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The Week Ahead: August 5-11

August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
August 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
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 5:

Armenia: Armenia's Criminal Court of Appeal holds a hearing into the case of activists Tigran Arakelyan, Artak Karapetyan, Sargis Gevorgyan, and Davit Kiramijyan, who were sentenced to imprisonment on July 20, 2012.

Azerbaijan/U.S.: Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev visits the United States.

Belarus/Venezuela: Minsk hosts a meeting of the Belarus-Venezuela high-level commission.

Russia: Moscow Municipal Court opens a new trial into the killing of prominent Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

World: The 50th anniversary of the signing of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

TUESDAY, August 6:

Pakistan: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf expected to be charged with the alleged murder of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Russia/Italy: The Russian and Italian foreign and defense ministers hold a meeting in the 2+2 format in Rome.

Africa: Zambia hosts the Africa Endeavor 2013, an annual joint combined communications exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command.

WEDNESDAY, August 7:

Czech Republic: The Czech parliament holds a vote of confidence in the new cabinet formed by allies of President Milos Zeman.

Georgia/Russia: The countries mark the fifth anniversary of the start of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war.

Kazakhstan/China: Astana hosts a signing ceremony of a tourism cooperation agreement between China and Kazakhstan.

World: The Locarno International Film Festival opens with special focus on the South Caucasus countries (to August 17).

THURSDAY, August 8:

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

FRIDAY, August 9:

Russia/U.S.: The Russian foreign and defense ministers and their U.S. counterparts are scheduled to hold a meeting in the 2+2 format in Washington.

UN: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

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