TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE at 1120 GMT
PARIS -- French soldiers secure one of the black boxes from the Air Algerie plane that went down in restive northern Mali with the loss of at least 116 people. Terrorism has not been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely cause is bad weather. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 590 words, photos.
MOSCOW -- The Ukrainian army claims that soldiers came under artillery fire from the Russian side of the border overnight and were attacked by rebels in several other places in the restive east. Ukrainian forces are trying to close in on the rebels, cutting them off from the border with Russia which Kiev believes is the source of arms and reinforcement. Moscow has vehemently denied a role in the conflict between pro-Russian separatists and government troops which has left more than 400 people dead and displaced tens of thousands. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 290 words, photos.
MOSCOW -- Russia's central bank has unexpectedly raised its key interest rate in a bid to stem inflation and support the currency as the country faces increasing economic pressure over its policies in Ukraine. The bank said Friday it has lifted its one-week auction rate by 0.5 percentage points to 8 percent. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON -- Britain's economy has grown to surpass the peak it reached in 2008, before the global banking crisis caused a deep recession, official figures showed Friday. The Office for National Statistics said gross domestic product grew by 0.8 percent in the three months through June compared with the previous quarter. SENT: 300 words.
LONDON -- London-based satellite broadcaster BSkyB has agreed to take control of its sister companies in Italy and Germany, creating a European pay TV giant, by buying stakes from 21st Century Fox. The deal announced Friday to buy Sky Italia and 57 percent of Sky Deutschland is valued at 5.35 billion pounds ($9.1 billion). BSkyB's largest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch, who holds just over 39 percent of the company. SENT: 290 words.