By The Associated Press
2013-12-12 09:42 AM
?Thursday, Dec. 12:
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin to give his annual address to parliament on the day Russia commemorates the 20th anniversary of its constitution.
PARIS -- A French court decides whether to extradite a former Kazakh banker turned dissident to either Ukraine or Russia, four months after he was arrested at a villa in the south of France by special police forces who tracked him down with the help of private detectives.
WASHINGTON -- Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the nuclear agreement with Iran.
HANOI, Vietnam -- The former boss of a major state-owned shipping company stand trial accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in the latest push by the Communist rulers' campaign to fight graft.
SYDNEY -- Australia's highest court rules on whether gay marriage is legal in the nation's capital, Canberra.
WARSAW -- Doctors from a transplant clinic in Gliwice, in southern Poland, hold a news conference about their second ever and second in 2013 full-face transplant that they have performed. The patient is a young woman and the complex transplant was planned months in advance. The first transplant, done in the spring, was on a young man whose face was torn off by a packaging machine at a stone mason's.
VATICAN CITY -- European evaluators release a report on the Vatican's progress in complying with international norms to fight money-laundering and terror financing. The report comes as Pope Francis ramps up his reforms of the embattled Vatican bank.
LAGOS -- Nigeria's government has largely ignored years of mass murder in two central states, failing to bring to book identified perpetrators accused of burning victims alive and hacking others to death because of their tribe or religion, Human Rights Watch says in a report. It catalogues horrific sectarian violence that has left more than 3,000 dead since 2010 in Plateau and Kaduna, along the 10th Parallel where Christianity and Islam meet, and often clash, in Nigeria.
HONG KONG -- Hong Kong actor Tony Leung will attend the CineAsia Award Ceremony.
TOKYO -- Japan's Cabinet approves a supplementary budget for submission to the parliament that includes a total 18.6 trillion yen (about $186 billion) in stimulus to counter a planned tax hike -- an urgent task for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as his growth strategy sputters.
SEOUL -- Bank of Korea announces the monthly interest rate.
GENEVA -- The global airline industry issues its annual profit forecast and outlook for the coming year, and reports Thursday on its financial condition including what's expected to be a modest improvement in global net profits to $10.6 billion for 2013, mainly based on more passengers and cargo. 1100 GMT.
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- The results of Slovenia's bank sector stress test are expected, which will decide whether the small EU country needs an international bailout. 1200 GMT.
WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); Commerce Department releases retail sales data for November, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT); Commerce Department releases business inventories for October, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).
?Friday, Dec. 13:
RIO DE JANIERO -- Trial takes place to decide punishment for Vasco da Gama and Atletico Paranaense for fan violence last weekend.
WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for November, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT).
?Saturday, Dec. 14:
BERLIN -- Germany's center-left Social Democrats announce the result of a ballot of their membership on a deal to form a new government with Chancellor Angela Merkel. It's the last major hurdle to Merkel embarking on a third term.
?Sunday, Dec. 15:
BOGOTA, Colombia -- FARC guerrilla movement says it will begin 30-day cease-fire Dec. 15.
SANTIAGO, Chile-- Former president Michelle Bachelet and rightist Evelyn Matthei face off in Chile's Dec. 15 runoff election. Bachelet is almost certain to win, but Chileans will be measuring how much of a mandate for change she's given.
?Monday, Dec. 16:
NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council consults on the Syrian civil war, and on the Middle East.
GROSSETO, Italy -- Trial continues in the Costa Concordia shipwreck case with more witnesses. Through Tuesday.
HONG KONG -- HSBC releases preliminary China purchasing managers' index for December. The "flash" reading gives an early indication of the state of the might manufacturing sector in the No. 2 economy.
?Tuesday, Dec. 17:
BERLIN -- German parliament expected to elect Chancellor Angela Merkel for her third term at the head of a new "grand coalition" of right and left, ending the country's lengthy post-election political limbo.
CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will host a summit of leaders from leftist Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas and heads of state in the Petrocaribe oil pact. Meetings will focus on the creation of a special economic zone among Alba-Petrocaribe member states.
BERLIN -- Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe's biggest economy.
SYDNEY -- The Australian government releases new economic data that shows the country's balance sheet has weakened in recent months.
?Wednesday, Dec. 18:
NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council gets briefing on drug trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel.
BERLIN -- Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.