AP Weekly News Calendar


Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 7:02 PM

?Thursday, Dec. 6:

DUBLIN — The foreign ministers of 57 nations from Iceland to Mongolia gather in Dublin to discuss the need to cooperate better to deter terrorism and other security threats worldwide. The annual meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe includes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Through Friday.

BERLIN — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his Cabinet hold an annual meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government — a visit that comes after Berlin abstained in a U.N. vote on recognition of a Palestinian state. News conference at 1100 GMT.

MOSCOW — Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is visiting Russia for talks focusing on the economy.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Bosnia's State Court pronounces verdict in the case of a man who opened fire at the building of the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, injuring one policeman. Mevlid Jasarevic and two of his helpers were arrested right after the attack last year. All three are followers of the conservative Wahabi branch of Islam.

SEOUL — Members of South Korean conservative group hold a rally against North Korea's provocative planned rocket launch.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Jordan's King Abdullah II visits the West Bank.

AMMAN, Jordan — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Jordan to visit Syrian refugees at a northern refugee camp on Friday.

MOSCOW — An art exhibition that caused Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev's ire and made him shout obscenities at the artists 50 years ago, reopens at the same hall in Moscow. Some draw parallels between Khrushchev's reaction and the Kremlin's response to the punk band Pussy Riot, whose members were sentenced to two years in prison for performing an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's main cathedral.

HAVANA — Three Mayan wise men visiting Cuba perform colorful religious ceremony at beach on outskirts of capital marking the end of a world "cycle" that some have interpreted (wrongly) as a prediction of the looming apocalypse.

TOKYO — Commanding general of U.S. military in Japan holds news conference.

PUERTO RICO — The former leader of a Puerto Rican militant group that favors independence arrives to finish serving a sentence for a record-setting 1983 robbery of a Wells Fargo armored depot in Connecticut. Hundreds are expected to greet Avelino Gonzalez Claudio at the airport.

WASHINGTON — Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing on Superstorm Sandy's impact on transportation systems.

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits Washington to press for aid for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform benefit concert to raise funds for Superstorm Sandy victims at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

WASHINGTON — Joint Economic Committee hearing on the "fiscal cliff."

WASHINGTON — House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on NASA and the American space program.

WASHINGTON — National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank's governing council meets to set interest rates for the eurozone. Decision at 1245 GMT, followed by news conference starting 1330 GMT.

BERLIN — German Economy Ministry releases industrial orders figures for October.

LONDON — Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee makes monthly announcement on rates and quantitative easing.

PARIS — France reports third-quarter unemployment figures.

?Friday, Dec. 7:

AMMAN, Jordan — U.N. Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon visits Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp on the Jordanian border with Syria.

NEW YORK — The New York Immigration Coalition, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs , the City University of New York, and NYC Restore announce a forum to talk about the impact of Superstorm Sandy on immigrant communities.

ISLAMABAD/TEHRAN — Pakistani president reportedly visiting Iran to finalize financing deal for Iran-Pakistan pipeline.

HONG KONG — South Korea band Bigbang hold a press conference.

BERLIN — German Economy Ministry releases industrial production figures for October.

?Saturday, Dec. 8:

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania holds parliamentary elections ending a year of political uncertainty in which the country had three prime ministers, and a failed bit to suspend President Traian Basescu had the European Union questioning the former communist country's commitment to democracy.

MUNICH — Greek Prime Minister Samaras visits Bavaria for talks with the German state's governor, Horst Seehofer, whose conservative party — which is part of the German government — has often been loudly critical of Athens. Some prominent members have demanded that Greece leave the eurozone over recent months.

?Sunday, Dec. 9:

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Film Critics announce their picks for the year's top films.

HONG KONG Actress Kate Winslet holds press conference

?Monday, Dec. 10:

NEW YORK — Court hearing in the Bronx to discuss a New York City hotel maid's sexual assault lawsuit against former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 2 p.m. (1900 GMT). The sides have been discussing settling the case.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea plans to launch a long-range rocket between Dec. 10 and 22, just eight months after a failed April bid was condemned as a violation of a U.N. ban against developing its nuclear and missile programs. The launch is likely to heighten already strained tensions with Washington and Seoul as South Korea holds its own presidential election on Dec. 19.

TRIPOLI, Libya — After a postponement following the opening session on Nov. 12, the trial of Moammar Gadhafi's last prime minister, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, is to continue on charges of embezzlement.

ISLAMABAD — Next hearing scheduled of British woman arrested for heroin smuggling who gave birth to baby while imprisoned.

CALLAO, Peru — Peru's government acts to save ravaged fishing stocks. It bans large-scale commercial fishing from the first five miles (eight kilometers) offshore and drastically cuts allowances on the catch of the main species used in fish meal, of which the Andean nation is the world's No. 1 exporter

?Tuesday, Dec. 11:

THE HAGUE — The International Criminal Court holds a hearing to discuss progress in the case against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo.

CAIRO — Trial to resume of former head of state security services and 40 officers accused of intentionally burning agency documents to get rid of evidence.

MANAMA, Bahrain — Ruling expected on the appeal of rights group chief Nabeel Rajab, who was sentenced earlier this year to three years in prison for allegedly encouraging protests in the 21-month-old uprising in the Gulf island kingdom.

?Wednesday, Dec. 12:

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal delivers its judgment in the trial of Zdravko Tolimir, a former high-ranking Bosnian Serb army officer charged with crimes including genocide in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

CAIRO —Verdict expected in case of Alber Saber, accused of insulting Islam