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Europe briefing: 6 stories you need to know about today

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Europe briefing: 6 stories you need to know about today

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1. Funeral held for Bulgarian journalist as suspect's extradition approved

Hundreds of people attend the funeral service for 30-year-old Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova in her hometown of Ruse.

The funeral came as German authorities approved the extradition of the suspect in her rape and murder.

Bulgarian Severin Krasimirov, 20, who was arrested in Germany, has agreed to an expedited procedure, meaning he should be sent to Bulgaria to stand trial within 10 days, authorities said.

2. Saudi delegation arrives in Turkey for Khashoggi investigation

A delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey as part of an investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish sources told Reuters.

Their arrival came after Turkey announced on Thursday that it had accepted a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance.

The journalist was last seen entering his nation’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed in a “premeditated murder” before his body was moved out of the consulate.

3. Trial of US pastor resumes in Turkey

The trial of an American pastor at the centre of a diplomatic dispute between Turkey and the US resumed on Friday in Turkey.

Andrew Brunson, an evangelical preacher from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage."

He has denied the allegations.

NBC News reported on Thursday that the US and Turkey had reached an agreement in which some charges against Brunson would be dropped and he would be released at the hearing or soon after.

4. Britain's Princess Eugenie gets married in second royal wedding of this year

Britain's Princess Eugenie married her fiancé Jack Brooksbank in Windsor.

The princess, who is ninth in line to the throne, married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot earlier this year.

5. Final rallies ahead of Bavaria election

The final rallies were set to take place ahead of state elections in Bavaria on Sunday, with polls suggesting that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies are heading for their worst result in more than 60 years.

The Christian Social Union obtained nearly half of all votes in elections in the south eastern state five years ago, but latest polls suggest support has slumped to just 33%.

6. Russia may delay cargo flight to ISS after accident, says Roscosmos

Russia may delay a planned unmanned cargo shipment to the International Space Station (ISS) after the failure of a manned flight on Thursday, Sergei Krikalev, a senior official from Russian space agency Roscosmos, said.

The space station's next re-supply mission had been scheduled for late October, but the unmanned Progress spacecraft - which carries food and other supplies to the ISS - uses the same rocket system as the Soyuz spacecraft involved in Thursday's incident.

In comments broadcast on state TV, Krikalev confirmed that all Soyez rocket launches will be suspended until investigators establish what went wrong on Thursday when one of the rockets failed in mid-air.

Take a look back at how events unfolded by scrolling through our live blog below: