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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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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

GENEVA - Russian and U.S. diplomats to hold meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi.

CZECH REPUBLIC - Presidential election (to Jan. 12). ** WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai delivers a speech at Georgetown University on U.S.-Afghan relations. ** PARIS - French President Francois Hollande hosts Indian Foreign Minister Salman Kurshid for talks. ** BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn speaks on "The EU and the economic crisis - the next steps to recovery" (0700).

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds news conference (0050), to discuss supplementary budget issues, 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). ** SINGAPORE - Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida meets Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

HAVANA - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to visit Cuba. ** SKOPJE - U.N. mediator Matthew Nimetz meets Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki (0800).

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

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

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

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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TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

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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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

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). ** TOKYO - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell visits Japan (to Jan. 16).

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 ** BRUSSELS - Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic meet under EU's patronage to discuss normalization of relations between both parties. ** WASHINGTON - International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde holds a news conference.

MOSCOW - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria visits Russia (to Jan. 18).

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 ** LOWER SAXONY, Germany - Regional elections.

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