OPEC meeting in Vienna

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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is to hold its 175th ordinary meeting in Vienna.

The OPEC meeting is a twice-yearly session in which the organisation sets oil production quotas for each of its 14 member countries. These quotas are important because they affect the global supply of oil and, in turn, its price.

G20 Summit Buenos Aires

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The next G20 leaders’ summit is to take place in Buenos Aires. The 20 heads of state and government and top-level representatives of international organizations will gather in the Argentinian capital. The G20 members include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union (EU). Argentina has selected the motto ‘Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,’ and has identified three key issues for the agenda: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future.

Bahrain to hold parliamentary elections

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Bahrain hold a parliamentary election on Nov. 24, the second ballot since 2011 when mostly Shi’ite protesters took to the streets demanding more democracy.

The 2018 elections come at a sensitive time for the Gulf state as the public finances have been hit hard by a slump in oil prices, with Bahrain’s dinar plunging to its lowest in more than decade.

Putin to Attend TurkStream Pipeline Completion Ceremony

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit the Turkish city of Istanbul on November 19 to attend the ceremony of ending construction of the TurkStream gas pipeline.

The TurkStream pipeline project envisages the construction of a gas pipeline comprising two strings, each with the capacity to deliver 15.7 billion cubic meters (554 billion cubic feet) of gas per year.

Italy to host Libya conference in Sicily

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The meeting will be held in the Sicilian capital Palermo on Nov. 12 and 13, with key players from both within Libya and abroad expected to turn up, Moavero told parliament.

“We want to find a common solution, even though there will be different opinions around the table,” Moavero said, adding that the goal was to help restore peace in Libya and facilitate an inclusive political process ahead of possible elections.

Trump and Putin plan Paris meeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to discuss U.S. plans to exit the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) arms treaty with Donald Trump when the two meet in Paris on Nov. 11, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Trump and Putin plan to hold a bilateral meeting in Paris on the sidelines of events to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One.

“There are still a lot of questions concerning strategic stability, even more so in the context of the stated U.S. intention to leave the INF. All of this will of course be on the agenda,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Turkey’s preparations for military operation to East of Euphrates

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Syrian border, Istanbul and Ankara

After the bombardment on YPG positions on the Eastern bank of Euphrates Turkey makes preparations for a broader scale operation. “Turkey will destroy militants east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria” President Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that intervention there had begun and more extensive operations will be launched soon.

Africa Forum takes place in Paris

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The 18th Africa Forum will take place on 31 October 2018 as a joint effort between the African Union Commission and the OECD Development Centre, and in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD).

The Africa Forum 2018 will take a closer look at the topics of Growth, Employment, Migration and Development.

(IISS) Regional Security Summit

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Set to take place in Bahrain on 26–28 October 2018, this year’s summit will see a diverse group of prime ministers, defence ministers, foreign ministers, national security advisers, and military and intelligence chiefs gather for three days of debate on ways to address the Middle East’s most pressing security challenges.

Inspiring fresh policy thinking, the Dialogue provides opportunities for government leaders to engage directly with the leading experts in the region, and facilitates private bilateral and multilateral meetings between participating states.