UPCOMING COVERAGE FOR THURSDAY, AUG. 27:
BERLIN _ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel. AP Photos.
LODZ, Poland _ Poland commemorates the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the ghetto in Lodz, home to one of Poland's largest Jewish communities in prewar Poland. Ceremony begins at 0900 GMT. AP Photos.
ANKARA, Turkey - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives in Turkey and attends Ramadan fast-breaking dinner with Turkish leaders. AP Photos.
PARIS _ French energy giant GDF Suez releases first-half earnings.
PARIS _ French bank Credit Agricole releases first-half earnings. 0900 GMT.
BAYREUTH, Germany _ Review of Wagner's Parsifal. AP Photos.
DUBLIN _ World leaders lionized U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy as a towering figure in American politics, praising his dedication to causes ranging from health care reform to peace in Northern Ireland. By Mairead Flynn. AP Photos.
WITH: OBIT-TED KENNEDY
MOSCOW _ Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed to defend South Ossetia's independence and presided over the launch of the first pipeline to carry Russian natural gas directly to the breakaway Georgian republic, bypassing Georgia proper. By Mansur Mirovalev. AP Photos.
LONDON _ The Israeli and Palestinian leaders are likely to hold their first meeting in the coming weeks, both sides indicated, in what would be an important step toward a formal resumption of peace talks and a key achievement for President Barack Obama. By Matti Friedman. AP Photos.
AMSTERDAM _ Radovan Karadzic is seeking evidence that the U.S. turned a blind eye to weapons shipments from Iran to Muslim forces fighting in the Bosnian war, to support his claim that Serbs acted in self-defense during the conflict. By Arthur Max.
ROME _ The estranged wife of Premier Silvio Berlusconi says in a book that it was her husband's alleged lies that pushed her to file for divorce at the outset of the sex scandal involving the Italian conservative leader. By Ariel David. AP Photos.
VIENNA _ Iran, whose nuclear facilities are under threat of possible Israeli military strikes, has enlisted the support of more than 100 nonaligned nations in its push for a ban on such attacks, according to documents shared with The Associated Press. By George Jahn.
PARIS _ President Nicolas Sarkozy criticized Iranian leaders for their handling of contested elections and their nuclear program, and pleaded for a new push for peace in the Middle East in a sweeping diplomatic strategy speech. By Angela Charlton.
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MOSCOW _ The debate over whether to allow a lesbian couple to marry in Russia sparked an angry exchange inside a Moscow courtroom, while outside the women locked lips to protest a holdup in proceedings. By David Nowak. AP Photo.
BRUSSELS _ The International Federation of Journalists complained that news people covering the war in Afghanistan are being monitored by the U.S. military to see if they are sympathetic to the American cause.
RODOPOLI, Greece _ Standing outside her home destroyed in fires that ravaged the Athens area, Fani Filosidi sifted through the wreckage as her family calmly loaded what was left into a small van. The fires have been put out or contained to tiny areas, leaving residents to assess the devastation. By Derek Gatopoulos and Nebi Qena. AP Photos.
ROME _ It's an enduring problem in the eternal city _ seemingly endless baggage delays at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport. Now, Rome's mayor says he is determined to resolve the issue after he joined the legions of Rome-bound travelers left waiting for their bags. By Frances D'emilio.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
BERLIN _ Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany's talks with General Motors Co. over the future of its Opel unit are focused on Berlin's preferred bid, by Canadian auto parts maker Magna. By Melissa Eddy. AP Photo.
MOSCOW _ Russian gas monopoly Gazprom reported a 62 percent drop in net profit for the first quarter of 2009, when the company was hit hard by disruptions of gas supplies to Europe and the plunging value of the ruble. By Nataliya Vasilyeva.
PARIS _ Paris is counting on American tourists _ and a new law allowing more stores to open on Sundays _ to boost tourism revenues pinched by the global financial downturn. By Angela Charlton. AP Photo.
UPCOMING COVERAGE FOR THURSDAY, AUG. 27: