Your guide to major international events for January 2004
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1
DUBLIN- Ireland assumes presidency of the European Union (to July 1).
IRELAND- Ireland is scheduled to become the first European country to ban smoking in pubs, bars and restaurants.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3
MARS- The first of two NASA probes named 'Spirit' is expected to land on the surface of Mars. The second is expected on January 24.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4
ISLAMABAD- Twelfth summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9
SANTA BARBARA. LA- Michael Jackson expected to appear in court on child molestation charges.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
DETROIT- North American International Auto Show (to January 9th) www.naias.com
MONDAY, JANUARY 12
MONTERREY, Mexico- Special summit of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Leaders from across the Americas will discuss social and economic issues..
NEW YORK- The trial of lifestyle trend-setter Martha Stewart for securities fraud due to begin.
SOUTHAMPTON, England- (TENTATIVE) The Queen Mary 2 (QM2), the world's biggest cruise liner, is due to set sail on its maiden voyage to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 16
MUMBAI, India- World Social Forum 2004 (to January 21).
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20
DAVOS, Switzerland- World Economic Forum - Annual meeting (to January 25).
STOCKHOLM- Murder trial for man accused of murdering Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh expected to start.