DIARY - Political and General News Events From Feb 15

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Reuters will issue this diary daily at around 1000 GMT.

All times in GMT unless otherwise stated.

Items marked ** denote new or amended listings.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama meets Italian

President Giorgio Napolitano.

MOSCOW - G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors'

Meeting (to Feb. 16).

CHICAGO, IL - U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to

the Chicago, to discuss proposals, unveiled in the speech, that

focus on strengthening the economy for the middle class and

those striving to get there.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI meets Romanian President

Traian Basescu (1000).

** ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan meets Greek

Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.

** BOGOTA - Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatar's Emir to visit

Colombia.

** ANKARA - Turkish President Abdullah Gul to meet Libyan

National Transitional Council (NTC) Chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil

(1500).

** BUENOS AIRES - Farmers leaders meet to discuss the

posibility of a nationwide protest against the growing

inspections in the sector carried out by the tax agency.

** CAIRO - Supporters of Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi and

opposition activists hold competing protests as political

divisions continue to deepen in Egypt.

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands' highest administrative court,

the Council of State, will hold a hearing about nationalised

bank and insurer SNS Reaal after some investors and other

parties objected to the nationalization.

** PRETORIA - South African "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, a

double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world

athletics, appears in court to face charges of murder of the

death of his girlfriend.

LONDON - London Fashion Week Fall-Winter 2013 (to Feb. 19).

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

** ISLAMABAD - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits

Pakistan (to Feb. 17).

VILNIUS - Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to visit

Lithuania.

** ABU DHABI - French Defence Minister LeDrian to address the

Gulf Defence Conference.

** RIYADH - Saudi Arabia holds counter-terrorism conference.

NORTH KOREA- North Korea celebrates birthday of its leader

Kim Jong-il.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

CYPRUS - Presidential election.

ECUADOR - Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

** CAIRO - International mediator for the Syrian crisis,

Lakhdar al-Brahimi, meets with Arab Legue chief Nabil Elaraby

amidst negotiations over an initiative to hold talks between the

Syrian opposition and President Bashar al-Assad.

ABU DHABI - IDEX 2013 - 11th International Defence

Exhibition & Conference (to Feb 21).

JERUSALEM - Trial starts of Israeli far-right leader Avigdor

Lieberman, a close ally of Prime Minister Netanyahu. He is

charged with fraud and breach of trust, allegations that

prompted his resignation as foreign minister in December.

PRISTINA - Fifth anniversary of Kosovo's declaration of

independence from Serbia.

LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK - 2013 Writers Guild Awards. Link: http://www.wga.org/awards/awardssub.aspx?id=1533

SYDNEY - Tropfest 2013, the world's biggest short

film festival.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

BRUSSELS - EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting.

ARMENIA - Presidential election.

UPPSALA, Sweden - Nordic Next working group meeting (to Feb.

19).

NEW DELHI - British Prime Minister David Cameron visits

India (to Feb. 19).

PARIS - UNESCO hosts meeting on action plan for Mali

heritage.

HAVANA - Colombian government and FARC representatives to

hold next round of peace talks (to Feb. 10).

NAIROBI - 27th Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global

Ministerial Environment Forum (to Feb. 22). Link: http://www.unep.org/ecalendar/contents/upcoming_events.asp

** MOSCOW - Russian court holds preliminary hearings in the

trial of dead anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

WASHINGTON - DC Fashion Week - Fall/Winter 2013 (to Feb.

24).

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

ATHENS - French President Francois Hollande to meet with

Greek President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Antonis

Samaras.

** MOSCOW - The Arab Cooperation Forum. Arab League chief Nabil

Elaraby and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari to attend.

** ZAGREB - Croatia Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic meets

Slovenia's Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec.

BERLIN - 16th European Police Congress (to Feb. 20).

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

VILNIUS - Speaker of the House of Commons of the United

Kingdom, John Bercow, to visit Lithuania (to Feb. 22).

