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We plan to file the following videos over the coming week. Please consult the daily advisories for additions and amendments.

-- SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

HETAUDA, NEPAL: Maoists hold their first general convention since 1994, at which leader Prachanda is expected to cement his power base as party chairman. RAW

PYEONGTAEK, SOUTH KOREA: A centuries-old tradition of Buddhist cuisine, which bans foods linked to lust or anger, is enjoying a revival in South Korea, one of Asia's most high-stress societies. RAW

EUROPE

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) between Soviet and Nazi German forces. RAW

PARIS: Protesters march across France against gay marriage and adoption bill. RAW

MOSCOW: Auction of items belonging to the Romanov dynasty. RAW

WARSAW: Polish homosexuals intend to continue their campaign for the legalisation of gay marriage despite three draft laws being struck down in parliament. PKG

PARIS: Blessing ceremony for new set of bells installed at Notre Dame Cathedral. RAW

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

SAO PAULO: Brazil's textile industry has been hit by cheap imports from Asia. Many costumes for Brazil's legendary carnival are now stamped 'Made In China'. PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

SPORT

Africa Cup of Nations:

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA: Fans' reaction after Ghana vs Cape Verde in first quarter final. RAW

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: Fans' reaction after South Africa vs Mali in second quarter final. RAW

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Team training, press conference for Ivory Coast, Nigeria ahead of their quarter final. RAW

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA: Team training, press conference for Burkina Faso, Togo ahead of their quarter final. RAW

Other sport:

ROME: Training and press conference ahead of the Italy vs France Six Nations rugby match. RAW

-- SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ABUJA: ECOWAS court of justice holds hearing Monday on lawsuit seeking release of Ivory Coast's Simone Gbagbo, the wife of ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo, and son Michel Gbagbo. FILE

ASIA-PACIFIC

YANGON: Myanmar hosts its first ever official marathon. RAW

TOKYO: The Wikimedia foundation presents its latest initiatives, such as the Wikipedia Zero, intended to provide mobile access to Wikipedia in Africa. RAW

TOKYO: Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, defends Tokyo's bid for the 2020 Olympics in an interview with AFP, days after reports that elite athletes were beaten with wooden swords by their coaches. RAW

ALLAHABAD, INDIA: The Maha Kumbh Mela, the world's biggest religious festival, is meant to be spiritually uplifting. But for the thousands who get lost in the swell of humanity, the experience can be terrifying. PKG

EUROPE

VENICE, ITALY: Thousands of revellers gather in Saint Mark's Square for the "Flight of the Angel", the highlight of the Venice Carnival. RAW

LEICESTER, UK: Britain's University of Leicester unveils Monday results of scientific investigations into human remains found in the city, possibly those of King Richard III. FILE

BERLIN: Each day, 20 to 40 people visit a safe injection facility in Berlin, where drug addicts can take heroin, crack and cocaine legally. PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

CAIRO: High Constitutional Court reviews the legality of the senate and the constitutional commission. RAW. TBA

NORTH AMERICA

LOS ANGELES: An Los Angeles gallery shows a collection of never-before-seen Andy Warhol Polaroid photos. RAW

SPORT

Africa Cup of Nations:

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Fans' reaction after Ivory Coast vs Nigeria in third quarter final. RAW

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA: Fans' reaction after Burkina Faso vs Togo in last quarter final. RAW

-- MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 --

AFRICA

ABUJA: ECOWAS court of justice holds hearing on lawsuit seeking release of Ivory Coast's Simone Gbagbo, the wife of ex-leader Laurent Gbagbo, and son Michel Gbagbo. RAW. TBC

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA: The biggest mining conference in Africa, Mining Indaba, opens amid turbulence in S. Africa. RAW

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

PHNOM PENH: Former monarch Norodom Sihanouk to be cremated. RAW

MUMBAI: With orders ranging from German sausages to American turkey, Cafe Ridge stores are cashing in on the growing appetite for meat among Indians -- even in one of Mumbai's most militantly vegetarian areas. PKG

EUROPE

MILAN: Hearing in Silvio Berlusconi's trial for paying for sex with an underage prostitute. RAW. TBC

LEICESTER, UK: Britain's University of Leicester to unveil results of scientific investigations into human remains found in the city, possibly those of King Richard III. RAW

MADRID: Press preview of "Impressionism and Open-air Painting. From Corot to Van Gogh" at Thyssen Museum. RAW

LUDMIERZ, POLAND: Hundreds of people converge on Poland's Tatra mountains for 'skiring' competition in which skiers are pulled by horses. RAW

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

RIO DE JANEIRO: Every February for the last four years an unassuming bank employee has thrown off his ordinary suit for five days of multi-coloured feathers and sequins. Milton Junior is "King Momo" who reigns over five days of festivities at Rio's carnival. PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

