDON -- Britain's consumer price inflation rate dropped slightly in August, to 2.7 percent from 2.8 percent the month before. The Office for National Statistics says in a statement that the figures released Tuesday "continue the trend of broadly steady inflation seen since spring 2012." SENT: 130 words.