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The Week Ahead: August 13-19

August 17 - Final verdict to be announced in the case of Russian punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow.
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, August 13:

Belarus/Russia: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov visits Minsk (to August 15).

Georgia/Turkey: Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II visits Trabzon (to August 17).

U.S.: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman will travel to Beijing, Moscow, and London ( to August 18).

TUESDAY, August 14:

Azerbaijan: Baku hosts meeting of economic ministers of member countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States.

Iraq: Trial resumes for Iraqi fugitive Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi.

Pakistan: Independence Day.

Ukraine: The trial of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko resumes in Kharkiv.

Muslim World: An extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders opens in Mecca (to August 15).

Turkey: Ankara holds an extraordinary parliament session on Syria and Iraq.

WEDNESDAY, August 15:

Kyrgyzstan/Kazakhstan: Bishkek hosts a Week of Kazakh Films (to August 21).

THURSDAY, August 16:

Russia/Poland: Patriarch of All Russia Kirill visits Warsaw on mission of reconciliation with Poland's Catholics (to August 19).

Ukraine: The appeal hearing of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko due to begin in Kyiv.

FRIDAY, August 17:

Iran: Tehran hosts a government-backed rally in solidarity with Palestinians to mark Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

Russia: Final verdict to be announced in the case of Russian punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow.

SATURDAY, August 18:

Russia/U.S./Norway: The three countries hold the Northern Eagle-2012 joint naval drills.

SUNDAY, August 19:

Afghanistan: Independence Day.

Muslim World: Eid al-Fitr begins, marking the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Russia: Al-RTV, Russia's first public Muslim TV channel, goes on air.

UN: World Humanitarian Day.

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