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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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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 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. ** 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. ** 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.
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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
DAMASCUS - Syria marks the Second anniversary of an increasingly bloody uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
(Editing by John Stonestreet)