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October 18, 2013

UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013

RUSSIA’S MEDIA TYCOONS

MOSCOW — The skinny man in a baggy, wrinkled shirt carting groceries back to his car could have been any Silicon Valley programmer, were it not for the Russian license plate on the car behind him. The grainy photograph is the first to show NSA leaker Edward Snowden in his new life in Russia after leaving the Moscow airport. The force behind the scoop? A father-and-son team who like to see themselves as Russia’s Murdochs. By Laura Mills. 1,150 words. Early Riser. AP Photos.

GERMANY-PALESTINIANS

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. News conference about 0815 GMT. Story if merited.

EUROPE-CANADA-FREE TRADE

BRUSSELS — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso are expected to finalize and sign a free trade deal between the two economies after four years of negotiations. By Juergen Baetz. NewsNow by 1000 GMT, 400 words after press conference scheduled at 1130 GMT.

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