BRASILIA, Brazil _ Inauguration ceremony for incoming President Dilma Rousseff.
BUDAPEST, Hungary _ Hungary takes over the European Union's 6-month rotating presidency.
TALLINN, Estonia _ Estonia becomes the 17th member of the eurozone.
SINGAPORE - General election expected sometime in 2011.
MADRID _ Spain enacts anti-smoking law, forever ending the tradition of smoky corner bars for which the country is famous.
WASHINGTON _ US Congress convenes with Republicans in control in the House of Representatives and Democrats' margin narrowed in Senate.
CARACAS, Venezuela _ A new National Assembly takes office with a larger contingent of lawmakers opposed to President Hugo Chavez.
MADRID _ Drawing of Spain's famed el-Nino lottery.
POLOKWANE, South Africa _ African National Congress party celebrates its 99th birthday.
JUBA, Sudan _ Southern Sudan begins voting on an independence referendum. Through Jan. 14.
World Court reps. to make first visit to Costa Rica to gather info. in their investigation of the dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti _ First anniversary of the earthquake
TOKYO _ National Party Congress. The new leadership will be announced. Through Jan. 15.
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia - ASEAN Foreign Ministerial Retreat. Through Jan. 18. Jan. 19.
WASHINGTON _ Chinese President Hu Jintao makes state visit to U.S.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba _ Pretrial jurisdictional hearing in military commissions case against Noor Uthman, a Sudanese detainee at Guantanamo accused of being an al-Qaida weapons instructor.
TANEGASHIMA, Japan _ Launch of "konotori" cargo shuttle for international space station.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia _ Sodomy trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim resumes.
LISBON _ Elections for figurehead position of Portuguese president.
DAVOS, Switzerland _ Opening of annual World Economic Forum. Through Jan. 30.
GENEVA _ Senior Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss future of partitioned island.
NEW DELHI, India _ Republic Day. Marks the adoption of Constitution.
SINGAPORE _ Low-cost airline Asia conference.
LOS ANGELES _ Oscar motion picture nominations.
UNITED NATIONS _ International Day of Commemoration in memory of victims of the Holocaust.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa _ Court to set a trial date for Sizwe Mankazana, who police say will be charged with homicide and drunken driving in a car crash that killed Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter.
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to the United States.
CHISINAU, Moldova _ Parliament expected to vote for Moldova's president following November's inconclusive elections.
SINGAPORE _ 2011 national budget debate.
VIETNAM _ Lunar new year of Tet. Holiday in many Asian countries.
MUNICH _ Annual Munich security conference, a major forum for defense policymakers, opens. Through Feb. 6.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti _ Inauguration of new president.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic _ Hearing for a group of eight people linked to the so-called "Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean" _ Jose Figueroa Agosto. In the group are two of Figueroa's alleged mistresses.
BERLIN _ Annual Berlin International Film Festival opens. Through Feb. 20.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa _ Preliminary court hearing for Nigerian Henry Okah, who faces terrorism charges in South Africa after authorities say he masterminded Oct. 1, 2010 bombing in his homeland and served as the voice of a Niger Delta militant group.
BARCELONA, Spain _ Annual Mobile World Congress to present new mobile devices. Through Feb. 16.
KOUROU, French Guiana _ Arianespace, the commercial arm of the 13-country European Space Agency, to launch ATV-2 cargo craft into orbit. The ATV-2 _ dubbed Johannes Kepler _ is scheduled to dock on Feb. 26 to International Space Station.
PYONGYANG, North Korea _ North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's 69th birthday.
PRISTINA, Kosovo _ Kosovo marks 3rd anniversary of independence from Serbia.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea _ International Olympic Committee officials visit South Korea's Olympic bid site for 2018 Winter Olympics. Through Feb. 19.
PARIS _ France's annual Cesar awards for movies.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa _ Court appearance of two suspects - Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Xolile Mngeni _ on charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery in death of honeymooning Swedish tourist Anni Dewani. Her British husband has been implicated in the murder by a third South African suspect.
KAMPALA, Uganda _ Uganda presidential election.
UNITED NATIONS- U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, 57th session.
LOS ANGELES _ Presentation of Oscar motion picture awards.
UNITED NATIONS _ U.N. Human Rights Council, 16th session.
TOKYO _ Japan's fastest bullet train to debut.
MOSCOW _ Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev turns 80.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa _ Start of trial for Jeremy Ractliffe, a 76-year-old former Nelson Mandela charity official accused of illegal possession of diamonds that figured in testimony by supermodel Naomi Campbell in former Liberian President Charles Taylor's war crimes trial.
RIO DE JANEIRO _ Carnival begins.
BEIJING _ Opening of the annual session of China's national legislature.
TALLINN, Estonia _ Estonia holds parliamentary elections.
VIENNA _ International Atomic Energy Agency meeting. Through March 11.
RIO DE JANEIRO _ Carnival ends.
BAGHDAD, Iraq _ Arab League holds its first summit meeting in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 and the fall of Saddam Hussein.
NEW DELHI, India _ Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. Also marks the coming of spring.
TOKYO _ World Figure Skating Championships. Through March 27.
BERLIN _ State election in the southwestern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg _ run by the same center-right parties that form Chancellor Angela Merkel's federal government.
BELGRADE/MOSCOW _ Signing of an agreement on strategic partnership between Russia and Serbia.
LAGOS, Nigeria _ Presidential election.
MOSCOW _ Fiftieth anniversary of flight into orbit of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
PYONGYANG _ 99th anniversary of late President Kim Il Sung's birth.
WASHINGTON _ Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
HELSINKI _ Finland holds parliamentary elections.
JERUSALEM _ Passover.
SHANGHAI _ Shanghai Auto Show. Through April 28.
JAKARTA, Indonesia _ ASEAN summit. Through April 29.
UNDATED _ Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christians celebrate Easter the same day.
PYONGYANG _ 79th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army.
CHERNOBYL, Ukraine _ 25th anniversary of explosion of reactor at Chernobyl nuclear plant.
LONDON _ Prince William of Wales weds longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton in central London's historic Westminster Abbey.
ZAGREB, Croatia _ Croatians vote in a referendum on whether they support country's European Union membership.
MADRID _ Spain holds municipal and regional elections. May 22 or 29.
UNITED NATIONS _ World Press Freedom Day
VENTERSDORP, South Africa _ Trial of two black farmworkers accused in the beating death of white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, apparently in a dispute over unpaid wages.
LONDON _Britain holds elections for the Scottish Parliament, Welsh National Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly and local English councils.
CANNES, France _ 63rd Cannes International Film Festival. Through May 22.
DUSSELDORF, Germany _ Germany hosts the Eurovision song contest.
VIENNA _ The Life Ball, Europe's largest HIV/AID charity gala, takes place in and around Vienna's city hall.
DEAUVILLE, France _ Tentative meeting of leaders G8 countries.
PRAGUE_ A ban on sale of agricultural land to foreigners expires in the Czech Republic.
VIENNA- OPEC meeting.
SINGAPORE _ Shangri-la Dialogue of military and defense officials.
ZAGREB, Croatia _ Pope Benedict XVI visits predominantly Roman Catholic Croatia for first time. Through June 5.
VIENNA- International Atomic Energy Agency board meeting. Through June 10.
VIENNA _ World Economic Forum on Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Through June 9.
ANKARA, Turkey tentatively scheduled to hold general elections.
UNITED NATIONS _ World Refugee Day
PARIS _ Bourget international air show. Through June 26
PARIS _ Spring and summer fashion shows, 2012 collections. Through June 26.