AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Friday:

+ Snowden awaits decision on Ecuador asylum request

+ EU leaders to set date for Serbia to open membership talks

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov briefs reporters at 0800 GMT with questions mounting about the future fate of fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, holed up in a Moscow airport transit zone for a sixth day awaiting a decision on his request to receive political asylum in Ecuador. Picture. Video. (US-SECURITY-INTELLIGENCE-RUSSIA)

BRUSSELS: European leaders embark on the final leg of a two-day summit where they are set to discuss EU enlargement policies and could give their green light to opening accession talks with Serbia. Picture. Video. (EU-SUMMIT)


LONDON: Court hearing for Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, who are charged with murdering soldier Lee Rigby on a London street in May. They will appear via videolink and may enter a plea. 1100 GMT. (BRITAIN-ATTACKS-MILITARY-MURDER-COURT)

LONDON: A tribunal is due to rule on whether Moors murderer Ian Brady, serving a life sentence for killing and torturing five children with Myra Hindley in the 1960s, should be moved from a high-security mental hospital to a normal prison. (BRITAIN-CRIME-HEALTH-MIND)

MOSCOW: Russia's Gazprom natural gas giant holds an annual shareholder meeting with its health in doubt due to slumping sales to economically-ravaged Europe and waning dominance on the domestic market. Picture (RUSSIA-ECONOMY-ENERGY-GAS-COMPANY-GAZPROM)

STOCKHOLM: Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari meets his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt for talks on the conflict in Syria and the political situation in Iraq. Press conference scheduled for 1145 GMT. (SWEDEN-IRAQ-DIPLOMACY)

SOFIA: Bulgaria braces for a 15th day of anti-government protests as the political crisis in the EU's poorest country rages on despite Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski's attempts to calm the situation by withdrawing the appointment of a controversial media magnate as head of the country's top security agency. At 1530 GMT. Picture (BULGARIA-POLITICS)

SALZBURG: The EU co-financed disaster control field exercise "EU Taranis 2013" kicks off with some 1,500 participants from 30 countries. To 29. Picture (AUSTRIA-EU-DISASTER-EXERCISE)

LJUBLJANA: Japan's Prince Fumihito Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko Akishino visit Slovenia (to 29). Picture (SLOVENIA-JAPAN-ROYALS)

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LONDON: Fifth day of Wimbledon, with third-round matches in the men's and women's singles. From 1030 GMT. Picture. Graphic (TENNIS-GBR-WIMBLEDON)

MOSCOW: Start of the Rugby Sevens World Cup, with 2009 men's champions Wales playing Uruguay, 2005 winners Fiji taking on Tonga and 2001 holders New Zealand opening against Canada. From 1100 GMT. Picture (RUGBYU-SEVENS-WC2013)

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom: First and second free practice sessions for this weekend's British Grand Prix. From 0900 GMT. Picture (AUTO-PRIX-GBR)