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DIARY - Political and General News Events from Feb 2
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2 February 2007

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TBC - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to talk about a future Palestinian state. The meeting is expected to take place in early February.
NEW DELHI - Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri visits India to seal three more confidence-building measures, including agreements to reduce risks of nuclear-related accidents, to ease restrictions on visa and the return of people held for accidentally crossing the border.
BRUSSELS - European Commission to decide in February whether to approve CO2 allocation plans of Slovenia, Poland, France and Spain.
MOSCOW - Russia may write off about $10 billion of Afghanistan's Soviet-era debt in February.
BASRA, Iraq - British operations aimed at preparing for the handover of security in Basra to Iraqi authorities expected to be completed in February.
TBC - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is due to meet his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
VIENNA - The U.N. Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space is due to sign a new voluntary agreement to mitigate the creation of space debris.
WASHINGTON - Robert Joseph, U.S. Undersecretary for arms control and international security due to leave office after completing work-related assignment in Ankara and Moscow in February.
SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa's land restitution programme deadline for white farmers to agree a selling price or have their land seized.
THE HAGUE - The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo plans to indict suspects for atrocities in Darfur by February.
KHARTOUM - Official talks between Egyptian and Sudanese government officials in Khartoum, which were postponed from January.
WASHINGTON - Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit expected to visit the United States.
TEHRAN - Russia's Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov expected to visit Tehran in early February. ** VIENNA - U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari expected to hold talks with Serbs and Kosovo Albanians in Vienna before the United Nations formally takes up his proposals that will set the breakaway province of Kosovo on a path to independence.
PARIS - U.N. Climate Report 2007 due to be unveiled (0830). Link: http://www.ipcc.ch/
WASHINGTON - The quartet of Middle East peace negotiators -- the United States, United Nations, Russia and European Union -- expected to meet to prepare for talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier due to attend.
TEHRAN - Iran has invited envoys from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of developing nations attached to the IAEA, and heads of the larger Group of 77 states and of the Arab League office in Vienna, to visit it's nuclear installations from Feb. 2nd to 6th.
PARIS - President Jacques Chirac hosts conference on "global ecological governance" (to Feb 3). EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso to attend. Link: http://www.citoyensdelaterre.fr/conference/?-Programme,18 -- ** SEOUL - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill leaves to Seoul to prepare for the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme. ** KHARTOUM - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Sudan (to Feb. 3). Hu Jintao meets Sudanese counterpart Omar Hassan al-Bashir.
BELGRADE/PRISTINA - U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari visits Serbia and Kosovo. Ahtisaari expected to discuss a plan that would give Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo virtual independence. ** WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush's administration due to release an intelligence report on Iraq. ** UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Security Council gets a closed-door briefing from Undersecretary-General Ibrahim Gambari on the situation in Somalia (1500). ** SOFIA/BERLIN - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin visits Bulgaria, holds news conference with Bulgarian counterpart Sergei Stanishev. Villepin then leaves for Germany.
HUNGARY - Workers at Hungarian state railway firm MAV will hold a one-hour national strike to protest against the planned closure of some of MAV's hospitals.
KIEV - Kazakh President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev attends Ukrainian-Kazakh business forum. Nazarbayev also holds joint news conference with Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko (1020).
HELSINKI - EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja speak on "The Finnish EU Presidency in Retrospective - and Future Challenges of the Union" (1200). ** BUCHAREST - Polish President Lech Kaczynski meet his Romanian counterpart Traian Basescu, joint news conference (1135). ** CONARKY - President Lansana Conte expected to name new consensus prime minister. ** DAKAR - Senegalese opposition expected to hold another street demonstration calling for free and fair elections (1500).
SAN FRANCISCO - Track coach Trevor Graham status/trial setting hearing in BALCO steroid case. ** MILAN - AC Milan's new recruit Brazilian striker Ronaldo holds news conference (1030). ** BERLIN - German lawmakers vote on Chancellor Angela Merkel's flagship reform of the healthcare system.
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA.,- Groundhog Day. link: http://www.groundhog.org/
NEW YORK - New York Fashion Week (to Feb. 9). Link: http://www.olympusfashionweek.com/
SYDNEY - Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Link: http://www.mardigras.org.au/
BEIJING - Christopher Tung, a specialist in climate change law in China, talks about how China is tackling global warming (0200).
