DIARY - Political and General News Events From Feb 21

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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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

BRUSSELS - NATO Defence Ministers meeting (to Feb. 22)

WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits United States

(to Feb. 24).

BARBADOS - General elections.

** BEIRUT - British Foreign Secretary William Hague on a

two-day visit to Lebanon, will meet with Lebanese President

Michel Suleiman and Syrian refugees.

** BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a state of

the union address on the last EU summit.

** BUENOS AIRES - Argentine Senate expected to debate and vote

on controversial memo of understanding between Argentina and

Iran to shed light on 1994 bombing of Israeli-Argentine Mutual

Association (AMIA).

** WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets Indian

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.

** HAVANA - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits Cuba;

holds talks with President Raul Castro.

** MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets former

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.

ABU DHABI - Two-yearly IDEX Abu Dhabi Defence Exhibition and

Conference from Feb 17-21 organised by the Abu Dhabi government,

where defence manufacuturers from all over the world come to

show off their weaponry and equipment.

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

HARARE - Long serving President Robert Mugabe, who has been

in power since independence from Britain in 1980 turns 89

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

BRUSSELS - NATO Defence Ministers meeting (FINAL DAY)

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama meets with Japanese

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

BERLIN - German president Joachim Gauck is to give speech on

Europe

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.

BUDAPEST - Prime Minister Viktor Orban to hold annual state

of the nation speech

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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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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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