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August 29, 2013

UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013

GERMANY-MERKEL’S CHALLENGER

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s challenger, Peer Steinbrueck, sets out his priorities for his first 100 days in government if he wins next month’s German elections. NewsNow by 0930 GMT, 300 words by 1030 GMT.

SWEDEN-ANCIENT LANDS

JOKKMOKK, Sweden —On a dirt road passing through sparkling lakes and spruce woods in the wilds of northern Sweden, a woman belonging to Europe’s only indigenous people — the Sami — chants a traditional, high-pitched tune. Since the end of the last Ice Age, the Sami have wandered the vast landscapes of northern Europe, herding reindeer and nurturing a philosophy of harmony with nature. This time, however, the woman’s Joik — a Sami chant that involves gliding over notes without lyrics — has a desperate tone to it: Her voice trembles and grows into a scream as four policemen remove her from the road. She had been protesting a British mining company’s plans to open an open pit mine on ancient lands. The escalating conflict pits the Sami’s lifestyle and stunning mountain environment against job creation in an area suffering population decline. By Malin Rising and David MacDougall. AP Photos. AP Video. 1000 words by 0800 GMT.

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL-TRACKS

VENICE — John Curran premieres his new film “Tracks,” the story of a young woman who trekked solo across 2,000 miles of Australian desert. The film’s subject speaks to The Associated Press. By Colleen Barry. 500 words by 1600 GMT.

ITALY-VENICE FILM FESTIVAL-SION

VENICE — Maverick Japanese director Sono Sion returns to the Lido with “Why Don’t You Play in Hell,” and speaks to The Associated Press about his new action comedy, which is making its world premiere. His 2011 film Himizu won the Marcello Mastroianni award for best new actor and actress. By Colleen Barry. 400 words by 2200 GMT.

TURKEY-STABBING

ANKARA, Turkey — Verdict expected in the trial of Turkish father and son accused of stabbing two Irish women to death. Starts at 1200 GMT. Unclear when exactly the verdict is due.

GERMANY-ECONOMY

BERLIN — Federal Labor Agency releases August unemployment figures for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy. NewsNow by 0830 GMT.

FRANCE-EARNS-PERNOD RICARD

PARIS — French beverage company Pernod Ricard reports its full year earnings. NewsNow out. 300 words by 0800 GMT

FRANCE-EARNS-CARREFOUR

PARIS — Europe’s largest retailer Carrefour reports its first-half earnings. NewsNow out. 400 words by 0800 GMT

FRANCE-EARNS-L’OREAL

PARIS — Cosmetics juggernaut L’Oreal reports its first-half earnings. 400 words by 1630 GMT

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