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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ABU DHABI/DUBAI - French President Francois Hollande visits United Arab Emirates (to Jan. 15). ** WASHINGTON - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and members of President Barack Obama's cabinet will meet with members of the U.S. House of Representatives as he prepares recommendations on how to curb gun violence in the United States.

HAVANA - Peace talks resume between Colombian government and rebels FARC. ** MENDHAR, India - Military officials from India and Pakistan hold talks at the Line of Control which divides disputed Kashmir after a series of deadly attacks (0730). ** BEIRUT - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits Syrian refugees. ** NAYPYITAW - The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer to hold talks with Myanmar's President Thein Sein and members of the new quasi-civilian government. ** TUNIS - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi visits Tunisia. ** LISBON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits Portugal (to Jan. 15). ** VIENNA - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico visits Austria. ** MONTEVIDEO - Zopacas group foreign ministers meet (to Jan. 15) to discuss security, defense and maritime issues in South Atlantic region.

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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). ** JAKARTA - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez visits Indonesia (to Jan. 17). ** CAIRO - U.S. Senator John McCain visits Egypt.

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

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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). ** JAKARTA - Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez meets Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. ** PRAGUE - The lower house of parliament to hold a session. Non-confidence vote on the schedule (0900).

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 ** HANOI - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez visits Vietnam (to Jan. 20).

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LOWER SAXONY, Germany - Regional elections.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 21 ** BRUSSELS - Eurogroup Meeting (1600). ** WASHINGTON - Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration. ** ADDIS ABABA - 2013 Summit of the African Union (to Jan. 28). ** GENEVA - U.N. Human Rights Council opens two-week session to review countries' records (to Feb. 1).