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June 12-July 13: Brazil hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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MONDAY, June 9:

Iran/EU/U.S.: Diplomats from the United States and the European Union hold talks with Iranian negotiators in Geneva (to June 10).

Iran/Turkey: Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits Ankara.

Kazakhstan: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Suma Chakrabarti visits Astana and Almaty (to June 13).

Pakistan/Nigeria: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain visits Abuja, capital of Nigeria (to June 12).

Russia/Finland: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Helsinki (to June 10).

Tajikistan/Latvia: Latvian President Adris Berzins visits Dushanbe (to June 11).

U.S./Afghanistan/Pakistan: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Shaping the Future? The Role of the Regional Powers in Afghanistan and Pakistan."

TUESDAY, June 10:

Europe: World Economic Forum (WEF) launches the latest edition of its Europe 2020 Competitiveness Report.

EU/Eastern Partnership: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele attends dinner with senior officials from Eastern Partnership Countries in Brussels.

Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier meet in St. Petersburg.

UK: British Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Angelina Jolie co-chair the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London (to June 13).


Kazakhstan: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Fatema Sumar visits Astana (to June 13).

Moldova/EU: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso visits Chisinau (to June 12).

Moldova/EU: EU-Moldova International Investors' Conference opens in Chisinau (to June 12).

Serbia: Serbian Prime Minister Alexandar Vucic meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Serbia/Belarus: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is scheduled to visit Belgrade.

THURSDAY, June 12:

Brazil: Brazil hosts the 2014 FIFA World Cup (to July 13)

Georgia/EU: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso visits Tbilisi, meets with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Russia: Russia Day.

UN: World Day Against Child Labor.

U.S.: New York hosts the annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival (to June 22).

FRIDAY, June 13:

Azerbaijan/EU: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso visits Baku (to June 15).

Georgia/EU: EU-Georgia International Investors' Conference opens in Tbilisi.

SATURDAY, June 14:

Afghanistan: Second round of the country's presidential election.

WHO: World Blood Donor Day

SUNDAY, June 15:

: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Minsk (to June 16).
Just a bit less modern than what the Ukrainian Army has....
Pro-Russian separatists in the Ukrainian village of Konstantynovka have managed to fix up a World War II-era tank at a war memorial and send it into combat, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.
"Our craftsmen have managed to start the engine of the IS-3 tank displayed on a platform in the park. The tank is being prepared and will engage in the combat soon," the press service of the unrecognized Donetsk People's Republic told Interfax.
If this is the tank in the video below, it's hard to say how effective this may prove to be:

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