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by April 1, 2016 General

Monday, April 4 to Sunday May 1

Monday, April 4

ABU DHABI: Verdict expected in the trial of three Lebanese accused of forming a Hezbollah cell

ABU DHABI: New hearing in the trial of 23 people, including 14 Yemenis and five Emiratis, accused of forming a cell linked to the Muslim Brotherhood

ATHENS/ISTANBUL: Migrant returns from Greece to Turkey set to begin under EU-Ankara deal

CAIRO: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman visits

HONG KONG: Auction House Sotheby’s continues its 2016 spring sales (to 6)

KOLKATA, India: West Bengal, one of India’s most populous states, holds elections (to May 5)

KUWAIT CITY: Middle East and North Africa renewable energy conference

LONDON: Press preview of Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery

MANILA: US and Philippine troops conduct annual large-scale joint military exercises (to 15)

MOSCOW: FIFA delegation visits Russia to assess the state of preparations for the 2018 World Cup (to 11)

PARIS: Trial continues of nine Somali pirates charged with hijacking the catamaran Tribal Kat in 2011 (to 15)

Tuesday, April 5

BUCHAREST: New hearing in corruption case against former Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta

JERUSALEM: Court to hold new sanity hearing for the ringleader of extremist Jews’ murder in 2014 of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir

LONDON: Major Rolling Stones exhibition opens at the Saatchi Gallery in London with 500 objects from the band members’ personal collections

NAIROBI: World anti-doping body WADA deadline for Kenya to conform to doping guidelines or face their athletes being banned for the Rio Olympics

PARIS: Appeal court to give verdict in case of Tunisian cyber jihadist Nabil Amdouni

RABAT: Hearing in trial of journalist Ali Anouzla accused of “damaging the territorial integrity” of Morocco in comments he made on disputed Western Sahara

STOCKHOLM: Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest prize for children’s and young people’s literature.

THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court will rule on a call from Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto to throw out charges of crimes against humanity against him

WARSAW: European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans visits to discuss state of rule of law in Poland

WASHINGTON: Wisconsin primaries

Wednesday, April 6

BRUSSELS: EU unveils proposals to overhaul the bloc’s system for dealing with asylum seekers, as it struggles to deal with a huge migration crisis

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa Fashion Week (to 10)

LONDON: Junior doctors of Britain’s state-run National Health Service hold another strike against the imposition of new contracts.

LONDON: Amnesty International publishes annual report on the death penalty worldwide

PARIS: Verdict in trial of former leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN), Jean-Marie Le Pen, for repeating his claim that the Nazi gas chambers in World War II were a “detail” of history.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A tribunal that cut the jail sentence of Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, resumes hearing his appeal

PORTO NOVO: Patrice Talon inaugurated as Benin’s new president

THE HAGUE: Referendum triggered by three eurosceptic groups on whether the Dutch back the EU’s cooperation deal with Ukraine, being viewed as a wider vote of confidence in the European Union

TRONDHEIM, Norway: Norway’s Lutheran Church holds its synod where it is expected to approve gay marriage

VATICAN CITY: Resumption of trial of two journalists and three Vatican employees accused of conspiring to leak and publish classified Holy See documents

Thursday, April 7

BEIRUT: Former information minister Michel Samaha appears before a Lebanese military tribunal for his retrial on charges of attempting to carry out “terrorist” attacks

HANOI: New prime minister of Vietnam to be announced

HONG KONG: Protesters charged with rioting over clashes with police on Chinese New Year day return to court

PRISTINA: Kosovo’s new president Hashim Thaci takes office (ceremonial inauguration due on Friday, April 8)

Friday, April 8

ALGIERS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visits (and 9)

DJIBOUTI: President Ismail Omar Guelleh seeks re-election for a fourth term

Saturday, April 9

GENEVA: UN-brokered Syria peace talks due to resume (TBC)

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party holds a conference facing divisions in the run-up to EU membership referendum.

