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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.

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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.

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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.

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Catholic “Walk for Life” opposes Duterte policies

February 18, 2017 - PHILIPPINES

Catholic bishops will stage a “Walk for Life” in Manila to oppose drug-related killings, the death penalty, and other measures labeled by the Catholic Church as “anti-life,” including proposed laws on divorce and same-sex unions.

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NATO summit to discuss reinforcement

February 15, 2017 - BELGIUM

NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to manage the biggest reinforcement of
the Alliance since the Cold War. The new U.S. Secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, will be under scrutiny to see if he is still NATO-friendly.

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