?Thursday, April 25:
SEOUL, South Korea _ North Korea marks the 81st anniversary of the founding of its military, which began as an anti-Japanese militia and now has an estimated 1.2-million troops.
SEOUL _ A rally against North Korea’s three-generation Kim family dictatorship.
DALLAS _ President Barack Obama attends the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
WASHINGTON _ House Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on efforts to counter a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack.
MADRID _ Protest against austerity measures called outside Spain’s Parliament. Previous protests end up in clashes between police and demonstrators.
BRUSSELS _ European Union lawmakers hold a vote to stake out their position to the 27-nation bloc’s planned free trade agreement with the United States. The outcome is not binding at this stage since the EU Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, leads the negotiations, but the deal will ultimately need parliamentary approval. Press conference at 1030.
BERLIN _ International experts meet at the headquarters of the European Space Agency to discuss how to deal with the growing problem of space debris.
ZURICH _ Five of Switzerland’s leading assisted-suicide groups hold their first joint news conference in 30 years.
MOSCOW _ President Vladimir Putin holds his annual call-in show during which he will answer prescreened questions from Russians around the country.
PRAGUE _ EU President Herman Van Rompuy meets Czech leaders.
BELGRADE, Serbia _ Representatives of Kosovo Serbs to meet Serbia’s government leaders over an agreement Belgrade has signed on normalization of ties with the former province. Serbs in Kosovo have rejected the deal, but Serbian government leaders want them to reconsider their opposition.
YPRES _ Anzac Day ceremony under the Menin Gate at Ypres.
HELLFIRE PASS, Thailand _ Anzac Day dawn service ceremony at Hellfire Pass the place where allied prisoners of war built the infamous death railway during WWII.
SYDNEY _ ANZAC Day parade.
BEIJING _ French President Hollande arrives for welcome ceremony, meeting, signing ceremony and Sino-French Forum. President Xi Jinping makes speech after Sino-France meeting.
BEIJING _ U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns visits Beijing and holds meeting with Chinese state councilor Yang Jiechi.
BEIJING _ Swiss foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter meet Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. 11:30 local time.
YOKOTA AIR BASE _ Chairman, of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, visits Yokota US Air Base to deliver speech before US soldiers.
HAVANA _ The oldest living former major leaguer turns 102 in Cuba. Trying to figure out if he ever received $20,000 in pension payments he is entitled to from Major League baseball. The funds were held up due to the embargo.
GENEVA _ High-ranking disarmament officials with Russia, the U.S., Egypt and the Arab League release a strategy and talk about steps needed to achieve a nuclear-free Middle East.
WASHINGTON _ Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee hearing on the state of wireless communications.
WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on President Barack Obama’s budget proposal.
MALMO, Sweden _ Verdict expected in appeals trial of Peter Mangs, convicted by a lower court of a string of shootings targeting immigrants in the southern city of Malmo.
PHNOM PENH _ WHO malaria specialists launch offensive against artemisinin-resistant malaria.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN _ ASEAN Leaders hold their biannual summit. Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, current ASEAN chair, holds a press conference later in the day.
BRUSSELS _ European Union lawmakers question the bloc’s top economic official, Commissioner Olli Rehn, about macroeconomic imbalances in the 27 EU nations. Hearing starts at 0900 GMT.
SEOUL _ Bank of Korea releases its preliminary reading of South Korea’s gross domestic output for the first three months of this year amid worries about the strength of recovery. South Korea’s parliament is reviewing a massive stimulus plan intended to engineer a swift recovery for Asia’s fourth-largest economy as the weaker yen threatens its exporters.
SEOUL _ Samsung Electronics Co. holds a local event for the latest iteration of the Galaxy S smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, as its flagship smartphone is set to hit shelves worldwide. President and CEO Shin Jong-kyun will take questions from reporters and will likely talk about Samsung’s smartphone sales goals for this year, as the South Korean tech heavyweight is expected to solidify its dominance in the global smartphone market.
BERLIN _ The German government presents its updated growth forecast for Europe’s biggest economy. 1000 GMT.
SEOUL _ Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest car maker, reports its financial results for the January-March period. Its performance will give an indication of how South Korea’s auto industry has fared since Japan’s aggressive monetary easing programs have driven down the value of yen and boosted its exporters, including Hyundai’s key rivals Toyota and Honda.
AMSTERDAM _ Unilever reports second quarter earnings.
FRANKFURT, Germany _ Chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG reports first-quarter earnings.
MADRID _ Spain’s quarterly unemployment figures released (for 1st quarter in 2013)
MADRID _ Spain’s Santander bank presents first-quarter results.
PARIS _ Nuclear engineering firm Areva reports first quarter sales.
