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UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
LONDON — With little hope of halting a vote to separate a strategic Ukraine peninsula from the rest of the country, the West is readying itself to impose harsh sanctions on Russia as soon as Monday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to London to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a last-minute bid to stave off a new chapter in the East-West crisis over Ukraine. By Lara Jakes.
KIEV, Ukraine — Shoppers in the center of Kiev were out of luck one recent afternoon: An athletic clothing store and a cellphone shop were occupied by black-clad men in masks, some armed. Not far away, toughs frightened hotel visitors with baseball bats, bulletproof vests and balaclavas. Weeks after mass protests ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, members of the ultranationalist group the Right Sector are still occupying buildings in Kiev. The group isn’t content with controlling the streets: They want real power in government. By Maria Danilova. By Maria Danilova. UPCOMING, 1,100 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
NETHERLANDS-PRINTING A HOUSE
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch architecture firm has embarked on a three year project to print an Amsterdam canal house, using an oversized 3-D printer. By Toby Sterling, 300 words by 1100GMT. With AP Photos.
LONDON — Bent over their computers in a World War II-era bunker beneath London’s streets, dozens of young computer experts are struggling to understand why Britain’s banking network suddenly seems to have gone off line. The exercise — it is just an exercise — is meant to help highlight the threat many here see as inevitable: A major cyberattack on the nation’s critical infrastructure. By Raphael Satter. 300 words by 1700GMT. AP Photos.
LOOS-EN-GOHELLE, France — Remains of Scotsman William McAleer will be reburied along with 19 other unidentified British soldiers in a military cemetery, 99 years after they were killed in battle during the First World War. The reburial serves as a reminder of the horrors of the war, and of why many Europeans today are wary of seeing a new conflict on their eastern flank. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1100 GMT. (photos, video.)
PARIS — A Paris court issues a verdict in France’s first-ever genocide trial, over what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Two decades later, the trial at last is shining a light on how French officialdom turned a blind eye to the slaughter, helped some perpetrators to flee Rwanda, and let untold numbers of Rwandans with ties to the genocide live in France for years unpunished.
PRAGUE — Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah Aman meets his Czech counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek. A NewsN by 1400 GMT. More on merits.