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Looking Ahead

Issue: "Medical care circus," Feb. 25, 2012

Yemeni elections

Voters in Yemen will elect a new president on Feb. 21, less than three months after a protest movement in Yemen forced former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign in November. Since resigning, Saleh-whom Yemeni reformers wanted to prosecute for corruption-has left the country and is seeking medical treatment in the United States.

Ash Wednesday

Many Christians worldwide will observe Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22-a day of fasting and prayer that marks the transition into Lent in the traditional church calendar.

Oscars

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Fans of the Oscars will see a familiar face when they tune in to watch the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26. Actor Billy Crystal will make his ninth appearance hosting the film industry's awards show.

The NBA All-Star Game

Festivities for the NBA's showcase weekend will wrap up on Feb. 26 with the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. The weekend could be crucial for a league attempting to rebound from a labor impasse that shortened the 2011-2012 season by 16 games.

Cuban Cigar Festival

The Castro regime may be on its last legs, but the 14th annual Habano cigar festival is scheduled to begin on Feb. 27. Luxury cigar aficionados relish the five-day event, called the largest celebration of cigars in the world.

Iranian elections

Iranians will head to the polls on March 3 to elect representatives for its legislative body, the Islamic Consultative Assembly. But the election won't bring meaningful change: The government largely bars reformist politicians from participating.

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