The AFP news calendar

Monday, February 25 to Sunday, March 24

Monday, February 25

ABU DHABI: Verdict in appeals trial of 10 pirates jailed for life for hijacking a ship off Oman in 2011

ALLAHABAD, India: The Kumbh Mela Hindu festival wraps up

ANKARA: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits

BARCELONA: Opening of Mobile World Congress, the top mobile telecom trade fair (to 28)

BRUSSELS: EU farming ministers meet (to 26)

DOHA: Verdict in appeals trial of poet Mohammed al-Ajami, jailed for life for incitement against the Qatari regime

GENEVA: 22nd session of the Human Rights Council (to March 22)

HEBRON, Palestinian territories: Last day of fourth international campaign of solidarity with Palestinian residents of Hebron

LONDON: US Secretary of State John Kerry visits

LONDON: British government appeals court decision to allow radical cleric Abu Qatada to stay in Britain

MANILA: 27th anniversary of dictator Ferdinand Marcos's downfall

MASERU: Britain's Prince Harry visits Lesotho (to 27)

MOSCOW: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem visits

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana: Civil trial begins against oil giant BP, accused of negligence over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

OUAGADOUGOU: Africa's biggest cinema festival continues (to March 2)

ROME: Final day of Italian general election

SEOUL: Park Geun-Hye inaugurated as South Korea's first female president

VIENNA: Premiere of "3096", chronicling Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch's eight-year cellar ordeal

Tuesday, February 26

ALMATY: Iran and world powers meet on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme

BREDASDORP, South Africa: Bail application for two men charged with gang-raping and murdering a 17-year-old girl

FORT MEADE, Maryland: New preliminary hearings in Bradley Manning case (to March 1)

KHARTOUM: 10th anniversary of Darfur uprising

OSLO: Myanmar President Thein Sein visits

PARIS: Paris Pret-a-Porter Fashion Week (to March 6)

VIENNA: UN Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) meeting

VILNIUS: EU President Herman Van Rompuy visits Lithuania, which takes on the six-monthly rotating EU presidence in July

Wednesday, February 27

ACCRA: Extradition trial of Justin Kone Katinan, spokesman for former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo

BRUSSELS: European Parliament holds mini plenary session (and 28)

JOHANNESBURG: Britain's Prince Harry visits

ROME: US Secretary of State John Kerry visits

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI delivers final speech before resigning

Thursday, February 28

ATHENS: Socialist party Pasok holds congress (to March 3)

JOHANNESBURG: A South African court considers sentencing of Nigerian Henry Okah over deadly attacks in Abuja

MOSCOW: French President Francois Hollande visits

RIGA: Technology forum attending by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Baltic and Scandinavian leaders

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI steps down

VIENNA: Film release of "3096", chronicling Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch's eight-year cellar ordeal

Friday, March 1

ANKARA: US Secretary of State John Kerry visits

CAPE CANAVERAL, USA: Third supply flight to International Space Station by US company SpaceX for NASA

JERUSALEM: Deadline set by Israel for the expulsion of a Palestinian family living in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM: Annual marathon, with thousands of international and Israeli runners

KIEV: President Viktor Yanukovych holds press conference

MILAN: Mediaset appeal against Silvio Berlusconi continues

VATICAN CITY: Cardinals in Rome begin meetings to set a date for a conclave to elect a new pope

Saturday, March 2

LISBON: Anti-austerity protest

Sunday, March 3

BANGKOK: International meeting on efforts to tackle trade in endangered species (to 14)

- Bangkok gubernatorial election

CAIRO: Court to rule on legality of an Islamist-dominated assembly that drew up country's new charter

VIENNA: Regional elections in Lower Austria and Carinthia

Monday, March 4

ABU DHABI: Trial opens of 94 Islamists accused of plotting against the United Arab Emirates

ATHENS: Retrial of journalist accused of breach of privacy over "Lagarde List"

BRAZZAVILLE: Anniversary of deadly munitions depot explosion

BRUSSELS: Eurozone finance ministers meet

MILAN: Hearing in Rubygate trial of Silvio Berlusconi

MOSCOW: Posthumous trial into alleged tax fraud opens against lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in custody

NAIROBI: Presidential, legislative and local elections

OSLO: Number of nominees for 2013 Nobel Peace Prize announced

VIENNA: International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors meeting (to 8)

YANGON: Myanmar hosts conference on development of its oil and gas industry (to 6)

Tuesday, March 5

ANKARA: Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visits

BEIJING: Start of annual session of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp parliament

BRUSSELS: EU finance ministers meet

BUDAPEST: Court ruling on opposition Klubradio's fight against authorities for a new frequency

CAIRO: Arab League foreign ministers meet

GENEVA: Press day ahead of 83rd International Car Show, which runs March 7-17.

