DIARY - Political and General News Events From Jan 13

Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:27am EST

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    JANUARY 2012 (UNDATED)	
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama to Unveil Tax
Proposals in Coming Weeks Aimed at Encouraging U.S. Companies to
keep Jobs at Home.
    PARIS - France is due to vote by the end of January on a
bill that would make it illegal to deny the 1915 mass killing of
Armenians by Ottomon Turks amounted to genocide.	
    TEHRAN - A team of senior U.N. nuclear officials expected to
visit Iran. 	
    CAIRO - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expected to
meet with Egyptian authorities.	
    BUDAPEST - European Union/ IMF starts Hungarian aid talks.
    GREENSBORO, NC - The trial of John Edwards, a former U.S.
senator from North Carolina, over allegations he broke campaign
finance laws to hide an extramarital affair. 	
    	
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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 13
    TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expected to
reshuffle his cabinet.	
 ** RIYADH - British Prime Minister David Cameron visits Saudi
Arabia and meets with King Abdullah and Crown Prince Nayef. 
 ** BEIRUT - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expected to
visit Lebanon (to Jan. 15), to meet with President Michel
Suleiman, Prime Minister Najib Mikati and UNIFIL officials.	
    QUITO - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa.
 ** ATHENS - Talks between the group representing private sector
holders of Greek bonds, the Institute of International Finance, 
and the Greek government continues for second day, to discuss
details of a plan to help cut Greece's debt though a voluntary
debt exchange deal. 
    CAIRO - Deadline for announcing the final result of the
Egyptian lower house vote.  
 ** TOKYO - French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe meets with
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba to discuss global
issues as well as the countries' bilateral relations. 
 ** ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul to meet Iraqi
Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi (1030).  
 ** ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to meet
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (1000). 
 ** MOSCOW - Russian lower house of parliament assembles for
first spring session. 
    OTTAWA - Liberal Party Biennial Convention (to Jan. 15). 
    NEYPYIDAW, Myanmar - Japanese Trade Minister Yukio Edano
continues his visit Myanmar (to Jan. 14).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 14	
    TAIWAN - Presidential elections.
    RIYADH/ABU DHABI/DOHA - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to visit
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar (to Jan. 19).	
    ATHENS - A team of EU and IMF inspectors will visit Greece
to verify reform progress (to Jan. 16). 
 ** KIEL, Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news
conference at the end of a two-day meeting of her party. 
 ** BEIRUT - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits
Lebanon, excepted to meet with President Michel Suleiman and
Prime Minister Najib Mikati to discuss the situation in Syria. 
 ** BEIRUT - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon meets with
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Ban Ki-moon is also
expected to visit UNIFIL peacekeeping mission in southern
Lebanon.
 ** ABUJA - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and labour
unions will meet again for talks to end a dispute over the
removal of fuel subsidies that has caused nationwide strikes. 
 ** GUATEMALA CITY - Otto Perez Molina to be sworn-in as
Guatemala's new president. 
 ** MOSCOW - Russian opposition Yabloko party stages protest
against falsifications at December parliamentary elections.
    TUNISIA - 1st Anniversary of ousting of President Zine El
Abidine Ben Ali.	
    MILAN - Milan Men's Fall/Winter 2012 fashion show (to Jan.
18).	
    VICENZA, Italy - International jewellery fair (to Jan. 19).	
    	
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    SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
    KAZAKHSTAN - Parliamentary elections.	
 ** BEIRUT - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will address a
U.N. conference on democracy in the Arab World. 	
 ** MOLDOVA - (POSTPONED) Presidential election.
 ** COLOMBO - Qatar Crown Prince Tameem Bin Hamad Al-Thani to
visit Sri Lanka.	
 ** HONG KONG/BEIJING/TOKYO - British Finance Minister George
Osborne to visit Hong Kong, China and Japan (to Jan. 18).
 ** GOYANG, South Korea - South Korea's main opposition
Democratic Unity Party holds a national convention to elect it
party head. 	
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - Presentation of The 69th annual Golden
Globes awards.	
    	