NORTH AMERICA

FORT LEE, VIRGINIA: The Pentagon's decision to allow female combat soldiers is a landmark in a century-long journey for women in the military. For many veterans, the decision has not come too soon. PKG

SPORT

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Russia will on Thursday mark the one-year anniversary to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. RAW. PKG

-- TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan observes Solidarity Day with Kashmiris fighting for self-determination in Indian-held Kashmir. RAW

BEIJING: Millions of Chinese set off fireworks and firecrackers as part of Lunar New Year festivities. RAW

MANILA: Philippine farmer Liezl Balmaceda has never heard of Madonna, but the US pop star's endorsement of coconut water could soon help change the impoverished Philippine farmer's life for the better. PKG

EUROPE

BRUSSELS: EU hosts international conference on Mali. RAW

BRUSSELS: EU Commission considers proposal to fight money laundering and funding of terrorist groups. RAW. TBC

GAZIANTEP/KAHRAMAN MARAS, TURKEY: Visit to Patriot missile site in southern Turkey. RAW

STRASBOURG, FRANCE: President Francois Hollande addresses the European Parliament. RAW

FLINS, FRANCE: Unions call on Renault workers to hold a "dead factory" protest over the struggling auto company's layoff plans. RAW

RIGA: Latvia makes a request to the European Commission to determine its ability to join the eurozone. STOCKSHOTS

LONDON: Auction of Picasso and Monet works at Sotheby's and Christies. FILE

Ahead of the EU summit, we are filing the following related report:

NEUBRANDENBURG, GERMANY: The EU's Common Agricultural Policy, which represents 40% of EU spending, is up for review amid talks over the bloc's 2014-2020 budget. Cuts could have a profound impact on farmers, especially in France and Germany, who benefit most from the subsidies. PKG

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

SAO PAULO: Sao Paulo's carnival might not be as famous as Rio's but it does boast a tradition going back to 1914 and the Ambassadors of Samba, a group of singers in their 70s and 80s who keep the samba tradition alive. PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

NORTH AMERICA

WASHINGTON: Washington this week gets a new head diplomat. What can Americans expect from their new secretary of state, John Kerry? RAW

SPORT

DURBAN/NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA: Last four teams prepare for semi-finals of Africa Cup of Nations. RAW

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Images of Sochi ahead of Thursday's one-year anniversary to the 2014 Winter Olympics. RAW

-- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong based astrologist gives her predictions for the Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10. RAW

MUMBAI: Life is tough growing up in Mumbai's sprawling urban slums. But a new generation of children is finding escape from the harsh realities of daily life through American Hip Hop and a love of breakdance. PKG

BEIJING: An explosion of wealth in China has made it a prime destination for luxury goods such as cars, watches and fine wines. But when it comes to chocolate, Western confectioners face a major challenge: Chinese people barely eat any. PKG

EUROPE

BRUSSELS: EU heads of state and government will gather on Thursday for a summit centred on the thorny issue of the EU budget. Analyst, file. RAW. PKG. TBC

BERLIN: The German capital gears up to host the Berlinale film festival which opens on Thursday. RAW

STRASBOURG, FRANCE: Researchers in eastern France say they've found a new way to derive usable energy - from sauerkraut. PKG

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

RIO DE JANEIRO: Rio's carnival runs this year from February 8-12 and 13 samba schools are ready to show off their moves to the world. The Uniao de Ilha school is hoping to win this year's competition with a homage to singer-songwriter Viniscus de Moraes, composer of the "Girl from Ipanema". PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

CAIRO: Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). RAW. TBA

NORTH AMERICA

WASHINGTON: Congress holds confirmation hearings for John Brennan to become CIA director following General David Petraeus's resignation in the wake of a sex scandal. RAW

NEW YORK: Russian designers showcase their style on the eve of New York Fashion Week. RAW

SPORT

Africa Cup of Nations:

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: Fans' reaction to semi-final with S. Africa/Mali vs Ivory Coast/Nigeria. RAW

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA: Fans' reaction to semi-final with Burkina Faso/Togo vs Ghana/Cape Verde. RAW

Other sport:

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Russia will on Thursday mark the one-year anniversary to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Interviews on the impact the Games' organisation has had on the environment and human rights. RAW

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE: Post-match presser after football friendly between France and Germany. RAW

-- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

TOKYO: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and govt ministers attend an annual rally demanding the return of a group of islands annexed by Russia at the end of WWII. RAW

TOKYO: Tamasaburo Bando may well be the best actor in his category: playing the role of women, a tradition in Japanese Kabuki theatre. Bando is so well-loved in Japan that he has been named a National Living Treasure. PKG

EUROPE

BRUSSELS: EU heads of state and government summit (to 8). RAW

BERLIN: Berlinale film festival opens with Chinese director Wong Kar Wai leading the jury (to 17). RAW

