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The Week Ahead: Feb. 14th-20th

This week should see plenty of news coming out of Asia. First, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the region, making stops in Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and China. Observers will also be watching the Chinese economy, as the China Construction Bank may sell up to $5.9 billion worth of bonds, which ...

This week should see plenty of news coming out of Asia. First, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the region, making stops in Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and China. Observers will also be watching the Chinese economy, as the China Construction Bank may sell up to $5.9 billion worth of bonds, which could vastly help the country’s credit markets. Finally, North Korea’s "Dear Leader" will be celebrating his birthday, an event that has already been credited with improving the country’s weather.

Weekend

Head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee John Kerry will visit Syria for talks with President Bashar al-Assad, showing further signs that the Obama administration would like to see a thaw in the relationship with Damscus.

G7 finance ministers will continue their meetings in Rome, where Tim Geithner is making his debut on the international scene.

Analysts hope that an Egyptian-brokered truce may take place in Gaza.

Venezuelans head to the polls on Sunday to vote on Hugo Chavez’s referendum to end presindential term limits.

If you don’t have a date for Valentine ‘s Day, maybe you should head to Mexico City, where people will celebrate the holiday by trying to set the world record for largest number of people kissing simultaneously.

Monday

President Obama hopes to sign the newly passed fiscal stimulus package into law.

Starbucks will finally realize its twenty-year-old dream of selling instant coffee that tastes just like its fresh-brewed counterpart.

The U.S. markets will be closed for presidents day, offering a small relief for beleaguered traders.

Medecins Sans Frontieres is expected to release a report on the state of health care in Zimbabwe.

Tuesday

Turkey will send a frigate to the Gulf of Aden in order to take part in the multinational anti-piracy effort.

Kosovo celebrates its first birthday.

In Cambodia, a UN-backed court will begin the trial of Comrade Duch, a former Khmer Rouge leader.

Wednesday

Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, will consult with political parties Kadima and Likud in order to decide who should have the responsibility of forming the new government.

Barack Obama will outline his administration’s plan to stem the skyrocketing number of home foreclosures.

German lawmakers are expected to outline new rescue plan for the country’s banks.

The Bank of Japan will hold a policy meeting where they will likely discuss new efforts for financial stabilization within the country.

Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso is set to meet with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Sakhilin Island for talks on "all issues" between the two nations.

Thursday

The official tally from this week’s Israeli election will be announced.

The trial of journalist Muntazar al-Zaydi, who is accused of throwing shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush, will begin in Iraq.

In Russia, diplomats will talk about talking: consultations will begin on how to proceed with the six-party talks that have sought to deal with the North Korean nuclear issues.

President Obama will also make his first trip abroad by traveling to the distant land of Canada.

Defense ministers from the NATO nations will meet in Krakow, Poland.

Friday

Secretary Clinton will make the last, and potentially most important, stop of her Asia trip in Beijing.

Sinn Fein will hold its annual conference in Dublin. The party is currently leading the charge in Ireland’s opposition to the EU’s Lisbon Treaty.

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