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    MONDAY, JANUARY 16	
    GENEVA - 130th WHO Executive Board session.	
    STRASBOURG, France - European Parliament Plenary Session (to
Jan. 19).	
    MADRID - French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets Spanish
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.	
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Republican debate in Myrtle Beach.	
    COLOMBO - Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna to visit Sri
Lanka (to Jan. 18).	
 ** STOCKHOLM - Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja to visit
Sweden.
    TOKYO - Ruling Democratic Party of Japan holds annual
convention.	
    COTONOU, Benin - 18th Session of the African Forestry and
Wildlife Commission (to Jan. 20).	
 ** ABU DHABI - Fifth World Future Energy Summit (to Jan. 19).
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and U.N. Secretary General Ban ki
Moon to attend.	
    MELBOURNE - TENNIS - Australian Open 2012 (to Jan 29).	
    MILAN - New hearing in graft trial where former Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi is accused of bribing British lawyer
David Mills.	
    	
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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama meets Jordan's King
Abdullah. 	
    BRUSSELS - The European Union's executive will rule on the
legality of Hungary's disputed central bank law and other
legislation. 	
 ** ATHENS - Troika (EU/IMF/ECB) officials to start an
inspection visit to Greece.
 ** ABIDJAN - U.S. secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits
Cote d'Ivoire.
    VIENNA - Euromoney conference on central and eastern Europe
(to Jan. 18).	
 ** MADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy meets European
Council President Herman Van Rompuy (1230).	
    JERUSALEM - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in
corruption hearing (to Jan. 18).
 ** THE HAGUE - The Dutch Senate votes on religious animal
slaughter ban to which Jewish and Muslim organisations have
objected.
    ATHENS - Communist-affiliated group PAME holds an
anti-austerity strike in Athens and a rally at Omonia Square
(0900).	
    LONDON - Orange British Academy Film Awards nominations
announced.	
    ATHENS - Communist-affiliated group PAME holds an
anti-austerity strike for the wider Athens area and a rally at
Omonia Square (0900). Labour unions hold an anti-austerity
strike and a rally at Klafthmonos Square (0900).	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18
    PARIS - French President Nicolas Sarkozy meets unions to
discuss reforms to boost employment and competitiveness. 
    AMSTERDAM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits
Netherlands (to Jan. 19), meets Queen Beatrix and Prime Minister
Mark Rutte. 
 ** THE HAGUE - Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupio meets Dutch
Prime Minister Mark Rutte. 
 ** MONROVIA - U.S. secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits
Liberia. 	
 ** LONDON - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti meets with
British Prime Minister David Cameron.	
 ** BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Bulgarian
Prime Minister Boiko Borisov.	
 ** BERLIN - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets German
President Christian Wulff (1115).	
 ** BRUSSELS - 166th NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting (to Jan.
19).
 ** BRUSSELS - European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso debates
recent political developments in Hungary. 
 ** BRASILIA/RIO DE JANERIA - British Foreign Minister William
Hague visits Brazil (to Jan. 19). 
 ** MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives annual
press conference on the results of 2011. 	
    	
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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 19	
    MEXICO CITY - G20 Meeting of Deputy Ministers of Finance (to
Jan. 20).	
 ** MESEBERG, Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel expected
to meet leaders of Austria, Sweden and Portugal in a bid to
broaden consultations on key European Union issues.
 ** MOSCOW - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Russia
(to Jan. 24). 	
    VILNIUS/TALLINN/RIGA - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh
Rasmussen to visit Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia (to Jan. 20).	
    PARIS - 21st OECD Global Forum on Public Debt Management (to
Jan. 20).	
    CHARLESTON, SC - Republican debate in Charleston.	
    BRUSSELS - EU Environment Council Meeting.	
    PARK CITY, Utah - 2012 Sundance Film Festival (to Jan. 29).
Link: www.sundance.org/festival/	
    	
