2013-10-31 04:22 PM
EXPECTED FOR THURSDAY, OCT. 31:
Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths? In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children -- something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia. Advocates argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their parents, is necessary to give families an option in a desperately painful situation. But opponents have questioned whether children can reasonably decide to end their own lives. By Maria Cheng. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
Unemployment figures for the 17-country eurozone will be monitored to see if the recent improving trend continued into September. Inflation figures for October are also published and these are expected to show price pressures remaining benign and within the European Central Bank's remit. By Juergen Baetz. 130 words by 0915 GMT. 400 words by 1000 GMT.
LISBON, Portugal -- Lisbon subway workers walk off the job for the fifth time this year as militant transport workers step up their fight againts austerity measures and labor reforms being introduced in return for Portugal's 2011 bailout. 130 words by 1100 GMT by Barry Hatton.
BERLIN -- German consumer confidence slipped slightly in the first major survey since September's election, but overall showed little change over the previous month.
AMSTERDAM --Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company, says third quarter earnings fell due to weaker refining conditions, and higher exploration and production expenses. 300 words, expected by 0800GMT. By Toby Sterling
AMSTERDAM --Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, says its third quarter profits rose on a mix of higher selling prices and cost-cutting, despite lower volumes. 300 words by 0800GMT. By Toby Sterling.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Drug, chemicals and materials company Bayer AG reports third-quarter earnings. APNewsNow by 0800GMT, 250 words by 0830 GMT. By David McHugh
FRANKFURT, Germany -- German airline Lufthansa AG reports third-quarter earnings. AP NewsNow by 0700 GMT, 300 words by 0800 GMT.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Volkswagen AG reports third-quarter earnings. 300 words by 1100 GMT. By David McHugh
PARIS -- Air France-KLM says its net profit dropped more than 50 percent in the third quarter as it continues to struggle amid Europe's poor economy and intense competition.
PARIS -- French oil company Total says net income fell 10 percent in the first quarter of the year, partially due to poor refining margins amid a sluggish European economy.
PARIS -- Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA lost 200 million euros ($274,000) in the third quarter, including costs of restructuring efforts aimed at turning around the long-struggling company.
PARIS -- BNP Paribas says its revenue fell 4.2 percent in the third quarter, partially because of weak investment banking activity.