PARIS - 3rd World Congress Against the Death Penalty hosted by France continues (to Feb. 3). [20070202 153444 GMT]
CAIRO/RIYADH/ABU DHABI/KUWAIT - German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait as part of a drive to re-energise peace efforts in the Middle East during Germany's EU presidency (to Feb. 6).
LUSAKA - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Zambia (to Feb. 5).
CAIRO - Anniversary of the sinking of Egyptian ship al-Salam Boccaccio 98 killing around 1000 people.
LOS ANGELES - 59th Annual Director's Guild Award. Link: http://www.dga.org/index2.php3?chg=&sfgdata=4
LONDON - "Citizens and Kings", an exhibition which traces the decline of absolute monarchy and rise of the Enlightenment that swept North America and Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, runs until April 20. ** KAMPALA - Funeral of Alice Lakwena, a former Ugandan rebel leader and self-declared prophetess whose Holy Spirit Movement gave rise to Joseph Kony's Lord's resistance Army (LRA).
TONGI, Bangladesh - Annual Bishwa Ijtema (world congregation), the second biggest gathering of Muslims after Haj, continues (to Feb. 4).
MIAMI, Fl.,- Super Bowl XLI. Funk rock veteran Prince due to perform during the halftime show at Dolphin Stadium. Link: http://www.sbxl.org ** CAIRO - German Chancellor Angela Merkel to meet Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.
SPACE - Astronauts on International Space Station (ISS) take second of three spacewalks to hook up a new cooling system.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush to send fiscal year 2008 budget to Congress.
MOSCOW - EU Troika - Russia Federation meeting to focus on EU-Russia relations including energy, international issues including the Middle East, Iran, and Kosovo, as well as issues related to the EU-Russia common neighbourhood such as the South Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and other top government officials to attend. ** TOKYO - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher Hill travels to Tokyo to prepare for the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme.
WINDHOEK - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Namibia. ** SOFIA - Moldova's Foreign Minister Andrei Stratan to visit Bulgaria. ** ABU DHABI - German Chancellor Angela Merkel due to give a lecture in Abu Dhabi (1500). ** LUXEMBOURG - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi visits Luxembourg.
STOCKHOLM - Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt meets EU's Afghan representative Fransesc Vendrell.
THE HAGUE - Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits Netherlands.
LONDON - (Expected between Feb. 5 and 9) A High Court in London expected to hold a hearing on whether to allow islanders expelled from the Chagos archipelago, a British territory between Africa and Indonesia, to return. The islanders were forcibly exiled in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for the U.S. airbase on the island of Diego Garcia.
NAIROBI - 24th Session of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council (to Feb. 9).
LAGOS, Nigeria - The blue-collar NUPENG union due to meet to fix a day for the proposed strike against insecurity in the oil-producing Niger Delta.
NAIROBI - World Trade Organisation's Director-General Pascal Lamy visits Kenya for a United Nations Environment Programme council meeting.
BELGRADE - Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office in cooperation with the OSCE Mission in Serbia organise a round table discussion on fighting crime.
ABUJA - Niger Delta militant Mujahid Asari Dokubo's treason trial due to start in Federal High Court.
BEIJING - Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico visits China (to Feb. 9). SANTIAGO - Peru's final report on Alberto Fujimori's extradition due to be handed to a Chilean judge by Monday. Peru wants Fujimori to stand trial in Lima on human rights charges.
BRUSSELS - The European Crime and Safety Survey (EU ICS) presents results of the first comprehensive survey of victim rates, fear of crime and subjective wellbeing in Europe (1400)
HOUSTON - Trial expected of former British bankers, known as the "Natwest Three," accused of conspiring with rogue Enron executives in 2000 to defraud National Westminister Bank of $19 million, dividing $7 million themselves. U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein set alternate possible trial dates for Feb. 5 and Sept. 4.
LONDON - Bioenergy Europe 2007 (to Feb. 6).
WASHINGTON - Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul holds talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. ** MECCA, Saudi Arabia - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal expected to meet to hold talks on the formation of a unity government.
KIEV - EU Troika - Ukraine Meeting.
MILAN - A Milan court resumes hearing of arguments on whether to indict 26 Americans, most believed to be CIA agents, and six Italians accused of involvement in abducting Muslim cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr off a Milan street and flying him to Egypt, where Nasr says he was tortured.
