By The Associated Press
2013-03-21 08:57 AM
CANBERRA _ Government makes a national apology in Parliament for past forced adoption apologies.
GENEVA/COLOMBO/NEW DELHI _ Monitoring potential U.N. Human Rights Commission vote on Sri Lanka war crimes resolution and fallout in Sri Lanka and India.
CAMBODIA _ The funeral for Ieng Sary, a co-founder of the Khmer Rouge regime, will be held in his hometown in rural Cambodia. The 87-year-old died last week while still on trial for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians in the 1970s.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visits his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte on a trade mission that could be overshadowed by a diplomatic row over a boy from a Turkish background who has been placed in foster care with a lesbian couple in The Hague.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. Security Council to be briefed on Iraq and South Sudan.
SEOUL _ Police and South Korean officials were investigating the simultaneous shutdown Wednesday of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks. While the cause wasn't immediately clear, speculation centered on a possible North Korean cyberattack. The shutdown came days after North Korea blamed South Korea and the United States for cyberattacks that temporarily shut down websites in Pyongyang.
AMMAN, Jordan _ Jordanian leftist groups plan to stage a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy on the eve of President Obama's arrival in the kingdom. The protesters say they want to highlight popular opposition to Washington's policies, which they regard as biased in favor of Israel and fall short of meeting Palestinian aspirations for statehood and independence.
DIYARBAKIR _ Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan is expected to call for a cease-fire and outline his vision for peace with Turkey in a message read by Kurdish party legislators during a spring festival in southeast Turkey's largest city.
DHAKA _ Bangladeshis expected to pay homage to figurehead president Zillur Rahman who died at a hospital in Singapore Wednesday.
HYDERABAD _ Protesters demanding the creation of a new state, Telangana, expected to resume agitation.
BANGKOK _ Two Iranians arrested after a botched bomb plot allegedly targeting Israeli diplomats are scheduled to testify. This is the last day of their trial. Verdict expected at a later date.
MOSCOW _ Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and European Commission President Jose Barroso address a conference attended by numerous former European government officials. President Vladimir Putin to meet later in the day with EC leadership.
BERLIN _ Chancellor Angela Merkel meets governors of Germany's 16 states to discuss the country's transition to renewable energy sources. 1530 GMT news conference.
PARIS _ The European Space Agency releases results from its Planck mission to survey the heavens for light from the very early days of the universe. Scientists are hoping for new insights into the origins of dark matter and the creation of the universe itself.
CANTERBURY, England _ Justin Welby enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury at Canterbury Cathedral.
WASHINGTON _ Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the Department of Homeland Security.
WASHINGTON _ House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on military suicides.
HONG KONG _ Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival press conference included K-Pop group Girl Generation.
TAIPEI _ President Ma Ying-jeo delivers keynote address at American Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
BEIJING _ State-owned Petrochina reports 2012 earnings.
BEIJING _ State-owned mobile phone company China Unicom reports 2012 earnings.
FRANKFURT, Germany _ Europe's financial stability watchdog, the European Systemic Risk Board, holds a regular quarterly meeting.
BRUSSELS _ Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem discusses the 17-nation currency zone's decisions with European Parliament lawmakers. Session scheduled to last from 0800 to 0930 GMT.
MADRID _ Spain's Treasury holds an auction of bonds maturing in 2015, 2018 and 2023 against a backdrop of falling borrowing costs in recent months as worries that Spain might need a bailout recede.
STOCKHOLM _ Swedish fashion retailer H&M releases Q1 earnings report. After 0700 GMT.
BEAVERTON, Oregon _ Nike Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
WASHINGTON _ U.S. Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for February, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); Conference Board releases leading indicators for February, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).
?Friday, March 22:
DUBLIN _ Ministers from the European Union's 27 nations converge on Dublin Castle to seek a common position on arming Syria's opposition. Britain and France want the rebels to receive more firepower to force the Assad regime to the negotiating table, but Germany and others argue this would just worsen the bloodshed. Ministers arrive 1100GMT. Meeting concludes Saturday.
