AP Weekly News Calendar

?Thursday, Sept. 5:

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russia hosts two-day summit of G-20 leaders

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank’s governing council meets to set monetary policy for the eurozone.

VILNIUS, Lithuania — European Union defense ministers open two days of talks on how to improve cooperation in the military field and will likely also discuss developments in Syria.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Valerie Amos, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator visits Syria.

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Security Council holds consultations on Sudan/South Sudan tensions; Guinea-Bissau’s political turmoil; and hears a briefing on nuclear and ballistic missile sanctions on Iran.

BUENOS AIRES — During the Sept. 4-10 IOC meeting, members will elect the host city for the Summer Olympics Games of 2020, with candidates being Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo, as well as choose a new IOC president and add a sport to the 2020 program.

MEXICO CITY — Families of 12 young people who were kidnapped from a Mexico City bar and whose bodies were found in a mass grave outside the capital are revealing details of the investigation.

?Friday, Sept. 6:

VILNIUS, Lithuania — EU foreign ministers open a two-day meeting and are expected to discuss developments in Syria.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai receives a top children’s honor for her work promoting education for girls around the world.

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia prepares to go to the polls in an election that has become a battle over who can be trusted to boost the nation’s lagging economy as the once-lucrative mining boom fizzles.

BEIJING — Big Yellow Duck to be unveiled at horticulture expo.

TOKYO — Retirement news conference by Studio Ghibli’s Hiyao Miyazaki, one of the world’s leading animators with fans worldwide.

?Saturday, Sept. 7:

SENTUL: The U.S. and Indonesia co-host counterterrorism exercises kick off, involving 1,800 special forces from 18 countries in Sentul, a town on the outskirts of Jakarta, the capital. The week-long drills held under the framework of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting plus. Ten ASEAN member countries plus South Korea, Australia, Russia, China, India, New Zealand and Japan join the exercise.

SEOUL — A South Korean movie director is planning to symbolically tie the knot with his male partner in a September ceremony and then try to register his marital status with authorities. Venue has not been decided yet but will be held somewhere in Seoul.

MALE — First round of polling for Maldivian Presidential Election.

SRINIGAR — A 100-member Bavarian orchestra concert to be conducted by Zubin Mehta eve as separatists call for a strike to protest the concert

CANBERRA — Australians go to the polls with expectations they will elect the nation’s first conservative government in six years.

CAIRO — Trial of Mohammed el-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy and two others for abduction of policeman and his abuse by protesters who took him back to Rabaah before being released.

?Sunday, Sept. 8:

WARSAW — Solidarity and other trade unions stage a massive protest in front of the prime minister’s office to demand higher wages, job security and pension safety. They want the protest to spread to other cities and turn into a general strike. Seven years in office, Prime Minister Donald Tusk is comming under increasing attack from political opposition and the protest seems to be an element in that drive.

HERZLIYA, Israel — International security conference on the Arab spring, Iran, Hezbollah and other challenges. Speakers include Israel’s defense minister, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister, a former Mossad chief and other officials.

ISLAMABAD — Zardari last day in office.

AKWAR, Lebanon — A protest is planned at the U.S. embassy against American intervention in Syria.

?Monday, Sept. 9:

OSLO, Norway — Norway holds parliamentary election.

ROME — A parliamentary committee begins deliberating whether to strip Silvio Berlusconi of his Senate seat following his definitive conviction for tax fraud and sentence banning him from public office. Berlusconi has warned he could bring down the government if he is ousted.

HERZLIYA, Israel — International security conference on the Arab spring, Iran, Hezbollah and other challenges. Speakers include Israel’s defense minister, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister, a former Mossad chief and other officials.

TOKYO — Sony outlines its strategy for its latest game console, the PlayStation 4, in its key home market of Japan.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — Celebrations expected for 65th anniversary of founding of DPRK (North Korea).

UNDATED — A fast-track court will issue a verdict in the trial of four men accused in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman on a moving bus in New Delhi last year. The four face possible death sentences.

?Tuesday, Sept. 10:

ROME — Pope Francis visits a Jesuit-run refugee center, following up on his visit to the island of Lampedusa where he mourned the deaths of tens of thousands of would-be refugees who have died trying to reach European shores.

LONDON — The shortlist is announced for Britain’s most prestigious literary award. The winner will be announced Oct. 15.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The trial opens for Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto and a broadcaster on charges of orchestrating post-election violence following their country’s disputed presidential poll in 2007.

UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Security Council meets to renew the mandate of its 6,800-strong peacekeeping force in Liberia.

HERZLIYA, Israel — International security conference on the Arab spring, Iran, Hezbollah and other challenges. Speakers include Israel’s defense minister, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister, a former Mossad chief and other officials.

?Wednesday, Sept. 11:

BARCELONA — Catalans clamering for independence from Spain plan to form a human chain along the region’s 400 kilometer cost as a show of force on the region’s national day. Catalan goverment has said they plan to call an independence referendum in 2014 that Madrid central goverment says will be illegal.

HERZLIYA, Israel — International security conference on the Arab spring, Iran, Hezbollah and other challenges. Speakers include Israel’s defense minister, the intelligence and strategic affairs minister, a former Mossad chief and other officials.

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