TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1115 GMT
FRANKFURT, Germany-- Europe's economy has been down so long, even a bit of growth looks like recovery. Markets were cheered, to be sure, by last week's figure showing an improvement in the eurozone's growth to 0.4 percent in the first three months of the year. Cheap oil helped, as has the launch of a 1.1 trillion monetary stimulus by the European Central Bank. But that can't mask the currency union's long-term sluggishness. By David McHugh. SENT: 880 words.
BERLIN -- Swiss bank UBS says it is pleading guilty to wire fraud and is paying $545 million to settle U.S. cases of market manipulation. The bank said Wednesday that under the deal with U.S. authorities it will be granted conditional immunity from prosecution in a Department of Justice probe on the manipulation of foreign exchange rates. UBS AG said it was the first to report to the DOJ potential misconduct by banks in forex markets. SENT: 130 words.
ROME -- Italian police have arrested a Moroccan man on a Tunisian arrest warrant accusing him of helping organize and execute the March 18 attack on Tunisia's Bardo museum that left 22 people dead, authorities said Wednesday. Touil Abdelmajid was arrested Tuesday evening at the home of his mother in Gaggiano, near Milan, anti-terrorism investigator Bruno Megale told a news conference. By Nicole Winfield. SENT: 260 words.
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine is open to considering proposals to place a ballistic missile-defense system on its territory to ward off the risk of attacks from Russia, a senior Ukrainian defense official said Wednesday. So far no one has offered. SENT: 340 words, photos.
BRUSSELS-- The European Union's transparency watchdog says a clash of cultures on secrecy and access to documents is undermining trust in trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges with the United States. SENT: 130 words.
BRITAIN-SEXUAL ABUSE MEMOIR
LONDON -- Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that a pianist may publish a memoir detailing sexual abuse he suffered as a child, despite his ex-wife's privacy concerns. The court Wednesday sided with John Rhodes and lifted a lower court's injunction that had prevented his book from being published. SENT: 130 words.
PARIS -- European cable and mobile phone operator Altice has marked its entry into the U.S. market with a deal to buy a controlling stake in Suddenlink Communications for $9.1 billion. Luxembourg-based Altice SA said Wednesday it will buy 70 percent of Missouri-based cable TV provider Suddenlink with a combined debt and cash offer from existing owners BC Partners and CPP Investment Board, and company management. SENT: 260 words.
FRANCE-CANNES-HOLLYWOOD SEX ABUSE
CANNES, France -- A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen in Cannes in "An Open Secret," a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film features interviews with former child actors and models who were abused by agents, managers and other industry figures, and is intended as a call to action. The filmmakers hope it will encourage more victims to speak out. By Jill Lawless. SENT: 390 words.
CANNES WATCH-GRISOGONO EVENT
CANNES, France -- Celebrities were dousing in diamonds Tuesday at the glitzy De Grisogono soiree -- one of the social event highlights of the Cannes Film Festival. At the exclusive Hotel Du Cap-Eden Roc hotel in Cap D'Antibes, stars such as Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Mary J. Blige, Adrien Brody, Michelle Rodriguez and Paris Hilton filed through to a garden party that was themed "Divine." SENT: 260 words, photos.
ANKARA, Turkey -- In a daring shot at the government, a student choir has sneaked in a reference to Turkey's 2013 anti-government protests during a live performance on a television station considered by many to be pro-government. The Bogazici University Choir had at the time supported the protests by changing the words of a song in their repertoire to "Are you a looter?" mocking now-President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who had dismissed demonstrators as looters. SENT: 130 words.
BUCHAREST, Romania -- A Romanian soccer team couldn't play its weekend match at home because the mayor rented the stadium for his daughter's wedding. Fourth-division club Gilortul Tg.Carbunesti played Saturday's match in a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away because of the nuptials. SENT: 140 words, photos.
SPAIN-PRINCESS OF ASTURIAS
MADRID -- Spanish philosopher Emilio Lledo Inigo has been awarded Spain's Princess of Asturias communications and humanities award. A statement from organizers Wednesday described Lledo as a thinker of international standing whose work in language and communication has contributed to free and democratic social co-existence. SENT: 130 words.