By The Associated Press
2014-01-23 10:01 AM
?Thursday, Jan. 23:
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Worlds away from the horrors of Syria's civil war, the World Economic Forum is nonetheless dominated by the 3-year-old conflict as heads of state, foreign ministers and other world leaders gather in Davos, a day after ministers opened a Syria peace conference in Switzerland and a day before the actual negotiations between the Assad government and opposing coalition are to get under way at the U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva. 0900 GMT.
MOSCOW -- Russia's Supreme Court to consider the legality of the two criminal cases brought against oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who spent more than 10 years in prison before being pardoned by President Vladimir Putin in December
MESEBERG, Germany -- Chancellor Angela Merkel and vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel hold a news conference after a two-day meeting of Germany's new coalition Cabinet at a government guest house outside Berlin. 1100 GMT.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama meets with U.S. mayors.
MOSCOW -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on four-day visit.
ROME -- Court-appointed technical experts board the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the Tuscan island of Giglio to try to determine if mechanical malfunctions or defects might have contributed to the shipwreck that killed 32 people in 2012. Both lawyers for the Concordia's captain, on trial for manslaughter and abandoning ship, and for survivors and victims' families contend that the cruise company might hold some blame in the tragedy. 1500 GMT.
MADRID -- Spain releases unemployment figure for the fourth quarter of 2013. 0800 GMT.
HONG KONG -- HSBC preliminary purchasing managers' index for January.
HELSINKI -- Nokia reports Q4 and full-year earnings. 1100 GMT.
WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT); Conference Board releases leading indicators for December, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT); National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for December, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).
SEOUL -- South Korea's central bank releases fourth-quarter and 2013 GDP figure of Asia's No. 4 economy. 0100 GMT.
SEOUL -- South Korea's largest carmaker Hyundai Motor releases its fourth-quarter financial results.
SEOUL -- LG Display Co., maker of display screens for iPhones and iPads, releases its financial results for the final quarter of 2013.
?Friday, Jan. 24:
GENEVA -- Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and opposition groups begin their first face-to-face negotiations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva to end Syria's civil war as part of U.N.-brokered talks backed by the United States and Russia. A first order of business is establishing a time frame for the talks -- probably no more than a month -- which is to be set by the U.N.'s envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, who has said they should not be open-ended. 0900 GMT.
TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers speech at opening of Diet session.
DHAKA -- First part of the three-day long Bishwa Ijtema Muslim congregation, known to be the second largest in the world after Hajj.
?Saturday, Jan. 25:
GENEVA -- Syria peace talks are expected to continue over the weekend and around the clock for weeks more in the U.N.'s European headquarters at the historic Palais des Nations. 0900 GMT.
DAVOS, Switzerland -- Fourth and final day of World Economic Forum.
?Sunday, Jan. 26:
NEW DELHI -- India celebrates the Republic Day with a colorful parade that showcases its military might and cultural diversity.
JAKARTA_Thousands of runners are expected to take part in Indonesia's first "Color Run", a 5K running event where participants run through different color stations, where they are doused with colored powder, and then partied at the finish line in clouds of multicolored fun. 0500 GMT.
?Monday, Jan. 27:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- International court due to rule on Peru-Chile maritime border dispute. Chile says frontier follows latitudinal line out to sea; Peru says it should be line drawn perpendicular to coast. If Peru wins, Chile will lose 30,000 square kilometers of rich fishing grounds. 1400 GMT.
OSWIECIM -- Members of the Israeli Knesset and camp survivors mark 69 years since the liberation of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz. 1200GMT.
BERLIN -- Daniil Granin, a survivor of the Nazis' siege of Leningrad during World War II, address the German parliament on international Holocaust remembrance day.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- New president Juan Orlando Hernandez takes office.
TOKYO -- Shin Dong-hyuk, former inmate who escaped from North Korea's Camp 14 prison, gives a news conference in Tokyo.
MADRID -- "Brokeback Mountain" has been turned into an opera, and author Annie Proulx and U.S. composer Charles Wuroinen talk with AP ahead of the Jan. 28 international premiere of the operatic version about two cowboys who fall in love in the 1960s. 2000 GMT.
BERLIN -- Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly business confidence index, a key indicator for Europe's biggest economy.
HONG KONG_Billionaire Li Ka-shing's companies Hutchison and Cheung Kong report 2013 earnings.
TOKYO -- Japan's trade data for December, preliminary for year.
SEOUL -- LG Electronics Inc., the maker of G flex smartphone, unveils its fourth-quarter finacial results amid worries that its mobile business may have been hit by losses due to higher marketing costs.
?Tuesday, Jan. 28:
MITROVICA, Kosovo -- Teenage Roma girl, Leonarda Dibrani, whose expulsion from France sparked days of rioting last year awaits awaits a ruling by a French court verdict that will decide if the entire family can go back.
NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council adopts resolution on Congo sanctions.
HAVANA -- Community of Latin American and Caribbean States to hold regional summit. Through Wednesday.
BERLIN -- Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival present the program for this year's event. The "Berlinale," which runs from Feb. 6-16, is the first of the year's major European film festivals.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG releases earnings figures for the October-December period, its fiscal first quarter.
?Wednesday, Jan. 29:
EL SALVADOR -- End of presidential campaign.
NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council holds open debate on "war, its lessons, and the search for a permanent peace."
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Deutsche Bank AG, Germany's biggest bank, reports earnings figures for the fourth quarter and full year 2013.
GENEVA -- Swiss drugmaker Novartis reports fourth quarter and full-year results Wednesday before the opening of trading in Zurich.
TOKYO -- Nintendo reports earnings as its Wii U console sales lag.