Main events in 201411 december 2013, 14:23
The soccer World Cup and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, figure among the main events in 2014, along with elections in many countries and European commemorations of key events in both world wars.
Here are some of the highlights ahead:
-- JANUARY --
01: LATVIA - Joins the eurozone.
People learn the security features of euro banknotes during a workshop in Salacgriva September 24, 2013. Latvia's central bank is organizing workshops in the country's regions to introduce citizens to the euro currency. The eurozone will welcome Latvia as its newest member from January 1, 2014. ©Reuters/Ints Kalnins
05-18: ARGENTINA - Dakar auto rally, with a departure from Rosario, Argentina and the finish in Valparaiso, Chile.
22: SWITZERLAND - Geneva to host an international conference to bring peace to Syria.
-- FEBRUARY --
06: GERMANY - Berlin hosts the 64th Berlinale film festival until February 16.
07-23: RUSSIA - Sochi hosts the XXII Winter Olympics.
A digital display marks 100 days left to the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics at a park in central Sochi, October 29, 2013.©Reuters/Thomas Peter
-- FEBRUARY OR MARCH --
EGYPT - to hold parliamentary elections, two months after voting on a new constitution.
Members of the assembly writing Egypt's new constitution vote on an article at the Shura Council in Cairo December 1, 2013. The 50-member assembly voted on Sunday against an article requiring parliamentary elections to be held before presidential elections, raising uncertainty about the country's political transition timetable. ©Reuters/Stringer
-- MARCH --
03-20: SOUTH AFRICA - Murder trial of Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius.
Olympic and Paralympic running star Oscar Pistorius reacts ahead of court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates court, August 19, 2013. Pistorius, accused of murdering his model girlfriend, prayed and wiped away tears in a court hearing on Monday which set a March 3, 2014 start date for his trial. ©Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko
-- APRIL --
05: AFGHANISTAN - Presidential election
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai speaks during a news conference in Kabul October 4, 2012. Karzai said on Thursday that presidential elections in 2014 when his term will end would be on time, despite a continuing insurgency and concerns about a simultaneous NATO combat troop exit. ©Reuters/Omar Sobhani
23-24: BRAZIL - Sao Paolo hosts global conference on Internet governance.
27: VATICAN - Canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II. ©Reuters/Max Rossi
30: IRAQ - Legislative elections.
ALGERIA - Presidential election, date to be announced.
SOUTH AFRICA - General elections, dates to be announced.
-- MAY --
22: EUROPE - European Parliament elections, until May 25 in certain countries.
24: PORTUGAL - Lisbon hosts the Champions League final football match.
INDIA - To hold legislative elections sometime in the second quarter of 2014.
-- JUNE --
04-05: RUSSIA - Group of Eight (G8) summit in Sochi.
06: FRANCE - 70th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy.
World leaders arrive at the U.S. war cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer for a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the Allied forces D-Day landings at Normandy June 6, 2009. From L-R: U.S. President Barack Obama, Britain's Prince Charles, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy. ©REUTERS/Mal Langsdon
12: BRAZIL - FIFA football World Cup opens in Sao Paolo, runs until final on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.
The official ball of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup --Brazuca-- is presented in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. ©AFP
28: BOSNIA - Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to play on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, as part of commemorations of the start of World War I.
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. ©Reuters/Lisi Niesner
-- JULY --
05: BRITAIN - Start of Tour de France cycling race in Leeds, England, to finish on July 27 in Paris.
The kazakh Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), all-smile, is talking at the start of the 18th stage of the 2012 Tour de France in Blagnac (Haute-Garonne). Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org.
09: INDONESIA - Presidential election.
11: BOSNIA - 19th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, when Serb forces killed almost 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.
A Bosnian woman tries to find the grave of her relative in Memorial Center Potocari near Srebrenica July 10, 2013. The bodies of the recently identified victims will be transported to the memorial centre in Potocari where they will be buried on July 11 marking the 18th anniversary of the massacre in which Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves. ©REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
-- AUGUST --
01: EUROPE - 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
British Veterans, most of them older than 100, are helped by volunteers during a remembrance ceremony at the Tyne Cot War Cemetary near Ypres, western Belgium July 13, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the August 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most bitter battles of the First World War. ©Reuters
TURKEY - Presidential election - on either the 14th or 28th.
RUSSIA - Expected release from prison of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former oil oligarch and Kremlin critic, after around 11 years behind bars.
A file picture on June 3, 2011, shows former Yukos oil company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky is being escorted to a courtroom in Moscow. Khodorkovsky was set to be freed in August 2014 after spending more than a decade in jail on fraud and tax evasion charges. ©AFP
-- SEPTEMBER --
01: GERMANY - 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, when German troops invaded Poland.
German President Johannes Rau (L) makes a symbolic handshake with Polish President Alexander Kwasniewski as they meet on the German-Polish border on the bridge between Frankfurt Oder and Slubice September 1. Rau and Kwasniewski take part in several ceremonies on Wednesday to mark the 60th anniversary of Nazi Germany's attack on Poland which was the start of World War II. ©Reuters
04-05: BRITAIN - NATO summit in Newport, Wales.
18: BRITAIN - Scottish referendum on independence from Great Britain.
NEW YORK - UN climate summit.
GUANTANAMO - Trial of Saudi Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, accused mastermind of 2000 attack on the US destroyer USS Cole that killed 17 sailors. Al-Nashiri could face the death penalty if convicted.
Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a suspect in the USS Cole bombing who is being held at Guantanamo naval base, is pictured in this 2002 photograph. ©Reuters
-- OCTOBER --
05: BRAZIL - General elections.
-- NOVEMBER --
04: UNITED STATES - Mid-term legislative elections (Congress and state governors).
09: GERMANY - 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's opening.
People cross the East German border from East to West Germany, after a border crossing checkpoint was opened at the Wall in the village of Moedlareuth, about 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of Berlin, December 9, 1989. The Wall in the village of Moedlareuth, separating East from West Germany, was built in 1966. It was 700 meters long and 3.40 meters high, heavily guarded round the clock by East German border police and divided the village till the Wall came down in 1989. ©Reuters
14-15: AUSTRALIA - Group of 20 (G20) summit in Brisbane
-- DECEMBER --
03-14: PERU - Lima hosts 195 countries for a summit on climate change.
31: AFGHANISTAN - Deadline for withdrawal of NATO forces.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is greeted after arriving to greet troops at Forward Operating Base Shukvani, Afghanistan March 14, 2012. Panetta told troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday that the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by an American soldier should not deter them from their mission to secure the country ahead of a 2014 NATO withdrawal deadline. ©REUTERS/Scott Olson