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Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Africa
KENYA / OPPOSITION
Nairobi: Opposition leader Raila Odinga is rallying his supporters on Kenya's independence day, with reports suggesting the gathering will elect its own leader to run the country until new elections can be held.
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.
HONG KONG / APPEAL
Hong Kong: Court hears the appeal of British banker Rurik Jutting who is serving a life sentence for murdering two Indonesian women.
Cambridge University-educated Jutting was convicted by a nine-member jury last year in the 2014 killings of Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih.
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.
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.
EU / ARTICLE 50
Brussels: EU ministers will meet in a regular General Affairs Council meeting to prepare for the EU leaders summit on Dec.14 & 15.
There will be two meetings; first with EU 28 and then in early afternoon with only EU 27 (without UK). EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will join this meeting to brief on the latest developments.
FRANCE / CLIMATE
Paris: More the 100 world leaders are invited to Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes gives new momentum to the push to fight climate change, and isolates those who aren't pitching in, like the US under President Donald Trump.
UK / PREMIERE
London: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend the Star Wars premiere.
It is expected that Harry's fiancé Meghan Markle will also attend but not yet confirmed.
VATICAN / MASS
Vatican City: Pope Francis celebrates a special Mass dedicated to the Madonna of Guadalupe, particularly dear to Latin American Catholics.
RUSSIA / OLYMPIC ATHLETES
Moscow: Athletes and Russian Olympic Committee members meet to decide how to respond the decision by the International Olympic Committee that Russian athletes will be allowed to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics but not under their country's flag or anthem.
RUSSIA / CADETS BALL
Moscow: In a revival of Tsarist-era traditions, Moscow's gilded youth attend the Cadets' Ball.
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.
MEXICO / VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE

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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