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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 20	
    ROME - French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel meet Italian Prime Minister Mario
Monti.	
    BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner
Olli Rehn to meet Hungarian Aid Negotiator Tamas Fellegi (1220).	
    GENEVA - WTO Sub-Committee Meeting on Least-Developed
Countries.	
    MILAN - New hearing in graft trial where former Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi is accused of bribing British lawyer
David Mills.	
    BERLIN - International green week 2012 (to Jan. 29).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 21	
    TRIPOLI - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti to visit Libya.
    FRENCH GUIANA - French President Nicolas Sarkozy starts
two-day visit of French Overseas Departments and territories. 	
    SOUTH CAROLINA - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    MILAN - New hearing in graft trial where former Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi is accused of bribing British lawyer
David Mills.	
    LOS ANGELES - 23rd Annual Producers Guild Awards 2012.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, JANUARY 22	
    FINLAND - Presidential elections - first round.	
    NEW YORK - U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon due to hold
talks with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish
Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu (to Jan. 24).	
    GUANTANAMO, Cuba - 10th anniversary of the first detainees
being transferred to Guantanamo.	
    NEW YORK - Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle
awards to be announced.	
    	
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    MONDAY, JANUARY 23	
    ADDIS ABABA - African Union - 23nd Ordinary Session of the
Permanent Representative Committee of Ambassadors (PRC) (to Jan.
24).
    BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Ministers is expected to meet to
decide on an oil embargo on Iran. 	
    BRUSSELS - European Union Finance Ministers Meeting.	
    TAMPA, FL - Republican debate in Tampa.	
    BRUSSELS - Italian Government to outline Economic measures
to European Union Finance Ministers.	
 ** WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
releases Annual Energy Outlook.	
    BRUSSELS - EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting.	
    PARIS - 4th International Economic Forum on Latin America
and the Caribbean.	
    LOS ANGELES - Nominations announced for the 32nd Annual
Razzie Awards.	
    	
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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama to deliver his
annual State of the Union address to a joint session of
Congress. 	
    BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council
(ECOFIN) Meeting.	
 ** WASHINGTON - IMF to Release Updates of World Economic
Outlook, Global Financial Stability Report and Fiscal Monitor
(1500).	
    BERN - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria to visit
Switzerland.	
    LOS ANGELES - Nominations announced for the 84th annual
Academy Awards (Oscars).	
    LONDON - Costa Book of the Year awards presentation
ceremony.	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25	
    DAVOS-KLOSTERS, Switzerland - World Economic Forum Annual
Meeting 2012 (to Jan. 29).	
 ** BUCHAREST - The International Monetary mission visits
Romania, to review its precautionary loan deal (to Feb. 6).	
    MANILA - UNEP Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the
Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the
Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities
(to Jan. 27).
    EGYPT - 1st Anniversary of beginning of Egyptian revolution,
a series of mass popular protests leading to the resignation of
President Hosni Mubarak.	
    	
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    THURSDAY, JANUARY 26	
    COPENHAGEN - EU Meeting of Ministers of Justice and Home
Affairs (informal) (to Jan. 27).	
    DAVOS, Switzerland - Second day of World Economic Forum
Annual Meeting 2012.	
    JACKSONVILLE, FL - Republican debate in Jacksonville.	
    ADDIS ABABA - African Union - 20th Ordinary Session of the
Executive Council (to Jan. 27).	
    MILAN - New hearing in graft trial where former Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi is accused of bribing British lawyer
David Mills.	
    	
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    FRIDAY, JANUARY 27	
    DAVOS, Switzerland - Third day of World Economic Forum
Annual Meeting 2012.
    ADDIS ABABA - African Union - 20th Ordinary Session of the
Executive Council (FINAL DAY).	
    GLOBAL - International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the
Victims of the Holocaust.	
    	
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    SATURDAY, JANUARY 28	
    MANIPUR, India - General Election.	
    DAVOS, Switzerland - Fourth day of World Economic Forum
Annual Meeting 2012.
 ** TEHRAN - A high-level team from the U.N. International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to visit Iran.	
    LOS ANGELES - 64th annual Directors Guild of America Awards.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, JANUARY 29
    BRUSSELS - EU Summit.	
    EGYPT - Election for the upper house of parliament (FIRST
STAGE) (to Jan. 30).	
   DAVOS, Switzerland - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011
(FINAL DAY).	
    ADDIS ABABA - African Union - 18th Ordinary Session of the
Assembly of Heads of States and Governments (to Jan. 30).	
    HERZLIYA, Israel - 7th Ilan Ramon International Space
Conference.	
    LOS ANGELES - 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild awards to be
presented.	
    	
