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What 2012 has in store

04 january 2012, 12:16
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The London Olympic Games and presidential elections in Russia, France and the United States are among the main events in 2012. Here is a look at what the year has in store.

JANUARY

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1 - EUROPEAN UNION: Denmark takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.

1-15 - ARGENTINA, CHILE, PERU: The Dakar Rally.

Presentation of the route of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar rally. ©REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
Presentation of the route of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar rally. ©REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

21-February 12 - GABON, EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Football's Africa Cup of Nations.

Tunisia's players celebrate after their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match victory over Togo. ©REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunisia's players celebrate after their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match victory over Togo. ©REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi

25-29 - DAVOS, Switzerland: The 42nd World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org).

©REUTERS/Vivek Prakash
©REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

FEBRUARY

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6 - LONDON: Diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British throne.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. ©REUTERS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. ©REUTERS

19 - GREECE: Legislative elections.

26 - HOLLYWOOD, US: The 84th Oscars ceremony (www.oscars.org).

8-foot-tall Oscar statue is delivered for Oscars ceremony. ©REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
8-foot-tall Oscar statue is delivered for Oscars ceremony. ©REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

MARCH

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2 - IRAN: Legislative elections.

4 - RUSSIA: Presidential election.

People voting during the elections. ©RIA NOVOSTI
People voting during the elections. ©RIA NOVOSTI

APRIL

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22 - FRANCE: First round of presidential election.

Francois Hollande, France's Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election. ©REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Francois Hollande, France's Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election. ©REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

MAY

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6 - FRANCE: Second round of presidential election.

12-August 12 - YEOSU, South Korea: The 2012 world expo, themed "The Living Ocean and Coast" (www.worldexpo2012.com).

16-27 - CANNES, France: The 65th film festival (www.festival.cannes.com).

©REUTERS/John Schults
©REUTERS/John Schults

15-22 - CHICAGO: Group of Eight (G8) summit (www.chicagog8.com).

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after making closing remarks at the G8 summit in Deauville in 2011. ©REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after making closing remarks at the G8 summit in Deauville in 2011. ©REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

20-21 - CHICAGO: NATO summit.

JUNE

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8-July 1 - POLAND, UKRAINE: Euro 2012 football championships.

An ice sculpture of the European Soccer Championship trophy. ©REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
An ice sculpture of the European Soccer Championship trophy. ©REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

10, 17 - FRANCE: Legislative elections.

18-19 - LOS CABOS, Mexico: Group of 20 (G20) summit.

20-22 - RIO DE JANEIRO: World conference on sustainable development (www.earthsummit2012.org).

JULY

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1 - EUROPEAN UNION: Cyprus takes over the bloc's presidency.

1 - MEXICO: Presidential election.

Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate of Mexico's ruling conservatives. ©REUTERS/Claudia Daut
Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate of Mexico's ruling conservatives. ©REUTERS/Claudia Daut

27-August 12 - LONDON: The 2012 Olympic Games.

The London 2012 Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, at the Olympic Park in London. ©REUTERS/Handout
The London 2012 Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, at the Olympic Park in London. ©REUTERS

AUGUST

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27-30 - TAMPA BAY, US: The Republican convention will choose its candidate for the US presidential election.

Delegates listen to presidential candidates. ©REUTERS/Phelan Ebenehack
Delegates listen to presidential candidates. ©REUTERS/Phelan Ebenehack

SEPTEMBER

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8-9 - VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: The annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. (http://apec.org).

World leaders pose for the family photo at the APEC Summit 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
World leaders pose for the family photo at the APEC Summit 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing

Late September - AFGHANISTAN: The planned withdrawal of 33,000 US surge troops, a third of the American contingent.

OCTOBER

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12-14 - TOKYO: The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

IMF Director Lagarde talks to World Bank President Robert Zoellick. ©REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
IMF Director Lagarde talks to World Bank President Robert Zoellick. ©REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

STOCKHOLM: Announcement of winners of the Nobel Prizes (www.nobelprize.org).

NOVEMBER

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6 - WASHINGTON: US presidential election.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters during his campaign. ©REUTERS/Jim Young

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters during his campaign. ©REUTERS/Jim Young

Source: AFP


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