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SWEDEN 15 May 2013 Ministers of Arctic Council countries meet
Ministers of the eight circumpolar states of the Arctic Council meet in Kiruna under the chairmanship, from May, of Canada. After toastin

May 15, 2013 - NULL

SWEDEN 15 May 2013 Ministers of Arctic Council countries meet
Ministers of the eight circumpolar states of the Arctic Council meet in Kiruna under the chairmanship, from May, of Canada. After toasting the Council’s new secretariat in Tromsø, Norway, the ministers will return to the issue of divvying up the Arctic seabed. The polar thaw is like a ticking clock. Claims might be staked by force if no agreement is reached before melting opens shipping lanes and access to the expected hydrocarbon and mineral wealth of the seabed. The economic enticements could doom efforts to try to save the ice

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SWEDEN 14, 16, 18 May 2013 Malmö hosts fifty-eighth Eurovision pop music extravaganza
The Eurovision Song Contest returns to Sweden, a country that has won the contest five times in its 58-year histor

May 14, 2013 - NULL

SWEDEN 14, 16, 18 May 2013 Malmö hosts fifty-eighth Eurovision pop music extravaganza
The Eurovision Song Contest returns to Sweden, a country that has won the contest five times in its 58-year history, most notably with Waterloo in 1974. The song launched Swedish pop group ABBA, the most successful of the contest’s winners. Sweden’s Loreen, whose techno-pop song Euphoria won the 2012 contest in Baku, might hope to match ABBA’s success from the contest. Unusually, the 2013 event will start on an ugly note, with allegations of plagiarism.

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ISTANBUL 7-10 May 2013 11th International Defense Industry Fair 2013
The biennial IDEF International Defense Industry Fair comes at an opportune time for an increasingly-profitable Turkish weapons

May 7, 2013 - NULL

ISTANBUL 7-10 May 2013 11th International Defense Industry Fair 2013
The biennial IDEF International Defense Industry Fair comes at an opportune time for an increasingly-profitable Turkish weapons industry. Both the civil war in Syria and regional tensions with Kurdish minorities to the south are ramping up demand for the regional multi-billion dollar industry. Backed by the Turkish Ministry of National Defense, the event is among the most important for keeping track of who is buying what in the Middle East and Eurasia.

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GAZA/RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM/CAIRO 4 – 10 May 2013 Palestinian Festival of Literature marks 6th anniversary
The Palestine Festival of Literature celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2013, and for the first

May 4, 2013 - NULL

GAZA/RAMALLAH/JERUSALEM/CAIRO 4 – 10 May 2013 Palestinian Festival of Literature marks 6th anniversary
The Palestine Festival of Literature celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2013, and for the first time since the United Nations’ implicit recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state, with a series of public events, student workshops and meetings with civic leaders. The event has always endorsed the Palestinian call for strengthening an academic and cultural boycott of Israel, but 2013 will have additional momentum following the UN’s de facto recognition of Palestine by 138 votes to 9 in Nov 2012 after a brief but violent

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UNITED STATES 3-5 May 2013 Texas hosts annual National Rifle Association meetings
(UPDATE REFLECTS SANDY HOOK SHOOTING) The 2013 gathering of the National Rifle Association is fighting off the most de

May 3, 2013 - NULL

UNITED STATES 3-5 May 2013 Texas hosts annual National Rifle Association meetings
(UPDATE REFLECTS SANDY HOOK SHOOTING) The 2013 gathering of the National Rifle Association is fighting off the most determined attempt in years, following the shooting deaths of 26 students and teachers at a Connecticut elementary school in Dec 2012, to introduce stronger gun laws across the nation. The wide repugnance to the deadly assault has wrong-footed the NRA, the nation’s largest gun lobbying organization. The meeting is also likely to include a postmortem on an election that went wrong. President Barak Obama was re-elected despite the

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