What’s happening around the world from Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, April 17


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What’s happening around the world from Monday, March 18 to Wednesday, April 17
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

Asia-Pacific

TAIWAN – Fifth anniversary of student-led Sunflower Movement VIDEO. PICTURE.

BEIJING (China) – Philippine Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin visits (To 21)

KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia) – Procedural hearing in case against former Goldman Sachs banker accused in 1MDB scandal (0200 GMT)

Europe

PARIS (France) – ‘Paris London, Music Migrations’ exhibition at the Museum of Immigration VIDEO. (To January 5, 2020)

SIMFEROPOL – Fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea VIDEO.

BAKU (Azerbaijan) – OPEC cartel and partners meet for talks on oil output cuts VIDEO. PICTURE.

GENEVA (Switzerland) – WHO panel of experts hold meeting on human DNA editing, with press conference planned at close VIDEO. (To 19)

FRANCE – Education against racism and anti-Semitism week (To 24)

RUSSIA – Verdict expected in trial of Chechen rights activist Oyub Titiyev (0400 GMT) VIDEO.

ANTALYA (Turkey) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits (0600 GMT) VIDEO.

BRUSSELS (Belgium) – EU Foreign Affairs Council (0800 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

DRESDEN (Germany) – Trial opens of failed Syrian asylum seeker accused of killing German man (0900 GMT) VIDEO. PICTURE. FILE PICTURE.

North America

NEW YORK (United States) – Sex slave trial begins of two alleged ringleaders of secretive Nxivm cult (1230 GMT)

UNITED NATIONS (United States) – Security Council discusses Syria

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Game Developers Conference, world’s largest professional game industry event VIDEO. (To 22)

WASHINGTON (United States) – End of 45-day suspension of US law allowing lawsuits against Cuba

Middle East and North Africa

ALGERIA – Protests planned over fears of plot to prolong President Bouteflika’s rule PICTURE. VIDEO. GRAPHIC. (To 19)

CAIRO (Egypt) – Parliament to discuss amendments to extend Sisi’s rule beyond 2022 (0800 GMT) (To April 1)

Sub-Saharan Africa

YAOUNDE (Cameroon) – Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy visits

ADDIS ABABA (Ethiopia) – African Union meeting on Central African Republic peace agreement GRAPHIC.

ABUJA (Nigeria) – Suspended chief justice Walter Onnoghen appears in court on non-declaration of assets charges

Sports

SAITAMA (Japan) – World figure skating championship PICTURE. (To 24)

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019

Asia-Pacific

KANCHANABURI (Thailand) – Court rules on poaching allegations against construction tycoon Premchai Karnasuta VIDEO.

SITTWE (Myanmar) – Verdict in treason trial of ethnic Rakhine leader Aye Maung (0430 GMT) VIDEO.

WELLINGTON (New Zealand) – Global dairy giant Fonterra announces interim results (2130 GMT)

Europe

PARIS (France) – Major unions call for strike

MADRID (Spain) – Trial of 12 Catalan leaders charged over independence bid enters sixth week (To 21)

PARIS (France) – Verdict expected in trial of rapper Nick Conrad over ‘Hang the Whites’ track (1230 GMT)

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – Trump hosts talks with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro VIDEO.

OTTAWA (Canada) – Government presents 2019 budget

UNITED NATIONS (United States) – UN Security Council discusses Yemen

PHOENIX (United States) – Nurse accused of raping and impregnating incapacitated US woman in hospital appears in court

SAN FRANCISCO (United States) – Google expected to update plans for video game streaming service as it hosts game developers’ conference

Sub-Saharan Africa

HARARE (Zimbabwe) – Trial of cleric Evan Mawarire, and trade unionist Peter Mutasa for subversion following January protests VIDEO.

HWANGE (Zimbabwe) – Trial resumes of seven Chinese nationals caught with 20 kilogrammes of rhino horn pieces (0700 GMT)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019

Asia-Pacific

SINGAPORE (Singapore) – Rights activist Jolovan Wham sentenced for contempt over social media post questioning judiciary’s independence (0200 GMT) PICTURE.

Europe

LONDON: New vote expected on prime minister’s Brexit deal proposal. PICTURE. VIDEO. GRAPHIC.

THE HAGUE (Netherlands) – UN judges to rule in war crimes appeal of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (1300 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO.

AIX-EN-PROVENCE (France) – Accused over ‘Air Cocaine’ plot to smuggle planeload of drugs questioned in trial (To 22)

North America

NEW YORK (United States) – Disney-Fox mega-deal set to close

WASHINGTON (United States) – Supreme Court rules whether to uphold murder conviction of Curtis Flowers after string of black jurors were struck from case

Middle East and North Africa

CAIRO (Egypt) – Final verdict for eight accused of plot to assassinate President Sisi

THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2019

Asia-Pacific

HONG KONG (China) – Tech giant Tencent posts annual and fourth quarter results

INDIA – Revellers celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colours PICTURE. VIDEO.

