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The Week Ahead: January 3-9

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.
Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, January 3:

Pakistan: Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani holds talks with opposition leaders in a bid to avert a political crisis after a key party left the ruling coalition.

TUESDAY, January 4:

Afghanistan/Pakistan: Afghanistan's High Peace Council holds talks with Pakistan's leadership as part of an effort to find a diplomatic solution to the nearly decade-old Taliban insurgency.

WEDNESDAY, January 5:

Afghanistan: Italian Minister of Defense Ignazio la Russa visits Afghanistan.

Iran/Iraq: Iran's acting Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Iraq to boost bilateral ties between the two neighbors.

Russia: Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov visits Iturup, the largest island in the Southern Kuriles.

THURSDAY, January 6:

Iraq: 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Iraqi Army.

FRIDAY, January 7:

World: Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas.

SUNDAY, January 9:

Kosovo: Kosovo holds re-run of parliamentary voting in five municipalities.

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