World diary: March 3 – March 9

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The trial of Oscar Pistorius begins in Pretoria, former US president Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland, London hosts a two-day shale conference and the winter Paralympics start in Sochi

Monday – March 3

Pistorius trial begins

The trial of the double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, begins. A South African judge has ruled that parts of the trial can be broadcast live on television and allowed the audio broadcasting of the entire proceedings.

Arab art celebration

The 11th annual Abu Dhabi Festival begins. The largest classical arts event will be organised by the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. The event was founded in 2004 and has become the most prominent arts festival in the Arab world.

Spain debates stability

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao will host Global Forum Spain 2014: from Stability to Growth, covering varied themes across economic policy and what is needed to restart a growth process to reduce unemployment and address imbalances. Speakers include the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and OECD secretary-general Ángel Gurría.

Court battle

The annual BNP Paribas Tennis Showdown takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Olympic Gold medallist and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will battle six time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. The two players have faced each other in three of the past four Grand Slam tennis finals.

Tuesday – March 4

Mardi Gras merrymaking

The annual carnival celebration takes place in New Orleans. The day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday as it translates, is a celebration of life with a hazy history dating back to when the French were in control of the city. Each year dozens of parades take place in New Orleans and the surrounding area.

Media moguls

The 2014 annual Media Summit takes place at the McGraw Hill Building in New York. One thousand executives in the media, entertainment and technology industries are expected to attend.

Digital learning

Microsoft’s former chief executive, Steve Ballmer, is speaking to students and members of the public on the subject of technology and its effects on the modern media at Oxford. The Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford hosts the talk titled: In Conversation with Steve Ballmer.

Shale conference

Shale UK is being held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London. The two-day conference will present a view of geoscience relevant to shale gas exploration, production and environmental management in the UK. It aims to bring together the leading experts in relevant areas of geology, from the UK, US and elsewhere.

Wednesday – March 5

Clinton visits N Ireland

Former US president Bill Clinton is due to attend the opening of a new department at Queen’s University Belfast named in his honour. The William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall has been named after Mr Clinton in recognition of his role during the Northern Ireland peace process.

Bid for slavery book

A rare first edition book that records a slave’s historic bid for freedom is coming to auction. It is being offered as part of the Law Books: Property of LA Law Library sale, at Bonhams auction house in Knightsbridge, London. The 1772-published book is valued at just £400-£600.

Thursday – March 6

Geneva revs up for show
This year’s Geneva International Motor Show opens its doors from March 6 to 16. Every year the event brings together the most technologically advanced, most futuristic and efficient cars. This year’s show will also feature a special display celebrating the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Under the hammer

Christie’s auction house in New York will hold its first open sale of postwar and contemporary art. A selection of 343 works of painting, photography and sculpture will be on offer. It will showcase works by some of the most sought-after contemporary artists including Wade Guyton, and Lucien Smith.
There are also works by Andy Warhol and Ken Price.

Independence celebration

Ghana celebrates its Independence Day. It marks the anniversary of the west African country’s independence from Britain in 1957.

Friday – March 7

Silver screen hits Miami

The 31st annual Miami International Film Festival takes place. This year’s event includes 93 features and 28 shorts, including premieres, industry-related seminars, red carpet events and celebrations. Italian-American actor John Turturro will receive the career achievement award.

Sorrell speaks

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, the world’s largest media group, is due to address the Oxford Union.

Winter Paralympics

The opening ceremony takes place at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. The sports to be contested include, alpine skiing, biathlon and wheelchair curling. The Games feature around 700 competitors from 44 nations.

Sunday – March 9

N Korea assembly vote

A parliamentary election is set to take place in North Korea, with voters choosing the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly. It will be the first election since the assumption of Kim Jong-un as leader of the country following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and the execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek.

Spring time

Daylight saving time begins in the US, Canada and Mexico, among other countries. Clocks move forward by one hour.

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