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The Week Ahead: October 7-13

Pakistan - Malala Yousafzai (2nd R), is introduced before her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, July 12, 2013.
Pakistan - Malala Yousafzai (2nd R), is introduced before her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, July 12, 2013.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, October 7:

Azerbaijan/PACE: A 32-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visits Azerbaijan to observe the presidential election (to October 10).

EU: European Parliament plenary session opens in Strasbourg (to October 10).

Russia: Seventh anniversary of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya murder.

Serbia/Kosovo: A meeting between prime ministers Ivica Dacic and Hashim Thaci begins in Brussels.

Tajikistan/Russia: Russian State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin visits Dushanbe.

Ukraine/Belarus: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov visits Minsk (to October 8).

Ukraine/Poland: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits Krakow (to October 8).

UN: World Habitat Day.

World: The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 announced in Stockholm.

TUESDAY, October 8:

EU/Armenia: Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian visits Brussels, meets with the European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Poland: Krakow hosts an informal meeting of presidents of the Arraiolos Group, which includes Austria, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, and Italy (to October 9).

World: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 announced in Stockholm.

WEDNESDAY, October 9:

Azerbaijan: Presidential election.

EU/Armenia: European Parliament votes on the agreement between the European Union and Armenia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

Pakistan: One year ago Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen.

Ukraine/Turkey: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits Ankara.

UK/South Caucasus: The Foreign Policy Center in London hosts a discussion titled "Nagorno-Karabakh: Avoiding War and Working for Peace in the South Caucasus."

UN: World Post Day.

World: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013 announced in Stockholm.

THURSDAY, October 10:

Azerbaijan: A joint preliminary statement on the findings of the international election observation mission to be made public in a press conference in Baku.

EU: The winner of the 2013 Sakharov Prize announced in Strasbourg.

EU/Bosnia-Herzegovina: Brussels hosts a meeting of the High-Level Dialogue on the accession process with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

EU/Russia: European Parliament holds a debate on rule of law and human rights in Russia.

Global: World Sight Day.

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek hosts an international conference on Afghanistan.

U.S./South Caucasus: Hudson Institute in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Rise of Radical Islamism in the South Caucasus."

WHO: World Mental Health Day.

World: International Day Against the Death Penalty.

World: The Nobel Prize in Literature 2013 expected to be announced in Stockholm.

FRIDAY, October 11:

Culture: Warsaw Film Festival opens (to October 20).

EU/Ukraine: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Kyiv.

NATO: Dubrovnik hosts the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 59th annual session (to October 14).

Ukraine: The Pokrov International Orthodox Film Festival opens in Kyiv (to October 14).

Ukraine/Uzbekistan: OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara visits Tashkent (to October 13).

World: The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 announced in Oslo.

SUNDAY, October 13:

UN: International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction.

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