ISTANBUL - Turkey Healthcare Summit (to Feb. 21).

LONDON - The BRIT Awards 2013.

MOSCOW - 2013 Lionel Hampton International Jazz

Festival (to Feb. 23). Link: http://www.jazzfestival2013.com/idaho-lionel-hampton-jazz-festival/

MILAN, Italy - Milan Fashion Week - Women's Fall / Winter

2013 (to Feb. 26).

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

BARBADOS - General elections.

ISTANBUL - D-8 Water Cooperation Meeting (to Feb. 23).

SEOUL - SPOEX (Seoul International Sports & Leisure

Exhibition) 2013 (to Feb. 24). Link: http://www.spoex.com/english/index.asp

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

RIGA - Austrian central bank governor Edwald Nowotny and

Estonian Prime minister Andrus Ansip are expected to attend the

conference, "Experience and preparations for the introduction of

euro conference.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

HOLLYWOOD - 33rd Annual Razzie Awards.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

ITALY - Parliamentary elections (to Feb. 25).

CYPRUS - Presidential run-off election.

TALLINN - Independence Day.

HOLLYWOOD - 85th annual Academy Awards (Oscars). Link:

http://www.oscars.org/-

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

ANKARA - German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Turkey.

GENEVA - WTO General Council meeting (to Feb. 26).

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

CHICAGO, IL - Primary election to fill the U.S.

congressional seat.

ASTANA - 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).

JAKARTA - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Finance

and Central Bank Deputies' Meeting (to Feb. 27).

GEELONG, Australia - Australian International Airshow and

Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2013 (to March 3). Link: http://www.airshow.com.au/airshow2013/trade-exhibition/trade-visitors/program.html

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27

BRUSSELS - European Parliament Plenary Session (to Feb. 28).

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

RIGA - The Prime Ministers from the five Nordic states,

three Baltic states, and the British Prime Minister David

Cameron to meet for the annual regional "Northern Future Forum".

DUBLIN - Europe 2020 Conference.

BRUSSELS - European Competition Forum 2013.

PARIS - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and

Development (OECD) Global Forum on Competition (to March 1).

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict to leave office.

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MARCH (UNDATED)

JERUSALEM - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Israel.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 3

GLOBAL - International Day for Ear and Hearing.

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MONDAY, MARCH 4

KENYA - Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

PARIS - International Conference on Fast Reactors and

Related Fuel Cycles: Safe Technologies and Sustainable Scenarios

(FR13) (to March 7).

VIENNA - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of

Governors Meeting (to March 8).

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TUESDAY, MARCH 5

BRUSSELS - (TBC) Eurogroup Meeting.

MOSCOW - 60th Death anniversary of Soviet leader Josef

Stalin.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7

GENEVA - 83rd Geneva International Motor Show (to

March 17).

SAN FRANCISCO - 10th Annual San Francisco Ocean Film

Festival (to March 10).

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8

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

GLOBAL - International Women's Day.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 10

TIBET - 54th anniversary of Tibet's spiritual leader, the

Dalai Lama, fleeing into exile after a failed uprising.

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MONDAY, MARCH 11

BRUSSELS - European Parliament Plenary Session (to March

14).

STOCKHOLM - Turkish President Abdullah Gul to visit Sweden

(to March 13).

SENDAI, Japan - 2nd anniversary of Sendai earthquake and

tsunami.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

LOMBOK, Indonesia - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Finance Ministers Process Working Group I Meeting (to March 14).

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THURSDAY, MARCH 14

BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (to March 15).

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15

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.

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.

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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.

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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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FRIDAY, MARCH 29

GLOBAL - Good Friday - Christian religious holiday.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 30

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - 5th BRICS Summit.

DUBAI - HORSE RACING - 2013 Dubai World Cup.

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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

VATICAN CITY - 86th birthday of Pope Benedict.

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' Deputies Meeting.

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

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

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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