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The Week Ahead: May 2-8


May 3 - World Press Freedom Day.

May 3 - World Press Freedom Day.

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


MONDAY, May 2:

Azerbaijan: Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite pays an official visit to Baku (to May 3).

Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Qatar.

World: Freedom House releases its annual Freedom of the Press Index.


TUESDAY, May 3:

Afghanistan: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the situation in Afghanistan.

EU: The inaugural meeting of the EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly to take place in Brussels.

Georgia: Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite pays an official visit to Tbilisi (to May 4).

Kazakhstan: Forth Astana Economic Forum opens (to May 4).

Pakistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani pays an official visit to France (to May 6).

Russia: Wilson Center holds a discussion on Russia and the European Court of Human Rights.

Serbia: Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visits Belgrade (to May 4).

World: World Press Freedom Day.


WEDNESDAY, May 4:

Armenia: Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite pays an official visit to Yerevan (to May 5).

Caucasus/Youth: National Endowment for Democracy based in Washington holds a discussion titled: "Youth Activism And Protest In The North And South Caucasus."


THURSDAY, May 5:

Belarus: The trials of former presidential candidates Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu and Vital Rymasheuski to begin in Minsk.

Pakistan: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on U.S. policy and its limits in Pakistan.

Russia: Foreign ministers of Poland, Germany, and Russia are scheduled to meet in Kaliningrad.

World: Istanbul hosts 2011 Global Summit of Women.


SATURDAY, May 7:

Moldova: Acting Moldovan President Marian Lupu visits Turkey, meets with Turkish President Abdullah Gul (to May 8).

Russia: Russia and Norway to hold the Pomor-2011 joint naval exercise (to May 17).


SUNDAY, May 8:

World: World Red Cross Red Crescent Day.

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