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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BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (1400).

MUNICH, Germany - Munich Security Conference (to Feb. 3).

NEW DELHI - Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 (to Feb. 2). ** BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle meets EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (1015).

VILNIUS - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits Lithuania and meets with President Dalia Grybauskaite.

PARIS - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius meets Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. ** HAVANA - Colombia's official and FARC representatives start a new round of peace talks.

BUENOS AIRES - The International Monetary Fund's board is due to meet to discuss Argentina's progress in improving the quality of its economic data. ** BELGRADE - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to meet Serbian counterpart Ivan Mrkic.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 ** MUNICH, Germany - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to meet with Syrian opposition leader Mouaz Alkhatib to discuss U.S. humanitarian assistance and political and "non-lethal" support for Syria. ** LONDON - Pakistani President Asif Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai to visit United Kingdom (to Feb. 4).

CAIRO - 12th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference (to Feb. 7).

MUNICH, Germany - Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to meet his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 ** LONDON - UK-Pakistan-Afghanistan Trilaterial Summit (to Feb. 4).

CUBA - Parliamentary election.

PRAGUE/ BUDAPEST/ BRATISLAVA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to visit the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia (to Feb. 6).

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BERLIN - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ** PARIS - French President Francois Hollande meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

BANGKOK - France's Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to visit Thailand (to Feb. 5). Meets Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. ** ANKARA - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to visit Turkey (to Feb. 5).

PRAGUE - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meets with Czech President Vaclav Klaus (1400).

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BRUSSELS - European Union to host an international meeting on Mali. ** LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

BRUSSELS - French President Francois Hollande to address European Parliament.

CAIRO - Turkish President Abdullah Gul to visit Egypt (to Feb. 8).

BRATISLAVA/BUDAPEST - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Slovakia and Hungary (to Feb. 6). ** ALGIERS/ TRIPOLI - German Economy Minister Philipp Roesler visits Algeria and Libya (to Feb. 6).

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VILNIUS - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich visits Lithuania. ** LJUBLJANA - Slovenia Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec meets his Croatian counterpart Vesna Pusic (1300).

CAIRO - Egypt hosts Islamic conference (to Feb. 7).

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BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (to Feb. 8).

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for John Brennan, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next CIA director (1930).