AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Friday:

+ Snowden spends 20th day at Moscow airport transit

+ Ireland votes to allow abortion in rare cases

+ Private funeral for British soldier hacked to death

MOSCOW: Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden spends his 20th day holed up in a Moscow airport transit zone after receiving asylum offers from three leftist Latin American state. (US-SECURITY-INTELLIGENCE-SNOWDEN)

DUBLIN: Irish lawmakers voted to back new legislation that allows abortion in limited cases, after the death last year of an Indian woman from pregnancy complications. (IRELAND-POLITICS-HEALTH-SOCIAL-ABORTION)

BURY, United Kingdom: Private military funeral for Lee Rigby, the British soldier hacked to death in London in May in a suspected Islamist attack. From 1000 GMT. Picture. (BRITAIN-MILITARY-ATTACKS-MURDER)


BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek of debt-wracked Slovenia. Joint press conference at 1315 GMT. Picture. (GERMANY-SLOVENIA-DIPLOMACY)

VILNIUS: German President Joachim Gauck and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite open a business forum at 0700 GMT aimed at boosting trade. (LITHUANIA-GERMANY-DIPLOMACY)

STRASBOURG: The European Court of Human Rights is to rule on the case of Lorraine Allen, a British woman who is seeking compensation for being wrongly imprisoned for the death of her four-month-old son after a jury was told he had died from "shaken-baby syndrome". 0900 GMT. (EUROPE-RIGHTS-COURT-BRITAIN)

MOSCOW: Russia's central bank is due to decide whether to lower interest rates in the face of slowing growth and above-expectations inflation in the first meeting chaired by Elvira Nabiullina, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin. No timing announced. (RUSSIA-ECONOMY-BANK-RATES-FOREX)

PAMPLONA, Spain: Daredevils charge alongside huge sharp-horned bulls on the sixth day of bull-running in the San Fermin festival, a colourful fiesta in this northern Spanish town. From 0600 GMT. Picture. (SPAIN-BULLFIGHTING-PAMPLONA-SANFERMIN-TOURISM)

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NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom: Third day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge between England and Australia, with the tourists buoyant after a first innings fight-back. Starts 0900 GMT. Picture (CRICKET-ENG-AUS)

TOURS/SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France: Stage 13 of the Tour de France, with the 173-kilometre (107-mile) ride likely to end in a sprint finish, as the Alps loom. Starts 1100 GMT. Picture. Graphic (CYCLING-TOUR-FRA)