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    MONDAY, JANUARY 30	
    PUNJAB/UTTARAKHAND, India - General Election.	
    BRUSSLES - EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting.	
    IOWA - Republican debate in Iowa.	
    MOSCOW - APEC First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM1) and
Related Meetings (to Feb. 19).
    TALLINN - Finland's President Tarja Halonen to visit
Estonia. 
    MILAN - Preliminary hearing of former Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi. He is accused of revealing confidential information
in a case related to the Unipol failed takeover of
bank BNL.	
    NEW DELHI - India Pays Homage to the Iconic freedom leader
Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated on 30th January, 1984.	
    	
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    TUESDAY, JANUARY 31	
    BRUSSLES - EU General Affairs Council Meeting.	
    FLORIDA - Republicans Presidential primary.	
 ** WASHINGTON - Congressional Budget Office issues "The Budget
and Economic Outlook" (1500).
    RIGA - Latvia will hold a referendum on making Russian a
second official language, a delicate issue that stirs ethnic
tensions in the European Union member. 	
    	
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    FEBRUARY (UNDATED)
    WASHINGTON - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is due to
visit the United States.
    BEIJING - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visits
China and meets with President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
    YANGON - A delegation of American business leaders to visit
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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1	
    BRUSSELS - European Parliament Plenary Session (to Feb. 2).	
    COPENHAGEN - (TBC) Meeting of EU Ministers responsible for
competitiveness (informal)  (to Feb. 3).	
    NEW YORK - 50th Session of the Commission for Social
Development (CSocD) (to Feb. 10).	
    LONDON - Britain's Supreme Court, the country's highest
judicial body, to hear WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's appeal
against extradition to Sweden where he is accused of sex
offences (to Feb. 2).	
       	
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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2	
    MEXICO CITY - G20 Sherpas meeting (to Feb. 3).	
    BRUSSELS - NATO Defence Ministers' Meetings (to Feb. 3). 	
    BRUSSELS - European competition forum.
    KUWAIT - Parliamentary elections.	
    PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA. - Groundhog Day. Link: here	
    GLOBAL - World Wetlands Day 2012.	
    	
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    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3	
    MUNICH, Germany - Munich Security Conference 2012 (to Feb.
5).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4	
    MAINE/NEVADA - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 1st Phase.	
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Yukon Quest international sled dog race,
Start of the 1,000 mile race through the wilderness from
Fairbanks, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon.	
    GLOBAL - World Cancer Day.	
    CARACAS - 20th anniversary of deadly Caracas riots.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5	
    EGYPT - Run-off vote will be held if no candidate wins a
clear majority in the upper house of parliament election (FIRST
STAGE) on Jan. 29, 2012 (to Feb. 6).	
    FINLAND - Presidential elections - second round.	
    BANGKOK - Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit (to Feb. 6)	
    INDIANAPOLIS - Super Bowl 2012.	
    TOKYO - The 36th Grand Sumo Tournament 2012 (special
elimination tournament).	
    	
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    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6	
    GLOBAL - International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female
Genital Mutilation.	
    IOWA - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    SAPPORO, Japan - Annual Sapporo Snow Festival (to Feb. 12).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7	
    COLORADO/MINNESOTA - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    MISSOURI - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    GLOBAL - Safer internet day 2012.	
    BRUSSELS - Conference on European civil society on the road
to Rio+20 (to Feb. 8).	
    BRUSSELS - European Union leaders expected to hold Summit
(to Feb. 8).	
    ROME - Constitutional Court holds hearing on dispute over
jurisdiction for the 'Ruby' sex trial against former Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., - California-based Space Exploration
Technologies, or SpaceX, plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket
carrying a Dragon cargo capsule from Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station. 	
    KUALA LUMPUR/ PENANG - Thaipusam Festival. Malaysia's
largest Hindu festival, thousands will go into a trance and
pierce their bodies with hooks and spears to honour Lord
Murugan, the God of war and fertility, at his limestone cave
temple.	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
 ** STOCKHOLM - UK-Nordic-Baltic Prime Ministers meeting (to
Feb. 9). 	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 2nd Phase.	
    ASIA - Nirvana day, Buddhist festival marking the
anniversary of Buddha's death. here	
    	
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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9	
    BERLIN - 62nd Berlin International Film Festival (to Feb.
19).	
    NEW YORK - New York Fashion Week - Fall/Winter 2012 (to Feb.
16).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11	
    MAINE - Republicans Presidential caucuses Ends.	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 3rd Phase.	
    CAIRO - First Anniversary of resignation of Hosni Mubarak as
Egyptian President after 30 years in power.	
    VENICE - Venice Carnival 2012 (to Feb. 21).	
    	