HANOVER, Germany: CeBIT tech fair opens (to 9)

Wednesday, March 6

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's top court resumes hearing on a petition over the law and order situation in southwest Baluchistan province

ROME: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit (and 7)

WARSAW: French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend summit of Visegrad nations

Thursday, March 7

BRUSSELS: EU interior ministers meet

GENEVA: 83rd International Car Show in Geneva (to 17)

LONDON: International "Friends of Yemen" group meets

NEW YORK: Preliminary court hearing for radical Islamist preacher Abu Hamza

VIENNA: Referendum begins on Vienna's bid to host Olympic Games (to 9)

Friday, March 8

BRUSSELS: EU justice ministers meet

HONG KONG: Sun Hung Kai Properties co-chairmen Raymond and Thomas Kwok, among Asia's wealthiest men, to appear at court hearing on corruption charges

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director Andy Coulson and a former Rupert Murdoch aide, charged with making illegal payments to public officials, appear in court for preliminary hearing

YANGON: Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy holds first-ever national congress (to 10)

Saturday, March 9

BUDAPEST: Romanian and Hungarian prime ministers meet amid tension over ethnic minorities

PORT SAID, EGYPT: Verdict for remaining defendants accused of responsibility for deadly football stadium riot

TAIPEI: Anti-nuclear groups stage mass rallies

VALLETTA: Malta legislative elections

Sunday, March 10

FALKLAND ISLANDS: Falkland Islands residents vote in referendum on whether the archipelago should remain a British overseas territory (and 11)

LJUBLJANA/ZAGREB: Slovenian and Croatian prime ministers meet to discuss a banking row that threatens to delay Zagreb's EU entry

Monday, March 11

AMMAN: Prince Charles and wife Camilla begin visit to Jordan, Qatar and Oman (to 19)

BRUSSELS: EU foreign ministers meet

BUCHAREST: One World documentary film festival starts (to 17)

HERZLIYA, Israel: Annual security conference (to 14)

ISTANBUL: Trial of around 300 people accused of plotting to topple government enters final stages

MONTREAL: Trial begins of Canadian accused murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta STOCKHOLM: Turkish President Abdullah Gul visits (to 13)

STOCKHOLM: Turkish President Abdullah Gul visits (to 13)

STRASBOURG: European Parliament holds plenary session (to 14)

TAIPEI: Taiwan and US reopen talks on Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

TOKYO: Japan marks two years since a huge tsunami hit the northeast, killing 19,000 people and sparking a nuclear emergency

Tuesday, March 12

BELGRADE: Serbia marks 10th anniversary of assassination of reformist premier Zoran Djindjic

LONDON: Singer David Bowie launches his first album in ten years, entitled "The Next Day

VIENNA: 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria

- Historians publish report on Vienna orchestra's Nazi past

Wednesday, March 13

BUCHAREST: New hearing in case of ex-Romanian diplomat charged with manslaughter in Singapore car crash

SANTIAGO: ALMA radio telescope, one of the most important astronomical projects in the world, inaugurated

Thursday, March 14

BRUSSELS: EU leaders summit (and 15)

Friday, March 15

DAMASCUS: Second anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria

SEPANG, Malaysia: South Korea's Psy performs at Future Music Festival Asia

TEL AVIV: Annual marathon, with thousands of international and Israeli runners

Saturday, March 16

HARARE: Constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe

HANOI: Vietnam marks the 45th anniversary of the massacre of civilians by US troops at My Lai

ISLAMABAD: End of current government's official mandate and national election deadline

Sunday, March 17

TUNIS: Ceremonies marking end of 40-day mourning period for assassinated opposition leader Chokri Belaid

Monday, March 18

BRUSSELS: EU agriculture ministers meet (and 19)

MILAN: Verdict expected in Rubygate trial of Silvio Berlusconi

SANAA: National dialogue begins with goal to draft a new constitution and electoral law ahead of 2014 elections

Tuesday, March 19

TOKYO: Governor of Bank of Japan, Masaaki Shirakawa, steps down

Wednesday, March 20

BAGHDAD: Tenth anniversary of 2003 US-led Iraq invasion

BANJUL: Campaigning begins ahead of April local elections in Gambia (to April 2)

JERUSALEM: US President Barack Obama visits Israel, Palestinian territories (to 22)

Thursday, March 21

BRUSSELS: EU environment ministers meet

CANTERBURY, England: Justin Welby enthroned as the new archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican church.

Friday, March 22

BUDAPEST: Far-right Jobbik party holds protest at decision to ban fans from Hungary-Romania after racist incidents at previous match

Saturday, March 23

LONDON: The V&A museum opens 'David Bowie Is', the first international retrospective of the singer's career. Until August 11.

Sunday, March 24

SKOPJE: Macedonia holds local elections

PARIS: Opponents of gay marriage and adoption demonstrate