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AP Weekly News Calendar

March 20, 2014

?Thursday, March 20:

KUALA LUMPUR — Search efforts continue for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared on March 8 on a night flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard.

MOSCOW — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon makes an unexpected trip to Moscow to see President Vladimir Putin after he approves the seizure of Crimea. The annexation of Crimea moves one step closer with a vote scheduled in the lower house of parliament.

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses German parliament ahead of European Union summit; Ukraine-Crimea-Russia crisis expected to be a key topic. Starts 0800 GMT.

MIAMI — President Barack Obama attends a fundraiser at the home of former NBA player Alonzo Mourning.

PARIS — Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner opens the Paris Book Fair alongside the French prime minister amid increasing concerns about her economy back home. 1800 GMT.

NEW YORK — U.N. Security Council consults on its peacekeeping mission in Liberia; reviews

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for February, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); Conference Board releases leading indicators for February, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT)

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Nike reports quarterly financial results.

?Friday, March 21:

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin meets with high-ranking officials from the Interior Ministry as Russia’s upper house of parliament votes on the annexation of Crimea. After the upper house votes, the only remaining step is Putin’s signature.

NEW YORK — U.N. Security Council consults on its mission in Iraq.

ROME — Pope Francis meets with relatives of victims of the mafia, just days after a mob hit in southern Italy claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy as his two older brothers looked on. 1700 GMT.

NEW YORK — Tiffany reports quarterly financial results.

?Saturday, March 22:

Nothing major added.

?Sunday, March 23:

PARIS — Voters across France cast ballots in the first round of municipal elections. Two women are vying to run Paris City Hall, in a first, and far right candidates are hoping for a strong showing in local votes amid deep disillusionment with President Francois Hollande’s Socialist leadership. 0500 GMT, to be updated late Sunday night with results.

?Monday, March 24:

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Dozens of world leaders conclude a two-day summit aimed at beefing up security of nuclear material to prevent it falling into terrorists’ hands. By Mike Corder. 1700 GMT.

NEW YORK — U.N. Security Council debate on its Haiti peacekeeping mission.

MEXICO CITY — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris will lead a delegation of state attorneys general to Mexico for a three-day visit. They will meet with Mexican state and federal officials to discuss mutual cooperation in areas of technology, information sharing and prosecution coordination.

BERLIN — Germany’s Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe’s biggest economy.

?Tuesday, March 25:

KUWAIT CITY — Arab League summit. Through Wednesday.

NEW YORK — U.N. Security Council consults on the Middle East, in particular on Yemen; reviews the political situation in Lebanon.

?Wednesday, March 26:

NEW YORK — U.N. Security Council briefs on Sierra Leone; consults on the UNDOF peacekeeping force in Golan monitoring Syrian and Israeli forces.

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