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The Week Ahead: August 26 - September 1

August 30 marks the 50th anniversary of the hotline between Moscow and Washington.
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 26:

Afghanistan/Pakistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives in Islamabad for talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Belarus/Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa pays an official visit to Minsk (to August 27).

Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan: Experts from the two countries meet in Dushanbe to discuss Kyrgyz-Tajik border issues.

Russia: A Russian military delegation takes part in the U.S.-Canadian-Russian air-defense exercise Vigilant Eagle 2013 over the Bering Sea (to August 30).

Russia/Ukraine: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov meet in Moscow.

TUESDAY, August 27:

EU/Balkans: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meets with prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo in Brussels.

EU/Ukraine: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuev in Brussels.

Moldova: Independence Day.

Pakistan: Trial of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on charges of criminal conspiracy and the murder of ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto continues in Islamabad.

Ukraine: Kyiv hosts the 32nd Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships (to September 1).

U.S./Russia: The inaugural American-Russian Youth Summit opens in Seattle (to August 29).

WEDNESDAY, August 28:

Czech Republic: Czech President Milos Zeman formally dissolves parliament, setting the stage for early elections.

EU: Stockholm hosts a conference titled "Europe’s Role in the Global Power Shift," with the participation of Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Ukraine: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to discuss the political implications of recent threats made by Russia that it might restrict trade with Ukraine if the country signs association and free-trade agreements with the EU.

U.S.: The 50th anniversary of the Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

U.S./Russia/Syria: U.S. and Russian officials are scheduled to meet in The Hague to discuss the situation in Syria. The meeting has reportedly been postponed.

World: 70th Venice Film Festival opens (to September 7).

THURSDAY, August 29:

EU/Azerbaijan: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Azerbaijani Minister of Economic Development Shahin Mustafaev in Brussels.

EU/Ukraine: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with representatives of the Ukrainian opposition in Brussels.

UN: International Day Against Nuclear Tests.

FRIDAY, August 30:

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The 70th anniversary of the founding of the Bosnian daily "Oslobodjenje" (Liberation).

Tajikistan: The date of the presidential election is expected to be announced at a joint meeting of both chambers of the Tajik parliament in Dushanbe.

UN: International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances.

U.S./Baltics: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the three Baltic presidents at the White House.

U.S./Russia: The 50th anniversary of the hotline between Moscow and Washington, which was intended to help prevent an accidental war.

SATURDAY, August 31:

Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day.

Russia: The fifth anniversary of the assassination of Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of the outspoken opposition website

SUNDAY, September 1:

Russia: The ninth anniversary of the start of the school siege in Beslan that took the lives of more than 330 hostages, more than half of them children.

Uzbekistan: Independence Day.

World: Stockholm hosts World Water Week 2013 (to September 6).

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