JERUSALEM _ President Barack Obama visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander delivers a speech to a conference on water management in one of his last major speeches before his coronation on April 30.
BERLIN _ German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
MOSCOW _ Whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky goes on trial even though he died in jail more than three years ago. His death led to U.S. sanctions on Russian officials that have aggravated relations between the two countries.
SAARISELKA, Finland _ EU retreat hosted by Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Europe Minister Alexander Stubb. (Participants to be announced.) Possibles include prime ministers of Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark and Croatia.
CAMBRIDGE, England _ Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's private papers from 1982, the year of the Falklands War, are made public for the first time.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. Security Council holds a debate on the U.N. Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
HONG KONG _ Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Festival concert included K-Pop group Girl Generation
BERLIN _ Germany's Ifo institute releases its monthly index of business confidence, a closely watched indicator for Europe's biggest economy.
NEW YORK _ Tiffany & Co. reports quarterly financial results.
BEIJING _ State-owned oil company CNOOC reports 2012 earnings.
BEIJING _ State-owned oil company Sinopec reports 2012 earnings.
MAYNMAY _ Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt speaks to Myanmar entrepreneurs at 9 am at Conference Hall, MICT Park, Hlaing Universities' Campus.
?Saturday, March 23:
DUBLIN _ Ministers from the European Union's 27 nations conclude a two-day meeting focused on finding a common position on arming Syria's opposition. Britain and France want the rebels to receive more firepower to force the Assad regime to the negotiating table, but Germany and others argue this would just worsen the bloodshed.
LAHORE, Pakistan _ Pakistani cricket star turned politician Imran Khan plans to hold large rally in Lahore.
BANGKOK _ Hundreds of devotees gather at a Buddhist temple in Nakhon Pathom just south of Bangkok in a ceremony to pay respect to their master who made ancient form of tattooing which devotees said were magical.
BANGKOK _ Breitling Jet Team joins members of Thai pilot team perform an air show.
?Sunday, March 24:
VATICAN CITY _ Pope celebrates Palm Sunday and pens Easter week with a Mass in St. Peter's Square.
CAIRO _ Court to review appeal against parliamentary elections suspension filed by Egyptian State Lawsuits Authority.
?Monday, March 25:
JAKARTA _ Activists to stage an anti-government rally demanding Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono step down over his failure to tackle the country's problems.
WASHINGTON _ Supreme Court hears arguments and issues orders.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. Security Council briefs on the Middle East, and the U.N. Mission in Liberia.
WASHINGTON _ Congress on break until the week of April 8.
RIO DE JANEIRO _ Although Brazil avoided the worst of the global economic downturn, the number of homeless on the streets of Rio keeps rising _ up 32 percent since 2010. Officials think it's is mostly connected to a crack epidemic sweeping Brazil.
?Tuesday, March 26:
DURBAN _ Russian President Vladimir Putin makes his first official visit to South Africa, meeting with President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria. Expect announcement of major arms deal for South Africa's Denel Aviation to locally assemble or manufacture Russian helicopters
PRETORIA, South Africa _ China's new premier makes his first official state visit ever, to South Africa.
DOHA _ Arab League Summit.
WASHINGTON _ Supreme Court hears arguments.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. Security Council holds consultations on Yemen; and UNDOF military observers on the Golan Heights, where 21 U.N. peacekeepers were recently detained for days by Syrian rebels.
LONDON - The British Museum holds a preview of its blockbuster exhibition Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
LONDON _ Nominees announced for Britain's leading theater awards, the Oliviers.
STOCKHOLM _ The winner of the 5 million kronor ($780,000) Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children's literature is announced. The annual award is named after the Swedish writer who created Pippi Longstocking book series.
WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases durable goods for February, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Standard & Poor's releases S&P/Case-Shiller index of home prices for January, 9 a.m. (1300 GMT); Commerce Department releases new home sales for February, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); Conference Board releases the Consumer Confidence Index for March, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).
?Wednesday, March 27:
WASHINGTON _ Supreme Court hears arguments.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. Security Council holds consultations on Mali.
WASHINGTON _ National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for February, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).