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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12	
    TURKMENISTAN - Presidential election.	
    LOS ANGELES - 54th Annual Grammy Awards.	
    LONDON - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)	
    SYDNEY - 2012 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Annual Mardi Gras (to
March 4).	
    	
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    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13	
    STRASBOURG, France - European Parliament Plenary Session (to
Feb. 16).	
    SEOUL - The Trinity Forum 2012, the world's leading airport
commercial revenues conference (to Feb. 15).	
    BEIRUT - Fourth anniversary of the death of Hezbollah
commander Imad Moughniyah.	
    BANGKOK - Head of Police and Customs Seminar on Tiger Crime
(to Feb. 14).	
    UNITED NATIONS - Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) 4th Preparatory
Committee meeting (to Feb. 17).	
    NEW YORK - 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (to Feb.
14).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14	
    EGYPT - Election for the Upper house of parliament (FINAL
STAGE) (to Feb. 15).	
    NEW HAMPSHIRE - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    SINGAPORE - Singapore air show 2012 (to Feb. 19).	
    BEIRUT - 7th anniversary of the assassination of former
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.	
    GLOBAL - St. Valentines day.	
    BERLIN - 15th European Police Congress (to Feb. 15).	
    GENEVA - WIPO IGC 20 (to Feb. 22); the 20th session of the
Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic
Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15	
    EGYPT - Election for the Upper house of parliament (FINAL
STAGE) (Final Day).	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 4th Phase.	
    	
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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16	
    PARIS - OECD Global Forum on Competition (to Feb. 17).	
    YAROSLAVL, Russia - APEC Finance Deputies' and Central Bank
Deputies' Meetings (to Feb. 17).	
    SITGES, Spain - Sitges Carnival (to Feb. 22).	
    NORTH KOREA - North Korea celebrates birthday of its leader
Kim Jong-il.	
    VIENNA - Vienna Opera Ball 2012.	
    BRUSSELS - Urban forum 2012.	
    	
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    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17	
    LONDON - (TBC) London Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2012 (to
Feb. 22).	
    PRISTINA - Fourth anniversary of Kosovo's declaration of
independence from Serbia.	
    	
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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18	
    RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio Carnival 2012 (to Feb. 21). Link: www.rio-carnival.net/	
    NEVADA - Republicans Presidential caucuses.
    RIGA - Latvia to hold a national referendum on making
Russian a state language along side Latvian.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19	
    GREECE - General Elections.	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 5th Phase.	
    LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK - 2012 Writers Guild Awards.	
    SYDNEY - Tropfest 2012, the world's biggest short film
festival.	
    	
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    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20	
    BRUSSELS - (TBC) Eurogroup Meeting.	
    NAIROBI - UNEP Sasakawa Prize to celebrate 25 years of
successful partnership with UNEP at a reception and gala dinner
as part of the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing
Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF).	
    WASHINGTON - DC Fashion Week - Fall/Winter 2012 (to Feb.
26).	
    NAIROBI - 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing
Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (to Feb. 22).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21	
    YEMEN - Presidential election.	
    EGYPT - Run-off vote will be held if no candidate wins a
clear majority in the upper house of parliament election (FINAL
STAGE) on Feb. 14, 2012 (to Feb. 22).	
    BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council
(ECOFIN) Meeting.	
    LONDON - The BRIT Awards 2012.	
    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mardi Gras 2012.	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22	
    EGYPT - Run-off vote will be held if no candidate wins a
clear majority in the upper house of parliament election (FINAL
STAGE) on Feb. 14, 2012 (Final Day).	
    MESA, AZ - Republican debate in Mesa.
    CAPE TOWN - South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan
delivers his 2012 Budget Speech in parliament (1200). 	
    MILAN - Milan Fashion Week - Women's Fall / Winter 2012 (to
Feb. 28).	
    GLOBAL - Ash Wednesday, beginning of Lent - Christian
Festival.	
    	