Europe

BRUSSELS (Belgium) – Last EU summit before Britain’s scheduled exit PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 22)

ISTANBUL (Turkey) – Trial resumes of rights activists accused of ‘terrorist’ activities including head of Amnesty in Turkey

BASEL (Switzerland) – Baselworld watch and jewellery fair

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Financial services ‘Brexit and Beyond’ summit organised by City of London

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Bank of England monetary policy decision, minutes of meeting (1200 GMT)

Sub-Saharan Africa

NAIROBI (Kenya) – Three suspects on trial over 2013 Westgate attack

Sports

EUROPEAN STADIUMS – Euro 2020 qualifying matches begin (from 1500 GMT) (To 23)

BARCELONA (Spain) – Court hearing in case brought by Neymar against Barcelona FC over bonus

Misc.

WORLD – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2019

Asia-Pacific

BANGKOK (Thailand) – Parties hold massive final rallies across capital ahead of general election PICTURE. VIDEO.

North America

CHICAGO (United States) – Singer R Kelly appears in court on child sex abuse charges (1500 GMT) VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

ABIDJAN (Ivory Coast) – Adicomdays digital communications event (To 23)

Sports

MELFORT, SASKATCHEWAN (Canada) – Sentencing of truck driver over crash with junior hockey team’s bus which left 16 people dead (1430 GMT)

Misc.

WORLD – World Water Day

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2019

Asia-Pacific

SYDNEY (Australia) – Regional elections in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state PICTURE.

BEIJING (China) – China Development Forum, attended by global business leaders (1000 GMT) (To 25)

Europe

MILAN (Italy) – 100 years ago, Mussolini founded his fascist movement

PARIS (France) – ‘Tutankhamun, the Treasure of the Pharaoh’ exhibition (To September 15)

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Campaigners for second referendum over Brexit hold march (1200 GMT) VIDEO.

Middle East and North Africa

CAIRO (Egypt) – Ruling due in case brought by Nile island residents against their forced eviction (0600 GMT)

CAIRO (Egypt) – Sons of ousted dictator Mubarak on trial for alleged stock exchange manipulation (0600 GMT)

Latin America

BUENOS AIRES (Argentina) – Anti-abortion protest (1700 GMT) VIDEO.

Sports

MILAN (Italy) – Milan-San Remo cycling race

INDIA – IPL cricket extravaganza PICTURE. (To May 19)

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019

Asia-Pacific

THAILAND – First general election since 2014 coup PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu among speakers expected to address annual AIPAC conference VIDEO. PICTURE. (To 26)

Middle East and North Africa

DUBAI (United Arab Emirates) – $1-million Global Teacher Prize awarded PICTURE. VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

MORONI (Comoros) – Presidential election, first round LIVE VIDEO. VIDEO. PICTURE.

BURKINA FASO – Referendum on new constitution LIVE VIDEO. VIDEO.

Latin America

QUITO (Ecuador) – Local elections (1200 GMT) PICTURE.

Sports

AMSTERDAM (Netherlands) – Germany take on the Netherlands in qualifier for 2020 European Championships PICTURE.

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2019

Asia-Pacific

BEIJING (China) – China Fashion Week VIDEO. PICTURE. (To 31)

Europe

PARIS (France) – New trial for Abdelkader Merah, older brother and mentor of 2012 French Jewish school shooter Mohamed Merah (0830 GMT) (To April 18)

MADRID (Spain) – Trial of 12 Catalan leaders charged over independence bid enters seventh week (To 28)

BRAUNSCHWEIG (Germany) – Court hearing resumes of first trial brought by investors against Volkswagen and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating (To September 9)

BRISTOL (United Kingdom) – Mark Acklom, accused of swindling woman out of her life savings, appears in court

North America

CUPERTINO (United States) – Apple event, with expected streaming announcement

Sub-Saharan Africa

WINDHOEK (Namibia) – Southern African solidarity conference on Western Sahara (To 26)

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019

Asia-Pacific

NAYPYIDAW (Myanmar) – Supreme Court hears appeal for jailed Reuters journalists (0300 GMT) PICTURE.

