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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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets his British counterpart William Hague in London on his first overseas trip in his new role.
ALMATY - Delegates from Iran and six powers - the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany - arrive in Kazakhstan to hold talks on the Iranian nuclear programme.
ANKARA - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on visit to Turkey.
GENEVA - WTO General Council meeting (to Feb. 26).
ITALY - Second and final day of general election.
MOSCOW - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem visits Moscow, meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
SEOUL - South Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye takes an oath at the inauguration ceremony.
WASHINGTON DC - U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a gathering of the nation's governors.
NEW DELHI - Human Rights Watch releases report on "Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces". Sri Lankan security forces are responsible for severe torture including rape and sexual abuse according to the report.
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
CHICAGO, IL - Primary election to fill the U.S. congressional seat.
ALMATY - World powers to hold a new round of talks with Iran over Tehran's nuclear work.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver two days of congressional testimony on monetary policy and on the economy (to Feb. 27).
BERLIN - Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle and Chancellor Angela Merkel.
JAKARTA - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance and Central Bank Deputies' Meeting (to Feb. 27).
TOKYO - Bank of England Governor Mervyn King speaks in Tokyo on "Recovery and Rebalancing in Industrialised Economies" and as the Bank forecasts a gloomier outlook for the UK economy.
MOSCOW - Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans visits Moscow, meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
NEW DELHI - Parliament decides on crucial budget of state-owned Indian Railways.
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
BRUSSELS - European Parliament Plenary Session (to Feb. 28).
VATICAN CITY - Hundreds of thousands of faithful are expected to attend Pope Benedict's last ever general audience.
PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry continues his first overseas trip to Europe and the Middle East. On Wednesday he will meet his French counterpart Laurent Fabius for talks on Mali, Middle East peace process, Syria, Iran's nuclear programme as well as North Korea and Afghanistan, before he leaves for Rome.
ALMATY - Iran and P5-plus-1 (Russia, France, Britain, US, China plus Germany) convene for a second day for talks on the Iranian nuclear programme.
MOSCOW - Russian and French Presidents Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande meet in Moscow.
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's financial secretary John Tsang delivers the 2013-14 budget speech as the city's property prices continue to rocket and support for leader C.Y. Leung hits an all-time low
NEW DELHI - India's Finance Minister P. Chidambaram unveils the country's economic survey and prospects at parliament. ** ABIDJAN - Foreign Ministers from West African bloc ECOWAS will meet in Abidjan ahead of a summit of heads of state.
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
RIGA - The prime ministers from the five Nordic states, three Baltic states, and British Prime Minister David Cameron to meet for the annual regional "Northern Future Forum".
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict to leave office.
ROME - On his second day in Rome, U.S. secretary of State John Kerry will meet Syrian opposition leaders.
DELHI - Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is expected to unveil the country's budget, the most austere spending plan in years, a few months before general elections. ** YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast - Heads of state from West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS holding regular summit in Ivory Coast.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 1
BUENOS AIRES - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez opens 2013 Congressional session with annual speech.
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SUNDAY, MARCH 3 ** WASHINGTON DC - The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which advocates on behalf of Israel in Washington, holds its annual policy conference.
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MONDAY, MARCH 4 ** BRUSSELS - Eurogroup meeting. ** KENYA - Presidential and parliamentary elections. ** VIENNA - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors Meeting (to March 8).