10 big events in 2018

Wednesday December 20 2017

Joseph Kabila

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila. The country is expected to hold a presidential election in December 2018, two years after Kabila's term expired. PHOTO | PHILL MAGAKOE | AFP 

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  • Winter Games

February 9, South Korea: Start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang against the backdrop of tensions with North Korea over its nuclear missile programme. The Games close on February 25.

  • The end of the Castro era

February 24, Cuba: Raul Castro steps aside as president, ending nearly six decades of Castro leadership on the island.

  • A fourth term for Putin?

March 18, Russia: Presidential election at which Vladimir Putin will seek a fourth term.

  • Voting in Iraq

May 15, Iraq: Legislative and provincial elections, the first since the defeat of the Islamic State in the country.

  • Royal wedding

May 19, Britain: Prince Harry marries US actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle.

  • Football finals

July 15, Russia: The final of football's 2018 World Cup, which opens on June 14 in Moscow.

  • Test for Trump

November 6, United States: Midterm elections, the first serious electoral test for President Donald Trump.

  • Venezuela votes in crisis

December, at a date to be confirmed, Venezuela: Presidential election in the country, which is mired in political and economic crisis.

  • Climate, the moment of truth

December 3, Poland: Start of the COP24 environmental summit in Katowice, where key decisions are expected on the implementation of the Paris climate accords.

  • Delayed voting in DRCongo

December 23, Democratic Republic of Congo: Presidential election, two years after the expiry of the term of outgoing President Joseph Kabila.