JOHANNESBURG/PRETORIA - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits South Africa (to Feb. 8). ** MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin's envoy on EU issues, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, due to hold a press conference on EU-Russia relations (0900). ** BRUSSELS - Safer Internet Day 2007, a conference focused on child safety and mobile phones. Link: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/activities/sip/news_eve ts/events/si_day/index_en.htm ** LONDON - Prime Minister Tony Blair gives testimony on domestic and international affairs to the Liaison Committee, made up of heads of select committees. ** TEHRAN - Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee visits Iran (to Feb. 7).
BERLIN - Spain's King Juan Carlos visits Germany (to Feb. 7).
MUMBAI, India - Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, convicted of possessing illegal arms but now on bail, to surrender before an anti-terrorism court which will begin hearing his sentencing arguments on the day.
PARIS - The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance approved by the 192-nation U.N. General Assembly by consensus due to be open to signing by governments at a ceremony in Paris. [20070202 153506 GMT]
GENEVA - World Trade Organisation (WTO) General Council meeting (to Feb. 8).
BANGALORE, India - Sixth edition of Aero India Show (to Feb. 11).
ROME - A Rome court continues its hearing in the case U.S. soldier Mario Lozano, who is accused of shooting agent Nicola Calipari at a checkpoint in March 2005 while his car was heading for Baghdad airport. ** BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets her Austrian counterpart Alfred Gusenbauer (1130). ** BAGHDAD - Trial resumes of Ali Hassan al-Majeed also known as "Chemical Ali" and five other former senior Baath party officials for their roles in the 1988 Anfal (Spoils of war) military campaign. ** BRUSSELS - The European Commission unveils delayed proposals to curb CO2 emissions from cars after the failure of the automobile industry to meet voluntary targets for fighting climate change agreed in 2000.
TEHRAN - Final day of Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Iran. Mukherjee meets his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
SALE, Morocco - Trial of Briton Lee Murray sought for UK's biggest cash raid, arrested in Morocco and charged in June 2006 with criminal gang membership and illegal possession of cocaine and foreign currency.
HELSINKI - A group of health finance experts, which includes officials from the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and the London School of Economics to submit a final report on European Union (EU) countries health spending at conference in Helsinki (to Feb. 8).
LOS ANGELES - Hearing in the paternity case of former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern. Smith gave birth to the baby girl in the Bahamas on Sept. 7 and several weeks later married her personal lawyer, Howard K. Stern, saying he was the father. Anna's ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, sued Smith in October, claiming he was the father and demanding a paternity test.
MADRID - Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor for U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia visits Spain.
LONDON - Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, who won the British reality television show at the heart of a racist bullying row, to meet Prime Minister Tony Blair and other ministers at the House of Commons.
PRAGUE - Left-wing opposition Social Democrats have called for a special parliamentary session to discuss the Czech government's plan to allow the United States to build a radar base as a part of its planned missile defence.
LONDON - The Costa Book of the Year 2006. Link: http://www.costabookawards.com/
SEVILLE, Spain - NATO defence ministers meeting.
BEIJING - A fresh round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme expected to resume.
MAPUTO - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Mozambique. ** LONDON - Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev to speak at the London School of Economics. ** BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. ** BERLIN - Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier meets his Pakistani counterpart Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri (1300). ** ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Trial resumes in the case of Egyptian blogger Abdel Karim Suleiman, on charges of blasphemous writings and insulting the president. ** STOCKHOLM - Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt meets EU-commissioner Peter Mandelson. ** BUDAPEST - Budapest Court to rule about claim by journalist Kozak Daniel for the publication of files which show whether priests collaborated with communist secret agencies (postponed from Feb 25)
PHILIPPINES - Thousands of U.S. soldiers begin annual three-week war games with Philippines to test the two country's military inter-operability to defending the Philippines against external aggression. Activities would be held in Subic, Clark, Fort Magsaysay and on Jolo and Palawan islands.
BERLIN - 57th Berlin Film Festival (to Feb. 18). LINK: http://www.berlinale.de
MANIPUR, India - Assembly elections in the Indian State of Manipur. Polls due to be held in three stages on Feb. 8, 15 and 23.
ZAGREB - Carla del Ponte, chief prosecutor for U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia visits Croatia to attend a conference (to Feb. 9).
BERLIN - EU Troika - Pakistan Meeting.
TAIPEI - The world's leading Chinese art museum, the National Palace Museum in Taipei due to open.
SPACE - Astronauts on International Space Station take the final of the three spacewalks to hook up new cooling system.
ATHENS - The Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy and Germany's embassy to Greece organise two-day symposium on "Europe's prospects". Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyanni to deliver speech (1600).
