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January 22-25: Switzerland hosts the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos.
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MONDAY, January 20:

Balkans: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to review and vote on the 2013 progress reports on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Montenegro (to January 21).

Belarus/China: Belarusian Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich visits China (to January 23).

Georgia/Turkey: Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili makes an official visit to Ankara (to January 21).

EU: The EU Foreign Affairs Council opens in Brussels.

Iran: A nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is scheduled to enter into force.

Iraq/EU: The first EU-Iraq Cooperation Council, co-chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas, opens in Brussels.

World: Abu Dhabi holds the World Future Energy Summit (to January 22).


TUESDAY, January 21:

EU: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels is scheduled to discuss Iraq, the Eastern Partnership, the EU strategy towards Iran.

EU/Serbia: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic visits Brussels for the formal start of the country’s European Union membership talks.

EU/Turkey: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Brussels for talks with EU officials.

IMF: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) releases its outlook for the world economy.

Uzbekistan: European Union Special Representative for Central Asia Patricia Flor visits Tashkent (to January 23).

World: Human Rights Watch publishes its annual World Report.

World: The International Labor Organization (ILO) publishes its annual report on global employment trends 2014.


WEDNESDAY, January 22:

EU/Russia: The European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights holds a public hearing on the human rights situation in Russia.

Syria: International peace conference on Syria is scheduled to begin in Montreux and then move to Geneva (to January 24).

Russia/NATO: Russian Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov attends the NATO-Russia Council in Brussels.

NATO: Brussels hosts the NATO Chiefs of Defense meeting (to January 23).

World: Switzerland hosts the World Economic Forum summit in Davos (to January 25).

U.S./Russia: The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Gallup host in Washington a research briefing on media use in Russia.


THURSDAY, January 23:

Moldova: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Chisinau.

Russia: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva is scheduled to review Russia (January 24).

Ukraine: Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko is planning to attend the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.

U.S./Iraq: The Brookings Institution in Washington hosts a conversation with Iraqi Council of Representatives speaker Usama al-Nujayfi to discuss the current crisis in Iraq.

World: Freedom House releases its annual Freedom in the World report.

FRIDAY, January 24:

Culture: The Goteborg Film Festival opens with an extensive focus on Russia (to February 3).

Iran: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) hosts an extraordinary meeting to discuss Iran's nuclear freeze.

Russia/Tajikistan: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov visits Dushanbe.
Environmentalists have shared photos of at least two snow leopards that were captured on film in Uzbekistan.

The images are the first photographic evidence of the endangered cats' presence in that Central Asian country, on the western edge of their known habitat.

The Panthera and WWF conservation groups said in a statement the leopards were caught on cameras placed in the Hissar Nature Reserve in late 2013.

They are "expert at navigating the steep and rocky alpine regions of Central Asia...reconizable by [their] long tail and almost-white coat, spotted with large black rosettes," according to WWF Global.

They are increasingly victims of habitat loss and hunting, according to wildlife experts.

Panthera and WWF said:

In November and December of 2013, a team of rangers and biologists led by Bakhtiyor Aromov and Yelizaveta Protas, in collaboration with global wild cat conservation organization, Panthera, and WWF Central Asia Program, conducted a snow leopard camera trap study in the Kizilsu area of Gissar Nature Reserve, on the border of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Images taken through the study have confirmed the presence of at least two individual snow leopards in the region, along with other large predators – lynx and bear – and an abundance of prey animals, including ibex, wild boar, and hare.

Images taken through the study confirmed the presence of other predators and a number of prey animals, including ibex, wild boars, and hares, Panthera said.

The statements said the confirmed presence of snow leopards in the westernmost part of the species’ range and the availability of prey "provides hope for the survival" of the snow leopard.

An estimated 3,500-7,000 of the species remain in 12 countries across Asia.

The Hissar Nature Reserve abuts the western part of the Pamir Mountains.

Snow leopards are a prized target for poachers, who can sell their pelts for more than $1,000.

WWF and Panthera said in their statement:

Alexandr Grigoryants, Executive Director of the State Biocontrol Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, commented, “The State Biocontrol Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan is particularly focused on the protection and increasing the numbers of rare and endangered fauna in Uzbekistan. Thanks to the hard work of the reserve employees, and with the active help of state protection officers and international conservation organizations, such as WWF, UNDP, Panthera and others, the population numbers of endangered animals in Uzbekistan will increase.”



-- Antoine Blua

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