TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1200 GMT
DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France -- Brothers suspected in a newspaper terror attack were cornered with a hostage inside a printing house after they hijacked a car and police followed them to a village near Paris' main airport. Security forces backed by a convoy of ambulances streamed into the small industrial town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, in a massive operation to seize the men suspected of carrying out France's deadliest terror attack in decades. By Lori Hinnant and Raphael Satter. SENT: 950 words, photos. Developing.
EUROPE-DEALING WITH TERRORISM
LONDON-- The military-style attack in Paris has made clear that Europe faces an evolving, ever-more complex terror threat no longer dominated by a few big players. It's not just al-Qaida, or Islamic State. It's not just the disciples of some fiery, hate-filled preachers. Instead, security experts say, it's now an Internet-driven, generalized rage against Western society that can burst into the open at any time. By Gregory Katz. SENT: 1,440 words, photos.
RIGA, Latvia -- The deadly attack on a satirical newspaper in Paris underscores the need for an airline data sharing proposal that has been blocked by EU lawmakers, European Union President Donald Tusk said Friday. Tusk told reporters in Riga he would urge the European Parliament next week to speed up work on the proposal, which would allow police and intelligence agencies to access several years of data of passengers traveling in and out of the EU. By Rayyan Sabet-Parry. SENT: 230 words.
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian military officials said Friday that four soldiers were killed in one day as separatists intensified shelling of government positions ahead of peace talks expected in the coming week. The press office for military operations in eastern Ukraine said army outposts were targeted 50 times by small arms fire, mortars and rockets over the last day. By Peter Leonard. SENT: 340 words.
BERLIN -- German industrial production slipped unexpectedly in November but experts say the country is still on track for overall economic growth in the fourth quarter. The Federal Statistical Office said Friday that production dropped 0.1 percent in November from the previous month in seasonally adjusted terms, while economists had been predicting a 0.3 percent rise. SENT: 130 words.
MADRID -- A judge has rejected an appeal by lawyers for Spain's Princess Cristina against his decision to put her on trial on charges of tax fraud. Cristina, 49, was indicted Dec. 22 as part of a four-year probe into her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who faces charges ranging from money laundering to fraud. SENT: 130 words.
GENEVA -- The Swiss National Bank made a massive profit of 38 billion Swiss francs (about $38 billion) in 2014 from gains on its foreign currency and gold holdings, in a striking reversal from last year's 9 billion loss. That's going to be a welcome boost for federal and local coffers this year. By John Heilprin. SENT: 230 words, photos.
WARSAW, Poland -- A Polish movie vying for Golden Globe glory has raised hopes of a revival in the country's grand cinematic traditions -- which include masters such as Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski. "Ida," a reflective movie about the legacy of the Holocaust in communist Poland, has unexpectedly been showered with international awards since its release in 2013. Polish-British director Pawel Pawlikowski's film is a nominee for best foreign language film in Sunday's Golden Globes and is widely expected to win a best foreign film nomination when Oscar candidates are announced next week. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 590 words, photos.
WARSAW, Poland -- An official says that Jozef Oleksy, a communist-era party leader who in the democratic era served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over accusations of spying for Russia, has died. He was 68. An official at Oleksy's Democratic Left Alliance, Krzysztof Gawkowski said Oleksy died Friday. He was being treated in a Warsaw cancer hospital. SENT: 130 words.
LONDON -- Comic confection "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is the surprise front-runner for the British Academy Film Awards, while English acting darlings Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch are competing in the best-actor category. Wes Anderson's "Hotel" received 11 nominations Friday, including best picture and best director. Ralph Fiennes was nominated for best actor as the unflappable concierge of a chaotic European hostelry. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 410 words, photos.