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 17
BRUSSELS - European Union foreign ministers hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss the crisis in Mali. ** WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. ** WASHINGTON - The U.S. Conference of Mayors 81st Winter Meeting.
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. ** VIENNA - Senior U.N. nuclear inspectors continue their talks with Iran for a second day, hoping to reach a long-sought agreement to unblock an investigation into suspected weapons research in the Islamic state. ** PARIS - France's President Francois Hollande holds ministerial conference on jobs at the Elysee Palace (0800).
WASHINGTON - International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde holds a news conference.
MOSCOW - OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria visits Russia (to Jan. 18). ** BANGKOK - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. ** SEOUL - Japanese nuclear envoy Shinsuke Sugiyama will meet with his South Korean counterpart Lim Sung-nam (0600).
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). ** DUSHANBE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon and Foreign Minister Khamrokhon Zarifi to discuss economic, political and military cooperation between the two countries.
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 ** THE HAGUE - British Prime Minister David Cameron meets with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. David Cameron will also address a speech on the future of The European Union (0900).
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. ** PERTH, Australia - Australia and UK hold the annual AUKMIN Talks.
JAKARTA - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono meets .
HANOI - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez visits Vietnam (to Jan. 20).
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
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).
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
BRUSSELS - EU Finance Ministers meeting.
ISRAEL - National election.
BERLIN - French President Francois Hollande visits Germany.
OSLO - Meeting of the Nordic Chemical Group (to Jan. 23).
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
JORDAN - Parliamentary elections.
DAVOS - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 (to Jan. 27). ** WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will appear before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee to answer lawmakers' questions about the September attack on U.S. diplomatic sites in Benghazi, Libya.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before a congressional committee to answer questions about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya. ** SEOUL - U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies to visit South Korea (to Jan. 24).
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 ** PARIS - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum on Public Debt Management (to Jan. 25). ** ADDIS ABABA - 22nd Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of African Union (to Jan. 25). ** ADDIS ABABA - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his South Sudan counterpart Salva Kiir together will hold their second summit.