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July 24, 2013

UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

BULGARIA-PROTEST

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Riot police breaks the siege of Bulgaria’s Parliament by protesters seeking to oust the government, and escort out government ministers, lawmakers and their staff, who were trapped inside since Tuesday night.

RUSSIA-PUSSY RIOT

MOSCOW — A court in the Russian city of Perm will consider an appeal by a Pussy Riot’s member to contest the previous ruling refusing her the right of an early release. Maria Alekhina has spent in prison one and a half years of her two-year jail term. Along with two other band members Alekhina was convicted of hooliganism last year for an irreverent punk protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.

RUSSIA-POLITKOVSKAYA

MOSCOW — A Moscow court will begin hearings in the 2006 murder case of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. A former police officer was sentenced last year to 11 years in prison for his part in the murder of fierce Kremlin critic Politkovskaya. But the alleged triggerman and four other defendants have yet to be tried.

MONTENEGRO-GAY PRIDE

BUDVA, Montenegro — First ever gay pride event to be held in staunchly conservative Montenegro — the small Balkan state that is a bastion of patriarchal culture in the region.

BRITAIN-EARNS-GSK

LONDON-Second-quarter results for the UK pharma group GlaxoSmithKline. Group currently embroiled in a high-profile bribery case in China.

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