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Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 6:30 AM

?Thursday, March 14:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Testimony from alleged victims of the regime of Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier resumes. Haiti's court of appeals will hear testimony from four others before a three-judge panel rules on whether the former dictator should be prosecuted for human rights abuse charges or embezzlement charges.

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin to meet with visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for discussions that the Kremlin says will include prospects for the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli talks.

PARIS — G-8 Foreign Ministers summit.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama meets with Senate Republicans on U.S. budget problems.

NEW YORK — U.N. Security Council meeting on Libya sanctions.

ROVANIEMI, Finland — Nordic defense ministers' biennial meeting. Items include defense cooperation, Arctic security. Through March 15.

CANBERRA — Global miner BHP Billiton is denying it violated anti-corruption laws through its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics

WASHINGTON — Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on border security.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Conservative Political Action Conference begins.

LOS ANGELES — Court hearing for Ammar Harris, wanted in Las Vegas on murder and attempted murder charges after the Feb. 21 shooting and crash on the Las Vegas strip.

TOKYO — Japan's Prince Hisahito, only boy among four grandchildren of Emperor Akihito, graduates from kindergarten.

TOKYO — Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Japan's emperor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on his official visit to Japan.

MADRID — Ruling of the European Court of Justice expected with possible recommendations for Spain on his evictions law.

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan foreign minister scheduled to give press conference.

HONG KONG — Winner of the annual Man Asia literary prize is announced.

NEW DELHI — Fashion week continues. Through Monday.

TOKYO — Japan's parliament expected either today or Friday to approve Haruhiko Kuroda, the Asian Development Bank president, as governor of the central bank, bringing on what most in Japan expect to be an era of extreme accommodation in monetary policy to pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for easy money to help re-inflate the sluggish economy.

BRUSSELS — EU heads of government hold summit on the state of the economy in the European Union and may have a vigorous debate on austerity vs. growth. Through Friday.

SEOUL — The Bank of Korea holds a meeting to decide a benchmark call rate.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Automaker Volkswagen releases full-year earnings figures for 2012.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, releases full-year earnings figures for 2012.

MADRID — Spain looks to make the most of falling borrowing costs in recent months by holding auction of bonds maturing in 2029, 2040 and 2041.

?Friday, March 15:

MOSCOW — A Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Evgeny Tarelkin is to land on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The three men will have spent 143 days in space since launching from the Baikonur cosmodrome on Oct. 23.

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected to announce a decision to pursue participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite vociferous protests from the farm lobby that is the main bastion of support for the Liberal Democratic Party. The decision reflects the tough political, economic and diplomatic realities facing Japan, but also a willingness by both Tokyo and Washington to horse-trade on protections.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Despite avoiding the worst the global economic downturn, the number of homeless on the streets of Rio keeps rising — up 32 percent since 2010. Officials think the rise is mostly connected to a crack epidemic sweeping Brazil.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Mitt Romney, the defeated 2012 Republican presidential candidate, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

NEW YORK — Ahmed Ferhani in court after New York synagogue bomb plot guilty plea.

BRANSON, Missouri — World's steepest wood roller coaster opens.

?Saturday, March 16:

HARARE — Zimbabwe is set to vote in a referendum on a new constitution, followed by national elections later in the year.

ISLAMABAD — Likely date when the Pakistani government will dissolve Parliament and call new elections.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate defeated in 2008, speaks on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference

?Sunday, March 17:

ISTANBUL — P5+1 Talks on Iran's nuclear program, involving the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and Iran.

?Monday, March 18:

DHAKA — Nationwide strike called by opposition to denounce trials of several opposition politicians accused of mass killings and atrocities during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

HAMBANTOTA — Sri Lanka's second international airport opens.

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan's military court resumes trial of 11 men suspected of links to al-Qaida and charged with a foiled plot to attack the U.S. Embassy and shopping malls in Jordan.

HONG KONG — The 7th annual Asian Film Awards winners are announced.

SAO PAULO — Fashion Week. Through March 22.

?Tuesday, March 19:

ATLANTA — President Barack Obama to deliver commencement speech at Morehouse College.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Automaker BMW releases full-year earnings figures for 2012.

BERLIN — Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe's biggest economy.

?Wednesday, March 20:

BAGHDAD — Tenth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

GENEVA — The International Air Transport Association gives its annual outlook for the airline industry.

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