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The Week Ahead: October 28 - November 3

October 30: Annual mass wedding ceremony takes place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

October 30: Annual mass wedding ceremony takes place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, October 28:

Azerbaijan: Trial in the case of former parliament member Guler Ahmedova continues in Baku.

Georgia: The Tbilisi city court set to read the verdict in the case of former Defense Minister Bacho Akhalaia, who is charged with using excessive force in suppressing a 2006 prison riot in which seven inmates were killed.

Iran/IAEA: Representatives of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meet in Geneva to discuss the Iranian nuclear program (to October 29).

Russia/UKraine: Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers Leonid Kozhara and Sergei Lavrov meet in Rostov-on-Don.

TUESDAY, October 29:

Armenia/Greece: Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos visits Yerevan.

Georgia/EU: Outgoing Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili visits Brussels for talks with European Union leaders ahead of the key Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in November.

Moldova: Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics visits Chisinau (to October 30).

Russia/Greece: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Athens for talks on Russian-EU relations and the situation in Syria (to October 30).

Russia/Serbia: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic visits Moscow (to October 30).

Uzbekistan: The United Nations Committee against Torture reviews Uzbekistan’s report on the implementation of the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

World: Legatum Institute publishes its annual Prosperity Index.

World: World Bank publishes its annual Doing Business report.

WEDNESDAY, October 30:

Armenia/CSTO: Yerevan hosts a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (PA CSTO) (to October 31).

Kyrgyzstan: Annual mass wedding ceremony takes place in Bishkek.

Moldova: Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and Transdniestrian leader Yevgeny Shevchuk hold a meeting in Germany as part of an international conference on a Transdniestrian settlement.

Russia: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions.

UK/Iran: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Inside Iran: Power, Strategy, and Challenges."

UNFPA: The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) publishes its annual State of World Population report.

THURSDAY, October 31:

Azerbaijan: International humanitarian forum opens in Baku (to November 1).

U.S./Iraq: The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for public remarks and a discussion on U.S.-Iraq relations, and the current challenges facing Iraq and the region.

U.S./Russia: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosts a discussion titled "The Future of the Eurasian Economic Union."

FRIDAY, November 1:

Iraq/U.S.: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington.

Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan: Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov pays an official visit to Bishkek.

Russia/France: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault, hold the 18th meeting of the Russian-French commission for bilateral cooperation in Moscow.

Russia/Japan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visit Tokyo to meet their Japanese colleagues (to November 2).

SUNDAY, November 3:

Kosovo: Local elections.

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