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Last Updated: Monday, 19 February 2007, 08:16 GMT
The world this week
A look at what could be dominating the headlines around the world this week - and some key background on those events.


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Deng anniversary: It is 10 years since the death of Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader credited with opening up the country to economic reform. He also crushed the Tiananmen Square student protests of 1989.

Face to face: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brings Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas together in Jerusalem for rare direct peace talks.

Armenian visit: French President Jacques Chirac receives his Armenian counterpart, Robert Kocharyan, in Paris. French MPs voted last year to make denial of Turkey's "genocide" of Armenians during World War I a crime.

Diana inquest: Mohamed Al Fayed challenges the decision not to appoint a jury for Princess Diana's inquest. Lawyers for the businessman, whose son Dodi was killed along with Diana in a car crash, will argue in a judicial review that the coroner, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, cannot be seen as impartial. The full inquest is due to start in May.

Mexican protest: Miners strike for 24 hours in protest at what they say is the state's failure to take proper action against the Grupo Mexico company, responsible for Pasta de Conchos coal mine where 65 miners were killed in an explosion one year ago.

Battle royal: France's Socialist candidate for president, Segolene Royal, takes two hours of live questions from the public on TV as her opinion poll ratings fall amid gaffes and squabbles. She has promised an overhaul of her campaign this week to beat Nicolas Sarkozy to the Elysee in April's election.


Airbus A380
The flagship Airbus A380 has been hit by production delays

Mardi Gras: Carnival revellers close their annual celebrations from Venice to New Orleans. The Christian celebration, mainly associated with Roman Catholic areas, marks the last day before the season of Lent.

Rebuilding Airbus: Europe's aircraft giant is due to unveil plans in Toulouse for a restructuring aimed at overcoming the crisis sparked by delays to its A380 super-jumbo.

Name muddle: The Bush administration is due to launch a new travel security system designed to deal with the problems of innocent travellers mistakenly identified as being on US no-fly lists.

Libby trial: A US court hears the closing arguments in the case against Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice-President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, who is charged with lying to investigators over the leaking of a CIA agent's name.


Renoir: Garden in the Rue Cortot, Montmartre, 1876 (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh)
The Renoir exhibition in London features some 70 landscapes

Cluster bombs: Campaigners for a ban gather in Oslo for a three-day conference. More than 40 countries, several UN agencies and human rights organisations have been invited.

Nuclear stand-off: A 60-day deadline set by the UN Security Council for Iran to suspend nuclear fuel enrichment expires. The Security Council has already imposed sanctions but the US could push for these to be expanded.

Israeli scandal: The former Israeli justice minister, Haim Ramon, faces sentencing after being convicted of sexually harassing a female soldier. Ramon resigned in August over charges that he forcibly kissed the young woman when she visited his office after completing military service.

Cherchez la femme: London's National Gallery opens an exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's landscapes. The impressionist master is better known for his sensuous pictures of women.

Kosovo talks: UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari has talks in Vienna with Kosovo Albanian and Serbian representatives before he submits to the UN his plan to set the breakaway province on the road to independence.


Warhol anniversary: Andy Warhol, a pioneer of the Pop Art movement in the US, died 20 years ago. Today, he is probably best known for his silk screen prints of Campbell's soup and Marilyn Monroe.

Blog trial: A lengthy jail sentence looms for a 22-year-old blogger accused of insulting President Hosni Mubarak. Abdel Karim Nabil Suleiman was arrested in November in a move condemned by human rights groups abroad.


Goodbye Europe: Greenland became the first entity to vote to leave what is now the EU 25 years ago. People voted 52%-46% to withdraw from a body they had joined as part of Denmark before winning home rule in 1979.


The Razzies: Sharon Stone's Basic Instinct sequel leads the nominations for the annual Golden Raspberry Awards in Los Angeles, which honour the year's worst films. In a new category, five films will compete for the "worst excuse for family entertainment" award.


Senegal votes: Citizens in the west African state hailed as one of the country's model democracies elect a president, in a race which may go to a second round. Fourteen candidates are trying to oust Abdoulaye Wade, in power since 2000.

Hungarian survivor: Hungary's controversial prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, looks for a fresh endorsement from his Socialist Party when he stands for party president again. A candid speech by Mr Gyurcsany last year about lying to Hungarians sparked unrest on the streets of Budapest.

The Oscars: Los Angeles hosts the film world's most prestigious annual awards (which begin at 1700 LA time - 0100 GMT Monday).

This guide to the week ahead is not intended as an exhaustive list, and the events noted may be cancelled or postponed.

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