TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT
KIEV, Ukraine -- Thousands of protesters jammed into Babur square in the city of Andijan, relishing a rare burst of defiance as one speaker after another condemned hardship under Uzbekistan's despotic government. Hours later, a decade ago Wednesday, hundreds lay dead in torrents of blood. By Efrem Lukatsky. SENT: 920 words, photos.
LONDON -- The eurozone economy is growing faster than the U.S. and at its highest tick in nearly two years despite a disappointing slowdown in Germany and recession's return in Greece. The economy of the 19 countries that use the euro grew by a quarterly rate of 0.4 percent in the first three months ahead, Eurostat, the European Union's statistical agency, said Wednesday. That was up from the 0.3 percent recorded in the previous three-month period and was in line with most expectations in the financial markets. By Pan Pylas. SENT: 790 words, photos.
With: GERMANY-ECONOMY, BRITAIN-ECONOMY
BRUSSELS -- The European Union will on Wednesday unveil its plan to confront the challenge posed by a massive influx of migrants fleeing war and poverty in Syria, Eritrea and elsewhere. EU border guards are struggling to deal with a boat-borne exodus that has seen more than 10,000 people plucked from the Mediterranean off Libya in the last month. No one knows exactly how many have drowned, but around 1,700 are feared dead. By Lorne Cook. SENT: 560 words, photos. Developing.
BUCHAREST, Romania -- Ukraine is turning to an unlikely partner in its struggle to defend itself against Russian cyber warfare: Romania. The reason: the country's own battle against Internet renegades and a legacy of computing excellence stemming from Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. By Alison Mutler. SENT: 860 words, photos.
LONDON -- Prince Charles' secret letters to government officials are set to be released to the public after a long court battle. The 27 contested letters have been called the "black spider" memos because of Charles' handwriting style. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Release time unclear; expect 500 words by 1600 GMT.
ANTALYA, Turkey -- A day after lengthy talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was filling in allies during a gathering of NATO foreign ministers in the southern Turkish town of Antalya. Turkey. The ministers have gathered here to plot strategy amid the continued crisis in Ukraine and instability throughout the Middle East, including in neighboring Syria and Iraq. Kerry was also meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. By Matthew Lee. SENT: 190 words.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Nationalized Dutch bank ABN Amro says underlying net profit rose 44 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier to 543 million euros ($611 million), its best quarter in four years. The bank, which is gearing up to be re-privatized, announced Wednesday its operating income rose 9 percent compared with 2014's first quarter, to 2.17 billion euros ($2.44 billion). SENT: 140 words.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk says it saw its first-quarter underlying profit increase by 18 percent to $1.3 billion, impacted by an after-tax gain from the sale of shares in Denmark's largest bank, but revenues dropped due to low oil prices and low economic growth. The Copenhagen-based group said Wednesday that revenue in the three-month period decreased by 10 percent or $1.2 billion, and came in at $10.5 billion. SENT: 140 words.
MOSCOW -- Prosecutors in southern Russian are investigating a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of posting remarks on social media in support of the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland. A spokeswoman for the investigative committee in the city of Astrakhan said Wednesday that the alleged behavior was in violation of laws forbidding the justification of war crimes. SENT: 120 words.
BUCHAREST, Romania -- A teenager has died after she was electrocuted while taking selfies atop a parked, electric-powered train in northeast Romania. SENT: 130 words.
SWEDEN-GAY SONAR SYSTEM
STOCKHOLM -- Swedish peace activists who argue that military hardware isn't the best way to deter Russian submarines have launched their own underwater defense installation: a gay-themed sonar system. In a publicity stunt dubbed "Operation The Singing Sailor," the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society placed a sonar device in the Stockholm archipelago sending out a Morse code message saying "this way if you are gay." SENT: 130 words.