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March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12

SANTOS, Brazil — Soccer legend Pele meets fans and signs copies of a new book, “Segundo Tempo - de Ídolo a Mito.”

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Environmentalists protest recent shipment of 2,000 hammerhead shark fins from Costa Rica to Hong Kong, claiming this Central American country acted illegally in granting export and fishing permits. Hammerhead sharks are recognized internationally as an endangered species due mainly to their fins being used in soup.

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases retail sales data for February, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases business inventories for January, 10 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.

Friday, March 13

BRUSSELS — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visits European Union headquarters to discuss the financial plight his country is facing.

Saturday, March 14

MIAMI — Little Havana comes alive with the spirit of Carnival as the Latin community takes to the streets in celebration.

Sunday, March 15

BEIJING — China’s premier holds annual news conference at the close of the National People’s Congress session.

UNDATED — Protest calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rouseff is scheduled to take place in various cities around the country, including São Paulo.

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Members of this northern Greek city’s Jewish community gather to commemorate the 50,000 Thessaloniki Jews who perished in Nazi death camps, on the 72nd anniversary of the start of their transportation to Auschwitz.

Monday, March 16

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay prisoners charged with terrorism to testify before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in hopes of bringing international attention about secrecy rules that they say are preventing medical treatment for injuries caused by CIA torture.

RENNES, France — Two police officers go on trial over the deaths of two minority teenagers in a troubled Paris suburb — deaths that prompted weeks of national riots and exposed deep discrimination and social tensions that France has failed to mend a decade later.

RIGA, Latvia — Annual march honoring Latvians who fought in Waffen SS units against the Red Army during World War II. Protests expected from ethnic Russians and Jewish groups.

Tuesday, March 17

UNDATED — St. Patrick’s Day.

CANBERRA — Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung arrives in Australia’s capital for high-level meetings.

TOKYO — Japan’s central bank wraps up monetary policy meeting.

NEW DELHI — The Indian capital’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, is due to appear in a New Delhi court on a defamation charge filed by a lawyer who says Kejriwal and other AAP members denied him a place on an election ticket in 2013 after promising him the spot.

TIRANA, Albania — A two-day international summit focuses on Albania’s major developments in its energy sector by gathering all interested investment parties together with key Government officials to discuss on oil and gas opportunities, energy infrastructure projects and the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, part of Europe’s southern gas corridor.

Wednesday, March 18

CANBERRA — Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets his Australian counterpart.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Anti-capitalist and anti-austerity demonstrators hold rally in Frankfurt as new European Central Bank headquarters is inaugurated. Rally slated for 1300 GMT, inauguration for 1000 GMT.

PARIS — A Paris court issues a verdict in the trial of a provocative comic accused of glorifying terrorism after deadly attacks in Paris in January.

MADRID — Spanish fashion retailer Inditex, which owns Zara stores, presents earnings results for 2014.

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