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The Week Ahead: August 9-15

August 13 marks the 10th anniversary of the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine "Kursk."

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

MONDAY, August 9:

Azerbaijan: Czech military attache visits Baku (to August 12).

Kazakhstan: Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada visits Astana (to August 11).

Russia: Russian city Pyatigorsk hosts the first pan-Caucasus youth forum Mashuk 2010.

TUESDAY, August 10:

Iran: Cambodian delegation meets Iranian leaders to sign agreements on cooperation in the oil sector (to August 11).

UN/Afghanistan: UN publishes a report on Afghan civilian deaths.

WEDNESDAY, August 11:

Moldova: World Bank President Robert Zoellick visits Chisinau (to August 12).

World: Muslim fasting month of Ramadan begins.

Background: "Factbox: Some Ramadan Questions For Radio Imams" (Reuters)

THURSDAY, August 12:

CIS: Meeting of the CIS Executive Committee experts on border policy (to August 13).

Russia: 10th anniversary of the sinking of the Russian nuclear submarine "Kursk."

World: International Youth Day.

SATURDAY, August 14:

Pakistan: Pakistan marks anniversary of independence.

SUNDAY, August 15:

Russia: A temporary ban on grain exports goes into effect and runs through December 31.

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