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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.


A student waves a Chinese national flag
Our special series on Hong Kong ahead of the tenth anniversary of it being handed back to the Chinese authorities
Web reporter Ben Hammersley will be blogging, filming and reporting on his journey around Turkey ahead of elections in July

Sidelining Hamas: Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Jordan's King Abdullah in Egypt. The aim of the meeting is thought to be to bolster President Abbas after his Hamas rivals seized the Gaza Strip.

Anyone for tennis? The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships begins with a difference. Centre Court - the most famous tennis court in the world - will be without cover for the first time since it was opened in the 1920s, due to building works.


Celebrity buzz: Jailed socialite Paris Hilton is scheduled to leave her Los Angeles jail.

Low-altitude football: The Copa America competition, which involves the 12 major footballing nations in the region, kicks off in Venezuela. There has been tension between some countries over the Fifa decision to ban matches over 2,500m (8,200ft) above sea level, citing concerns about players' health.


Goodbye Tony: UK Prime Minister Tony Blair will tender his resignation to the Queen, standing down after 10 years in the job. Gordon Brown will take over as Labour leader and PM.

Global report: The UN publishes its annual state of the world population survey.


Libyan ruling: A Libyan intelligence agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing will learn if he can appeal to Scotland's High Court. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who is serving a life sentence for the attack, has always protested his innocence.


A bald eagle
The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America
Flying high? The deadline for the US Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether to remove the bald eagle from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. The bird has been part of the Endangered Species Act for 40 years, partly because of habitat loss.

Protest day: Native groups across Canada are expected to take part in a day of action to draw attention to land claims and poverty on reserves. The federal government promised earlier this month to speed up land claims negotiations.


Trade pact: Top trade officials from the US and South Korea are expected to sign a trade deal in Washington. The deal, the largest for the US since the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreement, took 10 months to agree.

Stepping down: Paul Wolfowitz steps down as World Bank president after facing widespread calls for his resignation. Mr Wolfowitz quit following a battle over his position prompted by his involvement in a high-paying promotion for his girlfriend.


Bush and Putin at the G8 summit
Relations between the US and Russia are at a low point
Back to Kennebunkport: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit George W Bush at his family's compound in Maine to discuss Iran, civil nuclear cooperation and missile defence. Kennebunkport saw many high-profile summits during the first President Bush's term in office. The visit comes at a time when commentators say relations between the US and Russia are at their lowest point since the Soviet era.

Hong Kong handover: Hong Kong will mark the tenth anniversary of its handover to Chinese sovereignty with ceremonies attended by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Stubbed out: A smoking ban in enclosed public places in England comes into effect. A recent national poll showed that eight out of 10 people questioned said they agreed with banning smoking in public places.

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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