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DIARY - Political and General News Events From March 8

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8

CARACAS - Public funeral for Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. ** NAIROBI - Kenya's Electoral commission set to release the final results of the presidential poll held on Monday March 4. ** YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy holds its first national congress since it was founded in 1988. ** GYERYONG - South Korea's new President Park Geun-hye speaks at an inauguration ceremony for commissioned officers. ** WASHINGTON DC - First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry posthumously award the 23-year-old Delhi student, who was fatally gang raped in a moving bus, with the International Women of Courage Award. Another nine extraordinary women will also be honoured with the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award. ** LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's former Director of Communications Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, ex-News International Chief Executive appear in court on charges of public official bribery. ** DOHA - Syrian defectors including former Prime Minister Riyad Hijab and former Syrian diplomats expected to gather at a so called Syria Free National Assembly conference. ** BEIJING - Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce, briefs the media on the sidelines of the National People's Congress.

MOSCOW - G20 Sherpas' Meeting (to March 9).

GLOBAL - International Women's Day.

VIENNA - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors Meeting (FINAL DAY).

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11 ** CAIRO/PORT SAID - An Egyptian court will hand down a judgement for the remaining suspects in the trial of civilians and police accused in the deaths of 74 football fans during a pitch invasion one year ago. ** BAGRAM - The United States hands over full control of the controversial giant Bagram prison and its 3,000 suspected Taliban inmates to Afghanistan in an handover ceremony. ** YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy continue to hold its first national congress since it was founded in 1988. ** AJMER, India - Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf is likely to arrive in India for a one-day private visit to offer prayers at a Sufi shrine.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10

LJUBLJANA - Prime ministers of Slovenia and Croatia, Janez Jansa and Zoran Milanovic, meet to solve the bank row between the countries (location not yet determined)

FALKLAND ISLANDS - The government of the Falklands holds a referendum on the island's status as the Argentine government intensifies sovereignty claims (to March 11).

TIBET - 54th anniversary of Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile after a failed uprising. ** YANGON - The National League for Democracy's first national congress since 1988 comes to a close. ** DHARAMSALA - Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay presides over prayers in the north Indian hill town of Dharamsala to pay homage to those who have self immolated them as Tibetan exiles observe the 54th Uprising Day, the day the Chinese launched a crackdown to suppress an uprising in Tibet in 1959.

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MONDAY, MARCH 11

BRUSSELS - European Parliament Plenary Session (to March 14). ** BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Ministers gather to discuss a host of issues, including relations with Russia, Human rights-related sanctions on Iran and the Syrian situation with UN-Arab League joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. ** MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets leaders of Syria's National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change. ** ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmedinejad expected to attend a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off work on a gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan.

STOCKHOLM - Turkish President Abdullah Gul to visit Sweden (to March 13).

SENDAI, Japan - 2nd anniversary of Sendai earthquake and tsunami.

MOSCOW - A Moscow court will start the posthumous trial of an anti-corruption lawyer who died in custody. Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer at Hermitage Capital Management investment fund, was arrested shortly after accusing state officials of a $230 million theft. He died in 2009 in pre-trial detention after 358 days in jail on suspicion of tax fraud. ** ISTANBUL - Water Iraq conference. Until March 12. ** STOCKHOLM - Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt meets Turkish President Abdullah Gul. ** HERZLIYA - Annual policy conference covering three days with various keynote speakers. FALKLAND ISLANDS - The government of the Falklands holds a referendum on the island's status as the Argentine government intensifies sovereignty claims (FINAL DAY). ** TOKYO - Japanese lawmakers to hold confirmation hearings for government's nominee for next Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12 ** BELGRADE - Serbia marks 10 years since the assassination of the country's first prime minister after the fall of strongman Slobodan Milosevic. ** HERZLIYA - Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat to address annual policy conference. ** DHARAMSALA - Tibetan women living in exile in the north Indian hill town of Dharamsala observe the women's uprising day with protests and candle-lit marches to mark 54th anniversary of the Chinese troops storming into their homeland. ** NEW YORK - New York City's soda ban takes effect. ** TOKYO - Japanese lawmakers to hold confirmation hearings for government's nominee for next Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

OTTAWA - French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault visits Canada, meets Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.

LOMBOK, Indonesia - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers Process Working Group I Meeting (to March 14).

RIYADH - Arab interior ministers meeting Riyadh

HERZLIYA - Israeli President Shimon Peres delivers keynote address on the last day of the annual policy conference. ** SOFIA - President Rosen Plevneliev to appoint an interim government. ** SANTIAGO - Atacama Large Millimeter Array - the world's largest astronomy project - is inaugurated.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14

BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (to March 15). ** ANKARA - U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres visits Turkey. Until March 15 ** MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. ** HALABJA - Iraqi Kurds mark 25th anniversary of the chemical attack on the northern Iraqi city of Halabja by Saddam Hussein's forces.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15

BRUSSELS - European heads of states and government Summit

GLOBAL - World Day of Action against Seal Hunting.

DAMASCUS - Syria marks the Second anniversary of an increasingly bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

BEIJING - FINA/MIDEA Diving World Series 2013 (to March 17).

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16

HALABJA, Iraq - 24th anniversary of 5000 civilian Kurds being killed in Iraqi chemical weapons attack.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17

IRELAND - St. Patrick's Day.

NEW YORK - Annual St Patrick's Day parade in New York City.

SHANGHAI - 16th Shanghai International Film Festival (to April 2). Link: http://www.german-films.de/festivalguides/festival-calendar/?mode=calendar

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MONDAY, MARCH 18

LOS ANGELES - Actress Lindsay Lohan will stand trial on charges she lied to California police about a June car crash and violated probation.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 19

NAIROBI - 122nd Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

HONG KONG - Asian Aerospace 2013 (to March 21).

