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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.

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.

Refurbishment of Buckingham Palace begins

April 1, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

A 10-year project to refit Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, is due to begin. The governing Conservative Party has given the monarch a 66 per cent pay rise to fund the £369 million project.

Indians holding old banknotes subject to penalties

April 1, 2017 - INDIA

From April 1 it will be a criminal offence to hold 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes. The deadline is likely to trigger more protests unless the government makes provisions for people who lost out from the November decision to scrap the bills.

Apple begins moving employees into spaceship campus

April 1, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Apple begins moving employees into Apple Park, its so-called spaceship campus in Cupertino, California. Perks await them in the futuristic flying saucer-shaped building.

Philippines and Maoist rebels to resume peace talks

April 1, 2017 - PHILIPPINES

Negotiators from the Philippine government and Maoist-led rebels will resume formal peace negotiations in the first week of April, after an angry President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled talks following a spate of rebel attacks on army troops earlier this year.

The American Age turns 100 under threat

April 2, 2017 - UNITED STATES

If 45th President Donald Trump has his way, the so-called American Age launched by 28th President Woodrow Wilson in Apr 1917 won't reach its 100th birthday. The term describes self-assigned U.S. leadership of the Western world, and Trump's campaign statements suggest he doesn't want the responsibility.

U.S. Mint celebrates 225th anniversary with release of new $100 coin

April 2, 2017 - UNITED STATES

On Apr 2, 1792, the United States Congress passed the Coinage Act, which created the Mint. The department is commemorating the 225th anniversary by releasing a coin that bears the image of Lady Liberty as an African-American woman. A potent symbol of the country, Lady Liberty has always been depicted as a white woman.

Argentine-British détente faces test on invasion anniversary

April 2, 2017 - FALKLAND ISLANDS-ISLAS MALVINAS

Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands 35 years ago but failed to wrest the disputed South Atlantic archipelago, known in Latin America as Islas Malvinas, from British control. The sensitive anniversary will test the new Argentine-British détente after a recent ruling placed the territory in Argentine waters.

Serbia holds snap presidential election

April 2, 2017 - SERBIA

Serbia holds a snap presidential election, with populist Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic considered a clear favourite to win the largely ceremonial post.

As presidential race heats up will Ecuador remain a bastion for the left?

April 2, 2017 - ECUADOR

Ecuador holds a hotly contested presidential runoff vote to replace the outgoing President Rafael Correa.

Anniversary of Panama Papers leak a time to review impact

April 3, 2017 - PANAMA

A year since the leak of some 11 million documents from Mossack Fonseca, the owners of the vast wealth hidden away by the Panamanian law firm appear safe from everything but embarrassment. The founders of the law firm were less fortunate.

Qatar marks milestone in preparations for 2022 football World Cup

April 5, 2017 - QATAR

Doha Festival City opens in the Qatari capital, the massive project an early milestone in the country's construction spree ahead of the 2022 football World Cup. The tournament looms as the deadline for completing a host of malls, resorts, towers - and even cities - for World Cup tourists. The centrepiece of one new city, Lusail, is the 86,250-capacity stadium where the opening and closing matches will be played.

Silvio Berlusconi faces trial again

April 5, 2017 - ITALY

Silvio Berlusconi, the four-time prime minister and leader of the center-right Forza Italia party, who has been sidelined since 2013 by a tax fraud conviction, faces trial in Milan on corruption charges. He has been embroiled in several high-profile legal battles in recent years.

NATO foreign ministers meet with populism and the Balkans on the agenda

April 5, 2017 - BELGIUM

NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels to grapple with populism in the West and backsliding in the Balkans in preparation for the May summit of the Alliance. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson won't be at the meeting.