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The Week Ahead: January 24-30

World commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
World commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, January 24:

Armenia/Azerbaijan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hosts a meeting between his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts in Moscow.

Belarus: Situation in Belarus to be discussed during winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg.

Iraq: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres visits Baghdad.

PACE: Progress reports on Azerbaijan and Moldova are on the agenda of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) session in Strasbourg.

Pakistan/Russia: Security talks between Pakistan and Russia start in Islamabad (to January 25).

Russia/Tatarstan: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars holds a discussion titled: "Kazan's New Spirit: Lasting Social Effects Of Tatarstan's Sovereignty Movement."

Ukraine: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes an official visit to Kyiv (to January 25).

Uzbekistan/EU: Uzbek President Islam Karimov visits Brussels.
Background: "Uzbek President Visits Brussels Amid Protests By Rights Groups" (RFE/RL)

World: Human Rights Watch releases its annual review of human rights situations around the world.

TUESDAY, January 25:

Iraq: Thousands of pilgrims descend on Karbala for annual religious rituals that mark the seventh-century death of one of Shi'ite Muslims' most revered figures.

Kosovo: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) holds a session on the inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo.

Russia: Russia's State Duma expected to hold its third and final vote on ratification of new START treaty.

WEDNESDAY, January 26:

Azerbaijan: Atlantic Council holds discussion on realizing gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz project.

EU: The role of Russian gas in Europe's energy future is on the agenda of the European Gas Conference in Vienna.

Russia/NATO: NATO-Russia Council meeting at ambassador level begins in Brussels.

Serbia: Serbian President Boris Tadic delivers a speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) winter session in Strasbourg.

World: The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum opens in Davos (to January 30).

THURSDAY, January 27:

World: International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

FRIDAY, January 28:

Germany/Afghanistan: German parliament votes on one-year extension of Germany's deployment of troops in Afghanistan.

SUNDAY, January 30:

Kazakhstan: Seventh Winter Asian Games opens in Kazakhstan (to February 6).

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