EGYPT - 2nd anniversary of Egyptian referendum on constiutional reforms. ** COPENHAGEN - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Denmark.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

MIAMI, FL - Miami Beach International Fashion Week (to March 24).

JERUSALEM/ WEST BANK - U.S. President Barack Obama to visit Israel and Palestinain territories to restart long-stalled Israel-Palestinian peace efforts. ** AMSTERDAM - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Netherlands.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 21 ** MOSCOW - New Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Moscow (to March 24) .

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22

GLOBAL - World Water Day.

PARIS - Paris Book Fair (to March 25).

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23

GLOBAL - World Meteorological Day 2013.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 24

GLOBAL - World TB Day.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 26

SEOUL - (TBC) 2013 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a pair of cases challenging laws that define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The court will review a California ban on gay marriage, which voters narrowly approved in 2008.

KUALA LUMPUR - Aerospace Meeting Kuala Lumpur 2013 "The International Gathering for the Aerospace Industry of the Year" (to March 30). Link: http://www.bciaerospace.com/malaysia/

LONDON - Announcement of 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards nominations.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

ISTANBUL - First International Conference on Air&Space Power 2013.

INDIA - Holi religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus, by splashing each other with coloured powder and water colours.

LONDON - (TBC) Amnesty International publishes 2012 global death penalty statistics.

LANGKAWI, Malaysia - Aerospace & Maritime Meetings LIMA Malaysia 2013 (to March 28). Link: http://www.bciaerospace.com/malaysia/index.php

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28 ** SOFIA - European soccer's governing body UEFA's Executive Committee will held its meeting, discussing the organization of the Euro 2020.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29

GLOBAL - Good Friday - Christian religious holiday.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30

DURBAN, South Africa - 5th BRICS Summit.

DUBAI - HORSE RACING - 2013 Dubai World Cup. ** ISTANBUL - Istanbul Film Festival begins. Until April 14.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 31

LONDON - Annual Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race. Link: http://www.theboatrace.org/

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APRIL (UNDATED)

IRAQ - Provincial elections.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2

GLOBAL - World Autism Awareness Day.

BUENOS AIRES - Argentina marks 31st anniversary of start of Falklands war.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

AFRICA - African Cultural Renaissance Day.

INDIA - CRICKET - Sixth edition IPL 2013 (to May 26).

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4

GLOBAL - International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5

WASHINGTON - 2013 Meeting of Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) (to April 7).

SAHARA DESERT, Morocco - Desert Marathon Des sables (to April 15).

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6

LIVERPOOL, UK - HORSE RACING - Grand National 2013.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7

DOHA - Qatar to host donor conference (to April 8).

GLOBAL - World Health Organisation observes World Health Day.

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MONDAY, APRIL 8

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - 3rd anniversary of signing a new bilateral treaty between the Russia and United States on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms, START-2 (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).

OTTAWA, Canada - International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems (to Apr. 12).

AUGUSTA, Ga - U.S. Masters Golf 2013 (to April 14).

OSLO - International Labour Organization's European regional meeting (to April 9).

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TUESDAY, APRIL 9

CHICAGO, IL - Special election to fill the U.S. congressional seat.

SINGAPORE - World Nuclear Fuel Cycle 2013 (to April 11).

HAMBURG - Aerospace Testing 2013 (April 11). Link: http://www.aerospacetesting.com/-

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10

SMOLENSK, Russia/CRACOW, Poland - 3rd Anniversary of the Smolensk Tragedy to be held in Smolensk, Russia, as well as in Poland.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11

FRANCE - 2nd Anniversary of the French law banning the burqa and niqab.

ABIDJAN - 2nd Anniversary of arrest of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo by supporters of president-elect Alassane Ouattara with support from French forces thereby ending the 2010-2011 Ivorian crisis and civil war.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12

GLOBAL - International Day of Human Space Flight.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14

TUNIS - World Social Forum 2013 (to April 17).

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MONDAY, APRIL 15

BELFAST/NEW YORK - 101st Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

BOSTON - 2013 Boston Marathon.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16

WASHINGTON - 13th Annual World Vaccine Congress (to April 18).

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

BRUSSELS - European Economic and Social Committee plenary session (to April 18).

WASHINGTON - G20 Seminar on International Financial Architecture Reforms.

MAKASSAR, Indonesia - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance Ministers Process (FMP) Working Group II Meeting (to April 18).

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18

WASHINGTON - G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting (to April 19).

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19

WASHINGTON - 2013 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (to April 21).

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SATURDAY, APRIL 20

WASHINGTON - 2013 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (to April 21).

SURABAYA, Indonesia - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting (to April 21).

UNITED STATES - 3rd anniversary of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill which flowed unabated until July 15.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 21

WASHINGTON - 2013 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (FINAL DAY).

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth celebrates her 87th birthday.

PARIS - 52nd anniversary of the first manned mission to space.

LONDON - 2013 London Marathon.

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MONDAY, APRIL 22

GLOBAL - Earth Day.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 23

LIMA - World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013 (to April 25).

GLOBAL - U.N. World Book and Copyright Day.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

GLOBAL - World Immunization Week 2013 (to April 30).

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THURSDAY, APRIL 25

GLOBAL - World Malaria Day.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28

LONDON - 2013 Laurence Olivier Awards ceremony. PORT ARTHUR, Tasmania - 17th anniversary of Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania.

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MONDAY, APRIL 29

LONDON - 2nd wedding anniversary of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

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