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The Week Ahead: October 15-21

October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
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, October 15:

Armenia/Russia: Armenian National Security Council Secretary Arthur Baghdasaryan visits Moscow.

Azerbaijan: The 20th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to be held in Baku.

EU: Luxembourg hosts an EU foreign ministers meeting to discuss the latest developments in Belarus, Georgia, Iran, and Syria.

EU/Georgia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze in Luxembourg.

Iran/Azerbaijan: Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi visits Baku to attend a meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Kyrgyzstan: OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek arrives for a working visit in Kyrgyzstan (to October 18).

Ukraine: A Kharkiv court resumes hearing a criminal case against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

UN: 106th session of the Human Rights Committee begins in Geneva (to November 2).

UN: International Day of Rural Women.

World: The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2012 to be announced in Stockholm.

World: The 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

TUESDAY, October 16:

Azerbaijan: Leaders of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey attend the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in Baku.

Balkans: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) starts Goran Hadzic’s trial and Radovan Karadzic’s defense case in The Hague.

EU/Croatia/Serbia: The European Medal of Tolerance to be awarded to Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and former Serbian President Boris Tadic in Brussels.

Uzbekistan/France: Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov visits Paris.

UN: World Food Day.

WEDNESDAY, October 17:

Russia: Russian Internet Week (RIW-2012) opens in Moscow.

UN: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

THURSDAY, October 18:

Azerbaijan: Independence Day.

EU: European Union summit opens in Brussels (to October 19).

Georgia: NATO Secretary-General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai visits Tbilisi.

UN: Security Council members vote on a temporary seat at the Security Council.

SATURDAY, October 20:

Georgia: First session of the new parliament starts in Kutaisi.

Russia: Russian Opposition Council elections (to October 21).

SUNDAY, October 21:

Czech Republic: The 16th annual Forum 2000 conference gathers global leaders from politics, academia, religion, business, and civil society to discuss key issues facing our civilization (to October 23).

World: Berlin hosts the World Health Summit 2012 (to October 24).

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