What 2012 has in store04 january 2012, 12:16
The London Olympic Games and presidential elections in Russia, France and the United States are among the main events in 2012. Here is a look at what the year has in store.
1 - EUROPEAN UNION: Denmark takes over the bloc's rotating presidency.
1-15 - ARGENTINA, CHILE, PERU: The Dakar Rally.
Presentation of the route of the 2012 Argentina-Chile-Peru Dakar rally. ©REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen
21-February 12 - GABON, EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Football's Africa Cup of Nations.
Tunisia's players celebrate after their 2012 African Nations Cup qualifying soccer match victory over Togo. ©REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
25-29 - DAVOS, Switzerland: The 42nd World Economic Forum (www.weforum.org).
6 - LONDON: Diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to the British throne.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. ©REUTERS
19 - GREECE: Legislative elections.
26 - HOLLYWOOD, US: The 84th Oscars ceremony (www.oscars.org).
8-foot-tall Oscar statue is delivered for Oscars ceremony. ©REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
2 - IRAN: Legislative elections.
4 - RUSSIA: Presidential election.
People voting during the elections. ©RIA NOVOSTI
22 - FRANCE: First round of presidential election.
Francois Hollande, France's Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election. ©REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
6 - FRANCE: Second round of presidential election.
12-August 12 - YEOSU, South Korea: The 2012 world expo, themed "The Living Ocean and Coast" (www.worldexpo2012.com).
16-27 - CANNES, France: The 65th film festival (www.festival.cannes.com).
15-22 - CHICAGO: Group of Eight (G8) summit (www.chicagog8.com).
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after making closing remarks at the G8 summit in Deauville in 2011. ©REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
20-21 - CHICAGO: NATO summit.
8-July 1 - POLAND, UKRAINE: Euro 2012 football championships.
An ice sculpture of the European Soccer Championship trophy. ©REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
10, 17 - FRANCE: Legislative elections.
18-19 - LOS CABOS, Mexico: Group of 20 (G20) summit.
20-22 - RIO DE JANEIRO: World conference on sustainable development (www.earthsummit2012.org).
1 - EUROPEAN UNION: Cyprus takes over the bloc's presidency.
1 - MEXICO: Presidential election.
Josefina Vazquez Mota, presidential candidate of Mexico's ruling conservatives. ©REUTERS/Claudia Daut
27-August 12 - LONDON: The 2012 Olympic Games.
The London 2012 Olympic Games Olympic Stadium, at the Olympic Park in London. ©REUTERS
27-30 - TAMPA BAY, US: The Republican convention will choose its candidate for the US presidential election.
Delegates listen to presidential candidates. ©REUTERS/Phelan Ebenehack
8-9 - VLADIVOSTOK, Russia: The annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. (http://apec.org).
World leaders pose for the family photo at the APEC Summit 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. ©REUTERS/Larry Downing
Late September - AFGHANISTAN: The planned withdrawal of 33,000 US surge troops, a third of the American contingent.
12-14 - TOKYO: The annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
IMF Director Lagarde talks to World Bank President Robert Zoellick. ©REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
STOCKHOLM: Announcement of winners of the Nobel Prizes (www.nobelprize.org).
6 - WASHINGTON: US presidential election.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to supporters during his campaign. ©REUTERS/Jim Young