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The Week Ahead: July 22 – July 29

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Kuwait holds its sixth election in seven years; a general election is held in Cambodia; and an election is also held in Northern Cyprus; track and field stars limber up for the London Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium

Monday – July 22

Pope to visit Brazil slum

Pope Francis I, on his first international trip as pontiff, visits dwellers at Manguinhos slum in Rio de Janeiro (to July 29). He will also meet young prisoners and address Brazil’s political and business leaders. Over 1.5m pilgrims are expected to flock to Rio for the visit where there were massive street protests last month.

Piracy under fire

The third Annual Combatting Piracy: West African Maritime Security conference is in Lagos to assess current threat levels and initiatives (to July 25).

Chile mission

UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson, an independent human rights expert, visits Chile to see officials and government ministers, organisers of non-governmental organisations and visit detention centres (to July 30).

Getting physical

The Europhysics Conference on High-Energy Physics continues in Stockholm for more than 600 physicists to review the current state of the science (to July 24).

EU hedge fund curbs

European Union hedge fund regulations come into force. The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, the EU’s attempt to protect investors, effectively creates a single market with a host of new regulations.

Home loans help

Britain’s government is to make an announcement on the second part of its housing “Help to Buy” scheme. Borrowers still need a 5 per cent deposit, while the lender will be able to buy a guarantee from the government covering up to 15 per cent of property value.

Paralympians gather

Around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries compete for medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon (to July 28), the first major gathering of world track and field stars since the London Paralympics.

Good lord, governor

The House of Lords welcomes former BoE governor Sir Mervyn to its benches as Lord King. Labour’s Lord Winston asks a question on measures being taken to alleviate the health risk from air pollution in London. Lord Harris of Harringey (Lab) asks how much of the UK’s critical infrastructure is owned by foreign companies.

Security matters

The UN Security Council in New York debates Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. It turns its attention to the Middle East tomorrow.

Competition time

The European Union Competitiveness Council meets informally in Lithuania with ministers from the single market, industry and research due to attend (to July 24).

All together now

North Korea’s Arirang mass games start in Pyongyang (until September 9) with some 100,000 people taking part in night synchronised performances that include gymnastics, dance, acrobatics and music.

Computer world

The World Congress in Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Applied Computing is in Las Vegas (to July 25).

Tuesday – July 23

Nuclear mission

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida visits the Middle East in an effort to move forward the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. In Jordan he is expected to promote Japan’s nuclear power expertise as Amman is considering building its first nuclear power plant (to July 27).

Egyptian landmark

Egypt, where Mohamed Morsi’s ousting by the military has led to protests and deadly street battles between rival sides, marks its national day, the anniversary of the 1952 revolution, a bloodless coup by army officers led by Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat which overthrew King Farouk.

Emirati art

London auction house Sotheby’s hosts the first UK exhibition by artists from the United Arab Emirates (to August 9). The Three Generations exhibition reflects the spirit of the desert landscapes of Al Dhafra.

Wednesday – July 24

Blast off to station

Space mission ISS Progress 52 is due to blast off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, with supplies for the International Space Station. Nasa last week aborted a spacewalk at the station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet.

Sporting legacy

A seminar, The Power of Sport for Social Change: the Olympics and its Legacy for London, is at University of East London.

Thursday – July 25

Kuwaitis go to polls

Kuwait holds its sixth parliamentary election in seven years. The election was ordered by the top court after the country’s ruling assembly was dissolved on June 20.

Something to crow about

A sculpture by German artist Katharina Fritsch of a 14ft blue cockerel is due to be unveiled on the fourth plinth on London’s Trafalgar Square.

Politics in the musical box

The Womad music and dance festival, founded in 1980 by Peter Gabriel and others, takes place in Wiltshire (to July 28).

Friday – July 26

Games on again

The London Anniversary Games are a three-day event, which will be staged at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. A number of Olympic and Paralympic medallists will be taking part, including sprinter Usain Bolt, heptathlete Jessica Ennis (pictured), long jumper Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah, who won gold in the 5,000m and the 10,000m.

Saturday – July 27

Outback country miles

The Australian Outback Marathon is mainly on red earth tracks at Ayers Rock.

Rich marine life

National Marine Week in the UK sees wildlife trusts celebrating sea animals and plants with fossil hunting, whale and dolphin watching (to August 11).

Sunday – July 28

Cambodians got to polls

A general election is held in Cambodia with 9.7m people eligible to vote and eight parties contesting.

Election in Cyprus

A parliamentary election is held in Northern Cyprus after the June resignation of National Unity party leader and prime minister Irsen Kucuk following a vote of no-confidence.

German grid

The German Grand Prix is at the Hockenheim Circuit.

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