Following are some of the main world news events expected in the next week (all times GMT). Asterisks denote new listings.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 ** WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai (2200). ** ROME - Libyan president meets Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Mario Monti.

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai meets U.S. Defense officials. **CAIRO - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi meets Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

DAMARA, Uganda - Central African Republic rebels expected to hold peace talks. ** ARLINGTON, VA - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta meets Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak. ** SEOUL - China's special envoy and vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun meets South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye (0600). ** ALGIERS - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visits Algeria. ** SINGAPORE - Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Foreign Minister Law K Shanmugam. ** PASAY CITY, Philippines - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meets Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. A news conference to follow (0230).

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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai. ** GENEVA - Russian and U.S. diplomats hold meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

CZECH REPUBLIC - Presidential election (to Jan. 12).

BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn speaks on the EU and the economic crisis.

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds news conference (0050), to discuss supplementary budget, economic stimulus plans and increased defense spending.

KIEV - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Ukraine. ** HAVANA - Peruvian President Ollanta Humala visits Cuba (to Jan. 12).

HAVANA - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to visit Cuba.

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GHADAMES, Libya - Libya hosts summit with Algeria and Tunisia.

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ADDIS ABABA - Security officials from Sudan and South Sudan are scheduled to meet.

ABU DHABI - The third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly (to Jan. 14).

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MONDAY, JANUARY 14 ** ABU DHABI/ DUBAI - French President Francois Hollande visits United Arab Emirates (to Jan. 15).

HAVANA - Peace talks resume between Colombian government and rebels FARC.

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VIENNA - Euromoney conference on central and eastern Europe (to Jan. 16).

WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican House of Representatives will take a second vote on the $51 billion remainder of the Sandy disaster aid package. ** SEOUL - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell visits South Korea (to Jan. 16).

CAIRO - Egypt's highest court holds first hearing to examine the legitimacy of the upper house of parliament.

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TEHRAN - Tehran hosts next round of talks with U.N. nuclear watchdog.

PARIS - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Policy dialogue on aid for trade (to Jan. 17).

BRUSSELS - European Economic and Social Committee plenary session (to Jan. 17).

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 ** MOSCOW - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria visits Russia (to Jan. 18).