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British prime minister lays out Brexit timeline

March 31, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May set the end of March as the start of the two-year process that will take Britain out of the European Union. The nation voted to leave the 28-nation bloc in Jun 2016.

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Old NATO headquarters turns 50 near inauguration date for the new

March 31, 2017 - BELGIUM

NATO opened its present headquarters 50 years ago. The anniversary offers a symbolic target for inaugurating the Alliance’s vast new palace of steel and glass in Brussels, but it plans instead to hold off the ribbon-cutting until NATO leaders are on hand for their summit in May.

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Attendance thin again at Arab League summit?

March 29, 2017 - JORDAN

King Abdullah II hosts Arab leaders in Amman near the 30th anniversary of the League’s historic agreement to readmit Egypt to the fold. He will have 22 leaders if he has a full house, but the summits are notable for absenteeism – and also for rifts over regional conflicts and concerns.

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ISU World Figure Skating Championships a tryout for 2018 Olympics

March 29, 2017 - FINLAND

Helsinki hosts the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017, the qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The contest sees French, Canadian, Spanish and Russian champions defending their 2016 titles, and an anti-trust skirmish between the ISU (International Skating Union) and the European Commission (EC).

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Mali’s state of emergency due to end

March 29, 2017 - MALI

The West African country’s state of emergency is due to end, but violence in the northeast might prompt another unanimous extension by the parliament. The emergency was declared in Nov 2015 after jihadists stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako killing 20 people, mostly foreigners, in an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliates.

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Bulgarians vote in snap election

March 26, 2017 - BULGARIA

Two days after taking office on Jan 22, President Rumen Radev announced the March date for early elections. The vote for the 240-seat unicameral National Assembly is not expected to deliver a strong majority government that can undertake much-needed reforms.

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Hong Kong elects its top official

March 26, 2017 - CHINA

The Electoral Committee votes for the Hong Kong Chief Executive, the most important politician of the semi-autonomous territory. The leading candidates appear little inclined to challenge Beijing’s tight control over Hong Kong or to fight for the universal suffrage that pro-democracy activists seek.

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