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Last Updated: Monday, 14 August 2006, 00:52 GMT 01:52 UK
The world this week
A look at what could be dominating the headlines around the world this week - and some key background on those stories.

MONDAY 14 AUGUST

WATCH OUT FOR:
Former US President Bill Clinton, who turns 60 on 19 August 2006
Our series looking at the impact of the baby boom generation and the legacy of the baby boom years

Cameroon handover: Nigerian troops are to withdraw from the potentially oil-rich Bakassi peninsula, in accordance with a 2002 World Court decision granting sovereignty to Cameroon. Tribal chiefs opposed to the handover are seeking a court injunction to stop it.

Athens crash: Cyprus will mark the first anniversary of the crash of a Cypriot airliner near Athens. All 121 passengers and crew died when the plane lost cabin pressure and hit a hillside while en route to Prague.

Film fling: The 60th annual Edinburgh International Film Festival gets under way in Scotland.

TUESDAY 15 AUGUST

Milan Martic
Milan Martic denies crimes against humanity and war crimes charges

War crimes charge: The trial of Milan Martic, a former Serb rebel leader in Croatia, is due to resume at The Hague. He stands accused of murder, torture and ethnic cleansing in Croatia and Bosnia in the early 1990s - charges he denies.

Aceh peace pact: Indonesia's Aceh province marks the first anniversary of a peace agreement signed by the Indonesian government and former separatist leaders.

Gaza anniversary: A year has passed since Israel began its pullout from the Gaza Strip, following a 38-year presence there.

WEDNESDAY 16 AUGUST

Space shuttle: Nasa, the US space agency, is expected to set a firm launch date for the space shuttle Atlantis at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

THURSDAY 17 AUGUST

Africa summit: The Southern African Development Community holds its annual summit in Maseru, Lesotho.

Royal holiday: Japan's Princess Masako is to visit the Netherlands with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, and daughter on a rare overseas holiday.

FRIDAY 18 AUGUST

Japan cult: The high court in Tokyo is due to rule on an appeal by doomsday cult member Masami Tsuchiya against a death sentence. He oversaw the development of nerve gas used in a 1995 attack on the Tokyo subway by the group Aum Shinrikyo.

SATURDAY 19 AUGUST

Clinton's party: Former US President Bill Clinton celebrates his 60th birthday. This is the year the first wave of "baby boomers" turn 60, with President George W Bush reaching the milestone last month.

SUNDAY 20 AUGUST

Water talk: Experts from businesses, governments and NGOs meet to discuss water and development issues at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden.

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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