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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29

** JERUSALEM – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare visit to Israel for talks on economic and security issues with Israel’s defense chief, with few prospects for any resumption of long-stalled peace negotiations. ** MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko meet in Russia – 1000 GMT.

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MOSCOW – Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will pay a working visit to Russia for an informal summit of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (final day).

FRIDAY, DEC. 31

** KAMPALA – Uganda President Yoweri Museveni gives address on COVID-19 situation, containment measures – 1700 GMT. SATURDAY, JAN. 1 TALLINN – 12th anniversary of adoption of the euro by Estonia. – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, JAN. 2 SAUDI ARABIA – Stage of Dakar Rally 2022 (To. Jan. 14) – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, JAN. 4 VIENNA – 24th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting via Videoconference. BURMA – 74th anniversary of Burma’s independence. – – – – – – – – –

THURSDAY, JAN. 6 SYDNEY – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida departs for Sydney, Australia to meet his counterpart Prime Minister Scott Morrison to strengthen Japan-Australia cooperation. PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes the president of the European Commission Ursula van der Leyen and the European commissioners in Paris, to mark the beginning of the 6-month French presidency of the European Union. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, JAN. 7 NAYPYIDAW – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen will visit Myanmar. (To Jan. 8) PALM SPRINGS, Ca – 32th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (To Jan. 18). PHNOM PENH – The ruling Cambodian People’s Party celebrates the 43rd anniversary of the victory over the Khmer Rouge regime. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, JAN. 11 WASHINGTON/MOSCOW – 11th Anniversary of U.S.-Russia civilian nuclear cooperation agreement. – – – – – – – – – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12

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** ABU DHABI – UAE Energy Forum. Speakers at the UAE Energy Forum to include the Emirati energy minister, OPEC’s secretary-general and the CEO of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. ** BREST, France – Informal meeting of EU defense ministers (to Jan. 13). HAITI – 12th anniversary of Haiti’s magnitude 7 earthquake that destroyed much of the Haitian capital. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, JAN. 13 BREST – EU Foreign ministers gather in Brest for an informal meeting to discuss international affairs. The meeting is chaired by the High Representative and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell (to Jan. 14). MADRID – Spain’s economy minister, Nadia Calvino, speaks at Forum Europe meeting organized by Nueva Economia – 0800 GMT. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, JAN. 14 BRUSSELS – European Motor Show Brussels 2022 (to Jan. 23). TUNISIA – 12th Anniversary of ousting of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, JAN. 17 BRUSSELS – Eurogroup Meeting. ABU DHABI – World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2022 (to Jan. 19). DAVOS, Switzerland – World Economic Forum 2022 Annual Meeting (to Jan 21). – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, JAN. 18 BRUSSELS – EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council. – – – – – – – – – FRIDAY, JAN. 21 DAVOS, Switzerland – World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, JAN. 24 LIBYA – President election. TRIPOLI – Election for Libyan house of representatives. BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council. LOME, Togo – World Day for African and Afrodescendant Culture. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, JAN. 25 BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council. EGYPT – 11th Anniversary of beginning of Egyptian revolution, a series of mass popular protests leading to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

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STOCKHOLM – Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway pay an official visit to Sweden (to Jan. 28). – – – – – – – – –

SUNDAY, JAN. 30

LISBON – Portugal holds general election.

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MONDAY, JAN. 31

LOS ANGELES – 64th Annual Grammy Awards – – – – – – – – –

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2

GLOBAL – World Wetlands Day. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 4

GLOBAL – World Cancer Day. – – – – – – – – –

SATURDAY, FEB. 5

SAPPORO, Japan – 2022 Sapporo Snow Festival (to Feb. 12). – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, FEB. 6 GLOBAL – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. COSTA RICA – Costa Rican Legislative Assembly Election. COSTA RICA – Presidential Election. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, FEB. 8

GLOBAL – Safer Internet Day 2022 – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, FEB. 10

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BERLIN – 72nd Berlin International Film Festival (to Feb. 20). – – – – – – – – – SATURDAY, FEB. 12

VENICE, Italy – Venice Carnival 2022 (to Mar. 1). – – – – – – – – – SUNDAY, FEB. 13

BEIRUT – 14th anniversary of the death of Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyah.

GLOBAL – World Radio Day. – – – – – – – – – MONDAY, FEB. 14

GLOBAL – Valentine’s Day.

BEIRUT – 17th anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. – – – – – – – – – THURSDAY, FEB. 17

PRISTINA – 14th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia. BRUSSELS – Brussels hosts the European Union – African Union summit. (To Feb. 18)

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MONDAY, FEB. 21

BRUSSELS – EU Foreign Affairs Council. – – – – – – – – – TUESDAY, FEB. 22

BRUSSELS – EU General Affairs Council. – – – – – – – – –

FRIDAY, FEB. 25

RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio Carnival 2022. (to Mar. 5). – – – – – – – – – Feb 27 MALI – Mali Presidential Election. MALI – Malian National Assembly.

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