Europe

ISTANBUL (Turkey) – Local US consulate employee on trial accused of espionage and attempting government overthrow (0600 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 28)

BUCHAREST (Romania) – EU transport ministers hold informal talks (0700 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 27)

PARIS (France) – Constitutional court rules on legality of bone tests on migrant children (1300 GMT)

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – 40 years ago, Israel and Egypt signed Camp David peace treaty

WASHINGTON (United States) – Supreme Court considers challenge to redrawing of electoral boundaries which plaintiffs say amounts to unconstitutional gerrymandering (1400 GMT)

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Middle East and North Africa

SANAA (Yemen) – Fourth anniversary of Saudi-led war in Yemen

Sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa) – Ex-president Zuma’s son Duduzane stands trial for culpable homicide in deadly car crash in 2014 PICTURE.

PRAIA (Cape Verde) – World Health Organization holds Africa Health Forum (To 28)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019

Asia-Pacific

TAIPEI (Taiwan) – Reporters Without Borders releases report on Beijing’s global media influence (0600 GMT)

Europe

VILNIUS (Lithuania) – Court issues verdict for Russian and Belarussian citizens accused in absentia of crimes against humanity over 1991 Soviet crackdown

TOULOUSE (France) – Auction of Caravaggio painting found in attic in southwest France (1300 GMT)

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – Russian-born real estate developer Felix Sater testifies about Moscow Trump Tower project at House Intelligence Committee hearing VIDEO.

UNITED STATES – Trump welcomes all 10 heads of ASEAN states to US-ASEAN Dialogue summit (To 28)

PALM BEACH GARDENS (United States) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in court after massage parlor sting PICTURE.

UNITED NATIONS (United States) – Security Council votes on renewing Democratic Republic of Congo peacekeeping force’s mandate

Sub-Saharan Africa

BLANTYRE (Malawi) – Civil rights groups call countrywide anti-government protests two months ahead of general election PICTURE.

PRETORIA (South Africa) – Five people accused of embezzling $120 million under former president Zuma due in court

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2019

Asia-Pacific

HONG KONG (China) – Art Basel Hong Kong opens to the public (2300 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 31)

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – 50th anniversary of former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s death

Three Mile Island (United States) – 40th anniversary of Three Mile Island nuclear disaster

Middle East and North Africa

CAIRO (Egypt) – Scheduled release for prominent political prisoner Alaa Abdel Fattah VIDEO. PICTURE.

DOHA (Qatar) – Qatar opens first national museum VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa) – Court hears case of anti-apartheid activist allegedly pushed to his death by police in 1971

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

Europe

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Date set for Britain’s withdrawal from European Union (2300 GMT) PICTURE. GRAPHIC. VIDEO. (To 30)

STOCKHOLM (Sweden) – H&M releases Q1 earnings (0600 GMT)

PARIS (France) – Verdict in case brought on appeal by Jawad Bendaoud, who rented his flat to two jihadists in November 2015 Paris attacks (1230 GMT)

PARIS (France) – ‘Pissarro’s Garden’, an early masterpiece by Paul Gauguin, goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s (1330 GMT)

SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2019

Europe

SLOVAKIA – Second round of presidential election PICTURE. VIDEO.

ZAGREB (Croatia) – Balkan region’s first-ever transgender march VIDEO.

GERMANY – WWF Earth Hour Germany (1930 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

RABAT (Morocco) – Pope Francis visits, with stops in Rabat and Casablanca PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO. (To 31)

GAZA CITY (Palestinian Territories) – One-year anniversary of start of Gaza ‘March of Return’ protests PICTURE.

Sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa) – National Union of Mineworkers members march to ruling party headquarters PICTURE.

Sports

VILLENEUVE-D’ASCQ (France) – France League Cup final (2005 GMT)

Misc.

WORLD – WWF Earth Hour

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

Asia-Pacific

BEIJING (China) – China releases March PMI data (0100 GMT) PICTURE.

Europe

UKRAINE – First round of presidential election (0500 GMT) PICTURE. VIDEO. GRAPHIC.

TURKEY – Local elections (0400 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

TUNIS (Tunisia) – Arab League summit VIDEO.

Sports

MANAMA (Bahrain) – Bahrain Grand Prix, second round of Formula One world championship (1510 GMT)

MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019

Europe

COLOGNE (Germany) – Ban on most polluting old diesel vehicles comes into force in Bonn and Cologne city centres

North America

NEW YORK (United States) – Pre-trial hearing for disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein over sexual assault charges (1330 GMT) VIDEO.

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019

Asia-Pacific

CANBERRA (Australia) – Budget announcement ahead of national elections (0100 GMT)

North America

CHICAGO (United States) – Chicago set to elect its first ever black female mayor in runoff vote between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot PICTURE.

Sub-Saharan Africa

DAKAR (Senegal) – Swearing-in ceremony of President Macky Sall PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

Misc.

