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Thursday, 7 December 2017
Asia
KOREAS / TENSION
++Running Story – 2 - 8 December 2017++ Monitoring for latest developments as tension continues over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes after Pyongyang launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile it claims can reach any target in the continental United States.
INDONESIA / VOLCANO
++Running Story – 2 - 8 December 2017++ Covering latest as Mount Agung continues to belch black-gray columns of volcanic dust and steam.
Authorities have told 100,000 people to leave an area extending up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the volcano.
THAILAND / CRITIC
Bangkok: Prosecutors decide whether to proceed with a case against prominent Thai social critic for allegedly criticizing a king who reigned almost 500 years ago. .
Insulting the monarchy, or lese majeste as the offense is known, is punishable by three to 15 years' imprisonment. .
At least 93 cases of lese majeste involving 138 people have been prosecuted since the military seized power in 2014.
NEPAL / ELECTION
Katmandu: Nepal holds second phase of national and provincial elections.
Europe
UK / BREXIT
++Running Story – 2 - 8 December 2017++ Covering developments as the UK and EU 27 prepare for a crucial leaders' summit on 14-15 Dec, during which it will be decided if enough progress has been made in Brexit negotiations for the parties to proceed with discussions on what a future trade relationship between the UK and the EU may look like.
SWEDEN / NOBELS
Stockholm: This year's Nobel Laureates give news conferences ahead of awards ceremony on Dec. 10.
::7 DEC - 0830GMT - The winners of this year's Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Economics give news conference.

GERMANY / SPD
Berlin: Germany's Social Democratic Party holds convention, during which Martin Schulz will speak and then an election for party leader will be held.
BELGIUM / CATALONIA
Brussels: Pro-independence Catalan cultural organizations the ANC (Catalan National Assembly) and Omnium hold a major pro-Catalan independence demonstration.
VATICAN / XMAS TREE
Vatican City: The lights are switched on for the Vatican's Christmas Tree and the traditional nativity scene is inaugurated during a festive ceremony.
GREECE / TURKEY
Athens: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes two-day visit, his first trip to Greece since May 2010 when he visited during his time as prime minister.
AUSTRIA / OSCE
Vienna: OSCE's ministerial two-day meeting, with US Secretary of State Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov expected to attend.
Latin America
ARGENTINA / SUBMARINE
++Running Story – 9-15 December 2017++ The search for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan continues but rescue efforts have ended.
::Covering daily Navy presser Live.
HONDURAS / ELECTIONS
++Running Story – 9-15 December 2017++ Various: Following developments as the government has imposed a curfew to prevent nighttime protesting by supporters of the main opposition candidate, Salvador Nasralla, who has called for a vote recount.
COLOMBIA / SESSIONS
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his counterparts from Colombia and Mexico meet in Cartagena to discuss fighting organized crime and drug trafficking in the Western Hemisphere.
:: Joint statement expected around 1230EST/1730GMT
BRAZIL / LULA CAMPAIGN
Rio De Janeiro: Former President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva, the frontrunner for the 2018 presidential election, holds rallies in a few areas in Rio de Janeiro.
CHILE / ELECTION DEBATE
Santiago: Presidential candidates Alejandro Guillier of the Nueva Mayoria coalition and Former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera takes part in a presidential debate.
Middle East
SYRIA / FIGHTING
++Running Story – 2 - 8 December 2017++ Syrian military fighting for Boukamal, IS's last urban stronghold in the country as UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva make little headway.
YEMEN / CRISIS
++Running Story – 2 - 8 December 2017++ UN and humanitarian organisations warn Yemen still headed toward humanitarian catastrophe.
World
WORLD / SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
++Running Story – 2 - 8 December 2017++ Continued coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct against well-known people in entertainment, media, politics and other professions.
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