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The Week Ahead: January 31 - February 6

U.S. hikers held in Iran and charged with espionage and illegally crossing the border are expected to appear in court on February 6.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, January 31:

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Bosnian political leaders meet to discuss the formation of central government.

EU: EU Foreign Affairs Council meets to discuss Belarus, Iran, the Middle East, and Russia.

Pakistan: United States Institute of Peace holds a conference titled: "The Future of Pakistan" in Washington.

Russia: Russian opposition to hold a rally in Moscow’s Triumph Square and other Russian cities.

TUESDAY, February 1:

Azerbaijan/Greece: Meeting of Azerbaijan-Greece intergovernmental commission.

Russia: A monument to Russia’s first president, Boris Yeltsin, to be unveiled in Yekaterinburg as part of the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of Boris Yeltsin's birth.

Kyrgyzstan: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to visit Bishkek for talks on trade and investment (to February 2).

Ukraine: IMF mission visits Kyiv to review its loan program with the country.

World: World Interfaith Harmony Week.

WEDNESDAY, February 2:

Georgia: Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze to visit Luxembourg.

Iraq: Overseas Security Advisory Council holds meeting in Baghdad.

Belarus: Poland to host conference to aid Belarusian opposition.

Russia: Investment bank Troika Dialog holds an international conference billed as the Russian Davos in Moscow (to February 4).

THURSDAY, February 3:

Ukraine: Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister on Economic Affairs Serhiy Tihipko visits Slovakia to study pension reform.

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays a state visit to Poland (to February 4).

FRIDAY, February 4:

World: World Cancer Day.

World: The 47th Munich Security Conference brings together senior figures from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges (to February 6).

SATURDAY, February 5:

Iran: The 29th Fajr International Film Festival opens in Tehran (to February 15).

SUNDAY, February 6:

Iran: U.S. hikers held in Iran and charged with espionage and illegally crossing the border are expected to appear in court.

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