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November 14, 2013

UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

RUSSIA-US-URANIUM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — A 20-year U.S.-Russian program to convert highly enriched uranium from dismantled Russian nuclear warheads into fuel for U.S. power plants comes to an end with the final shipment being loaded onto a ship in St. Petersburg’s port. The U.S. Energy Department describes it as one of the world’s most successful nuclear nonproliferation and threat-reduction programs. Timing uncertain.

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EUROPE-FINANCIAL CRISIS

BRUSSELS — Finance ministers from the 17-country eurozone try to make progress on creating a banking union. They need to agree before the end of the year on how to set up a fund to rescue banks, but officials say such an agreement remains elusive and may only be reached next month. By David McHugh and John-Thor Dahlberg.

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SERBIA-TYCOON’S TRIAL

BELGRADE, Serbia — Main hearing in the trial against one of Serbia’s richest tycoons, Miroslav Miskovic, to start in Belgrade. Serbia’s government has said the proceedings were part of efforts to curb corruption in the Balkan country seeking EU entry, but Miskovic’s team says the charges of embezzlement and tax evasion are political. Exact time still unclear, some time in the afternoon.

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BOSNIA-TRAINS TO NOWHERE

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — They were seen as a shining example of Bosnia’s rebirth from war: a fleet of high-speed trains built-to-order in the West. Eight years later, they haven’t made a single ride. The reason: They’re just too fast for Bosnia’s 60-year-old rails. “It’s as if you bought nine Ferraris and ... no roads to drive them on,” said Samir Kadric, an official at the state-owned company that bought the trains. By Aida Cerkez. UPCOMING: 550 words by 1000 GMT. With photos and video.

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FINLAND-LIFE AFTER NOKIA

HELSINKI — From mobile phones to mobile games. Finland has found there’s life after Nokia in a bustling startup scene that’s unleashed a virtual torrent of gaming apps from “Angry Birds” to “Clash of Clans.” With revenues expected to double to 2 billion euros this year, mobile gaming is fast becoming the Nordic country’s flagship export industry. More than 100 game developers are showcasing their ideas to international investors this week at Helsinki’s Slush conference, a hotspot for startups in Europe. By Matti Huuhtanen. 130 words by 1300 GMT, 600 words by 1500 GMT. With AP Photos.

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GERMANY-EARNS-MERCK

FRANKFURT, Germany — Drug company Merck KGaA reports third-quarter earnings. 130 words by 0700 GMT, 300 words by 0800 GMT.

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SLOVENIA-CONFIDENCE VOTE

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia — The government of small, crisis-stricken eurozone member Slovenia faces a no-confidence vote in the parliament tied to a budget vote that is crucial for Alpine nation’s efforts to avoid becoming another EU country that needs international bailout. Parliament in session, unclear when exactly vote will take place. First NN around 1000GMT.

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FRANCE-EARNS-EADS

PARIS — Airbus parent company EADS reports its financial results for the third quarter. Greg Keller. 300 words by 0800 GMT.

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