The AFP news calendar

Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 31

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

- EU-brokered talks between Serbia, Kosovo premiers

CONAKRY: President Alpha Conde invites parties and unions for a meeting ahead of the May 12 legislative elections.

MARRAKECH: Appeal ruling for ten people jailed for violent protests last December in which dozens of policemen were wounded

MILAN: Hearing in Rubygate trial of Silvio Berlusconi (also on 8, 14 and 18)

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

RIYADH/ABU DHABI/QATAR: New US Secretary of State John Kerry continues his first regional tour (to 6)

STOCKHOLM: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visits

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

- Jordan's King Abdullah II visits

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

BRUSSELS: EU finance ministers meet

- Myanmar President Thein Sein visits as country returns to international fold

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)

MOSCOW: Russia marks 60 years since the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court to hear petition against local councils on honour killings

KHARKIV, Ukraine: Trial resumes for jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accused of fraud and tax evasion

TOKYO: Crown Prince Naruhito visits United States to attend UN meeting (to 8)

Wednesday, March 6

BRUSSELS: Israeli President Shimon Peres visits.

HANOI: ASEAN economy ministers hold retreat (to 9)

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)

JERUSALEM: Trial resumes for Beitar Jerusalem football club fans, suspected of sparking racist protests

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

AUSTIN, United States: South by Southwest festival, mixing film, music and technology (to 17)

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

TUNIS: Deadline for prime minister-designate Ali Larayedh to form a new government

WASHINGTON: Unemployment data for February

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

- EU Europe ministers meet

- EU transport 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

LELYSTAD, Netherlands: Pre-trial hearing for seven suspects, six of them youths, for the death of a linesman who was assaulted after a football match

LONDON: British interior minister Theresa May appeals decision to let Abu Qatada, wanted by Jordan on terror charges, to stay in Britain

MAPUTO: Hydrocarbon convention (to 13)

MONTREAL: Trial begins of Canadian accused murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta

RABAT: First anniversary of the suicide of a teenager who was forced to marry her rapist

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

ALGIERS: International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde visits (to 14)

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

LONDON: Singer David Bowie launches his first album in 10 years, "The Next Day"

MANILA: President Benigno Aquino speaks at investor conference

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

- Historians publish report on Vienna orchestra's Nazi past

Wednesday, March 13

ACCRA: Extradition hearing for Justin Kone Katinan, spokesman of ex-Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo, wanted back home over economic crimes and murder.

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

OTTAWA: French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visits (to 15)

RIYADH: Arab interior ministers meet for two days

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

Thursday, March 14

BRUSSELS: EU leaders summit (and 15)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court resumes hearing contempt charges against the chairman of an anti-corruption watchdog

NEW YORK: Samsung presents its new smartphone, the Galaxy S4

PANAMA: The 54th Annual Meeting of board of governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (to 17)

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

ZAGORA, Morocco: Annual festival of nomads in the extreme south of Morocco, expected to attract more than 30,000 people

Saturday, March 16

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

HARARE: Constitutional referendum in Zimbabwe

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

Sunday, March 17

TOKYO: Tokyo Fashion Week (to 23)

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)

HONG KONG: Seventh annual Asia Film Awards

MILAN: Verdict expected in Rubygate trial of Silvio Berlusconi

MOSCOW: British airline EasyJet plans to launch flights to Moscow, becoming first foreign budget carrier to fly to Russia

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

Tuesday, March 19

BANGKOK: Thailand decides whether to alter the emergency rule decree in parts of the south

GUATEMALA CITY: Trial starts for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, accused of "genocide and crime against humanity"

LONDON: Dresses worn by Princess Diana are up for auction

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

WASHINGTON: Federal Open Market Committee meeting (to 20)

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)

OFER MILITARY PRISON, Palestinian territories: Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Samer Issawi faces a military court to decide whether he will be freed or jailed for violating terms of his prison release

SINGAPORE: International conference on aviation finance (and 21)

WASHINGTON: National cherry blossom festival (to April 14)

Thursday, March 21

BAGHDAD: Tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq

BRUSSELS: EU environment ministers meet

- European Commission issues monthly infringements package

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

TEHRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers live televised speech on occasion of new Iranian year

Friday, March 22

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

TOULON: German company TUV appear in a trade court hearing as a thousand women demand compensation for defective breast implants

Saturday, March 23

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Day

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

MILAN: Verdict expected in Silvio Berlusconi's appealed tax fraud case

VARIOUS: Cities around the world turn off their lights to mark "Earth Hour" and draw attention to climate change

Sunday, March 24

SKOPJE: Macedonia holds local elections

PARIS: Opponents of gay marriage and adoption demonstrate

Tuesday, March 26

DOHA: Arab leaders hold annual summit in Qatar (to 27)

GENEVA: The 23rd round of talks between Russia and Georgia aimed at easing tensions since the 2008 war over breakaway Georgian provinces

STOCKHOLM: Winner of the 2013 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award announced

TUNIS: The World Social Forum (to 30)

WASHINGTON: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on gay marriage (and 27)

Wednesday, March 27

DURBAN, South Africa: The fifth BRICS Summit (and 28)

Thursday, March 28

LYON, France: Appeal trial of Kafa Kachour Bashir, the wife of former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi's chief of staff, who was sentenced to two years in prison for illegally restraining domestic workers

TUNIS: Verdict expected in trial of Tunisian academic Habib Kazdaghli, accused of slapping a female student wearing an Islamic veil