ESSEN, Germany - G7 Finance Ministers meeting (to Feb. 10).
MUNICH - 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy (to Feb. 9). Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend. LINK: http://www.securityconference.de (1000).
VICTORIA - Chinese President Hu Jintao visits the Seychelles (to Feb. 10).
CAPE TOWN - President Thabo Mbeki delivers 2007 state-of-the-nation speech (0900). ** TUEBINGEN, Germany - German President Horst Koehler meets Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at the University Tuebingen (0920). ** BERLIN - Foreign Minister Frank-Waltzer Steinmeier meets his Australian counterpart Alexander Downer (1500).
AMSTERDAM - World Press Photo announces 2007 Contest winners.
MIAMI - Deadline for prison doctors to conduct their own medical exam of American terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, who is accused of running a U.S. support cell that provided money and recruits for violent jihad overseas.
ATHENS - Second day of symposium on "Europe's prospects" organised by the Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy and Germany's embassy to Greece. First vice-president of the European Parliament Rodi Kratsa and President of the Greek Parliament Anna Benaki-Psarouda to deliver speeches.
VENICE - Carnival of Venice (to Feb. 20).
ESSEN, Germany - G7 finance ministers and central bankers meet (final day).
PRISTINA - Movement calling for the independence of Kosovo "Self-determination" (Vetvendosje) organises a protest against the document on the province's future status by the U.N. special envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari (1200). ** NEW DELHI - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi visits India (to Feb. 15).
RIO DE JANEIRO - (TBC)The 8th Wonder of the World, an organisation founded to increase global awareness for children affected by HIV/AIDS and raise funds for UNICEF through arts and entertainment, holds third of a series of concerts in Brazil.
TURKMENISTAN - Presidential elections.
RIYADH - Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Saudi Arabia.
IRAN - National holiday and anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expected to make traditional speech.
LOS ANGELES - Annual Writers Guild Awards. Link; http://www.wga.org/awards/awardssub.aspx?id=1533
LOS ANGELES - 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Link: http://www.grammy.com/Recording_Academy/Events/Default.aspx?even ID=1331&eventCategoryID=9
LONDON - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards. Link; http://www.bafta.org
LISBON - Portuguese due to vote on a referendum to decide whether to legalise abortion.
KHARTOUM - The Higher Egyptian-Sudanese commission is to meet in Khartoum, headed by Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Vice President Ali Othman Mohamed Taha respectively (to Feb. 15). [20070202 153532 GMT]
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush meets Lithuanian counterpart Valdas Adamkus.
BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Ministers Meeting.
DOHA/AMMAN - Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Qatar and Jordan (to Feb. 13).
BARCELONA - 3GSM Congress 2007 (to Feb. 15). LINK: http://www.3gsmworldcongress.com/flashintro.asp
STRASBOURG - EU parliament plenary session (to Feb. 15).
ABUJA - African International Media Summit organised by African Union and ECOWAS aimed at re-branding Africa.
NIAMEY - Niger appeals court due to rule on appeal by two journalists from independent weekly newspaper "Le Republicain" against 18-month jail sentences for defamation and publishing falsehoods.
CAIRO - International conference to fight infectious disease (to Feb. 15).
LONDON - London Fashion Week (to Feb. 16).
PUNJAB, India - Assembly elections in the Indian State of Punjab.
VIENNA - IAEA Board of Governors meeting - Advisory Committee on Safeguards and Verification within the Framework of the IAEA Statute (to Feb. 14).
CANBERRA - Finnish President Tarja Halonen visits Australia to meet Prime Minister John Howard (to Feb. 17).
WASHINGTON - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development organizes "Global Forum: Building Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction" (to Feb. 15).
TOKYO - Japan to host a meeting on whaling aimed at easing confrontation between pro and anti-whaling nations (to Feb. 15). Pro-whaling nations want to return the polarised group to what they say are its roots as an organisation that manages -- rather than bans -- commercial whaling. Some 26 anti-whaling nations plan to boycott the meeting.
THE HAGUE - International conference on climate change (to Feb. 14).
GLOBAL - St.Valentine's day.
BRASILIA - Bolivian President Evo Morales expected to meet with Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to reach accord on price Brazil pays for Bolivian natural gas.
LONDON - Brit Awards 2007. Link: http://brits.co.uk
TOKYO - Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing to visit Japan (to Feb 17).
