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[December 25, 2013]

AP Weekly News Calendar

(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ?Thursday, Dec. 26: JUBA, South Sudan — The leaders of six East African countries travel to South Sudan to try to advance peace talks and end 10 days of violence.

NEW YORK/JUBA, South Sudan — The U.N. special representative to South Sudan, Hilde Johnson, holds a video news conference. 1500 GMT.

KOSOVO — Opposition lawmakers to boycott budget vote in a bid to stop the privatization of country's telecommunications company, PTK. Session starts at 0900 GMT.

SYDNEY — The Sydney to Hobart yacht race begins with 94 yachts registered to sail 628 nautical miles, or 1,163 kilometers (723 miles).

WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT); Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m. (1500 GMT).

?Friday, Dec. 27: MOSCOW — Experts from Russia, Syria, United States and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) meet to discuss Syrian chemical weapons liquidation.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida. — Two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station plan to undertake a spacewalk to install new cameras and fresh experiments outside the orbiting base.

?Saturday, Dec. 28: Nothing major added.

?Sunday, Dec. 29: Nothing major added.

?Monday, Dec. 30: MEXICO CITY — Zapatista movement commemorates the 20th anniversary of an uprising that shook the foundations of Mexico's political class and made Comandante Marcos a household name around the world. The Zapatistas will mark the anniversary with a ceremony and fireworks as the New Year begins.

NEW YORK — The Committee to Protect Journalists releases its annual report on journalists killed on duty around the world, country by country.

?Tuesday, Dec. 31: Nothing major added.

?Wednesday, Jan. 1: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is scheduled to ring in the New Year with an "Urbi et Orbi" speech from the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica.

WASHINGTON — The historic changes made by the Affordable Care Act take full effect in America. People with chronic health conditions can no longer be denied health insurance. Those who get sick and start piling up medical bills will no longer lose their coverage. Out-of-pocket limits arrive that are designed to protect patients from going bankrupt.

NEW YORK — Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, takes office replacing outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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