By The Associated Press
2014-01-16 10:01 AM
?Thursday, Jan. 16:
ROME -- The government is expected to name the Italian port where Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is to be transferred from Danish and Norwegian ships to the U.S. Cape Ray for destruction. Around 1315 GMT.
MOSCOW -- Iranian foreign minister is set to arrive in Moscow for a visit expected to focus on the progress of implementing a nuclear deal struck in Geneva.
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands -- The trial in absentia starts for four Hezbollah fighters accused of murdering former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri in a huge 2005 suicide truck bombing. 1200 GMT.
RIO -- Protest against the increase in bus fares.
GENEVA -- The Vatican appears before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child about abuse, after the committee posed questions for the Vatican to answer last July with a Nov. 1 deadline. The questions were designed to help the committee determine whether the church is honoring the 23-year-old Convention on the Rights of the Child.
BARCELONA, Spain-- The parliament of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia votes on whether to ask permission from Spanish authorities to hold a secession referendum in November, a decision strongly opposed to by the central government in Madrid.
WASHINGTON -- Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the president's climate action plan.
NEW YORK -- The U.N. Security Council consults on Congo sanctions; peacekeeping in Mali; peacekeeping in Darfur.
ECUADOR -- Opening of the Panacocha Community in the Ecuadorean Amazon. This community is a modern villa built by the government to house indigenous and settlers from this oil zone.
SEOUL -- Chocolate Fashion Show as part of Salon du Chocolate.
PARIS -- French big box retailer Carrefour reports its annual sales figures.
NEW YORK -- UnitedHealth Group Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK -- American Express Co. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK -- Capital One Financial Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for December, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT); National Association of Home Builders releases housing market index for January, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).
?Friday, Jan. 17:
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama expects to announce results of a review of National Security Agency surveillance programs.
MOSCOW -- Syrian foreign minister is set to visit Moscow to discuss preparations for the upcoming Syria peace conference.
SOCHI, Russia -- President Vladimir Putin meets with volunteers preparing for next month's Winter Games in Sochi.
NEW DELHI -- India's ruling Congress party meets to chalk out its strategy ahead of the general elections. Indian media speculates that Rahul Gandhi may be named as the Prime Ministerial candidate during this session.
LONDON -- Sentencing hearing for homeless man Ashraf Islam, who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Prince Harry. Islam was arrested after walking into a police station and making threats, a day after a British soldier was killed in London street on May 22.
PRAGUE -- President Milos Zeman to appoint Social Democratic chairman Bohoslav Sobotka the country's new prime minister. 1500 GMT.
MADRID -- European Union President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso to meet with Spanish Premier Mariano Rajoy.
WASHINGTON -- Michelle Obama turns 50.
NEW YORK -- General Electric Co. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK -- Morgan Stanley reports quarterly financial results.
WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases housing starts for December, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for December, 9:15 a.m. (1415 GMT); Labor Department releases job openings and labor turnover survey for November, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).
?Saturday, Jan. 18:
Nothing major added.
?Sunday, Jan. 19:
TOKYO -- Mayoral election in which incumbent opposes relocation of U.S. Marines air base from Futenma to his city, while challenger supports it.
?Monday, Jan. 20:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- East Timor takes Australia to court in a spying dispute linked to a multibillion natural gas contract. 1000 GMT.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- French President Francois Hollande visits the Netherlands for talks on boosting economic links between the two countries.
DARMSTADT, Germany -- Europe's Rosetta space probe wakes up from its 2 1/2-year slumber, and scientists hope it is ready to complete the final stage of its mission to rendezvous with a speeding comet and drop a lander on its icy surface.
ROME -- The prosecution and defense make their final rebuttals in the third trial of U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the 2007 murder of a British student. The court is set to deliberate on Jan. 30 on whether to confirm the original guilty verdicts or issue acquittals as had an earlier appeals court. 1300 GMT.
NEW YORK -- The U.N. Security Council holds its monthly open debate on the Middle East.
?Tuesday, Jan. 21:
JAKARTA -- Indonesian judges read out a verdict against Sigit Indrajit, an alleged mastermind of plotting to attack the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, the capital, on charges of terrorism.
BERLIN -- Human Rights Watch presents annual report. News conference scheduled for 0900 GMT.
NEW YORK -- The U.N. Security Council meets troop-contributing countries for its Cyprus peacekeeping mission;
PANAMA CITY -- Deadline for European consortium to receive $1.5 billion in cost overruns or stop work on the Panama Canal expansion.
BERLIN -- Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly index of investor confidence in Europe's biggest economy.
?Wednesday, Jan. 22:
MONTREUX, Switzerland -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and dozens of other foreign ministers gather Wednesday to deliver speeches and set the stage for the launch of U.N.-brokered negotiations to end Syria's civil war. 1700 GMT.
DAVOS, Switzerland -- First day of World Economic Forum in Davos.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Europe's financial stability watchdog, the European Systemic Risk Board, holds a meeting.
CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Morocco's High Commission for Planning holds a press conference outlining the macro-economic situation for the country in 2013 and where it's expected to go in 2014.
TOKYO -- Central bank policy statement.