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What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:

+ Snowden awaits decision on asylum requests

+ EU parliament debates US spying

+ Merkel hosts meeting on youth joblessness

MOSCOW: US fugitive leaker Edward Snowden awaits decisions on a slew of requests for political asylum, spending an 11th day in the Moscow airport transit zone. Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane was forced to land in Austria over suspicion that Snowden was on board. Picture. Video. (US-SECURITY-INTELLIGENCE-INTERNET-RUSSIA)

STRASBOURG: European Parliament debate on US surveillance programmes and their effect on privacy following reports that Washington bugged European Union offices. Picture. (US-SECURITY-INTELLIGENCE-INTERNET-EU)

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts a meeting of European leaders on the fight against mass youth unemployment in Europe, one of the most severe consequences of the crippling eurozone debt crisis. Begins 1140 GMT, joint press conference 1515 GMT. (EU-ECONOMY-GERMANY-UNEMPLOYMENT) Picture. Video

-- OTHER ITEMS --

LISBON: Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is battling a crisis over the resignation of the finance and foreign ministers in protest at the government's bailout measures. (PORTUGAL-GOVERNMENT-ECONOMY)

ROME: Press conference with Alitalia's new managing director, during which details of a programme to restructure the Italian airline company from 2013 to 2016 are expected to be unveiled. From 1300 GMT. Picture. (ITALY-AIRLINE-COMPANY-FINANCE)

BERLIN: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle hosts his Libyan counterpart Mohammed Abdel Aziz for talks on democratic reforms in the North African country, German support for the development of civil society and the regional security situation. Joint press conference 0945 GMT. (GERMANY-LIBYA-DIPLOMACY). Picture

PRISTINA: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen leads an Alliance delegation's visit to Kosovo where a 5,000-strong force ensures security in the breakaway territory. Press conference with Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci at 1220 GMT. Picture. (KOSOVO-NATO-MILITARY)

MOSCOW: The Russian lower house of parliament debates and votes in an initial reading on a controversial bill to shut down the Russian Academy of Sciences and open another scientific institution in its place. (RUSSIA-SCIENCE-POLITICS)

STRASBOURG: European Parliament votes on a political compromise reached by the European Union's 27 leaders over the bloc's hotly-contested 2014-2020 trillion-dollar budget, with final definitive vote on the budget set for September. (EU-BUDGET-POLITICS-PARLIAMENT)

OSLO: The youth wing of Norway's Labour Party, AUF, holds its first summer camp since Anders Behring Breivik's July 22, 2011 massacre when he killed 69 people at the camp on Utoeya island. This year's camp will be held on the nearby hamlet Gulsrud. (NORWAY-ATTACKS)

REYKJAVIK: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon winds up a two-day visit to Iceland, holding talks with Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson. (UN-ICELAND-DIPLOMACY)

STRASBOURG: European Parliament finally hands its prestigious 2010 Sakharov rights prize to Cuban dissident Guillermo Farinas, previously prevented from leaving the country to receive it. Picture (EU-PARLIAMENT-RIGHTS-CUBA)

-- SPORTS --

CAGNES-SUR-MER/MARSEILLE, France: Fifth stage of the Tour de France, taking the riders 219 kilometres (136 miles) from Cagnes-sur-Mer on the French Riviera to the Mediterranean port city of Marseille. From 0945 GMT. Picture. Graphic. (CYCLING-TOUR-FRA)

LONDON: Men's quarter-finals at Wimbledon, with world number one Novak Djokovic playing Tomas Berdych and British hopeful Andy Murray taking on Spain's Fernando Verdasco in the pick of the matches involving top seeds. Picture. Graphic. From 1200 GMT. (TENNIS-GBR-WIMBLEDON)

NURBURGRING, Germany: World autosport governing body the International Automobile Federation (FIA) meets Formula One teams and Pirelli for talks after a series of dangerous tyre blowouts at last weekend's British Grand Prix. (AUTO-PRIX-GER)

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