SOUTH AFRICA / MANDELA
Pretoria: Nelson Mandela's body lies in state at the Union Buildings for the third consecutive day.
THAILAND / UNREST
Various: Monitoring latest as protesters continue to camp out outside the government house, pushing for the ouster of the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
JAPAN / ASEAN
Tokyo: Japan hosts summit meeting among ASEAN leaders and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
INDIA / KARZAI
Delhi: Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai holds meeting with Indian leadership.
PHILIPPINES / RUN
Manila: Fraternity neophytes participate in the annual 'Oblation Run', running naked around the state university, to promote awareness of current national issues.
UKRAINE / PROTEST
Kiev: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych "intends to sign" the far-reaching trade and cooperation agreement with the EU that he rejected only last month, the European Union's foreign policy chief said on Thursday, 12 December 2013, after talks with the embattled leader.
EU / KOSOVO-SERBIA
Brussels: EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton hosts Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovan Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in the framework of the EU-facilitated dialogue for normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
VATICAN / TREE
Vatican City: Lights go on the Vatican Christmas tree in St Peter's Square.
SYRIA / UNREST
Various: Covering latest developments in Syria's ongoing civil conflict.