AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:

+ British MPs pay tribute to Thatcher

+ Syria opposition in London for G8 talks

+ Serbia in mourning after murder rampage

LONDON: The British parliament is recalled from recess for a special sitting from 1330 GMT to pay tribute to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher following her death at the age of 87. Picture. Video. Graphic. (BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER)

LONDON: Syrian opposition leaders meet US Secretary of State John Kerry and other G8 foreign ministers ahead of their meeting dominated by the Syrian crisis and nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. G8 meeting opens with a formal dinner around 1800 GMT. Picture. Video (G8-DIPLOMACY)

BELGRADE: Serbia holds a national day of mourning after the murder rampage by a 60-year-old man, who killed 13 people including his son, mother and a three-year-old boy. Picture. Video. (SERBIA-CRIME)


BRUSSELS: The European Commission publishes latest figures for 13 EU member states, including France, Spain, Italy and Britain, detailing public deficits and the state of their strained finances. EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn holds press conference at 1030 GMT. (EU-FINANCE-PUBLIC-DEBT). Picture.

BERLIN: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has working dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of a bilateral meeting of their governments. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle holds talks with his counterpart Salman Khurshid at 1130 GMT. (GERMANY-INDIA-DIPLOMACY). Picture.

LONDON: Amnesty International publishes its annual report on the death penalty and executions around the world. Report embargoed until 0001 GMT Wednesday. Graphic. (AMNESTY-RIGHTS-DEATH-PENALTY)

WARSAW: Nationalist groups rally from 0700 GMT on the third anniversary of the jet crash in Russia that killed Poland's then president Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other high-profile Poles. Picture. Video. (POLAND-RUSSIA-ACCIDENT-AIR-ANNIVERSARY-DEMO)

MOSCOW: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, a close ally of Belgrade, following his Balkan nation's rejection of an EU-brokered proposal for Serbia's recognition of Kosovo's independence. No timing announced. Picture (RUSSIA-SERBIA-DIPLOMACY)

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis holds a general audience in St Peter's Square starting at 0830 GMT. Picture. (VATICAN-POPE)

BRUSSELS: Visting Tadjikistan President Emomali Rakhmon meets EU President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso. Press conference 1345 GMT. (EU-TADJIKITSAN-DIPLOMACY). Picture.

VIENNA: OPEC monthly report, with the head of the oil cartel saying last week that the current price of crude was "comfortable" for producers and consumers. 1035 GMT. (OPEC-ENERGY-OIL)

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BARCELONA/TURIN: Barcelona take on Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final match, with the tie poised at 2-2. German champions Bayern Munich take a 2-0 first-leg lead to Italy's Juventus. Picture. Live report (FBL-C1-EUR). Kick-off 1845 GMT.