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    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 6th Phase.	
    FLORIDA - South Beach Wine & Food Festival (to Feb. 26).	
    SEOUL - SPOEX (Seoul International Sports & Leisure
Exhibition) 2012 (to Feb. 26).	
    BRUSSELS - EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council.	
       	
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    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24	
    MEXICO CITY - G20 Meeting of Deputy Ministers of Finance (to
Feb. 25).	
    PARIS - 37th Annual Cesar Awards.	
    	
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    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25	
    MEXICO CITY - G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank
Governors Meeting (to Feb 26).	
    HOLLYWOOD - 32nd Annual Razzie Awards.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26	
    SENEGAL - Presidential Elections.	
    HOLLYWOOD - 84th annual Academy Awards (Oscars). Link: www.oscars.org/	
    	
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    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27	
    BRUSSLES - EU Foreign Affairs Council Meeting.	
    HAVANA - 14th Annual Habanos festival (to March 2). A
festival where people can puff away at the world's finest
cigars, tour factories to see the cigars being rolled by hand
and visit tobacco plantations outside Havana.	
    BARCELONA - Mobile World Congress (to March 1).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28	
    ARIZONA/MICHIGAN - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    UTTAR PRADESH, India - General Election 7th Phase.	
    CAIRO - Egypt's parliament expected to hold first sitting.	
    BRUSSLES - EU General Affairs Council Meeting.	
    PARIS - Paris Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2012 (to March
7).	
    	
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    MARCH 2012	
    LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Fashion Week - Autumn/Winter 2012.	
    BAGHDAD - (TBC) Arab League Summit.	
    	
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    THURSDAY, MARCH 1	
    BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (to March 2).	
    COPENHAGEN - Meeting of the Nordic Committee of Senior
Officials for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and
Forestry.
    GEORGIA - Republican debate in Georgia.	
    TUNIS - Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Health
Expo (to Mar. 4).	
    	
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    FRIDAY, MARCH 2	
    IRAN - Parliamentary Elections.
    BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (Final Day).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, MARCH 3	
    WASHINGTON - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    GOA, India - General Election. 	
    ALASKA - 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, MARCH 4	
    RUSSIA - Presidential elections.	
    	
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    MONDAY, MARCH 5	
    VIENNA - IAEA Board of Governors Meeting.	
    MOSCOW - 59th death anniversary of Soviet leader Josef
Stalin.	
    ASUNCION - 27th Meeting of the Forestry Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean (COFLAC 27) (to March 9).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, MARCH 6	
   
OHIO/MASSACHUSETTS/GEORGIA/OKLAHOMA/TENNESSEE/VERMONT/VIRGINIA -
Republicans Presidential primary.	
    IDAHO/ALASKA/NORTH DAKOTA - Republicans Presidential
caucuses.	
    WYOMING - Republicans Presidential caucuses (to March 10).
    CAPE TOWN - 6th Africa Economic Forum (to March 7). 	
    PARIS - OECD Launch of Going for Growth 2012.	
    HANOVER, Germany - CeBIT - The world's largest computer fair
(to March 10).	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7	
    LONDON - 4th ACI Airport Economics and Finance Conference
(to March 9).	
    	
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    THURSDAY, MARCH 8	
    CHICAGO - OECD Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers 2012
(to Mar. 9).	
    NEW YORK - National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony.	
    GENEVA - 82nd Geneva International Motor Show (to March 18).	
    GLOBAL - International Women's Day.	
    BIRMINGHAM, UK - Crufts - the world's largest dog show (to
March 11).	
    	
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    FRIDAY, MARCH 9	
    ISTANBUL, Turkey - IAAF World Indoor Championships (to March
11).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, MARCH 10	
    WYOMING - Republicans Presidential caucuses (ENDS).	
    KANSAS - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    TIBET - 53rd anniversary of Tibet's spiritual leader, the
Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile after a failed uprising.	
    SLOVAKIA - Parliamentary elections.	
    	
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    SUNDAY, MARCH 11	
    BRUSSELS - European Day for Victims of Terrorism.	
    SENDAI, Japan - First anniversary of Sendai earthquake and
tsunami.	
    OSAKA, Japan - 2012 March Grand Sumo Tournament (to March
25).	
 	
