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What's happening in Europe on Friday:

+ EU ministers meet on worsening Cyprus crisis

+ Britain prepares Thatcher's funeral

+ Paris court to rule on Hopi masks

DUBLIN: EU finance ministers meet from 0730 GMT, aiming to finalise details of a much-larger-than expected debt bailout for Cyprus which has sparked fresh concerns the debt crisis still has further to go. Picture. (FINANCE-PUBLIC-DEBT-CYPRUS-EU)

LONDON: The British government sends out the first invitations for the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, with all of the surviving former US presidents and British prime ministers and a host of dignitaries and celebrities from around the world on the guest list. Picture. Video. Graphics. (BRITAIN-POLITICS-THATCHER)

PARIS: A French court considers a last-ditch request from tribal peoples' advocacy group Survival International to halt the sale by a Paris auction house at 1230 GMT on Friday of sacred masks and headdresses from Arizona's Hopi Indians. (US-FRANCE-HERITAGE-ART-AUCTION-NATIVE)

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MESEBERG, Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron and his family at a government country residence, 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Berlin. From 1600 GMT and visit continues Saturday. No press conference planned. (GERMANY-BRITAIN-EU)

- We have moved an ADVANCER on the main opposition Social Democrats' party conference on Sunday as Merkel's opponents seek to step up their strategy ahead of crucial elections in September. (GERMANY-POLITICS-VOTE-SPD)

ROME: A group of Italian experts charged with helping resolve the political deadlock following elections in February presents its findings to President Giorgio Napolitano at 1000 GMT. (ITALY-POLITICS)

PARIS: The French government fights back following a scandal over ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac's secret foreign bank account, with government ministers preparing to publicly declare their assets next week. (FRANCE-POLITICS-TAX-FRAUD)

VELIKA IVANCA, Serbia: Funeral services held at 1100 GMT for the 13 victims of a shooting rampage carried out by a 60-year-old villager, the country's worst massacre in two decades. Picture. (SERBIA-CRIME-FUNERAL)

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with his Swiss counterpart Didier Burkhalter in Neuchatel to discuss bilateral issues, Switzerland's OSCE presidency in 2014 and the situation in the Caucasus. News conference at 0920 GMT. (SWITZERLAND-RUSSIA-DIPLOMACY)

MOSCOW: A Moscow court hears a complaint from star Bolshoi Ballet dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who alleges being unfairly treated by the company which blamed him over the acid attack on the troupe's artistic director, 0530 GMT. Picture. Video (RUSSIA-ENTERTAINMENT-BALLET-CRIME)

KHARKIV, Ukraine: Ukraine's opposition holds new rally opposing President Viktor Yanukovych in its "Rise up Ukraine" campaign in Kharkiv, the city where opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is incacerated, 1200 GMT. Picture. (UKRAINE-OPPOSITION-POLITICS)

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the site of a new cosmodrome capable of launching humans to space that Russia plans to build in its far east region of Khabarovsk. He is also to hold a meeting on the development of the Russian space industry. Time to be confirmed. Picture. (RUSSIA-SPACE-SCIENCE-POLITICS)

LISBON: Finnish Prime Minister Jurki Katainen holds talks at 1050 GMT with his Portuguese counterpart Pedro Passos Coelho. (PORTUGAL-FINLAND-FINANCE-PUBLIC-DEBT)

PARIS: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki gives a speech at Paris's Institut du Monde Arabe to mark the release of his latest book. 1700 GMT. (TUNISIA-POLITICS)

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NYON, Switzerland: European football's governing body UEFA makes the draw for the semi-finals of the Champions League, with the last four an all Spanish and German affair featuring Barcelona, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and last year's beaten finalists, Bayern Munich. Picture. Video. (FBL-C1-EUR-DRAW). 1000 GMT

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