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December 19, 2013

?Thursday, Dec. 19:

BRUSSELS — Leaders of the 28 European Union countries meet in the first day of a two-day summit, with an agenda including Ukraine, the Central African Republic, common defense policy, banking union and what they can do to stimulate Europe’s still anemic economy. There could be widespread street protests in the morning. 1100 GMT. Through Friday.

GENEVA — U.N. panel probing war crimes in Syria reports on cases of enforced disappearances, a phenomenon it says has largely been overlooked in reporting on the civil war. Thursday’s report to focus on major trends and patterns of enforced disappearances from March 2011 to November 2013, drawing on firsthand interviews. 1100 GMT.

WARSAW — Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets his Polish counterpart Radek Sikorski to discuss future cooperation in the economy and other areas at a time when Moscow’s economic pressure has made Ukraine shelve indefinitely a key cooperation agreement with the European Union. Poland was a main force pushing for the agreement. Later in the day Sikorski meets new German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. 1300 GMT.

GENEVA — Syria humanitarian briefing with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard. 1600 GMT.

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin is to hold his annual marathon news conference when he takes questions from Russian and foreign journalists for several hours without a break.

BERLIN — The European Space Agency launches its star-surveying satellite Gaia from French Guiana. The satellite will create the most precise 3D map of about a billion stars in our galaxy and its immediate neighborhood. Scientists hope it will also find thousands of planets outside our Solar System. 1000 GMT.

BEIJING — Bolivian President Evo Morales arrives in Beijing for a three-day visit to China and meets with President Xi Jinping. His visit will include traveling to the Xichang satellite launch base to witness the launch of a rocket carrying the country’s first satellite.

JAKARTA — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is scheduled to meet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in their annual bilateral meeting. 0800 GMT.

TACLOBAN, Philippines — U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon visits Tacloban cyclone flood zone.

HYDERABAD — Communist Party of India activists expected to protest Indian diplomat’s arrest in New York City.

LONDON — A jury retires to consider verdicts in the case of two men accused of murdering an off-duty British soldier in a London street, a crime that shocked Britain. One of the defendants told the trial he carried out the killing but it was not murder because he is a “soldier of Allah” engaged in a war.

MUMBAI, India — Christie’s holds its first auction in India, hoping to expand its reach in the developing art scene and tap into an eager market for prestige purchasing among the country’s fast-growing ranks of millionaires. While the Indian economy is stalling, the number of people worth $1 million or more is still expanding and fueling double-digit growth in the luxury market.

HONG KONG — Half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama releases autobiography, with a few sections detailing their distant relationship.

KAESONG — Foreign investors visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

FRANKFURT, Germany — Europe’s financial stability watchdog, the European Systemic Risk Board, holds a regular quarterly meeting.

BEIJING — First day of U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

BEIJING — Chinese government holds briefing on reforms in the state-owned enterprises sector. 0200 GMT.

STOCKHOLM — Scandinavian airline group SAS AB releases full-year report.

NEW YORK — Darden Restaurants Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Nike Inc. reports quarterly financial results.

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for November, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT); Conference Board releases leading indicators for November, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).

?Friday, Dec. 20:

GENEVA — U.S., Russian and U.N. envoys meet at the United Nations, then with diplomats from Britain, China and France and Syria’s neighbors, to prepare for first face-to-face talks to end the Syrian civil war in January. The envoys are deciding which nations’ ministers will be invited, including Iran and Saudi Arabia. 0900 GMT.

MADAGASCAR — Presidential election.

HAVANA — Cuba’s national parliament convenes for one of its twice-annual sessions.

BEIJING — China and the U.S. hold two press conferences at the end of trade talks.

NEW YORK — Walgreen Co. reports quarterly financial results.

WASHINGTON — Commerce Department releases final third-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT).

?Saturday, Dec. 21:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis gives his year-end address to the Vatican Curia, the very bureaucracy that he’s targeting in his reform efforts. Heads have already started to roll, but it’s been a gradual house-cleaning. 1000 GMT.

?Sunday, Dec. 22:

MADRID — Spain’s annual “El Gordo” (The Fat One) lottery, billed as the world’s richest, is due to sprinkle joy around the country.

?Monday, Dec. 23:

Nothing major added.

?Tuesday, Dec. 24:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expected to celebrate his first Midnight Mass as pope.

?Wednesday, Dec. 25:

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is expected to deliver his first Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” greeting as pope.

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