BRUSSELS — Belgian lawmakers this week will decide whether the country's right-to-die law should extend to children, under certain conditions. A leading Brussels pediatrician says it's the humane thing to do, while the country's Roman Catholic archbishop has voiced strong disapproval. Before final debate of the issue on Wednesday in the Belgian Parliament, we look at how the law would work in practice and the arguments cited by both advocates and opponents. By John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 1000 words , photos.

GENEVA — Syrian negotiators take a break following a tense session a day earlier during which delegates traded bitter accusations for the talks' failure to take off. By Zeina Karam.


LONDON — Worsening floods are devastating swaths of southern England, and politicians seem to be drowning as well, unable to convince the public they are in control. The Thames has burst its banks, rail lines have been lost, villages are cut off, and the military has been deployed. A chunky look at key flood issues: Is global warming to blame? Is London in danger? Why wasn't more done to combat rising waters? Is this the face of the future? Will parts of England be permanently lost? By Jill Lawless. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by1600 GMT Wednesday


ROME - Italian Premier Enrico Letta battles to stay in office amid a power play by the dynamic head of his Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi. Letta is due to outline his government program for 2014, under pressure to reboot Italy's stalled economy and make good on promises of reform. By Frances D'Emilio. UPCOMING 130 words expected by 1100GMT; 300 words by 1500GMT. AP Photos.


LONDON — So much for planning ahead. Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney reveals a quarterly inflation report in which is he expected to abandon the policy of forward guidance — the pledge to refrain from increasing interest rates until unemployment drops. By Danica Kirka. 130 words by 1000 GMT. 250 words by 1200 GMT.


PARIS — Days after France forced Google to swap its homepage doodle for a 48-hour admission of guilt — and as it is embroiled in a yearslong fight to wrest taxes from tech giants — the country's president heads to Silicon Valley. Francois Hollande holds up the U.S. tech industry as an economic success that he hopes to replicate at home, but he's also among the leaders in Europe's fight to prevent what the continent sees as a systematic attempt to avoid paying their corporate fair share and invade privacy UPCOMING: 400 words by 1400 GMT.