AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Monday:

+ Cardinals meet to prepare conclave to choose new pope

+ Britain's queen in hospital with gastroenteritis

+ Swiss lawmakers to vote on allowing some gay adoptions

VATICAN: More than 200 cardinals from around the world gather for preparatory meetings for a conclave which will choose a new pope following the resignation of Benedict XVI. The meetings behind closed doors are expected to debate the challenges facing the Roman Catholic Church and the kind of leader it now needs. 0830 GMT. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE) Picture. Video.

LONDON: Following developments after Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is hospitalised with gastroenteritis. It is the 86-year-old's first hospitalisation in 10 years and has forced the cancellation or postponement of all events on her schedule this week. (BRITAIN-ROYALS-HEALTH) Picture. Video.

GENEVA: The upper house of the Swiss parliament will vote on whether to allow gays to adopt the children of their partners. The vote is expected between 1515 and 1900 GMT. (SWITZERLAND-PARLIAMENT-POLITICS-GAY-ADOPTION)


MOSCOW: A Moscow court holds a preliminary hearing in the posthumous fraud trial of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in pre-trial jail in 2009 after accusing senior officials of fraud. (RUSSIA-US-MAGNITSKY-TRIAL-CORRUPTION)

LONDON: British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes describes his attempt to cross the Antarctic winter and explains his decision to give up due to frostbite. Press conference at 1015 GMT. (ANTARCTICA-BRITAIN-ENVIRONMENT) Picture. Video.

-- The "Al-Sweady" public inquiry into allegations of unlawful killing and mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by British soldiers commences its full public hearings, with opening address from Lead Counsel to the Inquiry. 1030 GMT. (BRITAIN-IRAQ-INQUIRY) Picture.

ISTANBUL: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras begins a two-day visit to Turkey for talks on bilateral ties and regional issues. Joint press conference at around 1100 GMT. (TURKEY-GREECE-DIPLOMACY) Picture.

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych for talks on gas and economic cooperation. (RUSSIA-UKRAINE-DIPLOMACY-ECONOMY)

VIENNA: The UN atomic agency's board of governors meet, with Iran's nuclear programme in focus and with a possible new term for Japanese director general Yukiya Amano also on the agenda. At 0900 GMT. Press conference with Amano at 1330 GMT. (IRAN-NUCLEAR-POLITICS-DIPLOMACY-IAEA) Picture.

-- Myanmar President Thein Sein visits as his country returns to the international fold. (AUSTRIA-MYANMAR-EU-DIPLOMACY) Picture.

ATHENS: Retrial of journalist accused of breach of privacy over "Lagarde List". (GREECE-POLICE-TAX-PROBE-SWITZERLAND-FRANCE-BANKING) Picture. Video.

GENEVA: The "Car of the Year" will be unveiled ahead of the annual Geneva Motor Show. At 1400 GMT. (SWITZERLAND-AUTO-SHOW-PRIZE) Picture. Video.

OSLO: Number of nominees for 2013 Nobel Peace Prize announced. (NOBEL-PEACE)

STOCKHOLM: Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt meets with his counterpart from Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra. Press conference 1240 GMT. (SWEDEN-THAILAND-DIPLOMACY)

SOFIA: Bulgaria's president outlines the structure and main tasks of a caretaker government he will name later in the week to run the country until early elections on May 12, following the resignation of the government last month. 1000 GMT. (BULGARIA-POLITICS). Picture.

ZAGREB: Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic visits Croatia in another sign of a gradual improving of frosty ties between the former foes, after January's meeting of their respective prime ministers. Press conference at 1115 GMT. (CROATIA-SERBIA-DIPLOMACY)