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party holds a conference amid divisions in the run-up to an EU membership referendum

NEW YORK: Primaries in New York state

Sunday, April 10

HIROSHIMA, Japan: Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting (and 11)

ISTANBUL: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit (to 15)

LIMA: Presidential election in Peru with the daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori the favourite

MORONI: Comoros votes in second round of presidential election

N’DJAMENA: First round of Chad presidential election

NEW DELHI: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate visit India and Bhutan (to 16)

SANAA: UN-brokered ceasefire due to take effect, aimed at paving the way for Yemen peace talks on April 18.

TAIPEI: A rally to call to push for enforcement of death penalty after the murder of a four-year-old girl

WARSAW: Poles mark the sixth anniversary of the death of president Lech Kaczynski and scores of politicians in a plane crash in Russia

Monday, April 11

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM: Twentieth anniversary of launch of Israel’s “Grapes of Wrath” operation against the Shiite militant group Hezbollah that left 175 dead in Lebanon, mostly civilians

BERLIN: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visits Germany

BRASILIA: Brazil’s congressional preliminary commission expected to make in coming days a non-binding recommendation on whether Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff should face impeachment proceedings

DUESSELDORF, Germany: Moroccan man goes on trial for sexual assault in Duesseldorf on New Year’s Eve, when Cologne was also hit by attacks against women blamed mostly on North African men

HONG KONG: Trial starts for a pro-democracy protester charged with assaulting police during mass democracy rallies, as seven police officers also face charges of attacking him in a beating caught on video

ISTANBUL: Turkish football giants Besiktas reopen their stadium on the shores of the Bosphorus after a closure for several years for renovation

LUSAKA: Leading Zambian opposition politician Geoffrey Mwamba on trial for threatening violence against President Edgar Lungu

LUXEMBOURG: EU agriculture and fishing ministers meet (to April 12)

STRASBOURG: European Parliament meets (to April 14)

TBILISI: Energy ministers of Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Russia meet

Wednesday, April 13

BEIRUT: 41st anniversary of the outbreak of Lebanon’s civil war

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka marks traditional Sinhalese and Tamil New Year (and 14)

DAMASCUS: Syrian regime to hold legislative elections

GENEVA: International Exhibition of Inventions (to 17)

HANAU, Germany: A former guard at the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, 93, faces court for complicity in mass murder

SEOUL: South Korean parliamentary elections

Thursday, April 14

BRUSSELS: Brussels court rules on case of Khalid Zerkani, considered the main jihadist recruiter in Belgium

CHIBOK, Nigeria: Second anniversary of the abduction by Boko Haram Islamists of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria

GNIEZNO, Poland: Ceremonies marking the “Baptism of Poland”, when Mieszko I, the first ruler of the Polish state, accepted Christianity in 966

PARIS: James Bond: The Exhibition opens showcasing 50 years of 007 style

Friday, April 15

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa: Trial of a Danish man accused of mutilating women and storing pieces of their genitals in his freezer

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad literature festival 2016 (to 17)

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa marks the 20th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

LONDON: Start of campaign for Britain’s June 23 referendum on EU membership

NEW DELHI: Delhi’s government reintroduces limits on the number of cars allowed on the roads in the polluted Indian capital (to 30)

SEOUL: North Korea marks anniversary of the birth of founder leader Kim Il-Sung

TRIPOLI: 30th anniversary of US air strikes on the Libyan capital

Saturday, April 16

HAVANA: Cuban Communist Party conference (and 17)

TEHRAN: Visit of European Commission delegation headed by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini

Sunday, April 17

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY, Switzerland: Opening of a new Charlie Chaplin museum, “Chaplin’s World”, in the house he lived in for a quarter of a century.

DOHA: OPEC members and key oil producers from outside the cartel meet in a bid to stabilise falling crude prices

Monday, April 18

BEIRUT: Lebanese lawmakers meet for the 38th time in a bid to elect a new president

BEIRUT: Trial resmes of Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir, accused of involvement in the shooting of Lebanese troops in June 2013.

