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BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 0800 GMT, AP

November 27, 2013



ROME — The Italian Senate is expected to vote to kick former Premier Silvio Berlusconi out of Parliament following his tax fraud conviction, ending his two decades in public office but not removing him from Italy’s political scene. Berlusconi still heads his relaunched Forza Italia party which now moves to the opposition, providing a formidable front against Premier Enrico Letta that may not cause trouble initially but may weaken the government’s stability over the long term. By Nicole Winfield. UPCOMING 130 words by 1100GMT; 500 words by 1500GMT. Vote time uncertain. Photos.


MOSCOW — Anyone who switched on Russian TV recently might have been forgiven for thinking the Kremlin was relaxing its hard line on gays: Images of rainbow flags and a happy same-sex couple looking adoringly at their child flashed across the screen. But the show, with its horror film music and juddering camera work, was another swipe at the gay community — not a gust of tolerance. The primetime broadcast on state television points to the double-game the Kremlin is playing on gay rights. To the West, Russia has sought to extend reassurances as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics that a law passed this summer banning homosexual “propaganda” does not discriminate against gays. To its domestic audience, the government has ramped up the anti-LGBT rhetoric. By Laura Mills. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 0900 GMT, photos.


THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Former Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, his attorney and a Congolese lawmaker appear at the International Criminal Court to face allegations they conspired to present false evidence at Bemba’s trial. By Mike Corder. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1500 GMT, 400 words by 1700 GMT, photos.


MADRID — Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy holds talks with French President Francois Hollande as part of a bilateral summit. 130 words by 1800GMT with possible updates. Press conference scheduled to start 1815 GMT.


PARIS — The International Exposition Bureau chooses which city will host the 2020 World’s Fair, a title that Dubai is determined to win and is staking its economic future on. But Sao Paulo, Izmir and Yekaterinburg are also in the running. By Greg Keller. UPCOMING 600 words by 1000 GMT, vote results expected after 1630GMT, photos.


FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank releases review of the euro area’s financial stability. News conference with ECB vice president Vitor Constancio at 1400 GMT.


HELSINKI — Jolla, a team of former Nokia engineers, is launching the startup’s first mobile phone based on the Finnish cellphone maker’s last operating system before it switched over to Windows after hitching up with Microsoft Corp. By Matti Huuhtanen. UPCOMING: 130 words after 1000 GMT, 400 words by 1800 GMT.

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