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What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:

+ Snowden still in Moscow airport transit area

+ EU seeks pre-summit deal on bank rescues

+ Dutch court to rule in cannabis cafe owners' case

+ Paris showcases men's spring/summer fashion

+ Federer, Murray show form at Wimbledon

MOSCOW: Following the movements of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden after confirmation from Russian President Vladimir Putin that the American national security contractor is lying low in a Moscow airport transit zone and seeking political asylum in Ecuador. Picture. Video (US-SECURITY-INTELLIGENCE-RUSSIA)

BRUSSELS: EU finance ministers hold talks aimed at clinching a pre-summit deal on how to manage future bank rescues and bankruptcies amid serious divisions over who exactly should foot the bill. Starts at 1430 GMT. Picture (EU-FINANCE-ECONOMY-BANKING)

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands: Judgement is due in a Dutch court against cannabis cafe staff and owners in the southern tourist city for selling marijuana to foreigners in defiance of a controversial law. Judgment expected at 1200 GMT. (NETHERLANDS-DRUGS-MARIJUANA-COURT)

PARIS: Five days of men's fashion for spring/summer 2014 kick off followed from Monday by four days of winter 2014 haute couture collections. Highlights expected to include Christian Lacroix's return to the catwalks with a collection paying tribute to the late Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Picture. Video (LIFESTYLE-FRANCE-FASHION)

LONDON: Title-holder Roger Federer, British hope Andy Murray and Russian star Maria Sharapova are all in action in Wednesday's third day of play at Wimbledon. Matches start on outside courts at 1230 GMT. Picture (TENNIS-GBR-WIMBLEDON)

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PRAGUE/BERLIN: Newly appointed Czech Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok sets out to form a technocrat cabinet to replace the outgoing coalition government, which was toppled by a corruption scandal and whose members have sprung to the attack. Picture (CZECH-POLITICS-CORRUPTION)

In Berlin, Czech President Milos Zeman meets his German counterpart Joachim Gauck (0945 GMT) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (1445 GMT, closed to press). Picture (GERMANY-CZECH-DIPLOMACY)

THE HAGUE: Australia is to take its fight to stop Japan hunting whales in the Antarctic to the UN's top court in what activists say is a make or break case for the giant marine mammals' future. Case expected to start at 0800 GMT. Picture. Video (ICJ-AUSTRALIA-JAPAN-WHALING-COURT)

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets UN nuclear watchdog head Yukia Amano, with the Iranian nuclear crisis expected to be one of the issues on the agenda. No timing announced. (RUSSIA-UN-IRAN-POLITICS-NUCLEAR)

PARIS: Disgraced former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac appears before a parliamentary probe into the government's handling of his secret Swiss bank account. At 1430 GMT. (FRANCE-TAX-FRAUD-PROBE-PARLIAMENT)

PARIS: A French court is to rule on the appeal by notorious militant Carlos the Jackal of his conviction for a series of deadly bombings in France 30 years ago. 1100 GMT. (FRANCE-VENEZUELA-ATTACKS-TRIAL)

MOSCOW: Russia's most famous prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oil tycoon and furious foe of President Vladimir Putin, marks his 50th birthday in a prison cell while human rights activists try to raise international awareness of the plight of the country's dissenters. (RUSSIA-POLITICS-KHODORKOVSKY)

BRUSSELS: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic visits Brussels on the eve of a summit at which Belgrade is hoping for a start date on membership negotiations. Dacic and European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso to speak at 1130 GMT. (EU-ENLARGEMENT-SERBIA)

BERLIN: Ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of US President John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech pledging solidarity with the embattled city during the Cold War. US and German officials to speak at Schoeneberg town hall, the venue of the original address. Picture (GERMANY-US-HISTORY-DIPLOMACY and GERMANY-US-HISTORY-DIPLOMACY-LANGUAGE-OFFBEAT)

LONDON: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announces details to parliament of the annual distribution of government spending for the 2015-2016 financial year. The negotiations have been fraught amid spending cuts imposed by the coalition government. 1130 GMT. (BRITAIN-POLITICS-FINANCE-CUTS)

BRUSSELS: The European Commission presents a progress report on how different EU member states are integrating Roma people. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Social Affairs Commissioner Laszlo Andor to speak at 0800 GMT. (EU-SOCIAL-MINORITIES-ROMA)

BERLIN: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble unveils German federal budget for 2014, including a substantially smaller deficit than initially planned. Press conference 1100 GMT after cabinet vote on its adoption. Picture (GERMANY-GOVERNMENT-BUDGET-DEBT)

- Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel (0900 GMT, closed to press). Picture (GERMANY-ICELAND-DIPLOMACY)

PARIS: Rebel officials from Syria's city and region of Aleppo speak to journalists after meeting with French officials to push for more aid to opposition-held areas in the country. 0900 GMT. (SYRIA-CONFLICT-OPPOSITION-FRANCE)

PARIS: European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi addresses the French National Assembly's foreign affairs committee on monetary policy and eurozone economic health. From 0730 GMT. (ECB-FRANCE-FINANCE-ECONOMY)

BRUSSELS: EU Internal Market and Services Commissioner Michel Barnier at 0830 GMT presents his plan for a new European fund for long-term investment. (EU-FINANCE)

PARIS: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes a rare public appearance before a Senate investigation committee on capital flight. 1300 GMT. (FRANCE-FINANCE-PROBE-STRAUSSKAHN)

GENEVA: Russia and Georgia wrap up a new round of talks aimed at easing tensions after their 2008 war. News conferences at around 1500 GMT. (UN-EU-OSCE-GEORGIA-RUSSIA-ABKHAZIA-OSSETIA-CONFLICT-DIPLOMACY)

VIENNA: UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at 0800 GMT publishes its annual narcotics report, focusing on the dangers posed by a rise in the use of psychoactive substances known as "legal highs" and "designer drugs". (UN-DRUGS-HEALTH-REPORT)

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