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UPCOMING EVENTS

Your guide to major international events for January 2004

THURSDAY, JANUARY 1

DUBLIN- Ireland assumes presidency of the European Union (to July 1).

IRELAND- Ireland is scheduled to become the first European country to ban smoking in pubs, bars and restaurants.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 3

MARS- The first of two NASA probes named 'Spirit' is expected to land on the surface of Mars. The second is expected on January 24.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 4

ISLAMABAD- Twelfth summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9

SANTA BARBARA. LA- Michael Jackson expected to appear in court on child molestation charges.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 10

DETROIT- North American International Auto Show (to January 9th) www.naias.com

MONDAY, JANUARY 12

MONTERREY, Mexico- Special summit of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Leaders from across the Americas will discuss social and economic issues..

NEW YORK- The trial of lifestyle trend-setter Martha Stewart for securities fraud due to begin.

SOUTHAMPTON, England- (TENTATIVE) The Queen Mary 2 (QM2), the world's biggest cruise liner, is due to set sail on its maiden voyage to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16

MUMBAI, India- World Social Forum 2004 (to January 21).

TUESDAY, JANUARY 20

DAVOS, Switzerland- World Economic Forum - Annual meeting (to January 25).

STOCKHOLM- Murder trial for man accused of murdering Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh expected to start.

Source: Reuters