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August 8, 2013

?Thursday, Aug. 8:

BUENOS AIRES — President Cristina Fernandez closes the ruling party’s campaigns for this Sunday’s primary ahead of the Oct. 17 congressional midterm elections with a midday rally at a theater in the same neighborhood where mass “cacerolazo” anti-government protests are planned Thursday night.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama meets with Greece’s prime minister, Antonis Samaras.

JAKARTA — As millions of Muslims prepared to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan by feasting with family and friends, security threats blighted festivities for some amid rising tensions in the Middle East and parts of Asia.

TOKYO — Myanmar residents in Japan march to Myanmar Embassy in Tokyo to mark 25th anniversary of “8888,” the Aug. 8, 1988 uprising against the military junta.

HAVANA — A U.S. expatriate is set to launch Cuba Libro, billed as the country’s first English-language bookstore-cafe, where islanders and foreigners alike can gather to converse, thumb through magazines and buy or borrow tomes in the language of Shakespeare.

MADRID — Presidents of Renfe, Spain’s train operator, and Adif, Spain’s rail infrastructure, to appear before the Parliament to give their opinion and answer questions from deputies on the train accident that killed 79 people in northwestern Spain on July 24.

BERLIN — Federal Statistical Office releases export and import data for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, for June.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Commerzbank reports second-quarter earnings.

GENEVA — Swiss-based Nestle SA, the world’s largest food and drink maker, posts half-year results before the opening of the Zurich exchange Thursday. Nestle also is major buyer of food commodities, and its results can serve as an indicator of worldwide consumer demand and health of the global economy.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Telephone company Deutsche Telekom reports second-quarter earnings.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Sporting goods company Adidas reports second-quarter earnings.

GENEVA — Switzerland’s Nestle reports half-year results.

BEIJING — China Unicom reports half-year results.

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.(1400 GMT).

NEW YORK — Selected chain retailers release July sales.

?Friday, Aug. 9:

MADRID — Spain’s Development ministry Ana Pastor to appear before the Parliament to answer questions from deputies on the train accident that killed 79 people in northwestern Spain on July 24.

NAGASAKI — Anniversary of dropping of second atomic bomb by United States on Japan, bringing World War II to an end.

TOKYO — Japan is holding bilateral talks with the U.S. on thorny trade issues like autos as it seeks to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks, or TPP.

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases wholesale trade inventories for June, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).

?Saturday, Aug. 10:

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Massachusetts — President Barack Obama is expected to vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Through Aug. 18.

MOSCOW — Athletics World Championship. Through Aug. 18.

?Sunday, Aug 11:

BAMAKO — Second round of Mali’s presidential election.

CANBERRA — Prime Minister Kevin Rudd debates opposition leader Tony Abbott at National Press Club ahead of September elections.

?Monday, Aug. 12:

BUENOS AIRES — Primary election ahead of the Oct. 17 congressional midterm elections.

TOKYO — Release of April-June quarterly GDP figure, closely watched for signs of whether the 4.1 percent growth in the first quarter of the year will be sustained or if Abenomics is running out of steam.

?Tuesday, Aug 13:

RAMALLAH — According to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, Israel will release 26 Palestinian prisoners on this day. It’s the first of four groups of long-held Palestinian prisoners slated for release as part of a deal to restart peace talks.

HAVANA — Fidel Castro turns 87 years old.

MADRID — Former ruling Popular Party General Secretaries, Francisco Alvarez Cascos and Javier Arenas, to testify before Audiencia Nacional judge on corruption probe over a slush fund and regular under the table payments to party leaders, including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

ISLAMABAD — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expected to visit Islamabad.

BERLIN — Germany’s ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe’s biggest economy.

?Wednesday, Aug. 14:

CAIRO — Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, expected to give a speech to the nation that will be broadcast on state TV.

YEMEN — Following up on the closures of U.S. Embassy and other embassies.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Planned anti-government demonstrations. Authorities vow strong response.

BEIRUT — Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah gives a speech to mark the end of 2006 war with Israel.

MADRID — Ruling Popular Party General Secretary María Dolores de Cospedal to testify before Audiencia Nacional judge on corruption probe over a slush fund and regular under the table payments to party leaders, including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Security Council gets briefing on the U.N. Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic.

BERLIN — Federal Statistical Office releases preliminary second-quarter gross domestic product figures for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy.

LONDON — Preliminary second-quarter GDP figures are released for the eurozone and larger European Union. Analysts are expecting the eurozone to pull itself out of recession - showing either no contraction or a small growth.

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