Jan. 2, Wednesday:
WASHINGTON - U.S. Congress convenes with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and Democrats in charge of the Senate.
Jan. 10, Thursday:
LOS ANGELES _ Oscar nominations.
Jan 16, Wednesday
HONG KONG_ Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivers policy address.
Jan 21, Monday:
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama takes the oath of office for his second term.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia _ Opening of the 20th African Union Summit, a seven day event under the theme of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.
Jan. 22, Tuesday:
JERUSALEM - Israel's general election.
Jan 23, Wednesday:
DAVOS, Switzerland _ World Economic Forum starts. Through Jan. 27.
Jan. 25, Friday:
HONG KONG _ Raymond and Thomas Kwok, billionaire brothers and joint chairmen of Hong Kong's Sun Hung Kai Properties, expected to appear in court ahead of their corruption trial.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea _ The South Korean city of Pyeongchang hosts the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
Feb. 1-3, Friday-Sunday
MUNICH _ Annual Munich Security Conference, traditionally drawing representatives from U.S., Russia, NATO.
Feb. 10, Sunday:
BEIJING _ Chinese New Year.
Feb. 12, Tuesday:
MARRAKESH, Morocco _ Second international Conference on Water Resources and Environmental Management.
RIO de JANEIRO _ Carnival ends.
BERLIN _ Start of the annual Berlin Film Festival, the first of the year's major European film festivals.
Feb. 24-25, Sunday, Monday:
ROME _ Italian elections.
Feb. 25, Monday:
SEOUL _ Inauguration of new South Korean president.
March 2, Saturday:
BANGKOK _ Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species meet through March 14.
March 9, Saturday:
VALETTA, Malta _ General election.
March 13, Wednesday:
NAIROBI, Kenya _ Presidential, national assembly and local town and council elections postponed from 2012.
March 25, Monday:
ROME _ Hearing in prosecution's appeal of American Amanda Knox's acquittal in the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
HONG KONG _ Pre-trial review for Carson Ueung, owner of Birmingham City soccer team in Britain, on money laundering charges.
March 26, Tuesday:
DURBAN, South Africa _ The fifth BRICS summit of the world's leading emerging economies _ Brazil, China, Russia, India and South Africa.
April 19, Friday:
WASHINGTON _ Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Through April 20.
April 20, Saturday:
BAGHDAD _ Iraqis vote in provincial elections, which should offer clues to the strength of political blocs ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled for 2014.
May 8, Wednesday:
TRIPOLI, Libya _ First presidential election since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi.
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar _ First round of presidential elections
May 15, Wednesday:
CANNES, France _ Film festival. Through March 26.
June 5, Wednesday:
NYAPYITAW, Myanmar _ Three-day World Economic Forum for East Asia begins.
June 14, Friday:
TEHRAN _ Iranian presidential elections to find a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
June 15, Saturday:
RIO DE JANEIRO _ The FIFS Confederations Cup runs in Brazil, the warm-up football tournament to the 2014 World Cup. Through June 30.
June 23, Sunday:
TUNIS, Tunisia _ Presidential, parliamentary and local elections, with voters to directly elect a leader for the first time in the country that started the Arab Spring.
July 3, Wednesday:
TRIPOLI, Libya _ Second round of presidential elections.
July 7, Sunday:
PAMPLONA, Spain _ Thousands of people test their bravery in the first of eight running of the bulls at Pamplona's San Fermin festival that became famous after U.S. author Ernest Hemingway wrote about it in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises." Through July 14.
July 23, Tuesday
VATICAN CITY _ Pope Benedict XVI begins visit to Brazil for the church's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Through July 28.
SEOUL, South Korea and PYONGYANG, North Korea _ Sixtieth anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Followed by signing of armistice July 27.
July 28, Sunday:
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia _ General legislative elections, the first in five years.
Sept. 7, Saturday
BUENOS AIRES _ International Olympic Committee announces host city for 2020 Olympics.
Sept. 24, Tuesday:
UNITED NATIONS _ General Assembly meets.
Oct. 1, Tuesday:
BALI, Indonesia _ Asia Pacific Economic Conference. Through Oct. 8
Oct. 11, Friday:
WASHINGTON _ Annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Oct. 13, Wednesday:
DAEGU, South Korea _ Opening of the 22nd World Energy Conference.
Nov. 22, Friday:
DALLAS _ 50th anniversary of assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
DECEMBER Dec. 6, Wednesday
UNITED NATIONS _ World AIDS Day.