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The world this week

The BBC News website looks at what could be dominating the headlines around the world this week - and offers some key background on those stories.

MONDAY 8 MAY

Iran nuclear crisis: Foreign ministers from the US, Russia, China, UK, France and Germany meet in New York to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. A draft UN resolution calling on Iran to suspend enrichment or face "further action", tabled last week, will be the focus of attention.

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Italy's president: Voting starts in the Italian senate and lower house for a successor to President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. It may take several days before the new president is elected.

Underwater stunt: Illusionist David Blaine is due to surface after spending seven days submerged in a water-filled sphere in New York. As a dramatic finale, he will attempt to break the world record for holding breath under water.

Zuma trial: A verdict is due in the rape trial of South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma. He denies the charge, but some of his testimony has outraged campaigners.

TUESDAY 9 MAY

Eyes on Europe: Estonia is expected to ratify the EU constitution, put on hold last year after it was rejected by voters in France and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, events will take place elsewhere to mark Europe Day.

Posters from the French referendum on the EU constitution
The EU commission is to give its view on the constitution's future

Middle East peace: The so-called Mid-East Quartet - the UN, EU, Russia and US - meet in New York to discuss the stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.

Website accolades: The winners in the 10th annual Webby Awards - the internet version of the Oscars - are announced.

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY

EU verdict: The EU Commission is likely to publish its position on the future of the stalled EU constitution.

Slavery's end: A memorial day takes place for the first time in France, its overseas territories and Africa to mark the abolition of slavery.

'Hacker' extradition: A ruling is due in London in the extradition case of Gary McKinnon, a British man accused of hacking into the US military computer system.

THURSDAY 11 MAY

Football rivalry: An EU-Latin American summit opens in Vienna. It will be kicked off by a benefit football match between EU politicians and their Latin American counterparts.

FRIDAY 12 MAY

Uganda's leader: President Yoweri Museveni is to be sworn in for a third term in the capital, Kampala.

Ukraine ally: Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko visits Poland, which Ukraine counts as a supporter in its bid to join the EU and Nato.

SATURDAY 13 MAY

Andijan killings: The first anniversary of a bloody crackdown on unrest in Andijan, eastern Uzbekistan, in which hundreds of people died.

Azerbaijan polls: Repeat parliamentary elections are to be held in 10 districts after claims of fraud. The main Azeri opposition bloc is expected to boycott the vote.

Latin leaders: Bolivia's President Evo Morales and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez speak at the Alternative Latin American Summit in Vienna.

Football final: West Ham face Liverpool - the bookies' favourite - in the FA Cup final, to be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff as London's new Wembley stadium is not yet ready.

SUNDAY 14 MAY

Haiti's future: President-elect Rene Preval is due to be sworn in, in the capital Port-au-Prince, three months after he was elected in long-delayed elections.

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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