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EUROPE NEWS AT 1200GMT

EUROPE NEWS AT 1200GMT

TOP STORIES:
RUSSIA-UKRAINE-GAS
MOSCOW _ Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom says Ukraine has threatened to seize gas intended for European customers if no deal is reached on gas shipments to Ukraine starting Jan. 1. Moved.
FRANCE-GAZA
PARIS _ France's foreign minister says that he and President Nicolas Sarkozy are considering going to Israel amid international diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Gaza. Moved.
SPAIN-BOMB
MADRID, Spain _ A car bomb explodes outside a regional television station in northern Spain following a warning call from the armed separatist group ETA. Developing. By Ciaran Giles. AP Photos.
CZECH-EU PRESIDENCY
PRAGUE, Czech Republic _ A weak government. A Euro-skeptic president. Parliament in stalemate over an EU reform treaty. The Czech Republic does not look ideally suited to assume leadership of the European Union. Moved. By Karel Janicek. AP Photos.
BRITAIN-ROYAL HONORS
LONDON _ Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has carved out a career as a best-selling author with tales of wizards and sorcerers. Now he has been made a real-life knight, honored alongside Olympic athletes and rock singer Robert Plant in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list. Moved. By David Stringer.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
WORLD MARKETS
LONDON _ European stock markets open higher following Wall Street's rally in the previous session, but are on course to end 2008 sharply lower following unprecedented turmoil in the financial markets over the last 12 months. Developing. By Pan Pylas. AP Photo.
SLOVAKIA-EURO
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia _ Slovakia prepares to become the 16th country to adopt the euro at midnight, underscoring the shared currency's role as a safe haven amid the world financial turmoil and Slovakia's rapid economic progress after several years of isolation under an autocratic government in the 1990s. By 1400GMT. By Alex Schuller and Karel Janicek.
SPORTS:
LIVERPOOL-GERRARD CHARGED
LONDON _ Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is back in training for the first time since being charged with assault after a bar brawl. Moved.
TRANSFER WINDOW OPENS
LONDON _ The global economic turmoil is forcing football clubs to search for bargains in the January transfer window to reinforce their squads. By 1600GMT. By Rob Harris.
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