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The Week Ahead: January 9-15

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad makes a four-country tour of Latin American nations this week.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad makes a four-country tour of Latin American nations this week.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, January 9:

Azerbaijan/NATO: Azerbaijan attends a NATO Multinational Peace Support Operations Planning Course in Vyskov, Czech Republic (to February 17).

EU: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet in Berlin to discuss ways to overcome the EU financial crisis.

Iran/Venezuela: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Caracas, meets with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Middle East: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meet for the next round of direct talks in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

TUESDAY, January 10:

Iran/Nicaragua: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad attends the inauguration of Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega in Managua.

U.S./China: U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner holds talks with Chinese high officials in Beijing with focus on Iran (to January 10).

WEDNESDAY, January 11:

Iran/Cuba: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is expected to visit Cuba.

Iran/Czech Republic: First Festival of Iranian films in Prague begins in the Czech capital (to January 15).

U.S./Guantanamo: Amnesty International publishes a report to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

World: World Economic Forum launches its Global Risks 2012 report.

THURSDAY, January 12:

EU/Belarus: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the EU-Belarus relationship in Brussels.

Iran/Ecuador: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad visits Quito.

OSCE: Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, whose country assumed the 2012 chairmanship of the OSCE, outlines his program for the OSCE in Vienna.

World: 2012 Index of Economic Freedom to be released by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal.

FRIDAY, January 13:

UN/Lebanon: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Beirut (to January 15).

SUNDAY, January 15:

Kazakhstan: Parliamentary elections.

Moldova: Moldovan parliament is scheduled to try to elect a new president.

Russia/Ukraine: Russia and Ukraine are expected to resume gas talks.

UN: Beirut hosts a conference on reform and transition to democracy in the Arab world (to January 16).

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