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The Week Ahead: April 15-21

April 17: Funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher takes place in London.
April 17: Funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher takes place in London.
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 April 15:

EU: European Parliament Plenary Session opens in Strasbourg (to April 18).

EU/Balkans: European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton visits Montenegro, Albania, and Macedonia.

Kyrgyzstan: United Nations Special Rapporteur Najat Maalla M'jid visits Kyrgyzstan to investigate the sale and sexual exploitation of children (to April 26).

OSCE/South Caucasus: Ukraine's special representative to OSCE Andriy Deschytsia visits Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia (to April 17).

Russia/U.S.: U.S. President Obama's national security adviser Thomas Donilon visits Moscow, meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other Russian officials.

UK: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office publishes its 2012 Human Rights and Democracy report.

UN: Committee on Rights of Migrant Workers holds its 18th session in Geneva (to April 26).

UN/Russia: UN Special Rapporteur Gabriela Knaul visits Russia to assess the independence of the judiciary in the country (to April 25).

U.S.: 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists to be announced in New York.

Uzbekistan/Russia: Uzbek President Islam Karimov visits Moscow and meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday April 16:

EU/Balkans: European Commission presents its reports on Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia.

Kazakhstan/Finland: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto makes a state visit to Kazakhstan (to April 18).

OSCE/Ukraine: Officials and experts from 57 OSCE states meet in Kyiv to discuss the environmental impact of energy activities (to April 17).

Russia: Sberbank of Russia hosts the sixth Russia Forum in Moscow (to April 19).

UK/Russia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Trends in Civil Society in Russia."

Wednesday April 17:

Azerbaijan: UN Committee on Rights of Migrant Workers reviews Azerbaijan report at the committee's 18th session in Geneva (to April 18).

Czech Republic: Prague Writers' Festival opens (to April 19).

EU: European Parliment is scheduled to discuss the progress reports on Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo.

Russia: The trial of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is scheduled to begin in Kirov.

Russia/Turkey: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Turkey, meets with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu.

Serbia: European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is expected to visit Belgrade.

UK: Funeral for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher takes place in London.

World: World Hemophilia Day.

Thursday April 18:

Qatar: Ninth Al-Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival opens in Doha (to April 21).

World: Global Security Forum opens in Bratislava (to April 20).

World: American weekly news magazine "Time" publishes its annual list of the top 100 most influential people in the world.

Friday April 19:

Belarus: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka delivers the annual state-of-the-nation address before parliament.

Georgia: President Mikheil Saakashvili's United National Movement holds a protest rally in Tbilisi.

Saturday April 20:

Iraq: Local elections.

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