CANNES, France - Franco-Africa summit.
MADRID - Trial starts of 29 suspects for the 2004 Islamist train bombings in Madrid which killed 191 people.
ANKARA - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expected to visit Turkey around mid-February to discuss a project to build a pipeline linking the Black and Red seas with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogen.
BAGHDAD - The second batch of a U.S. combat brigade due to arrive in Baghdad. The additional brigades will be added every 30 days to reach a total of five in Baghdad.
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government due to send two brigades to Baghdad.
UNITED NATIONS - The second U.N. peacekeeping assessment team due to submit its recommendations to the 15-nations Security Council by mid-February on how the peacekeeping force could be deployed in Chad and the Central African Republic region bordering on Sudan's Darfur region.
KATHMANDU - Nepal's former Maoist rebels to join an interim government, which is expected to be set by Feb. 15.
VIENNA - IAEA Programme and Budget Committee Meeting.
UNITED NATIONS - Mandate of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti expires.
MANIPUR, India - Second stage of assembly elections in the Indian State of Manipur. The third and final stage due to be held on Feb. 23.
VIENNA - Vienna's annual Opera Ball. Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton will be the star guest at Austria's top society event.
BUCHAREST - Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase has first hearings at the Supreme Court of Justice. Nastase is accused of blackmail and taking bribes worth 1.4 million euros ($1.9 million).
LONDON - Britain due to launch the Footwear Intelligence Tool, a database of thousands of shoes and shoe types to help track down criminals, thought to be the first of its kind in the the world.
COLOGNE, Germany - Annual carnival celebrations (to Feb. 21).
BUDAPEST - Hungary's public sector trade unions to hold a rally to press the government for higher wages.
PYONGYANG - 65th birthday of North Korean President Kim Jong-il.
LESOTHO - General elections.
RIO DE JENEIRO - Rio Carnival (to Feb. 20). Link: http://www.rio-carnival.net
CAIRO - Trial of the suspects in the Al-Azhar bombings continues.
LEBANON - Major-General Claudio Graziano of Italy expected to take command of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon after French Major-General Alain Pellegrini steps down.
MILAN, Italy - Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2007/2008 (to Feb. 25). Link: http://www.cameramoda.it/eng/eventi/eventi.php
RICHMOND, Va. - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), a possible 2008 presidential candidate, attends Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson fund-raising dinner.
PARIS - Auction of a 1939 Auto Union D-Type commissioned by German dictator Adolf Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche, 1 of only 2 left in existence and winner of the 1939 Belgrade Grand Prix, set to become most expensive car ever to be sold at auction estimated to sell for £6.1 million.
BERLIN - Golden & Silver Bear Awards at Berlin film festival.
AUCKLAND - Finnish President Tarja Halonen visits New Zealand to meet Prime Minister Helen Clark (to Feb. 21).
LONDON - Laurence Olivier Awards announced.
BEIJING/HONG/KONG - Chinese Lunar New Year - Year of the Pig.
ALBANIA - Municipal polls.
LOS ANGELES - 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers. LINK: http://www.theasc.com/news/awards/index.html
ADDIS ABABA - The trial of opposition leaders and journalists accused of treason and inciting violence following a turbulent election in 2005 to resume.
NEW JERSEY, United States - The New Jersey law affirming equal rights for the same-sex couples but requiring the legislature to make a decision on using the word marriage comes into effect.
SARAJEVO - Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek visits Bosnia.
TOKYO - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney expected to visit Japan for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (to Feb. 22).
CAIRO - Trial in the case of Ibrahim Eissa continues, the newspaper editor charged with defaming President Hosni Mubarak.
BRUSSELS - EU Environment Council meeting.
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush administration due to launch a new travel security system designed to deal with the problems of innocent travellers mistakenly identified as being on U.S. no-fly lists.
ABUJA - Trial resumes of Muhammed Damagun, a Media Trust director accused of taking $300,000 from al Qaeda in 2002 to arrange combat training in Mauritania for 17 members of a group called the Nigerian Taliban.
FT.CAMPBELL, Kentucky - Hearing of Sgt. Paul Cortez, the second of five U.S. soldiers charged with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family.
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mardi Gras. Link: www.mardigrasneworleans.com
VENICE - Venice Carnival ends.
UTTARANCHAL, India - Assembly elections in the Indian State of Uttaranchal.
UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. Security Council Resolution 1737 passed on Dec. 23 has given Iran a deadline of 60 days to comply with limits on its uranium enrichment activities or risk possible sanctions.
