By The Associated Press
2013-08-15 09:22 AM
?Thursday, Aug. 15:
TOKYO -- A group of Japanese politicians including some Cabinet ministers are expected to join war veterans visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine as the country marks the 68th anniversary of the end of World War II
SEOUL -- President Park Geun-Hye leads ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's annexation.
DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gives speech to mark the country's independence from British rule in 1947.
HO CHI MINH CITY -- 40th Anniversary to mark the end of U.S. bombing missions in Vietnam, completing the American pullout.
AMMAN, Jordan -- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon arrives in Jordan for talks on the Syrian civil war and Mideast peacemaking.
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- International aero/defense international expo.
WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for July, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Federal Reserve releases industrial production for July, 9:15 a.m. (1315 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for August, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reports quarterly results.
NEW YORK -- Nordstrom Inc. reports quarterly results.
?Friday, Aug. 16:
PRAGUE -- Lawmakers to vote to dissolve Parliament and hold early elections.
SOUTH LEBANON -- Leader of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah to speak at a rally to mark the end of the 2006 war with Israel.
JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivers his speech before Parliament ahead of the country's 68th anniversary of independence.
KRABI -- Trial opens for a suspect in the alleged rape of a Dutch tourist.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish shipper AP Moller-Maersk releases 2nd quarter financial report.
WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases housing starts for July, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT).
?Saturday, Aug. 17:
CAIRO -- Retrial resumes of former President Hosni Mubarak over charges of corruption and involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ousted him. Mubarak's two sons, Alaa and Gamal, are also on trial for corruption. The former leader was convicted in 2012 of the charges, but an appeals court granted a retrial.
JAKARTA -- Indonesian independence day celebration.
CANCUN -- WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura of Japan will be challenged by Sergio "Yeyo" Thomson of Mexico.
?Sunday, Aug 18:
Nothing major added.
?Monday, Aug. 19:
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Security Council holds debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict.
TOKYO -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman speaks to reporters as perennial bilateral sticking points like autos and financial services resurface after Japan joins talks on a trans-Pacific free-trade zone.
?Tuesday, Aug 20:
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan -- Court expected to charge former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a case related to the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
SUKKUR/KARACHI -- Pakistan expected to hang four prisoners between today and Thursday, ending moratorium on executions. They include two members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.
UNITED NATIONS -- U.N. Security Council hears briefing on Middle East issues and holds consultations.
JAKARTA -- Indonesian Foreign Ministry to host Special Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons attended by foreign ministers from Asia-Pacific region.
GENEVA -- Swiss-based commodities and mining giant Glencore Xstrata releases its half-year results before the opening of the London exchange Tuesday.
?Wednesday, Aug. 21:
CAIRO -- Egyptian court to look into freezing funds of Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish brewer Carlsberg released second-quarter financial results.