UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013:

RUSSIA-G20

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russia hosts two-day summit of G-20 leaders, an event likely to be overshadowed by the debates over international response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Meeting starts at 1400 GMT.

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G20-SNAPSHOT: The threat of missiles over the Mediterranean is weighing on world leaders meeting on the cool shores of the Baltic this week — and eclipsing economic battles that usually dominate when the Group of 20 leading world economies convenes. A look at what to expect at the G-20 summit. By Angela Charlton. AP Photos. Moved. 500 words.

EU DEFENSE

VILNIUS, Lithuania — European Union defense ministers open two days of talks on how to improve cooperation in the military field and will likely also discuss developments in Syria. By Raf Casert.

GERMANY-HIDDEN POOR

BERLIN — At first glance Christel Paweski's small plot of land, with its garden gnome and flowerbeds, appears to be the epitome of comfortable German retirement. Tucked away among the flowers are rows of potatoes, peppers and cabbage that the former nurse carefully tends. But her gardening isn't a hobby — it's survival. On her meager pension, Paweski simply can't afford to buy groceries at the store. Paweski's plight and that of millions of other Germans living below or close to the poverty line have become a hot issue in this month's crucial national elections. By Frank Jordans. AP Photos. Moved. 1000 words.

EUROPE-NSA SPYING

BRUSSELS — European lawmakers discuss the implications of the U.S. surveillance programs with journalists Glenn Greenwald, who unveiled the NSA agency's spying efforts based on the material leaked by Edward Snowden, and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbriger, whose newspaper published much of the revelations. By Juergen Baetz. Hearing from 1300-1500 GMT.

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.

NewsAlert, NewsNow with interest rate decision at 1145 GMT. News conference with ECB president Mario Draghi begins 1230 GMT. 700 words by 1500 GMT.

GERMANY-ECONOMY

BERLIN — Economy Ministry releases July industrial orders figures for Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

FRANCE-ECONOMY

PARIS — France reports its second-quarter unemployment figures after the economy grew more than expected, pulling the country out of recession.