BUDAPEST - Hungary's public sector trade unions expected to organise a nationwide two-hour warning strike over this year's wage rises.
NAIROBI - Resumption of trial of white Kenyan farmer, Thomas Cholmondeley, who is accused of killing a black Kenyan.
SAMARRA, Iraq - First anniversary of the bombing of one of Shiite Islam's holiest sites, the Askariya shrine in Samarra.
KIGALI - Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to officiate at an international women conference in Rwanda on "Gender, Nation Building and Parliaments".
SITGES, Spain - Sitges Carnival.
MANIPUR, India - The third and final stage of assembly elections in the Indian State of Manipur.
SALE, Morocco - Trial resumes of 22 people being held under anti-terrorism laws. The group led by Mohamed Reha, a Belgian of Moroccan origin, is accused of forming criminal gang that planned to disturb public order.
BRUSSELS - (TENTATIVE) Commission annual report on equality between men and women. [20070202 153548 GMT]
HOLLYWOOD - 27th Annual Razzie Awards, honouring the worst in cinema are held at the Ivar Theatre.
MILAN - Women's Autumn 2007/Winter 2008 fashion shows ends.
LOS ANGELES - 2007 Independent Spirit Film Awards.
LAHORE, Pakistan - Annual kite-flying festival or Basant.
SENEGAL - Presidential elections due to be held (Legislative elections postponed).
LITHUANIA - Local government elections.
HOLLYWOOD - 79th Academy Awards (Oscars). http://www.oscar.com
IVREA, Italy - Ivrea Orange throwing Carnival (to Feb 28). LINK: http://www.geocities.com/ebmomma/carnival.htm
PARIS - Paris Ready-To-Wear Autumn/Winter 2007/2008 Fashion Week (to March 5) Link: http://www.modeaparis.com/va/dates/index.html
PARIS - (TENTATIVE) 32nd Annual Cesar Awards.
NEW YORK - The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the 15th Session of the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (to March 2).
ALLAHABAD, India - Final day of Ardh Kumbh Mela, where millions of Hindu pilgrims converged for a dip in the holy Ganges river to wash away their sins.
BRUSSELS - The Peace Implementation Council grouping about 50 countries and institutions overseeing Bosnia's peace process meets to decide on the closure of the office of powerful international High Representative Christian Schwarz-Schilling.
INDIA - Counting of the Assembly election votes in the Indian States of Manipur, Punjab and Uttaranchal. The results are expected to be announced the same day.
ANKARA - Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands visits Turkey (to March 2).
CHICAGO - The Metropolitan Airports Commissions due to hold a public hearing on a staff proposal to increase penalties for cab drivers refusing fares. The hearing is also aimed at drivers who refuse to take short-haul passengers in favour of more lucrative long trips.
TAIPEI - Taiwan to open a public monument -- The 228 Incident National Monument -- to commemorate a dark day in history that spawned a movement with implications for the island's politics.
SPACE - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, the fastest spacecraft ever built by humans, is due to reach Jupiter, our solar system's largest planet and fifth from the sun. Launched on Jan. 19, 2006, New Horizons is set to make its closest pass by Jupiter on Feb. 28, flying within 1.4 million miles (2.3 million km).
MOSCOW - Russia and North Korea expected to meet in March to discuss Pyongyang's large debt to Moscow.
WASHINGTON/LA PAZ - Bolivia's new visa requirement for U.S. citizens visiting the Andean nation due to take effect in March.
LONDON - A preliminary hearing in March will consider who the witnesses should be and the scope of the inquiry into the deaths of Princess Diana and her lover Dodi al Fayed.
NEW DELHI - The first meeting of a joint India-Pakistan anti-terrorism panel due to be held in March.
QATAR - To hold its first parliamentary elections.
BRUSSELS - Poland expected to present proposals on a new EU constitution in March.
WIESBADEN, Germany - EU Defence Ministers meeting (to March 2).
ABUJA - Nigeria's Federal High Court hears case against six people, including three foreigners, accused of spying for Russia.
PRAGUE - (TENTATIVE) 9th International human rights 'One World' documentary film festival (to March 9). LINK: http://www.jedensvet.cz/ow/2006/index.php?lang=en
GLOBAL - World Book Day.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2 ** ZAGREB - Bosnia's tripartite presidency visits Croatia, due to take part in the session of the inter-government council to discuss outstanding issues between Bosnia and Croatia (to March 3).