COGNAC, FRANCE: Cognac has gone through some tough times in recent years, but now they've found an unlikely saviour in China, which has become the French spirit's biggest customer. PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

CAIRO: Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). RAW. TBA

NORTH AMERICA

NEW YORK: New York Fashion Week opens. RAW. TBC

SPORT

SOCHI, RUSSIA: Ceremony marking one year to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics. RAW

-- FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

BEIJING: Every year, millions of Chinese return home for Lunar New Year. The annual migration is now easier with an online booking system and high-speed railways but many migrant workers still miss out on the perks of China's new and improved transportation system. PKG

BANGKOK: A cafe run by youngsters and a Thai cooking course are two initiatives helping break down barriers between Bangkok's biggest slum and the outside world. PKG

EUROPE

BRUSSELS: Final day of EU summit. RAW

BERLIN: News coverage of Berlinale film festival with press conferences for Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" and Joseph Gordon-Lewitt's "Don Jon's Addiction". RAW

PARIS: Twitter bosses meet with interest groups in Paris over orders to release the user data behind antisemitic messages. RAW

ISTANBUL/ATHENS: Move over US crimes series and Spanish Telenovelas, Turkey is producing TV series that have audiences captivated in Turkey and across the Arab world. PKG

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

RIO DE JANEIRO: Momo, the Carnival King, receives the keys to the city from Rio's mayor: the official opening of the biggest outdoor festival on earth. PKG

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

NORTH AMERICA

NEW YORK: New York fashion week: Michelle Obama favorite Jason Wu presents his Fall-Winter 2013-14 collection. RAW. TBC

SPORT

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: News coverage of build-up to Africa Cup of Nations final. RAW. TBC

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE: French rugby team holds press conference on the eve of their Six Nations match against Wales. RAW

-- SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

EUROPE

BERLIN: News coverage of the Berlinale film festival with press conferences for Fredrik Bond's "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" and "Lovelace" by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. RAW

PARIS: Lady Gaga's stiletto and Michael Jackson's fedora - just two of the items on show at Paris's Hôtel Drouot before going under the hammer. RAW

NAPLES, ITALY: The north-south divide and the fight against the mafia are always key political issues in Italy. The Scampia neighbourhood of Naples, immortalised in the mob drama "Gomorrah" is synonymous with drug trafficking, crime and unemployment. PKG

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

RIO DE JANEIRO: Ro's biggest carnival parade, the "Cordao da Bola Preta", is expected to draw 2 million partygoers. RAW

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

GAZA CITY, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki visits the Gaza Strip. RAW. TBA

NORTH AMERICA

WASHINGTON: Barack Obama, soaring on his highest popularity ratings in four years, delivers his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday. He could use the important address to re-commit to boldly progressive policies for his second term including immigration reform, gay rights and addressing economic inequality. PKG

QUEBEC: Winter is Quebec's silly season, with a bevy of festivities during Winter Carnival testing human endurance in conditions of trademark Canadian cold. RAW

SPORT

JOHANNESBURG: Last two teams prepare for Africa Cup of Nations final. RAW. PKG

-- SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 --

AFRICA

BAMAKO/TIMBUKTU, MALI: News coverage of events in Mali. RAW. TBC

ASIA-PACIFIC

HANOI: Celebrations for the start of the Vietnamese New Year. RAW

BEIJING: Lunar New Year starts, marking beginning of the Year of the Snake, with celebrations across much of East and Southeast Asia. RAW

ALLAHABAD, INDIA: Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims gather at the Maha Kumbh Mela to bathe in the holy river Ganges on the most auspicious day of the 55-day religious festival. PKG

EUROPE

BERLIN: News coverage of the Berlinale film festival with press conferences for Guillaume Nicloux's "La Religieuse" and Carter's "Maladies". RAW

LONDON: British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards ceremony. RAW

LONDON: A triptych by Francis Bacon will be the star of Sotheby's contemporary art auction on February 12. RAW

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

RIO DE JANEIRO: The inaugural day of the samba school competition at the Sambodrome. RAW

RECIFE, BRAZIL: Recife carnival is known as one of the oldest and most authentic in Brazil. RAW

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

SYRIA: Monitoring conflict. RAW. TBC

TEHRAN: Military parade and speech by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. RAW. TBC

NORTH AMERICA

QUEBEC: A canoe race through the ice floes of the St. Lawrence river is among the most extreme of the extreme events during Quebec's annual Winter Festival. RAW

NEW YORK: Lunar New Year festivals get off to a bang with a "firecracker ceremony" in New York's Chinatown. RAW

NEW ORLEANS: A week after hosting the Super Bowl, New Orleans is gearing up for an even bigger party: Mardi Gras. COVERAGE TBA.

SPORT

JOHANNESBURG: Final of the Africa Cup of Nations. RAW

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