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EUROPE NEWS AT 1800 GMT

EUROPE NEWS AT 1800 GMT

UPCOMING COVERAGE FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 6:
CZECH-ISRAEL
PRAGUE _ Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman visits Prague. AP Photos.
CZECH-EU TREATY
PRAGUE _ The upper house of Czech parliament expected to vote on the EU Lisbon treaty.
EU-EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
STRASBOURG, France _ Parliament President Hans Gert Poettering gives final speech to assembly before it adjourns for European elections in June. Expected at 1030 GMT.
EU-CANADA
PRAGUE _ Representatives from the EU and Canada meet, a day after the European Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed a bill that said commercial seal hunting, notably in Canada, is "inherently inhumane." News conference at 1245 GMT. AP Photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
SWITZERLAND-ADECCO
ZURICH _ Staffing company Adecco reports first-quarter earnings.
NORWAY-CENTRAL BANK-RATES
OSLO _ Central bank's monthly interest rate meeting. Decision announced at 1200 GMT. Covering if rates change.
MOVED TUESDAY:
GEORGIA MUTINY
TBILISI, Georgia _ Georgia said it had ended a brief mutiny at a military base near the capital and thwarted a plan to disrupt NATO exercises. By Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili. AP Photo.
TURKEY-ATTACK
BILGE, Turkey _ Eight men suspected of gunning down 44 people during an engagement ceremony were arrested, accused of killing the betrothed couple _ whose wedding they opposed _ along with relatives and friends in a 15-minute rampage. By Ibrahim Usta. AP Photos.
WHO-SWINE FLU
GENEVA _ The World Health Organization said it was starting to ship 2.4 million treatments of antiflu drugs to the 72 countries "most in need." By Eliane Engeler.
BRITAIN-NOT WELCOME
LONDON _ For the first time, Britain published a list of people barred from entering the country for allegedly fostering extremism or hatred, including Muslim extremists, a right-wing American radio host, an Israeli settler and jailed Russian gang members. By Nancy Zuckerbrod.
SPAIN-BASQUE POLITICS
MADRID _ The politician expected to be sworn in as the Basque region's first non-nationalist president vowed Tuesday to wage a relentless fight against the armed separatist group ETA. By Daniel Woolls.
FRANCE-ISRAEL
PARIS _ Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupted Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's motorcade as he was entering the French Foreign Ministry on Tuesday for talks.
GERMANY-TERROR TRIAL
DUESSELDORF, Germany _ A group of men were caught on tape discussing bombing a U.S. air base and joking about the reaction once they carried out their plan, a German investigator testified. By Nicole Lange. AP Photo.
RUSSIA-GAY RIGHTS
MOSCOW _ Russian gay rights activists announced plans to hold a parade hours before this month's finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, potentially setting the stage for a confrontation with city authorities and extremists. By Peter Leonard.
SPAIN-US-TORTURE
MADRID _ A Spanish judge said he will ask the United States if it plans a probe of six senior Bush administration officials accused of creating a legal framework for torture of terror suspects, before deciding whether to open his own investigation. By Daniel Woolls.
FRANCE-WWI GRAVES
PARIS _ Excavators near a rural village in northern France began work unearthing the remains of as many as 400 long-lost Australian and British soldiers who perished in World War I. By Scott Sayare. AP Photos.
FRANCE-PRISONS
PARIS _ French police fired tear gas at jail guards keeping prisoners from being taken to court in a demonstration against what they call deteriorating work conditions. By Verena Von Derschau. AP Photos.
GREECE-GAY WEDDINGS ANNULLED
ATHENS, Greece _ A Greek court annulled Greece's only two same-sex marriages, officials said, following a furious backlash against the ceremonies from the government and religious leaders.
EU-CANADA-SEAL HUNT
STRASBOURG, France _ The European Parliament voted to ban imports of seal products, including fur coats and even omega-3 pills, trying to force Canada to end the annual seal hunt that animal rights groups call barbaric. By Constant Brand. AP Photo.
IRELAND-AFGHANISTAN-PEACE LESSONS
DUBLIN _ A dozen Afghan warlords-turned-lawmakers came to Dublin to explore the lessons of Northern Ireland peacemaking. By Shawn Pogatchnik.
LIGHT AT CHUNNEL'S END
UNDER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL _ The Channel Tunnel, the world's longest undersea passageway, stands on its 15th anniversary as a dazzling engineering feat that is finally turning a profit following years of crippling losses _ and, while tucked away out of sight, it has become a monument to the possibility of change: After centuries of rivalry and warfare, France and England have become partners in a successful enterprise that has changed the face of Europe. By Emma Vandore and Gregory Katz. AP Photos.
BRITAIN-QUEEN AT KEW
LONDON _ Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will tour the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew to help celebrate the 250th anniversary of one of the world's premier sites of botanical research. The visit comes as landscape architects are developing a new masterplan for the garden that is expected to greatly improve its riverfront access and prepare the gardens for the impact of climate change. By 1400 GMT. By Gregory Katz. AP Photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
SWITZERLAND-EARNS-UBS
ZURICH _ UBS AG, the Swiss bank hit hard by the financial crisis and a U.S. legal probe into its American clients' offshore accounts, reported a first-quarter net loss of 1.98 billion Swiss francs ($1.73 billion) and said it expects loan losses to keep rising. By Onna Coray.
GERMANY-FIAT-OPEL
BERLIN _ A Fiat tie-up with General Motors Corp.'s Opel unit would allow "immense" cost savings, the Italian auto maker's boss was quoted as saying, arguing the two companies would be a good fit. AP Photo.
EU-GERMANY-TAX SPAT
BRUSSELS _ Germany's finance minister said that he doesn't need to say sorry to neighbors such as Switzerland for accusing them of aiding tax evasion, further fueling a spat which started weeks ago. By Aoife White.
EU-AGING
BRUSSELS _ European Union governments vowed to cut debt and reform expensive pension and health care systems that will put more strain on hard-pressed public finances as Europe's population gets older. By Aoife White.
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