LOS ANGELES - 38th Annual Image Awards. Link: http://www.naacpimageawards.net/imageawards38.html
ESTONIA - Parliamentary elections.
VIENNA - IAEA Board of Governors Meeting (to March 9).
CAIRO - The trial of the suspects in the sinking of the Al-Salam 98 ferry resumes.
BRUSSELS - EU - Turkey Association Council meeting.
BEIJING - China's parliament, the National People's Congress, convenes for its annual session.
BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Ministers Meeting.
THE HAGUE - International Court of Justice opens public hearings in dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras on their maritime border in the Caribean Sea.
FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky - Court-martial of Staff Sgt. Raymond Girouard, accused in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees.
THE HAGUE - Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj goes on trial to face war crimes charges when he was a leader in a 1998-99 war against Serb forces. ** NEW YORK - (TENTATIVE) Trial of Sanjay Bahel, the head of the U.N. commodity procurement wing from 1998 to 2003, on bribery charges expected to resume.
BELFAST - New elections for a Northern Ireland assembly in which pro-Irish Catholics and pro-British Protestants will share power.
NEW YORK - Sentencing of Khalid Awan, a Pakistani man living in New York, guilty of providing material support or resources to terrorists and money laundering to promote terrorism.
MIAMI - Sentencing of Clark Mitchell, a Florida doctor and former director of a prominent AIDS clinic, after Mitchell pleaded guilty to securities fraud in connection with a life insurance scam that cost 28,000 investors nearly $1 billion.
LONDON - British singer George Michael scheduled to appear in court for a hearing charged with being unfit to drive. Trial date scheduled for April 23.
GHANA - 50th Independence anniversary celebration.
GENEVA - International Labour Organisation (ILO): 298th Session of the Governing Body and its committees (to March 17).
GLOBAL - International Women's Day.
GENEVA - 77th International Motor Show (to March 18).
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - Hearing of Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, a well-connected Malaysian political analyst charged with abetting the murder of 28-year-old Altantuya Shaariibuu between Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in Malaysia.
BELGRADE - First anniversary of the death of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
MAURITANIA - Presidential election.
STRASBOURG - EU parliament plenary session (to March 15).
NEW YORK - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees due to be honored at a black-tie ceremony.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia - Local elections.
BELGRADE - War crimes re-trial starts for 14 former Serbian militia members for the 1991 massacre of 200 Croatian prisoners of war at the Ovcara farm near Vukovar in Croatia.
LONDON - Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, who won the British reality television show at the heart of a racist bullying row, to meet Queen Elizabeth at a reception to mark Commonwealth Day.
NEW DELHI - A fourth round of India-Pakistan composite dialogue, as the peace process is called, expected to be held (to March 14).
NUREMBERG, Germany - EU - ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting.
HANNOVER, Germany - CeBIT - The world's largest computer fair opens (to March 21). Link; http://www.cebit.de/homepage_e?x=1
ABUJA - Nigeria's INEC electoral authority to publish names of presidential and national assembly candidates.
TBC - An African Union-United Nations peace summit on Sudan to be held no later than March 15.
UNITED KINGDOM - British Summer Time begins - clocks across the European Union go forward.
HEILIGENDAMM, Germany - G8 Environment Ministers Meeting (to March. 17).
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., - NASA scheduled to launch space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station.
IRELAND - St. Patrick's Day.
WASHINGTON - Anti-war group, International ANSWER, plans an anti-war march to the Pentagon.
FINLAND - Parliamentary elections.
QUITO - Ecuador due to call a popular vote on March 18 on setting up a constituent assembly to change the constitution meant to lessen the influence of politicians in the judiciary and force legislators to live in the small constituencies that they represent.
LOS ANGELES - Jury selection due to begin in the trial of music producer Phil Spector, who is accused of killing B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, found shot to death in the foyer of his mock castle on Feb. 3, 2003.
FRANCE - Anti-nuclear demonstrations planned in Rennes, Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon and Toulouse.
IRAQ - Fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
VICTORIA, Australia - Australian International Airshow 2006. Link: http://www.airshow.net.au/index1.html [20070202 153602 GMT]
GLOBAL - U.N. World Water Day.
LONDON - Worldwide publication of British novelist Jeffrey Archer's "The Gospel According to Judas". Archer has written the book in collaboration with biblical scholar Francis Moloney.
GLOBAL - U.N. World Meteorological Day.
