By The Associated Press
2014-04-17 09:01 AM
?Thursday, April 17:
GENEVA -- Top diplomats for the United States, Russia, EU, Ukraine and Switzerland gather for a day of talks at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva to seek ways of defusing tensions over Ukraine since Russia annexed the Crimea last month and began exerting economic pressure on Europe, which receives a large portion of its gas from Russia through Ukraine, and NATO began drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine to reassure NATO members nearest Russia that other alliance countries have their back.
MOSCOW -- President Vladimir Putin holds his annual televised call-in show when he takes questions and hears appeals for help from Russians across the country. This year's show coincides with talks in Geneva aimed at resolving the crisis in neighboring Ukraine.
ALGIERS, Algeria -- Algeria, a gas-rich Western ally in fighting terrorism and Africa's largest country, chooses a president. Incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to win despite being in deeply poor health after a stroke and increasing anger at his 15-year rule.
CHISINAU, Moldova -- U.S. Senators John McCain, John Barrasso, John Hoeven and Ron Johnson, who represent the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Committee visit Moldova, where separatists have asked to join Russia.
NEW DELHI -- Court hearing for a New York Police Department officer detained in India on a weapons charge after airport security found three bullets in his luggage.
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- Latest round of pretrial hearings in Sept. 11, 2001 airline terror attack case on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Sessions delayed from early in week. Scheduled to start at 1300 GMT.
ROME -- Pope Francis visits a home for the elderly and disabled to perform the Holy Thursday ritual washing of the feet. His decision in 2013 to wash the feet of Muslims and women prompted an outcry among traditionalists. 1600 GMT.
NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council consults on Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara and the U.N. peacekeeping force there.
SYDNEY -- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet firefighters in Blue Mountains during for 10-day Australian visit.
PARIS -- Cannes Film Festival organizers announce lineup of movies for this year's May 15-25 event. Big-budget biopic "Grace of Monaco," with Nicole Kidman in the starring role, opens the festival, and New Zealand's Jane Campion presides over the jury. NN soon after 0900GMT announcement; 500 words for 1200GMT.
WASHINGTON -- Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (2030 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).
NEW YORK -- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- DuPont Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- General Electric Co. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- Mattel Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- Morgan Stanley reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- PepsiCo Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- Philip Morris International Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- UnitedHealth Group Inc. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
NEW YORK -- Union Pacific Corp. reports quarterly financial results before the market opens.
?Friday, April 18:
SAO PAULO -- The Brazilian league begins this weekend marred by controversies linked to last year's tournament, when then defending champion Fluminense was relegated on the field but had the result reversed by a sports tribunal decision that stripped points off another club. Legal disputes by the clubs involved are ongoing. 1800 GMT.
SYDNEY -- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend day in Sydney.
SHANGHAI -- Formula One GP in Shanghai. Through April 20.
NEW YORK -- U.S. stock market is closed for Good Friday holiday.
WASHINGTON -- Conference Board releases leading indicators for March, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).
?Saturday, April 19:
WARSAW -- Warsaw's Jewish community and city officials mark 71 years since the outbreak of the ill-fated uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto, a revolt against Nazi liquidation of the ghetto by the means of sending trainloads of people to the death camps.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis celebrates the solemn Easter Vigil service in St. Peter's Basilica. 1830 GMT.
ROME -- Pope Francis participates in the torch-lit Via Crucis procession commemorating the crucifixion of Christ. Procession begins at 1915 GMT.
BRISBANE -- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Brisbane during 10-day Australian tour.
?Sunday, April 20:
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass. Service begins at 0815 GMT.
SYDNEY -- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge back in Sydney during 10-day Australian visit. Through Monday.
?Monday, April 21:
NEW YORK -- Human Rights Watch releases report examining the crackdown on protests by Sudanese government security forces in September/October 2013, resulting in the deaths of up to 170 people, and injuries and arrests of hundreds more, and calls for authorities to complete investigations and punish the guilty.
?Tuesday, April 22:
SYDNEY -- Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Uluru, also know as Ayres Rock, during 10-day Australian tour.
?Wednesday, April 23:
WARSAW -- Poland's uniformed internal security services will hold their largest-ever two-day exercise in central Poland, involving around 2,000 border guards, police and firefighters. 1400 GMT. Through Thursday.
NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council consults on the joint African Union/U.N. peacekeeping force in Darfur, and its peacekeeping force in Mali.
PARIS -- Michelin reports first quarter sales.
STOCKHOLM -- Wireless equipment maker Ericsson presents Q1 results.