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This week's look ahead

Wednesday, May 31:

Capetown, South Africa - The World Economic Forum begins its annual conference on Africa Tuesday. It is expected to last through June 2.

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Vienna - The next round of UN-brokered talks begins on the future status of Kosovo, with a focus on economic issues such as debts and liabilities.

Washington - Rwanda President Paul Kagame meets with President Bush.

Thursday, June 1:

Vienna - The five permanent members of the UN Security Council are expected to meet to approve a package of incentives and penalties regarding Iran's nuclear program, diplomats told the AP. The meeting is a follow-up on talks in London last Wednesday.

Caracas, Venezuela - Oil ministers of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, hold a spring meeting to discuss production quotas. Venezuela, the world's fifth-biggest exporter, says it will propose cutting the cartel's output.

Tokyo - Japan's government launches its summer "Cool-Biz" campaign. Men are being encouraged to leave their neckties at home in a bid to save energy at the office.

Friday, June 2:

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Kathmandu, Nepal - Maoist rebels are planning a mass rally in the capital as they pursue peace talks with the new government.

Prague, Czech Republic - Two-day parliamentary elections begin.

Sunday, June 4:

Lima, Peru - The country holds a presidential runoff between Alan Garcia and Ollanta Humala. Polls currently give lead to Mr. Garcia despite bad memories of his 1985-90 presidency, which was marked by hyperinflation, food shortages, and corruption.


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