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The Week Ahead: November 8-14

The hajj, or annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia begins on November 14.
The hajj, or annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia begins on November 14.

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

MONDAY, November 8:

Eastern Europe: Bucharest hosts a Danube Summit, which brings together delegations from 14 Danube countries, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine.

Iraq: The leaders of Iraq's main political blocs meet on forming a new government.

Moldova: Moldava's Prime Minister Vlad Filat visits Romania.

Russia: Finnish President Tarja Halonen visits Moscow (to November 11).

TUESDAY, November 9:

EU: The European Commission adopts the 2010 Enlargement Package, which covers the Western Balkans, Turkey, and Iceland.

Background: "FACTBOX - Draft EU report on membership hopefuls" (Reuters)

Iran: Officials from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, and Russia hold Caspian Sea ministerial meeting in Tehran (to November 10).

WEDNESDAY, November 10:

Armenia/Russia: Armenian-Russian Interparliamentary Committee on Cooperation meets in Yerevan (to November 13).

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits South Korea to take part in G20 summit (to November 11).

THURSDAY, November 11:

Iraq: Iraq's parliament is scheduled to hold a session to elect a new speaker.

FRIDAY, November 12:

NATO: NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 56th annual session opens in Warsaw, participated by delegates from Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine with special focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

SATURDAY, November 13:

Belarus: Registration of candidates for the presidency of Belarus begins (to November 23).

Russia: Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pays a working visit to Bulgaria, meets with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov.

SUNDAY, November 14:

Pakistan: Islamabad hosts a meeting of the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF) to discuss the country's stabilization and reconstruction plans after the floods in late July (to November 15).

Russia/U.S.: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. President Barack Obama hold a meeting on the sidelines of APEC summit in Yokohama.

World: The hajj, or annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia begins.

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