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The Week Ahead: August 19-25

Czechoslovakia -- Youngsters holding a Czechoslovak flag stand atop an overturned truck as other Prague residents surround Soviet tanks in Prague, 21Aug1968
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 19:

Afghanistan: Independence Day.

Afghanistan/Pakistan: Turkey hosts joint Turkish-Afghan-Pakistani military exercises (to August 28).

Iran: The 60th anniversary of the 1953 coup d'état that overthrew Iran's democratically elected government and its prime minister, Mohammad Mosadegh.

Russia: The 22th anniversary of the August 1991 attempted coup that precipitated the collapse of the Soviet Union.

UN: World Humanitarian Day.

TUESDAY, August 20:

Georgia/U.S.: Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania pays an official visit to the United States.

Pakistan: Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf expected to appear before an antiterrorism court in Islamabad on charges of criminal conspiracy and the murder of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Tajikistan: UNESCO's Secretary-General Irina Bokova visits Dushanbe (to August 22).

Tajikistan: A high-level conference on water cooperation starts in Dushanbe (to August 22).

Ukraine: The 10th World Congress of Ukrainians opens in Lviv (to August 22).

WEDNESDAY, August 21:

Europe: 45th anniversary of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, which crushed the Prague Spring.

THURSDAY, August 22:

Russia: National Flag Day.

FRIDAY, August 23:

Europe: European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism.

Ukraine: National Flag Day.

UN: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

SATURDAY, August 24:

Ukraine: Independence Day.

Ukraine: Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida visits Kyiv and Chyornobyl (to August 26).

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