AP Weekly News Calendar

?Thursday, Sept. 26:

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands -- A war crimes court delivers its judgment on the appeals by former Liberian President Charles Taylor and prosecutors in his convictions and 50-year sentence for aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. Ruling scheduled for 0900 GMT.

BEIJING -- Li Tianyi, son of a high ranking Chinese military singer who was charged with taking part in a gang rape, hears his verdict at a court in Beijing.

NEW YORK -- U.N. Annual General Assembly, high-level speeches continue through Oct. 4.

NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council holds high-level debate on the danger of small arms and weapons.

STOCKHOLM -- The winner of the 2013 Right Livelihood Award, or "the Alternative Nobel Prize," is announced. 0800 GMT announcement.

YANGON -- Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari, Gro Harlem Brundtland (part of Nelson Mandela's 'The Elders') in Myanmar for a three-day visit aimed at supporting the country's political transition to democracy and promoting local efforts to address inter-communal strife.

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Marijuana crusaders open four-day regional conference to hash over prospects for cannabis commercialization and medical marijuana. They say Jamaica and other struggling Caribbean nations with flourishing illegal pot sectors should tax and regulate the weed as it does with alcohol and tobacco.

WASHINGTON -- Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing on the U.S. aviation industry.

WASHINGTON -- Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the postal service.

BEIJING -- Eighteen-meter tall yellow rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman public appearance at Beijing's Summer Palace, one of the popular tourist destination in the capital city.

MEXICO CITY -- Fashion Week Mexico. Through Friday.

SEOUL -- Indonesia Film Festival.

RIO -- Rio's big film festival opens, more than 400 films to be screened.

SOCHI, Russia -- The Coordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee concludes its 10th and final visit to Sochi to check preparations for the Winter Games, which open on Feb. 7.

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Raghuram Ragan, new head of the Reserve Bank of India, speaks on unconventional crisis measures at an awards ceremony at Frankfurt's Goethe University. By 1600 GMT.

BRUSSELS -- French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici discusses the country's economic situation, including sluggish growth and a persistently high budget deficit, with the European Union's top economic official, Commissioner Olli Rehn. Press conference at 1020 GMT.

STOCKHOLM -- Fashion retailer H&M releases third-quarter financial report. After 0600 GMT announcement.

HONG KONG -- Indonesia's finance minister Muhamuad Chatib Basri delivers speech and speaks to reporters at investor conference.

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases second-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT); National Association of Realtors releases pending home sales index for August, 10 a.m. (1400 GMT).

BEAVERTON, Oregon -- Nike Inc. reports quarterly earnings after the market closes.

?Friday, Sept. 27:

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama meets with India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh.

LONDON -- Pretrial court hearing for two men accused of murdering British soldier Lee Rigby, killed in a London street in May.

LONDON -- Four men appear in court charged with trying to rob a branch of Santander bank by taking control of its computers.

NEW YORK -- U.N. Security Council holds briefing on Yemen.

WASHINGTON -- Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank.

HONG KONG -- UK financial secretary to the Treasury gives speech on international renminbi/yuan market

WASHINGTON -- Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for August, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT)

?Saturday, Sept. 28:

MALE, Maldives -- The first democratically elected president of the Maldives, who was ousted last year in what he called a coup, faces a presidential election runoff against the brother of the country's former dictator. Mohamed Nasheed, who received 45 percent in the first round, could still see a challenge in securing a simple majority if his three election opponents form an alliance against him. The second round of voting pits Nasheed against Yaamin Abdul Qayyoom, a brother of Maldives' former autocrat Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

MADRID -- Anti-monarchy protesters to hold a demonstration downtown Madrid to demand abolition of the monarchy. Demonstration to start at 1600 GMT.

BELGRADE, Serbia -- A gay pride march to be held in Serbia, amid fears that the gathering could erupt in violence as it did in 2010, when more than 100 police and right-wing extremists were injured. The march is seen as a test of government commitment to protect human rights as it seeks EU integration.

BALI, Indonesia -- The 2012 Miss World Yu Wenxia from China passes on her crown to one lucky lady of 130 contestants in the 63rd Miss World Grand Final on the resort island of Bali.

?Sunday, Sept. 29:

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Various groups hold marches protesting President Ma Ying-jeou.

CAIRO -- Trial of Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie resumes.

NEW YORK -- Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India reportedly scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York.

MANCHESTER, England -- Britain's senior governing party holds its annual conference, capped with a rallying-the-faithful speech by Prime Minister David Cameron on Oct. 2.

INDIA -- BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi holds election campaign.

LONDON -- Stars including Emeli Sande, Rizzle Kicks, Labrinth Plan B, Jamie Cullum, Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Ed Sheeran perform a fundraising concert in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, 20 years after he was stabbed to death by a racist gang.

?Monday, Sept. 30:

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court meets behind closed doors to decide whether to accept Argentina's appeal of ruling that would force President Cristina Fernandez to do political backflips or allow country to go into another devastating default on its international debts.

JAKARTA -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to visit Indonesia for his first overseas trip since he became the country's 28th prime minister.

QUETTA -- Hearing to be held in a case in Quetta having to do with the death of a Baluch nationalist leader. Former president Pervez Musharraf is involved in the case.

FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox's new appeals trial begins after Italy's highest court threw out her 2011 acquittal in the slaying of her British roommate.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis is expected to announce the date for the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.

NEW YORK -- Human Rights Watch releases report on how U.S. drones and piloted aircraft are in some cases missing their targets and killing civilians, and sometimes killing militant suspects outside of armed conflict situations in Yemen.

TOKYO -- Data for August. Together with CPI and Tankan (BOJ economic outlook), will help determine if the government will push ahead with a planned sales tax increase. By 0200 GMT.

?Tuesday, Oct. 1:

HONG KONG -- Annual China National day protest.

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis convenes his shadow Cabinet -- eight cardinals from around the globe -- for their first meeting on how to better run the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic Church. Through Oct. 3. By 1500 GMT.

BERLIN -- Federal Labor Agency releases September unemployment figures for Germany, Europe's biggest economy.

ALEXANDRIA -- Retrial of police agents accused of torturing Khaled Said, killed in 2010, resumes.

TOKYO -- Bank of Japan releases quarterly "tankan" index of business confidence, which if it is as good as expected will clear the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to make an expected announcement that he will go ahead with plans to raise the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent. By 0300 GMT.

?Wednesday, Oct. 2:

PARIS -- European Central Bank's governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.

HONG KONG -- Asian Development Bank releases latest economic outlook on emerging Asian economies.