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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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 ** BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets French President Francois Hollande.

CAIRO - The Organization of Islamic Co-operation meets (to Feb. 7).

VIENNA - New Slovenian President Borut Pahor meets Austrian President Heinz Fischer. A Joint news conference to follow (1130).

VILNIUS - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich visits Lithuania. ** BRATISLAVA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meets Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.

ATHENS - Peer Steinbruck, German Chancellor candidate in upcoming German elections for the main opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD), meets Greek President Karolos Papoulias, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, Athens mayor George Kaminis. ** BEIJING - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal al-Mekdad holds talks with Chinese officials.

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec meets his Croatian counterpart Vesna Pusic (1300).

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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).

SARAJEVO - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits Bosnia.

MANILA - German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visits Philippines (to Feb.8). ** NAYPYIDAW - Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda meets Myanmar President Thein Sein.

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BRUSSELS - Eurogroup Meeting.

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BRUSSELS - EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting.

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address. ** PARIS - France to host meeting on Libyan security. Ministers and senior diplomats from the United States, Britain, Arab nations, the United Nations and European Union to attend.

MADRID - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will meet Spanish lawmakers. ** SARAJEVO - The Muslim-Croat federation parliament to vote on confidence to the current government.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13 ** BRUSSELS - European Economic and Social Committee plenary session (to Feb. 14).