By The Associated Press
2013-01-17 08:42 AM
BRUSSELS _ European Union foreign ministers are poised to speed up help for Mali when they meet in an emergency session.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey _ Funerals held in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast for three Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris last week
Turkey fears the funerals may turn into a show of support for Kurdish rebels.
KILIS, Turkey _ Thousands of Syrians at a refugee camp in Turkey vote in elections to select camp leaders and administrators, a move Turkey has touted as a practice run for democracy in Syria.
PRAGUE _ The Czech government faces a parliamentary no-confidence vote.
SEOUL _ Japanese six-party-talks envoy Shinsuke Sugiyama meets with his South Korean counterpart.
WASHINGTON _ Winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, through Jan. 19. Scheduled speakers include Vice President Joe Biden and members of the Cabinet. Through Jan. 19.
BANGKOK _ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make his first official visit to Thailand. Through Jan. 18.
AURORA, Colorado _ The Century Aurora 16 theater where James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others reopens.
AUSTIN, Texas _ Oprah Winfrey to broadcast interview on her cable TV network with cyclist Lance Armstrong, who is expected to address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. 9 p.m. (0200 GMT).
MADRID _ San Anton, blessing of the animals
STOCKHOLM _ Winners of the $600,000 Crafoord Prize are announced. The award recognizes scientific research areas that are not covered by the Nobel Prizes.
MADRID _ Spain's Treasury looks to sell up to 4.5 billion in bonds maturing in 2015, 2018 and 2041. The country has seen its borrowing costs drop sharply in recent months as fears have eased over whether the country will need a bailout.
PARIS _ Big box retailer Carrefour SA reports its full-year sales.
PARIS _ Airbus releases 2012 order totals and forecast for 2013.
WARSAW, Poland _ A general assembly of the Warsaw Stock Exchange shareholders is to decide whether to fire or reinstate bourse head Ludwik Sobolewski who was suspended last month over allegations he solicited funds from companies listed on the stock exchange to finance a movie featuring his girlfriend.
TOKYO _ Sony's chief executive talks to a small group of reporters about the Japanese electronics and entertainment company's strategy for rebirth after taking a beating from Apple and Samsung.
?Friday, Jan. 18:
KIEV, Ukraine _ Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov discusses loan negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and other economic problems with foreign reporters.
JAKARTA _ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Jakarta for a two-day visit to discuss ways to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries as part of Abe's first overseas trip since taking office.
?Saturday, Jan. 19:
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and their wives mark a National Day of Service by participating in service projects throughout the Washington area to kick off inaugural festivities.
DETROIT _ North American International Auto Show opens to the public.
?Sunday, Jan 20:
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama takes the oath of office at a private swearing-in ceremony at the White House for the presidential term that begins at noon EST (1700 GMT).
ROSS BASE, Antarctica _ New Zealand Prime Minister returns to Antarctica 3 bottles of Scotch whisky linked to famed explorer Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod expedition in 1907.
BERLIN _ State election in the German region of Lower Saxony, an important political test months ahead of national elections. The center-left opposition hopes to oust Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right alliance from the state government.
TBILISI, Georgia _ Thousands expected to attend a rally calling on President Mikhail Saakashvili to step down after nine years in office. His party lost an October parliamentary election, but the next presidential election is not scheduled until October of this year.
VIENNA _ Austrians decide on whether to keep their army of conscripts or opt for a professional armed forces in a referendum pitting the country's two major political parties against each other.
WARSAW, Poland _ In a rare occurrence, the Mongolia's Tsakhiagiin Elbegdori comes on a three-day visit to Poland to discuss trade and other exchange.
BOGOTA _ FARC cease-fire due to expire.
?Monday, Jan. 21:
WASHINGTON _ Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in for the public on the West Front of the Capitol, followed by his inaugural address, the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and the evening's official inaugural balls.
BRUSSELS _ The 17 European Union nations sharing the euro currency are poised to pick Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem as their new leader during a meeting of finance ministers
?Tuesday, Jan. 22:
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands _ Former Liberian president Charles Taylor appeals against his war crimes conviction for supporting rebels in Sierra Leone's bloody civil war.
BERLIN _ The German and French Parliaments gather to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysee Treaty, a landmark accord cementing reconciliation between the two European powers.
MOSCOW _ Russia's parliament is expected to give initial approval to a bill that would impose heavy fines for providing minors with information on homosexuality. Such a law, already on the books in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, can be used to justify bans on gay pride parades and other public demonstrations.
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama attends National Prayer Service.
HO CHI MINH CITY _ American dissident Nguyen Quoc Quan to be tried for subversion in Ho Chi Minh City. America could react angrily if he is found guilty, sentenced to long term. One- or two-day trial.
WASHINGTON _ Supreme Court issues orders.
BERLIN _ Germany's ZEW institute releases its monthly investor confidence index for Europe's biggest economy.
?Wednesday, Jan. 23:
WASHINGTON _ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify before Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the assault on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
MOSCOW _ Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to give annual news conference, during which he is certain to be asked about the Syrian civil war, Iran's nuclear program, relations with the U.S. and other issues.
AMMAN, Jordan _ Jordan holds parliamentary elections as part of reform initiated by King Abdullah II to stave off Arab Spring-like uprisings, which toppled four Arab leaders so far.
MWEXICOT CITY _ Mexican Supreme Court hears case of Florence Cassez, Frenchwoman accused of kidnapping. Advocates say she was falsely accused, case has become a dispute between France and Mexico. Decision will come at end of hearing, but hearing could last several days.
SEOUL _ A Seoul court delivers a ruling over the claim that Lee Kun-hee, Samsung Electronics chairman and South Korea's richest man, should give part of his $3.8 billion Samsung shares he inherited from his late father to his elder brother and other family members. The ruling might upset a dynastic succession in Samsung's leadership.
AMSTERDAM _ Consumer products maker Unilever PLC reports fourth quarter earnings
BERLIN _ Software company SAP AG releases its preliminary full-year earnings report for 2012.
GENEVA _ Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG posts fourth quarter and annual earnings before the Zurich exchange opens Wednesday.