?Saturday, Dec. 1:
ISTANBUL _ Foreign ministers from Turkey and the Arab League meet in Istanbul. The Syrian conflict and U.N. endorsement of an independent state for Palestinians are expected to top the agenda.
RIO DE JANIERO _ Protest against the privatization of the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro that will lead to the demolition of the nearby old Indian museum and a public school.
MEXICO CITY _ Enrique Pena Nieto is sworn in as president, bringing back the old ruling party to try to lift Mexico in modern times.
MACAU _ Gangster Wan Kwok-koi, dubbed as "Broken tooth", is expected to be released after 14 years in prison. He was the leader of the biggest triad in Macau before handover to China.
JAYAPURA, Indonesia _ The anniversary of the Free Papua Movement, a separatist group in Indonesia's restive Papua province, which declared independence from Dutch rule on Dec. 1, 1961. That was rejected by the Dutch and later by Indonesia.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait _ Kuwait holds parliamentary elections for a second time this year, after results of February's balloting were challenged and the country's Western-allied emir amended balloting rules to end the practice of multiple votes per person and impose a one-vote system. The Islamist opposition has objected to changes in voting rules, claiming they could undercut their rising clout in the oil-rich nation.
CAIRO _ Trial to resume against former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq and four others. Shafiq fled the country in the wake of his election loss and the investigation into corruption during his term in office.
?Sunday, Dec. 2:
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia _ Slovenia holds runoff presidential election to choose the EU nation's new leader for a five-year term _ a key period for the small eurozone country which is seeking to pull out of an economic crisis and avoid an international bailout.
BUDAPEST, Hungary _ Hungarian Jewish and civic groups hold a rally against Nazism in the wake of anti-Semitic statements in Parliament by a far-right lawmaker. Leading politicians from all sides also scheduled to speak. 1400 GMT.
MADRID _ Disabled people become the latest group of Spaniards to take to the streets of Madrid to protest crisis-related cutbacks in government funding and the failure by regional and local administrations to pay what they already owe, forcing many centers for the disabled to reduce services and even close.
MEXICO CITY _ Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will be crowned "King of Boxing" by the World Boxing Council.
KUALA LUMPUR _ U.S. singer Jennifer Lopez "Dance Again World Tour" Live in Malaysia 2012.
MANILA_ International conference of fishing nations, including the U.S., China, Japan and EU, to discuss tuna conservation and fishing restrictions in the Western and central Pacific. Through Dec. 6.
?Monday, Dec. 3:
ISTANBUL _ Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Turkey on a one-day trip expected to focus on economic issues as well as differing views over how to resolve the Syrian conflict.
THE HAGUE _ The International Court of Justice opens hearings in a dispute between Peru and Chile over the two countries' maritime boundary.
PRAGUE _ U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on a brief visit.
HAVANA _ USAID subcontractor Alan Gross marks three years since his arrest in Cuba. He is serving 15-year sentence on conviction for crimes against the state after importing and installing restricted communications equipment for the island's tiny Jewish community.
CAIRO _ Court resumes trial of two Christians charged of stealing weapons from military during "Maspero" clashes
VATICAN CITY _ The Vatican is expected to announce the pope will begin Tweeting from a personal handle
BRUSSELS _ Finance ministers from the 17 euro countries meet for one of their regular meetings. Up for discussion are Greece and Cyprus.
CAIRO _ Court to rule on former Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni verdict.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates _ U.N. gathering about Internet oversight. An 11-day meeting of the U.N.'s 193-nation International Telecommunications Union. The ITU's secretary-general, Hamadoun Toure, said in a May speech in Canada that he expected "a light-touch regulatory approach to emerge."
?Tuesday, Dec. 4:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal delivers its judgment in the appeal by two Bosnian Serbs against their convictions for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.
HANNOVER, Germany _ Chancellor Angela Merkel gives keynote speech to a conference of her conservative Christian Democratic Union as Germany gears up for national elections next year.
HAVANA _ Peace talks between the Colombian government and FARC rebels resume after a short break.
ISLAMABAD _ Next hearing scheduled of British woman arrested for heroin smuggling who gave birth to baby while imprisoned.
?Wednesday, Dec. 5:
BERLIN _ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Main meetings on Thursday.
BERLIN _ Transparency International releases its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. The survey ranks 176 countries according to perceived levels of public-sector corruption.
LONDON _ Treasury chief George Osborne gives update on government spending plans, possible new austerity moves.
?Saturday, Dec. 1: