Reporters on the Job

Journalist couture: Staff writer Jill Carroll says that Libyan government minders insisted that journalists visiting the tightly controlled ceremonies last week to mark 30 years of Col. Muammar Qaddafi's Green Book wanted to make it easy to keep an eye on their charges (see story). So they handed out vests emblazoned with "Press" in English as well as white caps bearing pictures of Colonel Qaddafi.

"Everyone donned the vests, but for some, the hats were a step too far," says Jill. "A quiet rebellion was on to hold the hats but not to wear them. The idea was to maintain a level of independence without angering the minders."

Week ahead

Monday, March 5
The Hague – War-crimes trial begins for former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj charged with plot to murder, rape and torture Serbs and Gypsies in Serbian province.
Vienna – International Atomic Energy Agency's board meets. Through March 9.
Brussels – Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek meets NATO Secretary-General Jaap De Hoop Scheffer to discuss the US missile defense system to be based in the Czech Republic.
London – Abdul Muhid appears in court charged over Muhammad cartoon protest at the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court.
Tokyo – US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson arrives. Through March 6.

Tuesday, March 6
Islamabad, Pakistan – Senior Indian and Pakistani officials discuss cooperation in fight against terrorist groups.
Accra, Ghana – Ghana celebrates 50th anniversary of becoming first African country to gain independence.

Wednesday, March 7
Belfast, Northern Ireland – Elections for Northern Ireland Assembly.

Thursday, March 8
Frankfurt – European Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the 13-nation euro zone.
London – Veil-wearing Muslim teaching aide appeals an employment tribunal decision refusing her compensation for her dismissal.
Seoul, South Korea – The US and South Korea begin their eighth round of free-trade talks.

Friday, March 9
Kourou, French Guiana – Satellites from India and Britain are to be launched by Arianspace.

–Amelia Newcomb
Deputy World editor

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