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The Week Ahead: December 20-26

Christian pilgrims gather for Christmas midnight mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24.

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

MONDAY, December 20:

Russia/India: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pays an official visit to India (to December 22).

World: International Human Solidarity Day.

TUESDAY, December 21:

Russia/India: New Delhi hosts the 11th annual India-Russia summit.

Turkey: Ankara hosts media forum for Turkic-speaking nations. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan to participate. (to December 22).

WEDNESDAY, December 22:

Afghanistan: The UN Security Council meets in New York to discuss the UN mission in Afghanistan, whose mandate is due to expire in March 2011.

Armenia/Russia: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian meet in St. Peterburg.

Iran/Turkey: Iran's new acting foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Istanbul.

THURSDAY, December 23:

Iran/Turkey: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Istanbul to attend a meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Turkey: Istanbul hosts the summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), a regional group comprising Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, and all five Central Asia nations.

FRIDAY, December 24:

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev due to appear live on television to address Russians on the results of the outgoing year.

: Presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey hold trilateral talks in Istanbul.

World: Christian pilgrims gather for Christmas midnight mass in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

SATURDAY, December 25:

Iraq: Constitutional deadline for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to form a government.

World: Western-rite Christians celebrate Christmas.

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