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The Week Ahead: March 21-27

March 24 - World Tuberculosis Day.
March 24 - World Tuberculosis Day.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, March 21:

Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai to announce the transfer of security authority from coalition to Afghan forces.

Armenia: Croatian parliament speaker Luka Bebic visits Yerevan (to March 22).

Georgia: NATO Parliamentary Assembly President Karl Lamers visits Tbilisi (to March 22).

Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Egypt and Algeria (to March 22).

World: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

World: International Day of Norouz.

TUESDAY, March 22:

Afghanistan: UN Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution on the UNAMA's mission in Afghanistan.

Georgia: Croatian parliament speaker Luka Bebic pays a visit to Tbilisi (to March 24).

Russia: Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas visits Moscow, meets with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (to March 24).

Russia: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits Slovenia and Serbia (to March 23).

Russia/U.S.: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

World: World Water Day.

WEDNESDAY, March 23:

Afghanistan: Mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expires.

Kyrgyzstan: Trial of a brother of ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev is expected to begin.

Pakistan: Pakistan marks National Day.

World: World Meteorological Day.

THURSDAY, March 24:

Kazakhstan: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake travels to Astana (to March 25).

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev holds talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow.

Ukraine: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays an official visit to Vietnam, Singapore, and Brunei (to March 31).

World: World Tuberculosis Day.

FRIDAY, March 25:

Armenia: Yerevan hosts a meeting on cross-border cooperation among CIS countries.

SATURDAY, March 26:

Tajikistan: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon visits Iran.

World: Earth Hour - a global action for the environment urging turning off lights for 1 hour.

SUNDAY, March 27:

Azerbaijan: Member of British House of Lords Baroness Mary Goudie and the U.K.-Azerbaijan Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group visit Baku.

Iran: Tehran hosts Norouz Festival, attended by presidents of several neighboring countries, including Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan (to March 28).

World: Daylight Savings Time begins in Europe and other parts of the world.

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