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    MONDAY, MARCH 12	
    STRASBOURG, France - European Parliament Plenary Session (to
March 15).	
    BRUSSELS - (TBC)Eurogroup Meeting.	
    YEOSU, South Korea - International Expo 2012 "The Living
Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable
Activities" (to Aug. 12).	
    MARSEILLE, France - 6th World Water Forum (to Mar. 17).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, MARCH 13
    BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council
(ECOFIN) Meeting.	
    HAWAII - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    ALABAMA/ MISSISSIPPI - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    CHELTENHAM, UK - SPORT - HORSE RACING - Cheltenham Gold Cup
Festival (to March 16).	
    PARIS - European Fuels Conference, 13th Annual Meeting 2011
(to Mar. 16).	
    	
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    THURSDAY, MARCH 15	
    MEXICO CITY - G20 Sherpas meeting (to Mar. 16).	
    LONDON - Announcment of 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards
nominations.	
    	
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    FRIDAY, MARCH 16	
    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The Annual Meeting of the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (to March 19).	
    PARIS - Paris Book Fair (to March 19).	
    HALABJA, Iraq - 23rd anniversary of 5000 civilian Kurds
being killed in Iraqi chemical weapons attack.	
 	
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    SATURDAY, MARCH 17	
    MISSOURI - Republicans Presidential caucuses.	
    IRELAND - St. Patrick's Day.	
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil- (TBC)Sixth Inter-American Meeting of
Ministers of Culture and Highest Appropriate Authorities (to
March 18).	
    	
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    SUNDAY, MARCH 18	
    TOKYO - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo 2012-13 Autumn /
Winter (to March 23).	
    GENEVA - Eighth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention
Chemicals Review Committee (to March 23).	
    	
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    MONDAY, MARCH 19	
    BRUSSELS - EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council (to March
20).
    PORTLAND, OR - Republican debate in Portland, Oregon.	
    EGYPT - 1st anniversary of Egyptian referendum on
constitutional reforms.	
    VALENCIA, Spain - Annual Festival of Fallas (festival of
fire) ends with the spectacular destruction of the statues known
as ninots.	
    HOLLYWOOD, Fl. - 17th Annual International Anti-Money
Laundering Conference (to March 21).	
    HONG KONG - The 6th Asian film awards Ceremony.	
 	
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    TUESDAY, MARCH 20	
    ILLINOIS - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21	
    LONDON - British Finance Minister George Osborne delivers
his 2012 annual budget.	
    	
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    THURSDAY, MARCH 22	
    GLOBAL - World Water Day.	
    	
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    FRIDAY, MARCH 23	
    GLOBAL - World Meteorological Day 2012.	
    ISLAMABAD - Public holiday and parades to mark Pakistan's
Republic Day.	
    	
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    SATURDAY, MARCH 24	
    LOUISIANA - Republicans Presidential primary.	
    GLOBAL - World TB Day.	
 	
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    SUNDAY, MARCH 25	
    LONDON - Planet under pressure conference (to March 29).	
    	
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    MONDAY, MARCH 26	
    SVALBARD, Norway - Meeting of the Nordic Council of
Ministers for the Environment (to March 27).
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court to hold Oral arguments on
President Barack Obama's sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul (to
March 28). 
    HAVANA - Pope Benedict XVI to visit Cuba (to March 28).	
    OTTAWA - JUNO Awards 2011 and JUNO Week events and
festivities (to April 1). Link: www.junoawards.ca/	
    DOHA - Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition &
Conference (DIMDEX) (to March 28).	
    	
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    TUESDAY, MARCH 27	
    ABU DHABI - 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.	
    	
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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28	
    BRUSSELS - European Parliament Plenary Session (to March
29).	
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    THURSDAY, MARCH 29	
    PARIS - Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) at ministerial
level (to March 30).	
    	
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    FRIDAY, MARCH 30	
    WASHINGTON - 2012 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative
University (CGI U) (to April 1).	
    	
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    SATURDAY, MARCH 31	
    DUBAI - HORSE RACING - 2012 Dubai World Cup.	
    ISTANBUL - International Istanbul Film Festival (to April
15).	
    	
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