WORLD – World autism awareness day

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019

Asia-Pacific

HONIARA (Solomon Islands) – Solomon Islands general election

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – NATO foreign ministers meet VIDEO. PICTURE. (To 4)

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – 70 years ago, NATO’s founding treaty was signed

NEW YORK (United States) – New hearing for Cardi B in Queens criminal court over nightclub brawl (1330 GMT)

NANTUCKET (United States) – New hearing in Kevin Spacey’s indecent assault case

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

Europe

BUCHAREST (Romania) – Informal meeting of EU finance ministers PICTURE. VIDEO. (To 6)

BELGRADE (Serbia) – Court announces verdict for 1999 murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija (0900 GMT)

North America

NEW YORK (United States) – Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah sentenced over failed subway bombing

WASHINGTON (United States) – US releases job creation and unemployment data for March

Middle East and North Africa

TUNISIA – Emergency law in place since 2015 due to expire

Sub-Saharan Africa

KANG (Botswana) – Ruling party holds congress to elect presidential candidate for elections due in October

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

Europe

L’AQUILA (Italy) – 10th anniversary of earthquake that killed more than 300 people

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Miniskirt inventor Mary Quant exhibition opens at V&A PICTURE. VIDEO.

Sports

KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia) – African Football Confederation presidential election, with current president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa seeking fresh term

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019

Asia-Pacific

PYONGYANG (North Korea) – Pyongyang marathon, North Korea’s biggest tourism event of the year VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

RWANDA – 25 years ago, Rwandan genocide began

MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

Asia-Pacific

TOKYO (Japan) – Nissan holds extraordinary shareholders’ meeting with Jean-Dominique Senard to replace Carlos Ghosn PICTURE. VIDEO.

Sub-Saharan Africa

LUSAKA (Zambia) – MP Chishimba Kambwili appears in court on charges of hate speech

Latin America

QUITO (Ecuador) – Regional meeting to discuss Venezuela refugees PICTURE. (To 9)

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019

Asia-Pacific

HONG KONG (China) – Court to deliver verdict in pro-democracy Occupy Central trial PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

Europe

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Shortlist announced for Britain’s Man Booker literature prize

Middle East and North Africa

JERUSALEM – Israel holds general election PICTURE. VIDEO. GRAPHIC.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

Europe

VIENNA (Austria) – OPEC publishes monthly oil report

LONDON (United Kingdom) – Tesco posts annual results (0600 GMT)

FRANKFURT AM MAIN (Germany) – European Central Bank press conference on monetary policy in eurozone (1230 GMT)

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019

Asia-Pacific

NEW DELHI (India) – General election PICTURE. VIDEO. GRAPHIC. (To May 19)

Europe

ANKARA (Turkey) – Trial opens of Austrian student and journalist Max Zirngast over alleged terror links

Sports

AUGUSTA (United States) – The Masters, the first golf major of the year (To 14)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

Asia-Pacific

BEIJING (China) – China releases March trade data (0200 GMT) PICTURE.

Europe

WEIMAR (Germany) – 100th anniversary of Bauhaus movement VIDEO.

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – International Monetary Fund and World Bank hold their Spring meetings (To 14)

Sports

CAIRO (Egypt) – CAF African Cup of Nations 2019 draw VIDEO.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019

Asia-Pacific

BEIJING (China) – Beijing International Film Festival (To 20)

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

Europe

FINLAND – General election

Sub-Saharan Africa

NIGERIA – Fifth anniversary of Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction

Sports

PARIS (France) – Paris Marathon

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

Asia-Pacific

PYONGYANG (North Korea) – 107th birth anniversary of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of Kim Jong Un PICTURE. VIDEO.

BEIJING (China) – 30th anniversary of death of Chinese reformist Hu Yaobang, sparking Tiananmen protests

Europe

ISTANBUL (Turkey) – Trial resumes of Erol Onderoglu, Turkey representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) (0700 GMT)

Middle East and North Africa

ALGIERS (Algeria) – 20 years ago, Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president

Sub-Saharan Africa

DURBAN (South Africa) – 12 suspects in court after mosque attack in which one worshipper was killed in knife attack (0730 GMT)

Sports

SHEFFIELD (United Kingdom) – 30th anniversary of Hillsborough disaster that left 96 people dead in Britain’s worst sporting tragedy VIDEO.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

Asia-Pacific

INDONESIA – General election PICTURE. VIDEO. LIVE VIDEO.

Europe

VIENNA (Austria) – OPEC and non OPEC oil ministers’ meeting (To 18)

PARIS (France) – Appeals court issues verdict in case against businessman accused of industrial-scale counterfeiting of Rodin sculptures (1130 GMT)

North America

WASHINGTON (United States) – US publishes monthly trade balance data (1230 GMT)

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