The World This Week


Today: European Parliament meets in Strasbourg. EU agriculture council meets in Luxembourg. Kofi Annan delivers keynote speech at US Magazine Publishers and Editors conference. US Trade Representative visits European Commission in Brussels. President Menem of Argentina meets Spanish Prime Minister. IMF team visits Russia. Hong Kong's financial secretary visits Scotland. Czech President visits Britain.

Tomorrow: Romanian Prime Minister and Latvian President visit European Commission. Kofi Annan in Japan. Korean peace talks resume in Geneva.

Wednesday: PMs of Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic meet. Russian defence minister visits China. British foreign secretary visits Slovenia.

Thursday: EU developing nations commissioner visits South Africa. Black Sea foreign ministers meet in Bulgaria. EU fisheries council meets in Luxembourg. Kofi Annan in South Korea.

Friday: Election to Iran's Assembly of Experts. EU education council meets in Baden. Punjab People's Commission takes evidence from police officials allegedly involved in human rights abuses. EU developing nations commissioner visits Mozambique. Party convention of German Alliance 90/The Greens in Bonn.

Saturday: Austria hosts special European summit. Anwar Ibrahim has application for release heard at Malaysian High Court. Malaysian Barisan Youth group unfurls record-breaking banner supporting Prime Minister. Progressive Conservative Party of Canada votes on new leader.

Sunday: Basque regional government elections in Spain. Election for mayor of Bucharest.


Today: Launch of Amnesty International collection of one million signatures in Ireland to mark 50th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Irish events of a world news interest for this column should be received by David Shanks, Foreign Desk, on the Friday before publication.