• Major events in 2016

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    PARIS: Big events in 2016 include the US presidential elections, the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the UEFA Euro football championships.

    Here is a schedule of dates for them and other major events in the year to come:

    January
    15: WESTERN AFRICA: Ebola epidemic to be declared over if no new cases erupt by then

    16: TAIWAN – Presidential and legislative elections

    26: PHILIPPINES – Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the country for the first time

    Date to be determined (TBD): VIETNAM – 12th Communist Party Congress

    February
    4: BRITAIN – Conference on Syrian Refugees in London

    8: CHINA – Lunar New Year – year of the monkey

    12: MEXICO – Visit by Pope Francis

    18-19: BELGIUM – European Union summit on conditions for continued British membership

    26: SWITZERLAND – Election for the president of the international football association FIFA

    March     
    Date TBD: KAZAKHSTAN – Launch of EU/Russian space probe ExoMars 2016, expected to reach Mars in October

    April
    13: SOUTH KOREA – General elections

    16: CUBA: Communist Party congress

    May
    9: PHILIPPINES – General elections

    16-19: DENMARK – Women Deliver conference on health and human rights

    Date TBD: NORTH KOREA – First ruling party congress for 35 years

    June     
    10-July 10: FRANCE – Euro 2016 football championships

    July     
    18-21: UNITED STATES – Republican presidential convention in Cleveland

    25-28: UNITED STATES – Democratic presidential convention in Philadelphia

    August   
    -21: BRAZIL – Olympic Games in Rio

    September   
    18: RUSSIA – Legislative elections

    Date TBD: CHINA – Legislative council elections in Hong Kong

    October  
    No major events on the calendar yet

    November     
    8: UNITED STATES – Presidential election

    December     
    4-17: MEXICO – UN conference on bio-diversity in Cancun

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