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[December 29, 2013]

In Focus: 2014: THE YEAR IN PROSPECT: KEY DATES

(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Captions: JANUARY 7-10 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

16-18 The vital Global Forum for Food and Agriculture's Empowering Agriculture summit in Berlin.

FEBRUARY 24-27 Annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It's where mobile carriers, handset makers, app makers and everyone around them come together.

MARCH JW Anderson's first fashion show for Loewe.

6 March-22 June Big show about Britain's northern conquerors, Vikings: Life and Legend, at the British Museum 19 The Budget. This is when the chancellor, George Osborne, might hold open the prospect of future tax cuts.

APRIL 17April- 7 September Henri Matisse's influential "cutouts" appear at Tate Modern, London.

MAY 3 May-3 June Thebans, a new opera retelling Sophocles's tragedies, at the Coliseum, London.

22 European elections in UK.

JUNE 12 Football World Cup starts in Brazil.

JULY 5 The Tour de France starts in Leeds; and the British leg finishes with a sprint into Harrogate the next day.

9 First of England cricket team's five Test matches against India, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.


AUGUST Tentative launch month for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic commercial space flights. For $250,000, passengers will be sent to the edge of space on a two-and-a- half-hour flight and will experience four minutes of weightlessness.

First flight of Nasa's next-generation manned space vehicle, Orion.

SEPTEMBER Fashion designer Christopher Kane's first London store opens 18 Referendum on Scottish independence.

OCTOBER Completion of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth report.

NOVEMBER 19-21 A key event in the food security diary - the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation's second international conference on nutrition, in Rome.

25-28 Commonwealth Science Conference (the first for 46 years) in Bangalore, India.

DECEMBER 31 The official withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan.

From far left: the Rosetta spacecraft; food security will be an issue; the Tour de France starts in Yorkshire; model Malaika Firth; Virgin Galactic blasts off; Veronese heads for the National Gallery; World Cup fever; and British troops are set to leave Afghanistan.

(c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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