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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM

?Thursday, March 28:

ROME — Pope celebrates Holy Thursday by going to a prison and making the humble gesture of washing the feet of several inmates.

MANDALUYONG, Philippines — In preparation for Good Friday, religious flagellants walk barefoot and whip their backs as atonement for sins committed or as sacrifice in return for blessings received.

PARIS — French President Francois Hollande faces a public that increasingly dislikes him in a televised interview where he may admit what a mess the economy is in.

BEIJING - China's Ministry of Defense holds its monthly press conference with possible comments on recent weapons purchases from Russia and alleged firing on Vietnamese fishing boat by Chinese naval vessels.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Thai government, southern Muslim militant group hold peace talks in Kuala Lumpur.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A space craft carrying NASA's Christopher Cassidy and two Russian cosmonauts blasts off for a quicker than usual trip to the International Space Station. Instead of taking two days to reach the orbiting station, they are scheduled to dock less than four hours later, the first time a space crew has taken such a direct route.

BANGLADESH — Opposition parties call for general strike to demand the release of over 150 activists detained earlier this month.

MUNSAN — South Korean army soldiers hold an anti-terrorism drill.

INDIA — Strike called by separatists demanding the body of Kashmiri Afzal Guru, who was executed in a New Delhi jail last month.

TOKYO — The ghost-town streets of post-nuclear disaster Fukushima are being delivered as panoramic images on Street View from Google.

SANTIAGO, Chile — Students stage the year's first wide protest for free education. The march will be a good gauge of the movement's strength ahead of this year's presidential election. After nearly two years of mass protests that raised hopes across Chile for education reform, few students have seen any real benefits.

BANGKOK — Verdict expected for a Thai man, Akachai Hongkangwan, charged with lese majeste for selling video CDs of an Australian TV news segment about Thailand's monarchy. Thailand's lese majeste laws are considered the harshest in the world, with mandatory punishments ranging from three to 15 years in jail.

WASHINGTON — Congress on break until the week of April 8.

PARIS — OECD launches its interim economic outlook. OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan will present the near-term prospects for the G7 economies alongside the Interim Economic Assessment, which helps evaluate the extent to which projections and analysis from the OECD's November 2012 Economic Outlook are still on track.

TOKYO — Panasonic Corp. outlines a business plan to get out of massive red ink that may possibly include pulling the plug on its plasma TVs.

GOYANG — Seoul Motor Show.

BERLIN — Federal Labor Agency releases March unemployment figures for Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims; Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates.

?Friday, March 29:

KARACHI, Pakistan — Hearing scheduled for former President Pervez Musharraf in cases pertaining to the deaths of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a Baluch leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti. He is accused of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto and for being involved in the death of Bugti, who died under mysterious circumstances.

ROME — Pope re-enacts the final hours of Jesus' life with the traditional Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Colosseum.

PHILIPINES — About a dozen Filipinos re-enact Jesus Christ's crucifixion in an annual ritual on Good Friday that attracts tourists but is frowned upon by the Catholic Church.

BUENOS AIRES — Deadline for Argentina to present to appellate court its proposal for paying the plaintiffs in its billion-dollar debt showdown. Argentine officials have said they will pay the so-called "vulture funds" no more than what it pays to other bondholders who relieved the country's debt burden years ago. The outcome could either save or ruin Argentina's shaky economy.

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for February.

NEW YORK — U.S. stock markets closed for Good Friday.

?Saturday, March 30:

VATICAN CITY — Pope marks the solemnest moment on the church's liturgical calendar with an Easter Vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica.

?Sunday, March 31:

VATICAN CITY — Pope celebrates Easter Sunday with a Mass and his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" speech, Latin for "to the city and the world."

?Monday, April 1:

NUSA DUA — Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and his Australian counterpart, Bob Carr, to attend the fifth Bali Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime.

?Tuesday, April 2:

MADRID — Monthly unemployment figures released.

?Wednesday, April 3:

Nothing major added.

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