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Saturday, 9 December 2017
Asia
KOREAS / TENSION
++Running Story – 9-15 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.
INDIA / GUJARAT ELECTION
Various: First phase of two-phase assembly elections in Western Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state. Results are expected on December 18.
Europe
UK / BREXIT
++Running Story – 9-15 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.
UK / BREXIT
++Running Story – 9-15 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.
YEMEN / CRISIS
++Running Story – 9-15 December 2017++ Latest in Sanaa, Aden, and Taiz after Houthi rebels killed their former ally and ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Rumors that Saleh's son could return to Yemen, fighting could escalate in Taiz. Humanitarian disaster not improving.
NORWAY / NOBEL
Oslo: The president of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, gives a news conference as organisation prepares to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
::News conference at 1200GMT
FRANCE / DEMO
Paris: Demonstrators hold a protest in opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to visit France on Dec. 10.
GERMANY / PARADE
Berlin: A giant Christmas cake parade takes place during annual festive market.
FRANCE / FUNERAL
Paris: France's biggest rock star for more than half a century, Johnny Hallyday, is laid to rest in an elaborate funeral, which will see his funeral cortege parade down the Champs Elysees and French President Emmanuel Macron speak as part of the service.
SERBIA / MEETING
Belgrade: Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic hosts his Greek, Bulgarian and Romanian counterparts to discuss economic cooperation, reginal stability and EU integration.
::Meeting starts at 0900GMT followed by news conference.
RUSSIA / NAVALNY
Novokuznetsk: Alexei Navalny gathers supporters in a major mining and industrial city in south-west Siberia for his first rally since President Vladimir Putin announced he would run for re-election in 2018.
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.
Middle East
SYRIA / FIGHTING
++Running Story – 9-15 December 2017++ UN-sponsored Syria talks in Geneva making little headway. Fighting in parts of Syria despite various peace talks, Syrian government carrying out offensives against some militant groups.
EGYPT / ARAB LEAGUE
Cairo: Arab League convenes emergency meetings to discuss US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
EGYPT / TOMBS
Luxor: The Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani announces the discovery of two tombs, one of them with an intact wall painting.
Both tombs have a number of distinguished coloured statuette as well as mummies and gilded sarcophagi.
JORDAN / CHRISTMAS TREE
Fouheis: Jordan's Christian community leaders attend the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Baptism Site.
World
WORLD / JERUSALEM
++Running Story – 9-15 December 2017++ Latest following US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
WORLD / SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
++Running Story – 9-15 December 2017++ Continued coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct against well-known people in entertainment, media, politics and other professions.
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