PARIS _ French luxury and retail giant Kering reports first quarter sales.
PARIS _ French Beverage company Pernod Ricard reports its third-quarter sales.
WASHINGTON _ 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).
NEW YORK _ 3M Co. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ The Dow Chemical Co. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ Expedia Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ Exxon Mobil Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
MILWAUKEE _ Harley-Davidson Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ Safeway Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ Southwest Airlines Co. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ Starbucks Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ United Continental reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ United Parcel Service Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
?Friday, April 26:
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama hosts King Abdullah II of Jordan.
MINSK, Belarus _ Opposition activists to march on the anniversary of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, when an explosion spewed a cloud of radiation that forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
ZUBOVA, Russia _ A Russian court is to consider whether one of the jailed Pussy Riot members is eligible for early release. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in custody since her arrest in March 2012, is serving a two-year sentence for the band’s irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.
BELGRADE, Serbia _ Serbian lawmakers to debate an EU-brokered deal on normalization of ties with breakaway Kosovo which was signed by the government and sets the former war foes on the path of reconciliation and EU integration.
BANGKOK _ Criminal court to rule on two Iranian citizens accused of plotting failed bomb attacks in the Thai capital in February last year.
MADRID _ Spanish government to announce new round of reforms, that could include new cutbacks to meet deficit target.
BERLIN _ Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses conference of group representing family-owned businesses. 1300 GMT.
FRANKFURT, Germany _ Chemical and oil company BASF SE reports first-quarter earnings.
PARIS _ Telecommunications equipment maker Alcatel Lucent reports first quarter earnings.
PARIS _ French oil giant Total reports its quarterly earnings.
WASHINGTON _ Commerce Department releases first-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m. (1230 GMT).
NEW YORK _ Burger King Worldwide Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK _ Chevron Corp. reports quarterly financial results.
TOKYO _ Honda, which is roaring back to a recovery despite sales woes in China, reports earnings.
TOKYO _ Toyota and Microsoft unveil their joint work on the automaker’s Gazoo.com web site in Japan, filled with information about Toyota models and other tidbits designed to boost love for cars.
TOKYO _ Samsung Electronics Co., the world’s largest maker of smartphones, televisions and memory chips, will give details of its first quarter financial results. Its preliminary results released earlier this month beat market forecasts, showing that Samsung outperformed rivals even during typically slow time for consumer electronics makers thanks to its diverse range of smartphone models and semiconductor sales.
SEOUL _ Kia Motors Corp., South Korea’s second-largest auto maker, announces its financial results during the first quarter. Its figures will show how the South Korean automaker fared in overseas markets during the time when the yen’s decline gave a boost to its Japanese rivals.
?Saturday, April 27:
GENEVA _ In what promises to be the world’s biggest summit for regulating chemicals, delegates from most of the world’s nations convene for two weeks of talks over the three main international chemical treaties, including possible new controls on a flame retardant, two pesticides and four other industrial chemicals, and how best to launch a new treaty on mercury.
REYKJAVIK _ Iceland’s general election is focused on economic matters. Polls suggest the opposition Progressive Party, a centrist grouping, is far ahead and likely to be able to form a new government. The country has been fighting its way back from the economic collapse of recent years.
SEOUL _ U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Burns will travel to South Korea to meet with senior South Korean officials and discuss a wide range of global, regional, and bilateral issues, including North Korea. The visit is part of his trip to Japan, China, Kazakhstan, South Korea, and Mongolia, from April 22-29.
HAVANA _ Hundreds of tai chi enthusiasts hold a mass demonstration of the ancient Chinese martial art in a cobblestone square in colonial Old Havana, as part of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2013.
?Sunday, April 28:
WASHINGTON _ President Barack Obama attends the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner, which will feature Conan O’Brien.
LONDON _ Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett and Mark Rylance are among nominees for British theater’s Olivier Awards.
?Monday, April 29:
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?Tuesday, April 30:
JERUSALEM _ Israel Museum opens exhibit featuring scroll that sheds light on the Second Temple period.
LONDON _ Dragons of Walton Street, the design company that did royal nurseries including those for Princes William and Harry, showcases a luxury nursery suite at London’s Grosvenor House. Interview with company director on what it’s like to design nurseries fit for royal babies.
BERLIN _ Federal Labor Agency releases April unemployment figures for Germany, Europe’s biggest economy.
PARIS _ French utility EDF reports is first quarter sales.
GENEVA _ Switzerland’s biggest bank UBS AG posts first-quarter results before the opening of the Zurich exchange Tuesday.
MYANMAR _ Ford holds presser, likely to announce entry to Myanmar market.
?Wednesday, May 1:
PYONGYANG _ Photo coverage of May Day festivities in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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