OUARZAZATE, Morocco - Desert Marathon Des sables.
PARIS - Paris book fair (to Mar. 27).
SALE, Morocco - (POSTPONED FROM JAN 26) Trial of fifty members of an Islamist group, Ansar el Mehdi (Mehdi Partisans), accused of plotting to overthrow the monarchy and replace it with a purist Islamic state.
BERLIN - EU Heads of State Meeting (to March 25).
MADRID - First anniversary of the enforcement of a permanent ceasefire declared by Basque separatist group ETA.
MOMBASA, Kenya - IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
GLOBAL - U.N. World No TB Day.
BERLIN - EU Heads of State Meeting (final day).
ROME - ANNIVERSARY - 50 year ago today (March 25, 1957) six European countries signed the Treaty of Rome, pledging to set up a Common Market from January 1, 1958. The organisation developed into the European Union.
MINSK - Belarussian opposition expected to hold a rally to mark the short lived creation in 1918 of an independent state crushed by Bolshevik forces.
LONDON - 200th anniversary of the abolishing of the slave trade in the U.K. The government is considering issuing a 'statement of regret'.
HONG KONG - Hong Kong's Chief Executive election.
HEILIGENDAMM, Germany - G8 Development Ministers Meeting (to March 27).
BELFAST - Self-rule at the Belfast-based Stormont assembly expected to be restored to the province.
NASSAU - Inquest into the sudden death of Daniel Smith, the 20-year-old son of former Playboy Playmate and oil heiress Anna Nicole Smith.
BRUSSELS - EU parliament plenary session (to March 29).
RIYADH - Annual summit of League of Arab States.
LONDON - British Book Awards. LINK: http://www.britishbookawards.co.uk/bba/pnbb_index.asp ?
UNITED NATIONS - United Nations' Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - a treaty that aims to promote and protect the rights of the disabled people, will formally be opened to signing.
BRUSSELS - EU to report on progress of Romania and Bulgaria, 3-months after joining the union.
DUBAI - SPORT - HORSE RACING - 12th Dubai Cup - The world's richest day of horse racing. LINK: http://www.dubaiworldcup.com
TOKYO - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao expected to visit Japan.
WASHINGTON - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to visit United States in late April or early May, due to hold talks with President George W. Bush.
BEIJING - China expected to take the first step in its lunar exploration programme by launching a satellite that will orbit the moon.
NEW YORK - Sentencing of Robert Riggio, guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from at least 60 priests across the United States by using fake names and bogus sympathy-inducing stories about needing money.
LONDON - The Equality act, expected to come into force in April, is designed to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian couples wishing to adopt a child.
KINSHASA - Belgian King Albert expected to visit Democratic Republic of Congo.
WALES - Smoking ban in enclosed areas comes into effect.
WASHINGTON - Comments on the sale of food made from cloned cattle, pigs and goats, but not sheep, in the United States will be accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration until today.
NEW DELHI - South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit (to April 4).
DUBLIN - Shortlist announced for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2007.
GLOBAL - Good Friday - Christian religious holiday.
UNITED NATIONS - World Health Organisation observes World Health Day.
LONDON - Annual Oxford-Cambridge University boat-race (1530).
BRAZZAVILLE - International forum on indigenous peoples of the forests of central Africa, with representatives from UNESCO, UNICEF, UNEP, World Bank and other international organisations (to April 15).
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Olympic Committee to due to decide between Los Angeles and Chicago as the U.S. candidate city for the 2016 Olympic games.
WASHINGTON - Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (to April 15).
AINTREE, Liverpool - SPORT- HORSE RACING - Grand National.
NIGERIA - Elections for State and local governments.
WASHINGTON - Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (final day).
ANKARA - Applicants for the presidency have until April 15 to decide whether to run. Turkey's parliament elects the president for a seven-year term.
VATICAN CITY - 80th birthday of Pope Benedict.
BELFAST - Trial expected to start in the Omagh bombing civil court case.
MIAMI - Trial begins of American terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, who is accused of running a U.S. support cell that provided money and recruits for violent jihad overseas.
NEW YORK - Pulitzer Prize awards announced.
LONDON - The Veuve Clicquot Award Business Woman of the Year. Link: http://www.veuveclicquotaward.com/
WASHINGTON - International Monetary Fund (IMF) World Economic Outlook.
BOAO, HAINAN - Third China International Cartoon Festival (to May 4).
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