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Princess Di fashion exhibit begins events marking 20th anniversary of her death

February 24, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

The first of the memorial events marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana is a fashion exhibition at her London home that celebrates her renowned chic.

89th Academy Awards likely to ease diversity criticism

February 26, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The 89th Academy Awards look certain to avoid the controversy of the last two years when no American actors of African or Asian heritage were nominated.

Eclipse tourists primed for first of two solar eclipses of the year

February 26, 2017 - ARGENTINA, AFRICA

The first of two solar eclipses in 2017 is annular, and the best viewing bet for eclipse tourists is Patagonia in southern Argentina. The other country in the path of totality, Angola, is a riskier bet because it will be in the middle of its rainy season.

Anniversary of Hindu-Muslim rioting a day for vigils and a new message

February 27, 2017 - INDIA

Communal riots between Hindus and Muslims started 15 years ago in Gujurat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu, was chief minister of the state. He was widely blamed for the prolonged rioting and viewed as the face of militant Hinduism. The anniversary offers him a chance to work on his anticipated message of religious tolerance, while reminding India and the world about Gujarat's economic rise under his stewardship.

NATO exercises underway in eastern Europe

February 27, 2017 - POLAND

Throughout February, U.S. military units will spread out across Poland, the Baltic states, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany for training, exercises and maintenance as part of a NATO buildup that has angered Russia.

Second peace conference with ethnic minorities needs to show results

February 28, 2017 - MYANMAR

The second peace conference to end the fighting between the military and rebel groups, held in Nay Pyi Taw, will be expected to produce more than talk, but de facto Myanmar leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi might be limited by how much she can promise. The powerful military will have the last word.

Gaza plans first comedy festival

March 1, 2017 - GAZA STRIP

The Palestinian territory plans its first comedy festival with the stated purpose of calling attention to the Gaza Strip and relaying the message that it is full of life, culture and art.

Pakistan electoral reforms aim to boost women’s participation in politics

March 1, 2017 - PAKISTAN

Pakistan's National Assembly is expected to pass a series of electoral reforms intended to increase the participation of women in politics.

Australia, Indonesia making joint effort to protect WW2 wreck

March 1, 2017 - AUSTRALIA, INDONESIA

Australia and Indonesia are to send divers to inspect the wreck of a warship torpedoed off the coast of Java during World War II to determine how best to protect the site from looters who have stripped numerous other WW2 wrecks.

UPDATE – Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens 100 years ago

March 2, 2017 - PUERTO RICO

The Jones-Shafroth Act signed by United States President Woodrow Wilson a century ago made Puerto Rico a United States territory and Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens. A century on, economic disaster makes the island an good place to leave, and Puerto Ricans can argue that the Act laid the foundation for the crisis.

Northern Ireland holds election with power-sharing agreement at risk

March 2, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

The Northern Ireland Assembly election is expected to return the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Fein as the two biggest parties, but possibly not as the power-sharing government required by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

New movie aiming to create an Erdogan cult?

March 3, 2017 - TURKEY

The Chief, a feature film that traces the early rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opens in cinemas just weeks before Turks vote on more power for the president. The portrayal follows a formula used to invest Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the secularist founder of the Turkish Republic, with cult status.

National People’s Congress held in Beijing

March 5, 2017 - CHINA

The National People's Congress (NPC) meets in Beijing to approve plans outlined by the Communist Party leadership. Analysts will dissect the speeches of President Xi Jinping and others for clues to China's military and economic ambitions.

Annual U.S.-South Korea military exercises set to be biggest ever

March 6, 2017 - SOUTH KOREA

This year's annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle military exercises between South Korea and the United States are expected to be the largest ever, with the two allies reportedly also discussing the possibility of deploying a U.S. strategic asset to the peninsula during the drills.

Tata to unveil new Tamo brand concept sports car to help shed budget image

March 7, 2017 - INDIA, SWITZERLAND

India's Tata Motors plans to unveil a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show that could preview the first model sold under its new, upscale Tamo brand. The company could do with a boost: it reported a worse than expected 96 per cent drop in net profit for its third quarter, citing poor sales and the fallout from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "demonetisation" move.