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September 4, 2013

UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04, 2013

RUSSIA-PUTIN

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia — President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia “doesn’t exclude” supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people. By John Daniszewski, Lynn Berry and Vladimir Isachenkov.

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OBAMA

STOCKHOLM — President Barack Obama is seeking to use a 24-hour visit to this Swedish capital to show a softer side of American diplomacy even as the world’s gaze remains fixed anxiously on Syria. He intends to focus in the Nordic nation on climate change, trade and technology, a trio of issues on which there is broad consensus with European allies. The topics are a marked departure from the thorny, pressing matters he’s facing back home on national security and the economy. He also plans to pay homage to a Holocaust-era hero whose name is commemorated on street signs from Paris to Tel Aviv. By Josh Lederman. 500 words.

FRANCE-SYRIA

PARIS — France’s government offers a preview of what President Barack Obama faces next week, as lawmakers debate the wisdom and necessity of military action in Syria. But there’s a major difference: President Francois Hollande has an easy majority in the French parliament, and he neither needs nor wants their vote of approval. By Sarah DiLorenzo. Debate begins at 1400 GMT.

GERMANY-GADGET SHOW

BERLIN — Samsung becomes the first major electronics company to launch a smart watch, edging rival Apple in the race to turn the venerable timekeeper into the must-have mobile gadget in time for Christmas. By Frank Jordans. NewsNow by 1715 GMT. 700 words by 1830 GMT.

EUROPE-SHADOW BANKING

BRUSSELS — The European Commission, the 28-nation bloc’s executive arm, is presenting its draft legislation to strengthen oversight of money-market funds and other so-called shadow banks that make up a sizeable share of the financial sector but aren’t bound by the same regulations as banks. By Juergen Baetz. NewsNow by 0900 GMT. 550 words by 1400 GMT.

WORLD ECONOMY

GENEVA — World Economic Foundation releases its Global Competitiveness report, a study of which country is the best place to do business in. 130 words moved.

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