TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1205 GMT
PARIS -- Masked gunmen stormed the offices of a French satirical newspaper, killing 11 people before escaping, police and a witness said. Xavier Castaing, head of communications for the Paris police prefecture, confirmed the deaths in the shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly that been repeatedly threatened for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, among other controversial sketches. By Jamey Keaten. Developing.
LONDON -- It's official. Following months of speculation, the eurozone is seeing a fall in consumer prices, a development that's likely to reinforce expectations that the European Central Bank will soon provide an aggressive monetary stimulus. Lower energy costs helped turn inflation negative in the 18-country eurozone in December for the first time since the height of the global financial crisis five years ago, according to the European Union's statistics agency, Eurostat. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 750 words, photos.
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WARSAW, Poland -- Doctors in Poland who shut down their offices to protest new requirements have gone back to work after reaching a compromise with the country's health minister. Hundreds of doctors closed their offices on Jan.1 and threatened a nationwide strike to protest new rules that obligated family doctors to diagnose and fast-track cancer patients but offered no additional compensation. The doctors argued the new rules would hurt other patients. SENT: 110 words.
LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal Telecom shares have fallen sharply on the Lisbon stock exchange, a day after authorities said they were investigating possible fraud at the company. The PT SGPS stock price dropped by more than 9 percent to a record low of 0.73 euros ($0.86) in morning trading Wednesday.
LONDON -- She has no vote in Britain, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel could be key to Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election hopes. The German leader is in London for talks, and Cameron is hoping she'll support his plan to keep the U.K. within a reformed European Union. SENT: 120 words.
LAS VEGAS -- France's economy minister says Europeans should work together to pressure Russia for a solution over Ukraine so that all sides can ease sanctions that are hurting European economies. Emmanuel Macron told The Associated Press that Europe has a "collective responsibility" to maintain pressure on Russia over its involvement in tensions in eastern Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea. SENT: 130 words, photos.
BERLIN -- The German government says it plans to extend for another year its troops' participation in a NATO air-defense mission in Turkey operating Patriot missile batteries near the Syrian border. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved plans to extend Germany's participation in the so-called "Active Fence" mission to January 31, 2016, with a maximum of 400 soldiers. Some 240 German soldiers are currently deployed. SENT: 120 words.
LONDON -- Jack O'Connell, who played American athlete and war survivor Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," has been nominated for a Rising Star award by Britain's film academy. The 24-year-old English actor, who also gained praise as a young inmate in "Starred Up" and a British soldier on the run in "71," is one of five performers shortlisted for the BAFTA Rising Star award. SENT: 120 words.