HARARE: Zimbabwe marks 36th independence anniversary

KUWAIT CITY: Start of UN-brokered Yemen peace talks

LUXEMBOURG: EU foreign ministers meet

NEW YORK: Pulitzer Prize for journalism to be announced

PRETORIA: Pre-sentencing hearing of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius after he lost a final bid to appeal his murder conviction for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Tuesday, April 19

DRESDEN, Germany: Founder of anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, Lutz Bachmann, goes on trial for inciting racial hatred

LUXEMBOURG: EU defence ministers meet

NEW YORK: Primary elections in New York state

TRIPOLI: Anniversary of boat disaster in which more than 800 migrants perished when their vessel sank off Libya

TUNIS: Hearing in trial over May 2014 attack on the home of then interior minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou, claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, that left four policemen dead

Wednesday, April 20

BANGKOK: Pre-trial evidence hearing resumes for two Chinese Uighurs accused of planting deadly shrine bomb in Bangkok

CAIRO: Egypt court to examine case against two human rights activists

ROME: European Parliament Conference of Presidents (and 21)

SINGAPORE: Sentencing for Singaporean couple convicted of starving their Philippine maid

Thursday, April 21

FRANKFURT: European Central Bank rate decision

LONDON: Celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday

LONDON: Britain marks 200th anniversary of the birth of novelist Charlotte Bronte

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin hosts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

RIYADH: US President Barack Obama visits for Gulf Cooperation Council summit

Friday, April 22

BANGKOK: Trial resumes of ousted premier Yingluck Shinawatra on negligence charges

JERUSALEM: Jews celebrate Passover holiday

MADRID: 400th anniversary of death of Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes

TUNIS: Trial resumes of 77 suspects, most of them on the run, over a deadly jihadist attack on the Tunisian army in 2013

UNITED NATIONS: Signing ceremony of COP 21 climate agreement

Saturday, April 23

CAIRO: Verdict expected in trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 10 co-defendants who are accused of spying for Qatar

HANOVER, Germany: US President Barack Obama visits Germany to attend trade fair (to 25). Demonstrations planned against US-EU trade pact.

LONDON: Britain marks 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare

Sunday, April 24

BELGRADE: Serbia holds parliamentary election

DHAKA: Third anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster in which a Bangladeshi garment factory complex collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people

HANNOVER: US President Barack Obama to hold news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

MALABO: Presidential election first round in Equatorial Guinea

PARIS: International conference organised by the Pasteur Institute on combating Zika virus

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Second round of Haiti presidential election

VIENNA: First round of presidential election (run-off if needed on May 22)

Monday, April 25

BANGKOK: Pre-trial hearing for tobacco giant Philip Morris accused of tax evasion on imported cigarettes

BEIJING: Beijing Auto Show (to May 4)

KATHMANDU: Nepal marks one year since massive earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people

Tuesday, April 26

CHERNOBYL, Ukraine: Thirtieth anniversary of nuclear disaster which directly killed 31 people although a UN body says the radiation could eventually cause up to 4,000 deaths

LONDON: Junior doctors from Britain’s National Health Service hold another strike against a new national contract changing pay and working hours (and 27)

NEVERS, France: Verdict due in trial of Dutch dentist Jacobus “Mark” Van Nierop, accused of causing severe injuries to patients

SANTIAGO: Remains of Chilean Nobel Prize for Literature laureate and politician Pablo Neruda scheduled for return to his tomb following a three-year-old investigation into whether he was poisoned.

TAIPEI: Court ruling on a water park explosion that killed 15 and injured hundreds of people last year

WASHINGTON: Primaries in five US states, including Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 27

DHARAMSALA, India: Tibetan government-in-exile releases results of worldwide election for new leader

THE HAGUE: The Netherlands marks a Koningsdag, the birthday of King Willem-Alexander when the country goes orange amid nationwide celebrations

Thursday, April 28

VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME, Russia: A first rocket launch from a new cosmodrome in the Russian far east is scheduled to take place (or April 29, to be confirmed)

Friday, April 29

TEHRAN: Second round of Iran’s parliamentary election

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama attends the final White House Correspondents’ Association dinner of his tenure.

Saturday, April 30

NAIROBI: Kenya burns the world’s largest collection of ivory to have ever been set alight at a celebrity event

Sunday, May 1

LISBON: May Day demonstrations planned

in Portuguese capital